Sterling College

HM230:  Fiber Arts I

Spring 2012

Instructor(s)                        Jody Stoddard

                                TA:  Schirin Oeding        

                                TA:  Julia Neville

Meeting Time(s)                Wednesdays 8:30 – 11:45 am, Fridays 8:30 – 10:00 am

Office and Hours        Adjunct Office, 2nd floor Kane Hall, posted hours; or by appointment with TAs.

Email/Phone                 586-7711 ext 166                                                                 

Required Text        Amos, Alden.  The Alden Amos Big Book of Handspinning.  Interweave Press, Loveland, CO. 2001.  Price:  $40 or less.

Lab Fee                        $75  

[Supplementary Readings]        TBA.  Will be handouts or on the reserve shelf.

Description                        Wool and other natural fibers invite students to explore technical

aspects of fiber arts and the broader cultural influences thereof.  Discussion and supplemental materials may include but are not limited to topics such as plant and animal fiber properties, sources and cultivation of fiber, fiber in history and tradition, economic and social impacts of fiber production and manufacture, and global and local fiber connections.  


Format        Classes introduce principles and techniques of fiber selection, preparation, spinning, dyeing, design, and manufacture of knits and felts.   Written component includes self-critiques of selected projects and responses to assigned questions.  

Course Objectives        Students will learn skills associated with making yarn, felts, and knit fabrics; will know how to find supplies, tools, and resources for further study; will practice critiquing the work of self and others, and will learn to think critically about the past and present cultural place of fiber.                             

Evaluation        Students will be evaluated on attendance and participation (50%), and completion of assignments and a final exhibit of work (50%).  Unexcused absences will result in a letter grade drop.



Course Calendar/Outline (Approximate)        

                                Date                        Topic

                                Wednesday Feb 15        Introduction and Wool Scouring

                                Friday Feb 17                Fiber Preparation tools.

                                Wednesday Feb 22        Drop Spindles—intro to spinning

                                Friday Feb 24                Yarn Specifications, Yarn Packaging

                                Wednesday Feb 29        Wheel Intro, Plying on Wheels

                                Friday Mar 2                Spinning Wool Singles on Wheels

                                Wednesday Mar 7        Exploring Other Fibers

                                Friday Mar 9                Knitting Basics, Gauge Swatch

                                                —spring break—

Wednesday Mar 21        Dyeing Wool—Natural Dyes

                                Friday Mar 23                Hat Design, Knitting Techniques

                                Wednesday Mar 28        Knitting—Various Techniques

                                Friday Mar 30                Dyeing Wool—Acid Dyes

                                Wednesday Apr 4        Hat Progress Check, More Knitting                                                                         Techniques

                                Friday Apr 6                Wet Felting—Flat and Roller Methods

                                Wednesday Apr 11        Needle Felting—Flat and Sculpted

                                Friday Apr 13                Schirin’s choice

                                Friday Apr 20                Project Free-for-all

                                Wednesday Apr 25        Julia’s choice, followed by Project Support

                                Friday Apr 27                Individual Presentations I

Monday Apr 30        Individual Presentations II, Exhibit in Brown Library, Final Thoughts

TBA:  reception for arts classes, Brown Library

Disability Statement                Learning Disability Statement:  Students bring a variety of learning styles to class.  We do our best to support different learning modes by mixing lecture, discussion, hands-on work, and visual information.  Please feel free to let us know what mode works best for you—we will do our best to accommodate your learning style.   If you have a learning challenge or documented disability, please check in with Leland Peterson, Learning Support Coordinator. Leland can help you determine accommodations that can be helpful in this course.