Fabric, Fiber, Fighting, Fencing (etc) XV

Preliminary Class List

Full announcement

The fifteenth annual FFF will be held Nov 18-20 in Lamar, PA.

This class list is preliminary, and will certainly still change. There is still room for more classes! Information on signing up to teach is in the event announcement.

Bring your favorite books for the library.


Weaving Pile Fabric

Irene von Schmetterling


Limit 5

1.5 hours

You too can warp and weave on a Warp-Weighted Loom

Lord Hrólfr á Fjárfelli

The class is a demo on warping and weaving on a warp-weighted loom. I will touch on making the header band, transferring the warp to the loom, knitting the heddles, attaching the weights and creating the spacing cords and weaving tabby. I will have already warped mini-looms with me to demonstrate each step. The class itself will be in a demo format, but I will have the looms available after class to try it yourself.

No limit

1 hour

No fee

Applied Laziness and Drafting 3/1 Twill Patterns (tablet weaving)

Herveus d'Ormonde

This is a pencil and paper class. We will cover the basic structure of

3/1 twill and how it relates to 3/1 repp (aka double-turn

double-face), then move into drafting a pattern with detailed turning

instructions. The process will be guided by the mental gymnastics

required to weave without this detailed draft.

No limit

1 hour

Graph paper, pencils, and erasers will be provided.

Tablet-woven edges

Mistress Rosalind Ashworthe

Braids and cords

Lucet Basics 

Antoinette deLorraine 

Brief description: a class on 3 basic methods of lucet including; turn method, figure 8 method and prong method.

Limit 4

1 hour

Please bring own fiber if possible

Lucet Patterns

Antoinette deLorraine 

A more advanced class on lucet including: diamond pattern, parti-colored, and button hole 

Limit 4

1 hour

Please bring own fiber if possible

Skjoldehamn Belt Deconstructed

THL Elska á Fjárfelli

Learn to make the 24 yarn, 12 strand braided Skjoldehamn belt, with demos on the braid and plausible ways of wrapping the cord and making the tassels. Includes detailed DIY handout. This is a show and tell class, but if you want to start a braided belt and work on it the weekend, bring 12 bobbins, each of two yarns, of twice the length needed (either kumihimo bobbins, or pieces of cardboard - check my blog for more info) and I can get you started.


Class length, limits, materials, and special needs (if any)

Limit 5 braiders, auditors welcome

1 hour

Bring bobbins with measured yarn, if braiding


Spanish Clothing Terms for Non Spanish Speakers

Baroness Elena de la Palma

What is a camisa? What are tiras? This class is a guide to the words used for types of clothing, fabric, decorative elements, and more in late-period Spanish clothing. Created for the non-Spanish speaker, terms are (whenever possible) illustrated with images or clearly described. No knowledge of Spanish clothing or Spanish language needed!

No limit

1 hour

Handouts will be limited, but students will be able to get the handout online afterwards if needed.

Recreating Brocade Fabric with Blockprinting 

Meisterin Fredeburg von Katzenellenbogen

Learn how to recreate medieval and Renaissance printed fabrics by blockprinting fabric.  We will look at extent pieces and patterns found in paintings and other artwork, break down the patterns into repeating sections, and consider how to design printing blocks to maximize repurposing blocks for different patterns.  The class will also address how to acquire or make blocks, and basic printing techniques.

No limit

1 hour

Handout available 


Decoding Russian and Ukrainian embroidery.

Luceta di Cosimo

This class covers common motifs in Slavic embroidery and their meaning, origin, and change over time. Emphasis on Russian and Ukrainian embroidery, but examples from other cultures will also be used. Not a hands-on class.

No limit

1 hour

No fee


Picardy Spinning Wheel Mechanics

Mistress Rhiannon y Bwa

Picardy spinning wheels used in 1500s Netherlands had a clever but simple, mechanical flyer design derived from spindle (walking) wheels. Hand driven; no treadle. Hands on.

Picardy spinning wheels appear in the Netherlands in the early 1500’s and remain in use in the Brittany and Normandie areas of France and subsequently the Maritime Provinces of Canada up until the 1800s.  This early invention of a spinning wheel flyer evolved from the simple spindle wheel and adds automatic yarn wind-on to the twisting of the singles yarn itself.  Brilliantly simple in design. Was used with both flax and wool, often mounted on a distaff, either waist-held or wheel mounted. No treadle- Hand cranked wheel. Mechanical design discussed using actual French Canadian antique wheel. Students will have brief hands-on spinning with the wheel itself using wool.

1 hour

Handout is $2.00

Support Spindling

Lady Glenna Cholmondeley

This class will explore the history and techniques used to create yarn using a supported spindle.  Supported spindles are ideal to use for fine yarns or more delicate fibers that might not stand the weight of a drop spindle (such as cotton or cashmere).  Supported spindles and fibers will be provided in the materials, but students are encouraged to bring their own fibers or spindles they would like help with. 

1-2 hours

Suggested materials fee $5.00

Charkha Spinning

Lady Glenna Cholmondeley

This class will discuss the history, operations and maintenance issues of the charkha, a traditional spinning wheel from India. Students are encouraged to bring their own charkha if they have one.  Only one or two loaner charkhas are available.  Fibers will be provided in the materials, but students are encouraged to bring their own fibers they would like help with.

1-2 hours

Suggested materials fee $2.00