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).


Beginning Brioche

Date: Sunday, January 7 2018
Time: 12:30 - 3:00 pm
Instructor: Meg Croft
Cost: $25 - FULL

Haven't learned brioche yet? Now is the time!  There are so many great patterns right now with this challenging and fun stitch. Students will learn two-color brioche knit flat, how to distinguish what row you are about to knit, and how to fix some simple mistakes.

Supplies: 25 grams each of two colors of worsted weight wool (Cascade 220, Shepherd's Wool Worsted, Quince & Co Lark, etc.) in two highly contrasting colors, one light, one dark. US 7 or US 8 circular needles 20" or 24" in length.

Homework: None.


Next Steps Brioche

Date: Sunday, January 7 2018
TIme: 3:30 - 6:00 pm
Instructor: Meg Croft
Cost: $25 - FULL

Ready to take your brioche skills to the next level?  In this class students will learn right- and left- leaning decreases as well as increases to add some patterning to their brioche skills. 

Supplies: 25 grams each of two colors of worsted weight wool (Cascade 220, Shepherd's Wool Worsted, Quince & Co Lark, etc.) in two highly contrasting colors, one light, one dark. US 7 or US 8 circular needles 20" or 24" in length.

Homework: None. 


Entrelac Scarf

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Date: Sunday, January 14th
Time: 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Instructor: Sarah Peasley
Cost: $35


Take some tilty squares and triangles, add a fancy French name, and you get a totally addicting stitch pattern! In just three hours, Sarah will get you squared away on this new-to-you technique as you begin a beautiful Entrelac scarf. Optional bonus skill: knitting backward! Pattern is included in the class notes.

Supplies: US 5 or US 6 needles, at least 100 grams of dk- or sport-weight yarn, stitch markers. Recommended yarn: 1 skein of Cascade Heritage 150, or 2 balls of Freia Fibers Sport Ombre.

Homework: None

 


Striped Pawkies

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Date: Tuesdays, January 16, 23, & 30.
Time: 3-5 pm or 6-8 pm
Instructor: Lynn Schense
Cost: $35

The focus of this class is small-circumference knitting on double-pointed needles (dpn's) for the beginning knitter. We will work on the basics, including casting on and dividing stitches onto multiple dpn's, knitting in the round, and avoiding laddering. You will also be introduced to a couple of fun techniques: traveling jogless stripes and afterthought thumbs. Because gauge for in-the-round knitting can be different than that of knitting flat, we will not expect you to know your gauge coming in. Instead, you will choose your needle size based on whether you consider yourself an average, loose, or tight knitter. We will however, cover swatching for in-the-round knitting in the final class. A demonstration of blocking your mitts will also be given during the last session.

Skills needed: you should be comfortable with the knit and purl stitches.

Supplies: Striped Pawkies pattern (by Kate Davies. Download available for in-store purchase through Ravelry), one skein each of two colors Rauma 3 Strikkegarn yarn or Rowan Felted Tweed (or an equally “sticky” DK weight wool yarn), US 2 and US 3 DPN's for small size (7”-8” hand circumference) or US 3 and US 4 for large size (8”-9” hand circumference),* smooth scrap yarn, tapestry needle.

*adjust needle sizes up or down if you consider yourself a loose/tight knitter.

Homework: none.


Norwegian Purl for Continental Knitters

Date: January 18, 2018
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: Saturday, January 20
Time: 1:00 - 4:00 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 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.


Beginning Brioche

Date: Sunday, January 21 2018
Time: 12:30 - 3:00 pm
Instructor: Meg Croft
Cost: $25 - 4 spots available
 

Haven't learned brioche yet? Now is the time!  There are so many great patterns right now with this challenging and fun stitch. Students will learn two-color brioche knit flat, how to distinguish what row you are about to knit, and how to fix some simple mistakes.

Supplies: 25 grams each of two colors of worsted weight wool (Cascade 220, Shepherd's Wool Worsted, Quince & Co Lark, etc.) in two highly contrasting colors, one light, one dark. US 7 or US 8 circular needles 20" or 24" in length.

Homework: None.


Next Steps Brioche

Date: Sunday, January 21 2018
TIme: 3:30 - 5:30 pm
Instructor: Meg Croft
Cost: $25 - 2 spots available

Ready to take your brioche skills to the next level?  In this class students will learn right- and left- leaning decreases as well as increases to add some patterning to their brioche skills. 

Supplies: 25 grams each of two colors of worsted weight wool (Cascade 220, Shepherd's Wool Worsted, Quince & Co Lark, etc.) in two highly contrasting colors, one light, one dark. US 7 or US 8 circular needles 20" or 24" in length.

Homework: None. 


Vital Statistics

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Date: Sunday, January 28
Time: 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Instructor: Sarah Peasley
Cost: $25

If you're new to following a pattern, the information on the front page can be overwhelming. What kind of needles are they calling for? Are those actual measurements or finished measurements? How much yarn do you need to buy? What does that symbol mean? Let Sarah walk you through the information presented at the beginning of a typical pattern, answering your questions and adding explanations and options along the way. Don't be intimidated - you just need to learn the language! 

Supplies: Feel free to bring one or more patterns for perusal.
Homework: None.

 


jogless stripes

date: Sunday, February 4
time: 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Instructor: Lynn Schense
cost: $15

When knitting stripes in the round, you may have noticed that there is a jog where your yarn colors change. This is because you are actually knitting in a spiral when you knit in the round. This class will show you a few ways to minimize the appearance of these jogs. You should already be fairly proficient with knitting in the round. We will be working from a small in-the-round swatch using whichever small-circumference technique that you prefer (dpn's, magic loop, or two circulars).

Supplies: two contrasting colors of sport, dk, or worsted weight yarn (approximately 15 grams each), appropriate size of needles for yarn chosen, stitch marker.

Homework: Using the lighter color, cast on 40 stitches and join for knitting in the round. Work four rounds in garter stitch, then four rounds in stockinette stitch.


preventing and fixing mistakes

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Date: February 18, 2018
Time: 12:30 - 3:30 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.


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: Thursday, February 15, 2018
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 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!  

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. 

 


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 - 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. 

 


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



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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