Spin Your Fade: Color Carding and Blending

Saturday September 8th 9:30am-12:30pm

Instructor: Melissa Harris

$48 plus $28materials fee

Limit: 10 students
In this class, we’ll be creating colorful yarn to make a “Fade"

project using blending and other techniques. 



September 6-9th  2018

​Join us for our 18th year of Woolgatherings

Four glorious days of Spinning and Natural Dyeing Classes

Learn about techniques, fibers and working with locally sourced wool

Knit Night at the local Historic Pub

Spinning Circle 

​​​                                           Easy Indigo

                                                      Instructor: Lani Estill of Lani's Lana
                                            Saturday September 8th 1-5pm

                                                  Cost: $55 plus  Material fee $35

                                             Limit 15 participants.  

                                                                                                        Full: sign up for waiting list on contacts page 
Easy Indigo -- This workshop is designed to make an "organic indigo vat" that can be made for same day dyeing or can be maintained for extended dyeing over a period of time.  The vat is based on the process developed by Michel Garcia in France.

This vat is faster than a fermentation vat and does not use chemicals. Fructose and lime bring out the beautiful blues made with powdered natural Indigo.  We will dye three small skeins of Lani's Lana Worsted in a gradient achieved by controlling the number of dips each skein gets in the dye vat. There will be a hat pattern designed especially for the gradient yarns to take home.

Each participant may bring one skein of yarn to dye at the end of the day if we have enough blue left in the vat.  It may be fun to overdye a skein on Sunday in the "Great Basin Natural Dyes" class too!!  

The class materials fee includes wool yarn, a pattern suitable for small skein gradient yarns, indigo and other dye stuffs
Bring:  gloves, apron and a notepad (wear old clothes) 

Continuing Spinning

Friday September 7th

10am-3pm with a lunch break

Instructor: Melissa Harris
Cost $75- plus $15 materials fee

​Prerequisite: Beginning Spinning or equivalent.

​Limit 10 students

For those new spinners, this is a chance to get more time on your wheel. For intermediate and advanced spinners, you will have a chance to perfect your drafting (woolen and worsted) and plying. Emphasis will be placed on creating even, balanced yarn. 


Kay Antunez de Mayolo
Kay studied botany at CAL POLY. She became fascinated with textiles and natural dyes while working as a science teacher in Central

and South America in the 1970s. Her interest in ethno-botany led her to complete a MS thesis on the sources of textile dyes used in

Peru. Supported by funding from the Smithsonian, she traveled extensively in Peru to collect botanical specimens that were later

used by experts at UCLA, the Getty Museum, and the Los Angeles Museum of Natural History to verify the sources of dyes extracted

from ancient Peruvian textiles.
Recently retired from the California Department of Forestry where she was the environmental education coordinator, she is now living

in Eagleville, CA – tending her large garden that includes several sources of natural dyes.

Melissa Harris
Melissa has been teaching knitting, spinning and rigid heddle weaving at Warner Mountain Weavers for 15 years and is the resident

knitting troubleshooter. She judged the Fiber Arts Competition and the Sheep to Shawl at Black Sheep Gathering in 2010. Melissa

also taught knitting and judged the Sheep to Shawl competition at Lambtown, in Dixon, California. She has been a 4-H leader in

Fiber Arts for the last 10 years and is passing on these techniques to a new generations. 

 Lani Estill

​​Lani Estill is the founder of Lani’s Lana ~ Fine Rambouillet Wool.  A commercial wool business and small yarn line that produces yarn and roving for use by brands, fiber artists, commercial artisans and anyone who loves to create with wool!!  All of the wool for the brand comes from Rambouillet Sheep raised on the Bare Ranch located in Surprise Valley.  Some of the brands using Lani’s Lana Wool are The North Face, Brooklyn Tweed, Sincere Sheep, and A Verb for Keeping Warm.
Lani Natural Dyes her dyed yarn for her brand and enjoys teaching others the craft of Natural Dyeing.

The Woolgathering

September 6-9, 2018

Surprise Valley Hot Springs
530-279-2040  www.svhotsprings.com

Sunrise Motel and RV Park and Victorian

Bush House  530 279-2161

AirBnB The Bonner House unit 4

The Cottage at Winje’s Farm Bed and Breakfast  
 Lake City, CA        530 279-2371

Toll Free: 877-818-8632 www.winjesfarm.com

Modoc District Fairgrounds   Camping spots available. 530-279-2315 / www.modocfair.com 

High Desert Lodging     https://highdesertlodging.com 
1-888-279-2209. Call for Woolgathering group rates

Great Basin Natural Dyes 

Instructor: Kay Antunez de Mayolo

Sunday September 9th

11am-3pm with a break for lunch

$60 plus $10 materials fee

Limit: 15 Full

Enjoy a day exploring colors made from Great Basin natural dyes.  All materials sourced from the region – wild collected or from local dye gardens.  Colors of the season – and easy to apply to wool.  Bring your indigo skeins from Saturdays class to turn blue into green or purple. All levels welcome.

​Bring:  gloves, apron and a notepad (wear old clothes) 

Beginning Spinning

Thursday September 6th  from 1-4pm 
Instructor: Melissa Harris
Cost: $48 plus $10 materials fee
Limit: 10 students

Learn to spin, using one of our spinning wheels and local wool. You will learn how to spin, as well as basic wheel mechanics and an introduction to turning fiber into your own handspun yarn.  For returning spinners, this class will allow you to review what you already know and get you up to speed, so that you can

relax and enjoy the rest of the weekend courses. 

Beginning Spinners are encouraged to also take 

Continuing Spinning, to get additional hours of guided