Classes

To register for a class, please call the shop: 517-203-4467

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Class policies

In order to secure your spot in a class, payment is required at the time of reservation. Because we prefer to keep our classes small and often cap classes at 4-6 students, no-shows will not be refunded. 

Tuition will be refunded if the class is cancelled by Woven Art due to low enrollment, or if there is a waiting list and your spot can be filled. We are also happy to apply your class fee to a future class if you prefer.

Thank you for buying your supplies at Woven Art. While we do not require that class supplies come from us, your support allows us to provide a wide variety of demonstrations, classes and workshops.

In the event of inclemate weather, Woven Art *may* cancel or reschedule a class.  If you feel that it is not safe to travel to the shop, please call us.


Knitting Classes


Knit 101

Tuesdays, 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Wednesdays, 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Fridays, 1:00PM - 3PM
Cost: $50

This class starts every week - and you can go at your own pace! Designed to teach you the basic skills you need for most projects, this class is ALWAYS enrolling. Topics covered include casting on, knit stitch, purl stitch, stitch combinations, increasing, decreasing, starting a project in the round, and using double pointed needles. The classes are technique-based, rather than project-based, though you will have a basic hat after the last session.   You may come to any or all of these sessions, until you have attended 5 classes. Different instructors teach at the different times, but the outlines remain the same.  When you come to class you say "I need session one" or "I need session two." Please call 517-203-4467 at least one day ahead to let us know you will be attending.


Supplies: two skeins Shepherds Wool worsted or Cascade 220 Heathers . US size 8 circular needles - 16" or 20". One set size 8 double-pointed needles.

Class fee includes outlines of all the classes, simple projects for your new skills and five class sessions (10 hours of instruction).


preventing and fixing mistakes

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Date: February 18, 2018
Time: 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Instructor: Sarah Peasley
Cost: $35

Become the boss of your knitting! Study the anatomy of a stitch, then apply what you’ve learned to correct a variety of common knitting mistakes including twisted stitches, dropped stitches, split stitches, and holes. Learn to safely tear back a stitch, a row, or an acre of knitting without losing your cool. Gain confidence and enjoy your knitting even more!

Supplies: 1.75 oz (50 g) smooth cotton, worsted-weight yarn, such as Cascade Avalon or Cotton Batik Supreme. US 7 (4.5mm) double-pointed needles, approximately 7" in length.

1 yd smooth, contrasting-colored, scrap yarn. Blunt darning needle. G (4 mm) crochet hook.

Homework: Cast on 15 stitches. Knit 4 rows (garter stitch). Do not bind off.


Toe-up Socks

Date: Tuesdays, March 6, 13, and 20
Time: 1-3 pm
Instructor: Sarah Peasley
Cost: $65

Turn tradition on its head! Use the Magic Loop method or two circular needles to knit a custom-fit sock from the toe up. Start with an unconventional cast-on, form a perfect heel without picking up any stitches (and without that pesky hole, too!), and finish with a nice, stretchy bind-off. 

Supplies: 100 g of any sock-weight yarn (please note that you'll have a MUCH easier time if you can see the stitches!); either one circular needle at least 40 inches in length or two circular needles of any lengths, one size smaller than you would usually use with the yarn chosen; stitch markers; safety pins; darning needle; scissors

Homework: None


Seamed Custom-Knit Shell

Dates: Sundays: March 11 and April 8, 22, and 29
(4- sessions)
Time: 1:30-3:30 pm (2-hour sessions)
Instructor: Sarah Peasley
Cost: $125

Think you're not ready to design your own knit wear? Think again! Sarah will hold your hand through every step of designing a simple shell to

fit YOU:gauge, measurements, schematics, and shaping, to name a few. We'll make a sleeveless sweater in pieces, with either a round or a v-neck. After completing this class, you should be able to design a variety of garments or make changes to existing patterns.

Four sessions will cover:

1) project planning, swatching, and getting started

2) armhole shaping

3) neck shaping and side seams

4) joining shoulders, neckband, and armbands

Supplies: Yarn (to be determined at first session, but please bring any yarns you are thinking about using); needles (appropriate for the yarn chosen); flexible measuring tape; darning needle; stitch markers; stitch holders; coilless safety pins; scissors; calculator; pen or pencil. Also, if you have any, please bring in one or more sleeveless tops that fit you nicely (we're looking for any or all of the following: something that fits you nicely across the shoulders and/or around the body, a pleasing neckline, a flattering armhole, the perfect body length - you will use the measurements from these samples as a starting point for the pattern for your sweater).

Homework: None


Beginning Brioche

Date: Sunday, March 18
Time: 1:00 Pm - 3:30 pm
Instructor: Meg Croft
Cost: $25

If you learn one new stitch this year, it should be Brioche! This class will take you through the set up rows, brioche knitting, brioche purling, and knitting flat with two colors. You will learn the skills you need to knit the Nascha Poncho by Andrea Mowry.  Prepare to open a new door in your knitting world. 
Supplies: US 7 20" or 24" circular needle, and 25 - 50 grams of worsted weight yarn in 2 colors - one LIGHT, one DARK, with good contrast between the colors.

No Homework.

Class is limited to 4 students.


Crochet Classes


Beginning Crochet

Date: January 18, 25, February 1st
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Instructor: Meg Croft
Cost: $35 - FULL

Ready to pick up a hook and learn how to crochet? Or maybe your grandmother taught you crochet skills, but you don't know what the stitches are called, or how to work from a pattern?  This class will get you started with the basics, correct tensioning, reading simple patterns and charts, and gaining confidence to have fun with crochet! Students will learn how to chain, multiple stitches, how to start from the center of a project, a simple granny square, and some fun lace and ripple patterns.

Supplies: 2 or 3 colors of worsted weight cotton - preferably Cascade Avalon, or Universal Cotton Supreme. Hook US H, and two stitch markers.


Asticou Terrace Shawl

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Date: Sunday, APril 15th
Time: 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Instructor: Meg Croft
Cost: $25

Asticou Terrace is a simple crocheted shawl worked back and forth from the center out using granny square techniques. We will be working with both charted and written instructions to improve your skills with each.  Learn some simple tricks to keep your edges loose, and your stitches lined up!

Supplies: 4 skeins (or more) of Fibre Company Acadia, US H/8 crochet hook (larger if you tend to be tight, smaller if you tend to be loose), 2 locking stitch markers. Please print the Free pattern from Ravelry and bring both written instructions and the chart.

 


Weaving Classes


Learn how to weave on a Rigid Heddle loom

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Date: Sunday, February 11, 2018
Time: 9:00 - 4:30 pm (class starts before shop is open!)
Instructor: Kathy Popoff
Cost: $70 with loom rental, $55 without loom rental
 

Additional dates:
March 4
April 15
May 6
 

The Rigid Heddle loom is easy to set up and use - and it is light weight and portable. You will be amazed what you can make on this very simple loom. In this class you will learn how to warp the loom and how to weave a beautiful scarf, in yarns of your choosing. This class is limited to 4 students, so that every student has plenty of time with the instructor.
 
Supplies: You will need about 200 yards of a smooth worsted weight yarn for the warp, and about 200 yards of almost any kind of worsted weight yarn for the weft. We will discuss yarns appropriate for weaving in class. Also bring scissors, a tapestry needle and a brown paper grocery bag that can be cut to use when winding warp onto the loom.
 
We will take a break for lunch. Feel free to bring a lunch, or enjoy one of our local restaurants.
 


Beginning Floor Loom Weaving

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Date: Thursdays,  january 11 - february 15, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Instructor: Kathy Popoff
Cost: $135.00 - FULL

Ready to start weaving with multi-harness looms? This class will teach you how to read a weaving draft, wind a warp, dress a loom, hemstitch, and how to plan tabby and twills projects. Students will complete a scarf and determine where they want to go next with weaving.

Supplies: 

Two balls of Bamboo Pop in highly contrasting colors, Scissors, Darning needle, Cloth tape measure, Drafting paper, Note taking materials.

Prework: Gather all listed supplies and know how to tie a square knot. 

 


Rigid Heddle Techniques

Date: Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Time: 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Instructor: Kathy Popoff
Cost: $35

This class takes students beyond plain weave on a rigid heddle loom. Students will practice new techniques by making a sampler. Students are encourage to bring copies of any rigid heddle resource books they own.

Supplies:
Rigid heddle loom (Pre-warped at 8 inches wide, 60 inches long with the fiber of student’s choice), Fiber for weft (same weight as warp), 1-2 shuttles, 1-2 pick up stick, Scissors, Rigid Heddle Resource Books (not required).
Maximum 4 students


Two Heddle Weaving On Rigid Heddle Loom

Date: Sunday, March 11, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Instructor: Kathy Popoff
Cost: $50

Students will warp and weave a sampler using two heddles on a rigid heddle loom. Class covers warping with two heddles, weaving two separate layers, joining layers, weaving double width and more. Students should be comfortable using pickup sticks, warping, and weaving on a rigid heddle loom using a single heddle.  

Supplies: 
Rigid heddle loom that accommodates two heddle weaving and a six-inch wide warp.
2 - 10 dent heddles to fit loom
Warping equipment (peg, sley hook, etc)
2 shuttles
4 Pickup Sticks (must have at least 2 of your own). (Instructor will have  some available for loan during class)
Scissors
Paper bag or smooth paper to wrap around warp beam
3/2 cotton - two cones in highly contrasting colors (no yarn substitutes) (Cones are available at Woven Art)

Minimum: 2 students
Maximum: 4 students


Spinning Classes


Spindle Spinning

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Date: January 28, 2018
Time: 12:30 - 2:30 pm
Instructor: Carol Densmore
Cost: $45

Spindles are amazing tools to start spinning and a great way to spin all different kinds of fiber and yarn. Basic drafting and spinning on a spindle can be controlled in a way that helps a new spinner understand everything that's going on. You'll learn to spin and ply on high- and low-whorl spindles as well as the Andean ply technique. We'll evaluate different spindles and learn how to match spindles with various fibers. Spindles are great for portability and a lot of spinning can get done on the go. All materials and equipment are provided, but bring your favorite spindle if you have one.


Ready, Set, SPIN!

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Date: February 4, 2018
Time: 12:30 - 3:30 pm
Instructor: Carol Densmore
Cost: $55

This workshop is designed to expose new spinners to the spinning wheel, how it works, and how to keep it spinning smooth. You will learn the basics of spinning and plying techniques. We'll start with techniques of drafting and treadling, and work through exercises to reinforce those skills. We'll introduce techniques such as spinning woolen and worsted yarns using various drafting methods and wheel adjustments. An introduction to wool characteristics and an overview of sheep breeds will be included. We'll explore the basics of fiber selection, as well as the different types of spinning wheels on the market today. 

Class level: Beginners and those who want a spinning refresher.

Students should bring: A spinning wheel in good working order and three bobbins. Bring a lazy kate and niddy noddy if available. All fibers provided. The shop has a few wheels available for rent for $15 for the class. Please call us for availability.


Multi-Ply and Other Spinning Nuggets

Date: Sunday, February 25, 2018
Time: 12:30 - 3:30 pm
Instructor: Carol Densmore
Cost: $55

Don’t just squeak by with a two-ply. Plying is the second half of the spinning equation and is just as important in creating the yarn you have in mind. In this workshop we will explore the basics of plying to create a smooth yarn and then build on that. We will also examine how adjustments to your spinning wheel will help when plying your yarn. We will create two-ply yarn and yarn with multiple plies as well as chain ply, ply with thread, and create texture through plying. We will also review different methods of finishing your yarn as well as other spinning tips, tricks, and troubleshooting. After this workshop you’ll approach spinning and plying with confidence and creativity.

Class level: Beginners/Intermediate. Students should be able to spin a consistent yarn.

Participants should bring: A working spinning wheel, bobbins, niddy noddy, lazy kate.


Mechanics of Yarn Design

Date: Sunday, March 4, 2018
Time: 12:30 - 3:30 pm
Instructor: Carol Densmore
Cost: $55

Have you ever wanted to create a specific yarn for a project but end up spinning the default yarn you’re used to spinning? With some yarn dissection, sampling, wheel adjustments, and your creativity you will learn how to transfer the idea from your head to a yarn at your wheel. You will learn about the properties of different fibers to ensure that you’re using the right fiber (or blend) that best suits your yarn and project. We will discuss color blending and how different spinning techniques accentuate the color. We will explore way to get stripes, gradients, or variegated yarn. You will be a yarn engineer building a set of skeins that will be the foundation for a wonderful project!

Class level: Students should be able to spin a single consistent yarn.

Participants should bring: A working spinning wheel, bobbins, niddy noddy, lazy kate.

 


Other Classes


Visible Mending Techniques

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Date: Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Time: 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Instructor: Jessy Gregg
Cost: $30, includes materials fee

Revive your favorite old clothes and add interest with visible mending techniques. This class will briefly cover the Japanese techniques of sashiko (meaning little stabs) and boro (meaning ragged) embroidery, as well as modern variations on these centuries-old traditions. The class fee includes supplies needed for working patches, darning, and simple embroidery techniques. If you have a woven item of clothing in need of mending please bring it to class to practice on, or use the fabric provided.

Because of the variety of techniques to be covered this class is limited to 6 students.


Dorset Button Workshop

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Date: Friday, February 9th
Time: 6 - 8 pm
Guest Instructor: Kate Larson
Cost: $45

Join Kate Larson to learn how to make Dorset Buttons. Soft, handmade buttons made from linen thread and bits of cloth were made in Dorset, England, as early as the beginning of the seventeenth-century. Come learn about the history of these special buttons, how they were traditionally made, and how we can adapt these buttons for very modern uses. Starting with Blandford Cartwheels, you will learn to make several ring-style, thread-wound buttons. Bring a set of US#3 knitting needles if you would like to also learn a fantastic knitted button-hole technique to go with your handmade buttons. Class is $45, and includes all materials. Class size is limited.


Instructor: Meg Croft, or other staff
Fee: $15 per hour, minimum 1 hour.

By appointment only; day & evening time slots available.
Do you have a pile of unfinished projects waiting to be seamed or kitchener stitched? Need a little help picking up stitches for your buttonband, or pulling out a too-tight bind-off? Don't know your mattress stitch from your whip stitch? Private sessions are now available to help you solve the problems and straddle the hurdles that keep you from finishing your projects. You will learn how to finish your garments and projects so that you build up your skill set for the future.
Please call the shop for scheduling information.

Private Sessions