2018 Demonstrations

Always FREE and Open to All!

Happening throughout both days of the festival
The 2018 Schedule include Weaving, Dyeing, Felting, Spinning, Knitting/Crochet, Locker Hooking and Alpaca and Angora Rabbit Care as well as Fiber Grading and Identification


10:00-10:30 Pam Dyer , Dyers Wool Beginning Locker hooking

Locker hooking allows you to create beautiful rugs, pillows, saddle blankets, and other products—without a loom or a spinning wheel—using unspun wool hooked through a canvas mesh. 

10:45-11:15 Deb Tewell , The Felting Source Beyond Wikipedia: Felting Basics

In a nutshell, the wet felting process condenses loose fibers into a solid piece of fabric, but by adding a dash of creativity, it can be colorful, dimensional, or wearable!

11:30-12:00 TahNibaa Naataanii , Golden Navajo Churro Sheep Corral Traditional Navajo Hand Spinning Using a Lap Spindle

This demonstration will focus on the cultural significance of the Navajo spindle and share carding and spinning Navajo churro wool from the rolags, spinning directly from uncarded  fleece.

12:15-12:45 Nancy Irlbeck , ANIROONZ Sheep Co Learn to Cro-Knit!

Cro-knitting is an old technique using a double-hooked crochet hook. Bring two skeins of yarn and borrow one of our hooks to make a mug mat!

1:00-1:30 TDLT Weavers , TDLT Fiber Artisans You've Got to Be Warped to Weave

Try your hands at weaving, you’ll be amazed at what you can create - our looms will be warped and ready for you to use.

1:45-2:15 Emilia Ponomarev , Feel Good Felts Feel Good Felts

You will learn how to create the “fabric of your dreams” using wet felting techniques; we will show methods for creating texture and color, by simply playing with wool fibers.

2:30-3:00 Judy Chapman , Judy Ball Creations Needle Felting

Needle felting is the art of creating sculpted 3-d and 2-d objects from wool using barbed needles.  Watch a demo of needle felting while learning the history of the craft!

SUNDAY Oct 7th

10:00-10:30 Peggy Doney , The 100th Sheep How 1 + 1 + 1 = 66!

Learn how using three hues will give you 66 beautiful colors and recipes.  Different dye companies and basic colors will be covered.

10:45-11:15 TahNibaa Naataanii , Golden Navajo Churro Sheep Corral Navajo Weaving

Famous Navajo Weaver Sarah Natani will demonstrate the traditional Navajo Loom.  Listen to sacred stories of how Navajo deities Spider man and Spider Woman brought the gift of weaving to the people.   

11:30-12:00 Karen Dietrich , Phoenix Fiber Mill Weaving with the Spirit of Saori

Saori is “the process to uncover the hidden power of creativity,” a free-style hand-weaving with no rules or restrictions. We will explore color, texture and unlimited fun with audience participation!

12:15-12:45 Franna Biederman , Phi Beta Paca™ Alpacas & Yarns Fun Raising Alpacas: Turning Fiber to Profit

PHI BETA PACA™ YARNS will hand out alpaca fiber samples, & demonstrate hand drafting.  The talk covers uniformity, fineness, classing,  grading,  histograms, mills requirements and how that affects quality of yarns.

1:00-1:30 Glenna Dean , Art Through The Loom Guild Fiber, Meet Twist! Spinning Anything with Nothing”

Spinning a yarn with your fingers? Sure. Spinning with a rock? Of course! Understand generating twist, introducing it to fibers, take your abilities anywhere and unleash your creativity.

1:45-2:15 Shelley Loveless , Rio Fernando Farm Plucking a Rabbit

Showing the tools and techniques for both grooming an angora rabbit and the best way to harvest their wonderful wool.

Calling all fiber artists, friends, teachers, and anyone interested in sharing their passion, knowledge, and ideas about the wonderful world of fiber! Demonstrations are ALWAYS needed and welcomed at the wool festival each year. If you have new, exciting, crazy, traditional, innovative and/or wild talents that you could share with festival attendees, THIS could be your moment shine.

Please send Deb Tewell your thoughts, ideas and availability for festival weekend fun. You do NOT need to be a vendor to use this opportunity to share your woolly wisdom.