Class Descriptions

Thursday All Day - April 4

Fair Isle Color:  How Do They Do That?

Teacher
 Janine Bajus
Prerequisites
 Some experience in stranded knitting and reading charts.
Craft
 Knitting

Fair Isle knitting — we know it when we see it, that exciting interplay of color and pattern.  What sets Fair Isle apart from other forms of stranded color work?  I cover the theory of how colors and motifs are used in Fair Isle knitting, and then you will work on a series of swatches to put color theory to practice.  When the class is done you should have a firm grounding in how value gradations and mirroring work to create that 3-dimensional effect we all love so much.

9 hours (continues Friday morning) - 21 students max.

Student Supplies
  • 24-32" circular needles, sizes 1-4 (the range of sizes allows you to determine your gauge)
  • regular sharpened pencils
  • optional:  3-in-1 Color Tool
Materials Fee
 $15
Homework
 Gather up a few "color inpsiration" pieces — photographs or paintings or postcards or pictures in books or fabrics that you like for their colors.  You might want to find an inspiration that is meaningful to you.  It's a good idea to bring several sources of inspiration — you might change your mind as we get into choosing colors.  It is very difficult to work from a phone or tablet screen because the light is coming from behind the image — I encourage you to print out your favorite photos at a high resolution on good paper.

Adventures in Drum Carding

Teacher
 Henry and Roy Clemes
Prerequisites
 Some drum carder experience
Craft
 Spinning

This is the companion class to Exploring the Drum Carder (taught last year).  In this class, we continue to de-mystify the drum carder.  Batts will be prepared both semi-worsted and woolen.  Students will learn different techniques to create an art batt, prepare batts for spinning sock yarn, and learn to add silk or bamboo into woolen batts.  Students will also learn to remove fiber as rolags and as pencil-sized sliver through a diz.  An ambitious goal of 5 batts produced during class means students will have ample carded fiber for spinning samples and small projects after class.  All carding and blending will be done on our Elite Series Drum Carders with each student using their own electric carder.  All materials, carders, and tools will be provided by the instructors.

6 hours - 16 students max.

Student Supplies
  • Students need to bring an attitude for learning.
Materials Fee
 $45 covers use of a carder, all fiber carded during class, and batt lifter refills for storing carded batts.
Homework
 None

The Knitted Plaid:  A Color and Pattern Workshop

Teacher
 Franklin Habit
Prerequisites
 Fluency in the basic techniques of knitting.
Craft
 Knitting
Sold Out

If the prospect of mixing colors gives you the fidgets, but you've dreamt of putting together your own complex color schemes for projects, this class is for you.  We'll begin with an invigorating dive into practical color theory for knitters (neither as dry nor as daunting as you fear), and also bring the idea of color inspiration firmly down to earth.  Then we'll put those ideas to work, using a little-known but very beautiful method for creating a knitted plaid/tartan fabric.  There will also be a discussion of the history of tartan fabrics — where they came from, how they are woven, and how to imitate woven tartan setts with the knitted technique.  By popular demand, this workshop has been newly expanded to a six-hour format to allow more time for explanation, experimentation, and reviews of student projects.  You can learn to design your own color schemes — all it takes is a little knowledge, a little practice, and a little playfulness.

6 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies
 
  • Five to ten balls of any smooth (non-fuzzy) yarn in sport or worsted weight (for example: Cascade 220 Worsted or Sport, Universal Yarns Deluxe Worsted, Lorna's Laces Shepherd Worsted or Shepherd Sport, HiKoo Simpliworsted) in different solid or semi-solid colors.  Please note that partial balls are welcome!  This is a great class for using up leftovers from stash.  You'll be mixing and matching with yarns brought by other students, so be prepared to share what you bring.
  • one 16- or 24-inch circular needle, or one pair straight needles, in a size that will give you a firm gauge with typical worsted or sport weight yarn
  • tapestry needle
  • notebook and pen or pencil for making notes
  • It is also expected that students will have with them the usual notions basic to knitting:  scissors, a selection of stitch markers, etc.
Materials Fee
 None
Homework
 None

Color & Weaving Mini Tote Bag

Teacher
 Deborah Jarchow
Prerequisites
 Prior Weaving experience.  This is an advanced beginner class.
Craft
 Weaving

Learn to get outstanding color pattern effects using a rigid heddle loom.  Make your weaving look like complicated patterns with very little effort.  If you are already familiar with the rigid heddle loom, this class will help you master more advanced techniques.  If you are a new weaver, the technique is not too difficult to learn.  This type of weaving is portable, easy and fun and can add variety to your fiber abilities.  This workshop introduces students to color patterns on the rigid heddle loom.  You will learn how to control your shuttles for smooth edges.  During the day we will warp the loom and weave the tote.  Along the way, we'll discuss various techniques for rigid heddle weaving, finishing techniques, how to sew the tote, and several methods of making a handle for the bag.

6 hours - 24 students max.

Student Supplies
  • 2 shuttles and bobbins
  • tape measure
  • scissors
  • tapestry needle
  • cardboard tube from inside a paper towel roll
  • 2 brown paper grocery bags
  • at least 240 yards each of 2 contrasting colors of worsted weight at least 2 ply yarn that is smooth (non hairy) and strong
Materials Fee
 $15 loom rental (contact teachers@dfwfiberfest.org to refund if bringing own loom)
Homework
 None

Master Knitter Day

Teachers
 Celia McAdam Cahill, Christina Hanger, Arenda Holladay, Joyce Jones and Heather Storta
Prerequisites
 Basic knitting skills
Craft
 Knit

Whether you're in the Master Hand Knitting program or just thinking about it, the TKGA Masters Day is the place to be.  The day-long program gives students a choice of 15 classes in five sessions, focusing on the specific skills needed to become certified as a Master Hand Knitter.  Concurrent sessions are geared to three different levels of skill, from basics like calculating gauge and improving tension, through techniques like proper seaming and picking up stitches, to the more advanced applications like garment design and complex stitch patterns.  Every class is taught by a member of the TKGA team that reviews and certifies submissions in the Master Hand Knitting program, and plenty of time is available for Q&A.  Students will come away with not only improved knitting skills, but also a strong understanding of what it takes to become certified as a Master Hand Knitter.

6 hours - 50 students max.

Student Supplies
  • two light colors of smooth, worsted weight wool or wool-blend yarn
  • needles in appropriate sizes
  • usual knitting supplies (scissors, ruler, tapestry needle, stitch markers, etc.)
  • We will contact students directly with additional supplies needed for specific classes within the Masters Day program.
Materials Fee
 None
Homework
 Each class within the day has it's own homework; we will contact students directly

Master Crocheter Day

Teachers
 Linda Dean, Anna Rominger, Michele Stauffenberg
Prerequisites
 Basic Crocheting skills
Craft
 Crochet

Take your crochet to the next level by learning all the ins and outs that lead to a successful completion of the CGOA Masters programs from Crochet Masters.  The CGOA Masters programs, Advanced Stitches & Techniques and Fundamentals, are both intensive programs that both test your skill and teach you ways to improve your work.  The CGOA Masters Day helps streamline this process, so even if you have no desire to test your skills you will be able to take your skill level to a new height.

Topics covered will include, but are not limited to:  how to objectively review your own work, getting gauge both in rows and the round, how yarn over affects you work, weaving in ends invisibly, joining smoothly, fastening off neatly, reading your stitches, foundation and linked stitches, tips for pattern reading, blocking and more.

6 hours - 50 students max.

Student Supplies
 Worsted weight yarn and crochet hooks.  If you are currently enrolled in either program you can bring swatches for review and instant feedback.
Materials Fee
 None
Homework
 None

Sizzle Pop Workshop:  Knitting Two-Color Brioche Lace

Teacher
 Lesley Anne Robinson
Prerequisites
 Basic brioche knitting skills and knowledge, as well as intermediate knitting skills are required.
Craft
 Knitting

Satisfy your brioche cravings with modern two-color brioche lace!  In this class, we will briefly cover the basics of two-color brioche and working with two different colored yarns.  Color theory and advice about choosing the right yarn for your project will be covered as well.  The main focus of the class will be learning and working the most commonly-used increases and decreases of brioche knitting to create gorgeous brioche lace fabric.  We will be starting my most popular shawl pattern, Sizzle Pop, the triangle version.  Together, we will work through the pattern, both written instructions and how to read brioche lace charts.  Then you can take it home to continue working on it and have a finished piece that will delight and inspire!

6 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies
  • 32" long US 4 / 3.5mm circular needles (interchangeables are fine)
  • two skeins of fingering / sock weight yarn, at least 400 yds each, in contrasting colors
  • notions including tapestry needle, row counter, removable stitch marker or cable needle for decreasing stitches
  • optional stitch markers to note lace repeats
Materials Fee
 $8
Homework
 None

Thursday Morning - April 4

Soxpertise:  Improve your Sock Knitting

Teacher
 Kate Atherley
Prerequisites
 Prior sock knitting experience
Craft
 Knitting

A wide-ranging discussion of sock topics, including fit, reinforcement, different constructions and different methods of working them, yarn choices, etc.  One key demonstration is how to improve gusset pickup and avoid holes in top-down heel flap socks.  Class always begins with an opportunity for students to ask questions, to better focus the discussion.  This class is lecture and discussion, not hands on.

3 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies
  • 4-5mm/US #6-8 needles in your preferred configuration for sock knitting
  • scrap medium-weight yarn
Materials Fee
 None
Homework
 None

Don't Despair, Repair!

Teacher
 Alissa Barton
Prerequisites
 Basic knitting skills
Craft
 Knitting

In this class we will be covering common mistakes in your work and how fix them, both while still in progress and after the fact.  Dropped and split stitches and mis-crossed cables are just a few of the in-progress events covered.  Then we will be delving into how to fix your sweater when disaster strikes.  Learn how to fix holes, shorten or lengthen garments and disguise booboos that might otherwise ruin all your hours of hard work.

3 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies
  • light colored, worsted weight yarn in two colors - knit the swatches out of either color
  • US #8 or 9 needles - dpns are perfect
  • crochet hook size G
  • large eyed tapestry needle
  • scissors
  • split ring stitch markers
Materials Fee
 None
Homework
 You will need a total of 4 swatches for this class:  2 swatches in stockinette stitch - 30 sts x 30 rows, 1 swatch in garter stitch - 30 sts x 40 rows, and one "mistake swatch" - directions for the mistake swatch will be emailed to all registered students one (1) month before class.  Leave all swatches "live" on a double pointed needle with a 12" long tail.

Knit To Flatter Workshop

Teacher
 Amy Herzog
Prerequisites
 Adventurous knitters of all skill levels who want great sweaters
Craft
 Knitting
Sold Out
My signature class helps you understand why some sweaters look stunning on both you and the page, and others . . . not so much.  I'll give you the tools you'll need to produce sweaters that make you feel great, every time you pick up the needles.  We'll cover:
  • Why your body shape is way more important than your size, and how to determine what your shape is
  • How clothing changes the appearance of the body's shape
  • What looks best on each figure type, driven into reality by lots and lots of trying on samples
  • How to properly measure your body for sweater knitting (please note this is a demonstration only)
  • How to choose what size to knit, demystifying ease, and an overview of my approach to modifications
I bring a big suitcase of sweaters to try on during class, so if you'd like to participate please wear a top that's easy to layer under a sweater!  Please also bring along a measuring tape and your adventurous inner knitter.

3 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies
  • measuring tape
  • bring/wear a layering-appropriate top (optional)
Materials Fee
 None
Homework
 Optional:  Take a body shape photo as described in the handout which will be emailed to students one month prior to class

Three Glorious Downs

Teacher
 Judith MacKenzie
Prerequisites
 Should be comfortable spinning on your wheel
Craft
 Spinning
Sold Out

Yaks from the wilds of Tibet, camels from the great Gobi desert and goats from Mongolia!  These animals all produce rare and wonderful fibers and, amazingly, they all can be found here in America!  In this class, we'll learn how to prepare these fibers for spinning and what spinning techniques work best for them.  We'll also learn how to extend these precious fibers by making blends with a variety of fibers.

3 hours - 18 students max.

Student Supplies
  • your spinning wheel and all of its parts, even the ones you've never used
  • extra bobbins, niddy noddy, lazy kate
  • mini combs, dog brush or flicker
  • hand cards if you have them
Materials Fee
 $15
Homework
 None

Knitting for Speed & Efficiency

Teacher
 Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
Prerequisites
 interesting for all levels - although beginners should have a good grip on the basics:  cast on and off, knit, purl, increase and decrease
Craft
 Knitting
Sold Out

This interesting class examines the various techniques, attitudes and history of the most productive knitters, and is designed not necessarily to change how you knit (unless you want to) but to help you become the most efficient knitter you can be on your own terms.  We'll look at the various styles of knitting, and have some instruction on "lever knitting" (fixed needle knitting).  We'll talk about techniques for knitting faster through changing what you do, and the way you think.

3 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies
  • your regular knitting supplies
  • smooth worsted weight wool
  • your favourite needles to match (circulars, DPN's, whatever you like best)
  • long straight needles (14 inches) of the same size
Materials Fee
 None
Homework
 None

Crochet Chart Reading 101

Teacher
 Shibaguyz
Prerequisites
 Must know how to read a written crochet pattern and how to make basic crochet stitches (chain, sl st, sc, hdc, dc)
Craft
 Crochet

Enough of drooling and getting itchy fingers every time you see one of those FAB Japanese stitch dictionaries . . . only to discover it is all in charts . . . and a language that looks a lot like the something from an ancient tablet.  All those pretty pictures just taunting you!  It's time to laugh in the face of those squiggles and dashes and get your hook moving rather than drooping.  Oh . . . and remember all of those ENDLESS crochet patterns with lines and lines of text??  Sure, you could use another post-it or you could just learn how to read that set of hieroglyphs (chart) along the side of the pattern.  We WILL unravel the mystery of the chart.  You WILL make a swatch reading only a chart.  You WILL be the master of your crochet destiny!!  Goals:
  - Read a chart
  - Understand the key differences between American, Japanese, and Other Countries Charts
  - Stitch (at least) one stitch pattern reading only the chart
  - Pat yourself on the back because you now know one of the great secrets of the universe!

3 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies
 None
Materials Fee
 $5
Homework
 None

Making Stitch Markers and Beyond

Teacher
 Misty Urech
Prerequisites
 None
Craft
 Other

Learn to make a variety of stitch markers from very simple to complex ones for any needs.  Students will also learn some basic jewelry making skills, how to use the tools, and proper techniques.  Stitch marker styles will include basic added charm, snag free markers, removable stitch markers, crochet friendly markers, and making a stitch marker holder.

3 hours - 16 students max.

Student Supplies
  • a fun attitude
  • all tools and supplies will be provided
  • you can bring special beads you might want to incorporate if you wish
Materials Fee
 $15
Homework
 None

Thursday Afternoon - April 4

Custom Fit Socks

Teacher
 Kate Atherley
Prerequisites
 Prior experience knitting in the round
Craft
 Knitting

A discussion of sock fit, how to measure feet and design a sock pattern for that foot, covering both top down and toe up.  This class is lecture and discussion, not hands on.

3 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies
  • paper
  • pencil
  • a tape measure
  • a calculator/app
Materials Fee
 None
Homework
 optional - a roughly 5x5-inch/12x12cm swatch in the round using the yarn you wish to design a sock for; if it's sock yarn, use the needles recommended on the ball band; if it's non-sock yarn, use needles a couple of sizes smaller.

Kntting Hats from the Top Down at Any Gauge

Teacher
 Alissa Barton
Prerequisites
 Basic knitting skills.  Must know how to knit in the round with the needles being brought to class.
Craft
 Knitting

Pick up any yarn and go for it.  We will discuss picking the right needles, several different ways to increase and how to incorporate stitch patterns into your designs for a truly personal creation.

3 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies
  • choose one weight:  Bulky 100 yds or Aran 150 yds or Worsted 200 yds or DK 250 yds or Fingering 300 yds
  • needles indicated on the label of the yarn you have chosen in a style to work a center start (so, DPN, 2 circs 16" or longer each, one circ 40" or longer for magic loop)
  • removable stitch markers
  • one "unique" marker for beginning of round
Materials Fee
 None
Homework
 None

Stress Free Steeking

Teacher
 Denise Bell
Prerequisites
 Basic knitting skills, some two-color knitting experience helpful.
Craft
 Knitting

You've heard about cutting your knitting, and maybe freaked out a bit about the prospect, but there's no real need to stress about it.  Once you learn the right wool to use, a few good ways to prep the project, and how to process the stitches after you've cut them, you'll be fine.  Students will work on a small sample of peerie bands, fortify the project, snip, snip, snip, and then stabilize the cut stitches.  A variety of stitch patterns will be included in your handout.

3 hours - 25 students max.

Student Supplies
  • your usual knitting kit
  • size 3 US needles
  • either dpns or a small circular
  • good scissors
  • either perle cotton or embroidery floss
  • 3-5 colors of Shetland, Icelandic, or otherwise "sticky" wool in jumper or fingering weight
Bringing both light and dark colors will help with contrast, and this is a good opportunity to use small balls or oddments.  Please do not plan on using merino, silk, alpaca, or blends.
Materials Fee
 None
Homework
 Cast on 67 stitches with Main Color (MC) and work 3 rows back in forth in garter stitch.  Join to work in the round.  Knit 2 rounds stockinette.

Creating Successful Sweaters

Teacher
 Amy Herzog
Prerequisites
 Intermediate sweater knitters who are ready for the next steps.  If you are a beginning sweater knitter, please register for the "You Can Knit That" class instead.  These classes cover very similar material, but with a different focus based on skill levels.  Do not register for both.
Craft
 Knitting
Sold Out
This class will set you up for sweater happiness by covering the fundamentals of making great sweaters that are great for your everyday life.  I'll talk about how to choose a pattern carefully, and then trick out your sweater to be perfect for you — in the context of modifying existing patterns (rather than writing your own).  We'll cover the following large topics:
  • Choosing Materials:  How to match your yarn's fibers and fabric to your sweater's design and/or different kinds of stitch patterning
  • Basic design and silhouettes:  The different constructions and silhouettes in sweater knitting, particularly in terms of how they relate to materials
  • Traditional patterns:  How to choose which size to knit and a brief overview of modifying patterns to fit you.  Note:  we won't go into detailed examples — for detailed fit maths, please take Mastering Mindful Modifications.
  • CustomFit patterns:  The basics of how CustomFit works, and how you can use it to help create the sweater you want.
Definitely bring your own questions and thoughts to class — and get ready to be inspired!

3 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies
Bring in design ideas and a swatch or two of a sweater fabric you really like (optional)
Materials Fee
 None
Homework
 None

Shifting Light:  Spinning Shade, Tint & Tone

Teacher
 Judith MacKenzie
Prerequisites
 Should be comfortable spinning on your wheel
Craft
 Spinning

In this class we'll learn how to make shades, tints and tones without a dye pot.  Instead, we'll learn how to create yarns that move light magically through our work.  Along the way, we'll learn some exercises to strengthen our color perception and find a ways to deepen our ability to use color to enrich both our knit and woven fabric.

3 hours - 18 students max.

Student Supplies
  • your spinning wheel and all of its parts, even the ones you've never used
  • extra bobbins, niddy noddy, lazy kate, handcards
  • knitting needles in a size you like to knit with
Materials Fee
 $15
Homework
 None

All About Mawata

Teacher
 Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
Prerequisites
 Interesting for all levels — although beginners should have a good grip on the basics.  Cast on and off, knit, purl, increase and decrease
Craft
 Knitting
Sold Out

This class explores the pleasures of knitting with pure silk (silk hankies).  We'll talk about the silk cycle, we'll experiment with making them from cocoons, and work with them as a pure silk source.  Even if you've no interest in hankies, this is an interesting way for a textile artist to spend half a day.

3 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies
 3mm needles — it's best to avoid circulars, it can be hard to get the unspun silk over the join.  The stitches will fit on a DPN, if you don't have straights.
Materials Fee
 $15
Homework
 None

Shadow Stitch Crochet Cables

Teacher
 Shibaguyz
Prerequisites
 Crochet Cables 101 or equivalent knowledge
Craft
 Crochet

Building on your knowledge of crossing post stitches to create crochet cables, you'll learn to "float" your post stitches on the surface of any stitch pattern with this FAB double-stitch crochet cable technique.  Even if you have only previously worked basic post stitch cables, you will LOVE this exciting method for next level crochet cables.  In class, you'll learn how to work crochet cables in any stitch pattern and you'll immediately see how these cables pop right off the surface of your crochet fabrics.  And, because there are no unworked stitches, your finished fabrics are solid on the front and back side making them perfect for everything from garments to home décor and accessories.  When you're ready to see just how far you can take post stitch crochet cables, this is the class for you!

3 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies
  • solid colored, worsted weight(ish) yarn — please no kitchen cotton, fuzzy, or novelty yarn
  • Basics Crochet Kit:  includes sharp scissors, notebook, pen or pencil with eraser, and crochet hooks of various sizes
Materials Fee
 $5
Homework
 None

Friday All Day - April 5

Be a Pattern Boss

Teacher
 Kate Atherley
Prerequisites
 Basic Knitting skills
Craft
 Knitting

For knitters who are confident with their needles, but less confident with the instructions:  this session is all about how to read and fully understand knitting patterns.  We'll dive deep into patterns — explaining all the abbreviations and terms you encounter, like WS and "even" and how to read instructions for repeats, providing a master glossary so you'll never be lost again.  We'll talk about how to choose and substitute yarns, and review the whole topic of gauge — what it means, how to check it, and what to do if you can't match.  We'll teach you how to understand pattern sizing and measurement information — including garment schematics — with a focus on making sure you always choose the right size for garment patterns.  We'll spend some time on the tricky numbers issues you encounter in knitting and pattern reading — counting and working and keeping track.  We'll cover how to understand and work instructions like "Decrease every 8th row 10 times," and "Increase 12 sts evenly distributed across the row."  We'll talk about calculating yardage in partial balls of yarn, and how to ensure you're buying enough for a project.  Along the way, we'll do a deep dive on chart reading, explaining not only how to understand them, but also share tips on how to make working with them easier — or work without them if you prefer!  This session is all about helping you take the next step as a knitter, so you can take on larger and more complex projects, with complete confidence.

6 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies
  • bring any patterns you have questions about
  • paper and pencil
  • a tape measure
  • a calculator/app
Materials Fee
 None
Homework
 None

Introduction to Blending Boards

Teacher
 Roy Clemes
Prerequisites
 None
Craft
 Spinning

In 2011, Henry and Roy Clemes were approached by Gwen Powell to create a new tool that eventually became the wildly popular Blending Board.  In this class, you will learn basic techniques and use of a blending board from one of its designers.  The class will not only demonstrate the versatility of the blending board — blending fibers of various types, lengths, and colors — but also the strength of the blending board — quickly preparing fiber in rolags for woolen spinning.  All materials and blending boards will be provided by the instructor.

6 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies
  • an attitude for learning
  • students may bring their own blending boards, prepared fiber, or cleaned fleece if they wish
Materials Fee
 $20
Homework
 None

Spinning for Hands that Weave

Teacher
 Judith MacKenzie
Prerequisites
 Should be comfortable spinning on your wheel
Craft
 Spinning
Sold Out

What could be more satisfying than making beautiful cloth with yarns you have designed and spun?  In this class we'll look at how to spin for both warp and weft.  We'll spin a wide variety of fibers including flax, silk and a range of wools.  You will also learn how to support delicate warps like cashmere, camel or qiviut.  We'll learn to make several novelty yarns that add wonderful texture to cloth and help to keep it light weight and resilient.  No matter what type of loom you use, understanding how to create different textures, colors and hand in your yarns will give your fabric your own unique signature.

6 hours - 18 students max.

Student Supplies
  • your spinning wheel and all of its parts, even the ones you've never used
  • extra bobbins, niddy noddy, lazy kate
  • mini combs, dog brush or flicker
  • hand cards if you have them
Materials Fee
 $20
Homework
 None

Friday Morning - April 5

Buttonband Savvy

Teacher
 Alissa Barton
Prerequisites
 Basic knitting skills
Craft
 Knitting

Button bands are one of those often over-looked part of finishing that really make or break the sweater.  We will be discussing different button band treatments, picking up stitches, placing buttonholes, several buttonhole types, properly sewing buttons on your knits and beautifully bound off edges.

3 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies
 Each sample is made in scraps of worsted weight yarn using size 8 needles (any kind will work).  We are going to be making different kinds of button bands and you will need the following kinds of buttons in styles that you like WITH your yarns.
  • one set of five - ⅝" shank buttons
  • one set of three - 1" buttons
  • 3 sets of two - 1 ¼" buttons
  • smooth cotton DK waste yarn
  • scissors
  • a tapestry needle that will fit through your button holes
Materials Fee
 None
Homework
 We are going to be exploring button holes, button bands and buttons.  In lieu of making useless swatches, this time I have come up with 2 different patterns for you to make up (check directions, you will need multiples of each) which, when finished, will become 5 cup cozies you can use or give for Christmas.  Directions for swatches will be emailed to registered students one (1) month before class.

The Possibilities of Pi

Teacher
 Denise Bell
Prerequisites
 Ability to execute standard increases and decreases, and basic chart reading.
Craft
 Knitting

Whether you learned about Pi Shawls from reading an Elizabeth Zimmermann book, from seeing them in Ravelry, or admiring them on display in a museum, you already know they are round and use the precision of the mathmatical forumula Pi for increasing the size of the shawl.  Don't let that math scare you!  When knitting a square, rectangle, or triangle shawl you have numerous options on how to begin, including bottom-up, side-to-side, and top-down.  A Pi Shawl, on the other hand, always starts in the center and grows in circumference. In this class we'll start by learning the Emily Ocker cast on, then using an easy-to-understand mathmatical formula and stitch dictionaries, we'll begin a shawl swatch using lace weight merino, which will be supplied by the teacher.  Circular shawls are particularly fun because they are knit in the round.  The rest rounds are knit rather than purled, so progress goes quickly.  We'll start on double point needles and move to a small circular needle as we progress in class.  You'll learn the Pi Shawl formula and tips on choosing stitch patterns to enlarge your swatch.  We'll talk a little bit at the end of class about blocking and various ways to wear a circular shawl.  (If you are proficient using the Magic Loop method, feel free to bring a circular needle the appropriate size although we will NOT be learning or discussing Magic Loop in this class.)

3 hours - 25 students max.

Student Supplies
 ALL class needles need sharp tips!
  • US size 4 or 5 dpns (5 needles)
  • US size 4 or 5 - 24" circular needle
  • a small crochet hook
  • your favorite Stitch Dictionary
  • stitch markers
  • scissors
  • your regular knitting kit
Materials Fee
 None
Homework
 None

Beading Three Ways

Teacher
 Linda Dean
Prerequisites
 Basic crochet skills
Craft
 Crochet

Beads made simple!  The extra sparkle and wow factor that beads can add to any project make them well worth the effort; however they can seem like a daunting undertaking.  Learn three different techniques to adding beads to your project and understand how to make beads a simple statement piece within your crochet.  You will learn how to use your beads in planned out works as well as how to place a bead on a whim, anywhere in your project that you wish.  These tricks for beads can also easily translate to adding buttons and other embellishments to your work.

3 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies
  • crochet hooks (size F, G, or H)
  • optional beading hooks
Materials Fee
 $5
Homework
 None

Kntting Happily Every After

Teacher
 Carson Demers
Prerequisites
 all levels of knitting experience
Craft
 Knitting
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Ever known a knitter who hasn't said, "Just one more row"?  Me neither!  I'll bet they've also complained of aches and pains while knitting.  In this class, you'll learn how knitting effects the "fabric that makes the fabric" — your body, and see how your knitting technique impacts your efficiency and productivity.  By completing a Risk of Injury assessment in class you'll learn how knitting contributes to those aches and pains throughout your body.  But more importantly, you'll learn how to reduce them.  A little knowledge and some simple changes can keep you knitting comfortably and safely ever after.  Students who've taken this class have said that it should be "required learning for all knitters regardless of experience level" and "it's as important as the knit and purl stitches!"  This class is taught by a passionate knitter who is also a physical therapist.  This class is not an individual knitting assessment.

3 hours - 25 students max.

Student Supplies
 Students are asked to bring a bath-sized towel, and materials to take notes if they wish to do so.
Materials Fee
 None
Homework
 None

Embroider Your Knitting

Teacher
 Franklin Habit
Prerequisites
 Fluency in the basic techniques of knitting; completion of a simple homework assignment prior to class.
Craft
 Knitting
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Hand embroidery is the perfect compliment to hand knitting.  With a little help from your tapestry needle, simple projects become splendid; and the beauties of complex work are enhanced and revealed in new and exciting ways.  In this introductory-level class, students will learn basic (but lovely) line, fill, knot, and motif stitches, and how to vary and combine them for different effects.  We will also discuss the selection of materials, planning designs, transferring patterns, and the care of finished work.  No prior embroidery experience is necessary — if you can work with two needles, you can work with one!

3 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies
  • completed homework assignment
  • at least two balls (partial balls are fine) of smooth, strong, worsted or sport weight yarn (i.e., Cascade 220, Cascade 220 Sport, Universal Yarns Deluxe Worsted, Valley Yarns Northampton) in solid or semi-solid colors that contrast strongly with the yarn used to complete the homework assignment
  • tapestry needle
  • scissors
Materials Fee
 None
Homework
 Use a smooth, strong, worsted or sport weight yarn (i.e., Cascade 220, Cascade 220 Sport, Universal Yarns Deluxe Worsted, Valley Yarns Northampton) in a white or a light solid or semi-solid color.  Make one swatch as follows:
  • With needles that will give you a gauge of about 5 (with worsted) to 6 (with sport) sts to the inch in stockinette st, CO 56 sts.
  • Rows 1-6:  knit.
  • Row 7 (WS):  K4, p 48, k4.
  • Rep rows 6-7 25x.
  • Rows 58-63:  Knit.
  • Bind off.
  • If time permits, block swatch.

Twined Knit Mitts

Teacher
 Kristin Hansen
Prerequisites
 Students taking this class should have a good understanding of working in the round, working with two strands of yarn, and reading charts
Craft
 Knitting

From cast on to bind off, twined knitting is a bit different from stranded knitting.  We'll learn various cast ons, twined knitting, twined purling, crook stitch, increases and decreases in twined knitting.  All while making a wearable pair of fingerless gloves.

3 hours - 25 students max.

Student Supplies
  • approx 200 yds DK or Light Worsted yarn, smooth, solid color
  • US #6 needles, either 2 circulars or 4 dpn
  • basic knitting tools
Materials Fee
 None
Homework
 None

Beginning Weaving for Knitters

Teacher
 Deborah Jarchow
Prerequisites
 None
Craft
 Weaving

Have you wondered if rigid heddle weaving is for you?  Would you like to try different looms without needing to buy the equipment?  In this class you will learn how to set up the loom to prepare for weaving and then weave a sample.  Take turns weaving on different brands and models of looms to see what all the excitement is about!  If you've been thinking about learning rigid heddle weaving, this class is the perfect opportunity to see what it is all about.  If you have already tried rigid heddle weaving, do not miss this chance to see how the different looms work.  Looms provided for class use.

3 hours - 24 students max.

Student Supplies
  • 100 to 125 yards of smooth, strong, non-hairy yarn that is at least 2 ply and about worsted weight
  • scissors
  • tube from inside a paper towel roll
  • brown paper grocery bag
  • 10 to 15 yards of waste yarn
Materials Fee
 $15 for ability to try out several different brands of rigid heddle looms
Homework
 None

Russian-Style Continental Knitting:  A Variation on a Theme

Teacher
 Galina Khmeleva
Prerequisites
 Prior knitting experience
Craft
 Knitting
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Are you stuck in the past . . . still throwing your yarn?  Maybe even experirence wrist discomfort?  Let Galina, lace knitter extraordinaire, teach you this subtle Russian variation of the classic continental knitting method.  It's fast, it's easy, it's oh-so forgiving on your wrists!  You'll wonder why you waited so long to make the switch!

3 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies
  • favorite needles, any style, in US sizes 0-3
  • note-taking material
  • yarn and charts will be provided
Materials Fee
 $5
Homework
 None

Spontaneous Spectacular Spinning

Teacher
 Sheryl Means
Prerequisites
 Ability to spin a continuous single yarn on a drop spindle.
Craft
 Spinning

Grab your drop spindle . . . let's have fun learning to spin spontaneous and spectacular yarn.  This class is for anyone who is already able to spin a continuous yarn on a drop spindle.  Skills learned in this class will easily transfer to spinning wheel or e-spinner, but in this class we will be using drop spindles.  A drop spindle can be provided if necessary.

Art yarn does not have to be super chunky!  To me, any hand spun yarn is art, and in this class you will experiment and learn new ways to use fiber to create one of a kind yarn.  Each student will receive a bag of "fluff" to use as they learn:
  • spindle choice and making it work for you
  • yarn joins as design elements, or not
  • drafting for desired yarn thickness
  • fiber blending during spinning
  • spinning with locks
  • add beads and embellishments during spinning and plying
  • creative plying for texture
  • yarn finishing and storage

Students will all receive a packet of information including written instructions for techniques taught, resource list for spinning supplies used, links to patterns suitable for using yarn as well as patterns written by me in both knit and crochet.

3 hours - 15 students max.

Student Supplies
 Drop Spindle
Materials Fee
 $10 to cover cost of spinning fiber provided for use in the class.
Homework
 None

Rigid Heddle Patterns with Pickup Sticks

Teacher
 Darlene Megli
Prerequisites
 Must be able to warp your loom and be comfortable weaving.  Not a class for beginners
Craft
 Weaving

Patterns are so much fun to do on the rigid heddle loom.  By using pick up sticks your weaving will take on a whole new look!  You will learn different lace weaves, honey comb, rya knots to name a few.  A fun class to expand your knowledge of the possibilities of your rigid heddle loom.

3 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies
  • loom with 7.5 or 8 dent reed warped 8-10 inches wide and 2 yards length with appropriate size yarn.  A light colored mercerized cotton or wool will be best.
  • 2 pick up sticks
  • 2 shuttles
  • same yarn you used for warping
  • any other yarn you might want to include in your weaving
  • scissors
Materials Fee
 $10
Homework
 Have loom warped.

Grok the Sock

Teacher
 Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
Prerequisites
 Interesting for all levels; beginners should be able to cast on and off, knit and purl, increase and decrease and have worked in the round before.
Craft
 Knitting
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Grok is a word from the classic book "Stranger in a Strange Land" that means "to understand something completely."  This class is designed to leave the student with a really complete understanding of the construction of socks and (usually) the ability to knit a great sock that truly fits, without any pattern at all.

3 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies
  • a small quantity of sock yarn
  • needles to match (can be dpns, or 2 circs.)
Materials Fee
 None
Homework
 None

Gauge RAGE to Gauge RAVE!

Teacher
 Shibaguyz
Prerequisites
 Must know basic stitches and how to make a swatch.
Craft
 Crochet

Nothing is more infuriating than getting to the end of a crochet project and discovering that pullover just became a maxi dress!  (ACK!)  Or that your pattern calls for X number of stitches and rows per inch but you're a full three or four stitches or rows away and you just have to make this project because it's perfect for you and you really really REALLY want to wear it next week to that big event or you'll just DIE!!  That feeling, is what we call Gauge Rage!

Yes, gauge can be frustrating and that frustration often manifests as Gauge Rage.  As a matter of fact, questions about fixing or adjusting gauge are among those we are asked most frequently; and that totally makes sense considering achieving correct gauge is the key to a successful project.  Without proper gauge, your fabric will not come out the same as that picture in that perfect pattern and your weeks of work will yield less than happy results . . . and ain't nobody got time for that!  In this class, we'll turn your Gauge Rage into Gauge Raves as we answer the main questions about gauge that we encounter most frequently:
  • What is gauge?!?
  • How do you calculate gauge?
  • How do you use gauge?
  • How does gauge affect your finished project?
  • How to you adjust your gauge?
  • What do you do when you need to apply a NEW gauge to your project?
We'll supply you with practical, real-world solutions for Gauge Rage and give you worksheets that will walk you through the process of checking, calculating and even re-calculating gauge when necessary.  Whether your Gauge Rage is a minor case or full-on Hulk mode, we'll turn your rage into raves!

3 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies
  • solid colored, worsted weight(ish) yarn — please no kitchen cotton, fuzzy, or novelty yarn
  • Basics Crochet/Knitting Kit:  includes sharp scissors, notebook, pen or pencil with eraser and crochet hooks/needles of various sizes
Materials Fee
 None
Homework
 None

Tisket, Tasket, Entrelac Baskets

Teacher
 Heather Storta
Prerequisites
 Must know cast on, knit, purl, bind off, basic decreases and increases.
Craft
 Knitting
Entrelac knitting is fun!  Join us as we make these cute felted bowls using Entrelac.  (We'll also learn how to knit backwards!)  We'll cover felting basics so that students can felt the bowls at home after class.  Skills students will learn:
  • picking up sts
  • the basics of Entrelac knitting
  • Entrelac knitting in the round
  • knitting backwards
  • felting knitted items.

3 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies
 
  • homework
  • worsted weight feltable yarn, three colors — one skein each. (Approximately 80 yards of each color will be needed.) Alternately, one long gradient color yarn, approximately 250 yards.
  • needles:  Size 7-8 or so should work for most knitters — we are aiming for a somewhat loose tension to get the best felting results
  • tapestry needle
  • scissors
Materials Fee
 None
Homework
 With Color A, loosely cast on 48 sts, and join to work in the round.  Place marker for end of rnd.
(Note:  Color A will end up on the top edge of the bowl.)
Set Up Rnd:  *K12, pm; rep from * three more times (last marker is already in place.)
Rnd 1:  *K2tog, knit to 2 sts before marker, ssk, sm; repeat from * three more times to end of rnd.  Dec 8 sts.
Rnd 2:  Purl around.
Repeat Rnds 1 and 2 until 8 sts remain, ending with Rnd 2.
Cut tail and thread through remaining 8 sts, Fasten off.

Making Stitch Markers and Beyond

Teacher
 Misty Urech
Prerequisites
 None
Craft
 Other

See class details Thursday morning.

Friday Afternoon - April 5

Fun Felted Hats

Teacher
 Leigh Abernathy
Prerequisites
 None
Craft
 Other
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Explore wet-felting as you create your own animal hat!  Learn how to use a resist, full and shape a hat using non-traditional tools and techniques.  Choose from a fox, cat or a bear as you make your own fabulous felted hat for an adult or child using a resist.  Instructor supplies all materials and tools, just bring yourself and your imagination.

3 hours - 10 students max.

Student Supplies
 None unless you want to bring your own wool
Materials Fee
 $15
Homework
 None

Magnificent Mandala Motif 2.0

Teacher
 Molly Andries
Prerequisites
 Intermediate to Advanced:  Basic crochet stitches, post stitch, reverse single crochet, bobbles, extended double crochet, and standing single crochet, top stitch/surface crochet.
Craft
 Crochet

The Mandala is an enchanting, decorative circle-design that represents infinity and for some has a spiritual meaning.  Create your own decorative Mandala through the use of your favorite colors and crocheted textured stitches.  This is an intermediate to advanced class using a variety of interesting crochet techniques.  One should be familiar with overlay crochet, reverse single crochet, post stitch, bobble, popcorn, extended double crochet, shell, invisible join, and standing single crochet, top stitch/surface crochet.  However, a short demonstration will be shown of all stitches used for each round.  In addition, a detailed colored pattern will be provided.  Join in the delight of creating your very own personal Mandala!

3 hours - 15 students max.

Student Supplies
  • 6 contrasting solid colors of cotton yarn in either sport, dk, or worsted weight (preferred yarn is either 24/7 Cotton by Lion Brand or Sinfonia by Omega)
  • hook sized appropriate to the weight of the yarn
  • basic crochet supplies
  • stitch markers
  • scissors
Materials Fee
 None
Homework
 Homework assignment with photos will be sent to registerted students 1 month prior to class

Ply Study

Teacher
 Alissa Barton
Prerequisites
 beginner to intermediate spinner — you should be able to spin a single that will hold together when plying.
Craft
 Spinning

Ever wonder what else you can do, rather than just a basic 2-ply or a soft single?  Me too, and so I have put this class together to explore the options.  We will be making plain yarns, but with some truly fascinating differences.  What is the difference from a 4 ply to a cable ply?  How do you get a diamond ply?  Why would you want to?  This and so much more!

3 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies
  • your own wheel, lazy Kate and extra bobbins
  • 4 oz of prepared fiber you are comfortable spinning
Materials Fee
 None
Homework
 None

Stratocumulus Capelet

Teacher
 Denise Bell
Prerequisites
 Basic knitting skills, ability to follow a chart and work in the round.
Craft
 Knitting

Unspun Icelandic Plötulopi wool yarn is soft and airy, but knitters unfamiliar with working without twist in their yarn can find it intimidating.  Working with its unspun strands are a delight once one discovers how it behaves and learns a few ways to handle this unique yarn.  In this short class we'll spend some time learning the ins and outs of how best to handle the Plötulopi wool yarn, swatch for gauge, calculate some simple measurements to ensure a good fit, and cast on for the Stratocumulus Capelet.

3 hours - 25 students max.

Student Supplies
  • one wheel of Icelandic Plötulopi wool
  • 24-inch metal circular needles, US size 6 and 7
  • measuring tape
  • stitch marker
  • pattern will be included in your class handout
Materials Fee
 None
Homework
 None

Hand Dyes and High Expectations:  What will this yarn do?

Teacher
 Ana Clerc
Prerequisites
 None
Craft
 Other

One of the biggest difficulties that knitters and crocheters have with hand-dyed yarn is knowing what to expect it to look like when it is worked into a project.  In this class we will talk about the many types of hand-dyed yarns that are available, look at what each type of yarn looks like in a skein versus worked into a project, and talk about the many variables that can change the way the yarn looks in your work.  We will work through the most important factors that need to be considered when you are trying a yarn/pattern combination.

3 hours - 25 students max.

Student Supplies
 Supplies for taking notes.
Materials Fee
 None
Homework
 None

Tapestry Weaving 101

Teacher
 Judy Crouch
Prerequisites
 None
Craft
 Weaving

Weaving in pictures!  Wow, what fun!  Learn the basics of tapestry weaving and create a beautiful wall hanging, a picture, an insert for a book cover or bag, or, or, or . . .  You are limited only by your imagination!  You will use a small frame loom, a cartoon and yarn to create your masterpiece in this class.  Once you get the basics there are so many things you can do/make with this type of weaving.  It can be as structured as you want, or very free flowing.  You are the weaver, make it your own.  The small frame will be yours to take home along with yarn to finish your weaving if not finished in class.  Class will include the use of a loom; all yarns and any tools needed will be provided.

3 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies
 small pair of scissors
Materials Fee
 $30 for frame loom and yarns
Homework
 None

Swatchbuckling

Teacher
 Carson Demers
Prerequisites
 all levels of knitting experience
Craft
 Knitting

Avast ye maties!  Let's bring improved ergonomics to life in your knitting technique.  We'll swatch to improve your posture, comfort, and efficiency.  We'll examine yarn tensioning techniques, and all phases of stitch creation first with simple then more challenging swatches and stitches.  We'll also look at ways to add movement to knitting to avoid stiffness and injuries caused by disuse.  Class is appropriate for students who are comfortable with basic knit purl stitches.  Swatches of basic cable and lace patterns are also made in class.  Stitch patterns are provided in both charted and written formats.

3 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies
  • light colored worsted weight yarn (4 oz. is sufficient)
  • needles appropriate for yarn
  • a bath sized towel
  • materials to take notes if they wish to do so
Materials Fee
 None
Homework
 None

Going Electric

Teacher
 Abby Franquemont
Prerequisites
 Students may take this class without an e-spinner, but be aware that the exercises we'll do will likely not apply to spindles and treadled wheels.  Experience level:  you should have spun at least one full bobbin, spindle, or skein of yarn.  Not for the absolute beginner.
Craft
 Spinning

So what's the deal with all these electric spinners you see around nowadays?  Are they as good as "regular" spinning wheels?  Can you do all the same stuff with them?  Are there things you have to do differently with an e-spinner than you would with a treadled wheel?  Do you have an e-spinner, but you haven't entirely made friends with it?  Would an e-spinner solve accessibility issues for you?  How can you translate all the things you already know how to do with a treadled wheel into things you can do with equal ease on an e-spinner?  Bring your e-spinner and work through all these questions while spending some solid hands-on time on exercises to put your equipment through its paces and learn all that it can do.

3 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies
  • e-spinner in working order
  • note-taking materials
Materials Fee
 $20
Homework
 None

Embroider Your Knitting Level II

Teacher
 Franklin Habit
Prerequisites
 Completion of Embroider Your Knitting:  Level I, or equivalent fluency in basic hand embroidery stitches (including catch stitches, French and bullion knots).  Fluency in the basic techniques of knitting; completion prior to class of a simple homework assignment.
Craft
 Knitting
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Hand embroidery is the perfect compliment to hand knitting.  With a little help from your tapestry needle, simple projects become splendid; and the beauties of complex work are enhanced and revealed in new and exciting ways.  In this sequel to "Embroider Your Knitting," students move beyond the basics into freestyle work, methods of pattern transfer, choosing stitches that suit your vision, and — of course — a few new fancy stitches to add to the repertoire!

3 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies
  • completed homework assignment
  • at least two balls (partial balls are fine) of smooth, strong, worsted or sport weight yarn (i.e., Cascade 220, Cascade 220 Sport, Universal Yarns Deluxe Worsted, Valley Yarns Northampton) in solid or semi-solid colors that contrast strongly with the yarn used to complete the homework assignment
  • tapestry needle
  • scissors
Materials Fee
 $5
Homework
 Use a smooth, strong, worsted or sport weight yarn (i.e., Cascade 220, Cascade 220 Sport, Universal Yarns Deluxe Worsted, Valley Yarns Northampton) in a white or a light solid or semi-solid color.  Make one swatch as follows:
  • With needles that will give you a gauge of about 5 (with worsted) to 6 (with sport) sts to the inch in stockinette st, CO 56 sts.
  • Rows 1-6:  knit.
  • Row 7 (WS):  K4, p 48, k4.
  • Rep rows 6-7 25x.
  • Rows 58-63:  Knit.
  • Bind off.
  • If time permits, block swatch.

Beginning Beaded Lace Scarf

Teacher
 Kristin Hansen
Prerequisites
 Must know how to knit and purl, do basic increases (yarn overs) and decreases (ssk, k2tog).
Craft
 Knitting

Move your knitting skills up a notch.  Learn how to read basic lace charts and placement of beads with a crochet hook.  We'll start out using the bigger yarn to get the hang of placing the beads and reading the chart.

3 hours - 25 students max.

Student Supplies
  • approx 400 yds fingering weight yarn, smooth, solid, lighter color
  • US #8 (5mm) and US #6 (4.5mm) needles (either straight or circular)
  • tapestry needle
  • 100 #6 beads
  • US #12 steel crochet hook for placing beads
  • approx 30-50 yds DK smooth, light color yarn and US #C crochet hook for practice piece
  • basic kitting tools
Materials Fee
 None
Homework
 None

You Can Knit That

Teacher
 Amy Herzog
Prerequisites
 Beginning sweater knitters who are excited to go further!  If you are an intermediate sweater knitter, please sign up for the "Creating Successful Sweaters" class on Thursday afternoon.  These classes cover very similar material, but with a different focus based on skill levels.  Do not register for both.
Craft
 Knitting
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Are you ready to take the sweater plunge, but a little nervous that you'll wind up with a useless garment?  Have you already taken the sweater plunge, and were disappointed with the results?  Have no fear!  I'll tell you everything you need to know to wind up with a sweater that's worthy of envy.  In this 3-hour class, we'll cover:
  • Different sweater construction options:  What are the different ways a sweater can come together, and what impact does your choice of construction have?  Amy brings her "sweater suitcase" to class with lots of different construction options to compare and contrast.
  • Schematics:  What are they?  How they can help you?
  • Getting a successful sweater fabric:  sweaters require different things out of their fabric than socks, shawls, and hats.  From swatching to fibers, we'll get you sweater-ready.
  • Choosing the right size, and setting yourself up for the easiest-possible fit modifications (note:  we don't cover math in depth in this class)
  • Choice points:  Identifying key pattern elements vs. when you can go "off road"
  • The Fun Stuff:  Shaping, edging, patterning, and other options
Bring your own questions to class, too, and get ready for some great sweaters!

3 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies
 Please bring in a swatch or two of a sweater fabric you really like (optional).
Materials Fee
 None
Homework
 None

Intro to the Basic Elements & Pattern Designs of Orenburg Lace Knitting

Teacher
 Galina Khmeleva
Prerequisites
 Basic knitting abilities
Craft
 Knitting
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Mouseprint, cat's paw, honeycomb, fish eye . . . these are but four of the ten basic elements that form the core foundation of Orenburg knitting lace, combinations of which results in the near-mystical pattern designs that evolve into Orenburg lace shawls and scarves.  In this class, Galina will introduce students to the basic elements and discuss how the knitters of Orenburg combine specific basic elements to form the elegant motifs that adorn their exquisite lace shawls and scarves.

3 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies
  • favorite needles, any style, in sizes 0-3US
  • note-taking material
  • yarn and charts will be provided
Materials Fee
 $5
Homework
 None

What Can I Make With This Yarn?

Teacher
 Sheryl Means
Prerequisites
 Students must be able to perform all crochet stitches (ch, sl st, sc, dc), be able to follow a simple pattern
Craft
 Crochet

You walk into a fiber festival or a yarn shop and your senses are overwhelmed.  You want it all.  But, can you go home and really make something with that beautiful yarn?  If you don't have a specific pattern, what can you make with that yarn?  The answer is — lots of things!  After taking this class you will be confident in selecting yarn to make a variety of accessories.

Bring your knowledge of basic crochet and an adventurous spirit and let's have fun!  In this class students will learn:
  • How to make basic shawl shapes by making sample sizes
  • The basics of increasing and how to modify them for the desired shape
  • Choosing stitches to compliment the yarn chosen
  • Using a stitch dictionary to make your own designs
  • A little math to remove the guesswork over yarn quantity
  • How to figure out if stash yarn is about the same size as your new yarn
  • Tips and tricks for mixing different yarns for maximum effect
  • Using graph paper to insert stitch patterns

After this class you will never have to wonder "what can I make with this yarn" ever again!

3 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies
  • light colored, smooth, worsted weight yarn
  • desired hook for yarn size
  • scissors and yarn needle
Materials Fee
 None
Homework
 None

Knit Smart

Teacher
 Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
Prerequisites
 Lecture style (no knitting during class)
Craft
 Knitting

This lecture style class (that means mostly talking, like at University) deals with best practices in knitting, and talks about how to (usually) prevent knitting mistakes and (mostly) fix them.  Out of the myriad techniques, ideas, yarns, patterns and tools available to knitters, how can you be sure that the ones you choose will give you the results you want?  This class looks at how to predict how knitting is going to work, very clever ways to solve knitting problems, and how to streamline knitting so that you're doing less work, and creating better stuff.  This class is useful to knitters at all levels, and is my very favourite to teach.

3 hours - 50 students max.

Student Supplies
 None, but students may bring failed projects, or those with mistakes.  We'll try to have a look.
Materials Fee
 None
Homework
 None

Simple Brioche Knitting

Teacher
 Lesley Anne Robinson
Prerequisites
 Intermediate Knitting Skills
Craft
 Knitting

Try your hand at learning the amazing Brioche stitch!  No previous experience with brioche knitting is needed.  In this class, you will learn the basic stitches of one-color brioche, then move on to exciting two-color brioche.  One-color brioche is a great way to teach your hands the muscle memory of the technique without the complications of two different yarns, and is a fantastic introduction to two-color brioche.  Two-color brioche is very fun, and can be easier to see the anatomy of brioche stitches, so we will be focusing on this for the remainder of the class.  Yarn choices and color will be briefly discussed.  You will learn my favorite cast-on and bind-off techniques to use with brioche knitting, the basic brioche setup, and knit a small straight swatch of two-color brioche.

3 hours - 25 students max.

Student Supplies
  • 20" long Circular needles between sizes US 5 - 7
  • two skeins / balls of sport, DK, or Worsted weight yarn in high contrasting colors, approximately 100 yards or more each
Materials Fee
 None
Homework
 None

A Sampling of Short Rows

Teacher
 Heather Storta
Prerequisites
 Knit, purl, decreases, some knowledge and slight experience with short rows. This is not a 'Learn Short Rows' course, this is a class where we explore the different ways to make short rows.
Craft
 Knitting

There are many ways to work short rows.  Each method has pros and cons, so it's helpful to have several different techniques in your knitter's 'toolbox.'  This class is not an introduction to short rows, so some prior experience with short rows is necessary.  In this class we will sample a few of the different ways to perform them — including the 'Wrap and Turn' method, Yarnover method, German short rows, Japanese short rows, and as many others as we have time to get to!  We will also cover how to substitute one method for another.

3 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies
  • homework, left on the needles
  • smooth, worsted weight yarn in light color
  • working needles appropriate to yarn (size 7 or 8 will work for most knitters)
  • clasp style stitch markers or safety pins
Materials Fee
 None
Homework
 Cast on 30 sts.  Work 1 inch in stockinette.  Leave knitting on needles.

Saturday All Day - April 6

Fair Isle Tam:  How color is Used in Fair Isle Knitting

Teacher
 Janine Bajus
Prerequisites
 Some experience in stranded knitting, reading charts, and knitting in the round
Craft
 Knitting

Have you always wanted to design your own Fair Isle but were afraid because it looked too complicated?  In this class you will work with a classic Fair Isle tam pattern and a pre-defined color way so you don't have to worry about choosing colors.  You'll start with arranging colors for a corrugated rib and then move to designing the peerie and OXO bands.  I will also discuss how the skills you've learned translate into designing a traditional Fair Isle sweater or vest.  This workshop is ideal for those who want to explore Fair Isle design but are hesitant about starting from scratch.

6 hours - 21 students max.

Student Supplies
  • 16" circular needles sizes 1 & 3, plus double points in the larger size (if you are comfortable using the two-circular-needle or magic loop methods, bring appropriate needles)
  • if you don't know your gauge with fingering weight yarn please bring a range of needles sizes, from 1 to 4
  • regular sharpened pencils
Materials Fee
 $34 (includes 8 balls of Shetland yarn)
Homework
 None

Get Yoked!  Create a Custom Yoke Sweater

Teacher
 Alissa Barton
Prerequisites
 Basic knitting skills
Craft
 Knitting

Sweaters knit in the round with a yoke collar are all over the internet.  We will explore how to make one starting from the neck and working down.  This gives you the opportunity to customize the fit as you work which is a tremendous advantage when you are designing your own.  My example (which we will go through step by step in class) features a lacy yoke worked in DK cotton with short sleeves, but if you do a little window-gazing on Ravelry you will find that yoke sweaters can be so much more!  Colorwork, lace, cables, texture.  Nothing is out of question once you understand the basic structure.  Ahead of class you will want to consider what kind of yarn you would like to use — or shop the market!  During class you can be knitting a swatch while taking notes in the morning.  After lunch we will be applying what we have learned to creating a masterpiece!

6 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies
 Bring a variety of needles and stitch markers to class with your yarn (just one ball, already wound).
Materials Fee
 None
Homework
 None

Dishtowels on a Rigid Heddle Loom

Teacher
 Deborah Jarchow
Prerequisites
 Beginner
Craft
 Weaving

Enjoy your own handwoven dishtowels while working in your kitchen.  Learn how to weave these thirsty towels in colors that suit your decor.  During class you will warp the loom and weave two small towels and learn how to put the finishing touches on them at home.  Don't miss this chance to enhance your kitchen with beautiful hand crafted towels!

6 hours - 24 students max.

Student Supplies
  • unmercerized dk - worsted cotton yarn in 4 -5 colors:  35 yards each of 4 different colors, 200 yards additional of 1 color
  • scissors
  • tapestry needle
  • cardboard tube from inside a paper towel roll
  • 2 brown paper grocery bags
  • Rigid Heddle loom with at least 10" weaving width, 7.5 or 8 dent reed, and weaving tools (sley/threading hook, clamps, warping peg, shuttle)
For the sample towels I used a combination of Berroco Indigo, Rowen Original Denim, KiC2 Ty-Dy, K1C2 2nd Time Cotton, Juniper Moon Farm Neve, Tahki Cotton Classic, Classic Elite Seedling, Trendsetter Ecotone.  If someone wants to use hemp the Hemp for Knitting or Juniper Moon Farm Zooey will work but do not mix the hemp and cotton yarns as they do not shrink the same.  Either use all hemp yarns or all cotton yarns.
Materials Fee
 $15 loom rental (contact teachers@dfwfiberfest.org to refund if bringing own loom)
Homework
 None

Saturday Morning - April 6

Two Socks at Once:  War & Peace Method

Teacher
 Kate Atherley
Prerequisites
 Prior experience knitting in the round
Craft
 Knitting
Sold Out

See class details Saturday afternoon.

Catch & Carry:  The Subtle Effects of Armenian Knitting

Teacher
 Denise Bell
Prerequisites
 Ability to execute standard increases and decreases
Craft
 Knitting

This style of stranded knitting, made famous by the haute couture house of Schiaparelli in 1927 with the Bowknot Sweater, uses two colors, with the motif color carried throughout on both patterned and non-patterned rounds.  The technique of carrying both colors and catching the floats allows the motif color to peek through on solid rounds giving a subtle heathered effect.  We'll practice the technique on a simple pair of fingerless mittens, the pattern for which will be supplied in class.

3 hours - 25 students max.

Student Supplies
  • 2 balls of contrasting color (one light and one dark) non-superwash wool in fingering/jumper weight (approx. 125yds each) Preferably a sticky wool such as Shetland or Icelandic
  • US 2 and 3 dpns
Materials Fee
 None
Homework
 Using the long tail cast on method, dark colored yarn, and size 2 US dpns cast on 48 stitches (leave a 6-inch tail).  Purl all stitches.  Join to work in the round.  Work 12 rounds of k2, p2 ribbing.  Switch to size 3 US dpns and knit one round even.

Re-Invented Broomstick Lace

Teacher
 Linda Dean
Prerequisites
 None
Craft
 Crochet

Broomstick or Jiffy Lace is not new, however there are many new ways to use it!  In this class you will learn how to create the basic broomstick lace, as well as how to manipulate the loops into many other applications, such as extended, twisted, and fanned loops.  You will also learn how to create Backed Broomstick Lace to create a solid fabric with a lace overlay.  Learn how these techniques can be applied to edgings or entire fabrics while learning different shaping techniques that can subtly be used for added interest in this approach.

3 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies
  • large knitting needle size US 19 (15mm) or larger
  • yarn
  • hooks appropriate for yarn
Materials Fee
 None
Homework
 None

Ergonomics at Your Spinning Wheel

Teacher
 Carson Demers
Prerequisites
 Students must be able to spin a consistent singles with both forward and long draw.
Craft
 Spinning

Time seems suspended when you're at your spinning wheel.  Hours melt away but stress and strain can be accumulating in your body.  Spinning shouldn't hurt!  In this class you'll learn what ergonomic risk factors are and where they exist in spinning at a wheel.  Most importantly you'll learn what to do to minimize them and early warning signs that could prevent an injury.  Safer strategies for seating, balancing your spinning work, and of course, stretches will all be taught.  This is not a "how to spin" class.

3 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies
  • spinning wheel
  • bobbin
  • fiber will be provided
  • students are also asked to bring a bath size towel
Materials Fee
 None
Homework
 None

Mud is for pies, not Beautiful Skeins of Handspun Yarn

Teacher
 Peggy Doney
Prerequisites
 Advanced beginner to intermediate spinners.  Student must know their wheel and be able to spin both directions comfortably.
Craft
 Spinning

Like a moth to the light we were drawn to the kaleidoscope.  Don't get burned when spinning only to have your dancing colors bog down into ho-hum.  We've all purchased those lusciously colored rovings and we'll explore several ways to preserve those colors instead of losing their lovely distinctiveness.

3 hours - 15 students max.

Student Supplies
  • wheel in good working order
  • three or four empty bobbins
  • lazy kate
  • wheel oil (if needed)
  • pencil or pen
Materials Fee
 $12
Homework
 None

Wheel Maintenance Clinic

Teacher
 Abby Franquemont
Prerequisites
 You should have already spun at least one full bobbin, spindle, or skein of yarn, and you should be comfortable using tools like screwdrivers and pliers.
Craft
 Spinning

Is your wheel starting to show some wear and tear, and you're not sure what to do about it?  Are you sure it's working how it's supposed to?  Did you buy a wheel used, and you're not sure it's all quite right?  You're in luck!  Bring your wheel, and let Abby walk you through not only the mechanics of how it works, but how to take care of and tune up your specific wheel.  You'll receive a questionnaire ahead of class that's aimed at making sure we have all the things we need on hand to tune up your specific wheel.  One wheel per participant only, please.

3 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies
 spinning wheel and bobbins
Materials Fee
 $30 for handout, routine maintenance supplies, use of tools in class, & spinning fiber for testing and tuning
Homework
 None

Knitting to Fit Your Furry Friends

Teacher
 Franklin Habit
Prerequisites
 This class will best serve knitters who have reached at least the advanced beginner level.  Students must be fluent all in the fundamentals of knitting, including increases and decreases.
Craft
 Knitting
Sold Out

Custom sweaters for four-legged friends are among the most rewarding projects in all of knitting — but also one of its greatest challenges.  How do you resize a design for a dachshund to fit a great dane — or vice versa?  How do you make something just right for a special mutt, or — if you are a brave sort — for a special kitty?  In this lecture-based class, Franklin will guide you through the process of measuring, calculating, and designing simple but effective garments to suit any animal companion.  It's not just fun, it can make you a stronger knitter — because these fundamental principles of knitting to fit work for humans, too!

3 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies
  • notebook and pencil with eraser (preferred) or pen for making notes
  • calculator or calculator app (optional)
Materials Fee
 None
Homework
 None

Fairy Folk

Teacher
 Joyce Hazlerig
Prerequisites
 None
Craft
 Other

Students will create delicate little fairy beings in the popular Waldorf style.  Each student can create up to three little figures, an animal costume, a flower fairy and a mushroom capped forest child.  These sweet figures are very easy and addictive to create.

3 hours - 15 students max.

Student Supplies
 if you have felting tools and pads bring them
Materials Fee
 $15
Homework
 None

Mastering Mindful Modifications

Teacher
 Amy Herzog
Prerequisites
 Intermediate or adventurous beginning knitters who are comfortable with knitting, purling, increasing, and decreasing.  Basic familiarity with patterns is required.
Craft
 Knitting
Sold Out
It's one thing to look at a YouTube video on working short rows, and quite another to identify when you need to adjust a sweater's fit, what you're trying to accomplish with your adjustments, and figure out the mechanics of carrying out a mod.  In this class, we'll explore how to make sweater modification as easy as possible.  This includes:
  • My approach to choosing a "base size" for all sweater constructions
  • Creating your own personal sweater schematic and comparing it against the pattern
  • Executing shaping modifications to the body and sleeves of your sweater
  • Neckline modifications
  • We briefly touch on armhole, bicep, and sleeve cap mods

This class is aimed at intermediate knitters, or beginning knitters who are adventurous and not shy about using their calculator.  Students should feel comfortable with the basic way sweaters go together.  This class makes a great companion to the "Knit to Flatter" and "You Can Knit That" classes.

3 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies
 Pencil and paper are helpful for notes.  I also let students take photographs of the examples worked in class if you'd like to bring a camera.
Materials Fee
 None
Homework
 None

Dimensional Stitches Russian/Estonian Style

Teacher
 Galina Khmeleva
Prerequisites
 Prior knitting experience
Craft
 Knitting

Would you like to give your knitting projects new life . . . that crisp, bold, easily defined look . . . adding style, substance and texture?  The addtion of 'spiders,' 'clover leaves,' 'mooshky,' and 'nupps' (lily-of-the-valley motif), will add a new 'dimension' to your knitting.  Traditional they're not . . . a real hoot to knit . . . absolutely!

3 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies
  • fingering/sport weight yarn, non-textured & light colored
  • needles appropriate for the yarn size
  • note taking materials, including pencils
Materials Fee
 None
Homework
 None

Knit Smart

Teacher
 Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
Prerequisites
 None
Craft
 Knitting

See class details Friday afternoon.

Textural Brioche

Teacher
 Lesley Anne Robinson
Prerequisites
 Basic brioche knitting skills and knowledge, along with intermediate knitting skills are required.
Craft
 Knitting
Sold Out

Look at knitting a bit differently by exploring different textures created by simple brioche techniques!  In this class, we will dive into several distinct stitch patterns using one, two, and even three color brioche knitting.  I have designed a straightforward wrap pattern specifically for this class that incorporates these stitches into a cohesive combination that you will be able to take home with you after the class to continue practicing.  Together we will look at color choices, and other patterns you can try with these stitches.  Consider this a special workshop to broaden your brioche horizons!

3 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies
  • 24" long US 4 or 5 / 3.5 or 3.75mm circular needles (interchangeables are fine)
  • 3 full skeins of fingering / sock weight yarn in different tones (at least 400 yards / 366 m in light, medium and dark; I highly suggest solid or semi-solid yarn)
  • an open mind
Materials Fee
 $8
Homework
 None

Creating FAB Crochet Fabrics

Teacher
 Shibaguyz
Prerequisites
 Must know how to read a written crochet pattern and how to make basic crochet stitches (chain, sl st, sc, hdc, dc).
Bonus Skills (not required):  Foundation Single Crochet, Foundation Half Double Crochet, Foundation Double Crochet
Craft
 Crochet

If you are interested in learning how to create new and exciting stitch patterns that result in creating FAB fabrics for your projects, you should be in this class.  Whether you are fairly new at wielding a hook or if you are carrying around the experience of a crochet sage, this class will shed new light on how we create custom fabrics for our garments and home décor designs and will give you the knowledge and skills for creating your own custom crochet fabrics.  What it's all about!  Whether you're making a scarf, an afghan, a dress, or a cardi; good fabric makes or breaks a design.  No matter how good the design concept is, if the fabric isn't right, the design just isn't going to work.  While there are many factors regarding fiber content and the type of yarn that are important in creating fabrics, we're going to concentrate on the foundation for all fabrics:  the stitches!  We're going to start at the beginning with some strong base stitches that you will probably already know and evolve those stitches step-by-step into fabrics that are as different as tree bark and tapioca.  To accomplish this feat, we will uncover the basic principles of textile design and apply those to our crochet stitches and follow a natural evolutionary course to develop surprisingly different fabrics based on the original stitches.  Then, we'll work on some stitches that you might not be so familiar with and apply the same principles to them resulting in unique and FAB custom fabrics made by your own two hands!  By the time we're finished, you will have an understanding of how to create fabrics from the inside out and you will have the tools for experimenting with designing custom fabrics of your own!  Remember those choose your own adventure books we all loved when we were kids (and some of us still do)?  This is like choose your own adventure for crochet stitches!  Pick a stitch, add a variation element based on what type of fabric you want, and you're on your way to creating your own beautiful custom crochet fabrics.

3 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies
  • solid colored, worsted weight(ish) yarn — please no kitchen cotton, fuzzy, or novelty yarn
  • Basics Crochet/Knitting Kit:  includes sharp scissors, notebook, pen or pencil with eraser, and crochet hooks of various sizes
Materials Fee
 None
Homework
 None

Creative Crochet Cabling

Teacher
 Quayln Stark
Prerequisites
 Before attending class, students should work on single crochet, double crochet, and treble crochet stitches.  It is also helpful if students have some experience reading patterns/graphs.
Craft
 Crochet

This class serves as an introduction to Crochet Cabling.  Students will learn simple crochet cabling techniques that can be used to create sophisticated and intricate cable designs.  This class is geared towards beginners who have a basic understanding of crochet.  In the class, we will dissect a Cable pattern and graph to understand how cabling works.  Stitches taught in class include Front Post Double Crochet, Back Post Double Crochet, Left Cross Trebles, and Right Cross Treble

3 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies
  • size I/9 - 5.5 mm crochet hook
  • yarn will be provided
Materials Fee
 None
Homework
 None

Experience SAORI Weaving

Teacher
 Kathleen Utts
Prerequisites
 None
Craft
 Weaving
Sold Out

Saori-style weaving has recently taken hold in the United States, attracting novice weavers as well as experienced traditional weavers due to its forgiving 'no rules' free-form nature and emphasis on an individual's creative expression.  This class will introduce students to the history and philosophy behind Saori and students will weave 'Saori Style' on pre-warped Saori looms, with all materials provided for creative play.  Participants will learn some techniques used in Saori, focusing on creative use of color and textures, and they will take away an individual piece of art . . . perhaps a wall hanging, a scarf or fabric to cover a pillow!

3 hours - 12 students max.

Student Supplies
 Playful curiosity!
Materials Fee
 $15
Homework
 None

Saturday Afternoon - April 6

Two Socks at Once:  War & Peace Method

Teacher
 Kate Atherley
Prerequisites
 Prior experience knitting in the round
Craft
 Knitting
Sold Out

Using a variation of double knitting, this class teaches how to work two socks at the same time, one inside the other.  This is a hands on class.

3 hours - 16 students max.

Student Supplies
  • 4-5mm/US #6-8 needles in your preferred configuration for sock knitting
  • two colours of medium-weight yarn
Materials Fee
 None
Homework
 None

Spinning on a Hand Spindle

Teacher
 Leef Bloomenstiel
Prerequisites
 None
Craft
 Spinning

One of the oldest spinning tools is the hand spindle.  They have been found all over the world in just about every culture.  Learn how to make good functional yarns using this simple tool.

3 hours - 15 students max.

Student Supplies
 None
Materials Fee
 $15 for Ashford spindle and 2 ounces of roving
Homework
 None

Convert It!

Teacher
 Linda Dean
Prerequisites
 Intermediate crochet skills
Craft
 Crochet

Inspired by a knit pattern, turn it into crochet!  Learn the basics of understanding the difference and similarities between these two popular fabric construction techniques, how to utilize stitch dictionaries, as well as how to understand what your gauge swatch really can tell you.  Gain a better understand of what draws you to a pattern, and how to have it materialize into what you envision.

3 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies
  • a knit pattern you are inspired by
  • hooks and appropriate yarn
  • optional:  crochet stitch dictionary
Materials Fee
 None
Homework
 None

Continue your SAORI Weaving Journey!

Teacher
 Sarah Dauro
Prerequisites
 Recommended that students have taken any previous Saori class (at DFW or elsewhere), but NOT REQUIRED
Craft
 Weaving

Did you enjoy your first Saori class and want to learn and experience more?  This class will continue your journey of Saori exploration with new techniques for adding more texture, pops of color, and FUN to your Saori woven cloth.  We will explore some of the concepts of "Cre-ito" a term coined by Kenzo Jo meaning to create your own yarns for weaving.  Students will be weaving on Saori pre-warped floor looms with a variety of materials.  If you register for both SAORI classes then you can continue to weave on the same loom and go home with a BIGGER piece of cloth!  Maybe enough cloth to create your first Saori garment!

3 hours - 12 students max.

Student Supplies
 None
Materials Fee
 $15
Homework
 None

Ergonomics for Fiber Enthusists

Teacher
 Carson Demers
Prerequisites
 None
Craft
 Other

Do you do more than knit or spin?  This class takes inventory of the ergonomic pros and cons for a variety of fiber arts including weaving and finer needle work.  You'll learn how injuries occur and the contributions your craft makes both to their occurrence and prevention.  You'll learn to identify ergonomic risk in your craft and techniques to prevent injuries including improved posture, stretching and exercise.

3 hours - 25 students max.

Student Supplies
  • a bath size towel
  • note taking materials if desired
Materials Fee
 None
Homework
 None

Spinning for Crochet

Teacher
 Abby Franquemont
Prerequisites
 you should be comfortable enough with spinning that you think it doesn't sound crazy to spin your own yarn for a crochet project, which probably means at least having spun one full bobbin, spindle, or skein
Craft
 Spinning

Are you a crocheter who's tired of how there's never a spinning class actually aimed at your needs?  Good news:  now there is!  We'll talk about the common things people say about spinning for crochet, and whether or not they're true.  We'll get into measuring and describing yarn for crochet purposes, and what characteristics yarn really needs for different kinds of crochet projects.  We will also be sampling and discussing spinning your own designer yarn for specific crochet patterns, and delving into yarn structures and modifying existing yarn to make it better for crochet.

3 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies
  • spinning apparatus of your choice (wheel, spindle, e-spinner, etc)
  • note-taking materials
  • burning questions
  • an assortment of crochet hooks for sampling
Materials Fee
 $20
Homework
 None

Making Lucet Cord Braided Rugs

Teacher
 Franklin Habit
Prerequisites
 Students must be willing to work with sewing needle and thread.
Craft
 Other
Sold Out

The lucet is an ancient, easy-to-use, and deceptively versatile tool.  In this class, we'll learn to use one to make simple, handsome lucet cords with the sort of knitting yarns you likely have in your stash.  But then we'll take those cords and begin to turn them into beautiful, braided mats that — with a little practice and perseverance — become beautiful, braided rugs that brighten any room.

3 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies
  • worsted-weight yarn in white or a light solid color, 1 ball
  • crochet hook of any size suitable for worsted or sport weight yarn
  • notebook and pen or pencil for taking notes
  • students may bring a lucet, but one will be provided by the instructor as part of materials fee
Materials Fee
 $10 to cover to cost of special materials, including a lucet, to be provided by the instructor
Homework
 None

Knit To Flatter Workshop

Teacher
 Amy Herzog
Prerequisites
 knitting, purling, increasing, and decreasing.  Basic familiarity with patterns is required.
Craft
 Knitting
Sold Out

See class details Thursday morning.

Beginner Basics of Loom Knitting

Teacher
 Kelly Jones
Prerequisites
 None
Craft
 Knitting

Always wanted to learn how to knit?  Experiencing pain in your wrists from needle knitting?  Loom knitting is great for those just starting out or those who have been knitting for years!  This Beginner Basics of Loom Knitting class is for first time loom knitters.  We will start with casting on techniques and how to do knit and purl stitches for flat panel and in the round knitting as well as binding off techniques.  You will also learn how to adjust gauge for different projects and how to set up for double knitting.  This is a great class to get your feet wet.  We will use the adjustable Kiss Looms for the class and you will get a Small Gauge 30 peg loom with 7 peg ends, a great starter loom with room to add on later.  Whether you've been knitting with needles for years or have always wanted to knit, you'll love working with an adjustable loom.  It's easy on your hands and gives you lots of versatility!

3 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies
 worsted weight wool or acrylic yarn
Materials Fee
 $48 which includes cost of a peg loom
Homework
 None

Best of Texas:  Spinning Mohair

Teacher
 Judith MacKenzie
Prerequisites
 Should be comfortable spinning on your wheel
Craft
 Spinning
Sold Out

Texas has been a world leader in producing mohair fiber since it was first released from Turkey where it was developed many centuries ago.  Most good commercial breeding stock worldwide still comes from Texas.  Mohair of all types plays a significant role in everything from exquisite hand knotted Persian carpets, industrial upholstery and carpeting to the finest luxury fabrics.  In our time together, we'll look at spinning a yarn for tapestry, embroidery or shoelaces.  Then we'll spin on the lighter side and make an equivalent to silk kid haze and some fancy novelty bouclés and lace yarns.

3 hours - 18 students max.

Student Supplies
  • your spinning wheel and all of its parts, even the ones you've never used
  • extra bobbins, niddy noddy, lazy kate, handcards
  • knitting needles in a size you like to knit with
Materials Fee
 $15
Homework
 None

Continuous Strand Weaving on Small Frame Looms

Teacher
 Bex Oliger
Prerequisites
 None
Craft
 Weaving

Try out all three shapes of looms in one class using the Hillcreek Mini Mods (triangle and square) and Travel 20" Rectangle.  Learn the basic technique for each and simple ways to put the shapes together for endless combinations of bags, scarves, shawls, vests, pillows, blankets ...  Yarn and instructions included.  Looms and tools available for use during class.  If students purchase a loom, a $10 discount will be given.

3 hours - 15 students max.

Student Supplies
 pencil
Materials Fee
 $15
Homework
 None

Grok the Sock

Teacher
 Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
Prerequisites
 Interesting for all levels, beginners should be able to cast on and off, knit and purl, increase and decrease and have worked in the round before
Craft
 Knitting
Sold Out

See class details Friday morning.

Simple Brioche Knitting

Teacher
 Lesley Anne Robinson
Prerequisites
 Intermediate Knitting Skills
Craft
 Knitting
Sold Out

See class details Friday morning.

Embellish It!

Teacher
 Shibaguyz
Prerequisites
 Know how to thread a needle.  This is a beginning level class.  No special skills needed.
Craft
 All

Your project is finished and all the blocking, seaming, and weaving in of ends is done.  But something is missing . . . just a little pop of color or maybe an edging or decoration here or there.  We can help you with that!  In this class, we'll use traditional embroidery techniques used in a new and exciting way to take your crochet and knitting projects to the next level.  Using needle and tambour embroidery techniques we will show you how to use hand-made surface designs to give your projects some FAB factor.  Add a little for a touch of flare to borders and seams or go full-on FAB with exciting color designs that are only limited by your imagination (or the templates you can find).  You'll learn how to make beautiful faux seams and edgings that both enhance and elevate your crochet and knitting projects.

3 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies
  • yarn needle
  • various colors of solid colored, worsted weight (ish) yarn — please no kitchen cotton, fuzzy, or novelty yarn
  • Basics Crochet/Knitting Kit:  includes sharp scissors, notebook, pen or pencil with eraser, and crochet hooks/needles of various sizes
Materials Fee
 $5
Homework
 Bring (3) 6"x6" swatches in either single crochet or stockinette in solid colored, medium weight yarn.  Please no kitchen cotton, fuzzy, or novelty yarn.  If you crochet AND knit, bring both types of swatches

Designing Award Winning Cables

Teacher
 Quayln Stark
Prerequisites
 Students must already know how to crochet cables and be familiar with the look of crochet and knit cables.  Students are encouraged to research Celtic knotwork beforehand to draw inspiration.
Craft
 Crochet

Since the Late Roman Empire, artists have used Interlaced Knotwork to fill empty space and beautify their art.  Why, then, should crochet be any different?  This class takes a deep dive into the designing aspect of cabling.  In the class, graphs and mathematical formulas for creating intricate crochet cables will be provided.  Students will be walked through sketching their very own cable designs, and helped to convert the sketch into a working pattern.  Though knitting will not be covered in detail, students will also be able to take the tools learned in the class to craft gorgeous knitted patterns as well.  By the end of Designing Award Winning Cables, students will walk away with invaluable information on cable design, and a rough draft of their very own cabled design.

3 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies
  • pencil
  • eraser
Materials Fee
 None
Homework
 None

Sunday Morning - April 7

Heels and Toes

Teacher
 Kate Atherley
Prerequisites
 Prior experience knitting in the round
Craft
 Knitting

An in-depth discussion of different techniques for making sock heels and toes, including a discussion of fit.  This is a hands on class.

3 hours - 16 students max.

Student Supplies
  • 4-5mm/US #6-8 needles in your preferred configuration for sock knitting
  • scrap medium-weight yarn
Materials Fee
 None
Homework
 None

Elegant Steeks & Bands

Teacher
 Janine Bajus
Prerequisites
 Some experience in stranded knitting and reading charts
Craft
 Knitting
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Create stable steeks that turn into smooth-edged, compliant facings with minimal finishing work — then add bands that don't gap, distort the body stitches, or require lots of math.  You will be proud to show off the inside of your garments!

3 hours - 21 students max.

Student Supplies
  • 2 balls of smooth worsted-weight wool yarn, one much darker than the other (it is important that these be the same yarn brand) — for example, Cascade 220 or the equivalent
  • appropriately sized 16" and 24-32" circular needles to make a firm fabric (size depends on your yarn and knitting style)
  • marker
  • 3.5 or 3.75mm (E or F) crochet hook
Materials Fee
 $3
Homework
 To be emailed to registered students one month before class

Don't Despair, Repair 2.0

Teacher
 Alissa Barton
Prerequisites
 Intermediate knitting skills
Craft
 Knitting

This class is an upgrade to my usual repair class.  It's a class for those who are not beginners and/or have taken my basic repair class.  How is this one different?  We are working on texture, lace, cables and basic brioche.  You may knit all of the swatches, or just pick the ones that interest you most.

3 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies
  • completed swatches and some additional swatch yarn
  • needles used for swatches
  • extra needles (size you used to swatch and one MUCH smaller)
  • crochet hooks (size to match needles or slightly smaller)
  • Other usual knitting tools will also be needed.  Bring your kit or sit next to the best equipped knitter.
Materials Fee
 None
Homework
 4 swatches.  Instructions will be mailed to registered students one (1) month before class.  Also, please print the homework pages and bring them with you.

Magic Tricks with Wires & Pins

Teacher
 Denise Bell
Prerequisites
 Student should have completed at least one lace shawl or scarf to understand concepts covered in class.
Craft
 Knitting

Every lace shawl knitter talks about the "magic" of blocking.  Turning a puddle of finished lace knitting into a striking shawl takes more than just the waving of a magic wand, though.  It also takes tools and attention to detail.  In this class we will look at typical shawl shapes and discuss how to use blocking wires, pins, rulers, foam mats, a towel, a yard stick and Shetland dressing frames to stretch and pin them for maximum jaw-dropping lace effect.

3 hours - 25 students max.

Student Supplies
 A variety of shawls will be on hand but students are encouraged to bring an additional lace shawl or scarf to facilitate discussion and demonstration.
Materials Fee
 None
Homework
 None

Basic Cable Knitting

Teacher
 Leef Bloomenstiel
Prerequisites
 Intermediate level:  Know how to cast on, cast off and knit and purl.
Craft
 Knitting

Cables add rich texture and intrigue to any garment.  From basic crossover stitches to complex Celtic knots, the imagination can put them together in more ways than can be counted.  This class will teach you the basics of how to knit cables from both written instruction and charts.  You will also learn about good yarn selection for cables that pop, and how to improve the look of your cables.

3 hours - 15 students max.

Student Supplies
  • 4 ounces of a solid light color worsted weight yarn (minimum of 3 ply and preferably more plies) wool or wool blend
  • knitting needles (circular or straights) based on your gauge for a soft, but firm fabric using your selected yarn. If in doubt, bring sizes US 6 - 8 and we will swatch.
Materials Fee
 None
Homework
 Cast on 20 stitches, knit 20 rows, cast off. Bring all needles and swatches to class.

Kumihimo — The Art of Japanese Braiding

Teacher
 Joi Chupp
Prerequisites
 None
Craft
 Other

Kumihimo is the ancient art of Japanese Braiding.  It was used for the chords on their kimonos and other decorative elements.  Today we use the technique for a multitude of items from trim to belts and especially gorgeous beaded jewelry.  Kumihimo can be simple or complicated, but it is always fascinating to watch as the braid evolves.  There are several tales of braids and just by laying out the colors of your threads you can get a different design altogether.  Students will be able to take home the weaving looms and patterns to make several more projects.

3 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies
 None
Materials Fee
 $10
Homework
 None

Beginning Wheel Spinning

Teacher
 Judy Crouch
Prerequisites
 None
Craft
 Spinning

In this class you will learn the basics of the spinning wheel, the different parts and pieces and how to put this all together to make beautiful yarn!  Spinning is not difficult but it does take practice and there are lots of tips and tricks that will make it more enjoyable as you experience the learning curve.  If you can spin, you can enjoy a limitless array of fiber combinations that are not found in the commercial world of yarns.  And nothing says luxury like knitting, crocheting or weaving with your very own hand spun!  There will be a limited number of wheels available for rent, but you MUST let me know ahead of time that you need one.  If you already have a wheel, practice treadling, controlling your speed, starting and stopping, and keeping the wheel spinning in the same direction.  Your wheel must be in good working condition.  All fibers will be provided for the class.  If you have any questions, please contact me.

3 hours - 12 students max.

Student Supplies
  • wheel
  • extra bobbins
  • oil bottle
Materials Fee
 $20 for all fibers, and practice yarns
Homework
 Practice treading your wheel if you have one.  Keep the wheel going in one direction and practice changing directions.  Control of your wheel is very important.

Textured Stitches

Teacher
 Linda Dean
Prerequisites
 Intermediate crochet skills
Craft
 Crochet

Add another dimension to your crochet with stitches that add texture.  Play with popcorn, puff, bobble, post, twisted, limpet and double limpet stitches to add more interest in the everyday.  While practicing these 3D stitches create a small bag to keep.

3 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies
  • yarn
  • hooks appropriate for yarn
Materials Fee
 None
Homework
 None

My Aching Hands (and Wrists)

Teacher
 Carson Demers
Prerequisites
 all levels of knitting experience.  Examples in class are knitting oriented but can be applied to other crafts.
Craft
 Other
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Few knitters don't complain about discomfort in their hands and wrists at some point in their knitting journey.  New knitters beware!  Learn what contributes to knitter's discomfort and most importantly, how to avoid it.  Unlearn techniques that don't serve to keep you knitting comfortably, learn to make choices to ease the work your hands do, and even some tips for making them feel better.

3 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies
 
  • light colored worsted weight yarn (4 oz. is sufficient)
  • needles appropriate for yarn
  • a bath sized towel
  • materials to take notes if they wish to do so
Materials Fee
 None
Homework
 None

History, Methods and Styles of Lace Knitting

Teacher
 Franklin Habit
Prerequisites
 Participants should be familiar with the basics of knitting (casting, binding off, knitting, purling, yarn over, decreasing); and willing to work from charts.
Craft
 Knitting
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In this three-hour session, we'll examine the fundamental principles and techniques of knitting's grandest tradition.  Students will learn about the history of lace knitting, and the development of the art in three parts of the world (Russia, Estonia, and the Shetland Islands) in which the craft was developed to the highest level of artistry.  We will not only discuss, but practice and play with some of the methods and motifs that distinguish each of these traditions, and view beautiful examples of lace both modern and antique.  Whether you are merely curious about lace or a devoted practitioner, there will be something for you to enjoy.

3 hours - 25 students max.

Student Supplies
  • One ball smooth (non-fuzzy), sport- or worsted-weight (example:  Cascade 220, Cascade 220 Sport, Universal Yarns Deluxe Worsted, Dale Baby Ull, or any similar yarn) in white or a light solid color.  Wool or another non-slippery animal fiber is recommended.  If you cannot handle wool or do not knit with animal fibers, select a fiber that pleases you.
  • One pair straight needles (8" or longer) or circular needle (16" or 24" suggested length) — in whatever size will give you a drapey gauge in the yarn of your choice; this will likely be larger than you would select for knitting plain stockinette.
  • Notions:  scissors, yarn needle, stitch markers (6), pen (or pencil) and paper for making notes.  (In all my classes, note-taking is highly advised!)
  • Row counter recommended, but optional.
Materials Fee
 None
Homework
 None

Finishing

Teacher
 Amy Herzog
Prerequisites
 Adventurous knitters of all skill levels.
Craft
 Knitting
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Over the years that I've been teaching, I've noticed a distinct and pervasive aversion to finishing.  As a dedicated finishing geek, I find this very sad!  Finishing may not be the sexiest thing in the world, but it is the single most important thing you can to do improve the quality of your FOs.  This class covers the following crucial topics :
  • Perfect seams
  • Setting in sleeves
  • Picking up stitches
  • Buttonholes
  • Zippers
  • Faced hems
Exquisitely finished garments are soon to be yours!

3 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies
 Please bring light-colored, non-fuzzy worsted or aran weight yarn, needles, four swatches as described in homework handout.
Materials Fee
 None
Homework
 Homework handout will be emailed to all registered students one (1) month prior to class.

Wow — Weave a Wall Hanging

Teacher
 Deborah Jarchow
Prerequisites
 Beginner
Craft
 Weaving

With absolutely no prior experience, you can weave a beautiful wall hanging in this 3 hour class.  Learn how to get the loom set up and then let your imagination run wild while you create your own small piece of art.  At the end of class you'll be able to take home your individual creation to decorate your wall.  Using a variety of special yarns that make this project easy will unleash your inner creative genius!

3 hours - 24 students max.

Student Supplies
  • scissors
  • tube from inside a paper towel roll
  • 1 brown paper grocery bag
  • tapestry needle
  • 10 yards of waste yarn
Materials Fee
 $35 for yarn and use of loom in class
Homework
 None

Spinning Cables

Teacher
 Judith MacKenzie
Prerequisites
 Should be comfortable spinning on your wheel
Craft
 Spinning

Cables are an incredibly useful and beautiful yarn structure.  They are strong and stable, a great choice for making a great sock or a wonderful warp.  They are the basis for almost every novelty yarn.  Cables can be made of the very finest cashmere or stainless steel and gold threads.  Cables produce endlessly fascinating color effects and they can be used to mix incompatible yarns effectively.  You could make a different cable for every day of the year.  All this in a simple structure that has only a few simple rules.  What could be more fun!

3 hours - 18 students max.

Student Supplies
  • your spinning wheel and all of its parts, even the ones you've never used
  • extra bobbins, niddy noddy, lazy kate, measuring tape, scissors and handcards
  • knitting needles in a range that you like to knit with
Materials Fee
 $15
Homework
 None

Double Brioche Knitting

Teacher
 Lesley Anne Robinson
Prerequisites
 Basic brioche skills, knitting in the round
Craft
 Knitting

Do you love brioche knitting, but want to make it even MORE thick and warm?  Double Brioche creates the most delectably squishy fabric, and if you are already familiar with basic brioche, learning Double Brioche will be a breeze.  In this class, we will cast on the Neighborly Cowl pattern together, which is knit in the round and uses both one-color and two-color Double Brioche to create a subtle gradient.  You will build on your brioche skills, and learn how to transition from one color to the next with ease and enjoyment.  A printed copy of the Neighborly Cowl pattern with a digital download code is included with the class material fee.

3 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies
  • Small needles: 16" / 41cm US 6 / 4.0mm circular needle
  • Large needles: 16" / 41cm US 11 / 8.0mm circular needle for casting on sts.
  • 4 skeins of DK weight yarn in a gradient of colors in the following yardage / meterage:
    Color A: 90 yds / 82 m
    Color B: 55 yds / 50 m
    Color C: 55 yds / 50 m
    Color D: 90 yds / 82 m
  • Other tools: tapestry needle, stitch marker for noting beginning of round
Materials Fee
 $8
Homework
 None

FAB Foundations for Crocheters

Teacher
 Shibaguyz
Prerequisites
 Must know how to read a written crochet pattern and how to make basic crochet stitches (chain, sl st, sc, hdc, dc)
Craft
 Crochet

You've picked the PERFECT pattern and you've searched for and picked out the PERFECT yarn (not necessarily in that order!).  Now your fingers and hook are twitching and you are ready to dive in!  STOP!!  Before you make that first stitch, let us share a few of our insider skills that will get you started on a solid foundation that will make sure your work is just as PERFECT as the choices you've made up to this point.  In our time together, we will cover four (yes, FOUR!) types of Foundation Stitches and explore how to use them in a wide range of projects from garments to accessories and home décor.  Foundation stitches aren't just for borders anymore!  Innovative project construction is easier than ever once you learn how to use Foundation Stitches then move on to using the Extending Foundation Stitch for creating garment sleeves and armholes; for making easier than ever button bands that don't gap and sag; and for creating exciting shaping in your accessories and garments.  In the process, we'll also get into our special techniques for the Knotless Starting Chain and some First-Stitches that will make sure your edges don't look wonky!

By the time we're finished, you will leave class with a FAB new skill that you will love experimenting with in your own projects and will change the way you crochet forever!  Goals:
  • Learn to make four different foundation stitches and how to use them in projects
  • Learn to use Extending Foundation Stitches in innovative ways for sleeves, armholes, button bands
  • Learn to use Extending Foundation Stitches to create fun new shapes in your projects

3 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies
  • solid colored, worsted weight(ish) yarn — please no kitchen cotton, fuzzy, or novelty yarn
  • Basics Crochet/Knitting Kit:  Includes sharp scissors, notebook, pen or pencil with eraser, and crochet hooks of various sizes
Materials Fee
 $5
Homework
 Bring three swatches at least 6x6" in any stitch pattern.  We'll use these to use foundation stitches to extend and connect them together.
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