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.
Sometimes classes are
scheduled mid-season based on demand, so either check back frequently to keep
abreast of new ones that are added, or sign up for our once-monthly email newsletter (from the home page) which will always alert subscribers to new classes and events as they are added.
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. If
there is a materials fee listed with the class, it will be due the first
night/day of class. If the class is being taught by a visiting teacher
(identified by VT at the end of the class
description) then you need to be sure you have cash or check with you
at the time of class to pay for the materials as these teachers do not
have debit or VISA/MC capabilities.
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. Please
scroll down to the bottom of the page to read the store's class policy
Just a few notes about the winter/spring 2013 schedule.....
there are a few more classes in the works, but not yet posted, so please check back or sign up for our email newsletter to receive a notice when they are listed
we add classes if we hear from enough people that there is interest in them, so speak up
All weekday classes are held in the evening from 6:30 - 8:30 unless otherwise noted.
Be sure to check out our Events page for other interesting gatherings.
Online Felt Workshops - periodically
. Check here for details
Learn to Spin- Saturday May 18th 10 - 4
Now that fleeces are freshly shorn and the spring sheep & wool festivals are on your calendar, come learn to spin your own yarn! We'll cover all the fundamentals of spinning....from learning some of the terminology to understanding wheel ratios, from picking a fleece & washing & carding it for spinning, to the techniques for spinning a balanced 2 ply yarn. Use a store wheel for the workshop, or bring your own (as long as it is in good working condition).
If you want to learn on a drop spindle, you can join us for the class as well!
All handouts and fiber included in the price: $85
Silk Paper: For Felting, Quilting, Lampshades (far left), Book Binding (middle two pictures) & Basket Weaving (far right...my sorry attempt...stay tuned for a photo of Joan's beautiful basket)! -Sat & Sunday July 13 & 14th
Sign up for just Saturday & learn to make silk paper suited to different applications....or join us for both days & on Sunday, also learn how to use silk paper to bind a book and weave a basket!
Whether you want to make silk paper to work into quilts, felt or garments, or you want to make some special buttons to adorn a handmade garment, OR to make lampshades (last photo), GORGEOUS wedding invitations or notecards, you'll love learning to make 100% silk paper with silk expert Robin Russo.
From the various mediums you can use and how they are suited to different applications, to combining embellishments like leaves, flowers, glitter, or other forms of silk, Roby will walk you thru laying out silk paper using BOTH hand-dyed bombyx silks and tussah silks, AS WELL AS using silk mawattas (hankies).
And then join us on Sunday and have fun putting some of the gorgeous silk paper you made on Saturday into use and learn basic bookbinding skills and/or basket weaving while using the silk paper to craft an exquisite notebook (see samples in first three photos above) or weave a sweet little basket of 100% silk!! (see close up and basket photos above). Both Robin and Joan have been binding a lot of books lately and Joan has put her experience weaving ash splint baskets to crafting some beautiful baskets from silk paper lately.
If you join us just for Saturday, you'll learn how to make silk paper suited to various applications and will leave with 3-4 large sheets to play with on your own. If you join us for both days, you'll leave with a silk paper bound notebook/post it notebook, a small silk paper basket and 1-2 large sheets of silk to play with on your own.
Class meets Sat and Sun 10 -4
. All silk, handouts and embellishments included in instruction fee. Price: $175
for both days or, just join us for just the silk paper making on Saturday: $125
Advanced Learners' Feltmaking Class: Seamless Nuno
August 28, 29, & 30 with Dagmar Binder (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday)
Join German felter Dagmar Binder and learn the seamless nuno technique making wristwarmers and a shortsleeve blouse
Starting with a pair of wristwarmers, you will learn how to combine chiffon silk with very fine merino wool “drawings”, to create a light, transparent felted fabric.
The challenge will be then, how to apply this technique to a bigger, seamless garment, make a pattern for your personal size and design a delicate shortsleeve blouse with transparent shoulder parts.
After doing the layout, we will prefelt the piece by rolling and then finish and shape details by hand.
This three day workshop will be held at the Old Brick Church, just down the street from the shop here so that each participant has enough table space to layout their blouse. Enrollment is limited to 12. A more detailed list of supplies and materials will be provided to participants in about a month's time (Dagmar is in Peru until Mar 20th and with limited, if any, internet service). But for now, figure approximately the following materials will be needed:
chiffon silk 3,5 as a background
extra fine merino wool tops, 18mic
some additional silk fibres may be nice
or you may use merino/silk blends
Materials purchased at the store for use in class will be offered at a discount the day of class. Fee includes instruction, as well as a lunch (salad, sandwich sort of thing each day), cookies, and of course, chocolate to see you thru each afternoon! $425
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.