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 interesting gatherings we may plan
The Felt Vessel: Enhancing Surface & Form with Carol Ingram
Saturday, Aug 23rd: 9:30 - 4:30 AND
Sunday Aug 24th: 10 - 4
(This is 2 day class, but because the times are different I wanted to be sure it was clear that class starts earlier on Saturday...hence the 2 separate lines)
Vessels or hollow forms can be created several ways, depending on the desired result. Students can either bring in a sketch of a desired form or work with a basic round shape that will transform itself thru individual experimentation. Discussion of felting over a round form (inflatable ball) or flat resist will aid in deciding which method is most effective for the desired end result. Emphasis will be on surface decoration and creating a pleasing shape using sculptural, sewing and painting techniques. Color use and design, both inside and out, will also be covered. Instruction fee:
More specific supplies list will be provided to registrants closer to the class date....but Carol estimates that you might expect to use about 8 ounces of wool. We will have the breeds of sheep's wool she prefers to use available for sale at the usual class discount the day of class. Carol will collect $6 from each participant for the wire she uses and some other miscellaneous items (stiffening agent, etc).
This class requires some basic experience in traditional wet felting techniques. Fee for 2 day workshop: $275
Online Felt Boot Workshop
Runs from January 15th thru March 15th......every participant works at their own pace so you don't have to start on January 15th, but the workshop shuts down March 15th, so don't wait until March 10th to start! More details about how the class runs and to register 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 (we're still working on the title!) 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.
Discover Silk! Sat & Sunday Mar 1 and 2nd 10 - 4
From this.... ,,.to this ....or this....or this..
From the history and intriguing science behind the silk worm and the fiber it spins and exploring all the many forms of silk there are, to discovering new ways to use silk (you'll felt it, spin it, knit it, make paper with it!), you'll find yourself totally in awe of this fiber and engrossed in everything about it. Robin will show you so many possibilities!
You'll start by actually harvesting the silk from the cocoons yourself by reeling cocoons and also making your own mawattas.Then you'll felt with silk ( even if you've never felted before, you'll see how easy it is to make gorgeous sheets of fabric with prefelts and various silk fibers), you'll knit or crochet directly from the cocoon, spin it (OK, so if you're not a spinner, your yarn may not turn out great, but you'll have a chance to give it a go!), and you'll make paper with it which Roby will then show you how to bind notebooks with (like that shown on the end)!
This is the time of year many northerners feel in need of something bright and cheerful to get them thru the last bit of winter and this weekend workshop with Robin Russo is the best way to do it!
And ohhhhh the colors! Silk takes the dyes so richly that once you've learned all the ways you can use this fiber you won't even notice if it snows until May! So you won't make a jacket, but you'll know how to make the fabric to make the jacket! You'll leave with the silk you reeled, some mawattas you pulled, some yarn you've knit directly from the cocoon, some sheets of silk paper and a post it note book make from the silk paper
So join Robin and treat yourself to a mid-winter amazement! Instruction fee includes all handouts and all the silk you'll use: $275
Eco Dyed Nuno Felt Scarf/Shawl Workshop with Eva Comacho-Sanchez....
Friday and Saturday April 11th and 12th 10 - 4 each day (this is not a mistake.....the class is Friday and Saturday since we are renting the church space so everyone has lots of elbow room and a full table to themselves)
I've seen lovely garments result from Eva's eco-dye nuno felt workshops in the past and am excited to be able to offer the class here this spring!
Create a gorgeous nuno felted, eco dyed shawl/scarf in this 2 day workshop with Eva. Using botanicals such as eucalyptus, and perhaps even hardware like old nuts bolts and washers, you'll first learn the unique eco-dyeing technique (this is quite different than "natural dyeing") to dye the silk fabric for your nuno felt project. You'll start by dyeing samples the first morning to learn the eco dye technique and see the range of possibilities for imprinted leaves and other organic shapes, then you'll dye the silk for your shawl/scarf and with Eva's guidance lay it out with fiber. On the second day, you'll felt it and then with expert guidance, plan the post felt eco-dye pattern!
Instruction fee for the 2 days: $190.
Class discount available on silk and fiber purchased at the store for the workshop.
For those of you interested in staying on/returning to the shop on Sunday to use the workshop pots, pans and dyepots to eco dye more silk (while the technique is fresh in our minds and while we have all the botanicals and equipment out to do so!) you are welcome to join me/other participants on Sunday April 13th from 10 - 3 p.m. to build up your eco-dyed fabric stash so you have plenty to nuno felt at home once you've learned the technique! This is an informal/social day....no instruction....just participants helping other participants recall the steps and using up the dyepots and botanicals to practice the technique and build up a few pieces of silk so everyone has some ready to felt when they get home! No charge for this day, but if we order in pizza or something like that something might be collected to cover that for those interested.
Intro to Felting Saturday Jan 25th 1-5
Whether you've done a bit of felting on your own but maybe have missed some basics or perhaps haven't ever tried it, you'll learn a lot in this afternoon workshop. From a bit about the wools that felt and why you might choose one type over another depending on what you are doing, to understanding how to lay out the fiber and the various tools you can use for the fulling, and to knowing when it is done, we'll walk you thru all the fundamentals that will give you a really strong basis from which to explore this medium on your own or join us for a more advanced project like a hat or bag.
Make a felt flower, a wall hanging, a small bag......make a nuno felt sample, a baby bootie.....you choose what the project is you want to make to learn the fundamentals.
Fee includes handouts and all fibers (wool, silk, etc) used: $55
With what you learn in this class (customers who have taken classes elsewhere and then taken this intro class here have been amazed at how much more they learned here) you will have the skills to go on and create lots of wonderful things on your own, or you can join me for the Advanced Beginner Class or a project class (hats, bags, etc) and learn all sorts of neat ways to add dimension, surface texture and design to your felt.
Daytime Knitting Clinics-Beginner and Advanced Beginner Thursdays Jan 23, 30, Feb 6th & 13th 2 - 5
If you've never knit before and want to get started, or if you've started knitting but want a bit more guidance thru your next project, you can register for this drop in clinic to learn the basics or get guidance thru your new project. Come right at 2 and stay for 3 hours or drop in anytime during that 3 hour window as works for your schedule. If you are brand new to knitting and want to take on a project rather than just work a practice piece, in these 4 weeks you could knit a bag, a scarf, hat or shawl. Stop by the store and we can show you some examples of "reasonable" first projects that would teach you the basics and be doable in the timeframe....or bring a pattern you're interested in and we can advise you about it's suitability for this workshop. Fee (covers you to drop in to any/all of the 4 sessions): $30
|Knit Socks on 1 Circular Needle 3 Sat afternoons 1-4: Feb 8th, Feb 22nd and Mar 8th
If you've never knit socks before, this is the way to learn and "get off on the right foot"! We'll walk you thru the technique of knitting a sock on 1 long circular needle, turning a heel, working a gusset and grafting the toe! And with each class spaced by 2 weeks, you'll have plenty of time to knit to where you need to be for the next class! Plus, as an added bonus, those who register for this class can join the Toes and Heels class (see below) for free! Instruction fee includes pattern, but not yarn or needles. Bring them or buy them here at a class discount on the first day of class. Instruction fee: $45
Toes and Heels Sat Feb 22nd 10 - 12
There are so many different ways to construct toes and heels and, depending on your foot, you may prefer the fit and feel of one over another. But most knitters work a basic sock (nothing wrong with that!) and never explore the other possibilities. So if you are interested in seeing what other options there are and maybe learning a new twist on an oldie but goodie knitting project, join me as I share with you 3 other toe and heel constructions.We'll examine the differences thru samples I have knit up, and we'll discuss their relative differences (advantages and disadvantages -if there are any!) and look at the pattern instructions for each toe and heel so if you decide you like one, you can incorporate it into your future socks. You will not actually knit in this class, but will examine up close and try on 3 different toe and 3 different heel constructions. Instruction fee includes a handout with several alternate toe and heel directions that you could append to your "usual" go-to sock pattern for something a little different.: $25
Advanced Beginner Knitter Skill Building : Intarsia, Double Knitting, & Knitting with Beads...
Wednesday nights Feb12th, 19th & 26th
Based on the interest in the falls skill building workshop, I decided to offer another. Since short rows, cables, 2-color and entrelac were covered in the fall, this series will include: intarsia, double knitting (the technique for a double faced fabric, NOT the gauge of yarn), and knitting with beads that can be great fun for scarves, cowls, and mittens...even socks! Each class will work on a swatch, tho' I'll provide some pattern ideas if you want to practice the technique after class on your own. Bring scrap yarn (at least a half ball each of 2 colors) plus needles according to the yarn you have, to each class. Instruction fee: $35
Learn to Spin Your Own Yarn! Saturday Mar 22nd 10 - 5
Learn the fundamentals of spinning your own yarn. From washing the fleece to carding it, spinning it and plying it, you'll learn so much about wool that even if you decide you don't want to spin, you'll be a better knitter, felter or weaver because of your knowledge! But most customers who take this class continue on becuase it is a wonderfully zen experience (once you get the hang of it!) and you will love working with your homespun yarn! All handouts, fiber and use of a wheel during class is included in the class fee: $95
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.