The Three Amigas Craft Classes

Ham-radio conventions are great fun, but if you need a break from hearing your spouse wax eloquent about things that buzz, beep, blink, and click, join Mary Ann Cornett (NS7X), Betty Lyon (N5BEL), and Cathy Spotts for a series of craft classes and demos:

Cathedral-Window Quilt Class, Fri. and Sat. at 11 a.m., Grand Ballroom A

Mary Ann Cornett will guide you in making Cathedral Window Quilt squares and get you started on a making a pillow. Cathedral Window squares are hand-sewn. The quilting itself is done as the pieces are sewn, so there is no batting involved. The finished project can be any size desired: large - a bedspread or lap blanket; small - tote bags or pillows; or mini - a pincushion. Pillow kits are $10 each and include a pillow form, some material, cloth patches, cardboard squares, needles, thread, and instructions. If you don't want to buy a pillow kit but just want to learn the technique, you are welcome to participate as well.

Kumihimo Round Braiding Class, Fri. and Sat. at 1 p.m., Grand Ballroom A

Betty Lyon will introduce you to this Japanese braiding technique – a unique foundation for a range of lovely bracelets, necklaces, or earrings. The technique dates to roughly 500 AD and has been used for the prosaic, such as lanyards for hanging cooking utensils, as well as for the decorative.


Kumihimo kits are $18 each and include a braiding disk for a round braid, 8 bobbins, as well as clasps, findings, and instructions for a range of projects. There will be a supply of yarn, ribbon, and rat-tail braid in a variety of colors to choose from. You'll need to bring a pendant or charm to complete your project.

Loom Knitting Class, Friday and Saturday at 3 p.m., Grand Ballroom A

Have you ever wanted to knit but knitting needles drove you nuts? Do you want to be able to knit hats for the kids or grandkids, your local hospital, or the homeless quickly and easily? Join Cathy Spotts for the Loom Knitting class! If you are interested in leaving with a set of looms as well as an initial hat (a simple hat takes about 3 to 4 hours of work), a set of looms costs $18. Cathy will share pointers on how to use the looms to knit scarves and even dishcloths. The class is free if you bring your own looms or you just want to drop by and try your hand at loom knitting.


Please bring your own yarn. Size 6 Super Bulky produces a really nice result; one skein (87 yards) will yield one basic regular adult hat. Two skeins will suffice for hats for larger heads or looser hats and will ensure that you can finish a hat before the convention ends. If you use Size 4 yarn, you will need about 250 yards since you will need to use double yarn to bulk up your knitting. You can

mix colors on Size 4 yarn. We will have a few extra skeins in case you forget, but they may not come in your favorite colors!

If you attended a class on Friday and need additional help or just want to continue a project you started, you are welcome to attend the Saturday classes as well. 

After the first and second classes each day, you can attend 45-minute demonstrations of jewelry-making using enamel, acrylic, and beads. Each demo will begin about 15 minutes after the first and second classes end.

P.S. And if you just want to watch, put up your feet, chat, or channel your inner kid by using colored pencils to color artsy coloring books for grown-ups, you, too, are invited!

(9/3/2019 - Note: The deadline has passed for ordering kits in advance. A limited number of kits will be available for sale at the sessions, but we expect them to sell quickly. Again, you do not need a kit to participate in these classes, but they help you keep the fun going on the ride home!)

Copyright © 2019 New Mexico Hamvention Inc., all rights reserved. The Albuquerque Duke City Hamfest and Convention is organized annually by New Mexico Hamvention, Inc. Established and Incorporated in 1971, New Mexico Hamvention Inc. is an approved 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. EIN: 23-7117777

New Mexico Hamvention, Inc.

P.O.Box 30394

Albuquerque, NM  87190-0394

  • Facebook Social Icon
  • Albuquerque Duke City Hamfest