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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

LEARN TO KNIT FROM STITCH ONE:

Don’t know where to start? This is it! You will learn how to cast on, knit, purl, as well as bind off. We will also give you the foundation you need to go learn more stitches on your own and give you great resources to continue your knitting journey. Hands on attention will be given to each individual student to give tips and tricks. You’ll learn how to read a basic knitting pattern and chart. You will have a good start on a knitted dishcloth by the end of class

    • Class Duration: Three hours
    • Skill Level: Beginner
    • Instructor: Emily O’Brien
    • Materials to bring: Notebook and pen
    • Materials fee includes: Yarn and needles to use in class

NEXT LEVEL KNITTING:

This is the class you need if you have been knitting flat square dishcloths or never-ending rectangles but aren’t sure where to go next. We’ll go over knitting jargon you may encounter in your yarny journey, talk about yarn weights and what they mean, how to add shaping to your projects, and go over how to read a knitting pattern in depth. You will also learn how to calculate how much yardage you will need for each type of project so you can shop for yarn confidently. We’ll talk about the next steps to learn new skills like cabling, color work, and lace, as well as give you good first project ideas for these techniques. Plus, we’ll delve a little bit into some helpful tools and resources to continue your knitting journey. Individualized attention will be given to each student to get tips on how to knit more efficiently and quickly. 

    • Class Duration: Three hours
    • Skill Level: Beginner to intermediate. Student should be able to cast on, knit and purl prior to class. Completing at least one project prior to class will be a good start!
    • Instructor: Emily O’Brien
    • Materials to bring: Notebook, pen, US7 or US8 16” circular needle, worsted weight yarn in a solid color