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Shetland Island Workshop

Hi to all and Happy Spring.

Just a heads up that if you are considering taking the Shetland Island workshop June 17-19, I have just a few slots left.  Join Elizabeth Johnston, from Shetland and Martha Owen, artist in residence at JC Campbell Folk Art School for a weekend of Shetland Island Dyeing, Spinning and Knitting.  The cost for the weekend is $245 plus materials.

Let me know if you are interested.  Susan

Estonian Island Weekend

Please join us for an Estonian Island weekend March 27, 28, 29 being offered by The Trading Post for Fiber Arts and being held at The Pendleton Conservation Club in the park in Pendleton.
The cost is $345 plus a materials fee which will be well under $100, probably under $60.  Do not have final numbers on that.  Please contact Susan at or call 765-778-3331 or 765-621-9511. Hope you can join us.  Should be a very fun weekend. Nancy has visited Estonia a number of times and Kate and I joined her for a two week journey several years ago.  It is a magical place!  There are sure to be lots of pictures and stories as well as authentic Estonia items to view.

Estonian Island Weekend
with Nancy Bush and Kate Larson

Dates: March 27,28,29
Place: Pendleton Conservation Club

Join Kate Larson and Nancy Bush for a weekend visit to the world of Estonian spinning and knitting. Our days will be focused on creating Gloves, Mittens or Mitts (your choice) which include interesting Estonian cuffs and can be embellished with traditional embroidery motifs from southern Estonia and one of the most traditional islands, Kihnu. Learn how to spin a wool yarn close to what the Estonians use for their base yarn, and then how to spin several wool embroidery yarns for the embellishments. We will use a variety of different wool fibers from Estonia and closer to home.

The course will also cover several Estonian cast ons, some traditional cuff patterns which include colorful lateral braids, and other uniquely Estonian techniques, thumb and finger construction for gloves, as well as mitten and mitt construction, and how to decorate and finish each item. Included in the class will be enough commercial yarn to complete each pattern offered.

Schacht Walnut and Cherry Shuttles and Looms

Hi..Just to give all of you a heads up about the special Schacht products I just got in.

I just got 3 Cherry Matchless Wheels and two are spoken for. I will be taking the remaining one to a show in Asheville, NC next week and it will likely be purchased.

I also have a few of their special run weaving shuttles in Walnut.  I have 2 11″ and one 13″

Let me know if you are interested in any of them before we pack the trailer.

Thanks and enjoy your fall!


The Next Two Weekends

The Trading Post will be closed this Sat, Sept 6, and the following Sat, Sept 13th.  Kate will be teaching both those weekends.

The Trading Post will be at the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival this coming weekend and In Yellow Springs, Ohio Sept 20-21.

Enjoy the fall!  Susan


Have you heard about Spinzilla? Spinzilla is a spinning competition hosted by the National Needleworkers Association during Spinning and Weaving Week–October 6 – 12.The goal is for each Spinzilla team (up to twenty-five spinners) to spin as many yards of singles as possible in a week’s time. Team members do not need to spin together or even live in the same state. The point of the competition is to help spinners learn, plan projects, and above all, SPIN!

The Trading Post has just registered a team–our first year participating! We would love to have you join our ranks. Skill level isn’t important–this is for fun and the love of our craft. During the competition week, we will gather several times, but you are welcome to join the team even if you can’t gather in person. (Your yardage spun per day is reported to the team captain.)

Interested? Register online here. There is a $10 registration fee, which is a donation to a fiber arts mentorship program. Team member registration is open until September 22, but  the teams are filling quickly! Shauna Moore has volunteered to act as team captain for the Trading Post Spinners–thank you, Shauna! If you have questions contact Shauna or Susan. Join us!

Susan Markle
Shauna Moore

Learn more on

Kate Larson

Weekend Schedule

The Trading Post will be closed May 17th and 23rd. We will be in Wooster, Ohio for a fiber festival on the 24-25.

Kate will be back teaching on the 31st.

Any urgent needs call Susan at 765-621-9511.

As always, if I am home, I am open!  Susan

Just want to send out a notice that there are still a couple of openings in the Color Workshop.

Unfortunately, Judith MacKenzie was unable to participate due to an unexpected surgery but we have found a very exciting and worthy replacement to teach with Kate.  Her name is Joan Contraman and she is the force behind the beautiful Crosspatch Creations batts and rovings that I sell in my shop.

If you would still like to sign up, please call or email or 765-778-3331 or 765-621-9511 or mail a check for $295 to:
8833 S 50W
Pendleton, IN 46064

Further info and complete class description including Joan’s bio are below.


Color! Exploring fiber, color, and inspiration with Joan Contraman and Kate Larson

“Color is a power which directly influences the soul.” – Wassily Kandinsky

Creating textiles gives us endless possibilities for exploring the interactions of color, fiber, and cloth. In this three-day workshop, Joan and Kate will help you cultivate your understanding of color and the textile skills that allow us to use color effectively. We will cover many of the ways in which spinners can manipulate color: dyeing, blending dyed fibers, yarn design, and more. Learn quick and effective ways to organize your color inspirations and create swatches that keep pace with your ideas. You will leave the workshop with a spinner’s notebook full of samples and a pathway for exploring color in textiles.

Join Joan and Kate in Pendleton, IN, on April 25-27. A few seats have just opened in this workshop. Contact Susan Markle at the Trading Post for details.

Meet Joan Contraman.

Joan holds and BA in Fine Arts from the University of California at Davis.  She has been spinning, weaving, dyeing, felting and knitting for over 40 years.  Joan has been genetically developing a domestic spotted sheep for the past 18 years, in addition to owning and operating her spinning fiber business Crosspatch Creations.  Her fiber blends are sold nationwide and in Australia.  Her Signature Blends are used by nationally known fiber artists in the products they sell.

Joan is an accomplished fiber artist.  She has been teaching spinning, weaving, dyeing classes since 1985 first in California and now Montana and Idaho.  She was active in both the Los Angeles Weaving Guild and the invitation only Designing Weavers.  She has taught at Willows and Wool, the Missoula Weavers Guild, Alpine Spinners and Weavers, The Ghost Rails Inn, the Fiber Arts Festival, the Montana State Fair and MAWS (The Montana Association of Weavers and Spinners) Conference.

Joan was awarded the Montana Association of Weavers and Spinners highest award, “The Living Treasure Award for Outstanding Contribution to Fiber Arts in 2012.  This is awarded to a person who has demonstrated excellent craftsmanship, has been a source of inspiration and knowledge to others fiber artists and has contributed to the development of fiber arts on a state, regional and national level.”



The Trading Post will be closed the next two Saturday and will reopen Feb 1st and Kate will be teaching that day.

To make an appt call Susan at 765-621-9511.

Stay warm.