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 - 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).




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


Fair Isle Pillow Class - Knitting

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Dates: Tuesdays, May 8, May 29, AND June 5 (3 sessions)
Time: 6:00-8:00 pm (2 hours)
Instructor: Sarah Peasley
Cost: $65

If you are an advanced beginner, intermediate, or more experienced knitter, comfortable with knitting and purling, and looking to learn or brush up on Fair Isle skills, this class is for you! Begin by becoming fluent in both the English and Continental styles of knitting (holding the yarn in either your right or left hand). Practice knitting in the round with two colors (one in each hand) while making a colorful pillow cover. Learn to read charts like a pro. Hold your breath while you cut open a steek. Discover the beauty of corrugated ribbing. 

Supplies: Yarn - worsted-weight wool, preferably NOT superwash: 150 gm each of 2 colors, OR 75 gm each of 4 colors, OR as shown, 75 gm each of 2 colors and 25 gm each of 8 colors. Needles - US 7 (4.5 mm) or size appropriate for yarn chosen, 24" circular needle. Crochet hook size G. Blunt darning needle. Stitch markers.

 


Next Steps Brioche - Knitting

Date: Thursday, May 10th
Time: 3-5 pm
Instructor: Meg Croft
Cost:$25, limited to 4 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 (please no variegated colors that share ANY colors between the two skeins), about 25g per color. US 7 or 8 (whichever is better for your yarn) 20" or 24" circular needles.


Pop Fizzle Hat - Knitting

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Dates: Thursday, May 10th, 17th, and 24th.
Time: 6 - 8 pm
Instructor: Meg Croft
Cost: $35, limited to 6 students

Ready to give your brioche skills a workout? Let's tackle Knit Graffiti's Pop Fizzle Hat together!  We will start with basic two-color brioche in the round, then move to charted brioche with increases and decreases. You may take this class after you have taken Next Steps Brioche.  We will be working the smaller size hat, using two sport-weight yarns. Supplies: 110 yards each of two colors of sport-weight yarns, with good contrast between them. Lighter or more solid color will be color A. (Malabrigo Arroyo, Cascade Longwood Sport, Quince & CO Chickadee, Stonehedge Crazy for color B only) US 6 needles (if you are a loose brioche knitter, consider bringing a US 5) in 16" length and double pointed needles. 6 stitch markers (including a noticeable one for your beginning of round), a cable needle, and size F or G crochet hook. Hard copy pattern, or Ravelry digital download available at Woven Art.


Continental Knitting

Dates: Tuesday, May 15 (1 session)
Time: 1:00-4:00 pm OR 5:00-8:00 pm (3 hours)
Instructor: Sarah Peasley
Cost: $35

 

Knitting Continental style involves holding the yarn in your left hand and "picking" it, as opposed to "throwing" it with your right hand (as most Americans are taught to do). It's better for your body, and can greatly improve the ease and speed with which you knit. After mastering the knit and purl stitches, you'll be able to breeze right through knit/purl combinations like ribbing or seed stitch, and you'll discover just how easy Fair Isle can be!

Supplies: 50 grams smooth, light-colored, bulky-weight yarn (3-4 sts/in),  50 grams smooth, contrasting-colored, bulky-weight yarn (3-4 sts/in).  US 9 (5.5 mm) 16" (40 cm) circular needle (measured from tip to tip),  US 9 (5.5 mm) double-pointed needles, approximately 7" in length,  1 stitch marker,  safety pins.

 

 


Blocking your Handknits

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Date: Tuesday, May 22 (1 session)
Time: 1:00-4:00 pm OR 5:00-8:00 pm (3 hours)
Instructor: Sarah Peasley
Cost: $35


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, interpretation of those cryptic laundry symbols, and a basic tutorial on different types of fiber.

Supplies: 50 gm smooth, worsted-weight, wool 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.

 

 

 


Crochet Classes



Asticou Terrace Shawl

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

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, May 6, 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
 


 

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: 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. 

 





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.




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