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
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.
So it's a good idea not to book your flights until we receive your registration and email/call you to confirm that you have a space in the class.
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 8 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 (as of 2/9 - 1spot left).
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 -.this workshop is full
Saturday & Sunday August 6 & 7th, 2016 9-4 each day Class limit 8
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.
Intro to Crochet Tues Feb 23rd and Mar 1st 6-8 Filling quickly - so don't delay!
Learn the basics of crochet while making either a hat (choose from the baby or an adult hat) or a little drawstring bag.. With the basics you learn while making the hat or bag, you'll have the foundation on which to be able to branch out into lots of other projects.
Instruction fee includes a pattern: $30 Bring your own yarn and hook or buy it here the night of class at a discount.
Knitting Clinics....Tues Feb 9th and 16th 6 - 8
Geared for people who know the basics - maybe learned to cast on, knit and purl on your own or from a youtube video or friend - but are missing some important techniques to move you onto the next level.
Come to one or all, based on your interest and needs.
Feb 9th: Starts and Finishes - Have you knit a sweater and in the end discovered it didn't really fit you? Do you have a pattern but want to use a different yarn than it calls for and you don't really understand how to substitute yarns? Or, you have a yarn and want to "fit" it to the pattern? Or maybe you have been disappointed that the yarn you chose for a pattern didn't really "come out the way you wanted" even tho' you had the right gauge? All these issues are dependent on the choices/decisions you make when you "start" a project. And if you don't like how you pick up stitches to knit a neckline or how you seam your sweater pieces together, then you know how these "finishing" steps can make or break your outcome too!
So join me and I'll take the mystery out of all these situations and help you understand how to navigate choosing a size, knitting a gauge swatch, picking an appropriate yarn for the garment and structure you want for your future projects thru picking up stitches, blocking and seaming so your garments look professional when all is said and done!
Feb 16th: Multi-color work - there are so many fun hat and wristlet patterns out there that include multiple colors and lots of "vintage" patterns coming back (remember those "yoked" sweaters of the past....well they're everywhere now from Sundance to Anthropologie and showing up in Swan Island and Fiber Co pattern designs now) so come learn how easy it is to manage 2 colors in a row and how to follow charts.
Instruction fee: $20 for both sessions or $15 for a single session. You'll work on swatches so will bring your own scrap yarn and needles (when you register I'll give you specifics).
Introduction to Felting - Saturday Jan 30th 10 - 4ish
In this full day workshop I'll show you how to form raw wool into fabric - in several ways! Working in swatches or "samples" (but which can be used as small wall hangings, stitched into needle accessory cases, trivets, etc) you'll learn the fundamentals of traditional Scandianvian wet felting (as shown in the orange purse above), nuno felting (, and needle felting.
And you'll have ample opportunity to "paint with wool" and "play" with various forms of locks, silk embellishments, prefelts etc to express your creativity while you learn the basic techniques.
So whether you are interested in felting garments, sculptures, rugs, or fabrics to cut and sew and incorporate into quilts ultimately, this day of felting will give you a strong foundation in the technique and leave you so inspired to the many creative possibilities now at your fingertips, that you'll lose sleep. At least, that's what happens to me....I lay in bed thinking about all the possibilities of this incredible medium and what I want to do next! Just like with knitting projects! For as many as I finish, I add 2 to the queue!
Instruction fee includes handouts and all the fiber used: $75
Learn to Knit Tues Jan 19, 26 and Feb 2nd 6:30 - 8:30
This three week introduction will give you the basics you need to get started: from holding the needles to reading a pattern, casting on and binding off (starting and finishing), and how to work both the knit stitch and the purl stitch. This popular cowl is a great place to start and a project that is doable in the timeframe and provides immediate gratification.
If participants are interested, we can discuss adding some additional dates on and additionally learn how to increase and decrease and tackle a more challenging project (hat, slippers, felted bag, etc), but in this 3 weeks you can pick up the fundamentals and have a gorgeous alpaca cowl to show for it!
Instruction fee includes the needles, handouts, pattern and alpaca yarn: $65
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
Spin Your Own Yarn - Tues Mar 8, 15, 22, and 29 6:30 - 8:30
ATTENTION ALL RUG HOOKERS AND ART QUILTERS - you're the ones who keep trying to buy the skeins I handspun and have on display! So here's your chance to come learn to create your own gorgeous textured and colorful skeins of yarn to add to your beautiful designs!
And to the KNITTERS out there who keep asking me where in the store they can find the yarn I used in my "Blackberry Pygora" scarf (detail shown above) - this is your chance to learn to spin too so you can work with unusual fibers or to design your own yarn for a one-of-a-kind sweater like that shown here!
In this workshop you will learn a lot about wool (which will make you a better informed knitter, felter or weaver too!) as well as how to wash a fleece, prepare it for spinning and spin it into a balanced 2 ply yarn. You'll have a chance to hand card some lovely raw wool and I'll demonstrate combing wool as well, so you can spin from both and experience the difference.
Instruction fee inlucdes the fiber used, handouts, and use of a store wheel: $95
Custom Fit Coat with Linda Veilleux - February and March, 2016 Not just for felters!!!
You could choose to use commercial fabric if you are not a felter. This class is about altering patterns to fit your physique, choosing fabric (or making it if you are a felter) to fit the desired pattern you want (or vice versa, picking a pattern appropriate for the type of fabric you have!), making a muslin and couture sewing techniques!
Join couture seamstress and felter extraordinaire, Linda, and be expertly guided thru the making of a jacket. Please note.....it does not have to be the one pictured and it does not have to be a felt jacket!
You will choose a pattern that YOU like - that is YOUR style. And Linda will guide you thru everything from felting fabric appropriate for the jacket you choose (or buying fabric appropriate for the design you have in mind - or vice versa if you already have the fabric!), to making a muslin and altering the pattern for a great fit for YOUR physique, and finally thru the cutting and sewing of the fabric (or felt) into the garment!
While you may use NUNO FELT.. this is NOT a SEAMLESS project. In fact....you won't even be felting in this class. If you want to use felt to make your jacket, you will be making the felt on your own at home (with guidance from Linda about the gms/cmsq to layout)
This jacket that Linda made as a model features leather as trim. You do not have to do that ( isn't it lovely, tho'?) if you don't want to but Linda said she would show you how to work sewn leather trim in if you want -
BUT, you will need to have a sewing machine that can handle sewing leather if you want to add leather trim into your jacket..
To accommodate working customers (since otherwise this would be a 5 day class from Tuesday - Saturday and that is hard for many to take that many days off!) we have planned out a schedule for this workshop that is held just on weekends! Yeah!
Sat Feb 6th - 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. (the snow date is Sat Feb 13th)
During this half day class, Linda will show samples and talk about patterns and what to look for/avoid (you can bring a pattern with you to get her feedback on it if you have one in mind already). She will also explain how to make a muslin and why it's important AND will importantly, talk about how to layout the nuno felt (appropriate gms/sq foot) based on the fabric (paj, chiffon, etc) you are using.
Then your homework will be to work up a sample as per her instructions and to choose a pattern and cut out the pieces for your muslin before the next class.
Sat Feb 20th 10 - 4
During this full day session, Linda will show you how to make adjustments to your muslin based on your physique so you have a great fit. And she will also help you figure/calculate, based on your sample, how much fabric in what dimensions you will need to felt before the next meeting.
Your homework for this month will be to make the amount of fabric you need for your jacket.
Sat and Sun Mar 12 & 13th 10 - 4
During these two days, Linda will guide you thru cutting your fabric, based on the alterations you made to the muslin for a perfect fit, and thru the professional sewing techniques that will give your jacket that professional edge.
So now if you just read all this and are disappointed about the schedule because you live far away and so splitting a class up like this doesn't work for you....
there will be an option for a hooded vest or coat class in August with Katia Mokeyeva and that class will be 3-4 days in a row...so check that out if that sort of scheduling works better for you. We try to vary up how things are offered to accomodate different schedules!
Each participant must provide their own sewing machine and it must be in working order and you must know how to use it! If you want to combine leather in as she has done in a couple of the coats shown, then you need to have a machine that can sew leather.
If you don't have such a machine or don't care to work in leather trim to your jacket, then you can have an ordinary sewing machine - I have a Janome that works fine sewing felt, but I'm not sure it has the juice to get thru leather. (if you are interested in combining felt and leather but don't have a machine that is heavy duty enough to sew the leather, then join me for the Felt and Leather Bag class in June-scroll down - that leather work is done by hand!).
Class size limited so don't delay if you are interested. Instruction fee (equivalent of 3.5 days): $350
A materials list will be forthcoming to participants - obviously, you'll need silk fabric and wool to nuno felt as well as muslin, a pattern, sewing thread etc. The details will be provided to registrants.
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.