The Trout Lake Fiber Arts Festival is coming this summer on June 8 and 9. Discover and engage with the different forms and creativity of the fiber arts. Activities for all ages and skill level!

On Saturday there will be a variety of fiber workshops at the Trout Lake Grange. Pre-register for a workshop of your choice to reserve your spot, we expect they will fill up fast once the word gets out. Sign Up to Register.

Saturday, June 9

Trout Lake Grange

  • 9 am – Noon      Eco Printing with Kathy O’Hern

  • 9 am – Noon      Beginning Spinning with Sari Peterson

  • 1 – 4 pm       Needle Felting Fun with Nancy Skakel

  • 1 – 4 pm      Natural Dyes with Julie Beeler

ECO-print 101 Workshop – Full

Learn to ECO-print – it’s a form of natural dyeing in which the colors from plant material are transferred to prepared fabric by steaming or boiling. In this workshop you’ll learn ECO-printing basics: preparing the fabric, methods of adding color, how to “bundle”, plants that have good transfer properties, and ways to heat the bundles. You’ll take home one 8” x 54” Crepe de Chine silk scarf that you have ECO-printed, plus the knowledge to ECO-print on your own. The workshop will begin with a demonstration. After the demonstration, participants will prepare their silk scarf and “bundle” it. The bundles will go into the steamer for an hour or more; during this time you’ll be able to leave the workshop area to have lunch, check out the vendors, and see more of the Fiber Festival. We’ll reconvene about an hour in the steamer to open the bundles and critique.

Workshop Cost: $30, Limited to 16 people. All of the materials and supplies for this workshop are provided.

eco printing 101

eco printing 101 kathy o_hern

Instructor Kathy O’Hern has embraced the fiber arts for decades – delightfully weaving, spinning, dyeing, felting, and more. She learned the ECO-printing technique while living in Montana; and moved to The Dalles in 2014. Since moving to the Gorge, Kathy has continued experimenting with ECO-printing, while learning which local plants will “transfer” their images and colors to various types of fabrics. Still lots of plants to try!




Beginning on a Spinning Wheel Workshop – Limited Availability

Have you dreamed of making custom yarns that match your vision of what you want for your next project? Soft and fluffy, tightly twisted, thick, thin, or perhaps both? What about creating your own colors. When you can’t find what you want in a commercial yarn why not create your own? Join Sari as she shares an art form that is just as relevant today as it was 200 years ago. We’ll discuss basic wheel mechanics, how to turn fluff into yarn, and even the possibility of spinning straw into gold! Students need to bring a spinning wheel. All other materials will be provided.

Workshop Cost: $60, Limited to 7 people. All of the materials and supplies for this workshop are provided except a spinning wheel.

spinning workshop

sari photo

A crocheter and knitter since childhood, it seems as though Sari has always had crafts and fiber in her life. Later, as a seamstress and costume designer, her love of textiles continued to grow. Learning to spin over 10 years ago was a natural extension of her love of craft and a desire to learn the beginnings of her fibers and fabrics. Once Sari sat down at a wheel there was no turning back. Of all her handcrafts, Sari continues to find her greatest joy in spinning. A couple of years ago she learned to weave in order to have a greater use for the miles of handspun yarn in her stash!



Wildflower and Mushroom Dye Workshop – Full

The plant world is a rich resource of color, which can be extracted from flowers, leaves, bark, roots, fruits and seeds. There is a long history of dyeing textile fibers, dating back at least 6,000 years. Until the mid 19th century, when synthetic dyes came into use, all colors came from a natural source. In the workshop you will learn about the different plants and how to prepare and cook the plant material to create a dye bath. You will have the opportunity to play with different Japanese Shibori techniques for making design patterns. We will have a couple of different dye pots simmering allowing you to play with color and saturation. You will get to choose if you want to create a scarf, pair of napkins, or tea towel.

Workshop Cost: $30, Limited to 10 people. All of the materials and supplies for this workshop are provided.

natural dye workshop

natural dye julie beeler

Instructor Julie Beeler is a Designer. Artist. Educator. Farmer. Amateur Mycologist. Woodland Explorer. Photographer. Arts Volunteer. Aspiring Naturalist. Her work has been inducted into the Smithsonian’s Permanent Research Collections and was recognized by the National Design Museum at the White House as part of the National Design Awards. She is currently on faculty at the Oregon College of Art & Craft and the Pacific Northwest College of Art teaching in the MFA program for Applied Craft & Design.



Needle Felting Fun Workshop – Space Available

Would you like to learn how to make charming needle felted objects with lovely wool fiber? Join noted fiber artist Nancy Skakel for an afternoon of creativity with wool. Needle felting is a simple and easy process using small barbed needles and wool to create felted items. It is an art form that is very forgiving, yet wonderfully satisfying with all the vibrant colors and feel of fine wools. This introductory course will provide you with the basic tools and techniques to try your hand at this ancient art form. We will each create a simple 3 dimensional figure. All supplies are provided including handouts and materials for you to take home to continue your exploration of this popular art form.

Workshop Cost: $55, Limited to 12 people. All of the materials and supplies for this workshop are provided.

needle felting fun

needle felting nancy skakle

Instructor Nancy Skakle discovered the art of felting by accident. A friend had her supplies on her kitchen table and I just picked up some wool and a felting needle and started to poke. I was immediately hooked. What a forgiving and easily manipulated media! I acquired wool and more tools and spent many evenings poking and prodding. I watched videos, bought books, and attended Fiber Festivals, gaining familiarity with the fiber and skill in creating the ideas in my mind. Workshops with world renowned felters Pat Spark, Katia Mokeveya, Fiona Duthie have added immensely to my exploration of this media and techniques, and have been mentors in learning to teach felting. Over the past few years I have taught introductory needle and wet felting workshops in my local area, at fiber festivals, and at Maryhill Museum, and exhibited my work in art galleries. This summer one of my needle felted pieces won first prize at a juried multi-media art show. Art has been an anchor for me through some pretty difficult times. I am so grateful to have a creative outlet that gives me so much pleasure, and that I can share with

**Please note there is not an ATM available in the area and not all vendors have the ability to accept credit cards.

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