If we don't have enough participants for a class we cancel it 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 it may already be full!
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
Sock Yarn Dye Day - Sat June 11th 9:30 - 11:30
Sort of a cross between and "Event" and a "Class", this morning session is part social and part tutorial! At 9:30 before opening the store, I will demonstrate how to dye a skein of sock yarn and then I'll leave you all to have the fun of choosing your own colors (I'll have dyes already made up for you-lots of colors which you can blend for even more colors!) and dyeing a skein of sock yarn which you''ll then steam in the steamer to set. Try to make a pattern like I dyed above, or just create a gradient of 1 color or between several....or squirt multiple colors on randomly for a variegated effect!
Between customers, I'll check in to answer any questions, but the demonstration (and I'll have step by step instructions posted in the workshop) will cover what you need to do.
It is really easy. And fun! And having a portable pair of socks cast on for your on-the-go summer knitting is perfect!
While your sock yarn steams, you can enjoy the company of other participants and sit and knit, or examine the many sock samples I'll have out for you to see. Each with a different toe and/or heel construction than you may be fmailiar with! Most sock knitters knit a "standard" a-la-Ann Norling sock. Which is fine in many cases. But everyone's feet are different and you may discover that one of the different toe or heels is better for you! Or even if you don't need a different fit, you may just find it fun to try something new and different this summer!
Fee includes the skein of sock yarn: $26
Pre-registration/[prepayment is necessary since I need to be sure to have a white skein for each participant in stock and it needs to be configured ahead of time for dyeing. Therefore, registration closes Sat May 28th. So don't wait to the last minute!!!
Felting Workshops with Katia Mokeyeva -August 2016
I'm excited to be able to bring Yekaterina Mokeyeva here for a week in August 2016 for the following 3 felting workshops. You can learn more about this artist from her website
If you decide to join us for one or more of her classes and are coming from afar (i.e. need to book a plane ticket), PLEASE do not book airfare or distant travel until you have heard from us that your spot is confirmed (in the past, I've had people book their flight before I even received their mailed registration for a class that was full already!).
I update the website only once per week, so if the class fills on a Saturday and I don't update it until Tuesday, you may be misled to thinking there is still space in the workshop if you look at the site on Monday.
The Hooded Vest and the Goddess Shawl classes are being held at the Old Brick Church (2 blocks from here) so that everyone has a couple tables to themselves and lots of elbow room!
Textures of the Forest will be held here at the store (since they are smaller projects) and the class size for this workshop is being held to 10 to be sure participants have elbow room!
Felted Vest with Katia Mokeyeva- This Workshop is FULL, but taking names for waitlist
Monday - Wednesday August 1-3, 2016 9-4 each day Class limit - 12 Check back for more pictures of vests....coming soon...and be sure to click thru to her website/facebook page (see link above) to see more of her work!
In this workshop, you will create a seamless vest with a hood or a big collar. You will begin by creating a pattern for the garment, based on individual measurements.
Next, you will work on the idea for the details in the surface design. The final stage will be the nuno-felting of the garment, the use of decorative techniques and the creation of smooth color transitions, as well as all finishing touches. Students will create exciting effects (with the use of a sander or without) during this workshop.
Skill level: intermediate to advanced.
Price for 3 days of instruction: $450
This workshop will be held at the Old Brick Church, two blocks from the store.
Goddess Shawl with Katia Mokeyeva (workshop is full)
Thursday & Friday August 4 & 5th, 2016 9 - 4 each day Class limit - 12
Check out her website for other pictures (link above) of the types of shawls she creates
In this class, we create a wrap that actually sits on the shoulders and stays in place, all while looking beautiful. We will learn how to make and combine different layouts in order to create a soft and strong felted fabric that drapes wonderfully and holds its shape where needed. We will study various surface techniques, and the way to compose with different colors and textures to yield a complete, harmonious piece.
This class is suitable for beginner to intermediate felt makers.
This workshop will be held at the Old Brick Church, two blocks from the store
Textures of the Forest with Katia Mokeyeva - 1 spot are open (as of 4/12)
Saturday & Sunday August 6 & 7th, 2016 9-4 each day
Check out her website for other pictures (link above)
Students will be creating summer cuffs and small light scarves. Katia will bring a lot of samples with her. Each student will create at least two different lightweight and fun designs with the use of different nuno-felting and felting techniques. You will learn how to work with small detailed designs, thin prefelts, contrasting colors, accenting threads, various textures, free form edges, how to incorporate different fibers, lace and fabrics to come up with elegant and fun accessories. Students will learn the technique of using a sander during this workshop.
Price : $275
This workshop will be held at the store.
Felt Hat Workshop with Eugenie Von Orischot Sat & Sunday Oct 8th and 9th 10 - 4 both days
Join Dutch milliner Eugenie von Orishot for this inspiring and fun hat making weekend. More details about her will be posted shortly - it's 10 and I need to open! YIKES.
No felting experience is necessary. No previous hat making experience is required either!
That's right. If you felt, you are welcome/encouraged to make your own felt for this workshop, but Eugenie is not a felter herself and uses commercial felt (which I'll have available for the workshop for those who don't have their own felt).
In this class she'll walk you thru the conception, design, cutting and hand stitching of 2 fabulous hats! A milliner experienced with other mediums like sinamay and buckram, Eugenie has all the couture techniques in hat making to share and can help you design and create a wonderful hat from pre-made felt (commercial or hand made) sheets. So if you are a felter and want to make some gorgeous sheets of felt before class and use them in the workshop that is terrific. But if you don't felt, no worries! This is a chance for you to learn the art of hat making using commercial felt!
Instruction fee: $300
Dye Lab - Online
Running thru May 30th.
For more information or to register, check out this page.
In short, this online class will cover 4 approaches to dyeing. Chemical dyeing (kettle and handpainting fiber and yarn and fabric), Natural Dyeing yarn and fiber, Eco-Printing, and Block Printing on silk and felt
Felt Hat Workshop - Online
Running May 8th - Oct 15th
For more information and to register, check out this page.
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.