Thursday September 5th 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
September 5-8, 2019
September 5-8th, 2019
Join us for our 19th year of Woolgatherings
Four glorious days of Spinning and Natural Dyeing Classes
Learn about techniques, fibers and working with locally sourced wool
Forage for dye plants
Learn the "ins and outs" of how to process your own wool at the mills.
Knit Night at the local Historic Pub
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 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 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.
Surprise Valley Hot Springs
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
MORE FUN CLASSES TO FOLLOW
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Friday September 6th
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.