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McHenry County Fair will be combining the Fiber Fest into the McHenry County Fair.   The McHenry County Fair will be held August 4 – 9, 2020. Our goal is to have one tent totally dedicated to fiber fest vendors and classes.  We will offer 3 different vendor options:

                Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday    or

                Friday, Saturday and Sunday       or

                Choose both options and receive a 10% discount

We are hoping that this change will allow vendors to educate and sell to a much larger audience and fair goers to have a chance to participate in this fun event.  We will be setting aside another area for Craft, Make and Take area and Direct Sales Vendors.  For many years people have asked that we include crafters at the fair so that they could shop while they are here

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Come Join the Fun!

Beautiful colored wools. Abstract picture of wool texture.

Our goal is to create an educational event focused on fiber, craft and direct sales vendors.  It will be a 6 day event with various activities and events for the public to take part in, learn, and purchase anything from art supplies to a finished handmade product.  We would like to take this time to invite you to be a part of our event.

During the fair we will have different grandstand, grounds, carnival, livestock, home economics shows and demonstrations going on around the grounds for spectators to enjoy. Having crafters and artisans and fiber related venders with booths set up to sell everything from fiber art supplies (wool, knitting needles, crochet hooks, cloth, etc.) to finished products (handmade items) will be a wonderful addition to the county fair. We will then have a classroom set up where we will rotate instructors teaching different skill sets at different experience levels. The classes will consist of, but are not limited to, spinning, weaving, quilting, sewing, knitting, basket making, and fiber animal management classes. We will have another area set up for vendors to host a Make and Take option

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2019 Classes and Workshops

 
 
Saturday Morning

2019 Classes

KNITTING SMALL CIRCLES IN THE ROUND

Saturday June 1, 2019 – 10:00 am to 11:30 am
Taught by: Mary Jo Harris (harrism07@sbcglobal.net)
Location:
Class Level: Intermediate (Know how to cast on, knit, purl, bind off, and join in the round)
Class Limit: 3-15 age 10 and older
Registration: Required by May 28, 2019
Enrollment Cost: $25
Materials Needed: (*worsted weight yarn, *either two size 8 circular needles – of varying lengths, size 8 flexible double pointed needles, or a size 8 circular needle that is 40” or longer, *Usual knitting supplies)

Do you hate using double pointed needles? Or not made things like hats, sock, and mittens because double pointed needles scare you? In this class we’ll explore ways to knit small circles in the round WITHOUT using traditional double pointed needles. A basic fingerless mitts pattern will be provided for everyone to practice on.
Knitting in the Round (KIR) – Items that will be covered in this class include:
How to ‘KIR’ using two circular needles, how to ‘KIR’ using one LONG circular needle, and how to use flexible double pointed needles
Materials Needed: *worsted weight yarn, *either two size 8 circular needles – of varying lengths, size 8 flexible double pointed needles, or a size 8 circular needle that is 40” or longer, *Usual knitting supplies.

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EXPERIENCED CROCHETED LEARN TO KNIT CONTINENTAL EASILY!

Taught by: Dawn Ortega
Saturday June 1, 2019: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Taught by: Dawn Ortega
Location:
Class Level: Beginner
Class Limit: min 3 – max 6
Registration: Required by May 28, 2019
Enrollment Cost: $45
Material Needed: Size 7 or 8 circular needles and a skein of worsted weight yarn. (can be cotton).

Are you an experienced crocheter who has always wanted to learn to knit? You can knit continental easily in this two-hour class. We will start an easy first project together, if you have more questions you can see me at my booth!
Material Needed: Size 7 or 8 circular needles and a skein of worsted weight yarn. (can be cotton).

Want to Sign Up for a Class? CLICK HERE for a registration form
Saturday Afternoon

AN INTRODUCTION TO LACE KNITTING

Saturday June 1, 2019 – 12:00 pm – 3 pm
Taught by: Mary Jo Harris (harrism07@sbcglobal.net)
Location:
Class Level: Intermediate (Know how to cast on, bind off, knit, and purl. Knowing basic increases and decreases helpful, but not required).
Class Limit: 3-15 age 12 and older
Registration: Required by May 28, 2019
Enrollment Cost: $35
Materials Needed: worsted weight yarn (no novelty yarn), needles in a size appropriate for your yarn, Paper for taking notes, Pen or Pencil, Stitch markers appropriate for your needles, Usual knitting supplies.

Have you always loved the look of knitted lace items but been afraid to make them because they intimidated you? Lace knitting is easier than you think once you know some of the tips and tricks.
In this class, students will learn: The composition of knitted lace, some basic knitted lace stitches, how to read a lace chart, lace knitting tips and tricks, and how to make a lace sampler.

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PAINTING WITH FIBER

Saturday June 1, 2019 – 1:00 pm -4:30 pm
Taught by: Janette H Neal – Zopp (1774jz@gmail.com)
Location:
Class Level: Age All
Class Limit: 10 max
Registration: Required by May 28, 2019
Enrollment Cost: $40
Materials Cost: $15

This class will use a combination of wet and needle felting. You will create a 4 x 6 landscape picture suitable to frame or use as a card. You will learn how to do trees, rocks, grass, leaves, water, flowers, etc. No experience needed just a willingness to have fun as you learn. Be sure to stop by Janette’s booth – This and That Farm Studios.

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LEARNING HOW TO CUT YOUR KNITTING

Saturday June 1, 2019 – 1:00 pm – 3 pm
Taught by: Lori Grady (loriknit@gmail.com)
Location:
Class Level: Class Limit: 3-15
Registration: Required by May 28, 2019
Enrollment Cost: $45
Materials Needed: your knitting tools, scissors, small crochet hook, yarn large eye needle for finishing, appropriately – sized circular knitting needles for the button band. You should have a tube of knitting approximately 10 inches around and 4 inches long or an old “Goodwill” sweater to practice on.

In Lori’s class you will learn how to cut your knitting: Steeks will be covered, both crochet and sewing methods. You will learn different variations of finishing steeks and how to set up for a steek. Steeks can be used for the front opening, sleeves, neck, and the actual sleeves.

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Sunday Morning

FUN WITH SILK COCOONS!

Sunday June 2, 2019 – 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Taught by: Esther Peregrine
Location:
Class Level: Beginner
Class Limit: 2-12
Registration: Required by May 28, 2019
Enrollment Cost: $25
Material Fee $45 (includes 80 cocoons, frames for hankies and caps, mesh bags, degumming solution & printed instructions)

Have you ever seen tiny silk cocoons and wondered how to turn them into fluffy layers of fiber called mawatas, also known as hankies and caps? Learn how to soften and spread Bombyx mori silk cocoons (mulberry silk) over frames to make silk hankies and caps for use in spinning, felting, silk fusion, or quilting. There will also be Eri, Muga, and Tussah species of silk cocoons to try. No experience is necessary. Materials Fee includes 80 cocoons, frames for hankies and caps, mesh bags, degumming solution and printed instructions.

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EASE INTO SOCK KNITTING: AKA – KNIT A CHRISTMAS STOCKING

Sunday June 2, 2019 – 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Taught by: Mary Jo Harris (harrism07@sbcglobal.net)
Location:
Class Level: Intermediate (Know how to cast on, bind off, knit, purl, and knit in the round)
Class Limit: 3-15 age 10 and older
Registration: Required by May 28, 2019
Enrollment Cost: $35
Materials Needed: Worsted Weight yarn, 2 skeins of the Main Color and 1 skein of the Contrasting Color (if you want a contrasting color), two different 16″ or longer circular needles in size appropriate for your yarn, several stitch markers, and usual knitting supplies.

This class is designed for the person that has never knit a sock and still feels a bit intimidated when thinking about knitting socks. Knitting a Christmas Stocking requires the same techniques used to knit a sock. The Stocking uses a worsted weight yarn and only one stocking is made – preventing ‘second sock syndrome’. Christmas Stockings can be easily customized or made ‘generic’ too.
Participants will learn: Parts of a sock, terms used in sock knitting, ways socks are made, using short rows, and how-to Kitchener Stitch.

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Sunday Afternoon

TWO COLOR KNITTING – Portuguese Style

Sunday June 2, 2019 – 12:00 pm -3:00 pm
Taught by: Mary Jo Harris (harrism07@sbcglobal.net)
Location:
Class Level: Intermediate (know how to cast on, knit, purl, and join in a circle). Also know (or used to know) the basics of Portuguese Style Knitting.
Class Limit: 3-15 age 12 and older
Registration: Required by May 28, 2019
Enrollment Cost: $35
Materials needed: $6 for Portuguese Pin: additional pins can be purchased in class if needed. 2 or more different colors of basic worsted weight yarn (no novelty yarn), needles in a size appropriate for your yarn, paper for taking notes, pen or pencil, stitch markers appropriate for your needles, and usual knitting supplies.

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This class is for people that know how to purl and knit using the Portuguese Style of Knitting and want to take that knowledge to the next level by ‘Portuguesing’ with two colors. In this class students will learn how to Portuguese knitting – a quick review, several ways of using two colors with one Portuguese Pin, how to position and set up a Second Portuguese Pin, how to work stranded knitting using two Portuguese Pins and how to make an accessory using techniques learned in class

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THE STRANDS OF SHEARING
Sunday June 2, 2019 – 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Taught by: Carrie St. Clair (stationtender@gmail.com)
Location: Building F
Class Level: All/Any
Class Limit: 5-35
Registration: Required by May 28, 2019
Enrollment Cost: $45
Materials Needed: Fee: None (Attendees can bring a sample of their own fiber for the Micrometer activity.)

In this casual symposium on the subtleties of Shearing we explore together some of the many facets of this subject. Join us as we cover topics like: Making the most of your Shearing, Preparation, Wool and the micrometer, Fiber Grading, Selecting a Shearer, Processing and so much more.
This class is customized by You! PLEASE NOTE: In order to better fulfill your personal areas of interest and prioritize topics most relevant to our welcomed attendees, make sure to fill out the following online questionnaire by May 25th. http://docs.google.com/forms/d/1YCXcwdFC-MeHDFYhleIakkpncCKilwzKCATqQ1yCpys/edit


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