The Gathering

The Gathering 2016

Will take place November 4,5&6 at The Fort William Henry Hotel and Conference Center, Lake George NY. (  We will have classes with Patsy Zawistoski, Beth Smith, Jillian Moreno , Alana Wilcox, Donna Kay , Cal Patch and Jane Woodhouse.   Spin ins on Friday and Saturday nights, vendors for your shopping fun.  We hope you will join us!

Starting Oct 15 available, individual classes will be sold
$60.00 for 3HRS, $110.00 for a 6 HR class or 2, 3 HR classes
Weekend 9HRS $150( $135 members)
See the classes with openings below

contact Gathering Chair Maria Hughes

Fort William Henry Hotel will allow you to book a room at our reduced rate until the week before The Gathering October 28.

We have 2 options for accommodations

The Premium East Wing for $89 per night

The Grand Hotel for $109 per night

Please note there is there is no elevator in the Premium East

If you can not use stairs you will need to book a room in the Grand Hotel
or on the first floor of the Premium East
1 800 234 0267

The meal plan will be $143 for 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners
Anyone who lives close enough to commute may purchase a
commuters meal plan for $110, 2 lunches and 2 dinners. The meal plans are optional.  We need to give a final meal count to the Hotel by October 28 so we will need to receive the payment before then, to order your meals.

Please note: In order to keep our class fees low, we require anyone attending to register for classes.

The class fee for 2016 will be members $135, non members $150 for 9 hrs of classes( 6 hrs Saturday 3hrs Sunday)
Refund Policy: Full refund prior to August 1st, 70% prior to October 1st                      no refund after October 1st.

Anyone who would like a copy of The Gathering brochure please contact me at and I will email one right out to you.

Classes with Openings   [also see the Northeast Handspinners Facebook page for photos]

Saturday All Day Classes 6 hrs

How to Spin a Hand Painted Roving 12+Ways – Alanna Wilcox

This workshop analyzes how rovings are hand painted and how the fiber can be spun in 12+ ways to yield different color combinations in the final yarn. The focus will be on color and how to achieve beautiful color results instead of mud. Stitch variation in knitting will also be discussed. Materials Fee: $15

Cotton: The Handspinner’s Last Great Frontier – Patsy Zawistoski

Take charge; don’t feel intimidated by cotton anymore. This notoriously short fiber is easily tamed and mastered by changing a few simple techniques. Cotton is always soft, easy care, washable and machine dryable. It’s a great yarn for weaving, crochet and lacy knits. It is available in a variety of natural colors, and preparations. Learn how to gin, card and prepare a puni – the perfect short fiber spinning package. Materials Fee: $20.00

Saturday Morning Workshops 3hrs

Twined (or Two End) Knitting – Donna Kay

This unique Scandinavian knitting technique (tvaandsstickning in Sweden and tvebandsstickning in Norway) is created by “twining” 2 strands of the same yarn as you work producing a dense, warm, flexible double fabric. The patterns created are unlike any other in knitting. Learn the techniques such as 2 color cast on, “hook stitches”, as you knit a pair of wrist warmers. Chart symbols and 2 color braid will be covered.

Skill level: open to all with basic knitting skills.

Materials Fee: $5

Pattern Drafting for Knitters – Cal Patch

Whether you plan to knit, crochet or sew a garment for yourself (or anyone else), the first step is determining the unique size, shape and proportion of the body you wish to clothe. Like snowflakes, none of us are exactly alike, and not until we assess our actual dimensions can we begin to achieve the goal of perfect fit! Cal will show you how to properly take your measurements and use them to draft a sloper (simple pattern) for your personal fit profile. Think of it like a life-size schematic, which you can refer to as you knit from a pattern, or while designing your own! We will also discuss the concept of ease, both positive and negative, and how it affects the end result. Understanding and taking control of these elements will allow you to create pieces that fit and flatter YOU.

Materials Fee: None


Saturday Afternoon Workshops. 3 hrs

Beginning Handspindle – Donna Kay

Come join us and learn the basics of spinning on a drop spindle. We will cover drafting, spinning, plying and finishing your yarns. If you do not have a spindle, one will be provided. No experience necessary! Spinning fibers will be provided. Proficiency Level: Open to all

Materials Fee: $5

Embroidery for Knit and Crochet – Cal Patch

It’s easy to embellish and personalize your knit or crochet projects with a touch of embroidery, taking them from simple to stunning! Cal will show you a variety of stitches, from simple to elaborate, that you can use to add some flair to anything you make.

Materials Fee: None

Sunday Morning Workshops  3 hrs

Knitting with Handspun – Donna Kay

Do you spin yarn and then try to decide what to knit? Not sure what to do with that special yarn? Whether your handspun or purchased yarn, Donna will give you an easy method for evaluating and determining the best uses for your wonderful, one of a kind yarns.

Proficiency Level: Open to all

Materials Fee: None

Crochet on the Edge – Cal Patch

Adding a crocheted yoke to the neckline of a T-shirt is a stunning way to upcycle, or make from scratch, unique and gorgeous garments! You will learn several ways to work directly into the edge, and then experiment with different crochet stitches to design your own statement piece. Students must be comfortable with the basic stitches (at least ch, sc and dc).

Materials Fee: None

Greener Indigo – Jane Woodhouse 

We will make a simple but very reliable indigo vat using ingredients to get a fast fermentation vat up and running quickly. We will not be using lye, thiourea dioxide or sulfuric acid nor will we be inhaling toxic fumes from the vat. The strongest odor will be from the indigo itself. Instruction will include making and maintaining a healthy vat.

The class covers making a reliable natural vat that is not difficult to control. In addition we will produce samples of colors to overdye in the indigo.

Materials Fee: $10

Wool Spinners Tune Up – Patsy Zawistoski 

Can you spin and ply wool but still don’t understand how to best use the features of your wheel or how it is different from other wheels. Here’s a class filled with hints, how-tos, why-fors, and techniques. Learn about the types of wheels, drive ratios, take-up issues and maintenance hints. A quick review of various wool preparations, drafting, and plying techniques will finish out this important class. Come with your wheel, tools and questions.

Materials Fee: $12 includes fiber to spin, booklets, worksheets, incidentals


Donna Kay has been teaching knitting and designing for over 25 years. She is also an accomplished handspinner. “Folk” knitting is her passion and delights in sharing her knowledge with others through her teaching and designs. Donna’s designs have frequently
appeared in popular knitting magazines and in books such as Christmas Stockings and Knitter’s Stash. In order to further promote the art of traditional hand knitting she started her own company, Tree of Life Designs.
Jillian Moreno is passionate about making things with handspun yarn. Jillian has been a knitter forever, and a spinner almost as long.She knits, stitches, crochet and sometimes weaves with her handspun yarn. Jillian is the editor of Knittyspin and Ad Manager and
Catalyst of Knitty Magazine. She is a regular contributor to Ply Magazine, and currently sits on the editorial board. Her recent book,Yarnitecture A Knitter’s Guide to Spinning: Building Exactly the Yarn You Want includes a Forward by Clara Parkes and Jacey Boggs.
Cal Patch has been making, designing and teaching all things textile-related since 1991. She sews, crochets, embroiders, spins,prints, knits, dyes, and more. She has designed clothing for Urban Outfitters, Free People, Gap, and Old Navy before developing her own line of one-off pieces called “hodge podge”, which she currently sells at craft fairs and in her Etsy shop. She contributes to books and magazines and teaches in the Hudson Valley and at events like Squam Art Workshops, the Makerie, and Lucky Star Art Camp. Her first book, Design-It-Yourself Clothes: Patternmaking Simplified was published in 2009.
Beth Smith is so obsessed with fiber that she has fleece in every room of her house, including her bathroom. She teaches the whys and how-tos of preparing and spinning as many breeds as a spinner can in her classes taught all over the world and in articles
written for Spin Off, Knittyspin, Ply and Entangled magazines. Almost everything she knows is in her book, The Spinner’s Book of Fleece: A Breed-by-Breed Guide to Choosing and Spinning the Perfect Fiber for Every Purpose.
Alanna Wilcox has been spinning for over 10 years but has been drawn to the fiber arts her whole life. She completed the OHS Spinning Certificate program and is currently completing an in-depth study to earn the title Master Spinner. Her study is focusing on
the different ways one can spin painted top and she hopes to publish her study to share with other spinners.
Jane Woodhouse has spent the last 32 years working as a production weaver. In 1991 she earned an MFA from San Francisco State University with a concentration in textiles. She lives in VT on Brigid’s Farm which is home to a small flock of Border Leicester X sheep, natural colored angora goats and dairy goats. She specializes in natural dyes and teaches in her studio as well as workshops at the NY and Vermont Sheep and Wool Festivals and in the midwest. Jane’s other interests include spinning and knitting, ethnic textiles,and surface design techniques on hand woven fabrics.
Patsy Zawistoski is known for her understanding of the art of spinning and all aspects of spinning wheels and creating yarns. She delights in seeing her students reach that “aha” moment in their spinning skill set. She is totally committed to teaching spinners
efficient ways to create their own source books of yarns. Sampling and record keeping create invaluable yarn collections for choosing and repeating yarns when needed. Patsy says, “Having taught spinning and weaving over 30 years, I continue my own fiber
explorations, weave with my handspun, write, and teach across the USA and internationally.” Patsy’s three videos continue to be favorites.

Northeast Handspinners Association would like to thank the following businesses for their support:
Battenkill Fibers & Spinning Mill Greenich NY
The Woolery Frankfort KY
New England Felting Supply East Hampton MA
Schacht Spindle Company
Moose Manor Handpaints
Green Mountain Spinnery
Bay Haven Short Tails
Looliemom Fiber Arts

Vendors at The Gathering will be:
Battenkill Fibers&Spinning Mill
Port Fiber-Caey Ryder,
Savage Heart Farm-Peggy Allen,
The Spinning Studio-Robin Russo,
A Touch of Twist
Furry Face Fibers