Continuing Spinning

Friday September 6th

10am-3pm with a lunch break

Instructor: Melissa Harris
Cost $78- 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.

​Beverly Ellen Hills

As a child in the early 50's, Beverly hooked rugs with her Hungarian great-grandmother Sophia Meissner in Mt. Angel, Oregon. Grandma Sophia's cozy Victorian home was a virtual textile factory – with quilting, braiding, hooking and weaving projects scattered about the house. Beverly, her sisters, and her cousins were the worker bees, and their pay came in the form of fresh baked cookies.

Over a 10 year period starting in the mid-80's Beverly owned a kitchen table business called Great Basin Capotes. Sewing coats made from Pendleton Wool Blankets, Beverly's handmade coats were sold to many customers on both coasts, and in Scotland, in Nome, Alaska, to a Maori Chief, and to Native American artist Rick Bartow. Retailers selling her coats included Made in Oregon, Greetings from Oregon and others. Through a wholesale market sponsored by the Oregon Arts Council, Beverly sold as many of her coats as a one-woman operation could handle.

Since 2003, Beverly's Jitterbug Rugs, also a kitchen table business, has kept her occupied making hand-hooked rugs and tapestries. Beverly's award winning textiles have been featured at the Oregon State Fair, the Klamath Art Gallery and at Warner Mountain Weavers. Beverly is currently experimenting with local Navajo Churro yarns, a good sturdy fiber for rugs.

Great Basin Natural Dyes: Mini Skeins 
Instructor: Kay Antunez de Mayolo and Bonnie Chase
Sunday September 8th 
11am-3pm with a break for lunch
$60 plus $45 materials fee
Limit: 15 participants

We will dye 1 oz skeins in 6 different colors to make your own set of mini skeins to
either make a scarf or hat of your choosing.
Enjoy a day foraging dye plants and exploring colors made from Great Basin natural dyes. All materials sourced from the region – wild collected or from local dye gardens. 
​Bring: gloves, apron and a notepad (wear old clothes) 

Beginning Spinning

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 5-8th,  2019.            Registration Open May 4th

​Join us for our 19th year of Woolgatherings

Four glorious days of Spinning, Knitting, Weaving  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

Spinning Circle 

​​Easy Indigo Blends

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

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

High Desert Lodging 
1-888-279-2209. Call for Woolgathering group rates

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Yarn Development – For the Curious and the Crazy (who might want to do this too)

Instructor:  Lani Estill – founder of Lani’s Lana ~ Fine Rambouillet Wool Yarn Line

Friday Sept. 6 from 1-3 pm
$25 per person
Limit: 6 participants

This is a lecture/discussion class that will cover the ins and outs of creating yarn and roving using mills in the United States.  We will study Lani’s Lana and Brooklyn Tweed as case studies.  The text - Brooklyn Tweed’s Look Book is available for purchase at the discounted price of $15 retail $18. We will have copies to share during the class.


How to Weave on a Rigid Heddle Loom

Thursday September 5th 2-4pm

$325 includes class and 20" Schacht Flip Folding Loom

Instructor: Bonnie Chase

Limit 2 students

In this class students will warp their loom and learn to weave simple woven scarf. Finishing techniques will be covered.

The 20" width enables you to weave something wider than a scarf like shawls or placemats. 

Materials needed: 2 skeins of worsted or dk weight yarn, scissors, tape measure and notepad. Come early to class to choose your yarn colors. 

Instructor: Lani Estill and Bonnie Chase
Saturday September 7th 
1pm – 5pm
$60 plus $45 materials fee
Limit: 15 participants

Learn to make an Indigo Dye Vat that is easy to do at home without

smelly chemicals using dried indigo crystals, fructose and lime. 

Then using the Indigo Vats we will do some blending to either make Purple

or Green depending on the color of the base yarns. 

Leave with new knowledge of Indigo and 6 oz of yarn. 

Just the right amount to make the Verge Shawl by Kira K Designs,

or another project of your choice.

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

Bring up to 4 oz of fiber from your stash to use the remaining dye bath.


The Woolgathering

September 5-8, 2019

Beginning Rug Hooking; Play Hooky in Cedarville

Jitterbug Rugs - Hooked Rugs with a Twist – We use Yarns! 
Fee: $78
Instructor: Bev Hills
Saturday September 7
Limit 8
Skill Level: All Welcome
List of Materials brought by the Student:

Scissors and a pen and a pocketed apron or shirt.
Supplies provided by the Instructor and kept by the Student:

A Hartman Rug Hook (value $40), linen foundation with pattern, a hoop, yarns from Warner Mountain Weavers, and fabrics from Lani's Lana. (Also a gift from Bev – a finished hooked mug mat that you can dissect for instructional purposes, or not.)

We will be creating a simple Otami textile and the student will have several patterns to choose from. One hook – two techniques!

Both Hooking and Proddy will be taught in this class.        So join the Proddy Party and get Groovin'!