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Midwest Fiber & Folk Art Fair
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Come Celebrate the Work of our Hands!
Come Celebrate the Work of our Hands!

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We are "DIIPin" (Do It In Public) WEDNESDAY, Aug 14 in Crystal Lake! See www.fiberandfolk.com/diip.htm for map and details! Come on out and join us for a little "conspicuous creativity"!

Bring your loot from the Fair to show off! Bring your latest project and share with us! Bring information about your Guild! LYS and local artists - come share your information and encourage us all to buy local and buy local handmade!
#knitting   #crocheting   #spinningthread   #weaving   #fiberart  

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The Vendor List is up!  http://mad.ly/9416c3 

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Exploring the Long Draw with Stefania Isaacson 
Subject: Handspinning 
Did you know that for spinning some fibers you have to do a long draw? And, did you know you can't get true woolen spun yarn without the long draw? And, were you aware that spinning with the long draw is actually faster? This class will not only show you how to do a long draw, it will help you know when to use it, what fibers are best for the long draw, and how best to prepare for it. We will spin with a number of different fibers, and students will spin from thick to thin and everywhere in between to create many samples as they learn the technique.
http://www.fiberandfolk.com/Members/ViewClasses.PHP?subject=11
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Fine Fibers, Small Spindles with Stephenie Gaustad
Subject: Handspinning
You don’t always need the fastest wheel to spin gossamer yarns.Fine yarns take a lot of twist but when you reach for a small spindle, you hold in your hand a powerful tool. This hands-on presentation introduces you to a variety of fine yarn spindles: tahkli, Russian, bead whorl and a variety of mid-whorl spindles, their care and feeding. 
http://www.fiberandfolk.com/Members/ViewClasses.PHP?subject=11
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TEACHERS AT THE FAIR: Kay Kjeldgaard
In 1985, Kay had her own shop and started weaving and teaching basketry. She specializes in traditional and functional reed baskets with unusual accents and bright colors; she has designed over 50 basket patterns. Her teaching background includes school groups, local guilds, 4-H, classes for Heartland Community College, state basket conventions and private instruction. Kay enters the Illinois State Fair and has won many ribbons over the years. She graduated the University of Iowa with a major in teaching and a minor in art and has done graduate work in fiber art as well as studies in Nantucket and Stowe.

Most recently her interests have lead her to create original Nantucket and tote baskets that rug hookers, quilters and x-stitchers enjoy. The wood parts are made from oak, walnut and cherry. The tote baskets have divided areas for tools and include a magnet to hold scissors. These baskets were written up in the 2009 June/July ATHA Newsletter.

Classes: Divided Wool Basket
http://www.fiberandfolk.com/Members/teachers.htm#kjel
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TEACHERS AT THE FAIR: Mary Jo Harris 
Mary Jo lives with her husband in Madison, WI. She has been caning chairs for over 7 years and is a member of the Seatweavers’ Guild. In addition to caning, Mary Jo is a knitwear designer, a blogger, and a member of the Madison Knitters’ Guild.

Classes: Beginning Hand Caning
http://www.fiberandfolk.com/Members/teachers.htm#harris
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Ram's Horn and Its Relatives with John Mullarkey
Ram’s Horn is a popular beginner’s card weaving pattern that has lots of variations within. Learn how to read a draft, setup the cards, and weave this beautiful pattern. With a few changes to turning, learn several of the variations to the Ram’s Horn pattern like Ivy and Running Dog. No previous tablet weaving experience required.
http://www.fiberandfolk.com/Members/ViewClasses.PHP?subject=20
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Arans From the Top Down with Beth Brown-Reinsel
This unusual type of Aran construction is controversial as to its historic authenticity. Nevertheless, it is a fascinating concept, which results in a stunning garment that is fun to knit. While knitting a small sampler sweater from the neck down, traditional pattern motifs will be worked, including bobbles, traveling stitches, knit/purl motifs, baby cables, background stitches, and more! The neckline studied will be shaped for a comfortable fit by utilizing increases and casting on extra stitches.
http://www.fiberandfolk.com/Members/ViewClasses.PHP?subject=13
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Beginning Hand Caning with Mary Jo Harris 
Ever wonder how a caned chair seat is made? Do you have a caned chair seat that needs to be replaced? If so, this is the class for you. In this class you will learn about the different types of chair caning, the various materials used, and will learn the 7 step method of caning chairs by hand caning a 12 ¾’ x 9’ x 9’ stool using natural materials. You’ll also learn how to care for your caned items and get your caning questions answered.
http://www.fiberandfolk.com/Members/ViewClasses.PHP?subject=23
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TEACHERS AT THE FAIR: Tammy L Deck 
Tammy L Deck operates her own creative art studio, "TLD Design Center & Gallery" in Westmont, IL a Suburb of Chicago where she has been teaching Felting Classes (together with other fiber art classes such as weaving, knitting, and sewing) since 1995. Tammy's formal education includes 2 year study in Fashion Design at Harper College (Palatine, IL) and a BS degree and post graduate studies in Clothing & Textile Science (major) with Fiber Art (minor) from Northern Illinois University (DeKalb, IL). Tammy is on the Board of Advisers and adjunct faculty, teaching Textile Design I & II for the Fashion Design Department of College of DuPage. Tammy is also a past president of the Illinois Prairie Weavers Guild.

The majority of Tammy's wet felt work is derived from personal exploration focused primarily in the creation of artistic & fashion forward hats, scarves, clothing, purses, collars and cuffs which she exhibits and sells through Chicago Area Fine Art Festivals, the Illinois Artisan Shop of Chicago, the One of A Kind Show at Chicago's Merchandise Mart and her own studio/gallery in Westmont, IL. She has captured numerous awards for her body of work including a "Best of Show" ribbon at the LaGrange West End Fine Art Festival (2009) and was invited to exhibit her work in a show titled "Felt Inspired" held at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts of Saugatuck, MI (11/11~01/12). Her laminated (nuno) felt work has been featured in national publications and she authored "Free Hand Felting Unleashed" for "Belle Armoire- Art to Wear" magazine Nov 2006 and "Recycled Sweater Hats" for Altered Couture Magazine Nov 2006. She demonstrated fabric painting and laminated (Nuno) felting techniques on the HGTV show "Crafters Coast to Coast" and DIY network's "That's Clever" and has two felt works included in the book, "500 Felt Objects" by Lark Books (2011).

Classes: Felt Purse, Flat Felt ~ Tapestry Scarf, Free Hand Felt Lace Scarf
http://www.fiberandfolk.com/Members/teachers.htm#deck
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