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March 2010

Needles clicking on Tuesday

by Charley Orlando on March 30, 2010

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“Hey mister smarty-pants instructor, you threw so much stuff at us yesterday that our minds are scrambled.  How about helping us sort out that information?” “Okay, I have lots more information and skills for you to learn, but we can stop and review to fill in some holes.” We started with a review this morning […]

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Monday in the Aran Knitting Class

by Charley Orlando on March 29, 2010

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What is Aran knitting anyway?  Aran knitting, sometimes called fisherman style, comes from the Aran Islands off the west coast of Ireland.  Knitters use one color of yarn to create textured patterns like cables, diamonds, and bobbles. Today we started out with basic stitch patterns like ribbing, seed stitch, fisherman’s rib stitch, moss stitch, and […]

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Follow the Aran-Gansey Knitting Class ~ Part 1

by Emolyn Liden, Writer, Student & Instructor on March 29, 2010

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When you bump into Charley Orlando at the Folk School, one can’t assume he is teaching Blacksmithing, though he’s been teaching it here since 1989.  This is because Charley also teaches Tin Can Art and Knitting.  Charley’s classes are usually full with students waiting patiently on the sidelines hoping to get in.  Maybe we should […]

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When it all comes together ~ Spinning – Part 2

by Emolyn Liden, Writer, Student & Instructor on March 24, 2010

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When twelve spinners begin spinning, the Wet Room Studio resembles a maze of tools with fiber and wheels in every available space. At one end of the room, the drum carders were set up, piles of wool lay in the middle of the floor, and on the stove tops the dye pots were simmering. Before […]

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From Sheep to Shawl with Martha Owen – Part 1

by Emolyn Liden, Writer, Student & Instructor on March 19, 2010

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In the Wet Room studio this week we have “Sheep to Shawl” with resident artist Martha Owen.  “This class is a process class, not a production class,” Martha reminded her students.  In the middle of the week we were working with piles of wool, roots, vegetables, bugs, and other such ingredients.  But how would it […]

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