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.