Events and Classes

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I’m looking for input!

First, please sign up for the mailing list!

(There’s a place to do that right over there —–> )

I’m in Pueblo, Colorado. I’m going to start teaching classes in a wide variety of subjects, and I want input from YOU about what you’re most interested in! You can leave comments below on this page, or write me at Kelley@the-spinning-wheel.com

If you’re from out of state, still sign up for the mailing list. You never know when I may take my show on the road.

Let me know what interests you, and what you prefer as far as weekends, evenings, noon on a Monday, or if you can only take classes during the new moon with Jupiter rising.  I’m openminded. Your feedback will help me put together a schedule to reach as many people as possible.

If you’re mailing me, please let me know what you think is a reasonable price for the classes you’re interested in.  (Don’t share that in the public comments, please.) I can’t guarantee I will charge that price, but I know times are tough and I genuinely welcome your honest opinion about cost. What price do you think would make learning a new skill affordable for you?

Sign up for the mailing list! It’s easy to do, and the best way for me to let you know about class schedules and upcoming events.

Thanks!

–Kelley

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Here is a partial list of classes I’m wanting to teach. Every time I teach it makes me think of more I’d like to share, so this list is always going to be a work in progress.

  • Natural Dyeing
  •      Plants from the Yard
  •      Powdered Preparations of Natural Dyes
  •      Surface Design with Natural Dyes and Pigments
  •      Kids Natural Dyeing – A science experiment with weeds. No toxic materials for this. (Ages 10 – 15)
  • Eco-Printing
  •      Silk
  •      Cotton
  •      Paper
  •      Kids Eco – Printing  (ages 8-12)
  • Dyeing Yarn
  •      Wool, Silk, or other Protein Fibers
  •      Cotton, Rayon, Linen, or other Cellulose Fibers
  •      Using a Union Dye to Dye Various Fiber Types
  •      Handpainted Warps for Weaving

handpainted dyed warp chain rayon and cotton for weaving

  •  Dyeing for a Project, and Having Some Idea What It Will Look Like
  •      Dyeing for Kids the Kool Way – using food safe dyes for coloring wool (Ages 6- 15)
  • Dyeing Fabric
  •      Shibori, tie die and resist
  •      Silk Scarves
  •      Cotton for Quilting
  •      Surface Design — Painting on Cloth
  •      Kids Surface Design (ages 10-17)
  • Dyeing in the Microwave — the Serendipity Dye Technique
  •      Yarn
  •      Silk

dyed silk habotai fabric dyed in the microwave with Rit dye

  • Paper Making from the Plants Outside Your Door
  • Paper Making – Just a Little Less Primitive (paper from commercially prepared linter or recycled paper)
  • Paper For 3-Dimensions — from Recycled Materials
  • Spinning on a Spinning Wheel
  •      6 Week Course, From Fleece to Fancy Fibers (You’ll learn everything you need to know to be a successful spinner, and get to try out different wheels.  Wheels will be checked out for students to take home, included in the price of the class.)
  •      2 Week Course,  Get the Basics and Save the Details for Later (You can try other wheels during class, but won’t get to know them as well.) There is an option to rent the wheel between sessions, but the class will be designed so you have homework without needing the wheel.)
  • Spinning on a Spindle — Learn the basic concepts of handspinning in one session, using a drop spindle. It’s like a spinning wheel that you can fit in your purse.
  • Making a Drop Spindle – nothing fancy here, but it will give you something to spin on until you find the perfect spindle for you.
  • Improving your Consistency with your Handspinning, or Why Won’t It Do What I Want
  • Spinning — Playing with Plying

art yarn plied with beads

  • Spinning — Lockspun, Corespun, and Other FunSpun
  • Spinning Thick and Thin Yarn, Just Like You Used To Do When You Started
  • Basic  Weaving
  • Weaving for Kids (ages 6-12)
  • Felting
  • Felting for Kids (ages 5-14)
  • Silk Fusion
  • Basket Weaving
  • Wreath Making, Start to Finish
  • Embroidery– Crewel
  • Embroidery — Silk Ribbon
  • Polymer Clay – Basics
  • Polymer Clay – Marvelous Metallics and Terrific Translucents
  • Polymer Clay – Flower Canes
  • Polymer Clay — Butterfly Wing Canes
  • Polymer Clay — Powders, Paints, and Inks
  • Polymer Clay — Let’s Go Steampunk!

polymer clay steampunk mask

  • Polymer Clay — Sculpting a Face
  • Polymer Clay — Sculpting a Monster (Ages 10 and up)
  • Etching Copper
  • Wire Wrapping Stones
  • Gods’ Eyes – Updated From the Ones You May Remember 🙂
  • Dream Catchers
  • Basic Jewelry Design
  • How to Make Mosaic
  • Using Found Objects in Mosaic

Want to come see my work in person?

I can talk and spin on the spinning wheel at the same time!

Handspinning demonstration at First Friday Art Walk, Union St, Pueblo Colorado
Handspinning demonstration at First Friday Art Walk, Union St, Pueblo Colorado

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