Class Descriptions

Thursday All Day - April 5

Exploring the Drum Carder

Teacher
Henry and Roy Clemes
Prerequisites
None
Craft
Other

Drum carders are a mystery to the average fiber artist:  fiber is fed into the carder, ends up on the big drum, and magically turns into a batt.  In our "Exploring the Drum Carder" class, students begin the day by learning the history of drum carders, how they work, and why they function the way they do.  The fun goes hands on for the rest of the day as we delve into the differences of woolen and worsted carding, explore the many tools that make drum carding more efficient, and crank out five different batts.  The first batt will be hand cranked before switching over to Electric Drive for the duration of class.  All materials, carders, and tools will be provided by the instructors.

6 hours - 16 students max.
NOTE:  afternoon session will be 1-4 instead of 2-5

Student Supplies
None
Materials Fee
$35
Homework
None

Master Knitter Day

Teacher
Celia McAdam Cahill, Donna Estin, Arenda Holladay, Joyce Jones, Nancy Simet and Heather Storta
Prerequisites
Basic knitting skills
Craft
Knit

Are you working on your Master Hand Knitter Certification?  Have you always been curious but didn't know who to ask?  This is your chance.  The Knitting Guild Association (TKGA) is pleased to bring their popular Masters Day to DFW Fiber Fest.  This day is for those people working on their certification and those who are just curious about what it entails.  Six members of the committee will cover topics ranging from why people pursue their Masters, basic skills needed in Level 1 such as gauge and blocking, sample swatches and projects for various levels.  Come learn about the program and some skills at the same time.

6 hours - 50 students max.

Student Supplies
Not required, bring swatches if you are already working on the Masters program
Materials Fee
None
Homework
None

Master Crocheter Day

Teacher
CGOA Masters Co-Chairs and Portfolio Reviewers
Prerequisites
Basic Crocheting skills
Craft
Crochet

Become a Master of Crochet!  The CGOA is currently offering two Master course tracks to expand you knowledge and skills and give you the opportunity to become a Crochet Master.  The Advanced Stitches and Techniques Program and the newly released Fundamentals of Crochet Program (expected release January 2018) both serve to expand your insight and relationship to you crochet work.  These programs have you execute a variety of swatches as well as answer questions about the techniques.  Once completed your work is reviewed.  Those passing receive a certificate and a Masters Pin and Charm to proudly display their accomplishment.  All graduates of the programs are recognized in the CGOA newsletter, the CGOA website, as well as at the annual CGOA Chainlink Conference.

If you're currently enrolled in one of the CGOA Masters program, would like to learn about the programs, or simply want to take your crochet skills to the next level, join us for a full day of information specifically targeted to enhance basic crochet skills and skills necessary for the CGOA Masters program.  Topics covered will include:  getting gauge in rows and rounds, yarning over correctly, weaving in ends invisibly, joining smoothly, fastening off neatly, reading your stitches, foundation stitches, blocking and more.  We'll also be reviewing swatches in the program to teach you how to review your own work and we'll explain what we're looking for in the portfolio reviews.

6 hours - 50 students max.

Student Supplies
Swatches for informal review, portfolio in progress (or finished), swatch(es) for blocking, worsted weight yarn and crochet hooks.
Materials Fee
None
Homework
Write down your questions for the CGOA Masters co-chairs and portfolio reviewers.  Make any swatches from the program that you'd like to have reviewed onsite.

Weave the Center, Knit the Edge:  The Ligeia Stole Workshop

Teacher
John Mullarkey and Franklin Habit
Prerequisites
No prior weaving, fluency in basic lace knitting
Craft
Weaving and Knitting
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The Ligeia Stole brings together two ancient arts — weaving and knitting — to create a finished piece that's both striking and elegant.  In this full-day workshop, designers Franklin Habit and John Mullarkey will guide you through all the necessary steps, from weaving and joining the beautifully patterned elements of the pin-woven center; through the knitting-on of the matched lace edging.  You won't believe how simple the tools and techniques are, and how quickly your own treasured stole will come together.

6 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies
  • One skein smooth, non-fuzzy heavy fingering or light DK yarn in white or a light solid or semi-solid color; natural fibers (or predominantly natural blends) are preferred.  (One full skein will suffice for class; to complete the full stole, you will need approximately 1400 yds of your yarn of choice.)
  • Three double-pointed knitting needles, length 6-8 inches, size US 3 or 4, or of whatever size gives you a drapey gauge suitable for lace with your yarn of choice
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle
  • Stitch markers
  • Notebook and pen or pencil for taking notes
  • Zoom Looms will be provided for use for the weaving portion of this class.
Materials Fee
None
Homework
With yarn and needles of your choice, CO 9 sts.  Work three complete repeats of homework edging chart and BO.  (Blocking is optional.)  Students will be emailed the chart for the homework 1 month before the class.

Thursday Morning - April 5

Lace Edgings: Before, During and After

Teacher
Franklin Habit
Prerequisites
Participants must be fluent in basic lace knitting techniques, including simple chart reading.
Craft
Knitting

Lace edgings are among the most beautiful, varied and useful patterns in the world of knitting.  Applied with care and skill, they can lift an ordinary project into the extraordinary.  In this class, we'll practice several techniques for working edgings, including knitted-on, sewn-on, and simultaneous.

3 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies
  • One ball Dale Baby Ull, St-Denis Nordique, Cascade 220 Sport or equivalent in white or a light color.  Wool or another non-slippery animal fiber is recommended.  Please feel free to substitute a suitable brand.  I suggest the above because they are on the thin side, rip back easily, and don't have any halo to obscure the structure of the knitting.  Any yarn of a similar weight that fits those criteria should be fine.  The white/light color is also important because students must be able to see what they're doing.
  • One pair US size 4 needles (8" or longer) or circular needle (24" suggested length)
  • Two double-pointed needles US size 4
  • One crochet hook
  • Scissors
  • Yarn/tapestry needle
  • Pen (or pencil) and paper for making notes.  (In all of my classes, note-taking is highly advised!)
  • Row counter (optional)
Materials Fee
None
 
Homework
Bring to class a completed garter stitch swatch, to be worked as follows:  With yarn and needles listed above, CO 20 sts, knit 20 rows (slipping the first stitch of each row with yarn in front, and knitting all stitches).  Bind off loosely.

Log Cabin and Beyond

Teacher
Myra Wood
Prerequisites
None
Craft
Knitting

Log Cabin blocks are fun to make and offer endless possibilities for creativity, especially when combined with modular and bias knitting.  First you'll learn how to knit variations of log cabin squares using simple formulas for several different variations.  Then explore different design layouts for afghans or even wearables.  You'll learn how to estmate the exact finished size of each square so you can design blocks to specific sizes.  After that explore possibilities that mitered squares and bias knitting add to the mix.  Samples will be shown along with a handout including complete instructions and layouts for over a dozen different designs.

3 hours - 25 students max.

Student Supplies
  • 5 balls (50 yards or more) #4 (worsted weight) yarn that are all the same weight; wool, wool blend or acrylic
  • 4.5mm/US 7 needles
  • 3 or 4 removable stitch markers or safety pins
  • blunt tapestry needle
Materials Fee
None
Homework
CO 10 sts with 1 color on size 7 needles, knit 20 rows, bo next RS row.

Thursday Afternoon - April 5

Ply-Splitting:  Braid a Scarf

Teacher
John Mullarkey
Prerequisites
None
Craft
Other

Literally what it sounds like, learn to split the plies of commercial 2-ply or 4-ply yarn to create a colorful braided scarf.  Using a grip-fid and commercial yarn, start on a scarf while learning the basics of ply-split braiding.  The interaction between the yarn colors as one yarn splits another is a fascinating and fun effect.

3 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies
Students will receive yarn in class
Materials Fee
$8
Homework
None

Grok the Sock

Teacher
Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
Prerequisites
Beginners should be able to cast on and off, knit and purl, increase and decrease and must have experience working in the round.
Craft
Knitting
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Grok is a word from the classic book "Stranger in a Strange Land" that means "to understand something completely."  This class is designed to leave the student with a really complete understanding of the construction of socks and (usually) the ability to knit a great sock that truly fits, without any pattern at all.

3 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies
  • a small quantity of sock yarn
  • needles to match
  • (Needles can be dpns, or 2 circs. If a student would like to use Magic Loop, they should be experienced in its use.)
Materials Fee
None
Homework
None

Friday All Day - April 6

Prospecting Cotton on the Drum Carder

Teacher
Henry and Roy Clemes
Prerequisites
None
Craft
Other

In this class students will card cotton — cotton by itself as well as blending it with other fibers.  For some time cotton has been the poor stepchild of the hand spinning community.  Yes, we know there are some wonderful teachers that work almost exclusively with cotton, and they offer some great classes in spinning cotton, but if you ask most any hand spinner how much cotton they have spun most will answer none to a few ounces.  We wonder if that could be due to the somewhat limited variety currently available to the hand spinner working with cotton?  What if we could liven things up a bit by blending different types and/or colors of cotton together?  What if we could blend cotton with other fibers?  That is what our students will do in this class.

We labeled this class Prospecting Cotton as we hope to mine the collective knowledge of ourselves, Susan Maynard Sullivan, who first proposed this class, and our students.  While we will provide the fiber we hope that students will offer input from their knowledge about the fibers they will be working with and for homework after the class be willing to provide observations after they have spun the blends they prepared.  Our drum carders have been used for years by some of the biggest names in the field of cotton spinning so we know they are well suited for cotton carding.  All students will work on our Elite line of Electric Drum Carders and each student will have their own carder.  This is our first time offering this class so we do not know how many batts students will be able to prepare.&nsp; Suffice to say we expect it will require a fair amount of time for students to spin the fiber they card and take home.

6 hours - 16 students max.

Student Supplies
  • An attitude for learning
  • All materials and equipment will be provided by the instructors.
Materials Fee
$35
Homework
None

Get Squared®

Teacher
Jenny King
Prerequisites
Students must be able to crochet chains, single crochet, double crochet.
Craft
Crochet

Come and find out why Jenny's exciting new Get Squared™ concept really is revolutionary.  This is a crochet technique which allows you to create any garment style in any yarn to fit any size and is worked top down without seams or a pattern.  Not possible?  Well let Jenny demonstrate how it can be done.  These garments are guaranteed to fit you first time and every time using the traditional granny square stitch.  Learn how to bust your stash while making top down garments that require no sewing.  Students must be able to crochet chains, single crochet, double crochet only, but do not need to know how to read a pattern.  There will be a trunk show for students to play dress ups and help to decide which style most flatters them.  Students with up to and over a 64" bust are catered for in this class.

During the first three hours, students will make a mini-jumper/sweater to fit a teddy or doll.  During the second three hours, students will begin a garment in class.

6 hours - 25 students max.

Student Supplies
  • One ball (1.75oz) each of worsted weight yarn in 2 light colours (for mini-jumper/sweater in class)
  • 800-1000 yards of any weight or thickness of yarn to begin a garment in class
  • 6mm hook
  • Tape measure
  • Tapestry needle for ending off tails
  • Scissors
Materials
None
Homework
None

Yarnitecture:  Building Exactly the Yarn You Want

Teacher
Jillian Moreno
Prerequisites
None
Craft
Spinning

Is the yarn in your head the yarn in your hand?  Do you always spin the same yarn?  Do you have a dream yarn you just can't make happen?  Are you unhappy with what happens to the colors when you spin a variegated top or roving?  Do you love your handspun yarn, but don't like how it looks knitted?  In this class, we'll focus on making yarn that inspires you from commercially dyed roving and top — yarn you'll love to knit with.  Together we'll build your yarn from fiber braid up to a knitted swatch.

We'll start by talking about the blueprint for a yarn, the yarn vision.  We'll break yarn down into all of its parts.  We'll build your yarn's foundations by exploring fiber breeds and preparations.  The walls — they're the different drafting and plying methods we'll work with.  Finally, the roof goes on as we manipulate variegated top and roving to get the colors you've chosen just the way you want them.  All along the way you'll get tips to keeping your yarn's end use or yarn vision in mind and your yarn consistent.  This class will give you confidence to build the yarns you want to knit with!

6 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies
  • A wheel in good working order
  • At least three bobbins
  • A lazy kate
  • A niddy noddy
  • Tags to mark samples
  • Pen and paper to take notes.
Materials
$35
Homework
None

Tablet Weaving:  Woven Shoe Laces

Teacher
John Mullarkey
Prerequisites
None
Craft
Knitting

Weave your own shoe laces!  Using a weaving technique called tablet weaving, and literally using cards as your loom, learn how to weave laces out of crochet cotton.  Your fly shoes will only get flyer with laces you've woven for them.

6 hours - 16 students max.

Student Supplies
  • Four balls or cones of 10/2 mercerized or unmercerized cotton, or #10 crochet thread.  Two balls of one color, and two balls of one different highly contrasting color.
  • Scissors
  • Students will receive 20 cards, one shuttle and documentation.
  • Looms will be provided for use during class.
Materials
$15
Homework
None

Friday Morning - April 6

Take Flight:  Knitting Your First Lace Shawl

Teacher
Denise Bell
Prerequisites
Ability to execute standard increases and decreases without assistance.
Craft
Knitting

A beginning knitter may tire quickly of garter stitch scarves, socks, and hats.  When that happens, you might want to knit a simple small shawl and learn a few skills.  In this class we'll cover chart reading, pattern repeats, simple lace, and the basics of triangle construction as you begin the Monarch Shawl.

3 hours - 25 students max.

Student Supplies
  • 400-500 yard caked skein of fingering weight yarn
  • Size 6 or 7US circular needle (24 or 32 inch)
  • Your usual knitting kit
  • Pattern is included in the class handout
Materials Fee
None
Homework
None

Tapestry Weaving 101

Teacher
Judy Crouch
Prerequisites
None
Craft
Weaving

Weaving in pictures!  Wow, what fun!  Learn the basics of tapestry weaving and create a beautiful wall hanging, a picture, an insert for a book cover or bag, or, or, or ...  You are limited only by your imagination!

You will use a small frame loom, a cartoon and yarn to create your masterpiece in this class.  Once you get the basics there are so many things you can do/make with this type of weaving.  It can be as structured as you want, or very free flowing.  You are the weaver, make it your own.  The small frame will be yours to take home along with yarn to finish your weaving if not finished in class.

3 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies
  • Small pair of scissors
  • Class will include the use of a loom; all yarns and any tools needed will be provided
Materials Fee
$30
Homework
None

Garter Party:  Garter Stitch Gone Wild with Special Guest I-Cord!

Teacher
Franklin Habit
Prerequisites
Fluency in the basic techniques knitting, including working from color charts
Craft
Knitting
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Poor, plain garter stitch.  So often confined to the edge of the party, so seldom seen in anything but the same old blocks or stripes.  But not today!  Today, garter stitch breaks out into fully-fledged stranded color patterns, courtesy of an intriguing but little-known technique called garter jacquard.  We'll learn to work charted garter jacquard patterns and also explore other fun techniques that play well with this fabric:  I-cord edgings, and "afterthought" openings created by cutting into the knitting.

3 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies
  • Yarns:  Two balls of smooth worsted-weight yarn (Hikoo Simpliworsted, Cascade 220, Universal Yarns Deluxe Worsted, or similar) in highly contrasting solid or semi-solid colorways.  Wool, alpaca, or blends thereof are recommended.  Students unable to handle wool should choose a non-slippery yarn.
  • Needles for knitting:  1 circular needle, about 24 inches in length; or one pair straight needles, in a size appropriate to give a firm (but not tight) gauge in the yarn selected.  (If in doubt, select needles one size smaller than those you would normally use for knitting the yarn you have selected.)
  • Needles for the afterthought opening:  three double-pointed needles of a size equal to or slightly smaller than the needles selected for knitting
  • Notions:  Stitch markers, scissors, notebook, pencils (not pens) and erasers for sketching and charting.
Materials Fee
None
Homework
With lighter-colored yarn selected for class and needles to give a firm (not tight) gauge, CO 18 sts. Knit 40 rows, slipping first st of every row as if to purl with yarn in front.  Do not bind off.

Color My World

Teacher
Sony Hartley
Prerequisites
None
Craft
All

Color theory, tips, tricks and knowledge for any fiber lover.  Learn to understand how colors work together or against each other, as well as how to "read" colors for warmth and coolness, value and depth.  Hands on working with mixing and creating colors by making your own color charts to help in selecting fibers to Color Your World.

3 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies
Something to take notes with
Materials Fee
$5
Homework
None

Grafting With a Russian Twist - and More!!

Teacher
Galina A. Khmeleva
Prerequisites
Basic knitting experience
Craft
Knitting

Those innovative Russian knitters devised a simple, yet effective method for grafting.  You will find it so unique and versatile, you will use it on all your future knitting projects.  If it seems that your seams are anything but seamless, this is the class for you.

AND MORE.  From start to finish without breaking a sweat!  Galina will teach students creative cast-ons to fit every occasion, with a unique Russian bind-off that will leave you breathless.  These techniques will make your knitting more enjoyable and seem effortless.

3 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies
  • Two contrasting colors fingering/sport weight yarn (no acrylics or cotton)
  • Needles appropriate for yarn size
Materials Fee
None
Homework
None

Knitting for Speed and Efficiency

Teacher
Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
Prerequisites
None
Craft
Knitting
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This interesting class examines the various techniques, attitudes and history of the most productive knitters, and is designed not necessarily to change how you knit (unless you want to) but to help you become the most efficient knitter you can be on your own terms.  We'll look at the various styles of knitting, and have some instruction on "lever knitting" (fixed needle knitting).  We'll talk about techniques for knitting faster through changing what you do, and the way you think.

3 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies
  • Your regular knitting supplies
  • Smooth, worsted weight wool
  • Your favourite needles to match (Circulars, DPN's, whatever you like best)
  • Long straight needles (14 inches) of the same size
Materials Fee
None
Homework
None

Simple Brioche Knitting

Teacher
Lesley Anne Robinson
Prerequisites
Knowledge of knitting, working with two yarns at once, casting on and binding off stitches
Craft
Knitting
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Try your hand at learning the amazing Brioche stitch!  No previous experience with brioche knitting is needed.  In this class, you will learn the basic stitches of one-color brioche, then move on to exciting two-color brioche.  One-color brioche is a great way to teach your hands the muscle memory of the technique without the complications of two different yarns, and is a fantastic introduction to two-color brioche.  Two-color brioche is very fun, and can be easier to see the anatomy of brioche stitches, so we will be focusing on this for the remainder of the class.  Yarn choices and color will be briefly discussed.  You will learn my favorite cast-on and bind-off techniques to use with brioche knitting, the basic brioche setup, and knit a small straight swatch of two-color brioche.

Student Supplies
  • 20" long Circular needles between sizes US 5 - 7
  • two skeins / balls of DK or sport weight yarn in contrasting colors, approximately 100 yards or more each
Materials Fee
None
Homework
None

Creating with the Crocodile Stitch

Teacher
Mary Beth Temple
Prerequisites
Confident in basic stitches
Craft
Crochet

Crocodile (or Petal) Stitch adds depth to any project, and is a terrific technique to have in your bag of tricks!  In this class you will learn the basic construction of the scale, as well as how to begin and continue a triangular, square, or rectangular project, and ways to combine this stitch with traditional crochet techniques.

3 hours - 25 students max.

Student Supplies
  • Smooth, light colored yarn, or long-repeat multi yarn in any weight
  • Appropriate size crochet hook
Materials Fee
None
Homework
None

Crazy Lace

Teacher
Myra Wood
Prerequisites
Basic knitting skills
Craft
Knitting

Learn a totally new approach to knitting lace creatively or discover lace knitting for the first time.  You'll learn "Lace Logic" and get a clear understanding of how lace patterning works to make your own patterns or incorporate charted lace on the fly.  We'll work on a sampler that uses lots of different lace techniques and stitches.  You'll learn how to combine your repeating lace patterns and switch them as you like.  Anyone who can yarn over and knit 2 together can do it.  It's easier than you think!!

3 hours - 25 students max.

Student Supplies
  • 500-800 yards of smooth fingering weight wool or wool blend yarn.  (Do not bring any yarn that has more than a 10% nylon content, 100% cotton, silk, or bamboo.)
  • Size 5 and 6 short or circular needles
  • Yarn needle
  • Size G / 4-4.5mm crochet hooks
  • Eight small stitch markers
  • Basic knitting supplies
Materials Fee
None
Homework
None

Friday Afternoon - April 6

Wrapped in Warmth:  The Shetland Hap Shawl Class

Teacher
Denise Bell
Prerequisites
Ability to execute standard increases and decreases without assistance; basic chart reading experience required.
Craft
Knitting
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Not all Shetland shawls are knit from skinny yarn and can pass through a wedding ring.  While we love those that do, the traditional Shetland Hap Shawl is generally knit with jumper (fingering) weight yarn in the natural colors of true Shetland bred sheep.  Bring three to five solid-colored fingering-weight non-superwash wool yarns to class.  While the traditional choices are natural sheep colors, your swatch need not be so.  Scraps of 100-200 yards are perfectly fine for our swatch.  (There is a time and place for multi-color superwash sock yarns, but this is neither.)  For this class you'll choose one of your colors as your main color and plan others to coordinate a pleasing palette.  We'll discuss traditional techniques and color placement in class and work on a swatch to learn the basics of modern Hap Shawl construction.  Class time will include a significant time frame to play with choosing colors and the sequence in which they will appear in your hap swatch.

3 hours - 25 students max.

Student Supplies
  • Size 5US or 6US circular needles in both 24 and 32 inch length (or interchangeable cords)
  • Stitch markers
  • Three to five solid-colored fingering-weight non-superwash wool yarns of 100-200 yards each
  • Colored pencils or crayons in shades representing your chosen swatch colors and maybe a few more to play around with
  • Your usual knitting kit
  • Instructor will supply graph paper and additional solid yarns.
Materials Fee
None
Homework
Class homework to be done in advance:
Using color chosen as your MC (Main Color) knit a diamond shape beginning with one stitch, leaving a 6" tail, increasing one stitch EVERY row in the following method (both front and back) until you have 53 stitches.  Then decrease one stitch EVERY row in the following method until you once again have one stitch.
  • Increasing method:  *Yarn over, knit across to the last stitch, knit into the back of the loop of last stitch*.  Turn and repeat until you have 53 stitches.
  • Decreasing method:  *Yarn over, sk2togpsso, knit across to the last stitch, knit into the back of loop of last stitch*.  Turn and repeat until 2 stitches remain.  When 2 stitches remain k2tog.  One stitch remains on the needle.
  • Pick up and knit 26 stitches per side. (104 total)
  • Do not cut or break working yarn.

Behold the (Not So) Humble Slub!

Teacher
Peggy Doney
Prerequisites
Student must be able to spin and ply comfortably on their wheel.
Craft
Spinning

Remember those early yarns you spun that were full of slubs?  Well, you will learn how to make the slubs on purpose and then some ways to spin them into amazing art yarns that are far more than just humble slubs!

3 hours - 15 students max.

Student Supplies
  • Wheel in good working order
  • Three empty bobbins
  • Lazy kate
  • Niddy noddy
  • Wheel oil (if needed)
  • Pencil or pen
Materials Fee
$12
Homework
None

Rigid Heddle Weaving 101

Teacher
Darlene Megli
Prerequisites
None
Craft
Weaving

Want to see if weaving is for you?  Rigid heddle weaving is an excellent place to start.  The basic weave on the rigid heddle loom is plain weave but the way you warp and then weave, it will be anything but plain.  Color is magic!  In this class you will learn the direct warping method, measuring and winding on, how to thread the heddle, then tying on and weaving.  I will provide everything you will need in this class and you will have a weaving that can be used as a mug rug, a small bag or a display piece.

3 hours - 12 students max.

Student Supplies
Scissors
Materials Fee
$20 - includes use of pre-warped loom, all yarns used in class and handouts
Homework
None

Knit Smart

Teacher
Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
Prerequisites
None
Craft
Knitting
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This lecture style class (that means mostly talking, like at University) deals with best practices in knitting, and talks about how to (usually) prevent knitting mistakes (mostly) fix them.  Out of the myriad techniques, ideas, yarns, patterns and tools available to knitters, how can you be sure that the ones you choose will give you the results you want?  This class looks at how to predict how knitting is going to work, very clever ways to solve knitting problems, and how to streamline knitting so that you're doing less work, and creating better stuff.  This class is useful to knitters at all levels, and is my very favourite to teach.

3 hours - 50 students max.

Student Supplies
None, except note-taking materials, if you're the type.
Materials Fee
None
Homework
None

Intro to Stranded Colorwork

Teacher
Jacki Shuttleworth
Prerequisites
knitting, purling, knitting in the round
Craft
Knitting
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Learn to knit with two colorways, in the round, while creating this beautiful cowl.  I designed this pattern specifically to introduce knitters to the technique and leave them with something beautiful to show for it.  Cowl pattern is included.

Skills covered:  knitting with 2 colors in the round, carrying 2 strands of yarn, floating long strands, reading charts, using both continental and english techniques together.

3 hours - 12 students max.

Student Supplies
  • #6 and #7 circular needles (16" or 20" cable)
  • One stitch marker
  • Two contrasting colors of dk weight yarn ... the more contrast in colors the better
  • Note: you do not have to make the cowl to attend the class, however, those wanting to start the cowl will need to purchase 2 skeins of DK weight yarn:  preferably, merino or merino superwash, one skein in a mostly solid colorway and the other skein in a multicolored hand painted colorway that will contrast well against the solid color.
Materials Fee
None
Homework
With your solid colored yarn and #6 needle, cast on 98 stitches and join to work in the round, work 7 rows of k1,p1 ribbing, change to #7 needles and knit 2 rounds.

Tunisian Crochet Basics

Teacher
Mary Beth Temple
Prerequisites
None
Craft
Crochet

Join me as we explore the basics of the Tunisian technique, including Tunisian Simple Stitch, Tunisian Knit and Purl, increasing, decreasing, and full row colorwork.

3 hours - 25 students max.

Student Supplies
  • Two colors of smooth, light colored worsted weight yarn
  • Appropriate Tunisian crochet hooks
Materials Fee
None
Homework
None

Stitch Marker Creations and Beyond

Teacher
Misty Urech
Prerequisites
None
Craft
All
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Learn to make a variety of stitch markers from very simple to complex ones for any needs.  Students will also learn some basic jewelry making skills, how to use the tools, and proper techniques.  Stitch marker styles will include basic added charm, snag free markers, removable stitch markers, crochet friendly markers, and making a stitch marker holder.

3 hours - 15 students max.

Student Supplies
  • Jewelry making needle nose plier
  • Round nose plier
  • Wire cutter
Materials Fee
$15
Homework
None

Making the Most of Your Minis

Teacher
Lise Wilson
Prerequisites
Basic knitting
Craft
Knitting

What is to be done with minis?  What will you do with small quantities of leftover yarn?  Discover different ideas for making the most of your Minis.  Grab some minis and make the most of them.

3 hours - 25 students max.

Student Supplies
  • Size 6 needles for knitting (dpns, or circs, whichever the knitter is comfortable knitting with)
  • Stitch holders or smooth waste yarn
  • Sharp tipped darning needle
  • Sport or fingering weight yarn (minis)
Materials Fee
None
Homework
None

Crazy Lace Crochet Shawl

Teacher
Myra Wood
Prerequisites
Must be able to read charts
Craft
Crochet

Crochet lace is easier than you think!  If you can chain, single and double crochet, you can crochet incredible lacework in different directions without any patterns!  You'll learn the basic logic of crochet lace to create lace patterning in this hands-on workshop while you begin a beautiful triangular shawl.  I will walk you through the entire process so that you have a full understanding of how to do this approach.  You'll also learn how to read crochet charts and make your own.  Discover an inspiring world of crochet lace that's fun and easier than you can imagine.

3 hours - 25 students max.

Student Supplies
  • At least 250 yards of smooth fingering weight yarn in any light to medium color, any fiber (no novelties) 100% cotton or Merino wool is suggested (bring several skeins of different fibers to try if you'd like)
  • Size F, G, and H crochet hooks
  • 6 safety pins
  • Yarn needle
  • Any crochet stitch guide
Materials Fee
None
Homework
None

Saturday All Day - April 7

Magnificent Mandala Motif

Teacher
Molly Andries
Prerequisites
Basic crochet stitches, post stitch, reverse single crochet, bobbles, extended double crochet, and standing single crochet.
Craft
Crochet

The Mandala is an enchanting, decorative circle-design that represents infinity and, for some, has a spiritual meaning.  Create your own decorative Mandala through the use of your favorite colors and crocheted textured stitches.  This is an intermediate to advanced class using a variety of interesting crochet techniques.

One should be familiar with overlay crochet, reverse single crochet, post stitch, bobble, extended double crochet, shell, invisible join, and standing single crochet.  However, a short demonstration will be shown of all stitches used for each round.  In addition, a detailed colored pattern will be provided with optional edgings.  Join in the delight of creating your very own personal Mandala!

6 hours - 15 students max.

Student Supplies
  • Making sure the yarn is all the same weight, you need 2 to 5 contrasting solid colors of cotton yarn in either sport, dk, or worsted weight.  (*Preferred Yarn is either 24/7 Cotton by Lion Brand or Sinfonia by Omega.)
  • Hook size appropriate for the weight of the yarn
  • Stitch markers
  • Scissors
  • Basic Crochet Supplies
Materials Fee
$3 for color copies
Homework
With color A, ch 4, sl st in first ch to form a ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 4 (counts as a dc and ch 1), (dc, ch 1) 15 times in ring, join with a sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch-4.
Fasten Off. ---(16 dc and 16 ch-1 spaces)

Framed - Estonian Shawl Construction

Teacher
Denise Bell
Prerequisites
Ability to execute standard increases and decreases without assistance. Students must be proficient in reading charts.
Craft
Knitting

Estonian lace shawls are beautiful and impressive.  In this class we will focus on learning how to knit nupps, edgings, and how the traditional Estonian white shawl is constructed and seamed.  Lace weight merino yarn will be supplied by the teacher.

6 hours - 25 students max.

Student Supplies
  • Size 5US needle (either circular or straight)
  • Size 3US needle (either circular or straight)
  • darning needle
  • Your usual knitting kit
  • tapestry needle
  • Note:  Sharp-tipped needles are essential to working with lace weight yarn.
Materials Fee
None
Homework
None

Weaving with Knitting Yarn

Teacher
Mary Berry
Prerequisites
None
Craft
Weaving

Congratulations on purchasing a rigid heddle loom so you can weave up all that stash yarn you've been hiding!  Now what?  This class answers that question!  We will start at the beginning and take you through the entire weaving process, from warping the loom through weaving your project, with special emphasis on both Best Practices for weaving AND the special qualities of knitting yarn that make weaving with it just a bit more challenging.  You'll walk out of this class ready to plunge head first in that gigantic cushion of stash!

6 hours - 15 students max.

Student Supplies
  • Your rigid heddle loom
  • A stand, if you have one
  • All the supplies that came with your loom (warping peg, shuttles, threading hook, clamps, heddle)
  • Two balls of yarn in a size appropriate for your heddle
Materials Fee
None
Homework
None

Ancient Ways of Preparing and Spinning Cotton

Teacher
Jill Holbrook
Prerequisites
None
Craft
Spinning

Travel back in time to fluff cotton with bows in Asia, and beat cotton with sticks in the American Southwest.  We will spin off the seed, finger gin cotton and spin with ancient spindles ... all while learning a bit of history and having fun on the way.

6 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies
Optional:  Large, low sided, round baskets if you have them
Materials Fee
$15
Homework
None

Two-Color Brioche Lace

Teacher
Lesley Anne Robinson
Prerequisites
Basic brioche knitting skills and knowledge are required.
Craft
Knitting
Sold Out

Satisfy your brioche cravings with modern two-color brioche lace!  In this class, we will briefly cover the basics of two-color brioche and working with two different colored yarns.  Color theory and advice about choosing the right yarn for your project will be covered as well.  The main focus of the class will be learning and working the most commonly-used increases and decreases of brioche knitting to create gorgeous brioche lace fabric.  We will be starting my most popular shawl pattern, Sizzle Pop, the triangle version.  Together, we will work through the pattern, both written instructions and how to read brioche lace charts.  Then you can take it home to continue working on it and have a finished piece that will delight and inspire!

6 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies
  • 32" long US 4 / 3.5mm circular needles (interchangeables are fine)
  • Two skeins of fingering / sock weight yarn, at least 400 yds each, in contrasting colors
  • Notions including tapestry needle, row counter, removable stitch marker or cable needle for decreasing stitches
  • Optional stitch markers to note lace repeats
Materials Fee
$8 for pattern which will include a Ravelry download code
Homework
None

Saturday Morning - April 7

Snip and Zip:  Steeks and Zippers

Teacher
Franklin Habit
Prerequisites
Fluency in the basics of knitting, including knitting in the round; and fluency in stranded two-color work (i.e., Fair Isle knitting)
Craft
Knitting
Sold Out

This empowering class is designed to guide timid and/or inexperienced knitters through two operations — the cutting of steeks (slashed openings in knit fabric) and the installation of zippers — that are famous for causing anxiety in the uninitiated.

3 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies
  • The completed homework assignment
  • One ball (partial is fine) of wool yarn in a weight equal to, or slightly lighter than, the yarns used to knit the homework; it should be of a color that contrasts well with the homework yarns
  • One crochet hook, equal to or slightly smaller in diameter than the knitting needles used to knit the homework
  • One pair of sharp scissors
  • Notebook and pen or pencil for taking notes
Materials Fee
$5
Homework
Will be sent to registered students one month before the class. 
Supplies for the homework assignment
  • Two balls of smooth, firmly spun worsted-weight wool yarn (for example, Cascade 220, Hikoo Simpliworsted, or Universal Yarns Deluxe Worsted) in highly contrasting colors. ; Please note that slippery yarns (pure acrylic, silk, cotton) are not generally suited to the cutting of steeks, and should be avoided
  • One 16" circular needle in a size that yields a firm fabric with the student's yarn of choice

Russian-Style Continental Knitting - a Variation On a Theme

Teacher
Galina A. Khmeleva
Prerequisites
Basic knitting experience
Craft
Knitting
Sold Out

Are you stuck in the past ... still throwing your yarn ... maybe even experiencing wrist discomfort?  Let Galina teach you this subtle Russian variation on the classic knitting method.  It's fast, it's easy, it's oh-so forgiving on your wrists!!   You'll wonder why you waited so long to make this switch!!

3 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies
  • Favorite needles, any style, sizes 0-3
  • Fingering/sport weight, non-textured yarn (no acrylics or cotton)
  • Note-taking materials, including pencils
Materials Fee
None
Homework
None

Tartans & Plaids

Teacher
Jenny King
Prerequisites
ch and dc only
Craft
Crochet

The Tartan or plaid afghan has been made in Australia for over 50 years and in most cases has replaced the granny square.  The Tartan or Plaid's brightly interwoven colors have enticed many a non-crocheter into the world of crochet because of its beauty and elegance, which belies its simplicity in construction.  It has become the ideal gift for the men in the family, in the form of stadium rugs, in their team's colors, or as a picnic or travel afghan.  They can be made in a family's traditional Tartan/Plaid or for their region.  These afghans are addictive, yet simple enough for someone who has never even held a hook.  So why not learn why Australians are addicted to these Afghans?

3 hours - 25 students max.

Student Supplies
  • H hook
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle
Materials Fee
$10 for book, tartan weaver & yarn
Homework
None

Cheaper by the Dozen:  Twelve Ways to Spin Variegated Top

Teacher
Jillian Moreno
Prerequisites
None
Craft
Spinning

How many ways are there to spin a variegated top?  You are only limited by how fast you can spin.  This class will take you through at least a dozen ways to work with variegated top.  In this fast paced class we'll explore spinning variegated tops to combine and blend colors for stark contrast or beautiful subtlety.  You'll spin yarns and knit samples that will show the effects of changing the color flow on variegated fibers.  You'll learn ways to keep your yarn colors exactly the same as your fiber braid.  You'll learn the whys and how-tos of combining multiple variegated tops.  In this class we'll explore:
• Mixing colors with plying
• Blending colors through drafting at the wheel
• Mixing 2 or more braids
• The easiest way to choose multiple braids to mix for a hat or for a sweater
• How yarn size, fiber prep and your drafting style affects variegated yarns
This class will give you a better idea of how braid in hand looks after it's spun and knit.  After you spin in this class you'll never look at your stash the same way again.

3 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies
  • A wheel in good working order
  • At least three bobbins
  • A lazy kate
  • A niddy noddy
  • Tags to mark samples
  • Pen and paper to take notes
Materials Fee
$25
Homework
None

Pocket Weaving

Teacher
John Mullarkey
Prerequisites
None
Craft
Weaving

Weaving looms can be small enough to fit in your pocket — well a largish pocket.  Learn how to weave on pin looms such as the Weave-it, Weavette, or Schacht's Zoom Loom.  Create a pocket for your cell phone or ipod while learning joining and construction techniques for these addictive little handheld looms.

3 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies
Pin loom if they have one, if not, looms will also be provided.
Materials Fee
$5
Homework
None

Knitting for Speed and Efficiency

Teacher
Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
Prerequisites
None
Craft
Knitting
Sold Out

See class details Friday morning.

Independent Pattern Publishing

Teacher
Mary Beth Temple
Prerequisites
None
Craft
Other

Technological advances have created opportunities for independent designers that we couldn't even dream of ten years ago — do you really need to work with traditional publishers anymore?  Maybe not.  But you do need to put some serious thought as well as hard work into your pattern business if you want to earn money at it.  It IS hard work — you wear a lot of hats when you publish your own work, from photographer to editor to layout person.  But you also retain creative and legal control over your designs, which can be gratifying from both an artistic and a financial standpoint.  Independent Pattern Publishing will talk students through getting their first pattern ready to launch.  We will cover all of the variables for producing single patterns — including production, pricing, online distribution and promotion, and wholesale opportunities for print products.  This class is suitable for both knitters and crocheters.

3 hours - 25 students max.

Student Supplies
Pen and paper for notes, and an open mind!
Materials Fee
None
Homework
None, although if a student has already laid out a pattern or begun their business plan, they may wish to bring it.

Japanese Crochet Motifs:  Join As You Go Method

Teacher
Myra Wood
Prerequisites
Must know general crochet stitches and how to read an American crochet charts.
Craft
Crochet

Delicate Japanese motifs are the latest craze in crochet for wearables, scarves and home furnishings.  Learn how to read Japanese motif charts along with tons of tips and tricks including beginning with magic circles, changing colors seamlessly, joining motifs and weaving in ends as you go to take your crochet to the next level. We'll start a scarf in class that's fun and fast to make.  (Pattern included.)

3 hours - 25 students max.

Student Supplies
  • Size D and E hooks
  • 200 yds of solid color, fingering weight yarn, any fiber content
  • Safety pins
  • Small scissors
  • Tapestry needle (sharper point and smaller than a regular yarn needle with an eye large enough for the yarn)
Materials Fee
None
Homework
None

Saturday Afternoon - April 7

Embroider Your Knitting

Teacher
Franklin Habit
Prerequisites
Fluency in the basic techniques of knitting
Craft
Knitting
Sold Out

Hand embroidery is the perfect compliment to hand knitting.  With a little help from your tapestry needle, simple projects become splendid; and the beauties of complex work are enhanced and revealed in new and exciting ways.  In this introductory-level class, students will learn basic (but lovely) line, fill, knot, and motif stitches, and how to vary and combine them for different effects.  We will also discuss the selection of materials, planning designs, transferring patterns, and the care of finished work.  No prior embroidery experience is necessary — if you can work with two needles, you can work with one!

3 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies
  • Completed homework assignment
  • At least two balls (partial balls are fine) of smooth, strong, worsted or sport weight yarn (i.e., Cascade 220, Cascade 220 Sport, Universal Yarns Deluxe Worsted, Valley Yarns Northampton) in solid or semi-solid colors that contrast strongly with the yarn used to complete the homework assignment
  • Tapestry needle
  • Scissors
Materials Fee
None
Homework
Use a smooth, strong, worsted or sport weight yarn (i.e., Cascade 220, Cascade 220 Sport, Universal Yarns Deluxe Worsted, Valley Yarns Northampton) in a white or a light solid or semi-solid color.  Make one swatch as follows:
        With needles that will give you a gauge of about 5 (with worsted) to 6 (with sport) sts to the inch in stockinette st, CO 56 sts.
        Rows 1-6:  knit
        Row 7 (WS):  K4, p 48, k4
        Rep rows 6-7  25x
        Rows 58-63:  Knit
        Bind off
If time permits, block swatch.

Beginner Basics of Loom Knitting

Teacher
Kelly Jones
Prerequisites
None
Craft
Loom Knitting

Always wanted to learn how to knit?  Experiencing pain in your wrists from needle knitting?  Loom knitting is great for those just starting out or those who have been knitting for years!  This Beginner Basics of Loom Knitting class is for first time loom knitters.  We will start with casting on techniques and how to do knit and purl stitches for flat panel and in the round knitting as well as binding off techniques.  You will also learn how to do eyelets for lace work.  We will talk about how to adjust the loom for different projects and gauges and how to set it up for double knitting.  This is a great class to get your feet wet.  We will use the gauge adjustable Kiss Loom for the class and you will get a Small Gauge 30 peg loom with 7 peg ends, a great starter loom with room to add on later.  Whether you've been knitting with needles for years or have always wanted to knit, you'll love working with an adjustable gauge loom.  It's easy on your hands and gives you lots of versatility!

3 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies
one skein of worsted weight yarn, acrylic or wool
Materials Fee
$48
Homework
None

Thai Garden Collar

Teacher
Jenny King
Prerequisites
Sc and chains online
Craft
Crochet

This exquisite wearable piece can take a plain black dress into a spectacular evening outfit — or team it with a simple t-shirt and jeans for a casual look.  The flowers are fun to make and this project uses an exotic self striping yarn.  Learn how to make the flowers as they were originally seen decorating Handbags in Thailand.

3 hours - 25 students max.

Student Supplies
  • Variegated yarn in DK weight, about 300 yards for the whole collar
  • E, F and G hooks
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle
Materials Fee
None
Homework
None

Not Everyone Wants to Dye

Teacher
Darlene Megli
Prerequisites
Helpful to be familiar with hand carding
Craft
Spinning

Or have the space, or the equipment but wants the colors!  So what can you do?  Using already dyed fibers, blend them!  You can make your own gradients, you can lighten, you can darken, you can take 2 primary colors and make that secondary color, the possibilities are endless.  You will see how blended colors have an alive look to them that dyes fibers do not have.  So never be jealous of those beautiful dyed fibers again, blend your own.

You will be using hand cards and drum carders.  I will provide all dyed fibers for class blending and you will have many samples to take home for spinning or felting or putting in your sample book.

3 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies
Hand cards.  Drum carder if you have one.
Materials Fee
$20
Homework
None

Don't Let Your Yarn Weight You Down:  Gist of Grist

Teacher
Jillian Moreno
Prerequisites
None
Craft
Spinning

Grist is a mystery to some spinners.  Some spinners think that grist is one of the secret clubs of the spinning world; if you don't know the secret handshake of YPP then you're out of luck.  This class will show you that thinking is a big fat lie!  Grist is just the density of your yarn.  It's a simple concept that once you learn it and apply it to your spinning can change how you look at and feel about your yarn.  In this class we'll learn what grist is and how to wield its spinning power in the easiest way, by sampling.  We'll explore:
  • What grist means to your yarn and knitting
  • How grist can keep you from running out of yarn for a project
  • How and when to measure grist
  • What affects grist
  • How to change grist
  • How to use grist to match an existing yarn, handspun or millspun
Learning all about grist will answer so many questions about your yarn!

3 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies
  • A wheel in good working order
  • At least three bobbins
  • A lazy kate
  • A niddy noddy
  • Tags to mark samples
  • Pen and paper to take notes.
Materials Fee
$20
Homework
Optional - bring some yarn that didn't turn out how you wanted it to (not because of color)

Tablet Weaving:  All Warped Up

Teacher
John Mullarkey
Prerequisites
None
Craft
Weaving

There are almost as many ways to warp cards as there are card weavers.  Learn three different warping techniques and why you might use each one, or even all of them together!  We'll learn the single-card tie on, the circular warp and the weighted warp and the advantages and disadvantages of each.

3 hours - 16 students max.

Student Supplies
  • Four balls or cones of 10/2 mercerized or unmercerized cotton or #10 crochet thread.  Each ball should be at least 1 ounce.  Two balls of one color, and two balls of a different highly contrasting color.
  • Scissors
  • Students receive 20 cards, 1 shuttle, and documentation.
  • Looms will be provided for use in class.
Materials Fee
$15
Homework
None

The Fix is In

Teacher
Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
Prerequisites
Advanced beginners will do fine if they can read their knitting (identify knit and purl on the needle) execute a simple chart, and understand a simple cable
Craft
Knitting
Sold Out

This class explores options and solutions for when bad things happen to good knitters.  We'll explore dropped stitches, missed yarn overs, mis-crossed cables, selvedge stitches (and when not to have one) and how to fix (mostly) damage to knits like pulls, holes and runs.

3 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies
  • A small quantity of smooth worsted weight yarn, similar to the one you worked the homework swatch with, but in a contrasting colour
  • A darning needle
  • A crochet hook appropriate for the yarn
  • Two DPNs a size or two smaller than the ones you're using for the swatch
  • A pair of scissors or snips
Materials Fee
None
Homework
You'll need a small swatch of knitting, about 20 stitches, worked in Stockinette (knit right side rows, purl wrong side rows) to a square.  Please use smooth, light coloured worsted weight yarn, and needles you feel are appropriate.  Do not cast off - bring the work still on the needles.

Tunisian Crochet Lace

Teacher
Mary Beth Temple
Prerequisites
Must know Tunisian Simple, Knit and Purl stitches.
Craft
Crochet

You know the basics of Tunisian Crochet — now what?  Take your Tunisian to the next level by learning about more intricate lace stitches, and how to read both Tunisian symbol charts and patterns.  Skills covered:  Tunisian basics review, lace stitches, chart and pattern reading.

3 hours - 25 students max.

Student Supplies
  • Two colors of smooth DK or worsted weight yarn
  • Selection of Tunisian hooks, especially larger sizes
Materials Fee
None
Homework
None

Sunday All Day - April 8

Three-color Houndstooth on a Rigid Heddle Loom

Teacher
Charlotte DesRoches
Prerequisites
Students need to have done some Rigid Heddle Weaving and know how to warp their loom using a warping peg.
Craft
Weaving

Learn the color order for warping and weaving a three color houndstooth pattern on your rigid heddle loom.  The finished piece can later be used as a scarf or sewn into tote bag (examples can be seen during class).

6 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies
  • 10" or 15" Rigid Heddle Loom & stand
  • Warping peg
  • Three stick shuttles
  • Three 4-ounce skeins of worsted weight yarn in 3 colors(Black, Grey & White or 2 shades of blue and 1 white for example)(acrylic yarn is ok for this project)
  • Darning needle
  • Scissors
  • Note pad and pencil
Materials Fee
None
Homework
None

Tablet Weaving:  Two-Sided Delights

Teacher
John Mullarkey
Prerequisites
None
Craft
Weaving

In this workshop we will learn how to design and weave double faced patterns.  This technique is easy to warp and allows for woven figures and lettering.  No previous tablet weaving experience necessary, but concentration is required.

6 hours - 16 students max.

Student Supplies
  • Four balls or cones of 10/2 mercerized or unmercerized cotton or #10 crochet thread.  Each ball should be at least 1 ounce. Two balls of one color, and two balls of one different highly contrasting color.  There will not be time in class to wind off, so please come prepared with four yarn sources.
  • Scissors
  • Students receive 20 cards, 1 shuttle, and documentation.
  • Looms will be provided for use in class.
Materials Fee
$15
Homework
None

Sunday Morning - April 8

Yarn Dom:  Be The Boss Of Your Colorwork

Teacher
Denise Bell
Prerequisites
Ability to execute standard stitches, and work in the round.
Craft
Knitting

In this class we'll tackle a small stranded project to demonstrate yarn dominance.  What is a dominant yarn?  It's the yarn with the prominent visual presence.  How you knit will affect this dominance.

3 hours - 25 students max.

Student Supplies
  • Two high contrast colors of sticky wool
  • Size 3US dpns
  • Darning Needle
  • Crochet hook
  • Scissors
  • Your usual knitting kit
Materials Fee
None
Homework
Using size 3US double point needles with fingering/jumper weight wool, cast on 39 stitches using the long tail method.  Knit 5 rows (garter).  The choice is yours whether you cast on with the dark or the light-colored wool.

Beginning Wheel Spinning

Teacher
Judy Crouch
Prerequisites
None
Craft
Spinning

In this class you will learn the basics of the spinning wheel, the different parts and pieces and how to put this all together to make beautiful yarn!  Spinning is not difficult but it does take practice and there are lots of tips and tricks that will make it more enjoyable as you experience the learning curve.  If you can spin, you can enjoy a limitless array of fiber combinations that are not found in the commercial world of yarns.  And nothing says luxury like knitting, crocheting or weaving with your very own hand spun!

There will be a limited number of wheels available for rent, but you MUST let me know ahead of time that you need one.  If you already have a wheel, practice treadling, controlling your speed, starting and stopping, and keeping the wheel spinning in the same direction.  Your wheel must be in good working condition.  All fibers will be provided for the class.  If you have any questions, please contact me.

3 hours - 12 students max.

Student Supplies
  • Wheel
  • Extra bobbins
  • Oil bottle
Materials Fee
$20 for all fibers, and practice yarns
Homework
Practice treading your wheel if you have one.  Keep the wheel going in one direction and practice changing directions.  Control of your wheel is very important.

Experience Saori Weaving!

Teacher
Sarah Dauro and Kathleen Utts
Prerequisites
Playful curiosity!
Craft
Weaving
Sold Out

Saori-style weaving has recently taken hold in the United States, attracting novice weavers as well as experienced traditional weavers due to its forgiving 'no rules' free-form nature and emphasis on an individual's creative expression.  This class will introduce students to the history and philosophy behind Saori and students will weave 'Saori Style' on pre-warped Saori looms, with all materials provided for creative play.  Participants will learn some techniques used in Saori, focusing on creative use of color and textures, and they will take away an individual piece of art ... perhaps a wall hanging, a scarf or fabric to cover a pillow!

3 hours - 12 students max.

Student Supplies
None
Materials Fee
$15
Homework
None

Designing Knitted Tessellations:  Playful and Powerful Patterns in Practice

Teacher
Franklin Habit
Prerequisites
Students are offered the choice of working in knit/purl texture patterns or in two-color (jacquard) knitting, so those choosing the latter should be adept at it.  A sense of humor, a reasonable ability to concentrate, and a taste for adventure are strongly advised.
Craft
Knitting
Sold Out

An introduction to the fundamental concepts of tessellation:  the creation of interlocking patterns.  Tessellations — motifs which lock together without gaps or overlaps — are as old as design itself.  They can be found in the some of the most ancient examples of human design, and were famously used in the modern era by the artist M.C. Escher.  In this class, we will discuss and put into practice the basic techniques for creating tessellated patterns in hand-knitted fabric.  Participants will leave with the know-how to begin designing their own interlocking motifs.

3 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies
  • Yarn:  Choose solid or semi-solid colors with little or no halo/fuzz to obscure visibility or make ripping back difficult.  Two balls in highly contrasting colors if you wish to work in stranded color work; one ball if you choose to work in knit/purl texture patterns.  (If the latter, white or a light solid color is preferred.)
  • Needles:  Select needles of a size appropriate to the yarn(s) selected, according to your preferred method for swatching (see Pre-requisites, above).
  • Notions:  Stitch markers, scissors, notebook, pencils (not pens) and erasers for sketching, charting, and note-taking.  Colored pencils (two or three) may be useful but are not required.  A roll of cellophane (i.e., Scotch) tape.  Scissors to cut paper.  Four or more 8.5x11 sheets of graph paper ruled in squares at 4 squares/inch (16 squares per square inch).  Such paper is easily procured from drugstores or office supply shops; or can be printed, free, at http://www.printfreegraphpaper.com/ and many other web sites.
Materials Fee
None
Homework
Get a Good Night's Sleep

Spinning the Orenburg Way

Teacher
Galina A. Khmeleva
Prerequisites
General spinning experience
Craft
Spinning

Come join renowned handspinning instructor Galina A. Khmeleva as she introduces you to the magical handspinning techniques of Russian knitters that ultimately result in the creation of arguably the most luxurious shawls and scarves found in the knitting universe.  In this workshop, the emphasis will be on the spinning of luxury fibers, ie. cashmere, qiviut, pygora, paco vicuna etc., and the significance of gauging the proper thickness and length of these fibers, while learning the more economical use of luxury fibers, helping you conserve precious yardage.

3 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies
Note-taking materials (including pencils)
Materials Fee
$5
Homework
None

Modular Corner to Corner

Teacher
Jenny King
Prerequisites
None
Craft
Crochet

Do you love Corner to Corner but find is too cumbersome to carry out of the house?  Or if you have never tried it come learn the regular method and learn Jenny's variation.  Jenny has worked a wonderful variation of Cnr to Cnr where the pieces are worked in manageable pieces.  This is fun and easy and the results are just fabulous.

3 hours - 25 students max.

Student Supplies
  • Variegated yarn or long striping in worsted weight in 3 colors about 200 yds each
  • G and H hooks
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle
Materials Fee
None
Homework
None

Batts in the Belfry:  Spinning Batts

Teacher
Jillian Moreno
Prerequisites
None
Craft
Spinning

Rolled up and twinkling like the most exquisite gifts, batts are unpredictable, mysterious and so beautiful.  Puffy or even, stripes or solid, smooth or bursting with texture, batts are irresistible to buy, but can be a curiosity to spin.  In this class you will spin batts and only batts.  You'll put your hands and wheels to several kinds of batts that vary in texture and color presentation.  You will learn about four different kinds of batts and what you can spin from them.  You'll learn how to:
  • control color flow in a batt
  • spin with or against a batt's inclination
  • control texture in a batt
  • spin for lofty, smooth or wild yarn
We'll even talk about buying batts — sometimes what you see isn't what you get.  You will leave this class batt-happy and ready to conquer any batt that strikes your fancy.

3 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies
  • A wheel in good working order
  • At least three bobbins
  • A lazy kate
  • A niddy noddy
  • Tags to mark samples
  • Pen and paper to take notes.
  • Spindles are also acceptable in this class.
Materials Fee
$50   (Students get 7 batts, custom made for our class to spin. Enough for class and to practice at home.)
Homework
None

Knit Smart

Teacher
Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
Prerequisites
None
Craft
Knitting
Sold Out

See class details Friday afternoon.

Simple Brioche Knitting

Teacher
Lesley Anne Robinson
Prerequisites
Knowledge of knitting, working with two yarns at once, casting on and binding off stitches
Craft
Knitting

See class details Friday morning.

Tunisian Crochet Entrelac

Teacher
Mary Beth Temple
Prerequisites
Must know basic Tunisian crochet stitches
Craft
Crochet

All the fun of knit or single crochet Entrelac, but in Tunisian crochet!  Learn several layouts to plan your projects — and no Tunisian hook is required because you are working on a limited number of stitches at a time.  Skills taught:  Three different layout/orientations of Tunisian Entrelac, a fourth one if time permits.

3 hours - 25 students max.

Student Supplies
  • Three colors of smooth DK or worsted weight yarn
  • Appropriate sized hook
Materials Fee
None
Homework
None

Creative Short Row Knitting

Teacher
Myra Wood
Prerequisites
Must be familiar with short row wrap and turn before taking this class
Craft
Knitting

Short rows aren't just for shaping.  Placing short rows in sweaters, bags, and anything else you can imagine offer endless possibilities.  You'll combine yarns in various colors to create wavy designs without a pattern.  Great to combine with other freeform techniques!  You'll also learn how to incorporate short rows into existing patterns.

3 hours - 25 students max.

Student Supplies
  • Six balls (25 yards or more) #4 (worsted weight) yarn that are all the same weight, in any fiber
  • 4.5mm/US 7 circular needles with at least a 20" cable
  • 6 removable stitch markers or safety pins
  • Sharp scissors
  • Notebook and pen or pencil with an eraser
  • Stitch markers
  • Blunt tapestry needles (large and small)
  • Flexible tape measure
  • Small calculator
  • Needles & crochet hooks of various sizes
Materials Fee
None
Homework
Before attending class you need to be familiar with basic short rows; wrapping & turning and picking up wraps from both sides of the fabric.  How to do basic short rows will not be covered.
Using size US 7 circular needles and worsted weight yarn, cast on 30 stitches and knit 2 rows.
Row 3:  Knit to stitch 24, wrap and turn stitch 25.
Row 4 and all WS rows:  Purl to end of row.
Row 5:  Knit to stitch 19, wrap and turn stitch 20.
Row 7:  Knit to stitch 14, wrap and turn stitch 15.
Row 9:  Pick up all wraps and knit to end of row, then turn and purl to end of the next (WS) row, cut a 5 inch tail but leave all sts live on needles.
Note:  you should be familiar with wrap & turns and picking up wraps from both sides of the fabric.  It's all covered in the tutorials ... in detail!

Sunday Afternoon - April 8

Master Your Electric Spinner!

Teacher
Mary Berry
Prerequisites
Students should already be able to spin a basic yarn on their electric spinner.
Craft
Spinning

When you first purchase an electric spinner, you're happy to be able to spin anything on it without losing control!  This class is designed to move you to the next phase in your spinning by showing you how to convince your spinner to spin and ply the yarn YOU want to spin.  Thick, thin, worsted or woolen, artsy or not — take control and master your electric spinner!

3 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies
  • Your electric spinner and its various cords, pedals, and other attachments
  • Three bobbins
  • Threading hook
  • Lazy kate
  • A battery for your spinner if you have one
Materials Fee
None
Homework
None

Learn to Spin on a Hand Spindle

Teacher
Leef Bloomenstiel
Prerequisites
None
Craft
Spinning

One of the oldest spinning tools is the hand spindle.  They have been found all over the world in just about every culture.  Learn how to make good functional yarns using this simple tool.

3 hours - 15 students max.

Student Supplies
  • A top or bottom whorl hand spindle
  • About 6 ounces of roving with at least 4-6 inch fiber length
Materials Fee
None
Homework
None

Photographing Your Fiber

Teacher
Franklin Habit
Prerequisites
None
Craft
All
Sold Out

Bring your own camera and a project or two, and learn the basics of lighting, depth of field, styling and common fiber-photography problems, like capturing true color, capturing stitch definition and photographing lace.  You don't need fancy equipment to make good photographs — the emphasis will be on getting the best possible images using your camera and materials already at hand.

3 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies
  • Camera (preferably digital); phone cameras are welcome
  • Camera manual (if available)
  • A selection of one or two projects to play with
  • Notebook and pen or pencil
Materials Fee
None
Homework
None

Knitting 911

Teacher
Sony Hartley
Prerequisites
Basic knitting skills
Craft
Knitting

First aid for knitting.  Take the fear out if knitting by learning to "read" your knitting to catch mistakes early, as well as fix dropped stitches, twisted stitches, back up safely, lifelines and read gauge.  Lots of tips and tricks along the way.

3 hours - 15 students max.

Student Supplies
  • Skein of light-colored worsted weight yarn
  • Size 9 or 10 knitting needles
  • Size F or G crochet hook
  • Scissors
Materials Fee
None
Homework
None

Felted Fungus Among Us

Teacher
Joyce Hazlerig
Prerequisites
Any previous felting is good (but I can also work with novices)
Craft
Needle Felting

There's a fungus among us!  Make needle felted mushrooms and toadstools; a little piece of felted forest floor perfect for a faux terrarium!  Participants will needle felt delicate morels and fungi and create a little piece of ground to "plant" them in.  We will use rich colors in red, oranges and saffrons, as well earthy browns and grays!  There will be plenty of greens; lichens, moss and forest colored locks.  Fiber supplies, felting tools and needles will be provided.

3 hours - 12 students max.

Student Supplies
Any fancy soup bowl, or teacup or glass ivy bowl in which to "plant" their creation from class (not strictly necessary just an option).  Joyce will have additional felting tools for sale in the classroom as an option for students to purchase if they choose to do so.
Materials Fee
$20
Homework
None

Russian-Style Continental Knitting - a Variation On a Theme

Teacher
Galina A. Khmeleva
Prerequisites
Basic knitting experience
Craft
Knitting

See class details Saturday morning.

Solomon's Knot

Teacher
Jenny King
Prerequisites
Must be able to do ch
Craft
Crochet

Learn how to master this lovely little knot to make a shopping bag and work in the round.  Discover the ease of making the knots into a gorgeous triangular shawl that is super light and lacy, or work a flat piece of fabric with the Knot.  This class is easy enough for the beginner but it intriguing enough for a more advanced crocheter.  Solomon's knot is a delicate form of fabric construction that uses the least amount of yarn possible.  Transform lace weight yarn into a gossamer shawl that doesn't strain the eyes to make.  Lacy and light it is perfect stitch for an environmentally friendly string bag too.  Learn how to make Solomon's knot in the round, in a triangle and how to keep rectangular edges straight.  It is s simple yet elusive technique that give you results fast.  You will be in love with what is sometimes called Lovers Knot.

3 hours - 25 students max.

Student Supplies
  • Worsted weight in a light color, about 200 yds each
  • Small amounts of mohair or ribbon yarn to experiment with if desired (not required)
  • G and H hooks
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle
Materials Fee
None
Homework
None

Twist and Ply:  The Difference Ply and Twist Direction
Make to Your Knitting

Teacher
Jillian Moreno
Prerequisites
None
Craft
Spinning

Have you ever knit with your handspun and something just wasn't right?  Maybe your cables were floppy or your lace wasn't open enough?  The answer may lie in your chosen ply.  The answer may also lie in the direction of twist and your style of knitting, or a combination of both.  In this class, we'll spin and knit while exploring the effect ply and have on knitted fabric.  Together we'll answer these questions:
  • What makes cables pop?
  • How to ply for open lace
  • What about singles for nitting?
  • What is chain plying good for?
  • Why use more than 2 plies?
  • Does the way I knit add more twist to my knitting or do I lose twist?
  • How do I compensate for twist loss or gain in yarn?
We'll also discuss the effects fiber breeds and blends, preparation, and woolen and worsted drafting can have on plying.

3 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies
  • A wheel in good working order
  • At least three bobbins
  • A lazy kate
  • A niddy noddy
  • Tags to mark samples
  • Pen and paper to take notes.
Materials Fee
$20
Homework
Please spin on two bobbins some singles in the reverse direction that you usually spin (for most spinners it will be S/left/counter clockwise), about 20%-25% full.  Use a solid or natural colored fiber, any breed or blend you like to spin.  Use your default draft and size for the yarn.

Grok the Sock

Teacher
Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
Prerequisites
Beginners should be able to cast on and off, knit and purl, increase and decrease and must have experience working in the round.
Craft
Knitting
Sold Out

See class details Thursday afternoon.

Two Color Crochet — One at a Time

Teacher
Mary Beth Temple
Prerequisites
Confident in basic stitches
Craft
Crochet

Don't let colorwork scare you — there are many different types of stitches you can crochet while working with only one color of yarn at a time, and without leaving any ugly floats.  In this class you will learn several colorful stitches, including those utilizing post stitches, surface chains, and reversible patterns.  Skills taught:  Post stitches, shell stitches, surface chains, enclosed stitches.

3 hours - 25 students max.

Student Supplies
Three colors of smooth, light-colored DK or worsted weight with appropriate crochet hook
Materials Fee
None
Homework
None

Conquer Your Fear of Double Points!

Teacher
Stacey Trock
Prerequisites
Student should be comfortable with a cast on and the knit stitch
Craft
Knitting

Double point needles don't need to be scary!  In this class, you'll learn the tips and tricks for using double point needles, which are very handy for knitting small pieces in the round (such as thumbs of mittens, socks and tops of hats).  You may even end up LIKING them!

We'll knit a miniature hat in the course of this class.  You'll learn to cast on over multiple double points, rearrange your stitches and prevent laddering (those ugly gaps that happen in between needles).  We'll also discuss how to know how many needles to use, talk about reading patterns with double points and review tips for making sure your stitches stay put while knitting & transporting your work. Who's ready to conquer their fear?

3 hours - 25 students max.

Student Supplies
  • Approx. 100 yards of yarn (fingering to worsted)
  • Appropriate size double point needles
  • Standard notions (scissors, stitch markers, etc.)
Materials Fee
None
Homework
None

Tubular Crochet Jewelry

Teacher
Myra Wood
Prerequisites
None
Craft
Crochet

Tubular bead crochet creates gorgeous hand beaded rope designs for necklaces, bracelets and lariats in an endless variety of colors and designs.  Tubular bead crochet can be tricky but I'll show you tips and tricks to make the whole experience fun and fast to create your own beautiful jewelry.  Once you get started you won't want to stop!  I'll cover the best beads to use, how to start and many variations to make even and spiral ropes using different sized beads.  We'll work on a sample in class but you'll leave with a set of instructions with lots of ideas for bracelets and necklaces too.  I'll also cover how to finish the bracelet or necklace with different findings.

3 hours - 25 students max.

Student Supplies
  • Approx. 50-100 size 8 seed beads in each of three bright contrasting colors
  • One ball of size 10 perle cotton thread in grey, beige, or ivory
  • Size 8, 9 or 10us / 1.3-1.4mm steel crochet hook
  • One safety pin or safety-pin type removable marker
Materials Fee
None
Homework
None
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