Rosanne Speaks on BSG Love & Locker Hooking
This year Black Sheep Gathering welcomes back Workshop Instructor Rosanne Anderson of Cheney, Washington! Rosanne is teaching Fabulous and Fun Locker Hooking this year and has taught many years previously. Rosanne says her favorite part of teaching at BSG is both the variety of classes offered and the amazing students. "Plus," she says, "I always learn so much myself!" Rosanne has been working with fiber for over 20 years and the best part is, "When I create something and it actually works out and looks good!" For a little trivia, Rosanne shared that she spent many years in the Army where she not only served, but met her husband as well.
Preparing for Fabulous & Fun Locker Hooking
Rosanne says that the best thing a student can do before taking her course is to be patient with themselves. "Allow [yourself] to go at your own pace, ask questions, and enjoy the experience. You will get the hang of it sooner than you think."
Goals for Her Workshop
Rosanne hopes that her students will "leave class with an appreciation of their own talent and their wonderful creation. Locker Hooking goes pretty [quickly] and it's so easy to see your progress." She also says that "whether you're newer to fiber craft or well experienced, what you'll take away from this class is an appreciation for how quickly your stash will begin to disappear! Locker Hooking demands lots of yarn, so if you're a 'collector' you will appreciate the wonderful creativity of Locker Hooking and how quickly you'll need to
replace that stash."
Final Thoughts, for Now
"Congratulations to all of you who are attending BSG. I think you'll find, as I did, that this is one of the best shows and really a lot of fun. You MUST stay for the entire weekend in order to experience it fully. I've been know to wander around the vendors, fleeces, and animals way more than several times. It's a wonderful time for us fibery people!"
Interested in attending a BSG Class/Workshop? Check out the main site for more details. Registration will open in April and close the beginning of June. As always, last minute spots may open up so always check the workshops table during BSG to see if a spot becomes available.
I'm Judie Overbeek from Kalispell, Montana. I've been traveling to BSG [Black Sheep Gathering] for over 12 years to teach various spinning and dye classes. It's without a doubt my favorite place to teach for many reasons. Learners at BSG bring so much information with them that teaching is really fun, more of a dialog about whatever topic we're studying than a standard classroom setting. I enjoy the energy and enthusiasm of these learners, their curiosity, eagerness to discover new techniques and their delight in helping each other.
My journey began over 40 years ago when I traveled with my family to Australia to live for two years. I joined a guild there and learned to spin. I was immediately hooked. The women were generous with their homegrown fleeces and kept me well provided. After returning to the US, I met a young production weaver who was kind enough to mentor me for several years. I ultimately bought her four-harness loom and have woven and spun ever since. My husband asked me recently when I was going to quit. I said, "Never. This is what I do."
This year I am offering three classes: Shibori Dyeing, Diameter Control, and The Fabulous Boucles:
Diameter Control in spinning is a critical issue for beginning and intermediate spinners. This class will give you new tools for controlling the diameter of your singles from very fine to bulky. The techniques practiced can be used with most wheels. However, e-spinners may require some different ways to achieve these goals. Spinners in this class should be able to spin a consistent single strand and know how to change whorls and tension on their spinning wheel.
My first spinning wheel was an Ashford Traditional with only one whorl (bobbin pulley) so I had to learn to adjust myself in order to create various diameters. Fortunately, contemporary wheels are more accommodating and changing diameters is much easier than it was 40 years ago!
Though this class is shown as full, there could be some dropouts which would open up a space if you were interested. Ask about it when you check in.
I'm looking forward to the new venue in Albany and to meeting many enthusiastic spinners there.