We debuted our SUNY Cobleskill Online Basic Course on November 2, 2020!

Course Fee $180 which includes SUNY Administration Charge of $30

The goal of the Basic Course is to have natural fiber producers gain the knowledge to return to their farm and organize their fiber for production. Management, harvesting, sorting are the building blocks for the course. Included also is information on yarn production to familiarize the students with processing at artisan mills. Participants  will leave the online instruction with the tools they need to get their fiber out of storage and separated so they can maximize yield and minimize cost at their mill.  In addition, it will prepare them with the background knowledge necessary to continue into the Advanced Course and if desired Apprenticeship Program.

The Online Course will start with a ZOOM meeting for all participants to review how the online program is set up, what is expected, how to submit assignments, take exams, contact instructor, etc.  This ZOOM meeting is mandatory and will be held on the night before class starts.  Registered participants will receive a link and time for this meeting closer to the actual date.

All participants will receive a fiber sample packet in the mail after registration.  These samples will be utilized throughout the course for various assignments.  In addition, participants will be expected to provide their own fiber samples for certain areas of study.  It is important to notify Wini that you have or have not received the samples as well as the course online access name and password prior to the start of class!!

If you have any questions regarding this On Line Course, please contact Wini Labrecque at 724-272-4285 or

Deadline to register is two weeks prior to start of class to allow time to mail fiber samples to you!

There will be 3 live BASIC courses held in 2022.  The first is scheduled for April 30, 2022 in Duncan, OK at Crossed Arrow Fiber Mill.  The second will be held during the AOA National Education and Fiber Conference in Burlington, KY on July 17, 2022.  The 3rd will be held at the Douglas County Fairgrounds in Castle rock, CO on September 10, 2022.  For information regarding these in person events, please contact Wini Labrecque at 724-272-4285.  The April date is approaching quickly.  Please do not hesitate if you are interested in attending this class!!  Registration can be made by following the Registration Link in the menu.

Please note SUNY requires for any off campus LIVE classes that all students be vaccinated or submit a waiver of vaccination form.

Students/ Attendees participating in face to face courses, will have to meet both SUNY system-wide guidelines as well as our campus guidelines, including:

– Adhere to our social distancing and face covering policy (Wear masks at all times while in the classroom/lab area, and anywhere else indoors). It is available on our campus webpage for your review.

– Provide proof of a completed vaccination series or apply for and receive an exemption from vaccination. If you are requesting to apply for an exemption, please contact Deb Pernat

If a vaccination exemption is granted to a student, they must submit a negative COVID  test from the same week that they will be attending our training