1042 Four Mile Rd, Viola, ID 83872, US

(208) 882-8307

Grazing Hills Fiber Arts Festival

Welcome to Grazing Hills Fiber Arts Festival

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Our Fiber Festival is a great educational experience for visitors to learn how animals contribute to the fiber industry through live displays of alpacas, sheep, goats, rabbits and more! This educational event is focused on fiber and the process from “Sheep to Shawl”. It will be a weekend event with various activities for you to take part in, learn, and purchase anything from art supplies to finished handmade products. We will have different livestock expos and demonstrations going on around the grounds for you to enjoy.

We are very excited for the event and cannot wait to give this educational experience to our community. We hope to see you there!


Workshops on felting, spinning, knitting, crochet, weaving, and more will be held throughout the weekend. Our instructors will be teaching different skill sets at different experience levels.

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REFUND POLICY:

After confirming your acceptance into a class there is a limited refund policy. 

· 75% refund if requested by June 8th

· 50% refund if requested between June 9th and June 20th

· No refund after June 20th.

Students may also opt, on their own, to re-sell or gift the class at their own expense. It is the responsibility of the original purchaser to notify the Festival of any changes so that the class list is correct and the new owner is allowed into the class. Regardless of whether you re-sell or gift the class, please notify the Festival if you find you are unable to attend.


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OUR INSTRUCTORS:

ANGELA CORWIN, VIOLA ID

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Angela is an alpaca owner and fiber artist. 

She grew up in Alabama and as a little girl learned to crochet for her Granny. She didn't learn to knit until her friend taught her, while they were living in Florida. She has always been interested in how fiber becomes yarn and moving to Idaho has given her the perfect opportunity to learn a bit about all of that! 

 Currently living in Viola with her husband and their assorted alpacas, chickens, and other livestock,  she always finds time to make beautiful fiber art! She sells some of her handmade art in the Grazing Hills Alpaca store, and helps teach monthly classes at the Grazing Hills Ranch, as well. She is an entertaining teacher and has a passion for teaching others. 


She is teaching the Beginners Crochet Class. 

TAMMY JORDAN, LINCOLN MT

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 Tammy is a third-generation fiber artist who enjoys sharing her passion with everyone she meets. Her love of sheep, wool, writing, and inspiring others to learn led her on the path of running her own business, Goldieknots Montana, which specializes in Montana grown wool, locally processed yarn and spinning fiber, and Made in Montana handmade gift items, as well as educational programming in fiber arts, ranging from fiber preparation to completed projects which she lovingly refers to as “Fleece to Fashion.”  Her teaching style is fun, creative, and interactive, and when she’s not in her studio creating or on the road teaching, you can find her spending time with her dogs, sheep, horse, and other barnyard critters. 


Tammy is teaching the Needle Felted Sheep Class, the Knitting 101 and Knitting 102 Classes

ANNA ANDERSON, ST. REGIS MT

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Anna Anderson's fiber hobby turned business, Calico Farm  Fiber Arts, began more than 12 years ago with the rescue of 6 Pygora fiber goats. Shortly after, she was given a spinning wheel and introduced to fiber arts by her dear neighbor friend. 
Anna fell in love with fiber art and soon began the Wooly Rescue for fiber bearing animals. She also raises Pygora goats, Angora goats, and a variety of fine wool and long wool sheep. Anna continues to rescue fiber animals in need as well as an occasional horse or dog that needs a home. 
Anna and her family recently moved to St. Regis Montana and are in the process of setting up their 200 acre ranch with hopes of a venue, a maker studio and cabin rentals in the near future .   


Anna will be teaching the Needle Felted "Fairies and Flowers" Class and the Beginning Drop Spindle Class.

HAZEL SPENCER, TRINITY CENTER CA

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Hazel Spencer is the owner, with her husband Randy, of Hazel Rose Looms. They have been making small weaving looms since 2000. She taught art, including weaving and other fiber arts, to all grades at the local K-8 school for 17 years. She has been teaching weaving on the internet and at her booth &at fiber fairs for many years. Making clothing and other useful items for the home is her favorite use of her hand-woven fabric. 


Hazel is teaching the Pin Loom Weaving Class and the Continuous Strand Weaving Class.

AMIKA RYAN, BUTTE MT

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DIY Sheep Crafts and the Craft Box was founded by Amika Ryan. She is the owner of Copia Cove Icelandic Sheep.

Amika has been shepherding for four years, and is a serial craft enthusiast! In addition to teaching fiber arts, she teaches handmade craft enthusiasts how to start and grow their profitable craft businesses.

She is much loved and admired by her husband and her shepherdesses-in-training, Madison and Finley who reside with her in Butte, Montana.


Amika will be teaching the Nuno Felted Scarf Class and the Round Tapestry Weaving Class.

JENNEFER MARKER, COEUR D'ALENE ID

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Owner of Compass Moon Creations in Northern Idaho, I source from local farms in the Inland Pacific Northwest. I am the gal that sees sheep, alpaca, and fiber goats in the field and I pull in the driveway to make friends with the farmer! As in all of our creative hearts, my love doesn't stop at the yarn. Beautiful felted creations. Handmade spinning, weaving and felting supplies. Bags and jewelry. Knitting needles. Items that you walk by and that make you stop because they are calling to you to touch them...cozy up in....wrap around yourself....or lighten your mood.


Jennefer will be teaching the Wet Felted "Bookmark" Class

DIANA BLAIR, KALISPELL MT

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Diana Lasa-Blair is the owner of Going to the Sun Fiber Mill which she started from the ground up in 2007. She was raised on a cattle ranch in Northern Nevada and was taught hand crafts at an early age by her grandmother. She started teaching crochet to others at the age of 16 and has done so since. Diana is a designer of many crochet patterns for several magazines. Her hand spun yarn has been printed in both Handwoven and Spin Off Magazines. She is a certified cashmere fiber judge and a certified sorter of camelid fibers. Diana has taught dyeing, spinning, weaving, and carding classes at many fiber festivals in both the US and Canada. 


Diana is teaching the Color-Blending & Carding Class.

MARY GRESSARD, MOSCOW ID

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Mary G has been a knitter and crocheter for many years! But, her love for spinning and fiber was ignited when she was introduced to alpacas over at Grazing Hills Alpaca Ranch, back in the 90's.

Beyond the adorable character of the alpaca, it was the world of their fiber that was responsible for Mary's desire to spin alpaca. From there, she's had llama, sheep, goat and rabbit through her wheel. Mary lives with her wildlife artist husband, Dave, in Moscow, Idaho.  They have 3 grown children, a son-in-law, a (future) daughter-in-law and 3 beautiful grandchildren that all get to enjoy her beautiful creations  from her wheel! She has such a passion for the fiber arts and a love of spinning!


Mary will be teaching the Basic Spinning Class.

CAROL CASAVANT, TROY ID

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 The instructor, Carol Casavant, has been weaving for over 20 years.  She is a production weaver under the name CasavantCreations, and is currently selling her works in various shops in the area, including “Cow Girl Chocolate “,  “The Black Bird at the Depot” and “Shop at the Barn” at the Artisan Barn in Uniontown as well the “Winter Market” in the 1912 Center.  She has taught weaving using the rigid heddle loom for over five years and has given instruction on the mutiharness loom both in a class setting as well as at her home.  Teaching is very rewarding because of the enthusiasm of the students as they learn that the possibilities are limited only by their imagination.

 

Carol is teaching the Rigid Heddle Loom Weaving Class

SATURDAY classes:

beginning crochet ~ ANGELA CORWIN

Saturday July 13, 2019. 9:30am - 12:30pm

Learn the basics of how to crochet, starting at the very beginning. If you’re brand new to crochet, the vast array of available hooks, yarns, stitches, and patterns can seem overwhelming. What should a beginner learn first? Which hooks and yarns should you use? When there are so many options, how do you know where to start? Angela will demonstrate it all and get you well on your way to becoming a confident crocheter! 

Skill – Beginner

Attendee's will need to bring: either a size F or G crochet hook


Class / Material Fee – $40

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Needle Felting "Flowers & Fairies" Class ~ ANNA ANDERSON

Saturday July 13, 2019. 9:30am - 12:30pm

This class is a great way to learn the basics of needle felting.  Beginning with a simple flower form using natural locks. We will then move onto the use of a wire armature to create an adorable fairy. Finally, we will learn how to modify our fairy to create the cutest little mermaid. Student will go home with at least 4 finished items. 

Skill – Beginner

Attendee's will need to bring: Nothing additional is needed


Class / Material Fee – $50

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NUNO FELTED SCARF CLASS ~ AMIKA RYAN

Saturday July 13, 2019. 9:30am - 12:30pm

Learn the art of wet felting wool onto fabric and make your very own silk and wool scarf. You will get to choose from a variety of fibers and colors.

Skill – Beginner

Attendee's will need to bring: Large bath towel


Class / Material Fee – $65

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PIN LOOM WEAVING CLASS - HAZEL SPENCER

Saturday July 13, 2019. 1:00pm-5:00pm

Basic weaving on 4” square pin loom.  You will learn to warp and weave a plain square, one with a design, and one with an all over stitch pattern & how to assemble them into a useful little needle book. This includes learning how to read the weaving charts. The work book will have several other project to work on later. 

Skill – Beginner

Attendee's will need to bring: Pen and notebook; scissors; 4" pin loom;  Looms will be available to use or buy if students don't have their own  


Class / Material Fee – $35

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needle felting "sheep ornaments" CLASS - tammy jordan

Saturday July 13, 2019. 1:00pm-4:00pm

Do you love sheep and wish you could have some of your very own?  Well, I can’t promise a real sheep, but these Needle-Felted Sheep Ornaments are the next best thing! In this three-hour fun and interactive workshop, you will create your very own festive and decorative needle-felted sheep ornaments. Choose from white or brown local Montana wool from my own flock of sheep to make your ornaments. You will have time to complete one ornament in class and have the materials to complete an additional ornament at home, or in class if time permits. 

Skill – Beginner

Attendee's will need to bring: Creativity and smiles! You can also bring your own felting tools.

Class / Material Fee – $45

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basic spinning CLASS - mary gressard

Saturday July 13, 2019. 1:30pm-4:30pm

Get spinning!  Mary will be teaching this basic beginning spinning class. No experience needed. A handout, yarn, spinning fibers, oil and maintenance supplies will all be provided. 

Skill – Beginner

Attendee's will need to bring: Bring your spinning wheel or two, paper and pen to take notes. Bring an orifice hook and wheel oil if you have them.


Class / Material Fee – $60

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BEGINNING DROP SPINDLE CLASS ~ ANNA ANDERSON

Saturday, July 13th 1:30pm-2:30pm

Students will learn some basic techniques on their new fancy stone spindle. We will discuss how to set the twist in a single,and how to ply two singles together using basic inexpensive things laying around at home,or easily found at a hardware store. Instructor will provide: A fancy spindle and 2oz of roving.  You will go home with a fancy spindle, a small batt of fiber, a 2 oz. braid of fiber and the knowledge of the basics of spinning of each. 

Skill – Beginner

Attendee's will need to bring:  Nothing additional is needed


Class / Material Fee – $45 




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"BOOKMARK" WET FELTING CLASS - JENNEFER MARKER

Saturday July 13, 2019. 3:00pm-5:00pm

Join Jennefer Marker, fiber artist, to learn about wet felting, an ancient textile technique that combines wool fibers, soap, water and agitation. We will make 3-4 beautiful hand-felted bookmarks out of wool and funky yarns in your favorite colors to take home with you that day.  Instructor will provide:  All supplies provided.

Skill – Beginner

Attendee's will need to bring:  nothing additional is needed.


Class / Materials Fee: $45

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sunday classes:

KNITTING 101 CLASS ~ TAMMY JORDAN

Sunday July 14, 2019. 9:30am- 12:30pm

Have you ever wanted to learn to knit, or maybe you just need a refresher and some motivation to start again? Then Knitting 101 is just the class for you! In this fun and interactive three-hour workshop, you will learn how to cast on, how to knit and purl (and learn the difference between the two). You will also learn how to read a basic pattern with a chart, receive some helpful hints, and get started creating your own cotton dishcloth / washcloth.

Skill – Beginner

Attendee's will need to bring: size 8 knitting needles (bamboo is best!)


Class / Material Fee – $45

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round tapestry weaving class ~ amika ryan

Sunday July 14, 2019. 9:30am- 12:30pm

Make your own unique wall hanging decoration.  Learn to weave on a round loom. Discover several stitch techniques with a large variety of natural fibers to choose from. 

Skill – Beginner

Attendee's will need to bring: Nothing additional is required.


Class / Material Fee – $65 

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RIGID HEDDLE LOOM WEAVING CLASS ~ CAROL CASAVANT

Sunday July 14, 2019. 9:30am- 4:30pm [ALL DAY]

Learning to weave using the Rigid Heddle Loom covers the basics of weaving as well as experimenting with different fibers and techniques.

Skill – Beginner

Attendee's will need to bring: a Rigid Heddle Loom ($20 to rent). Contact Carol to rent ahead of time: casavantcreations@gmail.com


Class / Material Fee – $55 + ADDITIONAL $20 to rent a loom

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KNITTING 102 CLASS ~ TAMMY JORDAN

Sunday July 14, 2019. 1:30pm- 4:30pm

As a follow-up to Knitting 101 or for those who already have the basics down, continue to build upon your knitting skills in this intermediate knitting class. In this fun and interactive three-hour workshop you will learn how to increase and decrease stitches while creating a triangle scarf. You will also learn to find and fix basic mistakes and pick up lost stitches as well as learn some additional knitting stitches, tips, and tricks.

Skill – Attendee's MUST know: casting on, knitting, and purling

Attendee's will need to bring:  size 10 knitting needles; 16" circular knitting needles  


Class / Material Fee – $55 


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continuous strand weaving class ~ hazel spencer

Sunday July 14, 2019. 1:00pm- 5:00pm

Using a solid 10.5” wooden frame loom, participants will learn to weave a square with a continuous strand of cotton yarn. The completed square makes a superb dishcloth. Participants will learn to weave using a simple afghan hook. The continuous strand weaving technique on the 10.5” loom learned in class can be used for many projects. Project ideas will be included in the class handout.

Skill – Beginner

Attendee's will need to bring:  Pen and notebook; scissors; sharp yarn needle.  Looms will be available to use or buy if students don't have their own 


Class / Material Fee – $50 

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color-blending & carding class ~ diana lasa-blair

Sunday July 14, 2019. 9:30am- 4:30pm [ALL DAY]

Color Blending Techniques is a wonderful carding experience using both your hand cards and your drum carder. I will share with you many ways to blend your fiber into companion, fractal, and gradated colors. We will start with the hand cards to learn the most efficient way to open up your fleece. See the difference between rolags and punis and how to use them for worsted and woolen spinning. The last 3/4 of the day we will delve into color carding on the drum carder. Get a jump on your spinning by knowing how to prepare your colors before spinning instead of adjusting your spinning to what you have carded.

Skill – Beginner

Attendee's will need to bring:  Hand Cards, drum carder if you have one, spinning wheel or drop spindle.  **Diana has several sets of hand cards to share for those who do not have any**


Class / Material Fee – $85 


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