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.
The classes are listed in chronological order below. I updated the list 11/4....the spinning and knitting classes being offered in 2015 are not yet posted....hopefully I'll have them figured out by early Dec.
Felting Fundamentals - Sat Feb 21st 1 - 5 pm
Join me for a full day exploring all aspects of wet felting. From the differences between the way different breeds of sheep felt to several different ways to lay the wool out as well as to explore the variety of tools that can be used in the process and why you might choose one type of wool and one set of tools for one project and a different wool and different set of tools for the next! You'll have fun playing with color and seeing how to use various forms of silk and yarn to embellish felt while you learn to "paint with wool". And you'll learn to felt with a "resist" (the basis for making hats, boots, slippers, etc) and will leave with a small needle pouch like that pictured above (with your own design, of course!).
Instruction fee includes all handouts and materials: $55.00 (minimum of 4 required to run the class)
Felt Rugs Friday evening 6 - 8 Feb 13th, plus Sat & Sun Feb 14th and 15th 10 - 5 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 OR you may choose to explore all three techniques on a small scale ( placemats?)...it's up to you.
Note that making a rug is an undertaking - even 2 x 4 and requires 2 full 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), but it is really rewarding .... and if you have a pet, they will LOVE you for it!! So just eat your Wheaties before class!
Workshop Fee (does not include fiber): $175
Online Felt Boot Workshop
Will run Oct 15th thru Jan 15th. For more information or to register, click here.
Nuno Felted Seamless Tunic with Linda Veilleux - Sat & Sun Mar 14 & 15 2015 - Full.
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.
Butterfly Shawl or Skirt with Jean Gauger July 9- 11th
Join Jean for a wonderful 3 days designing a lovely nuno felt shawl or skirt. She'll guide you thru various design elements she uses in her "butterfly shawls".
In this three day class you will learn how to make a nuno butterfly art tunic, which can also be worn as a beautifully draped skirt or shawl by making super light nuno felt. You will be given all the tips and techniques needed to help make your own unique piece. You will have the choice of making the original butterfly shawl, the larger more abstract tunic/shawl/skirt or by cutting into it a sleeveless vest. Also, you will be shown different types of silks and how to lay out merino roving in combination with lovely embellishments including silk hankies, tussah silk, bamboo, and various novelty yarns.
This is a rather large project but with a 3-day workshop you will have ample time to plan and layout your project along with new ways for the felting and fulling process.
Nuno experience only this is not a beginner class.
Included in the price of the 3 day workshop is a gournet lunch (interesting salads, a hot dish/casserole/soup, cheese/coldcuts, dessert, chocolate, etc).
Instruction fee: $475 for 3 great days of felting and 3 great meals!
Felter's "Building Dimension" Special -
this offer cannot be used in conjunction with the Frequent Felter's Program, but if you don't qualify for that yet, you can enjoy a 15% savings on the Registration/Instruction fees if you sign up for BOTH of the next 2 exciting felting workshops here:
A Journey of Experimental Discovery with Marjolein Dallinga
3-D Hollow Forms with Dagmar Binder.
So instead of paying a total of $900 for both ($450 each) , it would be $765 (including 6 great lunches) for 6 FABULOUS days of felting creativity in 2015
3-D Hollow Forms and Bags with Dagmar Binder Sept 3 - 5 2015
Those of you who joined in on the workshop with Dagmar here a couple of years ago will be happy to hear she is coming back to share her latest techniques and approaches to felting. This time, its 3-D hollow forms and bags! Although many of the techniques you'll learn for creating 3-D dimensions while making the hollow form can be applied to wearables, in this class we'll get her expert guidance and creative approach to apply surface dimension to a hollow form...like a new bag!
And who doesn't love a new bag to go with your latest nuno garment? Or with your latest felt scraf or coat?
So join us for 3 lovely days of creativity and fiber fun with Dagmar and make rock a new felt bag!
Included in the price of the 3 day workshop is a gournet lunch (interesting salads, a hot dish/casserole/soup, cheese/coldcuts, dessert, chocolate, etc). Instruction fee: $450 for 3 great days of felting and 3 great meals!
Sculptural Felting: A Journey of Experimental Discovery with Marjolein Dallinga Nov 13 - 15, 2015 10am - 5pm each day with 1 hour lunch break
You don't create art, it already exists. You just have to let it come to you - let it out without attachment to the outcome.
That, in a nutshell, sums up Marjolein's very successful approach to felting. Join Marjolein for a journey of discovery of what felt can do and be and how to let the art come to you!
About this 3 day workshop, Marjolein says "it will deepen your consciousness about the experience learned from sculpting with felt and other fibers. We will explore different sculpting form ideas to become more aware of how and why we want to use this medium. We will focus on basics like color and design conceptions of our art work".
Students will be challenged to play with their own design ideas, guided by Marjolein thru various felting techniques and approaches to opening the creative process, with a focus on the journey and not the end result.
About a month before the class, all registrants will receive an itemized materials list. But it is nothing unusual....the usual felting supplies (towels, 2 bars of olive oil soap, bubblewrap, noodle, etc) plus she recommends 2000 grams of fiber in assorted colors, including black, white and grey. I can't actually imagine you would use that much wool, unless you were making something HUGE, but my guess is that she wants you to have lots of colors and textures to play with!
You can view her inspiring work at Bloomfelt.com if you want to get more of an idea of who she is and what she does.
Included in the price of the 3 day workshop is a gournet lunch (interesting salads, a hot dish, cheese/coldcuts, dessert, chocolate, etc). Instruction fee: $450 for 3 creative days of felting and 3 great meals.
Learn to Spin - Saturday March 21st 10 - 5
In this 1 day workshop, you'll learn the basics of spinning yarn on a wheel. Although some participants leave after a day's instruction spinning a lovely even yarn, you shouldn't expect that your ability after 1 day will have you making perfect yarn! You should expect to leave with a "thick and thin" yarn (then you can always be happily surprised if you get further in a day!) but you'll have the basics of the technique down and at least will understand what you're aiming for and have the knowledge to practice toward it. And you'll leave with a much greater understanding of yarn and of wool, too, which can only help your knitting and weaving choices.
We'll practice spinning on commercially made roving, but you'll also get a chance to follow the process thru from beginning to end. Well, you won't actually shear the sheep - :) - but we'll wash some freshly shorn fleece and will also card some washed/dried locks to make roving so you understand the entire process. And we'll not only spin the singles, but you'll learn to ply as well.
Instruction fee includes the use of a store wheel (tho' if you have your own wheel in good working condition, you are welcome to bring that), the fiber spun and all handouts: $95
Knit-A-Long: Bias Cowl Stash Buster Thursdays Jan 15 - Feb 5th 6:30 - 8:00
Whether you want to come for the sociability of knitting in a group, because you need a weekly commitment in order to make time to knit, or you want to get help planning a stripe sequence using up your stash, join me for a Knit-A-Long to make a bias-knit stiped scarf, wrap or cowl. This isn't a class, so if you've never knit before this wouldn't be good for you, but if you know the basics and want to advance your skills or learn something about color theory or working off a stash, join us for this weekly gathering.
You can purchase the exact pattern for the cowl (shown left) from Inspiration Knits on Ravelry. There are also a bunch of other bias-knit, striped cowl patterns out there....or if you want to be creative and use up some of your stash, bring that with you and I'll help you apply some color theory and fibonacci sequence to put together your own pattern. If you're a relatively new knitter, this type of project will introduce you to some new concepts, too.
So come for the sociability of it or come to advance your knitting skills if you are relatively new to knitting (you'll need to already know how to knit and purl confidently/competently).
There is no need to purchase yarn for this (unless you want to) since I'm running it thinking its a good way to use up odds and ends from your stash.
Double Knit Cowl Wed Jan 21, 28 & Feb 4th 6:30 - 8:00
This lovely cowl uses a technique called Double Knitting (not to be confused with a double knit yarn which knits at 5.5 sts/inch!) so it is warm and cozy.
It was designed for Herriot Great, but I'm knitting it now using Sulka (since I had a cowl in Herriot Great!).
Join me for this workshop and I'll help you thru the technique (which, by the way, is how you knit a reversible fabric all at once!) and you'll have a lovely new cowl to keep you warm this winter!
Cost for the workshop: $55 and that includes your yarn (2 sks of Herriot Great) and the pattern.
Weaver's Clinic -Tuesday Jan 27th 6:30 - 8:30
If you are a weaver but are either rusty because you're just getting back into it or new enough to it that you still need help planning a project, this clinic is for you!
We'll review how to plan a project - from matching the yarn/fiber to the end product, to figuring colors and dimensions and calculating sett, warp and weft needs - as well as trouble shooting broken threads, uneven tension, and weaving techniques to avoid those erratic selvedges.
If you purchased a rigid heddle loom from me, then this workshop is free. If you didn't, then you are welcome to join us for a $25 instruction fee.
Beginner Socks With a Twist Wed Mar 4, 11 & 18th 6:30 - 8:00
This is geared for a knitter that hasn't knit socks before, but can be equally worthwhile for the avid sock knitter who hasn't explored different heels and toes! Since feet can be quite different yet most knitters know only 1 toe and 1 heel....which is great if that's what fits you best, but the reality is that some of us have pointy toes and some round, some have high arches and others are flat footed! So even if you've knit socks before, you will find this class illuminating and instructive!
The first week, I'll introduce you to my favorite cast on for socks...the tubular cast on. There are several ways to knit it and I'll show you how, as well as show thru lots of examples the difference in various cast ons and why this one is best. So you'll leave cast on and with the first inch or so of your sock knit...and your homework will be to get to the heel.
In the second week, I'll show you 6 or 8 different heels you can knit - you can try them on and we'll discuss the differences - so you pick the heel that is best for you and in this class we'll turn the heel and your homework for the last class will be to knit to the toe shaping.
In the third week, I'll bring out 6-8 different toe shapings so you can see the diffferences in each, try them all on, and pick the one you think is best suited to your foot.
Instruction fee: $55
p.s. we will knit only 1 sock at a time in this workshop and if you already know magic loop, then you can use that, but I will not be teaching magic loop or 2 at a time in this class (I've offered free workshops on both these techniques in the past year)
Knitting Clinics First Tuesdays of the Month - 6:30 - 8:00 Jan - April
This is not a class format, but a time when you can come get help with a project that you are in the midst of or would like to start but would like to have some guidance thru it.
If you have just dropped a stitch or don't understand a simple instruction in a pattern, that sort of quick issue you can get help with during normal business hours.
But if you have a problem or need more extensive help than we can accomodate during normal business hours, then these clinics are for you.
Examples of the type of thing you can get help with in these clinics are:
you need to learn how to put pieces of a sweater together neatly.
your pattern calls for a crochet edge and you don't know how to do that
when you pick up stitches around a neckline it looks bad and you want to know how to pick up sts correctly.
you don't understand magic loop and want to learn it so you can knit your socks
you have picked up an old project and can't figure out where you left off.
You want to knit fair-isle but don't know how to knit/handle 2 colors in a row
you want to make some SMALL (I will not completely rewrite/rework a pattern for you) changes to a pattern....like add some shaping to the waist or put in a dart, or change a round neckline to a V-neck, perhaps.
you learned to knit "american" and want to learn "continental" style knitting (I do not teach Portugese)
you want to learn how to follow a lace pattern or work a cable
There is a $15 drop in fee for each night.
You need to register in advance so I know I need to stay that night and even tho' it is "drop in" you need to get here at 6:30 (because I can't hang around for an hour if nobody else needs help that night).
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.