Join us and enjoy a day of fiber and fun including vendors, classes, displays and more! There is social space available, bring your wheels or other projects and enjoy socializing while working on your favorite fiber art!
Back by popular demand - classes! We will have classes in the morning and afternoon including informational and hands-on learning. We will have a special lunch break class as well.
Some of you may have received early information implying that place in a class may be pre-registered. We apologize for that confusion, all classes will be first-come-first-serve this year.
Lunch will also be available this year! You may pre-order a Panera box lunch with your pre-registration this year, due October 1st. The box lunch option will only be available through pre-registration, we will not offer lunches at the door. You are still welcome to bring your own lunch to enjoy on site and several restaurant options are available with 15 minutes of the school. See the pre-registration form for details.
Mystery Bag of Yarn/Fiber! Bring along some de-stashed yarn or fiber (at least 100g/4oz) and turn it in at the designated table. At lunchtime, come pick out a new bag of mystery fiber to take home and love!
Click this link for the Registration form. If you have any questions, please send an email to email@example.com or call Jen at 309-634-9157(leave a message). Please complete the registration form with enclosed check payable to Bishop Hill Fiber Guild to the address on the registration form.
Summary of classes: [details at the bottom]
Cable Basics: Denise Elston
A Short History and Geography of Natural Dyes and Dyeing: Barbara Brown
Two Color Cables: Jennifer VanEtten
Romanian Lace: Carla Greby
Spinning from Silk Hankies: Dianna Smith
2015 Fiber Challenge: Purse-Ewe Your Dreams! Have you created a purse or bag that was a personal challenge? Bring it along to display for everyone to see! This is not a competition, just a themed display. While you’re there, vote for next year’s Challenge theme!
Viewers’ Choice Awards display: Bring your finished objects for display in this completion where everyone attending gets to vote. All full experience guests have a handful of beans to use to cast votes for their favorite items in several different categories. Who will win Best in Show? Categories: Hats/Scarves/Gloves, Using Handspun, Socks, Shawls, Adult Clothing, Baby/Child item, Table Accessories, Blankets/Afghans, Other, Youth(15 and under), Spinning-Singles, Plied, Non(sheep)-wool, Spindle spun. Download the entry form and bring it completed when you submit your entry. This will help with speedy processing of the entries.. /uploads/3/2/8/1/3281623/viewers_choice_entry_form_undated.pdf
BHFG Consignment Sale: Fiber and fiber tools offered for sale by members of the guild. This special sale table is available only to full experience guests. All proceeds benefit the BHFG.
**Construction Alert** a critical intersection near the school is closed due to construction and the completion date is not guaranteed to be before the Spin In date. These directions are for detouring around the construction (they’ll get you to the Spin In even if there’s no construction!)
Approaching from the South (Peoria, East Peoria, I-74) use IL-6 to IL-29 North. [posted detour] On IL-29 North, pass the Caterpillar facility and continue north to Cedar Hills Drive. Turn left at light onto Cedar Hills Drive and follow road approx. 1.25 miles to Old Galena Road. Turn left at the light onto Old Galena Road and drive approx.. 1 mile to the school.
Approaching from the North through Chillicothe on IL-29 South. [posted detour] On IL-29 South, continue to Cedar Hills Drive. Turn right at light onto Cedar Hills Drive and follow road approx. 1.25 miles to Old Galena Road. Turn left at the light onto Old Galena Road and drive approx.. 1 mile to the school.
Class Details Cable Basics (hands on) Taught by Denise Elston Class Time: 10am-11am Prerequisites: Proficient with basic knitting skills (knit, purl, cast on, bind off) Class Description: Are you intrigued but intimated by cable knitting? In this class, learn how to knit cables and understand cable instructions and charts. Needed Items: worsted weight smooth yarn in a light to medium color pair of knitting needles to match yarn (7-10 range) cable needle (recommend J-style) Homework: cast on 30 sts and knit 2-3 rows (garter) Maximum Enrollment: 10
A Short History and Geography of Natural Dyes and Dyeing (discussion) Taught by: Barbara Brown Class Time: 10am-11am Class Description: We’ll cover reds, blues and yellows, and in-betweens, from prehistory through 1856 – very quickly ... and selectively. Questions to be explored: What have been the most significant dyes over the millennia? How and where were they developed? By whom? What cultural significance have they had?
Spinning from Silk Hankies (hands on) taught By: Dianna Smith Class Time: 11:30am-12:30pm (Lunchtime Special) Class Description: Learn 2 different techniques for spinning silk from the preparation known as “hankies.” Silk prepared in this way comes from steaming and then stretching out silk cocoons onto a frame. This way you get a slightly textured yarn since all the fibers of the cocoon are captured in the preparation. Hankies can be found in the original white color or, more frequently, dyed with brilliant colors that highlight the sheen and beauty of the silk. Items Needed: Spinning wheel (preferred) or spindle,Small block of hankies (event vendors typically have them available) (small blocks of white hankies will be available from the teacher for $3),Small niddy noddy (if you have one – don’t worry if not),Several bobbins (preferred) Maximum Enrollment: 10
Two-Color Cables (hands on) taught By: Jennifer VanEtten Class Time: 1pm-2pm Class Description: Learn how to create knitted items that show off your cables to the max. Using a background and a main color to accent your cables you will bring new life to your favorite cable patterns. This new technique will increase visibility and create new unique look to any pattern or knitted item. You can use any type of yarn for this type of technique. In this class we will be using bulky yarn so you can see the difference quickly. Needed Items: bulky yarn in 2 colors Cable needle Knitting needles to go with bulky yarn Homework: CO 14 stitches with one color Rows 1-4 knit 14 stitches Maximum Enrollment: 10
Romanian Lace (demonstration and discussion) taught By: Carla Greby Class Time: 1pm-2pm Class Description: Romanian Point Lace is a form of needle lace that uses a crocheted cord as the base/outline. It is quite sturdy and can be used as doilies, appliques, or stand alone garments. The course will be demonstration of the crocheted cord and discussion of the history and common stitches as well as making your own patterns or adapting patters from other forms of needle lace. The cord is commonly made with #10-30 crochet cotton with a compatible crochet hook but it can be done in any size thread/yarn that will take a fair amount of abrasion. Written instructions will be passed out as well as the demo--if you want to practice, bring a crochet hook and matching thread (I will bring #s 10, 20, and 30 crochet cotton).