Spotlight: Lynn Ruggles

Let’s meet the teachers! I would like to introduce you to Lynn Ruggles.

Lynn will be joining us from beautiful Boise, ID where she spends her time on her farm spinning the day away. She is extremely knowledgeable in spinning, wool and knitting.  Her website, Spin the Body Electric, features a link to her blo
g, video tutorials, and a peak into her life with her 4 Shetland sheep.

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Lynn has been teaching spinning for many years and has been published in various spinning and fiber publications.  We are very excited to have Lynn teach her second time at the fiber festival.  As her student, you will learn many various spinning techniques!

Here’s a bit more about her from her blog–

“I am a spinner, knitter and weaver. I have been knitting since I was a child, spinning for over 20 years and teaching for about 15. I passed my Certificate of Excellence (COE) in Handspinning, Level 1, in October 2009 and COE Level 2 in October 2013. ”

And what can WE learn from Lynn? Come take one or all of her three classes at Palouse Fiber Arts Fest! Learn how to work on knitting with Shetland lace, how to spin beautiful gradients, and how to spin Shetland lace! Listed below are the classes available to take from Lynn:

Saturday AM:  Knitting Shetlandimage

Shetland Lace shawls, known for their fine, delicate appearance, are knit out of the finest fibers from the Shetland sheep. The shawls use a variety of traditional knitting patterns and are constructed by knitting a center square and then an outside border. In this class, you will learn about the history of the Shetland shawl and how the shawl has been adapted to more modern knitting tools. You will begin knitting a small sample shawl, starting with the center square, then will add the border edge. You will learn how to finish and block the shawl

Saturday PM and Sunday AM:  Spinning Gradientimage

Gradients are popular right now, learn to make your own!A color gradient is a gradual transition from one color to another. This change in color can be made by spinning a series of skeins from graduated color blended batts or it can be done by varying the color within a single skein of yarn. In this class, we will talk about the properties of colors and how to choose colors for your gradient yarns. You will learn a variety of ways to create a color gradient, using different fiber preparations and different spinning techniques.

Sunday PM: Spinning Shetland

Shetland Lace shawls, known for their fine, delicate appearance, are knit out of the finest fibers from the Shetland sheep. The shawls use a variety of traditional knitting patterns and are constructed by knitting a center square and then an outside border. In this class, you will learn about the history of the Shetland shawl and how the shawl has been adapted to more modern knitting tools. You will begin knitting a small sample shawl, starting with the center square, then will add the border edge. You will learn how to finish and block the shawl.

 

So, come. Gather. Learn. Chat. Enjoy each other. Let’s be a community, and welcome Lynn to Moscow!

 

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