If you have been a repeat visitor of Valley Fiber Life, you probably already know that I am a fan of Snow Farm, the New England Craft Program. Snow Farm is fortunate to make its home on the grounds of a historic New England farmstead.
So here we are, in the depths of a New England winter, and just when you may have thought that winter has gotten the best of you, there are a couple of “commuter” classes coming up at Snow Farm, to keep your creativity flowing.
Are you a weaver, knitter, or did you always want to become a weaver or knitter? Now is a great time to realize those aspirations!
To start with, we are lucky to have the Fundamentals of Weaving, taught by Kate Jenkins. Kate is an accomplished and experienced weaver; she has done production weaving for clothing designers, and has taught in numerous venues. She is best known for weaving with chenille, which makes for luxurious, soft pieces. The colors are absolutely luminous! If you attend this class, you will be able to learn about some of her forays into adding unique materials to her projects, such as novelty yarns, ribbons, and most recently, wool. She then felts the pieces, giving them a three-dimensional effect.
Knitting is the other fiber focus this winter at Snow Farm, and if you are a local to the area, you will be able to spend eight delightful evenings honing your skills with Wendy Sinton. Wendy has been knitting for 50 years. She adores teaching all levels, but especially the beginning and advanced beginning set, because of all their enthusiasm about what they produce. Most of all, Wendy has a lifelong passion for knitting, and this is what make her courses so enjoyable - she is sharing what she loves with others, and that really comes through in the tenor of her courses.
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