Recycled Lamb Events and Workshops

Upcoming Events & Workshops

tapestry by Sheila O'Hara
Sheila O'Hara - Opening Celebration, March 14, 2014, 6:00-8pm -- All Welcome
The Recycled Lamb will have an opening celebration (yup, just like an art gallery!) on March 14th from 6:30-8pm, please join us and meet Sheila!
Fiber artist Sheila O'Hara is being honored at the Denver Art Museum, which purchased one of her Jacquard-woven tapestries, "Nite Flite" and will officially unveil this piece as part of the permanent Textile Art Exhibit on March 16th.
March 13 – March 31, 2014
Special Sheila O’Hara Textile Art Show and Sale
"Loom with a View"
head shot of Sheila O'Hara
At The Recycled Lamb through March 31st, Sheila will be displaying and selling her artwork. From her whimsical Flockettes to her pictorial Jacquard weavings of Japanese landscapes and Edward Curtis reproductions, her work will inspire and uplift you.

Dream In Color Logo
Dream Club 2013/2014
It's back! Each month September through Feburary features a special yarn and pattern. Here's the link to each month's pattern:
  • February, 2014 - Ruffle Scarf
  • January, 2014 - 70% domestic fine merino wool, 10% Mohair, 10% Silk, 10% Cashmere at ~320 yds/100g
  • December, 2013 - 2-Ply Merino Wool (worsted weight) and Fingerless Glove Pattern
  • November, 2013 - Alpaca Silk and Ornata Shawl Pattern
  • October, 2013 - Everlasting Sock and S.P.A.R.S.F Pattern
  • September, 2013 - Smooshy yarn, Menagerie pattern
    OT15: INTENSE COLOR!
    photo of naalbindingCreate a more colorful life, naturally! In this 5-session series, learn to dye protein and cellulose yarns using a variety of natural dye extracts. Each class is designed to explore a specific color: RED – YELLOW – ORANGE – BROWN/TAN – then BLUE.  Sign up for one, or get a 15% discount if you sign up for all 5 together. Each student will take home a color sampler collection of small skeins appropriate for knitting or weaving projects.
    Materials: Materials kits will be available at the shop
    $95.00 per class plus materials.

    15% discount if you sign up for all 5 classes together in advance. $400.00 for all five classes plus materials
    Section Day Start Date End Date Time Num
    Meetings
    Instructor Notes

    C

    Saturday

    01/25/14

    1/25/14

    10-4pm

    1

    Donna

    Orange

    D

    Saturday

    03/22/14

    3/22/14

    10-4pm

    1

    Donna

    Brown/Tan

    E

    Saturday

    05/03/14

    5/3/14

    10-4pm

    1

    Donna

    Blue


    8th Annual March Mad Hatter's Contest
    Vote March 3rd to 21st - Awards Ceremony March 21st - Knit Knite
    wild hat
    Now it is a well-known fact that every year The Recycled Lamb has a hat contest...well...this year is NO different! Announcing the 8th ANNUAL March Mad Hatter's Hat Contest!! Great Prizes!! Great Publicity!! (what, you say?? yes, the winners get gift certificates to the shop and get their names and winning hat photos posted on our Facebook Page!)
    Here is the scoop:
    Deadline for entries is Saturday, March 1. We will sign you up at the time you buy your yarn or fiber any time between now and then, and assign your number for each entry (you may enter as many times as you like!) Did we mention these hats can be felted, knitted, crocheted, or woven??? Voting will take place from March 3rd to March 21st, please vote only one time (we're on the honor system here!) for each category.
    Okay, here are the OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES:
    1. You MUST purchase your yarn or fiber at The Recycled Lamb. Recently. Like between now and when you create the hat. Or maybe last month...Sure, you can pick and choose from your stash, but as you might surmise, we'd like to sell some yarn during this contest!
    2. Entries must be delivered to the shop by close of business on Saturday, March 1. Judging will be from March 1st through Thursday, March 13th. Winners will be announced and awards awarded during the March Knit Knite on Friday, March 21st.
    3. All Entries will be anonymous.
    4. Anyone can enter. Anyone can vote. But, keep it to one vote per person, per category, ok?
    5. All hats will be returned to their creator, unless you'd like us to donate them to our favorite charity.
    6. A $10 gift certificate will be awarded in each category and a $25.00 gift certificate will be awarded to the BEST IN SHOW.
    knitted hat

    So, here are the categories (and be sure, when you bring in your entry, to indicate which category it belongs to):

    • Felted Hats
    • Woven Hats
    • Crocheted Hats
    • Knitted Hats
    • Other (oh, this leaves SO MANY possibilities open!)

    Did you see that? The winners will win, not only priceless publicity, but gift certificates to the Recycled Lamb! Start your planning, we can't wait to see the creativity and originality and cutthroat competition these contests bring out! Give us a call if you have any questions.

    Twist with No Shout: Handspun Handwoven Crepe Cowl with Liz Gipson
    liz gipson hand spun liz gipson
    Put a new twist on weaving cloth and learn how to manage handspun singles. Taught over two weekends, learn what makes a good single for weaving—you have more latitude than you might think—and how to prepare your handspun for the loom so it is easy to manage. The second day we will warp our loom and weave fabric for a small cowl.
    This workshop is appropriate for spinners and weavers at all levels. Students should be able to spin a continuous thread and have a spinning wheel in good working order. No weaving experience necessary.
    Learn more about Liz Gipsoon here.
    Bring your own loom or rent one from the instructor. Materials List will be at the shop.
    Date(s) Time Price Notes

    Two Saturdays, March 22nd and 29th, 2014

    10am to 5pm

    $160.00

    Registration fee is non-refundable, but your class spot is transferable.

    Entrelac Basics with Gwen Bortner
    Gwen Bortner book Entree to
    Have you always wanted to learn entrelac but thought it would be too hard? Whether a beginner or advanced knitter, this class is for you. During this class, each student will have the opportunity to knit a small project to gain hands-on experience in the entrelac technique. Participants will learn the seamless entrelac technique and basic entrelac construction techniques. A discussion of other project possibilities will also be included.
    Gwen Bortner headshot
    Special! Sign up for both of Gwen's workshops and get 10% off.
    Date(s) Time Price Notes

    Saturday, March 29th, 2014

    9am - Noon

    $55.00

    Registration fee is non-refundable, but your class spot is transferable.

    Saturday, March 29th, 2014

    9am - 4pm
    BOTH - with 10% discount

    $100.00

    Registration fee is non-refundable, but your class spot is transferable.

    Knitting in Both Directions with Gwen Bortner
    Most of us knit in one direction, but what would happen if you could knit in EITHER direction? Bobbles would pop out faster, entrelac would be even more fun, edgings would be added quicker and your yarn would be less tangled. Some call it knitting back backwards, but regardless of the name, it is a great skill to have in your knitting arsenal. You can learn the basics to knitting (and purling) in "the other direction" regardless of the way you knit now! All it takes, as with most things, is a little bit of practice.
    Gwen has an active Ravelry group - check it out here.
    Special! Sign up for both of Gwen's workshops and get 10% off.
    Date(s) Time Price Notes

    Saturday, March 29th, 2014

    1pm - 4pm

    $55.00

    Registration fee is non-refundable, but your class spot is transferable.

    Saturday, March 29th, 2014

    9am - 4pm
    BOTH - with 10% discount

    $100.00

    Registration fee is non-refundable, but your class spot is transferable.

    Sprang! Taught by Carol James
    Carol James - Sprang
    Sprang has been around a very long time. According to Peter Collingwood (Techniques of Sprang) it is among the oldest evidence of humans creating cloth. Associated with human remains from the bronze age, found alongside Egyptian mummies, depicted in Greek and Roman iconography, probably the method for creating those vertical-stripe socks in medieval times, and the method in military sashes from the 1700's--see Carol's article in the Summer 2013 Spin-off magazine, where she re-creates George Washington's sash.
    Sprang is a ‘reciprocal braiding technique’.
    A set of threads are fixed at both ends; each participant needs a frame. Work at one end of the threads results in a mirror-image piece at the other end. This means that you get two rows of cloth for every row worked!
    Carol James has been exploring sprang since the mid-1990s, and is happy to spread awareness of this amazing textile technique. For more information about Carol and Sprang, visit her website at www.sashweaver.com
    See a 2 minute video where Carol explains why you may want to learn Sprang - here.
    No weaving or knitting experience necessary.
    Date(s) Time Price Notes

    Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

    10am - 4pm

    $95 plus $25 materials fee

    Registration fee is non-refundable, but your class spot is transferable.

    Around the Color Wheel in 4 Days: Color Theory in the Dye Studio with Cornelia Theimer Gardella
    Cornial Theimer Gardella color theory
    This workshop teaches the use of Lanaset/Sabraset dyes for wool and silk and explores color theory right in the dye pot. Students in this workshop will become familiar with the color characteristics hue, chroma and value, explore basic color relationships and learn how to create their desired colors in the dye studio. Students will receive samples and formulas of all colors dyed in the workshop and may work out their own dye formulas for an individual project.
    For more information about Cornelia, visit her website at www.corneliatheimer.com
    All dyes and sample yarns are included, student supply list is at the shop.
    Date(s) Time Price Notes

    Tuesday-Friday June 10-13th 2014

    9am - 5pm

    $375

    Registration fee is non-refundable, but your class spot is transferable.

    Warp and Weft: Learning the Structure of Tapestry with Rebecca Mezoff
    two Rebecca mezorff design
    In this beginning class you will learn the basics of tapestry technique with an emphasis on the structure of the weft-face weave and how it relates to creating a woven image. Students will complete a technique sampler they can refer to at home as well as begin working on how to incorporate new techniques into specific tapestry forms. We will practice important concepts such as bubbling, splicing, joins, angles, curves, cartoon use, beginning design concepts, craftsmanship as well as troubleshooting problems. The class includes PowerPoint presentations with examples, videos, handouts, demonstrations by Rebecca, and example from her book collection.
    Class details brochure - here.
    See Rebecca's wonderful work at her website - here.
     
    Date(s) Time Price Notes

    Tuesday-Friday June 10-13th 2014

    9am - 5pm

    $375

    Registration fee is non-refundable, but your class spot is transferable.

Fiber artists are an active group! We have regular activities here at the shop and want to share with you other events that we know you'll be interested in:

Activity Day Time Details
Community Knitting Weekly on
Thursdays
12 to 1PM
Over Lunch
Our knit and crochet benefits Gemini House at Family Tree. If you'd like to contribute but can't make it at that time, feel free to knit or crochet 7"x9" rectangles and drop them off at the shop at any time. We'll make them part of our afghan project! This is a great stash-buster, and goes to a great cause.
Knit Knite Monthly, third Fridays, except Dec. 4:30PM to 8PM Buck-a-slice pizza and fiber fellowship--Bring your current project and enjoy the company of other knitters and crocheters.
Spin-In Monthly, second Fridays, except Dec. 5PM to 8PM Bring your wheel and/or spindles and a snack to share, you'll be surprised at all the yarns we spin!

Local Guild and Fiber Organizations' meetings.

(To be listed, please email us!)

Activity Day Time Details
Rocky Mountain Weavers Guild
Monthly, 3rd Saturday
Sept-May, May & Dec vary
9AM
Over Lunch
Tactile Textile Art Center
@JHB International2nd floor at S Quebec St and E Jewell Ave.
Web Page: www.rmweaversguild.org
E-mail: info@rmweaversguild.org
‘Dances with Wool’
(The Dances gatherings are the hand spinning study groups of the Rocky Mountain Weaver’s Guild)
Monthly, 2nd Saturday 9AM to Noon 901 Englewood Parkway, Suite 112, Englewood, CO
Please bring your spinning wheel or spindle, fiber to spin, a beverage and a snack/fruit or other treat to share. Also, bring a recently spun skein [wool, silk, Alpaca or other exotic fiber] so you can talk about your creative spinning efforts during show and tell;a regular part of each gathering. We will introduce ourselves to each other, hand spin, make plans for future gatherings, share delicious snacks and learn from each other. No hand spinning experience is necessary and there is NO cost to attend.
At gatherings fleece processing tools (hackle & wool combs) are available for use with scoured fleece fibers. Experienced hand spinners are pleased to offer help if you’re interested in learning about using these tools during a gathering.
Web Page: www.rmweaversguild.org
E-mail: info@rmweaversguild.org
‘The Second Dance’
(The Dances gatherings are the hand spinning study groups of the Rocky Mountain Weaver’s Guild)
Monthly, 4th Saturday 9AM to Noon 901 Englewood Parkway, Suite 112, Englewood, CO
Please bring your spinning wheel or spindle, fiber to spin, a beverage and a snack/fruit or other treat to share. Also, bring a recently spun skein [wool, silk, Alpaca or other exotic fiber] so you can talk about your creative spinning efforts during show and tell;a regular part of each gathering. We will introduce ourselves to each other, hand spin, make plans for future gatherings, share delicious snacks and learn from each other. No hand spinning experience is necessary and there is NO cost to attend.
At gatherings fleece processing tools (hackle & wool combs) are available for use with scoured fleece fibers. Experienced hand spinners are pleased to offer help if you’re interested in learning about using these tools during a gathering.
Web Page: www.rmweaversguild.org
E-mail: info@rmweaversguild.org
Handweavers Guild Of Boulder* (380) HGB
2nd Mon is Daytime guild. Evening Guild is Tuesday after the day meeting. Day is 9 am. Evening is 7 pm, Sept-May Mtn. View United Meth., 355 Ponca Pl, Boulder
PO Box 18568, Boulder CO 80308-1568
Web Page: www.handweaversofboulder.org
E-Mail: handweaversofboulder@handweaversboulder.org
Northern Colorado Weavers Guild* (149) NCWG
1st Sat, Sept-June 9:00 am Mt Olive Lutheran Ch, 3411 S Taft Ave, Loveland
PO Box 2404, Fort Collins CO 80522-2404
Web Page: www.fortnet.org/ncwg
E-Mail: NCWG@peoplepc.com
Pikes Peak Weavers Guild* (85) PPWG 2nd Fri, Sept-May, May varies 9:00 am Mountain View Church of Christ,
1080 E. LaSalle @ Paseo, CO Spgs
PO Box 8104, Colorado Springs CO 80933-8104
Web Page: www.PikesPeakWeavers.org
E-mail: PPWGuild@aol.com

Front Range Fiber Artisans of Colorado

 

First Thursday of every month 6:00pm - 7:30pm (social hour begins at 5:30pm) 1605 Elm Creek View, Colo. Spgs., CO,
http://www.frontrangefiber.com/
Foothill Weavers Guild
    870 Madison, Denver, CO 80206
Mountain Spinners     Maxine Heyl, PO Box 1052, Evergreen, CO 80439
The Knitter's Guild of Denver On the 2nd Wednesday of each month, we have a Guild members meeting and "How To" program on various topics. On the 4th Wednesday, we have an informal Sit N' Knit. 6:30-8:30 PM in the Anderson Room Meets monthly at the Englewood Library
1000 Englewood Parkway, Englewood, Colorado
Contact: cj.carolwray@gmail.com
Estes Park Area Weavers Meets 4th Thursday Sept-May, 1PM in the Hondius Room, Estes Park Library

Past Events


Liz Gibson - pick up artist example
"Pick-Up Artist"
Rigid Heddle Workshop with Liz Gipson
The humble pick-up stick has amazing patterning power. With it you can create a third shed that allows you to break the normal over/under configuration. This reversible runner will transform you into a pick-up artist by allowing you to master warp and weft floats.
Saturday, November 16, 10-4pm, $75.00

 


Spinzilla photo and link

A community-wide event where competing teams challenge each other to see who can spin the most yarn in a one week period.

Spinners: Join a Team August 15th through September 23rd Click here to get started!

 


anita l mayer vests
Anita Luvera Mayer: One Vest, Twenty Variations
Saturday and Sunday October 12 & 13, 10-5pm each day
In this two-day workshop, you'll select a vest style that flatters your body as you explore fabric choices, linings, edge finishes and ways to create individualized cloth. A wide range of vest types will be available to try on along with patterns to copy. Each participant will complete a reference notebook of samples that includes the following techniques: simple shibori, needle lace, resist dyeing, creative embroidery, contemporary beading, mosaic cloth, fabric painting, and rusting onto fabric.

 

$250.00 non-refundable, $40 supply fee to instructor

Online sign up is full payment without first taking a deposit.
Or you may call or visit the shop.

anita l mayer vests

 

 

 

 

 

WS37: TARTAN WEAVING WORKSHOP
tartan example
Learn the principles of weaving tartans with WW! Discussions of sett and Ppi, history and stories. You'll start with an empty loom and end up with a Recycled Lamb Tartan Scarf!
Materials: Materials kit will be at the shop. Fee includes loom rental and accessories.
$199 plus materials
Section Day Start Date End Date Time Num
Meetings
Instructor Notes

A

Saturday/Sunday/Saturday

10/26/13

11/2/13

10-4pm

3

Weldon Walker

Meets 10/26, 10/27, and 11/2


Yarn Along The Rockies logo
Yarn Along The Rockies 2013!
September 21-29th, 2013
This year there are 23 participating shops, the ever popular passport tour, and, of course, the PRIZES!!
The Yarn Along The Rockies website has all the details. There is a listing of all the participating yarn stores, as well as the rules and prizes!

www.YarnAlongTheRockies.com
Here's the pattern for the Recycled Lamb's Afgan Square -- here.

Double Trouble: Weaving with Two Heddles on a Rigid Heddle Loom!
photo of two heddles on rigid heddle loom
Liz Gipson, Guest instructor

Saturday August 3, 10-5pm
 
If you are interested in pushing the limits of your rigid heddle loom this class is for you! You will learn the advantages (and disadvantages) of weaving with two heddles, how to warp your loom, and tackle two all-time favorite weave structures: twill and double weave.
$75.00  $25 non-refundable deposit required.

Online sign up is full payment without first taking a deposit.
Or you may call or visit the shop.


kids camp weave
Kid's Summer Fun Fiber Camps!
8-10 year olds,
July 8-12, Monday - Friday
9am-12noon, $175.00

Online sign up is full payment without first taking a deposit.
Or you may call or visit the shop.

11-14 year-olds,
August 5-10, Monday - Friday
9am-12 noon, $175.00

Online sign up is full payment without first taking a deposit.
Or you may call or visit the shop.

 
We're going to do a repeat of our fabulously popular Summer Fun Fiber Camp for kids. The schedule will include spinning, dyeing, weaving and other fiber frolics, and be geared to be age-appropriate.

6th Annual Fleece Market Day, Saturday, April 27, 2013 from 10:00 – 3:00
This is our favorite market day of the year! And this year will be even more fun because we’ll be at our new location, 2081 Youngfield Street.
The folks from Sister Sheep will be here with their 2013 “fresh off the sheep” fleece as well as some beautiful kid mohair, all locally grown right here in Colorado. Ancient Treasures Alpaca Ranch and Midnight Moonsong Angora will also be here with their lovely fiber.
We usually have surprise animal guests as well as spinning demonstrations all day long, so bring the whole family! This is a great time for handspinners and felters to get their hands on some beautiful locally-grown white or natural color fine wool fleece and luxury fibers.
 

Tartan Workshop with WW - 3-day workshop, Saturday and Sunday - Saturday
tartan weaving on loom
Sunday May 4th, 5th, and Saturday May 11th, 10-4
 
Learn the principles of weaving tartans with WW!  Discussions of sett and ppi, history and stories.  You'll start with an empty loom and end up with a Colorado Tartan Scarf!    Materials list will be at the shop. 
Skill level:  Advanced beginner, must be able to warp a loom and understand weaving terms.
$250.00 plus materials.  $50 non-refundable deposit required.

 

Online sign up is full payment without first taking a deposit.
Or you may call or visit the shop.


Olds College - Master Spinner
Level One week of classes April 11 through the 15th. 2013
OLDS college logo
We're pleased to announce that The Recycled Lamb will be a "extension" of Olds College next spring to present their Master Spinner's program! If you've ever thought you'd like to formalize your training and receive a Certificate of Excellence in Spinning, Olds College of Alberta, Canada has a program they've extended internationally.
We'll be hosting the Level One week of classes April 11 through the 15th. 2013, here at the shop. This first level of six brings you the basics, but it's not a beginning spinning class! You must have completed at least a beginning spinning class, own a wheel and be comfortable using it. But you don't need to plan to complete all six levels, either--if you'd just like to improve your spinning through technical hands-on instruction, this would be a great opportunity! Registration opens October 15, and you'll find the registration and more information here at the OLDS College webiste.

7th Annual March Mad Hatter's Contest
wild hat
Now it is a well-known fact that every year The Recycled Lamb has a hat contest...well...this year is NO different! Announcing the 7th ANNUAL March Mad Hatter's Hat Contest!! Great Prizes!! Great Publicity!! (what, you say?? yes, the winners get gift certificates to the shop and get their names and winning hat photos posted on our Facebook Page!)
Here is the scoop:
Deadline for entries is Friday, March 1. We will sign you up at the time you buy your yarn or fiber any time between now and then, and assign your number for each entry (you may enter as many times as you like!) Did we mention these hats can be felted, knitted, crocheted, or woven??? Voting will take place from March 1 to March 15th, please vote only one time (we're on the honor system here!) for each category.
Okay, here are the OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES:
  1. You MUST purchase your yarn or fiber at The Recycled Lamb. Recently. Like between now and when you create the hat. Or maybe last month...Sure, you can pick and choose from your stash, but as you might surmise, we'd like to sell some yarn during this contest!
  2. Entries must be delivered to the shop by close of business on Friday, March 1. Judging will be from March 1st through Thursday, March 14th. Winners will be announced and awards awarded during the March Knit Knite on Friday, March 16th.
  3. All Entries will be anonymous.
  4. Anyone can enter. Anyone can vote. But, keep it to one vote per person, per category, ok?
  5. All hats will be returned to their creator, unless you'd like us to donate them to our favorite charity.
  6. A $10 gift certificate will be awarded in each category and a $25.00 gift certificate will be awarded to the BEST IN SHOW.
knitted hat

So, here are the categories (and be sure, when you bring in your entry, to indicate which category it belongs to):

  • Felted Hats
  • Woven Hats
  • Crocheted Hats
  • Knitted Hats
  • Other (oh, this leaves SO MANY possibilities open!)

Did you see that? The winners will win, not only priceless publicity, but gift certificates to the Recycled Lamb! Start your planning, we can't wait to see the creativity and originality and cutthroat competition these contests bring out! Give us a call if you have any questions.


2012 Dream Club
September 2012 to February 2013
Dream In Color Logo
The Recycled Lamb will be participating in the Dream Club!
The Dream Club kits arrive at the shop at the first of the month.
Read more . . . .
September - Dream Club Pattern (password given with Dream Club purchase)
October - Dream Club Pattern (password given with Dream Club purchase)
November - Dream Club Pattern (password given with Dream Club purchase)
December - Dream Club Pattern (password given with Dream Club purchase)
January - Dream Club Pattern (password given with Dream Club purchase)
February - Dream Club Pattern (password given with Dream Club purchase)

Weavers and non-weavers alike, we've got at least one workshop for you! We are SO PLEASED and excited that Catharine Ellis, author of Woven Shibori, will be coming to The Recycled Lamb in February to teach two workshops.
Catharine Ellis head shot
Catharine Ellis, Woven shibori –
an introduction to weaving, dyeing and shaping with natural dyes.
3 days - Feb 17-19, 2013
$275.00 non-refundable
Woven shibori uses the loom to make fabric as well as to make a resist for dyeing or shaping. It is a true joining together of weaving and surface design. Participants will use a variety of woven structures to weave samples of wool, silk or other protein fibers. After the cloth is woven the fabrics will be mordanted and dyed using a selection of natural dye extracts. The extracts are appropriate for both immersion dyeing and direct application of dye. Shaping will be done with crepe spun wools.
Emphasis will be on layering of color using natural dye extracts and the use of an organic fructose indigo vat. The woven shibori process introduces the hand weaver to an exciting approach to their woven cloth with unlimited possibilities.
(Requires a 4-8 shaft loom – prepared ahead of time according to instructions) Materials fee: $20 per person (included all dyes and chemicals, handouts, and crepe spun yarn for shaping)
Catharine Ellis weaving
Catharine Ellis, Woven shibori – Natural Dyes on Cotton – no loom or weaving required
2 days - Feb 23-24, 2013
$225.00 non refundable
The workshop will explore the use of natural dyes on cotton fabric focusing on effective mordanting practices and immersion dye. Color variations will be obtained through use of alum and iron as mordants. The class will also include mordant discharge and the use of an organic fructose indigo vat.
Woven shibori is ideal for exploring dye color layering and sequencing. The class will use custom “woven shibori” cotton fabrics from The Oriole Mill in North Carolina for all class samples. Supplemental weft resists are woven into the cloth and participants will use dyes to record those structures into the cloth. There will be significant discussion of theory and design tools.
Materials fee: $75 per person - includes all dyes, chemicals, handouts, and woven shibori sample blanks.

Back right away by popular demand is Lynda Teller Pete with her Navajo Weaving Workshops! 
We'll have a beginning workshop on January 24th, 25th, and 26th.
Lynda Teller Logo
Students will have the opportunity to learn the art of weaving from 5th-generation Navajo Weaver, Lynda Teller Pete. While instructing and demonstrating, Lynda will share personal stories and experiences, allowing participants the chance to gain fascinating insights into the world of Navajo weaving. Students will receive individualized instruction in areas of their choosing. Navajo history, culture, spirituality and weaving taboos will also be discussed along the way.
Navajo upright vertical looms will be fully warped and set up. The class fee also includes the rental of the loom, tabletop attachment, clamps, heddle, and shed rods, preparation of warp and selvage cords and rental of all weaving tools during the scheduled class time. Non-refundable payment in full due at time of signup. Yarn for weaving will be available for purchase at the shop, and the list will be available closer to the class dates.
$275.00  non-refundable
Intermediate Navajo Weaving,
4-day workshop, two weekends, Friday and Saturday February 1st and 2nd and 8th and 9th
Navajo loom work
Intermediate Weaving students will choose the option of learning advanced Navajo Weaving techniques, such as the braided selvage cord edge, complex design, diagonals, pictorials and design development.  Intermediate Weavers may use worsted weight, or the sport weight, 1 ply wool.
Pre-Warped 10.5” wide X 12.5” high loom: The loom will be fully warped and set up. This fee is also for the rental of the loom, tabletop attachment, clamps, heddle, and shed rods, preparation of warp and selvage cords and rental of all weaving tools during the scheduled class time. Intermediate Weaving students will choose the option of learning advanced Navajo Weaving techniques, such as the braided selvage cord edge, complex design, diagonals, pictorials and design development. Intermediate Weavers may use worsted weight, or the sport weight, 1 ply wool. You may take the loom home to weave. Upon completion of class, please return loom and weaving tools.
$360.00 non-refundable

Laura Farson, The Entwined Knitter: Scandinavian Knitting Techniques
Three workshops from a Colorado expert and author on Scandinavian knitting techniques!
Fun and Fancy Scandinavian Cast-ons for Knitting
October 13th, Saturday
Laura Farson - Fun Knits
10am-1:30pm, $40.00 plus materials. Non-refundable. Skill level: Intermediate
A sampler of decorative cast-ons including the basics and their derivations to embellish your knitted project!
Includes variations on Long Tail and German Twisted Cast-on, Traditional Twine-Knit Cast-ons with multiple strands; Casting on with colors to make braids; and a Textured Cast-on, using knit and purl rounds: Also, Yarn Management for color work and Center-pull Ball winding. Samples are worked in the round on two circulars or double point needles.
Multi-color Textures, Zigzags, & Braids: Scandinavian Knitting Techniques
October 13th, Saturday
2:30pm - 6pm, $40.00 plus materials. Non-refundable. Skill Level: Intermediate – Students should be familiar with knitting on two circular needles and the German Twisted Cast on.
These decorative edge treatments are found on cuffs of garments in Norway and Sweden. The class begins with a basic cast on and its derivatives –Including variations on Long Tail and German Twisted Cast-on, Traditional Twine-Knit Cast-on with multiple strands; We’ll make braids and colorful textures with twine knit and purl rounds using multiple colored yarns with yarn -management for color work and center-pull ball winding techniques - Projects are worked in the round on two circulars or double point needles. Class samples of variations will be reviewed.
SPECIAL--Sign up for both the above workshops and recieve $10 off your registration. Total for both $70.00 plus materials.
Scandinavian Slippers by Laura Farson
November 10th-11th, Saturday & Sunday
12-4pm on Saturday and 12-5pm on Sunday, $100.00 plus materials. Non-refundable.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced: Students should be familiar with knitting on a circular needle.
This design comes right from the knitters of Norway. Use two-handed colorful and streamlined Stranded- and Twined-stitch knitting techniques for these Slippers.
Master Ball winding, Two-strand Circular Cast on, Circular knitting, Yarn Management for color work, Stranding and Twining in Knit and Purl, Jogless Intersections, Charts, and a Sewn Bind Off

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Marie Mayhew - Two Workshopes!
Marie Mayhew is coming to town! Starting with a trunk show of her finished patterns on October 19th, she's then going to be here at the shop for two workshops on Thursday and Friday, October 25th and 26th. Mark your calendars now to learn how to create these fun and fanciful knitted pieces.



marie mayhew - fall leaf Woolly Harvest Trimmings-
Thursday evening October 25 from 5pm-8pm

Meet Marie and her patterns, have some cider and cookies, and get ready for Thanksgiving and the holidays! Marie will show us lots of samples, demonstrate how to embellish them and create even more whimsical decorations and gifts. From gingerbread garlands to leaf table runners, you'll go home with lots of ideas and your needles vibrating with anticipation. Seminar Fee $35.00.(non-refundable payment in full required at registration).



Embellishing Your Woolly Snowman!
Friday October 26th from 2-6pm

marie mayhew - snowman Marie has created whimsical and wonderful accessories for her most loved and famous pattern, the Woolly Snowman! Knit and felt and stuff your snowman ahead of time (it's small, you could do two or three!) and learn how to sew on eyes, knit hats and scarves, create your own woolly snowmen personalities for you and for gifts! Workshop fee $45.00 plus materials.(non-refundable payment in full required at registration).

Tartan Weaving with Weldon Walker
October 27 & 28 Saturday and Sunday, November 3rd Saturday
10-4pm. $250.00 plus materials. $50 non-refundable deposit required. Skill level: Advanced beginner, must be able to warp a loom and understand weaving terms.
Learn the principles of weaving tartans with WW! Discussions of sett and ppi, history and stories. You'll start with an empty loom and end up with a Colorado Tartan Scarf! Materials list will be at the shop. Fee includes loom and tool rental for the class duration.


Anita Luvera Mayer back again for another 2-day workshop!

Creative Clothing from Simple Shapes and Embellishing the Surface
by Anita Luvera Mayer, October 23-24, 2012:
10am to 5pm Price: $175.00 (includes evening lecture below). Please call the shop to register! Non-refundable $50 payment due at sign-up.
Whether or not you are a handweaver, learning to design and create beautiful clothing from simple shapes releases us from the fear of complexity. In this workshop, Anita will present specific methods for designing contemporary clothing, including style, color, fiber, pattern drafting, and on day two, simple yet dramatic ways to individualize your clothing with embellishments.
Biography: Anita Luvera Mayer
Anita's focus on garments began in 1972. Subsequently she has authored several books on garment construction, has had her work included in local, national and internationql shows, and now presents lectures and workshops throughout North America. The clothing designed and worn by Anita always relates to ethnic garments of other cultures and historic times. These garments are constructed from simple shapes with minimum cutting into the fabric. The joins, finishes and embellishments are always done by hand and each piece is considered an investment in clothing because of its timelessness and wearability.

 

Pizza and Creativity: The Secret to Creativity
by Anita Luvera Mayer, October 23:
6-8pm $55.00 Non-refundable payment due at sign-up.
This is one woman's struggle to understand the creative process, identify inspiration, and learn how to translate those concepts into her life and her work. Anita will explain and demonstrate the five steps she follows from her beginning idea to the completed garment. The process presented in this program is applicable to the work of the hands or how one lives their life.

Lynda Teller Pete--Navajo Weaving
3-day workshop, September 13, 14, and 15, Thurs. thru Sat., 10a 4pm, $275.00
4-day workshop, October 16-19th, Tuesday through Friday, 10am-4pm $360.00
1-day workshop, Warping the Navajo Loom, October 20th, Sat. 10am-4pm $155.00
Registration is non refundable.
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These Navajo Weaving workshops are open to beginners and experienced Navajo style weavers alike. Students will have the opportunity to learn the art of weaving from 5th-generation Navajo Weaver, Lynda Teller Pete. While instructing and demonstrating, Lynda will share personal stories and experiences, allowing participants the chance to gain fascinating insights into the world of Navajo weaving. Classes available for those that want to start at the beginning with warping and learning to weave the "Navajo Way" on an upright loom, while experienced weavers work to refine their techniques and explore ideas for more complex designs. Lynda Teller LogoNavajo upright vertical looms will be fully warped and set up. Students will receive individualized instruction in areas of their choosing. Navajo history, culture, spirituality and weaving taboos will also be discussed along the way. All classes will accommodate both beginning and intermediate students. The class fee also includes the rental of the loom, tabletop attachment, clamps, heddle, and shed rods, preparation of warp and selvage cords and rental of all weaving tools during the scheduled class time. Non-refundable payment in full due at time of signup. Yarn for weaving will be available for purchase at the shop, and the list will be available closer to the class dates.

 

Sweater Basics and Finishing with Ann Bud
Two Days, August 10th and 11th (Friday and Saturday), 10am-4pm
INTERMEDIATE KNITTING SKILLS REQUIRED.
$150.00 plus materials.
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In this two-day workshop, we’ll follow the pullover instructions in The Knitter’s Handy Book of Sweater Patterns by Ann Budd. The sweater will be worked in four pieces—one back, one front, and two sleeves. To minimize the amount of knitting, all students will work an infant-size sweater in worsted-weight yarn. To prepare for the class, students will knit the four pieces to the armholes and choose between drop-shoulder, modified drop-shoulder, and set-in sleeve shaping, and between round and V-neck shaping.
You will learn:
  • determining the correct garment size
  • measuring a gage swatch
  • calculating even spacing of increases and decreases
  • centering a pattern stitch
  • working selvedge stitches
  • paired increases and decreases
  • picking up stitches around a neckline
  • an elastic bind-off appropriate for ribbed necklines
  • seaming
  • blocking
  • tips and tricks along the way
Materials: The Knitter’s Handy Guide to Sweater Patterns (or make arrangements to share with a friend); The Knitter’s Companion or other technique reference book (optional but helpful); 2 skeins of worsted weight yarn such as Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Worsted or Cascade 220 (you may need only 1 skein but you want to be sure not to run out); size 7 or 8 straight needles plus a set of double-pointed one size smaller for neckband; tape measure; calculator; tapestry needle; stitch holders; round stitch markers and removable stitch markers.
HOMEWORK:
Back

With worsted weight yarn and appropriate needles (your choice of size 7 or 8), cast on 40 stitches. Work the edging of your choice (rib, garter st, seed st, etc.) for 1", then work in stockinette stitch (knit right-side rows; purl wrong-side rows) until piece measures 5" from the cast-on edge, ending with a wrong-side row. Place stitches on holder.
Front
Work same as back.
Sleeves (make 2)
Cast on 18 stitches. Work the edging of your choice for 1". Choose between drop shoulder, modified drop shoulder, and set-in sleeve style. Continue as described below for your choice.
For Drop Shoulder or Modified Drop Shoulder Styles:
Change to stockinette stitch and increase 1 st at each end of needle (inside selvedge stitches) every 2 rows 9 times, then every 4 rows 2 times-40 stitches. Work even until piece measures 5" from cast-on edge, ending with a wrong-side row.
For Set-in Sleeve Style:
Change to stockinette stitch and increase 1 st at each end of needle (inside selvedge stitches) every 4 rows 5 times-30 stitches. Work even until piece measures 4½" from cast-on edge, ending with a wrong-side row.
Call the store to register. Seating is limited.

Cheryl Oberle Lace Knitting: The Highland Shawl
Two days, August 4th and 5th, 10am to 4pm.
$170.00 plus materials.
Cheryl Oberly
Cheryl Oberle is a freelance knitting designer, author, and instructor living in Denver, Colorado. She received a BA in philosophy and in psychology from the University of Denver, studied art and architecture at Harvard and did graduate work at Northwestern University. Cheryl learned to knit at the age of four and she enjoys sharing her knowledge through her Knitaway™ retreats and the classes and workshops she teaches around the country. Cheryl is the author of Folk Shawls, Folk Vests, and the new Knitted Jackets: 20 Designs from Classic to Contemporary. Her work has been featured in Handpaint Country, A Gathering of Lace, and the One Skein Wonder series and she has designed for major knitting magazines and yarn companies. Cheryl also has her own line of self-published designs and kits featuring her hand-dyed yarn. When not knitting, Cheryl can often be found touring the Colorado high country with her husband, Gary.
Shetland shawls are masterpieces of lace knitting. On day one, learn the history and structure of the traditional Shetland shawl while knitting a miniature triangular version and then on day two, plan and cast on your own Highland Triangle Shawl from Cheryl's book, Folk Shawls. Special techniques include choosing yarns, shaping, lace knitting, and blocking.
Student Supplies: For the sample:1-2 oz. fingering or sport weight wool. Circular needles size 6 to 8 or size needle to get a gauge of 3 1/2 to 4 stitches per inch in garter stitch with your chosen yarn. Also, yarn needle, scrap yarn, basic knitting supplies, scissors, pencil and paper. The full-sized shawl requires about 600 to 950 yards of lace weight, fingering or sport weight yarn. Selection of yarn for the full-sized shawl can be done with Cheryl's assistance during the workshop.
Call the store to register. Seating is limited.

 

Workshop: Knit One, Purl One
by Anita Luvera Mayer May 17-18, 2012:
10am to 5pm Price: $125.00 plus materials fee to the instructor. Please call the shop to register!
Have you ever wanted to just break out from the usual patterns and knitted garment construction and create something absolutely unique? This workshop will give you the tools and courage to "push the envelope" of knitted garments by exploring the creation of unique garments assembled from modules of free-form knitting and crochet. Color studies, yarn selections, flattering garment styles, methods of assemblage and beading will be included. Each participant will assemble a notebook and will also design and create modules that will be appliqued onto fabric provided by the instructor. This is a hands-on course with continuous instruction and guidance in developing individual creativity, color usage, and the potential of knitting with no rules and no patterns. Beginning knitting skills required--cast on, bind off, knit, purl, single crochet.
Biography: Anita Luvera Mayer
Anita's focus on garments began in 1972. Subsequently she has authored several books on garment construction, has had her work included in local, national and internationql shows, and now presents lectures and workshops throughout North America. The clothing designed and worn by Anita always relates to ethnic garments of other cultures and historic times. These garments are constructed from simple shapes with minimum cutting into the fabric. The joins, finishes and embellishments are always done by hand and each piece is considered an investment in clothing because of its timelessness and wearability.

 


Colorado Weavers Day, May 19, 2012
Colorado Weavers Day happens every two years, sponsored by a Colorado weavers guild. The 2012 event is being sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Weavers Guild in Denver and is taking place at the American Mountaineering Center in Golden, just around the corner!
This year’s theme is Tradition Inspiring the Future. There will be four nationally known speakers, Anita Luvera Mayer, Sarah Saulson, Edwina Bringle, and Deborah Chandler who will be accompanied by Mayan artist Gloria Chonay. Register by March 1 for $45 ($50 after March 1) which includes continental breakfast, lunch and all the time for fiber learning and inspiration you could want! More information is available at the Rocky Mountain Weavers Guild website.

5th Annual Fleece Market Day, Saturday, April 28, 2012 from 10:30 – 3:30
This is our favorite market day of the year! And this year will be even more fun because we’ll be at our new location, 2081 Youngfield Street.
The folks from Sister Sheep will be here with their 2012 “fresh off the sheep” fleece as well as some beautiful kid mohair, all locally grown right here in Colorado. Ancient Treasures Alpaca Ranch and Midnight Moonsong Angora will also be here with their lovely fiber.
We usually have surprise animal guests as well as spinning demonstrations all day long, so bring the whole family! This is a great time for handspinners and felters to get their hands on some beautiful locally-grown white or natural color fine wool fleece and luxury fibers.

"Big Yarn Over" Party March 16th, 2012 4-8:30pm:

An event not to be missed!

Join us to celebrate getting all the "yarn over" to the new shop at 2081 Youngfield Street! 4:00-8:30pm, drop in, get a tour, eat some goodies, sit and knit or crochet a spell.
It's our regular Knit Knite--but bigger and even more fun. In addition, at 7:30pm that night we'll be handing out awards to the winners of our 6th Annual Hat Contest!

6th Annual March Mad Hatter's Contest--Deadline for Entries is March 1st
model with viking horn hat Now it is a well-known fact that every year The Recycled Lamb has a hat contest...well...this year is NO different! Announcing the 6th ANNUAL March Mad Hatter's Hat Contest!! Great Prizes!! Great Publicity!! (what, you say?? yes, the winners get gift certificates to the shop and get their names and winning hat photos posted on our Facebook Page!)
Here is the scoop:
Deadline for entries is Tuesday, March 1. We will sign you up at the time you buy your yarn or fiber, and assign your number for each entry (you may enter as many times as you like!) Did we mention these hats can be felted, knitted, crocheted, or woven??? Voting will take place from March 1 to March 17, please vote only one time (we're on the honor system here!) for each category.
Okay, here are the OFFICIAL CONTEST RULES:
  1. You MUST purchase your yarn or fiber at The Recycled Lamb. Recently. Like between now and when you create the hat. Or maybe last month...Sure, you can pick and choose from your stash, but as you might surmise, we'd like to sell some yarn during this contest!
  2. Entries must be delivered to the shop by close of business on Thursday, March 1. (Since it's Leapyear, you get a whole EXTRA day to create your entries!) Judging will be from March 1st through Thursday, March 15th. Winners will be announced and awards awarded during the March Knit Knite on Friday, March 16th.
  3. hatAll Entries will be anonymous.
  4. Anyone can enter. Anyone can vote. But, keep it to one vote per person, per category, ok? Your honesty is taken for granted.
  5. All hats will be returned to their creator, unless you'd like us to donate them to our favorite charity.
  6. A $10 gift certificate will be awarded in each category and a $25.00 gift certificate will be awarded to the BEST IN SHOW.
So, here are the categories (and be sure, when you bring in your entry, to indicate which category it belongs to):
  1. colorful hatFelted Hats
  2. Woven Hats
  3. Crocheted Hats
  4. Knitted Hats
  5. Other (oh, this leaves SO MANY possibilities open!)
Did you see that? The winners will win, not only priceless publicity, but gift certificates to the Recycled Lamb! Start your planning, we can't wait to see the creativity and originality and cutthroat competition these contests bring out! Give us a call if you have any questions.

 

Spin and Weave Week Kickoff! 2012
Spin Weave Week 2011 poster
To start National Spin and Weave Week, we'll be celebrating at the shop on Sunday, October 2nd, from 12:30-4pm!
  • Discounts on all in-stock spinning and weaving equipment, including Schacht Spindle Company spinning wheels and looms, Ashford wheels and looms, accessories, and books.
  • Ancient Treasures Alpacas will be joining us for the afternoon, we're not sure who yet but we'll have a couple of furry guys to make your day. Spinning and weaving demonstrations, too!
  • Join us for this great one-day-only event and sale.
  • National information can be found here - www.WeaveSpinDye.org
Annual Taos Wool Festival
28th Annual will be held October 1 & 2, 2011 9am – 5pm on Saturday, 9am – 4pm on Sunday Kit Carson Park, Taos, New Mexico
An annual event sponsored by the Mountain and Valley Wool Association including: Outstanding regional wool market, featuring juried vendors displaying their wool fiber, yarns, and artistic creations.
  • Fiber Critters Showcase – expect to see sheep, alpacas, goats, angora rabbits, and more!
  • Demonstrations of shearing, spinning, dyeing, and other wool related skills.
  • Competitions - see the best in hand spinning, wool and fleece, and finished products.
  • Food vendors, featuring lamb delicacies, goat cheeses, and other delicious choices.
  • A festive, musical atmosphere that is fun for the whole family!
Rocky Mountain Weavers' Guild Annual Fiber Arts Sale
The annual Rocky Mountain Weavers Guild sale is October 20th-22nd, 2011 at the Englewood Civic Center in Englewood , Colorado. Come and shop for unique gifts, clothing, jewelry and art pieces for your home. Everything is skillfully handmade by the Guild's talented artisans. There is something for everyone
http://rmweaversguild.org/fiberartsale.html
2011 September Knit Nite - Annual YARN TASTING!
You don't want to miss it! On Friday, September 16 the usual Knit Nite is highlighted as our Annual Yarn Tasting. Join us for this especially fun event.
Our Annual Yarn Tasting is a popular event. In order to accomadate everyone it is helpful if you RSVP. To RSVP click here to be taken to the RSVP form.

The talented chefs at our 2011 Yarn Tasting!

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September Spin-In
Friday night, September 9th, 5PM to 8PM. Bring your work and a snack to share. Hope to see you there.
Knit Nite - Friday, August 19th
Knit Knite is 4:30-8pm, bring your knitting and crochet, and it's double-points evening from 4:30 on. We'll have our regular buck-a-slice pizza for everyone.
Knit Nite is a monthly event held on the third Friday of the month. Except in December.
Sunday August 7th, 4-6pm, The Recycled Lamb Fashion Show!
The fashion show was a grand evening of fun.
August 8-12 2011, 9am-12noon,
The Recycled Lamb Summer Fiber Fun Camp,
For ages 7-13ish, Price $125.00
Don't be bored that last week of vacation! Join us at The Recycled Lamb for a week of fiber frolic for you and your friends. We'll meet each day for 3 hours to explore fiber crafts including dyeing, crocheting, weaving, and spinning.
28th Annual Summer Inventory Clearance Sale!
Saturday July 30th through Saturday August 6th
Most yarn and fiber in the WHOLE SHOP were at least 10% off AND all books, patterns, notions, and needles were 10% off for the entire sale week.