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of the instruction fee only. If
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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
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Just a few notes about the winter 2014 schedule.....as of today, Nov 13th....
we've got more classes planned for after the New Year and throughout 2014 and will post them here as we finalize their time/dates. So check back - or - be sure to "like" us on Facebook and/or register to receive our twice monthly newsletter as I will announce the classes thru those forums as they are finalized. You can sign up for the newsletter on the homepage.
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 we may plan
The Felt Vessel: Enhancing Surface & Form Sat & Sun Aug 23 & 24, 2014 with Carol Ingram 10 - 4 each day
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:
This class requires some basic experience in traditional wet felting techniques.
Supplies list will be provided to registrants closer to the class date.
Online Felt Workshops -
Check here for details and to register. The Online Felt Hat & Millinery Workshop begins Oct 28th. I have no dates for the next Felt Boot workshop.....you just need to keep your eye on either my newsletter or Facebook page for the announcement.
Layered Dyeing Techniques for Felt & Silk Fabric Sat & Sun Nov 9 & 10 10 - 4:30 (with a half hour for lunch) only 3 spots left
This is a dye class....not a felting class! So quilters, fabric collagers, textile designers, etc this is for you even if the samples shown are on felt....you can dye silk fabric!
Join enthusiastic and talented fiber artist Linda Van Alstyne for two fun days of exploring unique layered dyeing techniques on felt and silk. Dye pots will be going non-stop...and you'll have the opportunity to sample dozens of patterns and images of your own creation. Linda's example, here, features petroglyph patterns....you can take the technique in many directions. Come with your own ideas and images or be inspired by pattern ideas she'll have on hand. Using recycled and common household items, you'll learn how to make stencil-like resists (that prevent dye from reaching the cloth) and how to apply them. Starting with white silk or felt, and experiment with how to dye and over-dye for layered colors and images. You'll leave with dozens of small dyed pieces that can be combined in a wall hanging or used to embellish functional or wearable fiber projects.
Pictured above, left, is a petroglyph inspired wall hanging done by the instructor. Picture above, right, is a pillow done by Carol Ingram in a previous class with the instructor.
Instruction fee for both days: $225
Materials fee for dye materials used in class $20
Students will need to bring exacto knife and cutting board and I will send details of other materials needed for classes closer to the dates.
Intro to Felting Sat Oct 26th 1-5
Whether you've done a bit of felting on your own but maybe have missed some basics or perhaps haven't done any at all, 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 the basics of "nuno" felting to using a basic resist. During the workshop, you'll design a piece of felt with a pocket, that can be used to make a similar little bag to that pictured. Or it can be a wall hanging, trivet....whatever you'd like.
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 in November for an Advanced Beginner Class (and because you've taken the Intro Class this fall, enjoy a 15% discount on the Adv Beginner class!) and learn all sorts of neat ways to add dimension, surface texture and design to your felt.
Advanced Beginner Wet Felting Techniques Clinics: Tues Nov 5, 12 & 19 -. 6:30 - 8:30
If you've been wet felting a bit and want to explore a few new techniques to add dimension or surface design to your felt projects, come join me for this 3 week workshop. In this "intermediate" clinic we'll cover 3 different techniques for building in design and surface dimension to your pieces during the wet felting process.
The first week, we'll explore making your own prefelts (both nuno and wool) and using them for inlay designs (shown in the photo, left) and then "printing" on them to add depth to your design elements (check back next week for photos....I can't remember what I called the printed photos when I saved them and at this point, there are about 4500 images to search thru!)
\ In the second week, we'll explore a few different ways of ading dimension to your felt thru adding surface protuberances as well as cutting away to reveal depth and colors below the surface.
And the third week, we'll cover using resists to add dimension additional surface design.
Registration fee includes instruction and materials (you'll be working small samples, not a particular project...that you can do at home once you learn the techniques): $95
Learn to Crochet Sat Oct 19th 10 - 4
Crochet is quick and easy and there is much better pattern support for it now than 10 years ago! And even if you decide you prefer knitting, some basic crochet is important for knitters to know....it makes great edges and button bands. And for some items....like bags and hats, which you want to have some structure....it is even preferable for some.
So when sorting thru patterns the other day I came across a bunch of great crochet hat patterns by Mad Art Muse (Hunka Hunka-above left-and Help, I'm Falling - a cloche style hat is not shown) and decided it was time to offer a basic crochet class! If you prefer a scullcap style, the flapper hat shown above right, is an option as well. Making a hat (choose either a heavy wool or fine linen) you will learn the basics of crochet: chain stitch, single crochet, increasing and decreasing. I can also help you modify the design a bit to fit your style choices (smaller or larger brim?, less turned up brim? ) Bring your own yarn and hook or buy them here at a class discount. . Instruction includes pattern: $55
Knitting: Advanced Beginner/Intermediate Skills ClinicsThursdays, Oct 17th, 24tyh, Nov 7th & 14th
None of these sessions are about making a "project", but rather are about learning techniques. So bring needles and a couple balls of yarn leftovers to work with. That being said, the Eco-Duo headband shown below (weeks 2 & 3) employs both short row shaping and cables and is a quick project, so if you decide to join us for both those weeks, that is a perfect project!You may sign up for just one or two, or register for all, if you like.
Clinic 1: Two Color Knitting Continental - learn how to manage 2 colors of yarn continental style - you'll find it both easier to keep your yarns from tangling and your tension and stitches will come out better as well.
Clinic 2: Short Row Shaping - so many shawls are using this technique now, and although if you've knit socks you have likely done short row shaping in the heel, there are many other uses for this technique including shaping for bustlines, headbands, shoulders (to avoid those annoying jogs!). So come learn how to figure out how to employ these and when/where to use (or not) the W&T.
Clinic 3: Working Cables - cables are easy but if you're a new knitter, may seem intimidating. So we'll walk you thru reading charts, managing your cable needle, counting your rows and some of the other basics. In addition, we'll cover the simple twist stitch variations that don't require a cable needle at all.
Clinic 4: Entrelac Basics (or if you know the basics and want to learn 3-D): We'll cover how to pick up stitches properly, which is an important part of entrelac, as well as how to knit backwards to avoid all that annoying turning and purling that this clever technique requires. Sorry about the photo of the entrelac headband, but I think if you click on it to blow it up the resolution is much better). There is a great new scarf by Kathryn Alexander in the new Scarf Style 2 book that features the 3-D entrelac technique (as shown on the top of the sock here). The pattern for the entrelac headband....a great first project is a free download (from knitty, I think).
Sign up for any one class for $15 or take all 4 sessions for $40.
Learn to Knit: Hat Thursdays Sept 19, 26, Oct 3rd & 10th
Join Arielle and learn the basics of knitting while making a simple winter hat. You'll have several patterns to choose from. You'll learn to cast on, knit, purl, increase, decrease, use a circular needle, bind off and follow a pattern.
You'll get acquainted with basic knitting concepts like "gauge" and you'll even learn a basic formula for knitting a hat for any size head and any size yarn. That way you can knit hats for everyone for XMAS!
Bring your own yarn and needles or buy them here the night of class at a class discount.
Registration fee includes a basic pattern, handouts, and instruction: $ 55
Mini-Latvian Mittens- Sat Oct 12th 10 - 4
Maryly's grandparents came from Latvia and at her first workshop with Lizbeth Upitis she knew knitting Latvian Mittens was in her blood! Join Maryly for this 6 hour workshop and learn the techniques unique to this style of mitten while making a "mini" mitten and learning about the lore and traditions of this part of the world. Bring your own needles. Yarn supplied as part of the class.
Registration fee (including instruction, handouts and yarn): $85
Maryly's Mittens - Sun Oct 13 10 - 4
This is Maryly's own design and pattern and she thinks it is a perfect mitten to knit and wear. The basic pattern acts as a " rib" and hugs your hand, very easy thumb to put in, if you make a little mistake in the pattern, no problem. In class, you'll work a mitten for a very small child. When you put this mitten on it is really like your hand is diving into the fleece on a sheeps back.
Registration fee (including instruction & handouts): $75
Introduction to Weaving every Wed. Sept 25 - Nov 6th 6:30 - 8:30
During this 7 week long class, you'll make a scarf (for the dresser or your neck!) using a 4 harness floor loom. You will have several choices of pattern to pick from, as well as several options for yarn and color. You'll learn how to dress the loom, trouble shoot some common errors, weave for good selvedges, and plan a project while weaving your first scarf. You are welcome to bring your own 16-20 wpi yarn , or you can choose some from the store at a class discount. Since your yarns must already be wound into balls (or on cones) the first night of class, you'll need to pick your yarn out ahead of time and wind it before class, if needed. When you register, I can tell you about how much yarn you might expect to use, but as a for instance, the pink scarf shown above was woven using 3 balls of Kureyon and the project shown on the loom used 1 skein of Cascade 220 for the warp and 2 sks of Loden Tween for the weft. The photo far right is a dresser scarf woven in linen (this is a more complex pattern than you will be able to do in class, but the patterns shown in the left photo and middle photo are doable) used a couple skeins of Euroflax Linen Sport.
Registration fee includes the use of the 4 harness loom, instruction and all handouts: $125.00
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.