Cancelled: Weekend Workshop with Kim McBrien of Indigodragonfly

Apr 20th

Event Description

We're excited to invite you to another weekend workshop (June 3 & 4) with Kim McBrien of Indigodragonfly! This year we have a selection of two dyeing workshops and two non-dyeing classes. Read on for details and registration information.

Saturday, June 3
9.00 – 12.00: 3 Skeins, 3 Colors
1.30 – 4.30: Creative Design for Sweaters and Shawls (non-dyeing class)

Sunday, June 4
9.00 – 12.00: Kaleidoscope Yarn
1.30 – 4.30: Secrets from The Skein: (non-dyeing class)

To register, please fill out and return this registration form with your payment. Your spot will be held based on the date we receive your registration form. Registration deadline is May 26.

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Dyeing Workshops

3 Skeins, 3 Colors

In this class, you will learn to dye 3 skeins of yarn in colors of your choice. Work with one or more of a range of colors to create your unique accents for your next color work sweater, a striped shawl or more! If time allows, more than one pot may be dyed by each student (extra fee for yarn applies).

Homework:
Start searching for patterns you’d like to knit with your yarn. Collect images and examples of color combinations you love. Look in magazines and books. Take photos of places you love. Browse the paint chip aisle at your local hardware store. Come to class with a sense of color combinations that make you happy and excited about knitting them.

Kaleidoscope Yarn: Variegated, Speckled, Swirled and More Ways to Bring More Color to Your Yarn

Multicolored yarns are like kaleidoscopes for your hands. In this class, you will learn how to combine multiple colors on your yarn in the same pot. Hand painted yarns, variegated yarns, speckled yarns and so much more! If time allows, more than one pot may be dyed by each student (fee for additional yarn applies).

Homework:
Collect images and examples of color combinations you love. Look in magazines and books. Take photos of places you love. Browse the paint chip aisle at your local hardware store. Come to class with a sense of color combinations that make you happy and excited about knitting them.

Non-dyeing Classes

Creative Design for Sweaters and Shawls

This is the place where you will learn how to think creatively and work within the structure of basic sweater and shawl shapes, and make creative design decisions on your own. Get ready to explore color, texture and line through a series of games that will build your creative muscles and push your knitting to a new level.

Here’s what we will explore in class:

• Look at the things you do everyday as a knitter: basic structures, stitch patterns, color and design
• Learn how to “break” those structures, change them and how far you can bend them to your will
• Through a series of games and exercises, gain confidence in your own experiments and design ideas and learn how to bring them to your knitting

Homework (optional):
Do you have any ideas you’ve wanted to develop and have found yourself stuck? Feel free to bring them. Inspiration images of textures, shapes, color combinations, etc. would also be helpful.

Secrets from the Skein: What Your Yarn Forgot To Tell You

Hand dyed yarns seduce us with their beauty, but are often challenging to work with. Once the honeymoon is over and you’re knitting your project, all its secrets rise to the surface. What is your hand dyed yarn REALLY telling you, and how can you best use it in your next project?

Here’s what we will explore in class:

• What kinds of projects are best suited for different dyeing styles
• Identify different dyeing styles and how to “read” your yarn
• The myth of the “dye lot”
• How to easily and effectively alternate skeins for larger projects

Homework: None

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Workshop location:
Yarn Culture, 1387 Fairport Road, suite 885, Fairport, NY 14450
Questions? Call us during shop hours at 585.678.4894

What to bring for all dyeing workshops:
• Your clothing will get stained. Choose clothing that you don’t mind getting dye on.
• Apron (optional)
• Closed toe shoes (no sandals please!)
• Zip lock or plastic bag to take your yarn home in if still damp

What to Bring for Secrets from The Skein:
• Notebook and pen/pencil
• A small amount of yarn (3 small balls of scrap yarn are fine) and appropriate needles (for practicing techniques)
• Any hand dyed yarn from your stash that you’d like help analyzing

What to Bring for Creative Design for Sweaters and Shawls:
• Pencil and eraser
• Notebook, graph paper
• Favourite stitch pattern books (optional)
• Yarn you’d like to work with and needles appropriate for that yarn to be used for swatching stitch patterns and ideas

Materials Fees (dyeing workshops only):
For 3 Skeins, 3 Colors
Materials Fee: $30
Includes: 3 sk sock yarn (80% superwash merino, 20% nylon) 400 yds each; Dye, chemicals, dust mask and disposable gloves

For Kaleidoscope Yarn
Materials Fee: $30
Includes: 3 sk sock yarn (80% superwash merino, 20% nylon) 400 yds each; Dye, chemicals, dust mask and disposable gloves

Workshop & Class fees:
Full Day: $150 plus materials fee ($30)    
Includes both morning and afternoon sessions, lunch

Half Day: $75 plus materials fee for dyeing workshop ($30)
Includes session only, no lunch

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Kim McBrien is a lifelong textile maven . . . has tried it all. Start with liberal doses of dyeing, knitting, spinning and designing. Toss in some Arts Management teaching and Social Media guru-ing. Finish off with some yarn-y bon-vivanting. Oh yeah, there’s that World Domination thing . . .

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