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Thursday June 6 – Soap Making Workshop with Laryssa Zahajkewycz from 10:00 – 4:00. Fee: $25, Materials: $25. Class size: Max of 8 students. Laryssa is a regionally well-known and popular workshop teacher of a wide variety of homesteading skills. Laryssa has been making soap for 25 years! Her workshop features basic soap making using beef tallow and vegetable oils. Students will make about 28 bars of scented or unscented soap.

Friday June 7 – Tablet Weaving Workshop with Lea Wittie. Fee: $25. Class size: Max of 12 students. Tablet weaving, aka card weaving, has been a popular way to make trims and decorative borders since the early middle-ages. You’ll learn the basics from warping the loom to weaving to finishing a project. The technique you will be learning is called threaded-in weaving. All class supplies will be provided. The $25 cost to take the class covers an instruction handout, some patterns, and the supplies for the in-class project, which you get to keep and a basic set of weaving cards and shuttle. For an additional $25, you also take home the loom you learn on. Lea has taught numerous people the basics of tablet weaving. Realizing that the cost of looms was a barrier to many people who wanted to learn, she started making simple board looms and selling them at cost to her students.

Friday-Saturday June 14-15 – Bobbin Lace & Tatting Workshop with Iva Kessler and Mary Paulhamus. Fee: $50, Materials: $35. Class size: Max of 12 students for Lace & 2 for Tatting. Contact the workshop registrar for the list of what each student will need to bring to the class.

Friday June 21 – Pine Needle Coiled Basket Workshop with Carol Lukovich. 10:00 am start until finished. Fee: $25, Materials: $20. Class size: Max of 8 students. Students will learn the basic coiling technique and stitching used for making a small bowl. Carolyn has taught many workshops in the region and in California, Nevada and Florida. She takes great pride in teaching this ancient art form with the hope of its survival. Her students give her great joy just by showing their interest and their own artistic expression.

Saturday June 22 – Charkha Spinning Workshop with Tammy Fazzi and Suzanne Schwartz. Fee: $25, Materials: $5. Class size: Max of 8 students. This introduction to the Indian spinning wheel includes the history of the Charkha, and learning to spin and ply cotton.

Friday-Saturday July 12-13 – “Felting a Bowl and Embellishing It” Workshop with Denise Tarbox starting at 10:00. Fee: $75, Materials: $20. Class size: Max 8 students. A two day workshop – day one will be making a 10” x 8” bowl/vessel and day two will be about needle felting a design onto the bowl. Denise of Newark Valley, NY, has been a felt artist for over 15 years and has studied with American, Canadian and Scottish felt makers. She has shown and sold her work locally and has conducted felting workshops in central NY and northern PA.

Thursday July 18 – Colby Cheese Making Workshop with Laryssa Zahajkewycz. Fee: $25, Materials includes cheese kit: $20. Class size: Max of 8. Laryssa has given many cheese making workshops. Learn how to make a basic, stirred curd, colby weighing about two pounds. Contact the workshop registrar for the list of what each student will need to bring to the class.

Friday July 19 – Beginning Great Wheel Spinning Workshop with Tracy Sayre from 10:00 to 4:00. Fee: $25, Materials: $25. Class size: Max of 5 students. An introduction to spinning on the great wheel using a number of different fibers and fiber preparations. We will cover how to set up and adjust your wheel. Tracy has been a hand spinner for over 30 years and really enjoys learning about wool and sheep breeds. She has her own fiber animals and enjoys working with their fleeces.

Friday July 26 – Advanced Pine Needle Basketry Workshop with Carol Lukovich. 10:00 a.m. start until finished. Fee: $25, Materials: $20. Class size: Max of 8 students. A follow up to the beginning class in June, this workshop will cover several additional techniques and patterns in traditional coiled basketry. Carol originally learned basketry with pine needles from her mother, Kay Fisher, who was an accomplished artist. When Kay decided she needed to create an illustrated instructional on the Art, Carol assisted in its editing. The book, aptly named “pine needles are special,” was born, and is still in use today.

Friday August 9 – Survey of Wool Types Workshop with Tracy Sayre from 10:00 to 4:00. Fee: $25, Materials: $25. Class size: Max 5 students. Discover the characteristics, uses, and preparation techniques of double coated, long wool, medium wool and fine wools. We will explore which spinning techniques are most suited to each fiber and learn how to use combs to separate double coated fleeces.

Thurs-Friday August 15-16 – Workshop with subject to be announced.  

For details, contact registrar Eve Herrington at info@httm.org or 570-744-2653.

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