Make Your Own Unique Silver Buttons!

Button Making Workshop, 10-12:30, $37

You found the perfect artisanal yarn or other great fiber product. You spent time fashioning it into a marvelous hand-made item. Now it’s time to take the next step and add your very own hand-made buttons as closures or embellishments!
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In this workshop you (yes, you!) will create your own fine silver buttons. We’ll use a relatively new technique involving reclaimed metals in a finely powdered form. They come mixed with an organic binder and water to yield a substance that feels almost like a silky-soft clay. You will roll this over a textured surface to impress a design. We’ll have pastry cutters and decorative scissors you can use to cut the outlines of your buttons, and you’ll learn how to smooth out the edges, add the necessary holes, and finish the surface so it will have a beautiful shine.

We’ll finish by 12:30; your instructor will then fire all the students’ buttons in a small electric kiln to remove the binder, until only the silver remains. The buttons may also be tumbled to a bright and shiny finish. You’ll be able to pick them up at the end of the day. (If you prefer, you may arrange a time to come pick them up another day, or request that your creations be mailed to you.)

Demonstrations will cover several designs about one inch across. Participants following that lead should be able to complete three fine silver buttons in the class. (Adjust the count up or down a bit if you prefer a different size.) For those who work fast and have enough interest in making more, additional packets of the silver material will be available for you to purchase to make extras.

And there’s no need to limit yourself to buttons! With just minor adjustments in the size and placement of the holes in your pieces, you can end up with bracelet charms, pendants, or earrings. The instructor’s sample buttons will be available for purchase at the end of the session. Class participants will have first choice, then they’ll be offered to others attending the Indie Knit & Spin event.

The instructor will have all the tools necessary. Participants don’t need to bring anything but their interest and enthusiasm.

The silver material, project handouts, and various consumables we will use are included in the materials fee. The exact materials fee will depend on how many buttons of what size you choose to make; experience has shown that to likely be around $35 per person.
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Carol Scheftic is a certified metal clay artisan and an accredited metal clay teacher. She was born in Indiana and raised in Florida. After stints in several other locales, she moved from California to Pittsburgh. She has been here creating and teaching this process since 2006. She is a founding member of the Western PA Metal Clay Guild, and a member of both the Cranberry Artists Network and the Pittsburgh Society of Artists.

Her art jewelry pieces are available in galleries in western Pennsylvania and New York, and at open house events (four per year) in her studio. They have also been available at the Three Rivers Arts Festival in the gallery booths of Koolkat Designs and the Artsmiths of Pittsburgh.

She works out of a studio in the Wilkins School Community Center building in Swissvale, PA, where she regularly teaches private and semi-private lessons; she also teaches small group lessons at a variety of regional bead shops and galleries.

She is better at crochet than knitting, and loves making hairpin lace in particular. Most of the silver or bronze buttons she has made recently, however, have been used as closures on gemstone-and-leather bracelets. She looks forward to sparking your creativity in making these buttons, and to having you spark hers as you discuss the various ways you may use your lovely creations.

Marketplace Vendors 2015

I’m pleased to announce the following vendors for our November show:

Amelia and Wiggles

Artisan Buttons

Chickpea Yarns

Crochet By Faye

Destination Yarn

Dusty Tree Soap

Fibernymph Dye Works

Fiddlehead Fibers

Gwen Erin Natural Fibers

HipStrings

iKNITiatives

Joanna’s Boutique

Knit/Wit Designs; Fluvial Fibers Handspun

Michelle’s Assortment

One Sly Fox

Peppermint Knits

Shirsty Cat Designs

SpaceCadet

StarKnits

Structured Stitches

Wren House Yarns

Yoga and Yarn

Yoga and Yarn, 3:30-5:30, $30

In this class, knitters of all levels will learn simple techniques for using their time knitting as part of a mindful stress management strategy. We will look at the nature of mind and creativity and ways to use movement, stretching, breath and visualization to enhance our knitting skills and quality of life. Basic seated stretches will be taught to help knitters prevent repetitive strain injuries and to decrease the aches and pains that knitters sometimes experience in the neck and shoulders, hands and wrists, and low back. Absolutely no experience with yoga or meditation is required and all techniques are secular and so very gentle that everyone can practice them.
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Third session class 2-4
maximum class size – 20

1. Please bring a simple project that does not require counting or referring to a pattern. If you do not currently have such a project or are a beginner, please prepare a mindfulness knitting project as follows:

On size 6 or 8 needles, cast-on 30 stitches, preferably with a natural fiber yarn (avoid acrylic if at all possible) and knit at least 5-rows in garter stitch.

2. Wear comfortable clothing that is not revealing or restrictive if you bring your arms up in the air, sit or lift up one leg at a time.

3. Bring a water bottle filled with water.

Sharon is a meditation and yoga instructor with over twenty-years of practice and teaching experience. She draws upon her personal practice and training in cultural anthropology, art history, meditation, movement therapy and love of knitting to create unique workshops for adults who wish to enhance their creativity and reduce stress and anxiety. After owning and directing Yoga Matrika, an intimate community-based yoga studio in Pittsburgh, for eight-years, Sharon now offers mindful coaching for women, childbirth preparation and postpartum care all over the world. You can find Sharon online at www.yogamatrika.com.
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To inquire about or register for classes, send an email to cosymakes@gmail.com. All classes cost $30, to be paid in advance via check or paypal. Some classes have a material fee to be paid to the instructor at the time of the class.

Eastern European Knitting

Eastern European Knitting, 1:15-3:15, $30
(known also as Russian or combination knitting)
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This class will be teaching how people knit in Eastern part of Europe. In this way of knitting, yarn is controlled by the finger of your left hand – like in continental knitting, but stitches are done differently. It is very fast way of knitting and according to Ann Modesitt (who named it combination knitting) produces more uniform fabric.

Topics covered in class:
Knit stitch
Purl stitch
Decreases – difference between decreases in Eastern and English way of knitting
Binding off (much more loose bind off)

Supplies:
Needles and some yarn which you are comfortable knitting with. Thicker yarns (worsted weight and thicker) may be more suitable than thinner.

Joanna Romaniuk was born and raised in Poland. That’s where she learned to knit as a child. She does not remember how. Knitting was just something (besides cooking and sewing and so on) that women were doing. It was only after she came to US in 1989 that she realized that there could be another way of knitting. She taught both her daughters to knit the same way as she does. Teaching more people how to do it is a new endeavor for her, but she a lot of experience in teaching at school (K-12), college and work.

To inquire about or register for classes, send an email to cosymakes@gmail.com. All classes cost $30, to be paid in advance via check or paypal. Some classes have a material fee to be paid to the instructor at the time of the class.

Anatomy of a Sock Heel

Anatomy of a Sock Heel, 3:45-5:45, $30
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Sock heels vary from designer to designer and place to place. This class will compare and contrast a variety of types, so that you can choose the right heel for your socks. Both toe-up and cuff-down heel will be discussed.

Supplies: None, although paper and pencil are a good idea.

Supply fee: $10 for the booklet.

Homework: None

Instructor bio: Raven is an analytical thinker who has been knitting socks for 8 years.

To inquire about or register for classes, send an email to cosymakes@gmail.com. All classes cost $30, to be paid in advance via check or paypal. Some classes have a material fee to be paid to the instructor at the time of the class.

Design It, Write It

Design it, Write it, 1:30-3:30 pm, $30
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A class for knitters and crocheters to learn about writing patterns, including a review of the parts of a pattern, a discussion of pattern writing workflow, and an overview about selling patterns in today’s market. We will also discuss the reasons to write patterns, charts, schematics, and the importance of editing.
Supplies needed – If you have ideas for patterns you would like to write or prototypes, please bring them. Otherwise, just pencil and paper are required for taking notes.

Amy has taught in the past at Natural Stitches in Pittsburgh’s East End as well as the Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Festival. Due to her workload as an architect, she has had to give up full time teaching duties, but she appreciates the opportunity to teach occasionally at events like Indie Knit & Spin!

In addition to self-published patterns available on ravelry.com, Amy has designs published in “60 Quick Knits from America’s Yarn Shops”, “Scarves, Etc 2015” and will eventually have three designs published in the Cooperative Press Series “Fresh Designs Crochet”. Amy’s designs are also featured in kits sold by Ross Farm Fibers of Washington, PA. Keep up with new design releases and future teaching engagements at structuredstitches.wordpress.com. You can also find Amy on ravelry and twitter as Pghamers.

To inquire about or register for classes, send an email to cosymakes@gmail.com. All classes cost $30, to be paid in advance via check or paypal. Some classes have a material fee to be paid to the instructor at the time of the class.

Lectures: Conservation Wool Breeds and Dyeing Wool with Plants

Conservation Wool Breeds, 2-2:30 pm, $5
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As fiber crafters, most of us have a fine appreciation for wool. But did you know that there are some breeds of sheep that are at risk of disappearing? Bred in eras prior to today’s industrial agricultural practices, these breeds have specific traits that allowed them to thrive naturally in their local landscape. Now at varying levels of risk, breeds such as Leicester Longwool, Hog Island, Navajo Churro and Clun Forest need special attention before they and the beautiful fibers they produce are lost to us forever. This class will offer an overview of select threatened breeds as well as insights into their history and characteristics of their fiber. Samples of yarn/fiber will be available to see and feel in person. We’ll also talk about why conservancy is important when it comes to these special breeds of bygone eras.

Dyeing Wool With Plants, 4-5 pm, $10
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Dye plants are easy to forage, easy to grow, and some of them may already be in your garden as attractive bedding plants.
While most plant-based dyes do require mordants, the safest mordants and modifiers are easy to make at home from things around the house and bottles already in your kitchen and medicine cabinet. These homemade mordants and color modifiers are more difficult to measure, but are safer to use than powders because of the reduced inhalation risk.
This lecture will cover:
* Basic dye extraction from plant material
* Basic fiber preparation, mordanting, and dyeing procedures for wool
* Where to find alum mordants in the grocery store
* How to make copper and iron mordanting/modifier solutions at home
* Dye plants for foraging or cultivation in Western PA

Notify instructor of any plant or metal allergies

Since childhood, Kathryn has been applying technology to art and art to technology. Her interest in plant-based dyes started with easter eggs and a spice cabinet, and has grown to include her love of gardening in her all-around fascination with wool and handspinning. During the day she writes code for search engine research at CMU, and the rest of the time she and her husband tinker with a broad array of hobbies in their goofy old victorian home in Greenfield.

This year we are offering a series of short, fun fiber arts classes.  Classes cost $5 for half an hour classes and $10 for hour long classes.  Sample things you have never quite been able to figure out yourself, listen to a fiber arts lecture, or enjoy several short classes throughout the day and shop in between.  Class sizes are limited to 6 people each.  To register, or if you have questions, email me at cosymakes@gmail.com. See all short classes here.

Chart Reading, Adding a Personal Touch, and Beaded Knitting

Basic Chart Reading, 11:15-11:45 am, $5
Are you tired of seeing a great pattern and being discouraged because it’s in a chart? Well, fear charts no more. I can’t promise you that when you leave you will love charts, but you will definitely know how to read and follow one. And if you happen to start enjoying them, well, so much the better.

Marianna learned to knit when she was about seven years old. Her bear needed a scarf and her mom taught her how. She vaguely remembers a small scarf knit so tightly that the dropped stitch went absolutely nowhere. It wasn’t until college when, as a poor student in need of Christmas presents, she picked it up again. It was also at that time that she discovered something absolutely fascinating, her friend was knitting completely the wrong way! Why did she throw her yarn around so much instead of just picking it up with her needles? And thus she learned that there are various styles of knitting. You learn all kinds of things in college. She has been knitting for many years and enjoys sharing what she knows with those around her.

Adding a Personal Touch to Patterns, 12-1 pm, $10
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A class for knitters and crocheters to learn about making changes to the color and texture of patterns. We will talk about adding lace, cable, colorwork, and other textures in basic shapes like hats, scarves, and simple sweaters.
If there are particular patterns you want to modify, please bring them. Otherwise, just pencil and paper are required for taking notes.

Amy has taught in the past at Natural Stitches in Pittsburgh’s East End as well as the Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Festival. Due to her workload as an architect, she has had to give up full time teaching duties, but she appreciates the opportunity to teach occasionally at events like Indie Knit & Spin! In addition to self-published patterns available on ravelry.com, Amy has designs published in “60 Quick Knits from America’s Yarn Shops”, “Scarves, Etc 2015” and will eventually have three designs published in the Cooperative Press Series “Fresh Designs Crochet”. Amy’s designs are also featured in kits sold by Ross Farm Fibers of Washington, PA. Keep up with new design releases and future teaching engagements at structuredstitches.wordpress.com. You can also find Amy on ravelry and twitter as Pghamers.

Beaded Knitting, 1:15-1:45 pm, $5
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Learn how easy it is to add beads to your knitting! In this class, you will see and learn two different techniques for adding beads as you go. Materials to bring required: Swatch in fingering weight yarn. Cast on 30 stitches. Work 5 rows of stockinette. Materials optional: 1mm crochet hook, a few beads size 6/0, patterns that you would like suggestions on where to add beads to. Materials provided: beads, dental floss, and inspiration

This year we are offering a series of short, fun fiber arts classes.  Classes cost $5 for half an hour classes and $10 for hour long classes.  Sample things you have never quite been able to figure out yourself, listen to a fiber arts lecture, or enjoy several short classes throughout the day and shop in between.  Class sizes are limited to 6 people each.  To register, or if you have questions, email me at cosymakes@gmail.com. See all short classes here.

Kids Fiber Arts and Crochet for Knitters Classes

Exploring Fiber Arts (ages 6-12), 10-11 am, $10
Class description: Let’s explore all of the amazing fiber arts and choose which ones we like the best! “Exploring Fiber Arts” is a hands-on workshop for kids ages 6-12 to try out knitting, crocheting, and weaving, and to also learn about dyeing and spinning. Get your friends together and try it all out for yourself with instruction, resources, and materials provided by the teacher. This class is perfect for troops and groups (Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, homeschooling groups, etc.). Extending the activities learned in this workshop on your own may even help you to earn a scout badge. Parents are welcome to attend at no extra cost if they prefer to stay with their child during the class.  Supplies will be provided. Feel free to bring your own if you have something special that you would like to use.
Teacher Maggie Broderick is a professional educator, fiber artist, and Girl Scout troop leader.

Crochet for Knitters, 2:45-3:45 pm, $10
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In this 1 hour class, we’ll discuss different crochet stitches and techniques to enhance your knitting. We’ll talk about binding off with your hook, slip stitches for embellishing and joining, different stitches for edgings, and the provisional cast-on if time. Bring worsted weight yarn, an H (5 mm) hook, and two stockinette swatches to join, or create the swatch detailed in the homework to practice some of the techniques we’ll discuss. Swatch instructions will be sent when you sign up for the class.

Rebecca DeSensi has been crocheting and knitting for more than a decade. She works for a nationally-known, Pittsburgh-based, crochet designer and author, providing technical editing, pattern support, and sample creation for books, magazines, DVD workshops, and TV shows. She also has worked independently as a technical editor for publications and as a designer for a large national yarn company. She’s tried every technique and stitch out there, so it was a natural progression to jump into the business side of yarn. With her friend Karen, they dye and sell yarn as Amelia and Wiggles. Their booth can be found in the marketplace.

This year we are offering a series of short, fun fiber arts classes.  Classes cost $5 for half an hour classes and $10 for hour long classes.  Sample things you have never quite been able to figure out yourself, listen to a fiber arts lecture, or enjoy several short classes throughout the day and shop in between.  Class sizes are limited to 6 people each.  To register, or if you have questions, email me at cosymakes@gmail.com. See all short classes here.

All Classes IKS 2015

Spinning Classes with Lauren Haiken

9-12     Worsted? Woolen? What? – Exploring the two main spinning styles
2-5       Taste the Rainbow – Exploring the Many Splendors of Multicolor Spinning

More information about Lauren’s classes here.

Quick Classes – 30 minutes to an hour

10:00-11:00       Exploring Fiber Arts (ages 6-12)
11:15-11:45       Basic Chart Reading (lace)
12:00-1:00         Altering Patterns
1:15-1:45           Beaded Knitting
2:00-2:30           Conservation Wool Breeds (lecture)
2:45-3:45           Crochet for Knitters
4:00-5:00           Dyeing Wool with Plants (lecture)

More information about quick classes here.

2 Hour Classes

1:30-3:30      Design It, Write It
3:45-5:45      Anatomy of a Sock Heel
1:15-3:15      Eastern European Knitting
3:30-5:30      Yoga and Yarn

More information about 2 hour classes here.

1-5 Dyeing

More information about Dyeing can be found here (I haven’t figured out the details for this class yet, but save your afternoon if you want to take it!)

10-12:30 Button Making

More information about Button Making can be found here (I will have this information up soon).