We make go-no
go decisions about classes AT LEAST 1 week in advance of the class date (sometimes
2-3 weeks in advance if the instructor is coming from far away), so if
you really want to take a workshop, don't wait until the last minute to
sign up or the class may get cancelled or may fill up.
register for any of these classes, you need to print the registration
form and mail it in with a check or your VISfA/MC info for the amount
of the instruction fee only. Materials fees will be collected at the time of class.
may sign up at the store as well, but no sign up is taken over the phone
as we require the filled out registration form.
If you have a group of 4 or more who are interested in a particular topic, we can schedule a class around your group.
Be sure to check out our Events page for other gatherings of interest.
Online Felt Boot Workshop
Will run Oct 15th thru Jan 15th. For more information or to register, click here.
Felting Workshops with Andrea Noeski-Porada!
I'm so excited to have Andrea Noeski-Porada coming from Germany this October to share her inspiring and exciting techniques for Felted Foldings (stole/scarf/wall hanging 3 day workshop) and Patterned Reconstructed Felts (2 days for a wall hanging, trivet or coasters) Sign up for both workshops below and enjoy more than a 20% discount on taking either alone.
Go ahead....indulge in a 5 day creative retreat for yourself! Cost for both classes $525.00
Healthy lunch and something chocolate/sweet included!
Patterned Reconstructed Felt Workshop with Andrea Noeske-Porada...Oct 11th & 12th (Sat & Sun) 10 -4
Inspired by Aboriginal designs, Andrea developed this unique technique for creating very intricate and detailed designs in thick wool. In this intensive 2 day workshop, you'll learn Andrea's technique for creating dimensional prefelts which will then be cut and reconstructed in a different way. You will start by making cords, stripes and dots and felting them into a bed of wool to create a "prefelt" that is about 1/2" thick (so not the type of loosely felted prefelts you might be used to!). Then these dimensional pieces will be cut in specific ways to expose the internal design elements which will then be rearranged into an original and unique design and felted AGAIN! into a flat piece (think 10 x 10 or 8 x 11 ish) which could become a wall hanging, trivet, coaster, etc.
Instruction fee:$275 (sign up for this class and the 3 day class described below and save on both!)
Fiber for class available at class discount at the store.
Felt Foldings Workshop. ... with Andrea Noeske-Porada
October 8th, 9th, 10th (Wed, Thurs, Fri) 10 - 5
Join Andrea for this 3 day workshop and learn this fabulous technique for origami-like folded felts! You'll start by folding some paper models to develop a plan, then work on several prefelt samples to learn her specific technique for the prefelt pieces. Then with this basic understanding and some hands on experience with her techniques under your belt, toward the end of the second day Andrea will guide each participant thru a project of their choice - wall hanging, stole? The last day and a half each participant will spend working thru their own project with Andrea's expert advice.
This workshop will be held at the Old Brick Church a block down from the store so everyone has lots of room and their own 8 ft table to work on.
Instruction fee: $400 (if you register for the full 5 days with Andrea the cost of each class is discounted - see above)
Fiber purchased for class at the store will receive a class discount.
Learn to Spin - Oct 14, 21, & 28 6:30 - 8:30
Learn all the fundamentals of spinning yarn on a wheel in this 3 week workshop and you'll never look at yarn the same way again!
I originally took spinning up to slow down my knitting. And probably because one of my sisters learned and was loving it (gotta' keep up one's siblings, right?).
It took a while (my brother in law still laughs that when I started I used both hands and both feet - the joke here being that my spinning wheel only needed 1 foot!) but I think, like me, you'll be hooked on both the meditative nature of this process (okay, so maybe not the first night!) as well as the exciting possibilities of designing and creating your own unique yarn to knit with!
By the end of class you'll have a completed a 2 ply skein of yarn and have a much greater understanding of yarn and wool, so even if you decide you don't like it and don't pursue spinning further... you'll make better decisions about yarn for your knitting (or weaving) projects in the future! (tho' I'd estimate over the 17 years of teaching here that about 85% of those who take the beginning spinning class, do continue on with it to some degree!),
You'll learn the difference between worsted and woolen spun yarn and the pros and cons of each. You'll be taught how (even if execution is still in need of practice) to make a thicker gauge yarn for a bulky sweater or a finer gauge laceweight for a shawl! And you'll know how to ply strands and achieve a balanced 2 ply yarn. Plus you'll leave with a much greater understanding of the characteristics of wool and an appreciation of different breeds wool and how best to use that knowledge when choosing a pattern or a project to next knit!
We'll start from scratch with raw wool, wash it, card it and spin it.
Price includes the use of the wheel, all handouts and the fiber you'll spin. $95
Intrigued to learn a bit of history and explore two ancient fiber traditions that are alive and well today?
Maybe you're curious about felting or spinning but don't want to invest a lot of time or money to really get into either in a big way?
So check out these next two "sampler" classes I've planned. Just a half day of each....so you can "dip your toes in" and see what they're all about!
I'll work in some really interesting historical notes too while showing you the basics of each technique so whether you ever try either again, you'll have fun in class, leave with an historical appreciation of both, and have something to show from each!
Take either individually, or sign up for the full day, and save $15!
Felt a Flower - Saturday October 4th 1-4
Learn the basic technique of traditional wet felting and have fun with color while creating 2 beautiful flowers...each by a different technique! This class is great for kids as well as adults. You'll learn a bit of history, be amazed at what wool can do, and have fun working with your hands and color. I made a bunch a few years ago to put in my window boxes outside (photo left)....you could keep your kids busy for hours having them felt a bouquet for grandma...or a corsage for the prom.....or table flowers for an upcoming wedding....or just to put in a vase on the counter for the winter if, like me, you subject live house plants to continual drought!
Instruction fee includes all materials: $35
Or take both this and the Drop Spindling Basics below for just $50
Drop Spindling Basics- Give it a Whorl! Saturday October 4th 10 -12 noon.
Intrigued to try your hand at spinning but not sure you want to invest in a wheel?
Or maybe you just want to experience how the Eqyptians, Greeks, Romans....well really every culture up until the Middle Ages when the spinning wheel was developed....made all their yarn. Imagine this....all the fabrics for the Roman Togas and for the Phoenician sails and for the Egyptian mummies were woven from yarn spun on this really simple tool-the drop spindle! It's really quite amazing if you think about it. And if you consider that every culture came up with a drop spindle, even independent of trade with distant shores.....and they are the same basic construction!
Intrigued yet? It's just a couple of hours on Saturday morning. And it's probably going to rain that day anyway (and if not, we can hold class in the garden so you don't miss out!), so come join me and learn the basics of spinning yarn on a drop spindle.
Instruction fee includes the fiber and use of a spindle: $30 (And if you decide to buy a spindle, I'll give you $5 toward it for taking the class!)
Or take both this and the Felt a Flower above for just $50.
Strickmuster: The Beautiful Twisted Stitch Patterns Of Austria with Candace Eisner-Strict Sat & Sun Nov 8 & 9 2014
Join knitwear designer and teacher Candace Eisner-Strict for 2 wonderful days exploring the traditional techniques and designs of Austria!
These gorgeous patterns wind and twist around each other in complicated and intricate designs, but actually are done using only two basic techniques without the use of a cable needle.
First you will sample some of the 174 charming patterns while learning how to read the charts. Once you are comfortable with working the charts, you’ll start a small project of either a hat (cowl?), mittens, socks/XMAS stocking, or hand warmers. Pictured above are examples of, reading left to right, the calf of a knee sock, a bag, a mitten and a XMAS stocking.
The teacher will collect a small materials fee (under $5) from each student at the time of class to cover handouts and consumables.
Students will need about 2 ounces of smooth textured, light colored wool yarn in worsted weight for sampling. Please note: yarns with nubs, slubs, fuzz, or thick and thin is not appropriate, nor will variegated yarns show the pattern well--some good brands are Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride, Cascade 220-- and appropriately sized double pointed needles, about one dozen stitch markers, and Post It Notes or some kind of system for keeping your place on a chart (we have an excellent chart reader available at the store for $14). Having the correct yarn to learn with is very important! If you are comfortable to work in the round using 2 circulars or 1 long circular (magic loop method), you are welcome to bring those needles instead of dpns.
Depending on what project you choose, the following materials are recommended for your actual project: 2 skeins (100 gms) of Louet Gems Sport Weight Merino yarn for mittens, 1 skein for hat or hand warmers, 2 skeins Louet Gems Fingering Weight Merino for socks. Please bring an assortment of needle sizes for working in the round .
As always, students enjoy a class discount on materials purchased at the store for class. I stock 220, Lamb's Pride and both Gems sport and Fingering yarns.
Instruction fee for both days: $250.00
Baltic Mittens Tues Nov 4th, 11, and 18th 6:30 - 8:30
Come cruise the Baltic with me, figuratively of course, thru an exploration of mittens from around that sea. We'll look at the similarities and differences, the wools, colors and motifs, thumb gussets and edgings from Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Sweden, and Norway! And on the way, learn something about their sheep, their fiber traditions and their techniques!
I first knit a pair of Norwegian mittens back in 1983 when I was auditing a class as a UVM undergrad. I gifted them to a college roomate.....she was still talking about them 12 years ago when we got together for a dinner reunion!
About that same time that Nancy reminded about those Norwegian mittens, and inspired by Anna Zilboorg's book, I went thru a phase of knitting Latvian mittens and exploring the various edgings they are known for as well as their patterns (photo shown far right), thumb gusset and knitting from the tip back to the cuff.
When I visited Norway 8 years ago, I fell in love with the pair pictured above (far left) which I bought from an antique shop outside Bergen. It involved some very diffferent techniques which I later discovered in a lovely book, Handplagg and which I've been exploring techniques from this summer.
Then before visiting Gotland a few years ago I spun up some lovely American Gotland fleece - just to get in the mood - and I knit some knitting accessory bags for my sisters using that yarn and some patterns from an old out of print mitten book from Gotland.
There is some overlap and similarities in the mittens from the Baltic region, but there are also many differences. So join me in knitting a Baltic inspired mitten (I'll have several patterns to choose from) and we'll explore the similarities, differences, types of wool typically used and the color schemes traditional to the region.
I LOVE knitting and wearing elaborate mittens (it's like wearing special jewelry) and so in anticipation of working up some new patterns based on the designs of this region, this summer I dyed up a Vermont Border Leicester yarn in some traditional colors and have been working on several patterns for the class.
I look forward to be able to share with you some traditional techniques as well as my passion for these lovely "hand jewelries" this fall!
Instruction fee includes pattern and all handouts: $55
You can bring your own yarn or buy it here at the class discount.
Skill Building for Knitters Wed Nov 5, 12 & 19 6:30 - 8:00
Last fall I offered this workshop and we did 3 different skills (short row, entrelac, 2 color knitting) and the workshop was popular, so I decided to offer it again but with 3 new skills.
This year it is the "3 I's" .... no not me, myself and I! But "inlay" (as in the glove shown left), "intarsia" (as in the frog and the Noro Wrap, middle) and "intrigue". Okay, so the "intrigue" is really "mosaic" knitting (as in the trivet shown right), which I find intriguingly simple for the surface texture and design it creates)!
In this workshop, we don't "make" any finished piece, but work with your odds and ends of yarn from your stash to learn the technique on a swatch. At the end of class, I'll show you samples of finished projects you can make using the technique learned so if you want to practice the new technique, you have some project ideas to choose from.
Bring scrap yarn and needles appropriate for the scrap yarn you bring (when learning anything new, it is best to work with something in the 4-5 sts/inch and US 7 - 9) . You'll want at least a half a ball each of at least 2, preferably 3, colors in the same gauge.
Instruction includes any handouts: $35
Nuno Felt Scarf - Sat Oct 25th 10 - 5 (class size limited to 6)
Even if you've never felted before, you can join me for this class and learn the ins and outs of "nuno" felting fine fibers into silk to create a drapeable soft and fine fabric. We'll be making a scarf, but this is the technique you can use to create light weight fabric to cut and sew or quilt with, as well.
And once you've mastered this, you can learn to create a seamless garment in nuno felt in the spring with Linda (see below).
If you've done some traditional wet felting, this class will expand your knowledge and teach you the important nuances to making a good nuno felt (there is a lot of really awful nuno felt out there that isn't done well) , including a review of the types of fabrics (it doesn't have to be silk and yet it can be many kinds of silk) and fibers (short? long? fine? coarse?) to look for when creating a piece for your intended project.
Instruction fee includes the silk and 1 color of merino (you get to choose), as well as access to my fiber scrap bin for lots of bits of other colors for contrast): $95
You may choose to purchase other colors or a different type of fiber (I stock a merino-bombyx hand painted blend that has been popular among participants in the past) if you want, but with what is provided in class you can make a beautiful scarf (see photo right for those that participants in a previous class did).
Nuno Felted Seamless Tunic with Linda Veilleux - Sat & Sun Mar 14 & 15 2015
Join couture seamstress and felter extraordinaire for a weekend workshop in the spring to design and felt a seamless, sleeveless summer tank/tunic using hand dyed silk and merino wool!
In this class you will learn to take proper body measurements, make a resist and felt a garment that fits your body to a T. Linda will show you how to first make a sample and then, using silk and Merino wool, construct a Tunic without seams. You will go home with a one-of-a-kind lightweight wearable garment.
You can certainly find others teaching seamless garment construction, and some very accomplished felters among them, but what Linda brings to the table above and beyond the ability to clearly teach the seamless technique that I or any number of other felters could teach you, is that she is truly a professional seamstress who has studied with some of the big names in couture sewing so she really understands the body and garments and fit ...on top of felting! So if you have wanted to learn this technique in felting, Linda is the one to learn from!
Shown above are two examples completed by participants in one of Linda's previous workshops.
If you haven't done any felting before and are interested in taking this workshop, check out our Nuno Felt Scarf workshop (scroll up one) scheduled for the fall to learn all the basics you'll need to move onto a more challenging project like this seamless tunic.
Class limit: 6 Instruction fee: $250
A materials list will be sent to registrants, but from a general materials cost standpoint (much of this depends on the size you are making and how "lightweight" you make it!), figure you'll need 3-4 yards of silk (chiffon or paj, dyed or not) and anywhere from 4-12 ounces of fine merino wool, and felting soap.
Needle Felted Fiber Ornaments Sat Dec 6th 1 - 5
CAUTION....if you have an addictive personality, this may not be a good class to take!! Once you learn the basics of needle felting, you may never stop.
In this afternoon workshop, I'll show you how to mold raw wool into a holiday ornament (just since it is the season!) using just wool and a felting needle. Making a Santa will introduce you to the method for shaping anything you want..... from pets to wild animals, gnomes (such as the one shown right) to ferries,, mushrooms to roses...whatever strikes your fancy.
This technique is also great for creating lovely wall hangings and table runners such as those shown below. The possibilities are endless.
This technique can be done in the living room or in the car and require no water and really only lap space so it is a really portable craft. And kids (as long as you feel they are old/mature enough to handle the specially designed and sharp needle - this is not a sewing needle that is used) have great fun with it as well.
Instruction fee includes the fiber, 2 needles and a high density foam base to work on: $55
Dye Lab - after the holidays - Feb 2015
Felt Rugs Friday, Sat & Sun Jan 16, 17 & 18 2015 More photos to come
Learn 3 different approaches/techniques for rug making. We'll start off by looking at three styles/techniques and discussing their differences and then you can either choose 1 of them to make a small area rug (approx 2 x 4) OR you may choose to explore all three techniques while making placemats.
Note that making a rug is an undertaking - even 2 x 4 and requires 2 long days during which you will be standing a lot. And felting that amount of wool is not easy (wool, when wet is about 3 times heavier than it is dry). So keep that in mind when deciding about registration.
Also keep in mind that rugs take a lot of wool, so your materials cost will reflect that.
Felters.......Save these Dates (and a couple more to come)
Marjolein Dallinga, will be here for a workshop Nov 13 - 15, 2015. Details of the class description and cost will be posted shortly. In the meantime, you can view her inspiring work at Bloomfelt.com
Yekaterina Mokeyeva will be here April 22 - 26 2015....details about the workshops being finalized shortly, so check out her exciting accessories at https://www.etsy.com/shop/FeuerUndWasser
Free Clinics: Knitting, Spinning & Weaving- these meet 6 p.m. - 7 p.m on the dates specified
These are free, but space is limited, they won't run unless I have at least 3 people registered .... AND..... they will be cancelled a week ahead of time if registration is not met.
Magic Loop (or, how to avoid using double pointed needles for a mitten, hats or sock!) Sept 18 Bring scrap yarn (enough to cast on about 48 sts and knit a few rows, and needles of appropriate size for yarn gauge
Seams & Seaming - Let's get those pieces put together and put together nicely.Oct 16 Bring your sweater pieces, a Chibi/wool needle and your yarn.
Planning a Weaving Project - For those new to weaving or who maybe haven't woven in a while and need a refresher, I'll review the ins and outs of planning a project (from loom limitations to consider to calculating the yardage required, to figuring stripes, options for winding the warp etc). Nov 20 Bring a calculator, pencil and paper....and of course, an idea of what you want to weave along with a sample of your yarn
Drum it Up! - whether you felt or spin, you will have a blast blending bits and pieces of lovely fibers to create a one-of-a-kind batt to play with. You'll get an introduction to using a drum carder and leave with an exciting batt you designed. Bring yourself....and a friend?! Dec 11
Bene: You must prepay to confirm your spot in a class. Fees paid to confirm
a spot are NOT refundable if you, for any reason, cannot attend. If the
class is cancelled by the teacher or store, then a full refund will be
issued. Don't register unless you are sure you can participate, but don't
delay since most classes fill quickly. In the event you sign up and can't
make the class, you are welcome to send someone in your spot, but you
are responsible for finding your replacement and making whatever financial
arrangements between yourselves.