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).


Sweater Design Workshop

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Dates: Sundays, October 1 and 29, November 12, and December 3 and 10 (5 sessions)
Time: 12:30-2:30 pm (2-hour sessions)
Instructor: Sarah Peasley
Cost: $155

Think you're not ready to design your own sweater? Think again! Sarah will hold your hand through every step of designing a simple sweater to fit YOU: gauge, measurements, schematics, and shaping, to name a few. We'll make a completely seamless pullover with set-in sleeves and either a scoop or a v-neck. After completing this class, you should be able to design a variety of sweaters or to make changes to existing patterns.

Five sessions will cover: 

1)    project planning, swatching, and getting started 

2)    armhole shaping

3)    neck shaping

4)    joining shoulders and working neckband 

5)    sleeves 

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, please bring in one or more shirts or sweaters that fit you well (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 comfortable sleeve length and/or body length – you will use the measurements from these samples as a starting point for the pattern for your sweater).

Homework for first class: None


Beginning Mosaic Knitting

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Date: Wednesday, November 15
Time: 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Instructor: Lynn Schense
Cost: $20

If you are interested in learning to knit using two colors, mosaic knitting is a great way to get your feet wet. If you can knit a stitch and slip a stitch, then you are ready for mosaic knitting! Unlike Fair Isle knitting where you work with two strands at a time, mosaic knitting only asks that you handle one strand of yarn at a time. This class will teach you the basics, including reading a simple two-color chart, garter stitch mosaic, and stockinette stitch mosaic. You will end up with a cute coaster with a block “S” on it. Go green! 

For those of you with a “house divided,” a bonus pattern with a block “M” will be provided as well. Please note that the class will not be working on the “M” pattern. You will learn everything you need to know to knit the “M” once you have completed the class.

Supplies: US 5 needles, Cascade 220 Ultra Pima Cotton (or equivalent DK weight yarn) in two distinctly contrasting colors (one will be designated “light” and the other “dark”). I used the colors Shamrock and Natural for the green and white sample shown. You will have plenty of yarn to make a set of coasters for yourself as well as the other fans in your life!

Homework: With your light color and using the long-tail method, cast on 21 stitches. Knit two rows.


Thrummed Mittens

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Date: Tuesdays, November 7, 14, & 21
Time: 3 - 5 pm or on same dates from 6 - 8 pm
Instructor: Lynn Schense
Cost: $40

Fleece thrums form lovely contrasting stitches on the outside and soft warmth on the inside of these mittens. The warmth of your hands will help to secure your thrums by felting them together slightly. This class assumes that you are already comfortable with knitting in the round using double-pointed needles and will focus on the techniques involved in knitting thrums: making the thrums to be relatively uniform in size, knitting thrums securely, and following a thrummed pattern. We will also be covering knitting a thumb gusset and thumb. Skill level: intermediate.

Supplies needed: One skein Cascade 220 worsted weight yarn (or equivalent), US 6 and US 7 double-pointed needles (adjust accordingly if you are a tight or loose knitter), scrap yarn in a contrasting color, tapestry needle and stitch markers.

Pattern (written to fit the average woman's hand) and white fleece for thrums will be provided at the first session and are included in price of class.

Homework: With smaller needles, cast on 40 stitches. Divide onto three needles: 12 stitches on first and second needle and 16 on the third. Join for knitting in the round, being careful not to twist.

Work in a K2, P2 rib for 3", or desired length of cuff.


Basic Socks

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Date: Tuesdays, November 28, December 5 & 12
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 former. 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).


Norwegian Purl

Date: November 16, 2017
Time: 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Instructor: Meg Croft
Cost: $15

Keep your working yarn in back when you purl!  This Norwegian method for purling with your working yarn held to the back can increase your speed and cut down on repetitive motion injuries. You MUST be comfortable knitting with the continental method before taking this class.

Supply List: 15 grams of worsted weight yarn, US 7 circular needle 20" or 24" long.

Homework: Cast on 20 stitches and knit 4 rows

 


Intro to Lace Knitting

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Date: Sunday, November 26
Time: 12:30 - 3:30 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 needle, 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: Tuesdays, November 28, December 5 & 12
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 former. 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).


Allerton Cowl

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Date: Wednesday, November 29th
Time: two sessions available 3:30 - 5:00 pm OR 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Instructor: Meg Croft
Cost: $15 

This bulky cowl takes one skein of beautiful Malabrigo Rasta and a few evenings of knitting and makes a great gift!  Learn a few simple cable techniques, and get those hand-knit gifts made in time for the holidays. This a great class for beginning knitters and recent grads from Knit 101.

Homework: Using long-tail cast-on, cast-on 54 stitches, and work p2, k1 ribbing in the round for 3 rounds.Supplies: One skein of Malabrigo Rasta, US 15 20" or 24" circular needles, one large stitch marker, one large cable needle.


Next Steps Brioche

Date: Thursday, November 30th
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Instructor: Meg Croft
Cost:$25, Class is limited to 5 students.

In this next class in Meg's series on brioche knitting, learn how to make right leaning and left leaning decreases, and how to increase.  Students must be comfortable with working two-color brioche.

Supplies: 2 colors of worsted weight wool in a light and dark, about 25g per color. US 7 or 8 (whichever is better for your yarn) 20" or 24" circular needles.


Norwegian Guest Slippers

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Date: Thursday December 7, 2017
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Instructor: Meg Croft
Cost: $25, includes pattern.

These simple guest slippers are simple to make, fun for gifts, and great to have on hand for the holidays for visiting family and friends. 

Supplies: for matching slippers - 2 balls of Rauma 3 Strikk. (DK weight) wool in Main Color, 1 ball of Rauma 3 Strikk. (DK weight) wool in Contrast Color. Needles size 2.5 mm (most US sizes 1.5, or US size 1 for Addi needles)

Homework: Cast on 24 stitches and knit in garter stitch for approximately 38 ridges. We will discuss sizing in class.


Basic Cable Stitch Hat

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Date: Saturday, December 9
Time: 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Instructor: Lynn Schense
Cost: $25 (includes pattern)

Cables add interest and dimension to knitted garments. This hat is perfect for the beginning knitter to learn this technique on a manageable-sized project. In this one-session class, you will learn all you need to know to complete your hat, including reading charts.

You should already know how to cast on using long-tail method, knit, purl and knit in the round using circular and double-pointed needles.

Supplies: 100 grams bulky yarn (pattern calls for Universal Yarn Deluxe Chunky. Also recommended are Imperial Yarn Native Twist and Malabrigo Mecha), US 9 16" circular, US 10 16" circular, US 10 double-pointed needles, stitch markers, cable needle, tapestry needle.

Homework: Have 2" of ribbed band completed before class: Using smaller needle and long-tail method, cast on 84 stitches. Join for knitting in the round taking care not to twist your stitches and work in a knit 1, purl 1 rib for 2".


Mosaic Knitting

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Date: Sunday, December 10
Time: 4:00 - 7:00 pm
Instructor: Lynn Schense
Cost: $20

If you are interested in learning to knit using two colors, mosaic knitting is a great way to get your feet wet. If you can knit a stitch and slip a stitch, then you are ready for mosaic knitting! Unlike Fair Isle knitting where you work with two strands at a time, mosaic knitting only asks that you handle one strand of yarn at a time. This class will teach you the basics, including reading a simple two-color chart, garter stitch mosaic, and stockinette stitch mosaic. You will end up with a cute coaster with a block "S" on it. Go green! 

For those of you with a "house divided," a bonus pattern with a block "M" will be provided as well. Please note that the class will not be working on the "M" pattern. You will learn everything you need to know to knit the "M" once you have completed the class.

Supplies: US5 needles, Cascade 220 Ultra Pima Cotton (or equivalent DK weight yarn) in two distinctly contrasting colors (one will be designated "light" and the other "dark"). I used the colors Shamrock and Natural for the green and white sample shown. You will have plenty of yarn to make a set of coasters for yourself as well as the other fans in your life!

Homework: With your light color and using the long-tail method, cast on 21 stitches. Knit two rows.


Crochet Classes


Vintage Crochet Baby Blanket

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Date: Wednesday, October 11 & 18th
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Instructor: Meg Croft
Cost: $35

Learn how to make a fun ric-rac chevron blanket. We will start with swatching and practice yarn to learn the stitch, and then begin our blankets! There are lots of color combinations you can use, and you can make a 2-, 5-, or 10-color blanket!  Blanket measures 26" x 30", but can be enlarged. (will require more yarn!)

Supplies: Hardcopy or digital download pattern. Yarns recommended: Cascade 220 Superwash Aran, Universal Cotton Supreme, Cascade Avalon. For 2-color blanket: 500 yards color A/400 yards color B. For 5-color blanket: 200 yards each of 5 colors. For 10-color blanket: 200 yards of MC, 100 yards each of 9 contrast colors. Crochet hook size US G/4.0 mm hook, but please bring US F, G, and H hooks as we will get gauge in class.


new classes are being planned for september / October / November


Weaving Classes


Learn how to weave on a Rigid Heddle loom

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Date: Sunday, January 7, 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:
February 11
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

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. 

 


Spinning Classes


Spindle Spinning

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Date: November 26, 2017
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: Sunday, December 10th
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.


Blending board / drum carding Workshop

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Date: Sunday, October 1, 2017
Time: 12:30 - 2:30 pm
Cost: Free for spinzilla team members / $20 for non-team students
Instructor: Carol Densmore

Get your fiber ready for Spinzilla! Does it need a boost? This workshop will give you the opportunity to breathe new life into your fiber if it's been sitting around a while or to make new batts from blended fiber in your stash. Drum carders and blending boards will be available. You bring your fiber. We'll talk about various fiber preparations and the best way to card what you have based on the type of yarn you want to spin or the colorway you want to create. Then you'll be Spinzilla ready!

 


Other Classes


Norwegian Embroidery

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Date: Monday, December 4
Time: 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Instructor: Lynn Schense
Cost: $25

Norway has a long tradition of colorful embroidery. This class will teach a few basic embroidery stitches using brightly colored yarn on white felt. When finished, you can sew a backing to your piece, stuff, and use as an ornament.

Supplies needed: sharp embroidery needle, scissors. Optional, but not necessary: 5" diameter embroidery hoop.

Felt with design imprint and yarn will be provided.


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!

buddy system classes