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 tradingpostfiber@aol.com 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. tradingpostfiber@aol.com

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.”