Classes and Festivals
Interested in learning how to weave or spin? Maybe you are looking to expand your skills. The following places offer classes or lessons that can get you started or push your abilities to a new level.
Studio and Private Classes
- Master weaver Tom Knisley and his talented daughter Sarah Bixler have opened a weaving studio of their own near York, PA. They offer an extensive array of classes in weaving, spinning, and other fiber arts. Their web page can be found at Red Stone Glen.
- Vulcan’s Rest Fibers is a charming shop in Chesapeake City, MD that offers supplies and classes in a variety of fiber arts.
- The Weavers Guild of Greater Baltimore offers a variety of classes. Their beginner classes include renting looms, so students do not need to purchase equipment!
- The Philadelphia Guild of Handweavers classes are open to members and non-members alike, and are held in their historic guild house in Manayunk.
- The John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC offers weekend and weeklong classes in weaving, as well as other fiber arts. Their classes are taught by local teachers and visiting instructors as well.
Don’t forget that a lot of Sheep and Wool events offer classes as well! Check their websites well ahead of schedule, since classes can fill fast.
These are just a few:
- Nice and local, the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival is held the first full weekend in May, and is the oldest sheep and wool festival in the country!
- The New York Sheep and Wool festival is the largest in the country, and is held in Rhinebeck, NY in the fall. Registration tends to open in May.
- The Fingerlakes Fiber Festival is held every September. It’s a smaller festival, but very fun, and also offers workshops.
- The Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival is held in late September, and also offers a nice range of fiber related classes.
If you have the budget for it, consider attending one of these bi-annual regional or national conferences. You may need to bring your own equipment, so check the descriptions carefully.
- The Mid-Atlantic Fiber Arts bi-annual Workshop Weekend is a chance to take a single in-depth class with a world class teacher! Check out their wepage for upcoming information about the 2019 conference. here.
- Convergence is the bi-annual conference of the Handweavers Guild of America. This meeting lasts over a week, and offers an enormous range of classes and seminars. The next Convergence will be held in the summer of 2018 in Reno, NV, so check the HGA’s homepage for more details.