If you are interested in knowing where I will be teaching in the fairly near future, see the list below, although be sure to confirm with the event’s website: some of these are still in the planning stage, although far enough along that I know I’ll be there, even if what I’ll be teaching is not fully confirmed.

If you would like to know more about the Explore 4 events (listed by date in sequence on this page), they have their own section.

If you are interested in obtaining information on what is involved in having me teach at your event, head over here. I can only accept a few invitations each year; I do aim for geographic diversity.

 

March 27–30, 2018  ♦  Missouri

PLYAway, Kansas City, Missouri
  • The Classic Down Wools (for spinners), one-day, Tuesday, March 27; appears to be sold out as I’m assembling this page
  • Basic Things Every Spinner Should Know about Wool, half-day, afternoon, Wednesday, March 28
  • Wool Facts for Wool Geeks, one-day, Thursday, March 29; appears to be sold out
  • The Classic Down Wools (for spinners), one-day, Friday, March 30; appears to be sold out

April 14, 2018  ♦  Colorado

YarnFest, Loveland, Colorado

Subject to refinement.

  • How “Should” I Spin This? (for spinners), evening short workshop, Thursday, April 12
  • Wool Types (for spinners), one-day, Saturday, April 14

The full YarnFest event runs from April 12–15, 2018.

June 15–17, 2018  ♦  Iowa

Iowa Sheep and Wool Festival, Ames, Iowa

Subject to refinement.

  • “Love the One You’re With”: Local Wools (for spinners), one-day, Friday, June 15
  • Shetlands (for spinners), one-day, Saturday, June 16
  • “The Magic of Wool,” talk, Saturday, June 16, evening
  • Rare-Breed Wools, yarn-based, for knitters, et al., half-day, morning, Sunday, June 17
  • Reading/presentation and Q&A, afternoon, Sunday, June 17

November 5–8, 2018    Washington

Explore 4 Fall Fiber Retreat #1, Friday Harbor, Washington
Wild Card—Shetlands: four days

See Explore 4 pages. Arrive the 4th, depart the 9th unless staying for week #2.

Back by popular demand—and participants from the first Shetlands four-day retreat have already signed up to do it again! There’s a lot to be learned from and about Shetlands. I’ll be revising the material (I always do).

November 12–15, 2018    Washington

Explore 4 Fall Fiber Retreat #2, Friday Harbor, Washington
Four-by-four: Four fiber types in four days (revisiting)

See Explore 4 pages. Arrive the 11th, depart the 16th.

This Four-by-four retreat will feature fiber types that I’ve already covered in the spring Four-by-fours. In some cases, folks will have missed those and want to make their acquaintance. In other cases, this will be an opportunity to explore them more deeply. As of March 2018, for this fall retreat we’ll be exploring:

  • Jacob
  • Lincoln Longwool
  • Suffolk
  • and ?

 

March 25–28, 2019  ♦  Washington

Explore 4 Spring Fiber Retreat, Friday Harbor, Washington
Four-by-four: Four fiber types in four days (original)

See Explore 4 pages. Arrive the 25th, depart the 2nd.

Spring retreats do not repeat fibers that have been featured in previous spring retreats. For fibers already reviewed in spring, see the fall Four-by-four.

Most of these are sheep breeds, although we sometimes branch out and explore other animals’ offerings. It’s always challenging to announce the fibers in advance. One goal is to present at least three forms of each fiber, in order to give an idea of the range of qualities within the breed or fiber type. That means I need to have in my hands those examples before I commit to including them. It often takes a year or more to collect the right fibers for a single day.

Another goal is to be sure that the four days offer different experiences in terms of color, texture, and history.

November 4–7, 2019  ♦  Washington

Explore 4 Fall Fiber Retreat #1, Friday Harbor, Washington
Wild Card—Color Blending with Wool and Limited Palettes

See Explore 4 pages. Arrive the 3rd, depart the 8th unless staying for week #2.

After doing some casual color-blending exercises at the Spring 2018 retreat on weft-faced weaving, I was asked to do a whole four-days of color-blending with wool. Here it is!

November 11–14, 2019  ♦  Washington

Explore 4 Fall Fiber Retreat #2, Friday Harbor, Washington
Four-by-four: Four fiber types in four days (revisiting)

See Explore 4 pages. Arrive the 10th, depart the 15th.

This Four-by-four retreat will feature fiber types that I’ve already covered in the spring Four-by-fours. In some cases, folks will have missed those and want to make their acquaintance. In other cases, this will be an opportunity to explore them more deeply. I should be able to announce the fibers some time in spring 2019.

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