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).


Knitting / Crochet Help

Wednesdays from 6 - 8 pm
Thursdays from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Instructor: Meg Croft
Cost: $15 per session OR a $40 punch card for 4 sessions

This class is great for knitters and crocheters who need help for an hour or two, but not constant supervision. (We recommend private lessons for those type of problems!) Need help picking up stitches for a neckline? Or don’t understand instructions for “At the same time”? This class can be great for you. Please note: these classes tend to have 4-6 students in them. Please call 24 hours in advance to sign up for a spot.


Knitted Holiday Balls

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Date: Sunday, July 7
Time: 4:00 – 7:00 pm
Instructor: Lynn Schense
Cost: $25

These festive balls are great for holiday decorating year round! Start now and fill a tree by December. This three-hour class will teach the basic colorwork ornament designed by Arne and Carlos, which then led to the publication of the book 55 Christmas Balls to Knit. We will cover the basic shaping technique used, stranded colorwork, and reading charts. This class assumes that you are already comfortable with knitting in the round using double-pointed needles. We will work on a small ball with a heart design, which may and may not be completed in class. Finishing will be demonstrated regardless of how far you get on your ornament!

Dive into your yarn stash for sport or dk weight yarn. Samples pictured used (left to right): Farmers Daughter Squish, Rauma Strikkegarn 3, and Rowan Felted Tweed.

Materials needed: set of five US4 or US5 double-pointed needles (no magic loop, please!), two contrasting colors of sport or dk weight wool yarn, about 3-8 grams each, and a locking stitch marker.

Instructions and fiberfill enough to stuff one ball will be provided.

Also offered on: Wednesday, July 17 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm and Tuesday, July 23 from 12:00 – 3:00 pm.


Beginning Brioche

Date: Sunday, July 21, 2019
Time: 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Instructor: Meg Croft
Cost: $30

This beginning brioche class will start you at absolute zero and get you brioche knitting and brioche purling! You will learn how to start a project in brioche, knit your set-up row, and how to do two-color brioche knit flat. There are so many fantastic new patterns using the brioche technique. You will learn the skills that can be applied to most simple brioche patterns, such as the Nascha poncho, by Andrea Mowry.

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


Continental Knitting

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Date: Sunday, July 21, 2019
Time: 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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. 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!

Materials needed: 50 g smooth, light-colored, bulky-weight yarn; 50 g smooth, contrasting-colored, bulky-weight yarn; 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

Homework: None


Linen Bread Basket Liner

Date: Thursday, August 1, 8
Time: 6:00 - 8:00
Instructor: Meg Croft
Cost: $35

This fun project is knit from the center out! Learn how to knit a square in the round with a lovely linen yarn. We will be replacing the pattern’s cast-on with Emily Ocker’s Cast On, so be sure to bring the crochet hook. Linen is a great yarn as we head into the summer months, and has a beautiful shine and resilence. This project makes a beautiful hostess or housewarming gift when visiting friends. Students should be comfortable using dpns, and knitting in the round. Please make sure to use bamboo double pointed needles - metal are too slippery!

Materials needed: Pattern available through in-store sales on Ravelry. (Classic Bread Basket Liner by Kellelynne Hedberg Riley), 260 yards of Universal Yarn Flax, or Kelbourne Woolens Mojave (2 skeins), US 3 double pointed needles (BAMBOO ONLY PLEASE) , and 24” circular needles, locking stitch markers, darning needle, and crochet hook size D or similar.



Basic Cable Techniques

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Date: Sunday, August 11, 2019
Time: 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm (3-hour session)
Instructor: Sarah Peasley
Cost: $35

Do you love those beautiful textures, but think cables are too difficult? Think again! Conquering cable knitting is simply a matter of knitting your stitches in the proper order. Right leaning or left leaning, back and forth or in the round, with or without a cable needle, Sarah will help you get it all sorted out. And while we're at it, let's demystify those wacky chart symbols, and whip a few mis-crossed cables into shape.

Materials needed: 50 gm smooth, light-colored, worsted-weight yarn; US 7 (4.5 mm) double-pointed needles; Cable needle; Safety pins; Scissors

Homework: None


Talimena Shawl

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Dates:Sundays, August 18 (1:30 pm - 3:30 pm) and TBD (2 sessions)
Instructor: Sarah Peasley
Cost: $55


The beautiful Talimena Shawl is a basic top-down triangular shawl with a classic center spine and garter-stitch edging. It’s a perfect introduction to working a small charted lace pattern with a lace-weight yarn. Sarah will carefully guide you through reading a simple chart, working and recognizing yarnovers and single and double decreases, keeping track of where you are on the chart and in your knitting, using lifelines, and blocking lace.

Skill level: Advanced beginner or Intermediate (MUST be comfortable with both knitting and purling).

Materials needed: Talimena Shawl pattern by Denise Bell of Lost City Knits (available through in-store sales on Ravelry); 1 skein of Anzula Luxury Fibers Wash My Lace; 32” long US 5 circular needle (a sharp-tipped wooden or bamboo circular needle that contrasts with the color of your yarn is strongly recommended — make sure the joins are smooth. No interchangeable needles, please!); stitch markers: four in one color, several more in any other color(s) (larger stitch markers will help keep your stitches in place); blunt darning needle. Optional: point protectors.

If you need them, don’t forget your glasses! You’ll need to be able to read the pattern and to look closely at your stitches.

Homework: Please make sure your lace-weight yarn is wound into a ball before class.


Crochet Classes



Asticou Terrace Crochet Shawl

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Date: Thursday, June 6, 2019
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Instructor: Meg Croft
Cost: $25

This half-granny shawl is incredibly addictive to crochet, especially with the incredibly soft yarn! Learn how to crochet a simple shawl with increases, double-crochet, and chain stitches. Students will learn how to read a chart, how to keep track of where they are, and how to change colors invisibly.

Materials needed: download the free pattern from Ravelry and bring the print-out to class. 4 skeins of Fibre Company yarn Acadia (wound into balls before class), and a size H crochet hook, 3 locking stitch markers.


Weaving Classes


Learn how to weave on a Rigid Heddle loom

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Date: Sunday, September 15 - 1 spot available
Time: 9:00 - 4:00 pm (class starts before shop is open!)
Instructor: Kathy Popoff
Cost: $70 with loom rental, $55 without loom rental

2019 Dates:
Sunday, October 13, 2019 - Full
Sunday, November 17, 2019 - 4 spots

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. Bring scissors.
 

You Need an 8-dent heddle and warping equipment if bringing your own loom.

*Please arrive at 8:30 am if you need to purchase yarn, wind yarn, or are bringing your own loom. Class will start at 9:00 am. We will take a 30 minute break for lunch.  Feel free to bring a lunch, or enjoy take out from one of our local restaurants.

 


Pin Loom Weaving Class

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Date: June 9, 2019
Time: 12:30 - 2:30
Instructor: Carol Densmore
Cost: $45

Pin looms are a great tool, that offer a simple and quick way to weave small squares. You can tackle a project one square at a time. In this workshop we’ll look at different kinds of pin looms, the best yarns to use, various designs and patterns as well as finished items. You’ll learn how to use a pin loom and tips that make it easier, create edgings, and turn your yarn into woven pieces such as shawls, throws, bags, toys, etc. Once you start, it’s hard to stop!

Participants should bring: A 4” pin loom (w/accompanying 6” needle), crochet hook size 3.75mm (E/5) or 4.00 mm (F/6), and tapestry needle.

Instruction will be based on the Schacht Zoom Loom. (available for purchase at Woven Art)


Beginning Floor Loom Weaving

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Dates: Tuesdays, March 12, 19, 26, April 9, 16, 23, May 7, 14.
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Instructor: Kathy Popoff
Cost: $135.00 - 1 spot left

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 sampler scarf and determine where they want to go next with weaving. This class is limited to 4 students.

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


Ready, Set, SPIN!

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Date: Sunday, July 14, 2019
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.


Spinning a Fiber Sampler

Date: July 28, 2019
Time: 12:30 - 3:30
Instructor: Carol Densmore
Cost: $55.00

Wool is a great foundation fiber, but is doesn’t stop there. Natural fibers mixed together create wonderful blends that produce wonderful finished items. This class explores different types of natural fiber including mohair, Angora, alpaca/llama, cashmere, bison, silk, and purebred and crossbred wool. We’ll examine how to adjust your spinning wheels and spinning techniques to best spin the fiber in hand. We’ll spin fibers individually and several blended variations. We’ll compare the different fiber characteristics, spinning techniques, and the end use of the yarns we spin.


Festival Fleece Shopping

Date: August 4, 2019
Time: 12:30 - 2:30
Instructor: Carol Densmore
Cost: $40.00

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’ll review a fleece competition scorecard and describe how it is used when judging fleece competitions. We’ll 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.


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