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"The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery"
— Mark Van Dorena

Biscornu   *   Cross Stitch   *   Inkle Weaving   *   Knitting With BEADS!   *   Kumihimo: Japanese Braiding
Lucet Cord Making   *   Needlebook   *   Needle Tatting   *   Ribbon Braiding   *   Weave a Pouch

My Current Fiber Art Classes

Hi! I'm Debbie Coyle and I love fiber arts! I have been involved with fiber arts since 1972 and have been teaching fiber arts, crafting, and other subjects since 1985.

What I Teach

I have taught weaving (inkle and pocket), knitting, cross-stitch, spinning, kumihimo, lucet, potpourri, bath salts, flavored vinegars, and more. I also enjoy crochet, needlepoint, Tunisian crochet, beading and other crafty skills.

Where I Teach

I teach at most Griffin Dyeworks events; and several Southern California Living History (SCA) events (where I'm known as Lynnette de Sandoval del Valle de los Unicornios) either as formal classes, one on one instruction, or as part of the Fiber Playdays I host at many SCA events.

I have also been a guest instructor for Experimental Archaeology classes at the University of Southern California, taught several Pasadena City College Extension classes, and been involved with several Elementary and Middle school demos.

Recognitions

At the LA County Fair, I have received blue ribbons for knitting and weaving, and red ribbons for spinning and crafting.

Within the SCA, I have been awarded 3 local arts awards for practicing and teaching: one each for kumihimo, lucet, and inkle; 2 regional awards for practicing and teaching: one for herbal, and one for brewing; and an advanced regional award for practicing and teaching weaving.

My Classes

Below are the classes I'm currently available to teach. They are classes that I've designed and have taught to various sized groups.

If you're interested in having me teach a class, please contact me for more information.


Biscornu — Pincoushion or Ornament

Make a Biscornu for Beginners
Biscornu

Make a Biscornu for Beginners

Class CoversHow to make a tuffed biscornu
DescriptionA biscornu is an interesting eight-sided stuffed pincushion or ornament. They are very quirky and fun! Biscornus can be used for pin cushions, ornaments, and jewelry. They also make great gifts! No experience at anything is needed, but knowledge of hand sewing is a plus.
Skill Level:Beginner. Hand sewing involved, and will be taught in class.
OptionsCan be customized for holidays or seasons — Advance notice may be required
FormatHands on, with some lecture
Length2 hours
MaterialsI will provide, and students will keep, everything needed for the class project: Fabric, thread, stuffing, buttons, needles, and handouts
Students BringNote taking materials

Cross Stitch a Biscornu for Beginners
Biscornu
Biscornu

Cross Stitch a Biscornu for Beginners

Class CoversHow to do counted cross stitch make a stuffed biscornu
DescriptionA biscornu is an interesting eight-sided stuffed pincushion or ornament. They are very quirky and fun! Biscornus can be used for pin cushions, ornaments, and jewelry. They also make great gifts! No experience at anything is needed, but knowledge of counted cross and/or hand sewing is a plus.
In the 1st class we'll cover how to cross stitch and start on the stitching the biscornu covers. You'll finish the cross stitching at home between the classes.
In the 2nd class we'll sew, stuff and finish the Biscornu. And you'll take home your own Biscornu!
Skill Level:Beginner. Cross stitch (14 stitches to the inch) and hand sewing involved, and will be taught in class.
FormatHands on, with some lecture
LengthTwo 2 hour classes, with homework between
MaterialsI will provide, and students will keep, everything needed for the class project: Cross Stitch fabric, embroidery thread, stuffing, buttons, needles, and handouts
Students BringNote taking materials

Counted Cross Stitch

Beginning Counted Cross Stitch
Cross Stitch Class

Beginning Counted Cross Stitch

Class CoversHow to do counted cross stitch
DescriptionCross stitch is a fun and easy way of decorating fabric. Too impatient for embroidery? Then cross stitch might be for you! This is a hands-on class. Youíll get your hands busy stitching a small project!
Skill Level:Beginner. Cross stitch (14 stitches to the inch) involved, and will be taught in class.
FormatHands on, with some lecture
Length2 hours
MaterialsI will provide, and students will keep, everything needed for the class project: Cross stitch fabric, thread, and needle, and handouts
Students BringNote taking materials

Cross Stitch a Biscornu for Beginners
Biscornu Xstitch
Biscornu Xstitch Side

Cross Stitch a Biscornu for Beginners

Class CoversHow to do counted cross stitch and make a stuffed biscornu
DescriptionA biscornu is an interesting eight-sided stuffed pincushion or ornament. They are very quirky and fun! Biscornus can be used for pin cushions, ornaments, and jewelry. They also make great gifts! No experience at anything is needed, but knowledge of counted cross and/or hand sewing is a plus.
In the 1st class we'll cover how to cross stitch and start on the stitching the biscornu covers. You'll finish the cross stitching at home between the classes.
In the 2nd class we'll sew, stuff and finish the Biscornu. And you'll take home your own Biscornu!
Skill Level:Beginner. Cross stitch (14 stitches to the inch) and hand sewing involved, and will be taught in class.
FormatHands on, with some lecture
LengthTwo 2 hour classes, with homework between
MaterialsI will provide, and students will keep, everything needed for the class project: Cross stitch fabric, embroidery thread, stuffing, buttons, needles, and handouts
Students Bring Note taking materials

Cross Stitch
Needlebook Cover
Cross Stitch Needlebook Cover
Needlebook Page
Needlebook Page

Cross Stitch a Needlebook for Beginners

Class CoversHow to cross stitch and make a Needlebook
DescriptionTired of losing your sewing needles? Looking for elegant and convenient way to store them? Looking for a great gift idea? Weíve got your covered! This is a hands-on class, youíll be making your own needlebook. No experience at anything is needed. Experience at hand sewing is helpful, but knowledge of counted cross and/or hand sewing is a plus.
In the 1st class we'll cover how to cross stitch and start on the stitching the needlebook cover. You'll finish the cross stitching at home between the classes.
In the 2nd class we'll sew, and finish the Needlebook. And you'll take home your own Needlebook!
Skill Level:Beginner. Cross stitch (14 stitches to the inch) and hand sewing involved, and will be taught in class.
FormatHands on, with some lecture
LengthTwo 2 hour classes, with homework between
MaterialsI will provide, and students will keep, everything needed for the class project: Cross Stitch fabric, embroidery thread, ribbon, needles, and handouts
Students Bring Note taking materials

Kits available for sale at Unicorn Fiber Arts

Inkle Loom Weaving

Inkle Weaving
Inkle Loom

Beginning Inkle Weaving

Class CoversProject planning, warping the loom, weaving, completing the project
DescriptionJust beginning to Inkle? This class begins at the beginning. Weíll cover all the basics of designing a pattern, warping up the loom, and weaving.
Students are encouraged to bring their own equipment and yarn so they know how to use their own loom; but loaner looms will be available and the instructor will have yarn available for sale.
**If you are bringing your own loom and itís already warped up with an old project Ö donít remove the project from your loom, do bring new yarn (as below) but donít remove the project before class.**
Skill Level:Beginner. Everything will be covered in class.
FormatHands on, with some lecture
Length4 hours -or- two 2 hour classes
MaterialsI will provide handouts, heddle yarn, loaner looms (to be used in class only), and yarn for sale.
Students Bring Inkle loom, shuttle, 2 colors of size 3 or 5 crochet cotton

Inkle Weaving
Inkle Loom

Intermediate Inkle Weaving — Next Steps: Beyond the Basics

Class CoversInkle techniques beyond the basic plain weave
DescriptionA lecture and discussion class covering weaving techniques that go beyond warp based designs. We'll talk about: bead work; adding loops, bells, and fringe; brocading; pickup work; using multiple shuttles; and more. There will be no hands on activity in the class but there will be descriptive handouts and demos.
Skill Level:Intermediate. Inkle weaving experience in not necessary as we won't be weaving, but it is helpful. I'll be discussing ways to augment and modify inkle weaving and a familiarity with weaving terms and concepts will be helpful.
FormatLecture, demo, and Q&A
Length2 hours
MaterialsI will provide handouts and a demo inkle loom
Students Bring Note taking materials

Inkle Patterning
Inkle Pouch

Intermediate Inkle Weaving: Creating Your Own Inkle Patterns

Class CoversHow to read and design warping patterns for your inkle weaving with Brocade and Pick Up
DescriptionIf you've been getting all your inkle warp patterns from books, the internet, or friends ... come on down and learn to create your own patterns. Warp in lines, chains, bars, piano, keys, and more. This will be a lecture class, so your level of inkle weaving abilities do not matter. Beginner or expert weavers are all welcome.
Skill Level:Intermediate. Inkle weaving experience in not necessary as we won't be weaving, but it is helpful. I'll be discussing ways to augment and modify inkle weaving and a familiarity with weaving terms and concepts will be helpful.
FormatLecture, demo, and Q&A
Length2 hours
MaterialsI will provide handouts, graph paper, and colored pencils
Students Bring Note taking materials

Pickup
Inkle Pickup
Pickup
Inkle Pickup

Brocade
Inkle Brocade

Intermediate Inkle Weaving: Brocading and Pickup Work
Class CoversHow to add design elements to your inkle weaving with Brocade and Pick Up
DescriptionTired of only using warped in inkle patterns? Learn how to add patterns as you weave using pickup work and brocading. We'll cover how to add brocading to your weaving, and how to warp up for and do 2 types of pickup works. This will be a lecture and demo class. But instructor will have inkle looms warped up for students to play with the different techniques.
Skill Level:Intermediate. Inkle weaving experience in not necessary as we won't be weaving, but it is helpful. I'll be discussing ways to augment and modify inkle weaving and a familiarity with weaving terms and concepts will be helpful.
FormatLecture, demo, and Q&A
Length2 hours
MaterialsI will provide handouts and demo looms
Student Bring Note taking materials


Knitting With BEADS!

Swag Bookmark
Bookmark Swag
Swag Bookmark
Bookmark Heart

Knitting with BEADS! Knit a Bookmark

Class CoversHow to add beads to your knitting while knitting a beaded bookmark
DescriptionKnit a beaded bookmark to learn the basics of knitting with beads. This is not a beginning knitting class, we will be knitting with Size 0 needles, using only the knit stitch. We will also be using the long tail cast on, itís a plus if students know that ahead of time, but it will be taught in class.
Skill Level:Intermediate. This is not a beginning knitting class, students need to know the knit stitch and be comfortable using Size 0 needles. We will also be using the long tail cast on, itís a plus if students know that ahead of time, but it will be taught in class.
Options1 of 2 different beading techniques: Heart or Swag
FormatHands on, with some lecture
Length2 hours
MaterialsI will provide, and students will keep, everything needed for the class project: Knitting needles, yarn, beads, instructions
Students Bring Note taking materials
Kits available for sale at Unicorn Fiber Arts


Angel Pin
Pin Angel
Christmas Tree Pin
Pin Tree
Heart Pin
Pin Heart

Knitting with BEADS! Knit a Pin

Class CoversHow to add beads to your knitting while knitting a beaded pin
DescriptionMake a fun piece of holiday jewelry! This is not a beginning knitting class, we will be knitting with Size 0 needles, using only the knit stitch. We will also be using the long tail cast on, itís a plus if students know that ahead of time, but it will be taught in class.
Skill Level:Intermediate. This is not a beginning knitting class, students need to know the knit stitch and be comfortable using Size 0 needles. We will also be using the long tail cast on, itís a plus if students know that ahead of time, but it will be taught in class.
Options1 of 3 different patterns: Heart, Angel, Christmas tree
FormatHands on, with some lecture
Length2 hours
MaterialsI will provide, and students will keep, everything needed for the class project: Knitting needles, yarn, beads, pin, instructions
Students Bring Note taking materials
Kits available for sale at Unicorn Fiber Arts

Kumihimo (Japanese braid making)

Kumihimo on a Disk
Kumihimo Disk

Beginning Kumihimo — on a Handheld Disk

Class CoversHow to braid on a handheld kumihimo disk
DescriptionLearn how to do Kumihimo (Japanese braiding) on a handheld disk! Itís a fun and portable way to create cords! The Kumihimo cord is useful for drawstrings, necklaces, trim, ribbon, bracelets, shoe laces, and more. For beginning kumihimo braiders.
Skill Level:Beginner. Everything will be covered in class.
FormatHands on, with some lecture
Options1 of 3 different braid styles: Round cord, Flat cord, or Square cord. I might be able to customize for holidays or seasons
Length2 hours
MaterialsI will provide, and students will keep, everything needed for class project: Kumihimo disk, bobbins, yarn, counterweight, and handouts
Students Bring Note taking materials
Kits available for sale at Unicorn Fiber Arts

Kumihimo on a Marudai
Kumihimo Marudai

Beginning Kumihimo — on a Marudai Braiding Stand

Class CoversHow to braid on a kumihimo marudai
DescriptionLearn how to do Kumihimo (Japanese braiding) on a Marudai braiding stand! Itís the same technique as on the handheld cards, but more elegant and faster! The Kumihimo cord is useful for drawstrings, trim, ribbon, bracelets, shoe laces, and more. For beginning kumihimo braiders, or for experienced kumihimo braiders who are beginning marudai users.
Skill Level:Beginner. Everything will be covered in class.
FormatHands on, with some lecture
Options1 of 3 different braid styles: Round cord, Flat cord, or Square cord. I might be able to customize for holidays or season
Length2 hours
MaterialsI will provide, and students will keep, everything needed for the class project: Cardboard Marudai (braiding stand), bobbins, yarn, handouts, and weights
Students Bring Note taking materials

Lucet (cord making)

Lucet with 1 cord
Lucet

Beginning Lucet with 1 cord

Class CoversHow to start, work, and finish a standard lucet cord
DescriptionLucets are totally portable and fun to use! Lucet made cord is an to kumihimo, icord and crochet chains. The cord can be make from any yarn and can be used for drawstrings, trim, frogs, shoelaces, and any other cord uses. No experience at anything is required.
Skill Level:Beginner. Everything will be covered in class.
OptionsI might be able to customize for holidays or season
FormatHands on, with some lecture
Length2 hours
MaterialsI will provide, and students will keep, everything needed for the class project: Lucets, yarn, bobbin, and handouts
Students Bring Note taking materials

Lucet with 2 cords
Lucet

Beginning Lucet with 2 cords

Class CoversHow to start, work, and finish a 2 color (double thread) lucet cord
DescriptionLucets are totally portable and fun to use! Lucet made cord is an to kumihimo, icord and crochet chains. The cord can be make from any yarn and can be used for drawstrings, trim, frogs, shoelaces, and any other cord uses.
Class will cover a method of lucet cordmaking that uses 2 threads, allowing for two color cords, button holes, and other fun stuff. No experience at anything is required.
Skill Level:Beginner. Everything will be covered in class.
OptionsI might be able to customize for holidays or season
FormatHands on, with some lecture
Length2 hours
MaterialsI will provide, and students will keep, everything needed for the class project: Lucets, yarn, bobbins, and handouts
Students Bring Note taking materials

Lucet with 4 cords
Lucet

Intermediate Lucet with 3 & 4 cords

Class CoversHow to start, work, and finish a 2 color (double thread) lucet cord with gimp cords added
DescriptionLucets are totally portable and fun to use! Lucet made cord is an to kumihimo, icord and crochet chains. The cord can be make from any yarn and can be used for drawstrings, trim, frogs, shoelaces, and any other cord uses.
Class will cover adding "gimp" cords to a 2 thread method of lucet cordmaking. The gimp cords are not only decorative, but they also allow for the addition of beads and other augmentations to your finished cord.
Skill Level:Intermediate. Studetns will be expected to know the the techniques taught in "Beginning Lucet with 2 cords".
OptionsI might be able to customize for holidays or season
FormatHands on, with some lecture
PerquisiteBeginning Lucet with 2 cords
Length2 hours
MaterialsI will provide, and students will keep, everything needed for the class project: Lucets, yarn, bobbins, and handouts
Students Bring Note taking materials

Needlebook

Cover of Needlebook
Needlebook Cover
Page of Needlebook
Needlebook Page

Make a Needlebook for Beginners

Class CoversHow to make a fabric needlebook
DescriptionTired of losing your sewing needles? Looking for elegant and convenient way to store them? Looking for a great gift idea? Weíve got your covered! This is a hands-on class, youíll be making your own needlebook. No experience at anything is needed. Experience at hand sewing is helpful, but not necessary.
OptionsCan be customized for holidays or seasons — Advance notice may be required
Skill Level:Beginner. Hand sewing involved, and will be taught in class.
FormatHands on, with some lecture
Length2 hours
MaterialsI will provide, and students will keep, everything needed for the class project: Fabric, ribbon, thread, needles, and handouts
Students Bring Note taking materials

Cross Stitch
Needlebook Cover
Cross Stitch Needlebook Cover
Needlebook Page
Needlebook Page

Cross Stitch a Needlebook for Beginners

Class CoversHow to cross stitch and make a Needlebook
DescriptionTired of losing your sewing needles? Looking for elegant and convenient way to store them? Looking for a great gift idea? Weíve got your covered! This is a hands-on class, youíll be making your own needlebook. No experience at anything is needed. Experience at hand sewing is helpful, but knowledge of counted cross and/or hand sewing is a plus.
In the 1st class we'll cover how to cross stitch and start on the stitching the needlebook cover. You'll finish the cross stitching at home between the classes.
In the 2nd class we'll sew, and finish the Needlebook. And you'll take home your own Needlebook!
Skill Level:Beginner. Cross stitch (14 stitches to the inch) and hand sewing involved, and will be taught in class.
FormatHands on, with some lecture
LengthTwo 2 hour classes, with homework between
MaterialsI will provide, and students will keep, everything needed for the class project: Cross Stitch fabric, embroidery thread, ribbon, needles, and handouts
Students Bring Note taking materials

Kits available for sale at Unicorn Fiber Arts

Needle Tatting


Beginning Needle Tatting
Tatted Flower

Beginning Needle Tatting -- Make a beaded flower!

Class CoversHow to make
DescriptionCome learn needle tatting -- like shuttle tatting, but without the shuttles! If youíve tried and failed at shuttle tatting (as I did), youíll love needle tatting (as I do)!
The class will use size 3 crochet cotton on a long tatting needle. Weíll practice the stitches and then start making a flower motif!
Skill Level:Beginner. Everything will be covered in class.
OptionsCan be customized for holidays or seasons — Advance notice may be required
FormatHands on, with some lecture
Length2 hours
MaterialsI will provide, and students will keep, everything needed for the class project: Tatting needle, yarn, bobbin, beads, and handouts
Students Bring Note taking materials

Ribbon Braiding


1 color Braid
Ribbon 1 Color

Beginning Ribbon Braiding — 1 Color Ribbon

Class CoversStarting, braiding, and finishing a single color ribbon braid band
DescriptionLearn how to braid ribbon bands. They are great for bookmarks, trim, headbands, bracelets, and more! Come on in and learn (or remember) this fun and simple craft.
Skill Level:Beginner. Everything will be covered in class.
OptionsCan be customized for holidays or seasons — Advance notice may be required
FormatHands on with some lecture
Length1 hour
MaterialsI will provide, and students will keep, everything needed for the class project: Ribbon, and handouts
Students Bring Note taking materials


2 color Braid
Ribbon 2 Color

Beginning Ribbon Braiding — 2 Colors of Ribbon

Class CoversStarting, braiding, and finishing a single color ribbon braid band
DescriptionLearn how to braid ribbon bands. They are great for bookmarks, trim, headbands, bracelets, and more! Come on in and learn (or remember) this fun and simple craft.
Skill Level:Beginner. Everything will be covered in class.
OptionsCan be customized for holidays or seasons — Advance notice may be required
FormatHands on with some lecture
Length1 hour
MaterialsI will provide, and students will keep, everything needed for the class project: Ribbon, and handouts
Students Bring Note taking materials


Braided Ribbon Wreath
Ribbon Wreath

Beginning Ribbon Braiding — Make a Holiday Wreath Pin

Class CoversStarting, braiding, and finishing a ribbon braided wreath pin.
DescriptionLearn how to make a ribbon braided wreath pin for the holidays! Come on in and learn (or remember) this fun and simple craft. No experience at anything is necessary!
Skill Level:Beginner. Everything will be covered in class.
FormatHands on with some lecture
Length2 hours
MaterialsI will provide, and students will keep, everything needed for the class project: Ribbon, beads, needle, and handouts
Students Bring Note taking materials

Weaving


Weave a Pouch
Weave a Pouch

Weave a Pouch on a Pocket Loom

Class CoversHow to weave on a simple, flat loom
FormatHands on, with some lecture
DescriptionLearn how to weave using a 5íx7í board loom to make a small pouch. The pocket looms are fun, quick, easy, and handy. They can be used to weave in the round and make a drawstring pouch, a pouch with a flap, or a flat woven piece to be used for a coaster, wall hanging etc. No experience with anything is required. If youíre an experienced weaver and havenít used a pocket loom before, come on down and a learn a new method -- You can never know enough ways to weave!!!
Skill Level:Beginner. Everything will be covered in class.
Length2 hours
MaterialsI will provide, and students will keep, everything needed for the class project: Card loom, yarn, beater, needle, and handouts
Students Bring Note taking materials


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