Classes

We have many exciting classes and excellent teachers for the braid in this year!  As usual, we strive to have a mix of class levels from beginner to advanced, and some fun classes in the afternoons that don’t involve braiding at all… except for great ways to use up wool scraps.

Two late afternoons we also have “Demonstration” and “Try It” sessions that are listed but do not require registration.  Just drop in and see if you like the techniques presented.

Classes are listed in order of their first appearance on the schedule.

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Beginner Braiding:  Chair Pad
Teacher:  Robin Kershaw
Sessions:  Friday morning, Friday afternoon I, Saturday morning
Cost:  $45     Kit fee:  $20
Prerequisites:  None
Level:  Newbie
Maximum Number of Students:  8
Available spots left:  5
Folds:  Left Opening
Finish at braid in:  maybe
Learn the basics of braiding and lacing a chair pad, including:  preparing wool for braiding, making a T-start, braiding straight and braiding double corners, lacing the braids together, increasing to keep the braid flat, changing colors and — if there is time — finishing with a taper.  After this class, you will be able to make any size of round rug, from chair pad to room-sized.

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Butting — Left Opening and Right Opening.
Teachers:  Marjorie Kauffman (Left Opening) and Debra Weinhold (Right Opening)
Sessions:  Friday morning
Cost:  $15
Prerequisites:  Basic Braiding Skills
Level:  Confident Beginner & up
Maximum number of students:  6 LO and 6 RO
Available spots left:  2 LO and 4 RO
Finish at braid in:  yes

Learn to butt the beginning and ending of braids together with a 4-loop overlap.  Also learn a small-space version with only a 2-loop overlap — great for fancy borders and small cornered shapes.

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Braiding with Wire

Teacher:  Christine Manges
Sessions:  Friday morning
Cost:  $15
Prerequisites:  Comfort with any version of the Triangle Butt
Level:  Intermediate & up
Maximum number of Students:  8
Available spots left: 1
Folds:  Teacher is LO but can work with RO
Finish at braid in:  yes

Learn the basics of braiding with wire in this short but packed course.  By making a 7″ wreath with a hanging loop, you will learn the techniques of creating a wire armature and braiding over top of it, then butting a braid over a wire.  Different wires sizes and metals will be presented for you to try working with.

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Braiding with Ties
Teacher:  Lucinda Harrison-Cox
Session:  Friday morning
Cost:  $15
Prerequisites:  None
Level:  Confident Beginner & up
Maximum number of Students:  10
Available spots: 6
Folds:  LO & RO
Finish at braid in:  likely

Learn how to braid a small basket using neckties.  Tips will be shared for starting, extending the amount of the tie that can be used, and joining the ends.  We will briefly discuss options for using ties in other braided objects.

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Strawberry Trivet — FULL

Teacher:  Marjorie Kauffman
Session:  Friday afternoon I
Cost:  $15
Prerequisites:  T-start and Taper
Level:  Intermediate & up
Maximum number of Students:  6 RO and 6 LO
Available spots: FULL
Finish at braid in:  likely

Make a hot pad/trivet shaped like a strawberry, using Christine’s twisted strand technique. All spiral. Begins with a T-start, ends with a rattail, wool stem/leaves are hand-sewn on top.

 

 

 

Continuous Oval Multistrand Rug – FULL
Teacher:  Christine Manges
Session:  Friday afternoon I
Cost:  $15
Prerequisites:  3-strand T-start, Double Corners
Level:  Confident Beginner & up
Maximum Number of Students:  10
Available spots:  0
Finish at braid in:  No
Learn to braid with 5 strands from a modified T-start.  Using braid aids for folding, learn how to make the first hairpin turn for a continuous oval rug.  We’ll cover the number of increases needed for matching patterns, and review the methods for losing strands to end the rug with a normal 3-strand taper.

 

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Quillie Christmas Tree (6″ or 9″) — FULL
Teacher:  Debbie Wykosky
Session:  Friday afternoon II
Cost:  $15
Kit fee:  $12 (includes cone, glue, strips, spool, pearlized pins)
Prerequisites:  None
Level:  All
Maximum Number of Students:  8
Available spots:  0
Finish at braid in:  Yes (6″ cone)

Make a gorgeous Christmas Tree out of colorful wool scraps cut to 1/4″ wide, coiled, and glued in place to a styrofoam cone.  Red and green pearlized pins fill in the spaces between the coils of wool.  A wooden spool is the tree base, and options for top star ornament will be shown.

 

 

 

Braiding Basics Demonstrations:  multiple instructors on Friday afternoon II; for all students — no need to register.
• Patterns in Rugs
• Shoe-lacing vs. e-lacing
• Tapering
• Color changes
• Keeping patterns across the center line of an oval rug

 

Ocean Waves Border –
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Teacher:  Christine MangesIMG_0897
Sessions:  Class A:  Saturday and Sunday mornings;
Class B:  Saturday and Sunday Afternoon I
Cost:  $30 for 2 sessions
Level:  Advanced
Maximum Number of Students:  10
Available spots:  Class A:  Full.   Class B:  10 spots open
Folds:  Left Opening and Right Opening diagrams; teacher is left opening and will do her best with the right opening students.
Finish at braid in:  expect to finish at least two interlocked S spirals.

The Ocean Waves border is a series of S-shaped braids that are interlocked spirals. The border is appropriate for curved and straight-edged rugs. This beautiful border requires some new skills for lacing the braids together:  make a blunt double cornered ending (which involves some hand sewing), and lace both “left opening” and “right opening” to put the spirals together. Stab-lacing is often required for lacing the center of the backward spirals, where the lacing thread is hard to hide otherwise. Finally, we will learn how to lace this border onto traditional round or oval braided shapes, involving both regular lacing and shoe-lacing.

 

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Bone-Shaped Rug — FULL

Teacher:  Debra Weinhold
Sessions:  Saturday and Sunday mornings
Cost:  $30 for 2 sessions
Level:  Confident Beginner & up
Maximum Number of Students:  8
Available spots:  0
Folds:  Left Opening and Right Opening
Finish at braid in:  Unlikely

Are you a dog lover, or do you know someone who is?  This fun bone-shaped rug will please both friends and pets!  Finish with a dog paw in one corner.

 

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Wool & Leather Purse or Tote
Teacher:  PeggyAnn Watts
Sessions:  Saturday and Sunday afternoon I
Cost:  $30 for 2 sessions
Kit:  leather handles available for purchase:  18″ pair for $13; or 24″ pair for $18; or 40″ single for $15.
Prerequisites:  Any Start, e-lace or shoe-lace center line, lace increases, change color with assistance.
Level:  Confident Beginner
Maximum Number of Students:  10
Available Spots:  3
Folds:  both Left and Right Opening braiders
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Finish at braid in:  Maybe.

Make a purse, shoulder bag, or craft tote with leather handles.  The bag is made with a continuous braid, and finished with Peggy’s quick braid ending.  No butt or taper.  Learn how to attach the handles, which are specially made for her by an Amish craftsman.

 

 

 

 

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Ruffled Candle Mat
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Braided Turtle
Teacher:  Nancy Young
Session:  Saturday afternoon I
Cost:  $15
Prerequisites:  None
Level:  Confident Beginner and up
Maximum Number of Students:  10
Available spots:  8
Folds:  Left Opening and Right Opening braiders
Finish at braid in:  Maybe
A Braided Turtle is sweet!  After making a small oval rug, the turtle’s head and feet are shaped with corners in the last two rows of braiding.  Learn how to lace the head and feet.  The tail is tied off with ribbon, and buttons are added for eyes.  The turtle makes a great gift for a new baby or a young child’s room.

 

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Locker Hooked Mat
Teacher:  Carol Young
Session:  Saturday afternoon II
Cost:  $15
Kit:  $8 for locker hook and 3.75 mesh canvas.
Prerequisites:  None
Level: All
Maximum Number of Students:  12
Available spots:  8
Finish at Braid in:  Likely
Learn to use a locker hook to make a small (10″ square) mat.  Use wool or cotton scraps to pull up and lock loops to make a mat for hot pans, plates, or candles.

 

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Rug Punching — Try It Out!
Saturday afternoon II.  No registration necessary; just drop by and try it out.  Work with ¼” strips to create the look of rug hooking… but SO much faster.