2021 Class List

2021 Class List

Here’s our lineup of classes for this year’s show.

All Classes are 2 hours long.

Classes start at $50, with great discounts the more classes you buy (because, really — who can choose?).

  
  
Spinning with a Purpose – Twist Levels — Katie Weston — 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM EDT

Learn how to evaluate and get control over the twist levels in your hand spun yarns. Learn how to set up a control card to ensure you remain consistent in your spinning throughout a product. Suitable for all spinners who can produce a continuous length of yarn.

Totally Tubular Cast Ons and Bind Offs — Heather Storta — 8:15 AM to 10:15 AM EDT

Want your sweaters with 1×1 rib cuffs and hems to look polished? A tubular cast on and bind off is what you need! We’ll learn several ways to make both tubular cast-ons and bind offs, as well as some tips and tricks to get them looking their best. Get ready for your sweater edges to shine!

Try your hand at Portuguese Knitting — Pam Grushkin — 8:15 AM to 10:15 AM EDT

There are several benefits of Portuguese knitting. It is an especially good choice for people with joint pains and arthritis because of the minimal movement needed to process the stitches. What’s different is that you tension the yarn around your neck or through a knitting pin on your shoulder while running the yarn around a finger of your right hand.

Addicting as Pi Shawl — Erica Kempf — 11:15 AM to 1:15 PM EDT

One fun shawl, lots of techniques to learn! This class will go over all the techniques you need to create this fun project. We’ll learn the basics of half pi shawl construction, go over making stripes, carrying colors up the sides to avoid having to weave in extra ends, working with double yarn overs for extra big eyelets and creating the striking entrelac edging.

Crisscrossing the Rainbow: Color Cables — Harry Wells — 11:15 AM to 1:15 PM EDT

One can spend a knitting lifetime exploring the various lovely twists and turns that make up regular cable combinations. Now add color to that mix! One color cable patterns against a different background color, different color cable strands meandering all over and among each other, striped cables, and bi-color rope cables are some of the combinations covered.

Koi Fish (Wet Felting) — Cecilia Ho — 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM EDT

Intro to painting with Merino wool & Mulberry Silk. In this workshop, you will learn how to pull & lay out the wool fibers. Then followed by wet felting technique to create a wool painting.

Japanese Mindfulweave™ Kumihimo Part 1 & 2 — Karen Capobianco — 11:15 AM to 1:15 PM EDT (Part 1)

Learn to make this bracelet on a Wooden Kumihimo with bobbins and counter weight. Note: this braiding technique can be used with yarn to make sweater trim or decorative bag handles also covered in this class are the finishing techniques, tie off, adding on end caps and clasp. PART 2 of this class will take place on Friday at 11:15 AM EDT

  
So You Want to Start a Craft Business? — Jean Glass — 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM EDT

I have sold hand-made crafts in the French Market in New Orleans, had a brick and mortar store, have sold at craft shows and music festivals, and currently sell on-line and at fiber shows. I think a business is a living thing that needs to grow with you and with your customers. It can be so rewarding to have a small business. It is a lot of work, but it is totally worth it.

Chullo: An Overview of Knitted Hats of the Andes — Abby Franquemont — 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM EDT
An overview of knitted hats of the Andes.
Fiber with Beads: An Introduction — Jean Glass — 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM EDT
Have you always wanted to learn to put beads in your projects? Now is your chance to learn! Jean Elizabeth will cover many ways to add beads to your pieces, and you will practice each way and find the ways that work best for you and your projects.
Mastering Color: The Artisan’s Guide to Understanding, Creating, and Using Exciting Color Schemes — Phyllis Bell Miller — 3:15 PM to 5:15 PM EDT (Part 1)
Does selecting colors make you curdle? Are you dumbfounded by the dozens of color choices out there? This workshop shows you how to cut though the confusion and turn color into a valuable tool. We will review essential color principles and learn how to use color groups, undertones, value keys, Goethe’s color ratios, and more than 30 traditional and new color schemes. PART 2 of this class will take place on Friday at 3:15 PM EDT
Natural Dyeing with Summer Flowers — Ash Alberg — 3:15 PM to 5:15 PM EDT
Learn how to dye yarn (without shocking the fibres!) using natural dyes. Students will learn how to dye wool with marigolds. We will cover the chemistry of natural dyes, including how to prep and successfully dye protein- and cellulose-based fibres.
Needle Felted Birds — Pat Pawlowicz — 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM EDT
What a fun way to learn a new craft! We’ll start with a needle felted base with metal bird feet/legs and “grow” your bird–adding more core wool to form a neck, head, beak, wings and a tail, then add colorful wool batting to make your bird as realistic or whimsical as you want.
Stricken, the Unintentional Pun — Sarah Abram — 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM EDT
In knitting Stricken (which I had no idea that it meant “to knit” in German when I named it), we will be learning the ever-useful German Short-Row and the lovely effect of increasing and decreasing on both sides of our work.
The Very Basics of Portuguese Knitting — Andrea Wong — 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM EDT
In this class, you will learn a different way to knit. It is not the German or English method. The yarn will be fed and tensioned around the neck (or knitting pin), leaving hands free to hold needles. Stitches are formed by looping tensioned yarn around the needle using left thumb only.
Warping 101 — Jennie Hawkey — 3:15 PM to 5:15 PM EDT
Begin Your Weaving Journey! You fell in love with weaving, but are worried that you can’t warp your loom. In fact, warping the loom is standing in the way of what you really want to do – weave beautiful cloth. This course is designed to provide you with the steps, coaching and support to become a confident weaver.
Bruges Crochet Lace — Mary Beth Temple — 7:15PM to 9:15 PM EDT

Bruges Crochet is based on antique Bruges lace, a type of bobbin lace made in Flanders/Belgium during the lace-making heyday of the mid-17th century and beyond. Learn to recreate the delicate ribbons and flowing lines of traditional Bruges lace in crochet.

For the Love of Linen & Cotton Yarns – Colorwork & Textures — Paula Pereira — 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM EDT

In this class, you will learn the characteristics of cellulose yarns including drape, weight, elasticity, how it behaves mixed with other fibers, ways to wash, and more. We will go over the following tips and exercises (stitches) for colorwork with cellulose yarns: slip stitch, textured stitches and stranded colorwork, as well as the best way to join a new ball of yarn and weave in ends.

Join as You Go Mock-Cabled Seam — Lily Chin — 7:15 PM to 9:15 PM EDT

Instead of seaming, try join-as-you-go. Not only is there no sewing, this method gives you a mock cable effect! Whether working garment pieces or different colored strips for an afghan or even a pillow, rug or handbag, add this easy, decorative bit and infuse some glorious color. This is one of those “why didn’t I think of this?” type of techniques.

  
  
Steeks: No Alcohol Needed — Varian Brandon — 7:15 PM to 9:15 PM EDT

In this class, we will explore the use of steek stitches and how to secure them (or not) before and after cutting. Students will come to class with a homework swatch which will be cut during class time. The easiest way to get over your fear is to just do it! Then you can move on to enjoying the benefits of this historic construction technique.

How to Choose the Best Spindle for Your Spinning Project — Cynthia Haney — 8:15AM to 10:15AM EDT
Discover the purpose behind a spindle’s size, shape, and weight. Learn the ideal yarn diameter range for each weight spindle. Cynthia, a spindle maker, loves to share her passion for spindle spinning. Students learn how to pair fiber and spindle for a desired yarn This class covers spindles with a whorl and hook, including top, bottom, drop, and supported.
Introduction to Fair Isle Knitting — Jill Bigelow-Suttell — 8:00AM to 10:00AM EDT
This is an Introduction to Fair Isle Knitting with a focus of ways to hold the yarn. I will demonstrate how to hold two yarns in your right hand, two yarns in your left hand and one yarn in each hand so you can try them all and find what works for you.
Pattern Writing for Beginners — Heather Storta — 8:00AM to 10:00AM EDT
Have you come up with an original design? Are you intimidated by actually writing the pattern for your design? Don’t be! Pattern writing for hand knits is simply another type of technical writing. Once you know the standards for this type of technical writing, it becomes less intimidating!
Spinning with a Purpose- Yarn Thickness — Katie Weston — 8:00AM to 10:00AM EDT
Learn how to get control of the thickness of yarn that you spin. This hands-on class will teach you how to adjust your spinning wheel and your drafting techniques to produce yarns of all thicknesses. Never again will you “just spin the thickness that the fibre wanted to be”.
Beads in a Cast-on: Come Learn a New Technique — Jean Glass — 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM EDT
Come learn an exciting new way to put beads in your knitting – on your cast-on! You can make so many lovely things using these techniques like a gorgeous waterfall beaded edge on a shawlette. Once you know how to use these techniques you will want to use it on everything from scarves to shrugs!
I’ll Put a Hex on You! — Harry Wells — 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM EDT
Hexagon Stitch and Other Knit One Below Textures Knitting in the Stitch below is a stitch that creates a wide variety of textural interest. We will learn and practice the K1 Below technique on a two-color check pattern and then move on to the more complex Hexagon stitch.
Knitting the Landscape — Karie Westerman — 11:15 AM to 1:15 PM EDT
Taking cues from psychogeography, a method for exploring everyday landscapes, this workshop asks: what is the fabric of your own everyday life? Together with designer and writer Karie Westermann, you will investigate what knitting means to you and how knitting can be used a creative exploration tool.
Optical Color Mixing, Blending & Needle Felting — Cecilia Ho — 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM EDT
Colorful Wool can be mixed & blended & transformed into an unique oil painting-like landscape image by using the felting technique. Optical blending, or Color mixing, is a visual phenomenon that occurs when small amounts of unmixed colors are placed side by side on a painting.
Pushkay – Spindle Spinning — Abby Franquemont — 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM EDT
PUSHKAY means to spin with a spindle in Quechua, the language of the Incas, still spoken today in Indigenous Andean communities. Starting with raw fiber (alpaca and sheep), I’ll show you the authentic traditional process of spinning yarn with a Pushka, the traditional Andean spindle.
Alternative Alteration: Adapt a Thrifted Tee to Fit or just Look Really Cool — Sarah Abram — 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM EDT

In this class we will use the skills we have in our toolbox and our own creativity to alter a thrifted tee, using knitting, and/or crochet. We start with a shirt that has plenty of positive ease, make a sketch of what we want to do to it, and with a predetermined swatch, prep the shirt to pierce with holes to pick up stitches.

Beautiful Beaded Bind-offs – A Techniques Class — Jean Glass — 3:15 PM to 5:15 PM EDT

Come learn a few different ways to add beads in your bind-off. Jean Elizabeth will demonstrate a number of ways to add beads to your bind-off then you will practice them with her there to help you every step of the way. You will love how these techniques make your pieces even more beautiful!

Exceptional Edges: I-Cord Cast-On, Edging and Bind-Off — Amy Snell — 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM EDT

I-Cord makes a tidy and beautiful edging for shawls, scarves, and more. In this class, you’ll learn how to cast on and bind off with a lovely, integrated I-cord edging and also how to knit I-cord selvedges onto the sides of your project as you go.

Making Yarn on a Spindle — Cynthia Haney — 3:15 PM to 5:15 PM EDT

Fall in love with the relaxing art of spinning. Make your first handspun yarn with a drop spindle designed for easy use. Experience various fiber preparations by spinning a sampler. Build skills for confident spinning while using the park-and-draft method.

  
Seamless Sweaters Knitted From the Top Down with Circular Yoke: Breaking Down and Exploring the Steps to Knit Your Own Favorite Sweater! Part 1 — Paula Pereira — 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM EDT

Petite Boxy sweaters are seamless, knitted from the top down with a circular yoke with a twist: they have fitted yoke, fitted sleeves, some ease on the body and “kinda” cropped! Participants will receive a size inclusive ‘Petite Boxy’ sweater pattern as a gift. PART 2 of this class will take place on Friday at 7:00 PM EDT

  
Advanced Lace Surgery — Romi Hill — 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM EDT

Are you ready to fix some trickier lace mistakes? In this class, participants will learn how to rip a section of all-over lace back and knit it up row by row without having to rip the entire project out. This is a more complex lace problem involving chart repeats, wandering stitches, and identifying yarnovers when lace is ripped out partially.

Beginning Brioche: Two-Color Brioche in the Round — Amy Snell — 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM EDT

Unlock the secrets of squishy, captivating brioche knitting! Working brioche in the round is easier than flat, and two colors are easier to keep track of than one. You?ll learn the magic of working this fun and fluffy stitch as you begin to work the Bri-Licious Cowl in class.

Introduction to Argyle — Harry Wells — 7:15 PM to 9:15 PM EDT

Love those classic diamond shapes called Argyle, but are mystified about how to accomplish them? In this class, you will learn the classic technique of knitting Argyle flat, along with a seaming method that makes the seam nearly invisible and not bulky.

The Needle Felted Story Ball: Create a Landscape in the Round — Pat Pawlowicz — 7:15 PM to 9:15 PM EDT

Begin with a large white felted ball and let your imagination take over! Adding wee bits and thin layers of colored wool batting in strategic places, watch your landscape come to life. We call this the Story Ball because as you rotate the ball, the scene will change…and tell a story!

Weaving Drafts: How to Find Drafts, Understand the Code, and Use Them in Your Weaving — Jennie Hawkey — 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM EDT

Weaving Drafts: How to Find Drafts, Understand the Code, and Use Them in Your Weaving Weaving drafts are the patterns that weavers use to design woven cloth. In this class you will learn: – How to read a draft – What kinds of weaves can be designed and how you can alter them – and much more.

Wheel Navigation! — Emily Wohlscheid — 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM EDT

It can take years to fully understand how all of the parts of your spinning wheel work. In this workshop, emphasis will be placed on how ratios, different tension setups, and variations in treadling speed can affect your spun yarn.

Introduction to Double Knitting — Jill Bigelow Suttell — 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM EDT

Double-knitting is a unique method of making a fabric with no ‘wrong’ side. Significantly different from the standard intarsia and Fair Isle colorwork, double-knitting makes a pattern on both sides of the fabric with the colors inverted.

Shawl Shapes — Kate Atherley — 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM EDT

This class explains key shawl shapes, and how to make them your own with your choice of yarn and custom design details. We’ll talk about which shapes work best if you want to maximize size, if you want to work with multiple colors, or if you’ve only got a limited amount of yarn to use up.

Snip Your Knits: Steek with Confidence! — Mieka John — 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM EDT

Does the thought of taking scissors to your freshly-knit project fill you with dread? Steeking might seem intimidating but there’s no need to fear! In this class, you’ll gain the knowledge you need to confidently snip your knits. Steeking is a useful and versatile skill that no knitter should be without.

  
Beginner Two-Color Brioche Cowl — Pam Grushkin — 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM EDT

Brioche knitting projects are everywhere! Seize the day and learn how to knit 2-color brioche, in the round to create a reversible cowl. The brioche stitch produces a lofty, ridged fabric that resembles the (knit 1, purl 1) rib stitch. It is fluffy and luxurious!

CANTIY – Spindle Plying — Abby Franquenmont — 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM EDT

You may have heard the term “Andean Plying,” but did you know the truth about how yarn is traditionally plied in the Andes is very different from what people in the industrialized world think? Learn the true story!

Design Your Own Lace — Karie Westerman — 11:15 AM to 1:15 PM EDT

Learn about how lace fabric works, how to design one from scratch, how to remix existing patterns, and how to design repeats that really work.

Easy Reversible Cables — Jolie Elder — 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM EDT

If you’ve ever made a cabled scarf or blanket, you know how it is only partly satisfying. One side is an array of beautiful cables, and the other side is obviously the wrong side. What if there was a way to make both sides good without resorting to double-knitting?

  
Fabric Dyeing for Quilters and Crafts — Katie Weston — 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM EDT

Create a Fat Quarter colour palette using Procion dyes. – Procion dyes are a really simple way to add colour to cotton fabric. In this workshop we’ll dye 8 different Fat Quarters using different techniques.

Perfect Necklines — Heather Storta — 11:15 AM to 1:15 PM EDT

Necklines that look less than ideal can mar a finished sweater. The neckline frames your face and is front and center. Would you like to make sure they look the best they can? This workshop is for you!

Toe-at-a-Time – Socks From the Toe Up — Hilma Bakken — 11:15 AM to 1:15 PM EDT

We will knit socks from the toe up, two at a time. We’ll make a small pair, so that we can cover the basics and finish the heel in these two hours. You need yarn and matching circular needle 30-40 inches long. You will get some thumb rules for making socks this way.

Advanced Shawl Shapes — Kate Atherley — 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM EDT
A deeper dive into shawl design and customization. We’ll talk about more unusual shapes, and a variety of ways to adjust them. We’ll discuss the effects of changing the placement of increases and decreases, the use of short rows for changing the look, shape and direction; we’ll review how different fabrics can affect the finished project.
Beyond Basic Brioche: Syncopated Stitches — Amy Snell — 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM EDT
Squishy, captivating brioche stitch gets even more fun once you start expanding your color play. This class will unlock the secrets of knitting brioche back-and-forth in two colors, including casting on, working a selvedge, and tips for keeping track of your rows and colors.
Blending Textures — Emily Wohlscheid — 3:15 PM to 5:15 PM EDT
Are you looking to add some texture to your next spinning or felting project? This workshop is designed for the discerning fiber artist to prep their own textural batts and rolags to suit their needs.
Buttons and Zippers — Sarah Peasley — 3:15 PM to 5:15 PM EDT
Whether buttons are destined to be the shining stars of your project or to blend into the background, whether they’re functional or purely decorative, learn to sew them on properly and securely. Curious about adding a zipper instead? Okay, let’s do it!
Get Hooked: A Learn to Crochet Sampler Scarf Class — Erica Kempf — 3:15 PM to 5:15 PM EDT
If you’ve never touched a crochet hook but want to jump right in, learning all the basics with a big focus on pattern reading to take you into fancier patterns when you’re ready would be a good place to start!
Devilish Details: Short Rows — Romi Hill — 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM EDT

A beautiful and successful project always comes down to the details! In this class, students will learn Japanese, Sunday, German, and wrap and turn short rows. We’ll be talking about where to use each short row technique to best advantage: working in pattern and also in straight garter and stockinette stitch.

Essentials of Versa Lace — Jolie Elder — 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM EDT

We love lace! We love the feminine allure of lace shawls and wraps and cowls and scarves. But we do not love the wrong sides of these garments. Phooey! What’s a knitter to do? Did you know you can convert many stockinette-based lace patterns into reversible lace patterns?

  
Knit Fix I — Heather Storta — 7:15 PM to 9:15 PM EDT

Have you ever dropped a stitch and had to rip your knitting all the way out to fix it? Worked an extra decrease or increase and had to start all over with your knitting? You can fix your knitting without ripping it all out and starting over!

Two Color Entrelac Knitting — Joshua Sullivan-Bradley — 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM EDT

Students will learn knit Entrelac in two or more colors. Students will also get a brief tutorial in knitting backward. Students will finish the class with a complete entrelac swatch.

Crochet for Knitters — Pam Grushkin — 8:15 AM to 10:15 AM EDT

Crochet is an incredibly useful skill for the knitter. This beginner class is designed for those with little or no crochet experience. During this session, you will learn how to bring the power of the crochet hook to your knitting.

  
Illusions in Shadow — Jolie Elder — 8:15 AM to 10:15 AM EDT

Shadow or illusion knitting is a garter ridge stitch fabric that has an observable pattern when viewed from a specific oblique direction. When viewed directly, it resembles two-row stripes.

Introduction to Faroese Shawls — Karie Westerman — 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM EDT

Students will be looking at the unique construction and shaping of Faroese shawls. Far from being dainty objects, Faroese shawls are big, warm everyday wear that sit well on shoulders.

  
  
Afterthought Everything Sock — Erica Kempf — 11:15 AM to 1:15 PM EDT

Looking for a weird way to make a sock that lets you make two at once without magic loop? The Afterthought Everything Sock is for you! Created by knitting one very long tube that you cut apart to create your 2 socks and add heels, this sock will add several skills to your knitting tool belt.

 

 

Mindfulness Through Knitting — Deborah Stack — 11:15 AM to 1:15 PM EDT

Many mainstream news headlines proudly declare that “Knitting is the New Yoga!”, perhaps without understanding much about either practice. This class provides a clear and actionable way for knitters to learn and practice traditional mindfulness techniques through their knitting hobby, providing access to mindfulness and breathwork from the comfort of your crafting space.

Needle Felted Sheeeep! — Pat Pawlowicz — 11:15 AM to 1:15 PM EDT

Let’s pay homage to our fibery friends that give us all that wonderful wool! Begin with the provided base of polymer clay feet, wooden legs and felted body ball and let the fun begin–you add the head, glass eyes, woolen ears and tail.

One Round. Two Colors. Getting Started with Stranded Colorwork — Varian Brandon — 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM EDT

The class explores Stranded Colorwork Knitting-including Fair Isle motifs and techniques. This is a beginning class for knitters who are fascinated with what can be accomplished using only two colors per one round. Warning: this is an extremely addictive form of knitting!

Painting Yarn Art — Jen Immer — 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM EDT

Learn to paint a skein of yarn inspired by hand-spun art yarn.

Wirecore Spinning — Emily Wohlscheid — 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM EDT

Forget setting your yarn, let’s create yarn that can go from wheel to project instantly! Students will be introduced to creating corespun wire yarn with emphasis on valuable tips and tricks for success in this often intimidating technique.

  
Beginner Rug Hooking from a Loop by Loop Studio Kit — Hayley Perry — 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM EDT

An introductory course into the craft of Traditional rug hooking using wool fabric and monks cloth.

Can’t we all Just Get Elongated? — Amy Snell — 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM EDT

Introduce some whimsy into your knitting by playing with elongated stitches. In this class, we’ll explore several fun new stitch patterns including multi-row elongated straight and sloped stitches, dip stitches, and the Indian cross stitch.

Devilish Details: Seaming — Romi Hill — 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM EDT

A beautiful and successful project always comes down to the details! In this class, students will learn techniques including: vertical and horizontal mattress stitching (invisible!), and picking up stitches.

  
Swatching for Stranded Colorwork — Varian Brandon — 3:15 PM to 5:15 PM EDT

Cap, Flat, Cut, Speed. All of these are types of gauge swatches…for colorwork knitting. All are designed to get around the dreaded “purl stitch”. Join us as we will look at each swatch type and discuss how they can help you get better gauge for your colorwork knitting.

The Starry Night: Step-by-Step Wool Painting — Cecilia Ho — 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM EDT

Van Gogh’s The Starry Night is one of the famous masterpieces that many enjoy. The colors and the movement of the wind are great to be re-created with wool rovings.

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