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theShizzKnit
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Posted - 02/15/2007 :  9:39:35 PM  Show Profile  Visit theShizzKnit's Homepage Send theShizzKnit a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm registered for the US Master Spinner Certificate Level I course in the Olds College Extension Program. Is anyone from NYC planning to head to NC in April?

This is the course blurb:
This course provides an introduction to the basic principles of spinning wool, the nature and characteristics of wool, its selection and processing, and natural dyeing of wool.
Students will: Identify the quality and characteristics of a fleece, identify the various breeds of sheep; identify and explain the various pieces of equipment used in fibre preparation and spinning;
demonstrate introductory spinning techniques for wool and wool/silk blended fibres;
demonstrate introductory fibre preparation techniques; demonstrate dyeing techniques using natural dyes.

Note: All registrations are processed through Olds College 1-800-661-6537, extension 4677

North Carolina, USA April 23-27, 2007 * Level 1

Oklahoma, USA April 16-20, 2007 * Level 1

Classes last Spring were filled in a week after the announcement
Register as soon as possible.

http://www.memphisfiberarts.org/masterspinner/_

http://www.oldscollege.ab.ca/programs/ContinuingEducation/Applied_Arts/fibreweek/master-spinner-program.htm

BessH
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Posted - 02/16/2007 :  03:57:55 AM  Show Profile  Visit BessH's Homepage Send BessH a Private Message  Reply with Quote
What fun - to be completely immersed in spinning for 5 days. Just thinking about it makes me sigh with pleasure. And there is something so satisfying about a structured course to get from here to there. Being self taught tends to make one's eductaion a bit spotty.

Please do report back on how things go.

Bess
http://likethequeen.blogspot.com
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theShizzKnit
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Posted - 02/16/2007 :  10:27:48 AM  Show Profile  Visit theShizzKnit's Homepage Send theShizzKnit a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I just made my hotel reservation for April and will be sure to check in when I get back from North Carolina. Below are some comments about the course from last year's students:

"I just finished the week long level 1 class. It's very intensive, and very fun! After you spend the week in class, you have 9 months to complete a "book" assignment of different spinning and wool prep projects that are then sent for grading.?"

"I just finished (started) the Master Spinners program in Oklahom. I also highly recomend this program to anyone who really wants to know the ins and outs, as well as the why's of spinning. The week of hands on learning from Master Spinners is awesome! It was so cool to be able to have someone really knowledgeable give you advice and criticism on your technique. And the ability to ask any questions you may have, and share with fellow spinsters was unbelieveable. I am anxious to get started on my homework so I'll be ready for level 2 next fall."

"The teachers we had were all Master Spinners, and were wonderfull to work with. The amount of knowledge you gain in the week long class is unbelieveable. To complete the Master Program takes 6 years, with a thesis project at the end of the 6th year."
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Knitting Fever
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USA
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Posted - 03/16/2007 :  12:56:41 PM  Show Profile  Visit Knitting Fever's Homepage Send Knitting Fever a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Not from NYC, but I registered today. I will be staying with a fiber friend who lives in the area.
I am so excited, I feel like I have just won the lottery.

(And Bess, wish you would/could come...)

Carolyn
http://carolynh.wordpress.com/
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RoseByAny
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Posted - 03/16/2007 :  12:59:20 PM  Show Profile  Visit RoseByAny's Homepage Send RoseByAny a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Oh, I would ADORE that! I was under the impression that it was something that required an almost college semester-like committment, and I just can't be away from home like that... But five days... hmmm.... that might be something for next year....

"Choose your friends by their character and your socks by their color. Choosing your socks by their character makes no sense, and choosing your friends by their color is unthinkable."
http://RoseByAny.BlogSpot.Com
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Knitting Fever
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USA
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Posted - 03/16/2007 :  2:22:52 PM  Show Profile  Visit Knitting Fever's Homepage Send Knitting Fever a Private Message  Reply with Quote
You have the 5 day intensive, then work on the rest as "homework". You have 9 months to complete your sample book.
Aww, wish you were coming this year, too, Amie.

Carolyn
http://carolynh.wordpress.com/
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RoseByAny
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Posted - 03/16/2007 :  2:37:06 PM  Show Profile  Visit RoseByAny's Homepage Send RoseByAny a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I just spent a few minutes perusing the site... I'd really love to do the whole 6 year program... can't swing it this year, but maybe if I can next year, you'll be nice to a lowly first year, Carolyn?

"Choose your friends by their character and your socks by their color. Choosing your socks by their character makes no sense, and choosing your friends by their color is unthinkable."
http://RoseByAny.BlogSpot.Com
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Knitting Fever
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USA
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Posted - 03/16/2007 :  2:57:44 PM  Show Profile  Visit Knitting Fever's Homepage Send Knitting Fever a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Absolutely, but I already consider you to be a master spinner...
(And, uh, true confession - I only learned about this 2 days ago. Took me about 20 minutes to make up my mind to actually "do it", but then again, it was good timing for me.)
And as for being a lowly first year, I am sure you will still be far and above my skills even then. It will be an honor to have you there if you can make it next year.

Carolyn
http://carolynh.wordpress.com/
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theShizzKnit
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Posted - 02/17/2009 :  3:59:00 PM  Show Profile  Visit theShizzKnit's Homepage Send theShizzKnit a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Just a note that the next Master Spinner Program offered in the US through Olds College Canada is starting soon.
Levels 1-3 are being offered in Greensboro, NC. The class is June 1-5 for Level 1 and Level 3
www.oldscollege.ca/programs/ContinuingEducation/trades-career-studies/fibreweek/OffCampusOfferings.htm

www.oldscollege.ca/programs/ContinuingEducation/trades-career-studies/fibreweek/master-spinner-program.htm
There is information at this link about what is included in each level. (Prices on the website are in Canadian dollars, so it's less in US$.) Sign up is through Olds College; call and ask about the Master Spinners program.

When I began the program 2 years ago, they were considering the option to test out of Level 1 and Level 2.
The PLAR- Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition program have since been instituted for the experienced spinner that would like to enter the program but doesn't need the first 2 levels: http://tinyurl.com/btaxc6
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