Basic Course

This Basic 1 day course is designed for anyone interested in learning more about natural fiber production.  Both current producers and non producers will benefit from the knowledge gained in this informative course.

The goal for this course is to have natural fiber producers gain the knowledge to return to their farm and organize their fiber for production. Management, harvesting and sorting are the building blocks for the workshop with hands-on time to gain experience.  Included also is information on yarn production to familiarize the students with processing at artisan mills. Students will leave this one-day event with the tools they need to get their fiber out of storage and separated so that they can maximize yield and minimize cost at their mill.

This Basic Course is a Prerequisite to taking the Advanced Course and subsequent Apprenticeship Training which will lead to the designation Master Sorter/Grader.  Those who have completed the Basic Course successfully will have 18 months to take the Advanced Course if they desire to continue in the program.  After the time, you will be required to repeat the Basic Course before taking further portions of the program.

We are excited to announce that the SGC group will hold a beginner and advanced set of grading classes on October 11-14 at the North American Suri Company warehouse in St Louis MO during their commercial sorting event. The class dates have been planned around their grading event so that students can learn by day, but also come into the grading area to observe the actual grading event and practice their skills on Suri! Given that Suri is such a rare fiber, many graders have a hard time getting enough practice under their belts to certify for Suri. The North American Suri Co. hopes to change that and make their fiber easily accessible. Registration will be open at SUNY soon  for these classes. We will post further details in the coming week.

The next Basic Course will be held in St. Louis  MO on Friday October 11, 2019.  The fee for this program is $150.00.  Registration for this class will open soon.   See below for class information.  Registration is thru the link on our home page or by call SUNY/Cobleskill, Deb Pernat at (518) 255-5537.


A Basic Course has been scheduled for October 11, 2019 in St. LOUIS, MO.  See below for details.    If you are interested in hosting one in your area, please contact Wini Labrecque at or by phone at 724-272-4285


October 11, 2019

St Louis Lambert Intl
MidAmerica St Louis
There are two, reasonably priced hotels right off of the inner belt near the Galleria shopping mall. Right near hwy 40/64

Residence Inn by Marriott St Louis Galleria – shows a rate of $124/night checking in on Oct 11 and checking out Oct 13
Home wood Suites by Hilton St Louis Galleria – shows a rate of $125/night for the same dates.