FIBRES WEST 2023
LECTURES free with admission
Spindles Galore: Making Yarn with a (Fancy) Stick, Diana Twiss. Friday, March 24, 2:30-3:30.
I've been making yarn with suspended spindles for the last 15 years and have recently (in the last three years) learned how to use supported spindles. In this talk I will give an overview of the different styles of spindles; make the case for working with spindles as a serious way to make yarn; and will share my top five tips for spindle spinning. I will share my carefully curated spindle collection with you via a slide show and offer commentary on the functions of the different spindle types. The lecture will conclude with a hands-on demonstration on how to get started on the different kinds of spindles, and will offer a Q & A for troubleshooting some challenges with making yarn with a stick.
Yarn Construction for Fibre Artists, Vanessa Bjerreskov. Saturday, March 25, 11:30-12:30.
What makes certain yarns better for certain projects? Why do a perfectly lovely yarn and a great pattern sometimes just not work out? Different aspects of yarn construction impact the suitable end use of a yarn. When you are attempting to figure out a pattern for stash yarn, or trying to find yarn for a pattern, it is important to know how these factors interact so you can make an informed decision. Yarn workers of all persuasions are invited to join Master Spinner Vanessa Bjerreskov for an in-depth look at six different aspects of yarn construction that can affect whether or not your project is a success, or gets thrown into a corner in frustration.
Turn your hobby into a profitable side hussle (aka why you should charge $500 to knit a sweater), Ponnie Matin Pelchat. Saturday, March 19, 2:30-3:30.
Interested in making money from your knitting? Wondering how much to charge? This is probably the number one question Ponnie is asked by entrepreneurial knitters. Join her as she discusses how to price our items so you enjoy knitting for a profit. This talk is both suited for artists currently selling their work and those who are pondering if they should, can or if it's worth it.