All Fiber Arts Retreat

Join us in beautiful, historic Door County Nov. 8-10 for the All Fiber Arts Retreat. Spend a long Fall weekend away doing what you love with people who love the fiber arts just as much as you do.

Fiber Arts Retreat

About the All Fiber Arts Retreat

Friday, Nov. 8 to Sunday, Nov. 10
Stone Harbor Resort, 107 N. 1st St., Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
Connect with kindred spirits, have fun, and become a better fiber artist. You’ll have opportunities to pick up ideas, learn something new, create terrific projects, and shop for goodies to use at home. Class sizes are small (3-10 individuals), so you’re assured personalized instruction and opportunities to participate. When you’re not spinning, weaving or knitting, spend time on yourself with massage therapy, yoga, shopping, and more!
Begins Sept. 1 on this website where you can register and pay for classes securely online. Classes will run if 3 or more students register; the maximum number of students per class is 10.
Reserve a room by calling Stone Harbor Resort, 1-877-746-0700. Ask for the All Fiber Arts Retreat block.

Schedule of All Fiber Arts Retreat

4-8 p.m. Vendor Set-Up

8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Classes
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Vendor Exhibits Open

8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Classes
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Vendor Exhibits Open

8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Classes
9 a.m.-4 p.m. Vendor Exhibits Open


Things to Know

Vendor Exhibits, located in the Harbor Ballroom, are open to the public free of charge.
Classes are scheduled from 8-11:30 a.m. and 12-3:30 p.m. Class fee is $40; full-day classes are $80. Payment is due at the time of registration. All registrations are final. No refunds or returns allowed. If you are unable to attend a class, you’re encouraged to find someone to take your place.
Appointment information is coming soon.

About the Vendors

You’ll find everything you need from our amazing vendors:

Interlacements Yarns
Ogle Designs
Knitters Journey
Icon Fiber Arts
Hello Purl
Susan’s Fiber Shop

The Basket Lady
Spry Whimsy
2 Guys Yarn Company
Hook and Shuttle
Happy Satyr
One Wing Wool

Vendors Ready to Serve You

Interlacements Yarns – Hand dyed yarns and fibers, Clothing items, Kits and Patterns
Ogle Designs – Hand dyed yarn-fiber, lazy kates, yarn holders, original patterns, stitch markers and pins.
Hook and Shuttle – A fiber arts store dedicated to bringing fiber arts supplies and classes to our customers and the larger community. We teach classes at local yarn shops throughout Wisconsin and we host fiber parties in customers’ homes. We sell yarn, fibers, and tools for spinning, weaving, knitting and crochet. We also sell limited quantities of finished handmade objects.
Hello Purl, LLC – Art Batts, Hand dyed Yarns, Drama Llama, Hand dyed top, Weaving Looms
Icon Fiber Arts – Hand dyed yarns, fiber, fiber arts equipment… everything!
Spry Whimsy Fiber Arts – Spinolution Spinning Wheels, Fiber and Tools for spinning and felting, also fun fiber themed gifts.
2 Guys Yarn Company – Hand dyed yarn and fiber, spinning roving from carefully curated fleeces, knitting and crochet project bags, Kromski spinning and weaving products.
Knitter’s Journey – Yarn, patterns, shawl pins, knit with wire kits
Susan’s Fiber Shop – Books, fiber and equipment
Happy Satyr – Yarn, Fiber and more
One Wing Wool – Uniquely designed wool applique patterns and kits.
The Basket Lady

All Fiber Arts Retreat Class Schedule

Room Time Topic/Presenter
C1 8-11:30 a.m. Beginning Chair Caning with MJ Harris
C2 8-11:30 a.m. Brioche Knitting with Sheryl Thies
C3 8-11:30 a.m. Fiber Art Pendant with Melissa Bohrtz
C4 8-11:30 a.m. Beginning weaving with Jay Warner

C1 12-3:30 p.m. Intro to Lace Knitting with MJ Harris
C2 12-3:30 p.m. Mixed Media Sketchbook with Melissa Bohrtz
C3 12-3:30 p.m. Lock Spinning & Tail Spinning with Danny  Criswell
C4 12-3:30 p.m. Beginning weaving with Jay Warner cont.

C1 8-11:30 a.m. Knitter’s Basket with Bev Larson
C2 8-11:30 a.m. Basic Tunisian Crochet with Sheryl Thies
C3 8-11:30 a.m. Thrummed Mittens with Deb Oswald
C4 8-11:30 a.m. Beginning Weaving with Jay Warner cont.

C1 12-3:30 p.m. Hand Applique by Machine with Beth Ferrier
C2 12-3:30 p.m. Textured Beaded Cowl with Sheryl Thies
C3 12-3:30 p.m. Tune Up CSM with Deb Oswald
C4 12-3:30 p.m. Beginning Weaving with Jay Warner cont.


C1 8-11:30 a.m. Irish Knitting Basket with Bev Larson
C2 8-11:30 a.m. Beading Three Ways with Sheryl Thies
C3 8-11:30 a.m. Mittens with Cheryl S.
C4 8-11:30 a.m. Weave a dishcloth with Jane Grogan

C1 12-3:30 p.m. Montage of Mosaic knitting with MJ Harris
C2 12-3:30 p.m. Stitches Necessary with Beth Ferrier
C3 12-3:30 p.m. Visible Mending with Melissa Bohrtz
C4 12-3:30 p.m. Make a Funky Bird Ornament with Jane Grogan

Class Descriptions

Mary Jo Harris
Classroom #1 Friday 8-11:30 am
Materials Fee $25

Ever wonder how a caned chair seat is made? Do you have one (or more) caned chair seats to replace? Then this is the class for you. In this class, participants will hand cane a wooden trivet using natural strand cane to learn the chair caning process.

Other topics that will be discussed include:

  • The difference between the various types of caning
  • The different types of caning materials
  • The 7-step method of hand caning
  • How to care for caned furniture
  • chair caning resources

Materials fee includes cost of trivet kit. Kit includes trivet frame, caning pegs, natural strand cane, binder cane, and instruction booklet.

Skills needed: Beginner class

Students should bring: Small hand clippers or shears, small rag, spray bottle, bucket or tub (in addition to spray bottle), paper for notes, pen or pencil, an awl or ice pick

Sheryl Thies
Classroom #2 Friday 8-11:30 am
Materials Fee 0

Begin your brioche odyssey by learning the basics of two-color brioche knitting that creates stunning and cosy stitches. The Door County Cowl, worked in the round, begins with a two-color cast on and several rounds of basic brioche stitches before adding and increases and decreases. Cowl pattern is provided in class.

Skills needed: Beginner class

Students should bring: Dk or light worsted yarn and appropriate size circular needle (24″cable), Size 10 knitting needles, stitch markers.


Melissa Bohrtz
Classroom #3 Friday 8-11:30 am
Materials Fee $20

Melissa of Hello Purl will show you how to create a fiber art pendant, amulet or brooch using felt, fabric, fibers and a variety of small embellishments in this class. We will be layering fabric and felt by stitching them together and adding beads, buttons, and other embellishments to create a one of a kind wearable piece of fiber art.

Materials fee includes: All materials for creating your wearable piece of art including fabric, felt, leather, beads, buttons and threads.

Students to bring: An open mind and their creative juices.

Jay Warner
Classroom #4 Friday- Saturday 8-3:30
Materials Fee $35

The fundamentals of beginning weaving on a Schacht Cricket Rigid Heddle Loom will be explored in this introductory class. Participants will learn the basics of plain weave structure while creating a scarf using yarns from Round Mountain Fibers. By the end of this 2-day class you will have a beautiful finished scarf. The class will incorporate the following objectives:

Objectives: Loom Basics, Choosing the right yarn, Winding a warp, Dressing the Loom, Weaving, Finished edges, Wet setting the project.

Skills needed: Beginner class

Students should bring: Scissors, Tapestry Needle, 120″ Fabric tape measure

Mary Jo Harris

Classroom #1 Friday 12-3:30

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 tops 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
  • How to make a lace sampler

Skills needed: Students must know how to cast on, bind off, knit and purl. Knowing basic increases and decreases helpful, but not required.

Students should bring: Worsted Weight yarn (no novelty yarn). Needles in a size appropriate for your yarn. Paper and pencil for taking notes, stitch markers appropriate for your needles. Usual knitting supplies.

Melissa Bohrtz
Classroom #2 Friday 12-3:30
Materials Fee $30

Melissa of Hello Purl will show you how to get started creating a mixed media and textile sketchbook. Students will be working with a mix of textiles such as fabric and papers, as well as using a variety of marking mediums such as pens, pencils, markers, watercolor pens and paints. You will also have the opportunity to create texture on your pages. Melissa will show you how with threads, buttons, brackets, rivets and other materials.

Materials Fee includes: A sketchbook and all marking and embellishing supplies needed for class.

Student should be able to have an open mind and create!

Danny Criswell
Classroom #3 Friday 12-3:30
Materials Fee $60

Students will learn to use locks of wool to spin smooth and curly lock spun yarns. We will discuss and practice spinning locks with and without a core. We will practice and discuss tail spinning with long locks to get the yarn with long ago look from the long locks. Students will make a sampler yarn with each technique. We will also discuss finishing technique for the yarns.

Skills needed: *This is an advanced spinning class. Students must be able to spin yarn and drafting.

Students should bring a working spinning wheel, preferably with bulky flyer and three bobbins.

Bev Larson
Classroom #1 Saturday 8-11:30 am

Knitter’s Delight Basket is a great basket for carrying your latest knitting project. We will start with a wood base and finish with a swing handle.
Basket dimensions – 10 inches round x 11 inches tall

Sheryl Thies
Classroom #2 Saturday 8-11:30 am
Materials Fee 0

Learn Tunisian crochet, and create a complex-looking fabric that almost appears to be woven. After learning the Tunisian simple stitch (Tss), play with color and design your own scarves. Basic ‘recipes’ for rectangle and triangle shaped scarves worked in various yarn weights will be discussed. Tunisian crochet will take your creativity to new heights. No knit or crochet experience necessary, but beware, you just may get hooked!

Skills needed: Beginner class

Students should bring: 3 partial skeins of smooth worsted weight yarn; size L/11 (8mm) Tunisian crochet hook – teacher will have some available for purchase also.

Deb Oswald
Classroom #3 Saturday 8-11:30 am
Materials Fee 0

You will learn how to do thrumming on your sock machine. Thrumming makes a very warm mitten as it creates a liner as it felts while you wear them. Very simple to do and learn.

Skills needed: Beginner class, but you must be able to knit a tube on your CSM.

Students should bring: Yarn appropriate for cylinder they are using, roving and all tools needed to work on the CSM. Also, a table or work space for your CSM.

Beth Ferrier
Classroom #1 Saturday 12-3:30 pm
Materials fee $25

This charming little bird blue will teach us all the important concepts of Beth’s innovative finished-edge machine applique technique. It’s easy-peasy and requires no previous quilting experience! We’ll also explore basic embroidery options for embellishing.

Class Kit includes all of the fabric to complete the applique. Templates will be printed on Wash Away Applique Sheets and pressed in place to save time in class for the really fun stuff. A glue stick, magic wand, and a bobbin of Superior’s Monopoly Invisible thread, 70/10 sharp sewing machine needle, perle cotton for embellishment are also included.

Students should bring: Scissors (sharp, medium-sized 4-5 inches that cut right to the point are best). You may bring your own sewing machine. It needs to have a zig zag stitch that can be finely adjusted. A basic sewing foot is fine, an open toe or clear plastic foot is even better. Bring the manual in case we need to make adjustments. We will have a sewing machine or two set up for the class to share also.

Sheryl Thies
Classroom #2 Saturday 12-3:30
Materials Fee 0

Accent this textured Tunisian Crochet stitch pattern with beads and you will have a fashionable cowl. Learn how to string beads on yarn and place beads in stitches, how to increase and decrease stitches, and how to work the Tunisian purl stitch. Pattern provided in class.

Skills needed: Intermediate class. Student should be able to work Tunisian simple stitch.

Students should bring- size L/11 (8mm) Tunisian crochet hook, sport weight or dk yarn, size 6/0 seed beads. Our sample is worked with Interlacements Tippy Toes.

Deb Oswald
Classroom #3 Saturday 12-3:30 pm

If you have a Circular Sock machine and need to have it tuned up, here is the place to do that. Deb and Pete are well-known restorers and have a great knowledge of the workings of the machines. Bring in your sock machine, and we will go over it and tune it up. Students should bring a stool or table to clamp the machine to and an old rug or towel to put under the machine for oiling.

Bev Larson
Classroom #1 Sunday 8-11:30 am

A traditional style basket with a modern twist. Color options will be available. You may not finish in the 4 hours but will be close. Basket dimensions – 12 inches round.

Sheryl Thies
Classroom #2 Sunday 8-11:30 am
Materials Fee $5

A bead nestled amid gorgeous yarn is a beautiful sight. Beads add texture and sparkle to your work. Beads can be added sparingly or in elaborate patterns. Take a simple project to the WOW level with beads. Learn how to select beads, plan, handle and manage beads during the knitting process. Learn 3 different techniques for placing beads.

Skills needed: Intermediate class

Materials needed: Knitting needles appropriate for sock weight yarn – size 4, 5 or 6.

Yarn and beads for classroom swatching are provided by Interlacements Yarns

Jane Grogan
Classroom #4 Sunday 8-11:30 am
Materials Fee $3

Using a solid 10.5″ wooden frame loom, participants will learn to weave a square with a continuous strand of cotton yarn. The completed square makes a superb dishcloth. Participants will learn to weave using a simple crochet hook. Multiple squares can be joined for larger projects. Looms will be provided for class use and purchase if requested.

Skills needed: Beginner class

Students should bring: Scissors and a blunt tapestry needle.

Classroom #1 Sunday 12-3:30 pm
What do you think of when you think of Mosaic Knitting? Do you think of something geometric or “Greek” looking? Checkerboard? WindowPane? Waffle-like or Woven? Something abstract or Op Art? No matter which of the above you think of, they are all part of Mosaic Knitting!

In this class we will explore:

  • How mosaic patterns work
  • Types of Mosaic patterns
  • Advantages of using a Mosaic pattern
  • Disadvantages of using a Mosaic pattern
  • How to make a sampler using one or more mosaic pattern

Skills needed: Students should be able to cast on, knit, purl and join in a circle

Students should bring: 2 or more different colors of basic worsted weight yarn (no novelty yarn). Needles in a size appropriate for our yarn. Paper and pen/pencil for taking notes. Stitch markers and usual knitting supplies.

Beth Ferrier
Classroom #2 Sunday 12-3:30 pm
Materials Fee $15

Create a compact carry-all book to store everything crafty. Book opens to 10” X 5 ½”

Melissa Bohrtz
Classroom #3 Sunday 12-3:30 pm
Materials Fee $10

Melissa of Hello Purl will show you how to mend your torn jeans or other pieces of clothing. Students will stitch and repair their own piece of clothing so their stitching and patching shows. We will layer fabrics and threads by hand, using several different stitching techniques to visibly mend. If you don’t have a piece of clothing to repair you can still take this class to create your own patches to take home and use at a later date.

Materials fee to include: All materials for class including fabric and threads.

Students should bring: A piece of clothing to visibly mend if you have one.
Skills needed: Beginner class

Weave a Funky Bird

Jane Grogan
Classroom #4 Sunday 12-3:30 pm
Materials Fee $3

Woven diamonds will be provided to make the body of a bird ornament. Felt scraps, yarn and beads also will be provided to embellish the plain bird and to make it a funky ornament.

Skills needed: Beginner class

Students should bring: Scissors and a blunt needle.

Wool Applique – Fiber Love Mug Mat

Darlene Smith
Classroom & Time TBD
Materials Fee $27

Create a fun wool appliqued mug mat. You will learn my wool applique technique of working with fusible web/glue, and then we will move onto stitching up this cute, functional mug mat to enjoy under your tea of coffee cup whenever you are working on your favorite fiber project.

Skills needed: Beginner class that will include all supplies in the kit needed to make the mug mat.

Students should bring a small scissors that they do not mind using to cut paper fusible web

Meet our Presenters

Jane discovered the joy of “instand” weaving when she acquired a 7′ triangle loom in the 1980’s. After years of making full-sized shawls, she discovered smaller hand- held looms that are perfect for on-the-go projects. Jane lives in Madison WI and has held workshops around the Midwest on the joy of continuous strand weaving using squares, triangles, diamonds, rectangles and hexagons.

Melissa is one half of the fiber arts duo that runs Hello Purl. She has been carding and creating textured art yarns since she began spinning in 2010. She loves to blend colors and textures in her fiber work. She has been exploring all aspects of fiber arts with hand weaving and embroidery. She also loves to knit with chunky art yarns and on needles larger than US 10. In addition to her fiber arts business Hello Purl, Melissa enjoys spending time on her little homestead with her husband, two boys, eight chickens and four cats.

Sheryl’s passion for combining fiber, texture and color provided teaching opportunities both near and far: from local yarn shops to international waters aboard cruise ships. She is the author of numerous knitting and Tunisian crochet books, published designs in magazines and designs for yarn companies. When not knitting or crocheting, she can often be found on the bocce course either playing or referring.

Mary Jo Harris lives in the knitting mecca of Madison, WI. She has been a teacher all of her adult life and formerly taught knitting for over 10 years at various Sheep and Wool festivals, Fiber Festivals, Knit-In’s and teaches locally for Madison College, Olbrich Gardens and the Wisconsin Craft Market. In the last several years she has added Chair Caning classes to her teaching repertoire. Mary Jo designs knitting patterns, and under her designer name of Jo Harris, has written a book entitled “Double Knitting-Inside Out” which is available through Amazon or Ravelry. As an active member of the Madison WI Knitter’s Guild and a Wisconsin Craft Market employee, she has an almost constant opportunity to discuss anything and everything knitting related.

Darlene is the owner/designer of One Wing Wool which offers uniquely designed wool applique patterns and kits. She hand dyes all of the wool used in her designs and offered for sale in her booth. She is a lifelong lover of anything craft related but discovered working with woven, wool fabric through wool applique and rug hooking about 20+ years ago, and it has taken over! She is looking forward to sharing a new love of wool with you as a vendor and teacher at the All Fiber Arts Retreat.

Deb has been knitting on a CSM for over 30 years and has been teaching all over the country at workshops and get-togethers. She lives in Minnesota with her husband, Pete, who is a well-known restorer, and a cat named Buddy.

Danny, the owner of Happy Satyr, is a spinner, weaver, knitter and loves teaching others what he knows.

Bev, also known as The Basket Lady, is a true artist, making baskets and more.

Beth is a well-known teacher from the Green Bay area now, but formerly of Michigan. Beth’s knowledge of applique and embroidery is vast. She brings to it her own touch and with a true joy. Beth also enjoys knitting, spinning and most all of the fiber arts.

Jay, aka “Shuttle,” is co-owner of Hook and Shuttle and has been weaving on everything he can for 5 years. He started out taking a couple of classes and weaves using rigid heddle, floor and production looms. He is currently touring local yarn shops throughout Wisconsin teaching rigid heddle weaving class.

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