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Class - Descriptions

BEGINNING SPINNING:

In this class you will learn to spin yarn, first mastering the basics of drafting on a hand spindle and then progressing to the wheel.  The basics of fiber selection will be covered as well as the differences in various kinds of spinning wheels.  All materials will be provided including the equipment to learn on, both spindles and wheels.  The materials fee covers the wool used in class. 

    • Class Duration:  4 hours with an hour break for lunch
    • Skill Level:  Beginner
    • Instructor:  Nancy Reid
    • Materials to Bring: Pen and paper

BEGINNING RIGID HEDDLE WEAVING: 

Rigid heddle weaving is fun, simple to learn, and very versatile.  In this class you will weave a sampler on a Schacht Cricket loom. We will cover basic weaving concepts, warping the loom, choosing yarns, and the process of weaving. We will also discuss finishing techniques and how to plan a successful weaving project.

    • Class Duration: 4 hours with an hour break for lunch
    • Skill Level: Beginner
    • Instructor:  Nancy Reid
    • Materials to Bring: notebook and pen to take notes and scissors

INTRODUCTION TO FOUR HARNESS WEAVING: 

If you've always wondered about weaving, but had no idea where to start, this is the class for you. We'll go through every step in the process, from choosing yarns and winding the warp, to getting it on the loom, weaving it off, and wet-finishing. We'll produce a sampler first, and then repeat the whole process again and plan the first project and weave it.

Along the way you'll learn to read drafts, the symbolic language that weaving is written in, and learn the names of a whole host of odd objects! Weaving can be a rather expensive hobby, as the equipment is significant; see if you like it before you take the plunge.    Looms are available to rent for this class upon request. 

    • Class Duration: 16 hours of class over two days with an hour break for lunch each day
    • Skill Level: Beginner
    • Instructor:  Nancy Reid
    • Materials to Bring: Notebook and pen to take notes and scissors and a four harness loom if you are not renting one


KNITTING WORKSHOP: READY, SET, CAST! 

Learn everything you could possibly want about casting on. From firm to stretchy you’ll leave this class knowing how to do several different cast ons, the advantages and disadvantages of each one, and when to use different types for different projects.

  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Instructor: Annie
  • Materials to bring: Note taking supplies. Needles and yarn will be provided at class.

 

KNITTING WORKSHOP: WHAT'S UP, PURL?

Everyone loves to knit, but poor ol' purl is the unloved stitch in the knitting world. Learn the different ways to make a purl stitch, either English or Continental, and how purl makes the knit stitch shine. Texture and stretchiness is the name of purl’s game, let this stitch take your knitting to the next level.

  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Instructor: Annie
  • Materials to Bring: Note taking supplies, 200+ yards of a fingering, sport, or worsted weight yarn and a set of needles to match your yarn.

 

KNITTING WORKSHOP: CAST ON? NOW CAST OFF!

Just because you knit the last row doesn’t mean you are done. Now you have to decide how to finish your project with a cast off that suits your finished object. Nothing is worse than an sweater neck band that doesn’t stretch.

  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Instructor: Annie
  • Materials to Bring: Note taking supplies, 200+ yards of a fingering, sport, or worsted weight yarn and a set of needles to match your yarn.

 

PATTERN DESIGN FOR KNITTERS:

This is the foundation you need to start designing your own knitting patterns. We’ll cover; basic design principles, finding inspiration, translating that inspiration into knitwear, swatching, and pattern writing. We will also discuss logistical elements that follow after you have written the pattern like working with a tech editor, test knitting, pricing your patterns, and listing on Ravelry. You'll be ready to design a pattern for your own knitted accessory by the end of class!

  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Instructor: Emily
  • Materials to Bring:  Note taking supplies, 50+ yards of a fingering, sport, or worsted weight yarn and a set of needles to match your yarn.

 

COLOR THEORY FOR FIBER ARTISTS:

Ponder the mysteries of the color wheel in this two hour class designed for people who love fiber and all the things it can do. The intricies of primary, secondary, and tetirary colors will be explained to give you more tools to indulge your creativity while you play with yarn and fiber. Learn to make color do what you want it to do so it enhances your projects the way you want it to.

  • Skill Level: Any!
  • Instructor: Anna
  • Materials to bring: Note taking supplies, all your questions, and a sense of adventure!