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 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).


Frieze Cowl

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Dates: Saturdays, March 11, 18, April 8
Time: 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Instructor: Annie Haas
Cost: $35

Learn how to knit the Frieze cowl with the designer! You will need to be comfortable with two color knitting, knitting in the round, ribbing, and have an interest in Mosaic knitting! This cowl is knit from the bottom up, in the round. The Mosaic stitch pattern uses a series of slipped, yarn-overs and dropped stitches to create a complex and flowing pattern that is addictive to knit! The hems folded over for added warmth and structure. An i-cord drawstring provides the finishing touch for a snug and cozy cowl.

 

Supplies: Frieze Stonehedge Fiber Mill's Shepherds Wool, Worsted Weight (250 yards, 112g/skein). In two colors, with good contrast. US Size 6 - 24" (4.0 mm), US Size 7 - 24" (4.5 mm), Stitch Marker, Tapestry Needle.

Homework: When you register for class, we will email you the homework, consisting of getting gauge with a stitch pattern AND knitting the bottom edge of the cowl.


Gift Guide: Tweed Mittens

Dates: Fridays, April 7, 14, 21
Times: 3-5 pm or on same dates from 6-8 pm
Instructor: Sarah Peasley
Cost: $65

Slipped stitches and strongly contrasting colors provide lots of visual and textural interest in these seriously warm mittens. The stitch pattern itself is deceptively simple; Sarah will help you through all of the tricky bits!

Supplies: 60 Quick Knits book; 100 g worsted-weight yarn in each of 2 contrasting colors (Lettlopi used for sample); US 6 dpns; safety pins; darning needle; 1 yd smooth scrap yarn in a contrasting color.

Homework: None


Toe-up Socks

Dates: Tuesdays, April 4, 11, 18
Times: 3-5 pm or on same dates from 6-8 pm
Instructor: Sarah Peasley
Cost: $95

You may have conquered knitting socks from the cuff down to the toe (or maybe you haven't yet!), but have you tried knitting them from the toe up? Practice knitting small circumferences on either one or two long circular needles while learning how to knit a very simple pair of custom-fit socks from the toe up.

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


Magic Loop Tutorial

Date: Friday, April 21, 2017
Time: 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Instructor: Meg Croft
Cost: $15

Do you HATE double pointed needles? Do you lose them in the car or on business trips?  Learn how to do Magic Loop - knit a small circumference in the round on long circular needles. 

Supplies: 10-25 grams of worsted weight wool, and a 32-inch or 40-inch US 6, 7 or 8 (pick one that works best for your yarn) with a FLEXIBLE cable (no Clover needles, or Denise Interchangeables - needles without a flexible cable can be damaged by this technique.) 


Graft a Toe like a Pro

Date: Sunday, April 23 2017
Time: 12:30 - 2:00 pm
Instructor: Sarah Peasley
Cost: $25

Do you flat out refuse to knit socks from the cuff down because of the dreaded Kitchener Stitch? That eensy weensy little bit of grafting at the very end of the toe, on hardly any stitches? Suck it up, buttercup! Sarah gets you going step by step, then shares some awesome hints that will make you toss your cheat sheet aside and Kitchener like nobody's business. Be the boss of those sock toes, one grafted stitch at a time! 

Supplies: 50 g smooth, light-colored, worsted-weight yarn,  US 7 (4.5 mm) double-pointed needles, approximately 7" in length, Blunt darning needle,  Stitch holders (for swatches), Scissors.

Homework:  

Swatches 1 and 2: Cast on 20 stitches. Rows 1-4: Knit (garter stitch). Row 5: Purl. Row 6: Knit. Repeat Rows 5 and 6 (stockinette stitch) until piece measures 3" (end after a knit row). Do not bind off. Place stitches on hold. Cut yarn, leaving an 8" tail.
Swatches 3 and 4: Repeat Swatches 1 and 2 EXCEPT leave a 2 yard tail.
Swatch 5: Cast on 24 stitches. Divide onto 3 double-pointed needles and join to work in the round, being careful not to twist. Knit (stockinette stitch) until piece measures 2". Do not bind off. Place stitches on hold. Cut yarn, leaving a 2 yard tail. 


Once Around the Block

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Date: Sunday, April 23, 2017
Time: 2:30 - 4:00 pm
Instructor: Sarah Peasley
Cost: $25

How do you wash your knitting? How confident are you in your blocking skills? Participate in an eye-opening demo and a practical discussion about options for laundering and blocking your hand knits, including tools, techniques, an interpretation of those cryptic laundry symbols, and a basic tutorial on different types of fiber. 

Supplies: 50 gm smooth, #4 (worsted-weight) yarn US 7 (4.5 mm) circular or straight needles 

Homework: 

Swatch #1: Cast on 24 stitches. Work in k2, p2 rib until piece measures approximately 3". Bind off loosely in pattern. Cut yarn.
Swatch #2: Cast on 16 stitches. Rows 1-12: K1, [yo, p2tog, k1] to end of row. Bind off. Cut yarn. 


Beginning Brioche

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Date: Sunday, April 30, 2017
Time: 12:30 - 3:30 pm
Instructor: Meg Croft
Cost: $25 - CLASS is limited to 4 students

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.  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. Locking stitch markers.


Take Time to Save Time

Date: Sunday May 7th
Time:12:30 - 3:30pm
Instructor: Sarah Peasley
Cost:$50

Really? A whole class about gauge? Yes. Gauge really is that important, and this class will tell you why. Learn to make a proper gauge swatch, measure it accurately, and use what it tells you to make a garment that actually fits. Blocking and successful yarn substitution will also be discussed.

Supplies: 1.75 oz (50 g) smooth, light-colored, #4 (worsted-weight) yarn, US 7 (4.5 mm) straight or circular needles, needle gauge, 2 stitch markers, calculator, tape measure or ruler (both if you have them), pencil and paper.

Homework (OPTIONAL! NOT REQUIRED!)

With #4 (worsted-weight) yarn and size US 7 (4.5 mm) needles, cast on 31 stitches.
Knit 3 rows (garter-stitch border).
Rows 1-40: K4, [YO, P2tog, K1] to last 3 stitches, K3.
Knit 3 rows (garter-stitch border).
Bind off loosely. Cut yarn.


Introduction to Lace Knitting

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Date: Monday, May 22
Time: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Instructor: Lynn Schense
Cost: $25, includes pattern

The basics of lace knitting are taught in this three-hour class: following a simple lace chart, reading the stitches on and below your needle, avoiding and correcting mistakes, and using a lifeline - all while knitting a pretty lace cowl. This is the perfect class as a follow-up to Knit 101.

Supplies: 20” or 24” US 8 circular needles, stitch markers, one skein of Malabrigo Rios (or 200 yards of worsted weight yarn), and a tapestry needle. Pattern will be provided at first class session.

Homework: using long-tail method, cast on 140 stitches. Join for in the round, being careful not to twist stitches. Round 1: Purl, Round 2: Knit. Repeat rounds 1 & 2 once more.


Basic Socks

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Date: Tuedays, May 23, 30 & June 6
Time: 3-5 pm or on same dates from 6-8 pm
Instructor: Lynn Schense
Cost: $35

Churchmouse Classics' Basic Sock pattern was developed to teach the basics of sock construction using double-pointed needles. This class will help you get over your fear of turning a heel! You will learn the slip-stitch pattern for the heel flap, short-row heel turning, picking up stitches for the gusset, decreasing for gusset and toe shaping and the Kitchener stitch for grafting the toe. You should already know how to knit, purl, cast on and knit in the round using double-pointed needles. 

Supplies: DK or sport weight yarn, US 3 double-pointed needles and Churchmouse Classics Basic Sock pattern.

Note: Although the pattern gives instructions for both sport/DK and fingering weight yarns, this class uses the DK weight yarn only. Please do not purchase fingering weight yarn for this class.

Homework: Before the first class, you should purchase pattern (available at Woven Art or as a Ravelry download), select your DK or sport weight yarn (avoid very dark colors), choose your cuff variation and work your cuff to desired length. You should come to the first class ready to work the heel flap.

If you need a refresher on getting cast on and starting your knitting in the round on double-pointed needles, contact Lynn at the shop and we can set up a short tutorial in advance of your class. A private session fee would apply ($15 per hour – no minimum time would be applied in this case).


Gift Guide: Mitered Scarf

Dates: Sundays, May 28 and June 25
Times: 12:30-2:30 pm (2 sessions)
Instructor: Sarah Peasley
Cost: $65

Learn to work mitered squares and mitered triangles while making a pretty multi-colored scarf. Also covered: picking up stitches, keeping track of where you are, and weaving in ends as you go (AND weaving in ends after the fact).

Supplies: 60 Quick Knits book; three 100 g skeins of worsted-weight yarn (Malabrigo Rios used for sample); US 7 needles; safety pins; darning needle; scissors

Homework: none


Crochet Classes


Asticou Terrace Shawl

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Date: Thursday, January 26, 2017
Time: 6-8 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! 

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. Free pattern from Ravelry.


Crochet Basics

Date: Monday March 6, 13, 20 from 3:30 - 5:30 pm
or Thursday March 9, 16, and 23 from 6 - 8 pm
Instructor: Meg Croft
Cost: $35

Learn basic crochet skills to make simple projects.  We will learn how to work different stitches - chaining, single crochet, half-double, double, treble crochet, plus how to work from the center-out, granny squares, and how to increase and decrease.  
Supplies: 25 grams of 3 colors of worsted weight wool. Hook size H, 2 locking stitch markers.


 Celia Shawl

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Date: Sunday, March 5, 2017
Time: 12:30 - 3:30 pm
Instructor: Meg Croft
Cost: $20

This lovely triangular shawl is crocheted from side to side and features open work mesh, and an edging consisting of lace, filet-crochet, shell-stitch, and picot edging.  We will be working from both written instructions and charts and creating the tip of the shawl that you can take home and finish.

Supplies: Celia pattern (available as in-store sale digital pattern), 3 skeins of Quince & Co Piper or heavy lace-weight yarn, locking stitch markers, Size C, D, and E hooks (we will be swatching in class!), highlighter and pen.


Weaving Classes


Learn how to weave on a Rigid Heddle loom

Date: Sunday, May 7
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 Sunday dates are available:
May 7
June 11- Last class before September

The Rigid Heddle loom is easy to set up and use - and it is light weight and portable. You will beamazed 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.
 
Supplies: You will need about 200 yards of a smooth worsted weight yarn for the warp, and about 200 yards of almost any kinds 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
 


Create Your Own Rigid Heddle Class  

Instructor: Kathy Popoff
Date: Tuesday March 21, 2017
Time: 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Cost: $30

This session is designed by you, the student. You can learn a new skill, review an old one or receive help planning your next project. You tell Kathy what you want to work on. Students must pre-register for the session. Kathy will contact students prior to class to discuss what the student wants to work on. Please indicate preferred contact method when registering (phone call or email). Class size is limited and students must have their own rigid heddle loom.

Supplies: Rigid heddle loom, Rigid heddle loom accessories required for desired project, scissors  

Prework: Conversation with instructor 


Spinning Classes


Quick Start Spindle Spinning 

Date: Thursday, February 16 2017
Time: 6:00 - 7:00 pm (1-hour session)
Instructor: Carol Densmore
Cost: $25  

Want to jump start your spindle spinning?  Spend an hour learning the basics and before you leave you'll be spinning away!  You will also be introduced to resources that will guide you through advanced techniques that you can explore on your own.  Spindles are amazing tools to start spinning and are a great way to spin all different kinds of fiber and yarn. Basic drafting and spinning techniques will be explored that will help a new spinner understand everything that is happening.  All materials and equipment provided, but bring your favorite spindle if you have one!
Homework: none
 


Date: Sunday, March 26th
Time: 12:30 - 3:30 pm
Instructor: Carol Densmore
Cost: $50

Plying is the second half of the spinning equation and just as important in creating the yarn you have in mind.  We will explore the basics of plying and then build on those skills.  We will create two-ply yarn and yarn with multiple plies, chain plies, plies with thread, as well as create texture through plying.  We will also review different methods of finishing your yarn, and look at the difference that various plied yarns have on finished items. After this class you will approach plying with confidence and creativity.

Spinning: Multi-ply


Other Classes


Instructor: Meg Croft
Fee: $15 per 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 finishing 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 and speak to Meg to set up a session.

Private Finishing Sessions



Two students: $65 for two two-hour sessions, $35 per additional session needed to complete project.

Three students: $80 for two two-hour sessions. $45 per additional session needed to complete project.

Supplies needed will vary depending on
the project you select.

Instructor: Lynn Schense

By appointment only; day & evening time slots available.
Do you and your friend(s) want to take a knitting class but can never seem to coordinate your schedules to take the classes you are interested in? The Buddy System Class provides you with the opportunity to tailor the class and its meeting day and time to suit your schedules and common interests. How it works: you and your friend(s) decide what you want to learn to knit together. Maybe you want to learn cables and found a nice cable cowl pattern, or you want to tackle your first lace shawl. Mittens? Hats? Gloves? The possibilities are endless! Start by arranging a meeting with Lynn Schense (emaillschense(at)comcast(dot)net or message through Ravelry: user name HatPixie) to discuss pattern selection, yarn choices, etc. Then set up a date and time for your first class and take it from there! Schedule your next class when you are ready! The initial meeting is included in the price of the class. Splitting the cost makes it very affordable!

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