I'd like your input on the 2014 calendar: what dates and topics interest you?
A little weaving...

December Workshops

I'm finishing out the year with my regular selection of workshops at Bazaar Girls in Port Towsend:
Spinner's Circle, 3-5pm Mondays Dec. 2,9,16,23,30 (free!)
Learn to Spin on a Wheel, 6-8pm Fridays Dec. 6,13,20 ($75 includes materials; wheel rental available)
Learn to Spin on a Spindle, 6-8pm Monday Dec 16 ($10 and shop learn to spin kit, or $35)
Learn Naalbinding: Amulet Pouch, 6-8pm Wednesday Dec 11 ($30; materials provided)
Learn Tunisian Crochet: Box Hat, 6-8pm Wednesday Dec 15 ($30; bring 4 oz. worsted weight yarn and K afghan/Tunisian crochet hook)
Register on http://askthebellwether.com/ or at Bazaar Girls, 129 Quincy St., Port Townsend, Washington.
If you'd like one of these workshops on another day or in my studio, contact me and we can make arrangements.

2014: Transformation

2014's workshop theme: Transformation. I have two exciting workshops on weaving fabric into cloth. That's right, take fabric, cut it up, and weave it back into fabric. Both techniques maintain the fabric's image; the first uses plain weave, the second uses 4 harnesses. The simple act of spinning is the initial transformation -- from clouds of fiber into strong yarn. Let 2014 be a year of transformation for you through these workshops.
I'd like your input on this workshop list: what would you like to see offered, that isn't? when would you like workshops offered? Perhaps some of these should be later, and your favorite should come up in January or March ... This is your first opportunity to suggest changes. You can also throughout the year, as I will announce workshops monthly in the email newsletter and post not more than 3 months forward on the website. The calendar below is not final, but a starting point. Your input will help make it the best year yet!
Offered monthly at Bazaar Girls:
Learn to Spin on a wheel (3 Friday evenings)
Learn to Spin on a spindle (3rd Monday evening)
Learn Nalbinding (2nd Wednesday evening)
Learn Tunisian Crochet (4th Wednesday evening)
Offered monthly in The Bellwether Studio:
Learn to Weave -- rigid heddle or table loom (scheduled by participants)
On the Calendar:
Jan 11 (Sat) Rigid Heddle Double Weave
Jan 25 (Sat) The Silk Road -- spinning silks on the wheel
Feb 1 (Sat) Texture and Pattern on the 4" loom (Weavette, Weave-it, Zoom, Jiffy, ...) 
Feb 14-16 Madrona Fiber Arts Festival (Tacoma, WA) Since some have asked, I will let this slip: designing blends will be a hands-on mini-class at Madrona. I have wheel and spindle workshops, and a charka mentor session.
Sometime in Feb-May I will be offering a sewing class, through Cedar Root Folk School, on mending. It will include repairing knits.
Mar 8 (Sat) Weaving Fabric into Cloth I (Rigid Heddle or Table Loom) "California" style
Mar 15 (Sat) Dyeing Rainbows (Kettle and Ball Dyeing)
Mar 29 (Sat) Spin Super Sock Yarns (wheel or spindle)
April 5-6 Whidbey Spin-In (Sarah Anderson! woot!) (Oak Harbor, WA)
April 12 (Sat)  Inkle Loom 101
April 19-20 Shepherd's Extravaganza (Puyallup, WA)
April 26(Sat) Spindle & Fiber
May 10(Sat) Nuno Felt: wool on silk scarf
May 17(Sat) Exploring Shetland
May 29-June 1 NwRSA (Salem, OR)
Jun 14-15 Palouse Fiber Festival (Moscow, ID)
Jun 20-22 Black Sheep Gathering
July 5(Sat) Weaving Fabric into Cloth II (Table Loom) "Theo Moorman" style
July 12(Sat) Handpainting Yarn and Fiber (animal fibers and nylon)
July 19(Sat) Alpaca: Fleece to Yarn
Aug 2(Sat) Backstrap Basics
Aug 16(Sat) Cotton on the Charka
Sep 13-14 Jefferson County Farm Tour: Natural Dye Workshops
Sep 26-28 Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival (Canby, OR)
Oct 5 (Sat) North Olympic Fiber Arts Festival (Sequim, WA)
Oct 18-19 Fiber Fusion Northwest (Monroe, WA)
Nov 1 (Sat) Exotic Fibers on Tahkli and Tibetan Spindles 
Whew! As you can see, I am having fun with the list. I look forward to your input and to rolling out the 2014 workshops as the year moves along.
Happy spinning, weaving, and dyeing,
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