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?).
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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?
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.
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!
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.
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.
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?
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!
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Learn to paint a skein of yarn inspired by hand-spun art yarn.
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.
An introductory course into the craft of Traditional rug hooking using wool fabric and monks cloth.
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.
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.
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.
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.