Spring 2018 Ltd. Ed. Bags

January 29, 2018

The Carolina Fiber Frolic Spring 2018 Limited Edition bag is here! For this retreat, I’m making a larger project/fiber/knitting/carry-all bag as shown here in these photos. The outer fabric is a charcoal grey wool blend with yarn “couched” down in an all over doodle design. Turquoise, yellow, cream, melon, hot pink, green, and purple all meander throughout. The lining fabric is a decorator weight woven fabric & each bag will have a large 2 compartment interior pocket.

The bag handles are a supple black leather, so they easily stay out of your way when the bag is open and you are knitting or spinning from it. There are also leather cords that can be used to tie the sides of the bag together to make the top of the bag narrower (if it’s not stuffed to the gills with yarn :-0), and to secure the contents as you carry your current project with you while out and about. The 100 gram cake of yarn & fiber braid are shown for scale & not included in your bag purchase (there will be yarns & fibers available from one of the vendors during the retreat that compliment this fabric – no pre-order necessary for yarn & fiber).

Each bag will have a Carolina Fiber Frolic Spring 2018 tag. If you would like to order a bag, please indicate that on your Registration Form, or send me an e-mail if you already registered & would like to add one to your registration information. Thanks everyone for your continued support of the Carolina Fiber Frolic Retreat!

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March 16-18, 2018 Retreat Registration now Open

January 20, 2018

Information on the classes that will be offered at the 9th Annual Spring Carolina Fiber Frolic Retreat is now available and Registration is Open!

There are a dozen classes from which to choose: Spinning, Knitting, Nuno Felting, Saori Style Weaving on a Rigid Heddle Loom, Fleece Prep, Steeking, Armenian Style Knitting, Fractal Spinning, and More!

Click Here to read about the classes, instructors, and Frequently Asked Questions.

Click here to download the registration form.

After reading through the info, feel free to E-mail me at jan@carolinafiberfrolic.com if you have any questions.

Hope to see you at the Spring 2018 Carolina Fiber Frolic Retreat in the Mountains of North Carolina!

Fall 2017 Retreat Bag

August 8, 2017

Fall is coming! And with it, the Fall Carolina Fiber Frolic Retreat and Limited Edition bags! Here are a few teaser photos of the Fall 2017 Bag.

 

Spring 2017 Bags

February 16, 2017

Here’s a quick photo of the Carolina Fiber Frolic March 2017 project bags that are available for preorder!

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If you are already signed up for the retreat, you will receive an e-mail with more details. If you’re not already signed up, what’s stopping you?

These lovely bags will be available (only as a pre-order) in 2 sizes: a Large “sweater size”, and also an X-Large size for larger sweaters, multiple projects, or blankets.

Details on the retreat classes, etc. as well as the registration form are linked in the right hand side bar. Hope to see you in the North Carolina Mountains for the 8th Annual Carolina Fiber Frolic Retreat!

March 24-26, 2017 Retreat

December 29, 2016

Registration is open for the 8th Annual Carolina Fiber Frolic Retreat while will be held March 24-26, 2017 in Sapphire, North Carolina. With over a dozen classes to choose from, you have the opportunity to enjoy a weekend in the mountains with other fiber lovers, learn a new fiber skill or build on those you already enjoy! Class topics include Seven Different Ways to Knit, Shetland Hap Shawls, Natural Dyeing a Rainbow Pot, Making the Most of Hand-Dyed Yarns, making your own Felted Journal, and many more!

Click the link in the side bar to learn about all of the class selections, read about the instructors and more information on the Carolina Fiber Frolic Retreat. Once you’ve chosen your classes, the Registration Form is also linked for you to download and either mail or e-mail in to reserve your spot at the next Frolic in the Mountains. Hope to see you there!

Registration is now Open for Fall 2016 Carolina Fiber Frolic

August 5, 2016

Fall retreat is “All Retreat” – no classes & minimal schedule. Bring the projects you are working on, make some progress on your gift list, bring something you’re stuck on & could use some advice & encouragement. Get away for a lovely, low-key weekend with other fiber lovers, away from your everyday routine. Click here for the registration form & additional information. Hope to see you in Sapphire November 11-13, 2016!

Fall 2016 Retreat Registration

July 29, 2016

Its time! Registration for the November 11-13, 2016 retreat is now open.  If you are on the email list, you should have received registration information.  The same information will also be linked in the right-hand side bar for those who are new to the Carolina Fiber Frolic.

Below are some photos of the Limited Edition  Fall 2016 project bags that are available as a preorder on the registration form.  If you are familiar with my typical sweater size project bag, note that these are slightly larger at approximately 17″ wide, 12″ high, and 5″ deep at the base.

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Hope  you’ll be able to join the Frolic in the mountains this fall!

 

 

Bags & Yarn for pre-order

February 10, 2016

When you register, you’ll see 2 boxes on the form listed under Optional items. One if for  pre-ordering  the Limited Edition Carolina Fiber Frolic Spring 2016 bag, and the other is for ordering a Kit: One bag and One coordinating self-striping color way yarn, Birds of a Feather, dyed by the amazing Joan of Lollipop Yarn. Both the bag and sock yarn are available only as pre-orders for those registered for the retreat. Want to see pictures? Of course you do!

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The bags are made from decorator weight fabric on the outside, and a sturdy solid color lining, plus a fun useful interior pocket! There is a Carolina Fiber Frolic Spring 2016 label sewn into the side of the bag and the handle attached to the zipper is made from the bird fabric also. The bags are large enough to hold a sweater project or multiple smaller size projects at the same time.

The yarn is Lollipop Yarns in the Gripes base, which is a lovely sock weight yarn that is 80% super wash merino & 20% nylon for added durability. The sock yarn is called Birds of a Feather (that Joan – she’s a smart one!), and has 5 different color stripes, each separated by a wider strip of the light blue-aqua color called, of course, Fiber Frolic (I did mention that she’s smart, right?).

Please note: both the bags & the yarn are only available in limited quantities and must be pre-ordered. The early registration discount ends on February 15th, so you’ll save yourself some money if you register before then. Hope to see you in the mountains next month!

Something New

January 15, 2016

I’m posting two more Spring Retreat class options today. It’s always fun to try something new, right? This year you have a chance to try your hand at wool rug hooking. There will be two classes from which to choose:

Sapphire Mountain Memories
A small project of a mountain vista created with simple rug hooking techniques using hand-dyed wool fabric already prepared in a kit with pattern on linen backing. The class kit will produce something like this:

 

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Hooked on Sheep
Hook a sheep mug rug using your own roving or handspun yarn. The instructor will have roving/fleece available if needed, as well as wool fabric to complete the background

Spring 2016 Spinning Focused Classes

January 12, 2016

Today I’m sharing preview information on the Spinning Focused classes that will be offered at the March 18-20, 2016 Carolina Fiber Frolic Retreat.

Plus one lovely Combo class that is open to Spinners, Knitters, and Crocheters 🙂

Spinning Handpainted Fibers
Handpainted combed tops and dyed locks can be found in a plethora of colors. The way the colors mix and shade in the fiber is often what draws us in, but can look “muddy” when spun into yarn. Come learn a variety of ways to prepare, combine, draft, and ply these beautiful fibers to give you the yarn you want. We will work with several different types of wool and a few luxuries like silk and yak.

Finishing School: Washing, blocking, and fulling techniques for handspun yarns
After your yarn is spun and wound into a skein, what comes next? Finishing handspun typically involves washing, but the exact approach depends on the fiber and spinning method used and what type of textile you want to make. Wet-finishing can be used to remove carding oils and excess dye, but can also add strength and durability or loft and halo depending on the method. This workshop will cover three common approaches to wet-finishing: washing, fulling, and blocking. We will spin a variety of fibers and yarn types, ranging from singles to tailspun, and finish them using different techniques. You’ll leave class with the skills you need to add a perfect finish to your handspun beauties.

Wool Breeds Short Course
Sheep around the world are beautifully diverse. Join us for an introduction to a range of sheep breeds and the characteristics of their wool. You will have a chance to handle fleeces and yarns from primitive, longwool, down- type, medium, and finewool sheep. Kate will offer tips on choosing the right wool type for your next project and resources for finding breed-specific fibers. Leave class with a notebook of the breeds covered in class and a better understanding of how wool type impacts the durability, resilience, and drape of your textiles. Bring your spindle or wheel, knitting needles or crochet hook, to sample fibers and yarns.
*This workshop is open to knitters, crocheters, and spinners alike.*

And one 6 hour class option:
Color and Creativity for Spinners
Inspiration is everywhere. The challenge for fiber artists is in translating interesting architecture, a sunset, or a memory into yarn and textiles. In this workshop, Kate will walk you through her own design process and help you begin a spinner’s creativity notebook. Building upon color studies and explorations you develop in class, the workshop will cover fiber preparation and spinning techniques used to manipulate color, managing handpainted fibers for different color effects, finishing techniques, and more. You’ll leave with an organized notebook filled with samples and ideas, and the tools needed to turn them into beautiful yarns.

I know I would love to take every one of these classes….. You?