Flag Wool and Fiber Festival

Flag Wool and Fiber Festival

Saturday, Jun 1, 2019 from 9:00am to 4:00pm

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Flag Wool and Fiber Festival offer FREE Family fun with something for everyone

Alpacas, sheep and yak, oh my! Meet some of the fiber animals that Northern Arizona has to offer, shop from fabulous vendors from near and far, and learn about heritage crafts like blacksmithing and candle making.

Beer, wine and a delicious selection of food can all be enjoyed while learning something new from our special guest speakers.

Workshops:

9am-12pm: Microwave and Solar Dyeing Protein Fibers with Nancy Wilson

From the Instructor: "Students will learn how to dye protein fiber using Greener Shades Dyes. Yarn and fiber will be available for purchase in the workshop, and students are welcome to bring yarn or fiber (protein fibers only) that they would like to dye. Each student will learn the basic skills for this type of dyeing. I am not a fan of using plastic wrap, so we will work on methods that do not require it."

Cost: $55 class fee
Additional $5 material fee (to be paid to instructor at the workshop)

Location: Pioneer Museum

9am-12pm: Wall Hanging for Knitters with Vickie Howell

From the instructor: "One can’t walk through a boutique, flip through a catalogue, or scroll through Instagram these days without seeing a cool, yarn-made wallhanging. Traditionally these pieces are woven, but that doesn’t mean us knitters can’t get in on the fun! In this class we’ll create a cabled swatch with embroidered and needle-woven details and turn it onto a Pinterest-worthy piece of wall decor!"

Cost: $55 Class Fee

Location: Workshop 1, Gregg Cabin

9am-12pm: Quick Nuno Felt Scarf with Julia Garina

A little intimidated by the felting process? We make it easier by using Pre-Felt!

From the instructor: " it takes time, but it does not require much experience. I will explain you the steps of making scarf in the nuno felting technique I will teach you how to felt and cut the prefelt on silk, how to work out the  perfect edges,. The most important thing – I will show HOW and help you with your scarf. AT THE END OF WORKSHOP YOU WILL HAVE your scarf MADE!!!

After registering you will be contacted by the instructor regarding color choices.

Cost: $55class fee
Additional $55 materials fee (to be paid to instructor at the workshop)

Location: Workshop 2, Pioneer Museum Barn

9am-4pm: Round Reed Basket Weaving with Michelle Andrus

From the Instructor: "Round Reed Basket Class is an introduction to weaving a simple basket. In the class you will learn basic basket construction and weave your very own basket.  The class will have hands-on instruction, live demonstrations and tips for successful basket weaving. No prior basket weaving knowledge is needed, just
the desire to weave a basket. We will talk about adding color to the reed and embellishments to your baskets. You will complete a small to medium basket and receive a “goodie-bag” with additional reed, and instruction booklet, that will include everything you need to continue your basket making “obsession” at home.

Cost: $110 class fee
Additional $30 material fee (to be paid to instructor at the workshop)

Location: Pioneer Museum

9am-4pm: Wild Inks Part One: Earth Pigments with Mona Lewis

This is part one of a two-day workshop.  Students have the option of taking either workshop or both.  Part One (Saturday) focuses on inks made from minerals, Part Two (Sunday) focuses inks made from botanicals.

From the instructor: "The oldest paints in history were made from the earth. Rocks and minerals were found and ground to create luminous paints. We will explore several ways to transform foraged rocks and minerals into inks and paints for artistic use. Then we will create color wheels for these earth paints, and use them in two beautiful painting projects. Students will take home several inks they have made in class and recipes for the paints we make."

There is a $20 material fee. This will cover all painting and ink making supplies, as well as bottles for the newly made inks. A handout is included with instructions and resources for supplies.

Cost: $110 class fee
Additional $20 materials fee (to be paid to instructor at the workshop)

Location: Pioneer Museum

9am-4pm: Renegade Screenprinting with Natural Dyes with Tasha Miller Griffith

From the instructor: "Learn to screen print your own unique designs on fabric using natural dyes! Forget depending on textile companies or chemical dyes—you'll be free to find rebellious color in your local environment,  your kitchen, and from natural sources around the world. You won't need a lot of special equipment  either—we'll work with tools and processes you can use almost anywhere, to make infinitely varied designs. You'll learn all the steps in this process: making dye pastes, assembling small screens for printing, designing and cutting stencils, and printing. We'll explore the science behind natural dyes and mordants, and fuse ancient traditions with new ideas. Working with natural dyes is a great way to reclaim a sense of place and individuality in your clothing and textiles, and build a more sustainable craft practice."

Cost: $165 class fee
Additional $45 materials fee (to be paid to instructor at the workshop)

Location: Workshop 2, Pioneer Museum Barn

9am-4pm: Navajo Wedge Weaving with Nikyle Wes

From the instructor: "Wedge or Scalloped Edge weaving is an ancient technique devised by the Navajo. It is unclear how or why this technique of weaving was developed, but within the last 150 years it had nearly gone extinct. Due to the demand of regional pattern rugs and the aim for high quality, Traders on the Navajo Reservation shunned the idea of any textile that did not have straight edges. Due to the the technique used in wedge weaving, which is, rather than weaving the weft horizontal from right to left, it is woven diagonally from bottom to top. The manipulation of the weft against the warp creates a textile with “scalloped” edges and a “zig zagged” pattern.

Within the past decade a few Navajo Weavers have dedicated their time to reviving and refining this weaving technique. This is a great opportunity to be apart of the revival of wedge weaving and to learn Navajo Cultural stories and techniques.

Students will learn on a pre-warped setup. We will also learn Navajo cultural sheep and weaving stories. The main objective is to learn Navajo Wedge weaving and our goal is to finish a small sampler by the end of the class."

Level: Beginner-Intermediate

Cost: $330 Class Fee

Location:  Workshop 1, Gregg Cabin

9am-4pm: Traditional Navajo Techniques: Sheep Hide Tanning with Jay Begay

From the instructor: "Students will learn the Navajo method of tanning sheep hides. We will go through the entire process of tanning a sheep hide. We will go over fleshing other membranes and fat from the hides. We will wash the hides with yucca roots and then slowly work into brain tanning. The students will work the brains in to the hide and then work the hides the following day. At the end of the process the students will take the hides home with them."

Cost: $220 Class Fee
Additional $205 material fee (to be paid to instructor at the workshop)

Location: Pioneer Museum

9:30am: Beginning Frame Loom Weaving for Kids with Lucy Jennings

Join instructor Lucy Jennings for a fun kids workshop on frame loom weaving.  Drop in on the half hour for an hour of instruction for just $10.  Children 8  and under will need to have an adult stay with them.  Loom kits will be available for purchase for $20.  Pre-registration is not required.

Cost: $10 (loom kits available for $20)

Location: Pioneer Museum, Vendor Field

1pm-4pm: Felted Tote Bag with Julia Garina

From the instructor: "Join us - it takes time to make a bag, and it requires some of wet felting experience. I will teach you how to layer the wool, how to make a measurement and a model, how to weigh the wool and explain you the steps of making bag. The most important thing – I will show HOW and help you with it."

Students should bring:
Plastic bubble wrap: 2-by-2 yards (preferable, can be several pieces)
A piece of nylon curtain netting fabric or window screen fabric (instructor will provide some, just in case)
A container for water (such as a dishpan or tub)
Soap or dish wash liquid
2 old towels –pretty big
Scissors

After registering for this workshop Julia will email you to get your color choices for the wool for the tote bag.

Cost: $165 class fee
Additional $70 material fee (to be paid to instructor at the workshop)

Location: Workshop 2, Pioneer Museum Barn

1pm-4pm: Boho Rope and Fiber Baskets with Vickie Howell

From the Instructor: "What’s old is new again, and rope baskets are definitely back in style! In this class you’ll learn how to quickly create beautiful, bohemian-style containers using a crochet hook, cotton rope and your favorite wool or upcycled fabric strip yarn.
No previous crochet experience necessary!"

Cost: $55 class fee
Additional $25 material fee optional, see below (to be paid to instructor at the workshop)

Location: Workshop 1, Gregg Cabin