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 and last minute cancellations will not be refunded. We value our instructor’s time, and want to make sure they are compensated fairly for the work they do.  Should you want to take this class at a future date, you will need to pay again.

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. If you cancel within three days of the first class meeting, we will refund your class fee. In either of these cases, 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 - we will post shop/class closures on our Facebook page and make every effort to reach our students.  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).


Tincture Hat - intro to Mosaic Knitting

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Date: Wednesday, September 12, 19
Time: 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Instructor: Meg Croft
Cost: $35

Are you ready to try Mosaic Knitting?  Andrea Mowry's Tincture Hat is a great place to learn this fun and easy color work technique.  This two-color hat features a beautiful herringbone pattern, but you only have to work one color at a time!

Supplies: 2 colors of Shepherd's Wool, US 7 and US 5 16" needles, US 7 dpns, stitch marker, and the Tincture Hat pattern. We are happy to buy it for you through Ravelry in-store sales!

Homework: Please cast on and knit the brim with your Main Color.  Bring your homework to class so we can dive straight into 


Next Steps Brioche

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Date: Sunday, September 16 2018
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Instructor: Meg Croft
Cost: $25 - this class is limited to 4 students

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.

 

 


Horst Cowl

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Date: Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Time: 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Instructor: Meg Croft
Cost: $25

Knit out of Malabrigo Mecha, the Horst Cowl was the Shop Hop pattern for 2017.  This fun and fast cowl is a great introduction to slip-stitch knitting, and is easy to memorize for a great social knit!  We will cast on and get our pattern established in class.

Supplies: Horst Cowl pattern (available at Woven Art), 2 skeins of Malabrigo Mecha in your Main Color (vertical stripes), 1 skein of Malabrigo Mecha in your Contrast Color (background color). US 9 24" circular needles, 1 stitch marker.


Sweater Design with Sarah Peasley

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Dates: Sundays, 10/21, 11/25, and 12/2, 9, and 16 (5 sessions) Time: 1:30-3:30 pm (2-hour sessions) OR

Dates: Tuesdays, 10/23, 11/27, and 12/4, 11, and 18 (5 sessions) Time: 1:30-3:30 pm (2-hour sessions) OR

Dates: Tuesdays, 10/23, 11/27, and 12/4, 11, and 18 (5 sessions) Time: 6:00-8:00 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 round or a v-neck. After completing this class, you should be able to design a variety of sweaters or make changes to existing patterns.

Five sessions will cover:

1)    project planning, swatching, and getting started
2)    armhole shaping
3)    neck and shoulder 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: None


Entrelac Scarf

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Dates: 
Sunday, October 28 1:30-4:30
Tuesday October 30 1:30-4:30 and 5:30-8:30
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.

Homework: None


Fair-Isle Flat In Both Directions

Date: Thursday, November 29
Time: 6 to 8 pm
Instructor: Jill Bigelow-Suttell
Cost: $25

Ready for a challenge. Let’s learn to knit Fair-Isle colorwork left to right. It’s a great technique to add small sections of Fair-Isle without the hassle of steaks. If you are interested in making the Throwback sweater, this class will be helpful. 

Skills required: Students must be able to work Fair-Isle from right to left (the normal way)

Supplies: 3 colors of worsted weight yarn, size 7 or 8 needles.

Homework: Cast on 20 stitches. Work 3 rows of stockinette stitch.


Beginning Brioche

Date: Tuesday, September 4th 5:30 - 8:00 Pm
date: Wednesday September 5th, 10:30AM -1:00 PM
Instructor: Meg Croft
Cost: $25 - this 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, sliding, brioche knitting, brioche purling, and knitting flat with two colors. You will learn the skills that can be applied to most simple brioche patterns.

Supplies: US 7 20" or 24" circular needle, and 25 - 50 grams of worsted weight yarn in 2 solid colors - one LIGHT, one DARK, with good contrast between the colors.


Crochet Classes


Beginning Crochet

Date: Tuesdays, September 11, 18, 25
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Instructor: Meg Croft
Cost: $35

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: Tuesday, October 2nd
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.  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, December 9 - 1 spot
Time: 9:00 - 4:30 pm (class starts before shop is open!)
Instructor: Kathy Popoff
Cost: $70 with loom rental, $55 without loom rental

2019 Dates:
January 6
February 10
March 3
APril 14
May 5

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 Malabrigo Rios for warp, and 200 yards of Malabrigo Rios for 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.
 


Rigid Heddle Help Session  

Registration Deadline: Thursday, September 6, 2018
Class Date: Thursday, September 13, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Instructor: Kathy Popoff
Cost: $25

Learn a new skill, review an old one or receive help planning your next project. You decide what you want to work on. Students must pre-register one week before the session date. 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  

 

 

 


Beginning Floor Loom Weaving

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Date: TBA
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. 

 


Towels On Rigid Heddle Loom

Date Session One: Sunday, September 30, 2018, Time: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Date Session Two - Saturday, October 13, 2018, Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Instructor: Kathy Popoff
Cost: $35 - class is limited to 4 students.

This class teaches how to weave towels on a rigid heddle loom using a double bobbin boat shuttle and warp ends doubled through a 10 dent reed.

Session One - September 30, 2018: Students will design, warp and start weaving two towels. Weaving will be completed at home.

Session Two - October 13, 2018: Students will bring completed towels back to class. Towels will be cut off loom in and finished in class.

Supplies: Rigid heddle loom (15" or wider weaving width), 10 dent heddle, Two Bobbin boat shuttle, Four bobbins to fit boat shuttle, Warping peg, Sley Hook, scissors, 8/2 cotton - 1 spool for background and weft. We will discuss additional colors in Session One. (available at Woven Art.)

 

 

 


Spinning Classes


Spindle Spinning

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Date: Sunday, June 24th
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: TBA
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.


Breed Study Class

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Date: Sunday, July 8, 2018
Time: 12:30 - 3:30 pm
Instructor: Carol Densmore
Cost: $55

As spinners we have the advantage of exploring a wide range of beautiful fibers and twisting them into gorgeous yarns. In this breed study class we will cover six sheep breeds and the different characteristics of their wool. We will spin a wide range of wool from fine and crimpy to long and strong, and examine locks, yarns, and swatches from each breed as well as other techniques that can affect the final project you have in mind. After this class you’ll have more resources and knowledge that will help you choose the right type of breed-specific wool for a project. Using exclusive breed study worksheets we will document various information about the samples we work on in class. You will leave with a breed study notebook filled with the sheep we covered in class plus extra blank worksheets so you can do breed studies on your own. A breed study teaches us about natural fibers, the history of the breed, resources about the breed, and gives us a better understanding of how fibers influence our yarns and textiles.


Buy a Fleece, Wash a Fleece

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Date: July 29, 2018
Time: 12:30 - 2:30 pm
Instructor: Carol Densmore
Cost: $40 

 

Fiber festivals are great places to buy fleeces but the choices can be overwhelming. In this class we'll look at a variety of fleeces and learn how to evaluate them for handspinning. We will review a fleece competition scorecard and describe how it is used when judging fleece competitions. We will evaluate soundness, lock structure, and overall consistency from a judge's perspective. We'll refer to the The Field Guide to Fleece so if you have a copy bring it along. We'll also go through the steps of washing an actual fleece so after this class you'll be ready to navigate a fleece sale, choose a fleece for the project you have in mind, and get it washed up and ready to spin.

 

This class will be held on the deck of Woven Art!  Please bring a hat, sunscreen, and wear clothes you don't mind getting wet or grungy.


Other Classes




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