Class Descriptions

THURSDAY ALL DAY

Exploring the Drum Carder

Teacher:  Henry and Roy Clemes
Prerequisites:  none
Craft:  Other


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We will cover all aspects of the drum carder, the history of drum carding, the carders, how and why they work, and various tools that can increase the efficiency of the drum carder.  Students will learn the more usual semi-worsted type of carding as well as woolen carding.  We will start with clean washed wool in the lock and venture on to blending dyed wool top and other fibers.  We will work part of the day on manual drum carders and the rest of the day on our Elite Electric Drum Carders.  We will cover various ways of removing fiber from the drum carder and also ways of storing the carded fiber until you are ready to use it.

6 hours - 16 students max.

    Student Supplies:
  • Students need to bring an attitude for learning.
  • Students may also bring their own clean fiber with all lanolin removed if they wish to see how it cards on the Elite Drum Carders.
  • The instructors will be providing an Elite Electric Drum Carder for each student to use during class.

Materials and Lunch Fee:  $43 (box lunch will be provided)

Homework:  none


FRIDAY ALL DAY

Spinning the Orenburg Way & Plying Orenburg Style

Teacher:  Galina Khmeleva
Prerequisites:  some spinning experience helpful
Craft:  Spinning


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Come join renowned lace knitting and handspinning instructor Galina A. Khmeleva, as she introduces you to the magical handspinning techniques of Russian knitters that ultimately result in the creation of arguably the most luxurious shawls and scarves found in the knitting universe.  In this workshop, the emphasis will be on the spinning of luxury fibers — cashmere, quviut, pygora, buffalo, etc — and the significance of gauging the proper thickness and length of these fibers, while learning the more economical use of luxury fibers, helping you conserve precious yardage.

After spinning singles clockwise with a 'Z' twist, it is time to start the plying process.  You will be using a plying/supported spindle to accomplish this task.  During this process, you will continue to learn the more economical use of luxury fibers.  Plying spindles and silk will be available for class use.

6 hours - 20 students max.

    Student Supplies:
  • small kitchen towel
  • note taking materials

Materials Fee:  $15

Homework:  none

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FRIDAY MORNING

Lace on the Edge


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

Victorian knitters worked spectacular lace edgings and attached them to garments.  In this class we値l swatch several edgings from knitting charts and discuss several different ways to attach them to existing garments such as ready-made or hand-made skirts and shirts.  Lace edgings are an easy way to make a garment unique.  Students will knit a swatch using undyed lace-weight yarn provided.

3 hours - 20 students max.

    Student Supplies:
  • size 4US or 5US needles; sharp-tipped needles are essential
  • stitch markers
  • usual knitting kit, including scissors, etc.

Materials Fee:  none

Homework:  none


Crochet Cables and Lace


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Teacher:  Robyn Chachula
Prerequisites:  Comfortable with basic crochet stitches such as dc, sc, and ch and with reading patterns.
Craft:  Crochet

Post stitches are a crocheter痴 greatest tool to bring stitch patterns to life.  In class, we will discuss how to make post stitches and use them to make stunning cables, eye catching lace and flowing textured fabric.  Post stitches can be one of the most underused stitches and you will learn lots of tricks to crochet them perfectly for any project.

3 hours - 20 students max.

    Student Supplies:
  • Dk weight ball of yarn
  • matching hook

Materials Fee:  none

Homework:  none


Aran Crochet

Teacher:  Melissa Leapman
Prerequisites:  Must know all basic crochet stitches.
Craft:  Crochet


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Do you love the look of knitted cables, bobbles, and diamonds?  In this fun, hands-on workshop, explore ways to mimic them in crochet.

3 hours - 25 students max.

    Student Supplies:
  • four homework pieces with the yarn attached
  • sizes H/8 (5 mm) and I/9 (5.5 mm) crochet hooks
  • pencil or pen
  • sticky notes

Materials Fee:  $2

Homework:  Make four swatches from provided details to bring to class.


Spinning for Knitting's Sake!

Teacher:  Judith MacKenzie
Prerequisites:  Must be able to make a continuous yarn, helpful if you know how to ply.  Should have a good working relationship with your wheel.
Craft:  Spinning

Knitting with your own handspun yarn is an amazing experience.  It痴 the difference between that piece of toast made with Wonderbread and toast made with your homemade sourdough.  It may take a bit more time, it may be a bit more work but the end result is simply delicious.  Come learn what techniques will help you get the yarn you love as well as the yarn you need to make a garment that will bring you long lasting pleasure.  In this class, we値l learn how to make a perfect sock yarn that will fit your foot like a beautiful second skin.  We値l spin a lace yarn that will be gossamer fine and we値l make a five ply gansey yarn that will be perfect for all those lovely cable patterns you have collected.

3 hours - 20 students max.

    Student Supplies:
  • your spinning wheel and all its parts
  • 3 bobbins, a lazy kate and range of knitting needles you like to work with
  • a set of handcards and a set of small combs if you have them

Materials Fee:  $10

Homework:  none


Yarn 101

Teacher:  Clara Parkes
Prerequisites:  none
Craft:  Knitting

The class that started it all.  Join us on a journey deep into our stashes as we seek answers to the eternal questions, "What should I make with this yarn?" and "What yarn should I use for this project?"  We値l look at some of the most common fibers that go into yarn, examine the different ways those fibers can prepared and blended together, and play with samples of the most common twists and plies on the market all while keeping in mind our ultimate goal, the ability to make confident pairings of yarn and project every single time.  Even experienced knitters come away with an expanded understanding of how they can better match yarn and project.

3 hours - 24 students max.

    Student Supplies:
  • class handouts and all materials are provided by the instructor

Materials Fee:  none

Homework:  none


Knitting for Speed and Efficiency

Teacher:  Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
Prerequisites:  beginners should have a good grip on the basics: cast on and off, knit, purl, increase and decrease
Craft:  Knitting

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値l look at the various styles of knitting, and have some instruction on 斗ever knitting (fixed needle knitting).  We値l 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


Multi-Color Magic: Making the Most of Handpainted and Variegated Yarns

Teacher:  Carol Sulcoski
Prerequisites:  basic knitting experience
Craft:  Knitting


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This class is designed for knitters who love hand-painted yarns, but aren稚 quite sure what to do with them. We値l start with an overview of handpainted yarns, including how they池e made, different handpaint effects, and picking patterns for types of handpainted yarns.  We値l also cover pooling the tendency of many handpainted yarns to create splotches and other patterns of color and learn ways to deal with pooling and discuss intentional pooling.  We値l also play with some stitch patterns designed to work beautifully with multicolored yarns, including a few unusual (but not hard to work!) stitch patterns that will help move the colors of your yarn around.  Feel free to bring any handpainted yarns that are challenging you and we値l brainstorm together.

3 hours - 20 students max.

    Student Supplies:
  • one or two skeins of multicolored yarn in worsted weight (cat. 4)
  • one or two skeins of solid colored worsted weight yarn
  • needles appropriate to the size of your yarn(s)
  • NOTE:  your multicolor yarns should have small segments of color; yarns that stripe (have long segments of color) will not work as well for this class.  A traditional handpainted yarn or a yarn spacedyed or machinedyed with multiple small color segments will work best.

Materials Fee:  none

Homework:  none


Digital Toolkit

Teacher:  Kelli Ladwig and Lisa Smith
Prerequisites:  none
Craft:  Knitting/Crochet


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There are a variety of digital tools available for knitters which are intended to improve productivity but can be a lot to figure out.  This class will demystify Ravelry and discuss the variety of apps and programs available on a variety of platforms.  We will walk you through Ravelry setup and organization to finding patterns, yarn information and your favorite group discussion.

Ravelry topics to cover:  tabs, tools, groups, library, queue, stash management, finding patterns, yarn information, discussion boards/forums, designer pages

Also, helpful knitting apps for your apple/android device will be discussed.

3 hours - 20 students max.

    Student Supplies:
  • tablet and laptop with internet access - we will provide screenshots but class will be more beneficial if student can follow along
  • your android/apple device will be helpful as we will discuss apps you can use for accessing knitting data on the fly

Materials Fee:  none

Homework:  Ravelry ID & password should be set up in advance


Beginning Spinning


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Teacher:  Jill Holbrook
Prerequisites:  none
Craft:  Spinning

Ready for a spinning wheel?  In this class you will learn about spinning wheels, preparing fibers for spinning and how to spin yarn on a wheel.

3 hours - 20 students max.

    Student Supplies:
  • a spinning wheel
  • other materials will be provided

Materials Fee:  $20

Homework:  none


Free Form Weaving on a Rigid Heddle Loom

Teacher:  Mary Berry
Prerequisites:  Students should be able to warp their loom
Craft:  Weaving


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Freeform weaving is all about personal expression.  This class will provide you with a good foundation in weaving from your imagination.  Learn the rules so that you can break them.  Learn weaving techniques that will help you draw pictures with your yarn.  We will also talk a little about color — how do you know what colors will look good with other colors?  Other questions this class will answer include:

Weavers will arrive with their looms warped (warping instructions will be emailed to class participants prior to class), and are encouraged to bring yarn scraps, leftovers, textured yarns, and any other items that make their hearts sing!

3 hours - 20 students max.

    Student Supplies:
  • warped loom
  • stick shuttles
  • scissors
  • (optional) yarns you love!

Materials Fee:  $10 for color wheel and grey scale wheel

Homework:  Students will warp their loom prior to class.


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FRIDAY AFTERNOON

The Unst Effect:  Shetland Lace Shawls

Teacher:  Denise Bell
Prerequisites:  Ability to execute standard increases and decreases, and basic chart reading.  Experience with lace-weight yarn required.
Craft:  Knitting


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The northern-most reaches of Scotland are the Shetland Islands, renowned for their wool and knitting traditions.  By the time one travels north to the Shetland island of Unst, one is quickly running out of Scotland.  However, the lace there is worth the trek.

Shetland lace was once presented to Queen Victoria, whose excitement over the garment sparked aristocratic interest and brought the Shetland lace industry into its most popular era.

In this 6 hour class (over 2 days) we will practice 田enter outward progression methods used in Shetland shawls and consider current techniques for their construction.  Students will knit a swatch using undyed lace-weight yarn provided.

6 hours - 20 students max.
NOTE: This class meets Friday afternoon AND Saturday morning!

    Student Supplies:
  • size 3US needles, two circular (16 or 24) with sharp tips
  • stitch markers
  • usual knitting kit containing scissors etc.

Materials Fee:  none

Homework:  none


Crochet with Variegated Yarn

Teacher:  Robyn Chachula
Prerequisites:  must know how to chain, single crochet, and double crochet
Craft:  Crochet


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Do you have a gorgeous ball of yarn sitting in your yarn basket just waiting to be crocheted; but you don稚 know what to do with it?  Come along to this crocheting with variegated yarn class and we will explore all the ways to make great projects.  We will learn about short rows, colorwork crochet, crocheting on bias, and making motifs.  This class is for the intermediate level student, must know how to chain, single crochet, and double crochet.

3 hours - 20 students max.

    Student Supplies:
  • 1 ball of smooth variegated yarn
  • 2 balls of solid color yarn
  • matching size hook

Materials Fee:  none

Homework:  none


Ahead of the Curve:  Designing Crescent Shawls

Teacher:  Melissa Leapman
Prerequisites:  none
Craft:  Knitting


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Versatile and practical, crescent shawls are the perfect year-round accessory.  In this workshop, learn the secrets of bottom-up design, including a technique for super-easy faux short rows謡ith no 努rapping and turning involved!

3 hours - 25 students max.

    Student Supplies:
  • two homework swatches with yarn still attached
  • a few balls of three or four different colors of smooth DK weight yarn
  • size 6US (4mm) knitting needles
  • tape measure
  • sticky notes (such as Post It™)
  • scissors

Materials Fee:  $2

Homework:  details for two swatches to be made at home will be provided.


Spin Like the Spider Woman

Teacher:  Judith MacKenzie
Prerequisites:  Must be able to make a continuous yarn; helpful if you know how to ply.  Should have a good working relationship with your wheel.
Craft:  Spinning

Have you always wanted to spin a gossamer thread?  Do you dream of that perfect lace yarn?  In this class we値l learn the tricks of the trade for spinning fine.  We値l learn how to choose a good fiber for lace spinning and how to prepare it.  We値l use a variety of fibers including silks and cashmere.  You will leave spinning finer than you thought you could.

3 hours - 20 students max.

    Student Supplies:
  • your spinning wheel and all its parts
  • 3 bobbins, a lazy kate and range of knitting needles you like to work with
  • a set of handcards and a set of small combs if you have them

Materials Fee:  $10

Homework:  none


Joy of Swatching

Teacher:  Clara Parkes
Prerequisites:  The ability to cast on, knit, and purl
Craft:  Knitting

That痴 right, swatching can be a joyous exercise!  This three-hour hands-on workshop explores both the technical and existential elements of swatching.  We look at why we swatch, the mechanics of how we work these seemingly purposeless little squares and rectangles, what swatching helps us understand, the stories it can tell and the demons it can keep at bay.  Guided yarn-whispering exercises will help us clarify the questions it's fair to expect a swatch to answer, and those that are better left unknown.  You値l emerge with a broadened understanding of, respect for, and fondness toward the act of swatching.

3 hours - 24 students max.

    Student Supplies:
  • an assortment of needles in sizes US 5-9 (3.75-5.5mm). The more varied the needle material and tip type, the better.
  • Class handouts and yarn provided by the instructor.

Materials Fee:  $5

Homework:  none


Knit Smart

Teacher:  Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
Prerequisites:  none
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 (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池e 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, except note-taking materials, if you池e the type.

Materials Fee:  none

Homework:  none


Self-Striping Yarn Studio

Teacher:  Carol Sulcoski
Prerequisites:  basic knitting experience
Craft:  Knitting


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I致e spent much of the past year writing a book about self-striping yarns and why they do the things they do and this brand-new class shares many of the tips and tricks with you!  We値l discuss striping and gradient yarns:  how they are made, why they stripe or morph from color to color, and differences between various striping and gradient yarns.  We値l cover trouble spots you may encounter when working with stripers and ways to avoid or minimize displeasing effects.  We値l finish with a discussion of how to select the right pattern for your striper, along with substituting for stripers in a pattern and design tips.

3 hours - 20 students max.

    Student Supplies:
  • optional:  Bring any skeins or swatches of your own self-striping or gradient yarn, or patterns that you would like to use a striper or gradient with, and we will brainstorm together in class.

Materials Fee:  none

Homework:  none


Beginning Rigid Heddle Weaving

Teacher:  Darlene Megli
Prerequisites:  Must be 18 or older
Craft:  Weaving


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Have you always wanted to try your hand at weaving?  Come join me for a fun afternoon with the rigid heddle loom.  In class you will learn to warp your loom and then weave.  Rigid heddle is a plain weave but how you use color in your warping and weaving will look anything but plain!  No experience necessary.

3 hours - 12 students max.

Student Supplies:  Instructor will provide looms warped for use during class, all yarns for your class weaving, handouts to refresh your memory when you are home and ready to do this on your own loom, and some helpful internet and book resources.

Materials Fee:  $20

Homework:  none


Felting Jewelry


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Teacher:  Joi Chupp
Prerequisites:  none
Craft:  Other

This class will be an introduction into needle felting jewelry.  Any part of the class that will use wet felting will be supplied.  Students will learn the techniques of needle felting as well as how to use embellishments to the needle felted object to make one of a kind jewelry and accessories.  All materials will be supplied.  Students only need to bring a sense of adventure and learning.

3 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies:  none

Materials Fee:  $15

Homework:  none


Wild and Wacky Weaving

Teacher:  Sony Hartley
Prerequisites:  none
Craft:  Weaving


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Want to join the weaving craze without buying a loom?  Try wacky weaving.  Learn to weave on an assortment of crazy looms from everyday objects.  We will warp & weave unusual and everyday type objects, creating one of a kind weavings.  Plus each student will receive a ceramic loom to either work on in class or take home for creating.

3 hours - 20 students max.

    Student Supplies:
  • scissors
  • assorted yarns and ribbons

Materials Fee:  $10

Homework:  none


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SATURDAY ALL DAY

Get Squared®

Teacher:  Molly Andries
Prerequisites:  Students must be able to crochet chains, single crochet and double crochet, but do not need to know how to read a pattern.
Craft:  Crochet


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Get Squared is simple but ingenious crochet technique that allows for an infinite number of garment designs to be created and fit you perfectly, without the need for complicated calculations!  And best of all there is no seaming at the end.

Using the good old 堵ranny square stitch you will be amazed at the huge array of garments you can make, with all of them fitting like they were designed with only you in mind.

Come and find out why Jenny King's exciting new Get Squared concept really is revolutionary.  This is a crochet technique which allows you to create any garment style in any yarn to fit any size and is worked top down without seams or a pattern.  Not possible?  Well let Jenny's certified instructor demonstrate how it can be done.  These garments will fit you first time and every time using the traditional granny square stitch.  Learn how to bust your stash while making top down garments that require no sewing.

6 hours - 20 students max.

    Student Supplies for morning session:
  • One ball (1.75 oz) of worsted weight yarn in two light colors
  • 6 mm hook
  • tapestry needle for ending off tails
  • scissors
    Student Supplies for afternoon session:
  • 1000 to 1500 yards of any weight or thickness of yarn to begin a garment in class
  • 6 mm hook
  • tapestry needle for ending off tails
  • scissors

NOTE:  You will be working from Get Squared Booklets in class which will need to be returned to the teacher at the end of the day.  You will have the option after class to purchase the full program materials (with 5 designs).  You will not be charged a materials fee at registration for this class.

Materials Fee:  none

Homework:  none


Acadian Hand Towels and Finishing Techniques Workshop

Teacher:  Yohannah Klingensmith
Prerequisites:  must understand basic weaving, and be able to warp your loom prior to class with the provided warp
Craft:  Weaving


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In this class we will weave simple 菟lain weave fingertip towels with traditional Acadian designs.  You will bring your loom warped and ready to weave with 8/2 cotton.  You will weave a sampler with various finishing techniques and then go on to weave your hand towels at home with traditional Acadian patterns from the Complex Weavers Acadian Textiles Historical Research Group chaired by Charlotte Lindsey Allison.

We will also explore a brief history of the move of the Acadians from the royal courts of the French kings to Canada and down to the bayous of Louisiana where they became known as the Cajuns.

6 hours - 20 students max.

    Student Supplies:
  • rigid heddle loom or 4-shaft floor loom or table loom, 10 dent reed
  • 2-3 shuttles - boat or stick shuttle (winder for your boat shuttle)
  • scissors
  • tape measure
  • tapestry needle
  • 6" ruler

Handouts, including instructions for all the finishing techniques and some information on the Acadians, will be provided.

Materials Fee:  $50 includes yarn and handouts

Homework:  Students will need to bring the loom warped and ready to weave.  I will measure the warps and mail them to each student.


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SATURDAY MORNING

Tunisian Crochet Basics

Teacher:  Robyn Chachula
Prerequisites:  none
Craft:  Crochet


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Often confused with both knitting and crochet, Tunisian crochet is an art form all unto itself making the most unique woven fabric.  In class we will learn how to make the basic stitches, then dive into crocheting with color.  We will discuss Tunisian Crochet stitch diagrams and tips to making the most beautiful fabric.  We will go from basic stitches to playing with color fast, while having a lot of fun with just one hook.

3 hours - 20 students max.

    Student Supplies:
  • two balls of worsted weight yarn
  • a Tunisian hook at least three sizes larger than the hook recommended
    on the ball band.

Materials Fee:  none

Homework:  none


Fundamentals of Orenburg Knitted Lace

Teacher:  Galina Khmeleva
Prerequisites:  knitting experience
Craft:  Knitting


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This class is designed to provide knitters with an extensive overview of Russian-style lace knitting.  Students will be introduced to the unique elements of lace knitting design.  The ten basic elements that provide the very foundation of Russian lace knitting — mouseprint, cat's paw, honeycomb etc. — will serve as your guide.  A unique cast-on, superior shaping using a modified shortrows method, and a grafting technique that will 'seam' almost magical in its simplicity and versatility, will provide the necessary tools to achieving lace knitting bliss.  And, as always, a class with Galina will provide an unforgettable cultural experience.

3 hours - 20 students max.

    Student Supplies:
  • favorite needles, any style, sizes 0-3 US (2mm - 3.25mm)

Materials Fee:  $5

Homework:  none


Two-Faced Knitting:  Stitch Patterns that Look Great on Both Sides

Teacher:  Melissa Leapman
Prerequisites:  basic knitting experience
Craft:  Knitting


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Want to add more reversible stitch patterns to your knitting backpack?  Discover several fun fabrics that are perfect for scarves, blankets, or any project that is seen on both sides.  Learn how to look good both coming and going!

3 hours - 25 students max.

    Student Supplies:
  • four homework swatches with the yarn still attached
  • cream-colored or off-white worsted weight yarn
  • medium/bright-colored worsted weight yarn
  • sizes 6, 7, and 8 knitting needles
  • two size 5 double-pointed needles
  • scissors
  • sticky notes (such as Post It™)
  • pencil or pen

Materials Fee:  $2

Homework:  Details for four swatches to be made at home will be provided.


Perfect Pairing

Teacher:  Judith MacKenzie
Prerequisites:  Must be able to make a continuous yarn, helpful if you know how to ply.  Should have a good working relationship with your wheel.
Craft:  Spinning

Just like a good wine deserves a good cheese, lovely fibers are often better than ever when paired together.  In this class, you値l learn what makes a perfect combination and why and what makes an unfortunate combination and why.  We値l look at what the market place has to offer and see what works best.  You will learn a wide variety of blending styles and design your own unique blend.  We will work with yak, silk fine merino, cotton, alpaca, and kid mohair to mention a few.

3 hours - 20 students max.

    Student Supplies:
  • bring your spinning wheel and all its parts
  • bring 3 bobbins, a lazy kate and range of knitting needles you like to work with
  • bring a set of handcards and a set of small combs if you have them

Materials Fee:  $15

Homework:  none


Joy of Swatching

Teacher:  Clara Parkes
Prerequisites:  The ability to cast on, knit, and purl
Craft:  Knitting

See class details above.


Knitting for Speed and Efficiency

Teacher:  Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
Prerequisites:  beginners should have a good grip on the basics: cast on and off, knit, purl, increase and decrease
Craft:  Knitting

See class details above.


Sock Knitter's Tips and Tricks:  Going Beyond the Basics

Teacher:  Carol Sulcoski
Prerequisites:  familiarity with the basics of sock knitting
Craft:  Knitting


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You know the basics; now take your sock knitting to the next level.  In this class, we'll cover techniques and tricks for making your socks spectacular, including adjusting patterns for fit, tips for working with self-patterning and handpainted yarns, options for toes and heels, a customizable sock formula, kitchener stitch (grafting) and more.  Students are expected to be familiar with the basics of sock knitting as this is not a 塗ow to knit socks class.  If you just learned how to knit socks and want to expand your repertoire, this class is perfect for you!

3 hours - 20 students max.

    Student Supplies:
  • light-colored, smooth, worsted or DK weight yarn
  • suitable-sized DPNs or 2 sets of circulars
  • tapestry needle

Materials Fee:  none

Homework:  Using a DK or worsted weight yarn in a light color, with at least 50% wool content, and either 2-circular or DPN method (your choice) make three short tubes as follows:
Round 1:  knit
Round 2:  purl
Round 3:  knit
Round 4:  purl
Knit 10 rounds
DO NOT BIND OFF STITCHES.  Leave live stitches on spare needle or stitch holders.  Do not cut working yarn; leave working yarn attached.  We will use these tubes in class to practice some techniques.
Important:  Do not use Magic Loop method for sample tubes.  You must use 2 circulars or dpns with the techniques we will be using.


Introduction to Brioche Knitting

Teacher:  Lesley Anne Robinson
Prerequisites:  knitting, purling, casting on stitches, basic knowledge of knitting
Craft:  Knitting


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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 to a brief introduction of 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.  You will learn the basic brioche setup, and knit a small straight swatch of one-color brioche.

3 hours - 20 students max.

    Student Supplies:
  • a pair of straight or circular knitting needles, sizes US 5-8
  • approximately 200 yds of wool yarn

Materials Fee:  none

Homework:  none


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SATURDAY AFTERNOON

Irish Crochet For Today

Teacher:  Robyn Chachula
Prerequisites:  intermediate crochet skills
Craft:  Crochet


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Irish Crochet is one of the most striking lace fabrics and can be quite intimidating to the untrained eye.  In class, we will break down Irish Crochet to its basics; motifs and lace netting.  We will highlight the beauty of each individual motif and how they themselves can make amazing projects.  We will show how to use simple stitches to create a netting to join the motifs together.  This class will show you that Irish Crochet has a great history but truly can make lovely projects for all today.  This is an intermediate level class.

3 hours - 20 students max.

    Student Supplies:
  • one ball of thread or yarn in a weight that you are comfortable using for practice
  • corresponding size hook

Materials Fee:  none

Homework:  none


Russian Style Continental Knitting:  a Variation on a Theme

Teacher:  Galina Khmeleva
Prerequisites:  none
Craft:  Knitting


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Are you stuck in the past, still throwing your yarn, maybe even experiencing wrist discomfort?  Let Galina A. Khmeleva, 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!!

3 hours - 20 students max.

    Student Supplies:
  • favorite needles - any style sizes 0-3 US
  • fingering weight, non-textured yarn (no acrylics or cotton)
  • note-taking materials

Materials Fee:  none

Homework:  none


Flatter Yourself:  Fully-Fashioned Shaping

Teacher:  Melissa Leapman
Prerequisites:  basic knitting experience
Craft:  Knitting


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In this fun hands-on workshop, learn how designers use fully fashioned shaping to create flattering sweaters.  No matter your shape, use your knitting prowess to create knockout pieces that fit and flatter.

3 hours - 25 students max.

    Student Supplies:
  • four homework swatches with extra yarn
  • size 8 knitting needles
  • size 5 dpn
  • four split-ring stitch markers
  • sticky notes (such as Post It™)

Materials Fee:  $2

Homework:  Details for four swatches to be made at home will be provided.


Spinning for Color's Sake!

Teacher:  Judith MacKenzie
Prerequisites:  Must be able to make a continuous yarn; helpful if you know how to ply.  Should have a good working relationship with your wheel.
Craft:  Spinning

You don稚 need to have a dye pot to make beautiful color!  Your spinning wheel and that incredible yarn stash you have is all you need to make a wide range of colorful yarns.  In this class we値l learn how to make lovely gradients, heathers, tweeds and frosted yarns.  You値l learn a bit more about color theory and how it works with fiber.  We値l make yarns with a variety of fibers including silk and other exotics.

3 hours - 20 students max.

    Student Supplies:
  • bring your spinning wheel and all its parts
  • bring 3 bobbins, a lazy kate and range of knitting needles you like to work with
  • bring a set of handcards and a set of small combs if you have them

Materials Fee:  $15

Homework:  none


Yarn 101

Teacher:  Clara Parkes
Prerequisites:  none
Craft:  Knitting

See class details above.


The Fix is In

Teacher:  Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
Prerequisites:  advanced beginners will do fine if they can read their knitting (identify knit and purl on the needle) execute a simple chart, and understand a simple cable.
Craft:  Knitting

This class explores options and solutions for when bad things happen to good knitters.  We値l explore dropped stitches, missed yarn overs, mis-crossed cables, selvedge stitches (and when not to have one) and how to fix (mostly) damage to knits like pulls, holes and runs.

3 hours - 20 students max.

    Student Supplies:
  • a small quantity of smooth worsted weight yarn, similar to the one you worked the homework swatch with, but in a contrasting colour
  • a darning needle
  • a crochet hook appropriate for the yarn
  • two DPN's a size or two smaller than the needles you're using for the swatch
  • a pair of scissors or snips

Materials Fee:  none

Homework:  You値l need a small swatch of knitting, about 20 stitches wide, worked in stockinette (knit right side rows, purl wrong side rows) to a square.  Please use smooth, light coloured, worsted weight yarn, and needles you feel are appropriate.  Do not cast off - bring the work still on the needles.


Multi-Color Magic: Making the Most of Handpainted and Variegated Yarns

Teacher:  Carol Sulcoski
Prerequisites:  basic knitting experience
Craft:  Knitting

See class details above.


Felting Faces

Teacher:  Joi Chupp
Prerequisites:  none
Craft:  Other


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In this class students will learn to felt a pillow type form with a one of a kind face.  Students can choose from different styles and can make a face of their choosing.  Students will also learn a little about wool and wool types best for different projects.

3 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies:  all supplies will be provided

Materials Fee:  $20

Homework:  none


Tri-Ply Knitting (Navajo Style)

Teacher:  Lise Wilson
Prerequisites:  knowledge of knitting
Craft:  Knitting

This is a class that will teach you how to knit with a triple ply from one skein of yarn.  Everyone has those odd sock yarn balls around that they would love to do something with - but just don't want another sock or another light hat.  This method takes fingering weight yarn and makes it into a larger gauge yarn while you knit.  Don't like how a yarn pools?  This method helps minimize pooling in most variegated yarns.  Knit a gauge swatch in this method and get information to help you determine an appropriate pattern and estimate the final approximate yardage.

3 hours - 20 students max.

    Student Supplies:
  • a ready-to-work ball of lightweight (fingering or sport) yarn
  • at least three sets of needles above US size 5 (for example, a set each of US 5, US 7, and US 9)

Materials Fee:  none

Homework:  none


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SUNDAY ALL DAY

Intarsia Lace Design Strategies

Teacher:  Galina Khmeleva
Prerequisites:  knitting experience
Craft:  Knitting


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Do you welcome a knitting challenge?  Are you ready to take your lace knitting to the next level?  Then join lace knitter extraordinaire Galina A. Khmeleva, for this unique opportunity to explore the mechanics of intarsia lace design.  In this class, Galina will share with your her extensive knowledge of Orenburg-style lace knitting techniques and how these techniques can effortlessly transition into intarsia-style lace knitting, that will enable you to create a truly elegant, visually stunning design mosaic two-color lace shawl.

6 hours - 20 students max.

    Student Supplies:
  • favorite needles, any style, sizes 0-3 US
  • note-taking materials

Materials Fee:  $10

Homework:  none


Two-Color Brioche:  Increasing and Decreasing to Create Beautiful Brioche Lace

Teacher:  Lesley Anne Robinson
Prerequisites:  basic knowledge of knitting, purling, casting on stitches
Craft:  Knitting


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Broaden your knitting horizons with two-color brioche!  In this class, you will learn the basics of 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!  After working with even two-color brioche, we will start working simple increasing and decreasing stitches to create gorgeous brioche lace fabric that will delight and inspire!  We will be knitting a two-color brioche swatch together with the pattern for my most popular knitwear designs:  Pop Fizzle, Pop Twizzle, and Sizzle Pop!

6 hours - 20 students max.

    Student Supplies:
  • 20" long circular knitting needles (size US 5 - 8)
  • 2 skeins of yarn in contrasting colors (the higher the contrast, the better!). DK or sport weight is best

Materials Fee:  none

Homework:  none


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SUNDAY MORNING

Estonian Style:  Nupps and Starflowers

Teacher:  Denise Bell
Prerequisites:  Ability to execute standard increases and decreases, and basic chart reading.  Experience with lace-weight yarn required.
Craft:  Knitting


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The Estonian style of lacework involves several stitches, including nupps and starflowers, that many lace knitters are unfamiliar with or are intimidated by.  Unlike a bobble, a nupp lies flat and has little surface disruption.  A starflower begins with the same first step as the nupp, but rather than building inwards it blooms into an open feature.  Students will see several examples of nupps and starflowers in finished projects, and work on a sample swatch to learn the techniques to execute nupps and starflowers.

3 hours - 20 students max.

    Student Supplies:
  • size 4 or 5 US circular needle (16 or 24) with sharp tips
  • stitch markers
  • your usual knitting kit containing scissors, etc.

Materials Fee:  none

Homework:  none


Crochet Finishing Techniques

Teacher:  Robyn Chachula
Prerequisites:  students must know chain, single crochet, double crochet and read crochet directions.
Craft:  Crochet


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You have crocheted all your sweater panels and now what?  In this master class, we will answer just that.  We will discuss using the right seam, best way to block, and perfect buttonholes.  Everything put together and it still looks wonky?  No problem.  We will talk about ways to fix and straighten even the biggest mistakes.  This class is geared to take the beginner sweater crocheter to the next level with just a few simple steps.  This is an intermediate level class, and students must know chain, single crochet, double crochet and read crochet directions.

3 hours - 20 students max.

    Student Supplies:
  • 2 balls of smooth yarn in contrasting colors
  • scissors
  • yarn needle
  • one hook to match yarn weight
  • one hook four sizes smaller

Materials Fee:  none

    Homework:  Buttonhole Swatch: Ch 21,
  • Row 1: Hdc in 3rd ch from hook and each ch across, turn.
  • Rows 2-10: Ch 2 (counts as hdc throughout), hdc in ea hdc across to tch, hdc in top of tch, turn.
  • Row 11: Ch 2, hdc in next 7 hdc, ch 4, sk 4 hdc, hdc in ea hdc across to tch, hdc in top of tch, turn.
  • Row 12: Ch 2, hdc in ea hdc to ch-sp, 4 hdc in ch-sp, hdc in ea hdc across to tch, hdc in top of tch, turn.
  • Rows 13-14: Ch 2, hdc in ea hdc across to tch, hdc in top of tch, fasten off.

Mosaic Crochet

Teacher:  Melissa Leapman
Prerequisites:  Must know all basic crochet stitches.
Craft:  Crochet


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In this hands-on workshop, discover beautiful two-color geometric fabrics that use just one color per row.  If you are timid about crocheted colorwork, this is the class for you!  (Yes, you.)

3 hours - 25 students max.

    Student Supplies:
  • four homework pieces with the yarn still attached
  • a few balls of medium to dark colored smooth worsted weight yarn
  • size I/9 crochet hook
  • scissors
  • sticky notes (such as Post It™)

Materials Fee:  $2

Homework:  Details for four swatches to be made at home will be provided.


The Gentle Art of Plying

Teacher:  Judith MacKenzie
Prerequisites:  Must be able to make a continuous yarn; helpful if you know how to ply.  Should have a good working relationship with your wheel.
Craft:  Spinning

Plying is definitely an art that adds many qualities to the yarn we use.  In this class you値l learn when to ply — and why — and when not to ply — and why.  We値l learn how to ply for classic worsted spun yarn and classic woolen spun yarn.  We値l learn how to modify the classics when we need to and how to create a wide variety of novelty textures by plying.  I値l bring along singles for you to ply.  Please bring any yarns you have questions about.

3 hours - 20 students max.

    Student Supplies:
  • bring your spinning wheel and all its parts
  • bring 3 bobbins, a lazy kate and range of knitting needles you like to work with
  • bring a set of handcards and a set of small combs if you have them
  • I'll provide singles for you to work with, but bring any singles you have questions about

Materials Fee:  $15

Homework:  none


Yarn 101

Teacher:  Clara Parkes
Prerequisites:  none
Craft:  Knitting

See class details above.


Knit Smart

Teacher:  Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
Prerequisites:  none
Craft:  Knitting

See class details above.


Self-Striping Yarn Studio

Teacher:  Carol Sulcoski
Prerequisites:  basic knitting experience
Craft:  Knitting

See class details above.


Spinning Tips and Tricks

Teacher:  Jill Holbrook
Prerequisites:  none
Craft:  Spinning


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This class is full of hints, ideas, tips and tricks for making your spinning easier and more enjoyable.  We will cover everything from the ergonomics of spinning to wheels and tools spiced with a few spinning tricks.

3 hours - 20 students max.

    Student Supplies:
  • spinning wheel (or spindle)
  • usual spinning tools

Materials Fee:  $20

Homework:  none


Patterns on a Rigid Heddle Loom

Teacher:  Darlene Megli
Prerequisites:  be comfortable with your loom
Craft:  Weaving


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Get aquainted with your pick up sticks for beautiful patterns on your rigid heddle loom.  So you have been doing color and weave, now you are ready to do some patterns.  Come join me and see just a few things that can be done by using the pick up stick.  Huck and honey comb to name a couple.

3 hours - 20 students max.

    Student Supplies:
  • prewarped loom 10" wide
  • two pick-up sticks
  • at least two shuttles
  • the yarn that you used for warp
  • other yarns for color and patterns

Materials Fee:  $5

Homework:  Pre warp your loom with mercerized cotton 8-10 inches wide, preferably using a 10 dent heddle.  Remember, the lighter the color of warp you use the easier it is to see what you are doing.  If you have any questions please ask.


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SUNDAY AFTERNOON

Unexpected Lace Crochet

Teacher:  Robyn Chachula
Prerequisites:  Students should know how to chain, single crochet, and double crochet.
Craft:  Crochet


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Tired of the same old crochet patterns?  Ready for what痴 next?  Come with me as we explore the wide world of crochet through fun unusual stitches.  We will play with foundation stitches, extended stitches, linked stitches, Solomon痴 knots, broomstick, Belgium lace, X stitches, P stitches and more!  Just bring your hook, yarn and some basic knowledge of crochet (no matter how rusty) and we will have a ball exploring all the unexpected stitches.  Students should know how to chain, single crochet, and double crochet.

3 hours - 20 students max.

    Student Supplies:
  • smooth ball of yarn
  • hook of corresponding size

Materials Fee:  none

Homework:  none


Celtic Cables

Teacher:  Melissa Leapman
Prerequisites:  intermediate knitting skills
Craft:  Knitting


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Learn how to use basic cabling techniques to create Celtic inspired panels and motifs.  (Shhhh, don't tell anyone, but these gorgeous cables are much easier to knit than they look!)

3 hours - 25 students max.

    Student Supplies:
  • three homework swatches
  • smooth worsted weight yarn in solid, light colors, preferably wool
  • appropriate knitting needles
  • two size 6 dougle-pointed needles
  • graph paper (4 or 5 squares to the inch)
  • pencil

Materials Fee:  $2

Homework:  Details for three swatches to be made at home will be provided.


Spinning for Knitting's Sake!

Teacher:  Judith MacKenzie
Prerequisites:  Must be able to make a continuous yarn; helpful if you know how to ply.  Should have a good working relationship with your wheel.
Craft:  Spinning

See class details above.


Joy of Swatching

Teacher:  Clara Parkes
Prerequisites:  The ability to cast on, knit, and purl
Craft:  Knitting

See class details above.


Grok the Sock

Teacher:  Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
Prerequisites:  beginners should be able to cast on and off, knit and purl, increase and decrease and must have experience working in the round.
Craft:  Knitting

Grok is a word from the classic book Stranger in a Strange Land that means 鍍o 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.  If a student would like to use Magic Loop, they should be experiened in its use.)

Materials Fee:  none

Homework:  none


Elegant Increases, Delightful Decreases

Teacher:  Carol Sulcoski
Prerequisites:  basic knitting experience
Craft:  Knitting


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Are you dissatisfied with the way your shaping looks in finished garments?  Confused by different increases and decreases, and not sure when to use which one?  Or do you use only one method of increasing and decreasing and would like to learn more?  In this class we'll cover a variety of methods which can be used to increase and decrease stitches, the different appearance that each has, how to increase on the wrong (private) side of the work, and what it means to do fully fashioned shaping.  We'll also talk about ways to increase and decrease within a pattern stitch.

3 hours - 20 students max.

    Student Supplies:
  • light-colored, smooth, worsted or DK weight yarn
  • suitable-sized DPNs or 2 sets of circulars
  • tapestry needle

Materials Fee:  none

Homework:  Using a smooth, light-colored, solid worsted weight yarn and appropriate sized needles, cast on 30 stitches.  Knit 8 rows.
Row 9:  Knit.
Row 10:  K5, purl to last 5 sts, k5.
Repeat Rows 9 and 10 until swatch is 3 inches long.  Do not break yarn, do not cast off.  Bring swatch on needles ready to knit.


The Joy of Spindle Spinning

Teacher:  Jill Holbrook
Prerequisites:  none
Craft:  Spinning


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Learn the joys of hand spinning on different types of suspended and support spindles and how to choose spindles for desired yarn or fiber.  Long draw and advanced top whorl spinning will be included.  Various spindles will be available and students are encouraged to bring spindles.  Increase skill and pleasure using these wonderful, portable spindles.

3 hours - 20 students max.

Student Supplies:  spindles and fiber provided

Materials Fee:  $25

Homework:  none


Rug Hooking with YARN!

Teacher:  Mary Berry
Prerequisites:  none
Craft:  Other


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Learn all the skills necessary to make yourself a beautiful rug or wall hanging from yarn that you may already have in your stash!  Rug hooking is an art that is uniquely American and dates back at least to the 1700's.  Instead of rug hooking with fabric strips (which requires a certain type of wool and a cutter), learn to rug hook with YARN!  Your class project will be a rectangular mat that can hang on the wall or be used as a hot pad.  Learn different hooking techniques to make your mat interesting or downright wild and and crazy!  It's another fun way to play with yarn!

3 hours - 20 students max.

    Student Supplies:
  • scraps of yarn you love - novelties, leftovers, textures, colors or naturals

Materials Fee:  $18 for pattern, hook, embroidery frame

Homework:  none


Demystifying Charts

Teacher:  Kelli Ladwig and Lisa Smith
Prerequisites:  Must be able to cast-on, knit and purl.
Craft:  Knitting


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Charts for colorwork and lace can be intimidating and confusing.  We will take the mystery out of all those little squares.  Charts for colorwork and lace will be explored.  We will complete a simple swatch of each while covering abbreviations, symbols, lifelines and stitch techniques.  This class is best for knitters who have not used charts or just starting with them.

Do you avoid a pattern because there is a chart involved?  Have you tried and gotten lost so given up?  Charts are just a pictorial of written directions.  We will help you understand the relationships and provide some tips and tricks for managing a chart.

3 hours - 20 students max.

    Student Supplies:
  • basic knitting supplies
  • size 6 and 7 needles
  • two colors of worsted weight yarn and one solid of fingering weight yarn from your stash

Materials Fee:  none

Homework:  none