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Learn from the experts! We offer many specialty workshops and clinics taught by visiting instructors and authors as well on-going clinics taught by our highly experienced staff.

 
 

Colorado Weavers Day 2018
Saturday, May 12, 8am–5pm
Larimer County Fairgrounds and Event Center, Loveland Colorado Weavers Day is held every two years and is sponsored this year by the Northern Colorado Weavers Guild. Attendees will celebrate The Joy of Fiber with featured speakers Anne Bossert and Tom Lundberg, and a choice of morning and afternoon seminars. Visit nocoweaversguild.org/cwd for details.

Yarn Along The Rockies August 18-26
Special hours during Yarn Crawl: Monday-Saturday, 10am–6pm; Sunday, 10am–5pm
Gas up the car, pack up your yarn projects, pick up your friends and visit Shuttles to get a passport to the Yarn Along the Rockies yarn crawl. Fifteen shops from Colorado Springs to Boulder are participating in the Front Range sixth annual yarn crawl. Visit each store, get
your passport stamped and register for prizes generously donated by national and local yarn vendors! Each store will have a drawing for a prize basket. Guests who get all 15 stamps in their passports are entered in the Grand Prize drawing. For more information go to: YarnAlongTheRockies.com.

New Contest: Handspun!
Use your favorite technique to create a small object with your amazing handspun yarn. Vote for your favorites – prizes awarded!
Entries due: Saturday, July 7
Show: Tuesday, July 10 – Saturday, July 28
Entry pickup: Tuesday, July 31

Our Booties, Bonnets, Bibs & Toys Contest winners are Emilia Ponomarev, Vanessa Vitali, and Eileen Persichetti. Thank you to everyone who entered. Your work was wonderful!

FAIR ISLE WEEK WITH ELIZABETH JOHNSTON & MARTHA OWEN
Fair Isle, part of the Shetland Islands, lies due north of Scotland and due west of Bergen, at a point where the Atlantic Ocean, the North Sea and the Norwegian Sea meet. This little island named a knitting style. Fair Isle knitting involves carrying only two colors
per row but the combination can range from dark to light and bright to subtle. Pattern repeats are somewhat similar but distinctive from their Nordic cousins. The islands have strong cultural ties with the Nordic countries, Norway and Faeroe in particular.

HAND SPUN AND HAND DYED YARN FOR FAIR ISLE
2 Days $275
Wednesday, May 16 & Thursday, May 17, 10am–4:30pm
Starting with an array of natural sheep colors combined with a dye pot or two, card, blend and spin to produce your own vast array of colored yarns suitable to then design beautiful “Fair Isle” knits. Use white and natural fleece colors for shades in the same dye pot of common and historic, renewable, natural dyes. Card and combine colors to see the endless variety of heather mixes achievable. (See Friday’s class on knitting design.) Our topics include: cultural details, picking and carding, color blending, wheel adjustments, plying, lessons on consistency, and yarn management. Gain inspiration for color layout from traditional shaded patterns/motifs for characteristic Fair Isle knitting from the Shetland
Islands. BEGINNING SPINNING SKILLS REQUIRED. ALL MATERIALS PROVIDED.

FAIR ISLE KNITTING FROM SHETLAND
1 Day $125
Friday, May 18, 10am–4:30pm
Begin designing and then knit a small project as a stepping stone into a stranded style that looks complex but only uses two colors per row. Work a gauge/tension swatch sample to test your color choices in typical Fair Isle motifs. Investigate knitting in the round using circular or double pointed needles, cutting your knitting, and finishing techniques for seamless construction. Begin a finished piece such as a decorative mat, pin cushion or small pouch. Try using a traditional Shetland knitting belt. INTERMEDIATE KNITTING SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE ON DOUBLE POINTED NEEDLES REQUIRED.

WEAVING ON A WARP WEIGHTED LOOM
1 Day $155
Sunday, May 20, 10am–4:30pm
Experience a unique opportunity in today’s world: weave on a loom that was in common use in Europe and Scandinavia (including Shetland) for thousands of years. Learn the process of how to set up and weave on this ancient, but simple and versatile, loom. Students will make a warp, tie it on the loom and weave a piece of cloth suitable for a place mat, pot stand or pot holder, and gain an understanding of how this loom works. Looms and yarn are provided but students are welcome to bring or spin extra decorative yarn/material to personalize the weaving.

Elizabeth Johnston is a Shetland spinner and knitter. She learned much of her craft as a child, observing and learning from family and friends. She uses age old skills, handed down through generations, to turn Shetland fleece into beautiful soft yarn, and knitted Fair Isle and lace items in her business Shetland Handspun. Interest in the long history of Shetland textiles led to research into historic fabrics and the warp-weighted loom. She is the author of two chapters in Shetland Textiles 800 BC to the Present edited by S. Laurenson and co-authored The Warp Weighted Loom.

Martha Owen is a resident artist in spinning, knitting, feltmaking and dyeing at the John C. Campbell Folk School (folkschool.org) in Brasstown, North Carolina. Her adventure in spinning began at this very school in 1978. Since then her extended family has included sheep (mostly Corriedale, Shetland, and Romney) and Angora rabbits (French). Also a banjo player and known to tell a story or two, Martha’s interest in sheep and wool, music and dance has carried her quite literally and joyfully around the world. She reads historical fiction for knitting references and “steals” ideas and runs movies back to see the shape of a hat or to draw a color repeat. She is a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild (southernhighlandguild.org).

KATE LARSON CLASSES

COUNTING SHEEP: SPINNING FOR BREED SPECIFIC YARNS AND CLOTH
3 Days $285
Wednesday-Friday, June 20-22, 10am–4:30pm
Sheep around the world are beautifully diverse, giving us endless possibilities for creative knitting, weaving, embroidery, and more. Join us as we prepare wool for spinning, design and finish handspun yarns, and create sample textiles from more than a dozen breeds of sheep. By making a variety of samples and small projects with your handspun yarns, you will experience how wool type impacts the durability, resilience, and drape of your textiles. Leave class with a spinner’s notebook bursting with locks, handspun yarns, and swatches of your own handmade cloth. BEGINNING SPINNING SKILLS REQUIRED. ALL MATERIALS PROVIDED.

COLOR AND CREATIVITY FOR HANDSPINNERS
2 Days $195
Saturday, June 23 & Sunday, June 24, 10am–4:30pm
Inspiration is everywhere. The challenge for fiber artists is in translating interesting architecture, a sunset, or a memory into yarn and textiles. In this workshop, Kate will walk you through her own design process and help you begin a spinner’s creativity notebook. Building upon color studies and explorations you develop in class, the workshop will
cover fiber preparation and spinning techniques used to manipulate color, managing handpainted fibers for different color effects, finishing techniques, and more. You’ll leave with an organized notebook filled with samples and ideas and the tools needed to turn them into beautiful yarns. BEGINNING SPINNING SKILLS REQUIRED. ALL MATERIALS PROVIDED.

Kate Larson loves using fiber arts as a bridge between art and agriculture. She is the author of The Practical Spinner’s Guide: Wool (Interweave, 2015) and several videos, including How to Spin Yarn to Knit. Her work has appeared in Spin-Off, Jane Austen Knits, and more. Follow her at KateLarsonTextiles.com.

JILLIAN MORENO WEEKEND

JILLIAN’S CLASSES REQUIRE BEGINNING SPINNING SKILLS. ALL MATERIALS PROVIDED.

PRETTY MAIDS ALL IN A ROW: SUCCESSIVE COLOR PLYING
1 Session $75
Friday, August 17, 9:30am–12:30pm
Successive plying is a great way to mix color and stretch your braid stash for a bigger project. In this class, we’ll cover choosing braids, setting up an order to spin and ply, and keeping track of your spinning and plying. We’ll work with dyed braids, both patterned and semi solid, we’ll even toss some naturals into the mix. Spinning 2- and 3-ply yarns in succession will help you to create beautiful projects from the many braids in your stash.

KALEIDOSCOPE SPINNING—COLOR AND SINGLES
1 Session $80
Friday, August 17, 1:30–4:30pm
In this class we’ll do nothing but experiment with color and singles. We’ll mix and blend at the wheel. We’ll make variegated, gradient and marled yarn just as our first step. We’ll combine colors and naturals. We’ll make a fractal singles and find out what happens when we combine all of the different color play methods for a kaleidoscope of color. You’ll get to see lots of samples of these special singles knitted and even some woven samples. These singles yarns are gorgeous with all of their color fun, but once they are knit or woven, they are magic.

YARNITECTURE: BUILDING EXACTLY THE YARN YOU WANT
1 Day $145
Saturday, August 18, 10am–4:30pm
Is the yarn in your head the yarn in your hand? Do you always spin the same yarn? Do you have a dream yarn you just can’t make happen? Do you love your handspun yarn, but don’t like how it looks knitted? In this class, we’ll focus on making yarn that inspires you from commercially dyed roving and top–yarn you’ll love to knit with. Together we’ll build your yarn from fiber braid up to a knitted swatch. We’ll talk about the yarn vision, explore fiber breeds and preparations, and work with different drafting and plying methods. Finally, we’ll manipulate variegated top and roving to get the colors you’ve chosen just the way
you want them. This class will give you confidence to build the yarns you want to knit with!

COLORPLAY: STRESS-FREE WAYS TO SPIN WITH COLOR
1 Day $145
Sunday, August 19, 10am–4:30pm
Are you ready to change the way you think about spinning with color? You’ll explore several different ways to work with spinning single color and variegated fibers into yarn you’ll love to knit with. You’ll learn what affects color in spinning and how to stretch your stash by combining variegated braids with naturals, semi solids and other variegated fibers.
You’ll work with drafting, plies, marls and fractals, and spin samples that you can refer to after class is over. You’ll learn how to keep colors as they are, how to blend colors for depth and subtlety, and how to combine colors, all without breaking a sweat. You’ll design your own colorways at the wheel.

Jillian Moreno, author of Yarnitecture: A Knitter’s Guide to Spinning: Building Exactly The Yarn You Want, can’t stop writing and teaching about spinning and using handspun to knit, weave and stitch. She enthusiastically encourages her students and readers to feel confidence and joy making and using their handspun, even if it means singing and dancing in class. You can find her on Craftsy and in Knitttyspin, PLY Magazine and Spin Off Magazine. When she’s at home in Ann Arbor, Michigan, she can be found wantonly basking in her stash. Keep up with her fiber exploits at jillianmoreno.com.

ANN BUDD CLASSES
TOE UP SOCKS WITH WEDGE TOE AND SHORT-ROW HEEL
1 Day, $110
Saturday, July 21, 10am–4:30pm
Most knitters learn to knit socks from the cuff down to the toe, but they can also be knitted in the opposite direction–from toe up to the cuff, eliminating the need to pick up stitches for the gusset or work the dreaded Kitchener stitch. Learn to knit socks from the toe up using an Eastern cast-on, short-row heel, and flexible sewn bind-off. You will
make a small sock to learn all of the skills in one day and leave ready to knit socks in a variety of sizes and yarn weights. ADVANCED BEGINNER KNITTING SKILLS REQUIRED. MUST BE COMFORTABLE WORKING ON DOUBLE-POINTED
NEEDLES (OR A SUITABLE SUBSTITUTE).

SHADOW KNITTING
1 Session $55
Saturday, August 25, 9:30am–12:30pm
Variously called “Japanese fine knitting” and “optical knitting, “shadow knitting” is the term introduced by Vivian Høxbro to describe a technique in which purl ridges define a pattern on a two-color striped stockinette-stitch background. The right-side ridges cast a “shadow” pattern that comes and goes depending on the angle at which it is observed. When viewed straight on, the fabric resembles simple two-row stripes. When viewed at an angle, the garter ridges predominate and a different pattern is visible. Learn this ingenious technique by knitting a swatch with a heart motif. ADVANCED BEGINNER KNITTING SKILLS REQUIRED. MUST BE FAMILIAR WITH READING CHARTS.

HAPPY HEELS
1 Session $55
Saturday, August 25, 1:30–4:30pm
Because the heels of socks are typically worked on half of the leg stitches, it’s easy to make substitutions. In this class, we’ll explore three types of heel that will expand your sock-knitting repertoire—the Round Heel, the Short-Row Heel, and the Afterthought Heel. ADVANCED BEGINNER KNITTING SKILLS REQUIRED. MUST BE COMFORTABLE KNITTING SMALL CIRCUMFERENCES IN THE ROUND.

Ann Budd is the author of more than a dozen books including THE KNITTER’S
HANDY BOOK series, GETTING STARTED KNITTING SOCKS, SOCK KNITTING
MASTER CLASS and many of the STYLE series. She teaches classes on land, at sea, and around the world. Learn about her retreats and more at annbuddknits.com.

SELF CARE FOR FIBER FOLK
1 Session $40
Saturday, May 12, 1–3pm
Adele Beerman, instructor
This class will explore a variety of techniques that address tension, stress, discomfort and even pain that come with time spent creating your projects. Repetitive movements tend to overuse some muscles and underuse others. Our goal will be to reach a balance that allows
you to work with comfort and ease. You’ll learn strategies to release discomfort before it becomes a problem.

Adele Beerman is a licensed massage therapist, has a BA in Theater Dance, is a Reiki Master, and has been practicing massage and acupressure therapy for more than 30 years. Her studies include Crainiosacral Therapy, Visceral Manipulation, FMT, Orthobionomy, Yoga and Qigong. She loves to knit, crochet, embroider and sew. Someday she hopes to get back to her spinning wheel.

KIDS CLASSES
ALL MATERIALS PROVIDED.

KUMIHIMO FOR KIDS (ages 10 & up)
1 Session $30
Thursday, June 28, 10:30am–12noon
Sally Kuhn, instructor
Learn to braid a colorful friendship bracelet using a kumihimo disk and cotton yarn in class. Keep the disk to braid more at home.

KIDS SPIN (ages 11-13)
2 Sessions $40
Wednesday, July 25 & Thursday, July 26, 1–3pm
Debi Dodge, instructor
We will start with a bit of history and then spin on your thigh and on a hook. Next we will build a spindle to graduate to hand spindling.

KIDS WEAVING (ages 8-14)
1 Session $35
Thursday, August 2, 10am–12:30pm
Maggie Casey, instructor
Make a small wall hanging! We will start by warping a frame loom and then create a hanging with lots of different colors and textures.

Community Knitting
3rd Tuesday of the month. $5 donation.
Last meeting before Summer break: May 15, 7-8:30pm
Roxana Bartlett, instructor
We are happy knitters dedicated to helping children in need in our area. We donate our knitting to Clinica, ECHO House, and Sister Carmen Center. Every month we do a different project – check our website for more information. We are always eager to have new members. Come and join in the fun! http://groups.yahoo.com/group/communityknitting/


 

 

Fifteen shops from Colorado Springs to Boulder are participating in the Front Range sixth annual yarn crawl. See description at left.

 

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Table Mesa Shopping Center
635 South Broadway, Unit E, Boulder, CO 80305

Tel: (303) 494-1071 Fax: (303) 554-6593
Email: shuttles@shuttlesspindlesandskeins.com

Hours: Mon. 12-6, Tues. - Sat. 10-6 Closed Sundays
Holiday Closures:
Monday, May 28, Memorial Day
Wednesday, July 4, Independence Day
Monday, September 3, Labor Day

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Discount Policy
During a class students receive a 10% discount on products sold by Shuttles, Spindles & Skeins.

A 20% discount is available for a bulk yarn purchase of $250. (For $200 plus tax you get $250 worth of yarn.)

A 25% discount is available for a bulk yarn purchase of $350. (For $262.50 plus tax you get $350 worth of yarn.)

No credit cards for bulk purchases.
BULK PURCHASES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.

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