Fall Classes 2014

 

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Private Lessons/Ask the Expert

Schedules can be difficult, so if you cannot make class dates or times, we may be able to accommodate you. Plus we are happy to teach you pretty much anything you want to learn and help you with your projects.

NOTE: Call ahead to book your spot!

 

By appointment
$30 per hour
(min 1/2 hr)

 

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Learn-to-Knit (LTK) - Beginner

Learn to knit in just 4 weeks! This 6-hour introductory course will teach you the basics of knitting with a fun, hands-on approach by an experienced instructor.

Class 1: Cast on, knit, purl, yarns
Class 2: Gauge, stockinette, patterns, tools
Class 3: Decrease, increase, ribbing
Class 4: Blocking and finishing

Develop a new passion, make some new friends, and join the knitting revolution!

Teacher: Bev
Materials Required: Provided
Prerequisites: None

$100
4-WEEK/6 HR COURSE

TUESDAY MORNINGS:
• September 9, 16, 23, 30
10-11:30am

• October 7, 14, 21, 28
10-11:30am
 

 

Learn-to-Knit Continental (Beginner)

Learn the basics of knitting continental-style. Knitting continental (yarn in your left hand) requires less movement and causes less strain. As a result is easier, more efficient and faster. Is good for everyone but is the best choice for people affected by arthritis, left-handed people and for 2-colour work. Great for people with crocheting experience, since the yarn is held in the left hand and the motion of the right hand is similar to the motion seen in crochet.

Teacher: Mihaela
Materials Required: None
Prerequisites: None



$100
4-WEEK/6 HR COURSE

FRIDAY EVENINGS
• Sept 12, 19, 26 Oct 3 6:00-7:30pm

THURSDAY EVENINGS
• Oct 16, 23, 30, Nov 6
6-7:30pm

 

Learn-to-Knit - For Kids! (Age 8+)

This 6-hour introductory course will teach your child the basics of knitting.
 
Class 1: knit, cast on and bind off
Class 2: purl, stockinette and yarns
Class 3: fixing mistakes, ribbing and other simple stitch patterns
Class 4: slipping stitches, decreases, increases and attaching new yarn
Class 5: gauge, blocking, simple pattern reading and tools
Class 6: finishing (weaving in ends and seaming knitted pieces together)
me new friends, and join the knitting revolution!

Materials Required: Provided
Prerequisites: None

$100
6-HRS OVER 6 WEEKS

SATURDAY MORNINGS:
• Oct 18, 25, Nov 1, 8, 15, 22
10:30-11:30am

 

Learn-to-Knit (LTK) - Intermediate

Learn to Knit. Intermediate (6 hours)

Expand your knowledge of knitting. Learn to identify most common mistakes and how to fix them. Learn to insert a life line in case you have to rip back or pick up stitches on a previous row (before a mistake) and then rip back. Learn about choosing yarn, pattern reading, measuring and sizing. Also learn new technics like picking up stitches, making cables, lace knitting, finishing, knitting in the round and more. We’ll deal with problems you might have in your individual projects.                                                            

For both continental and English style knitters.     

Teacher: Mihaela
Materials Required: worsted-weight yarn (preferably a light colour), 5mm needles
Prerequisites: Learn to Knit - Beginner class, or a good working knowledge of basic knitting skills and stitches

$100 + materials
4-WEEK/6 HR COURSE
 

FRIDAY EVENINGS:

• Oct 10, 17, 24, 31
6-7:30pm
 

 

Top-down Socks

One of our most talked about classes! Come and join the "Sock Lady" for this fun, introductory course that is sure to have you addicted to making your own top-down socks.

Learn how to make top-down socks on double-pointed or circular needles - from working in the round to turning the heel to shaping the toe. There is also talk about how to choose yarn for socks, tips for socks as the perfect travel project, and suggestions for simple but high impact design variations like stripes and interesting ribbings to make a basic sock more fun.


Teacher: Bev
Materials Required: Sock yarn (please not black or dark colours), 2.5-3mm needles
Prerequisites: Advanced beginner/intermediate - knitters must be comfortable with cast on, knit, purl, increasing and decreasing, bind off
*Homework Required: Test swatch to confirm needle size

$65 + materials
3-CLASS WORKSHOP


THURSDAY MORNINGS

Thurs, Sept 11; 10-11:30
Thurs, Sept 18; 10-12:30
Thurs, Sept 25; 10-11:30

Thurs, Oct 9; 10-11:30
Thurs, Oct 16; 10-12:30
Thurs, Oct 23; 10-11:30

SUNDAY AFTERNOONS

Sun, Oct 5; 12:30-2pm
Sun, Oct 19; 12-2:30pm
Sun, Oct 26; 12:30-2pm

 

Little Needle That Could - Finishing Techniques

Learn the many finishing techniques: grafting in stockinette and garter stitch, cast on look-a-like bind off (very stretchy), tubular bind off, perfect match for tubular cast on in 1 x 1 rib (also very stretchy) and more. We’ll also review the mattress stitch for stockinette and garter stitch and weaving in the ends (tails) in knitting including reversible stitch patterns.

For both continental and English style knitters.

Teacher: Mihaela
Materials Required: blunt needle, 8 Swatches left on needles or holder: 3 in stockinette stitch, 3 in garter stitch, 2 in 1x1 rib (odd number of stitches)
Prerequisites: Participants need to know how to knit, purl, cast on and bind off.

$40 + materials
2-HR WORKSHOP

• Saturday, September 27
10:30am-12:30pm
 

 

Socks

Learn the basics of sock knitting. You will learn to make socks the easy way (short row heel), top-down and toe-up working in the round on circular needle or double pointed needles. You will learn to turn the heel, shape the toe, do the tubular cast on, graft the toe when starting from top and work a stretchy bind off when starting from the toe (tubular bind off). If time permits we’ll work a variation of the heel on a swatch, the afterthought heel. Socks are great to give as a gift or to make for yourself.

For both Continental and English style knitters.

Teacher: Mihaela
Materials req'd: fingering or DK-weight yarn, needles based on yarn
Prerequisites: advanced beginner/intermediate - knitters must be comfortable with cast on, knit, purl, increasing and decreasing, bind off


 

 

$55 + materials
2-CLASS/4-HR COURSE


• Sat, Sept 13, 20
10:30am - 12:30pm

• Thurs, Oct 2, 9
6-8pm

 

To Wrap or Not to Wrap!?

Learn the short row technique and the many uses of it. Learn when a wrap is needed and when not. Learn multiple ways of avoiding holes in your knitted fabric while performing the short rows (wrap and turn, yarn over, Japanese method and more). Also learn how to use the technique for shaping garments (shoulder line, add extra shoulder room and extra upper back length in yoke and raglan sweater designs,   sleeve caps, bust darts, elbow, hem line, sock heel and more).

For both Continental and English knitters.

Skill level: advanced beginner/intermediate - knitters must be comfortable with cast on, knit, purl, bind off

Materials req'd: worsted-weight yarn (no dark colours), 5mm needles

 


$30 + materials
2-HR WORKSHOP


Sat, Sept. 20th
1:30-3:30pm

 

How to Fix Mistakes

Learn to identify and fix most common knitting mistakes (on same row or few rows down) as well as how to avoid them in the first place. Learn to safely rip back, pick up dropped stitches and untwist them as well as how to deal with wrongly crossed cables, missed: yarn overs, increases and decreases. Learn to insert a life line in case you have to rip back or pick up stitches on a previous row (before a mistake) and then rip back and more.     

For both continental and English style knitters

Prerequisites: Participants need to know how to cast on, knit, and purl.

Materials Req'd: 1-2 small swatches of light colour stockinette stitch, still on needles, crochet hook, yarn/darning needle, waste yarn, small size DPN or circular needle

$30 + materials
2-HR WORKSHOP

• Saturday, September 27th
1:30-3:30pm
 

 

A-Roving We Go! (For Knitters and Crocheters)

Roving wool is an inexpensive and minimally processed light weight virgin wool, good for making: really warm winter garments and accessories, blankets and items intended to be felted (bags, slippers, hats…). It is, however, intimidating as it looks like cotton candy. Learn to work with roving to create yarns of varying weights so you can work with needles/crochet hook in sizes anywhere from 4mm to 12mm; without having to spin (although you can do that too). Learn tricks to make it easy to handle, work with, clean and store. Get some project ideas, too.
For both knitters and crocheters.

Teacher: Mihaela
Materials Required: Roving wool (pencil Roving), needles/hooks in various sizes (2-3 pairs)
Prerequisites: Beginner to Intermediate knit or crochet skills.


 


 

$30
2-HR WORKSHOP

• Saturday, October 18th
12:30-2:30pm

 

Kitchener Stitch (Grafting)

Learn to graft two pieces of: stockinette, garter stitch and ribbing. Learn when grafting works and when not, as well as applications of it. Also learn to use Kitchener stitch as a bind off for 1x1 ribbing (very stretchy, ideal for top of socks, collars and neck bands). Get ideas and recommendations on when to use it and when not.
 

Teacher: Mihaela
Materials Required: Blunt needle, 8 swatches of about 20 sts/20 rows left on needles or holder: 2 in stockinette stitch, 2 in garter stitch and 2 in 1x1 rib (one of them longer than the other and started on provisional cast on)
Prerequisites: Advanced-Beginner/Intermediate knitter


 


 

$30
2-HR WORKSHOP

• Saturday, October 25th
12:30-2:30pm

 

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Learn-to-Crochet (Beginner)

Learn the beautiful art of crochet in just 6 hours! This introductory course will teach you the basics of crochet with a fun, modern approach by an experienced instructor.

You will learn the basics of crocheting : Foundation chain, Slip stitch, Single crochet, Double crochet, Half-double crochet, Treble crochet


Teacher: Bonnie
Materials Required: None
Prerequisites: None



$100
6-HR/3 & 4-WK COURSE

SATURDAY MORNINGS:
• Sept 20, 27, Oct 4
10am-12pm

• October 25, Nov 1, Nov 8
10am - 12pm

 

Crochet in the Round

Learn the 2 different ways to begin a crocheted project in the round, and the techniques used to make flat and curved projects. We will focus on the chain and magic loop methods of beginning projects, as well as how to recognize when it's time to increase or decrease, and tips and tricks for hiding seams.

 

Teacher: Beth
Materials Required: 5 mm crochet hook, worsted weight yarn (light color)
Prerequisites: Participants must be comfortable with basic crochet skills, stitches, and terms.

$30 + materials
2-HR WORKSHOP

• Wed, October 15th
6:30-8:30pm

 

A-Roving We Go! (For Knitters and Crocheters)

Roving wool is an inexpensive and minimally processed light weight virgin wool, good for making: really warm winter garments and accessories, blankets and items intended to be felted (bags, slippers, hats…). It is, however, intimidating as it looks like cotton candy. Learn to work with roving to create yarns of varying weights so you can work with needles/crochet hook in sizes anywhere from 4mm to 12mm; without having to spin (although you can do that too). Learn tricks to make it easy to handle, work with, clean and store. Get some project ideas, too.
For both knitters and crocheters.

Teacher: Mihaela
Materials Required: Roving wool (pencil Roving), needles/hooks in various sizes (2-3 pairs)
Prerequisites: Beginner to Intermediate knit or crochet skills.


 


 

$30
2-HR WORKSHOP

• Saturday, October 18th
12:30-2:30pm

 

Basics of Tunisian Crochet (for Crocheters)

Tunisian Crochet is also referred to as Afghan Crochet or Afghan Stitch, and uses a long crochet hook with a stopper on one end. It is considered by many to be a cross between knitting and crochet.
Discover the art of Tunisian crochet, and learn the basic skills needed in this fun 2.5-hour crash course. Participants will learn casting on, basic stitches, working with color, and casting off.

Teacher: Beth
Materials Required: Worsted or chunky yarn in a light/bright color
Prerequisites: Learn to Crochet (LTC) - Beginner, or a working knowledge of beginner crochet techniques - chain, slip stitch, single crochet, and basic crochet terminology.

$40 + materials
2.5-HR CLASS


• Tues, Oct 21st
6-8:30pm

 

One Skein Projects; Chunky Ribbed Cowl

Learn to make a chunky cowl using a simple rib stitch and one skein of yarn! Sure to be a favorite this fall and winter, this cowl pattern is simple and can be finished in one evening.

Teacher: Beth
Materials Required: 1 skein of chunky yarn (approx 100 meters), crochet hook for correct gauge, two 3" buttons or three 2" buttons (optional)
Prerequisites: Beginner to Intermediate crochet skills - basic stitches and terms
 



$40 + materials
2.5-HR WORKSHOP

• Tuesday, October 7th
6:00-8:30pm

 

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Needle Felted Pumpkin

With Thanksgiving just a few weeks away, learn how to make cute little felted pumpkin ornaments for friends and family to enjoy for years to come.

 

Teacher: Saira
Materials Required: None
Prerequisites: None


 


$40
2-HR WORKSHOP

• Thursday, October 9th
6:00-8pm

 

Wet Felting Spook-A-Thon

In this workshop, you will be making cute & spooky ghosts and monsters. Use them to add a homemade touch to your Hallowe'en decorations, or as a special treat for little tricksters.

 

Teacher: Saira
Materials Required: None
Prerequisites: None

$75
3-HR WORKSHOP

• Friday, October 24th
5:00-8pm

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Learn How to Spin

Back by popular demand! This course will make anyone passionate about turning fleece to yarn. The course is run over 3 sessions and teaches basic techniques of spinning and plying wool, including parts of the wheel, tension, and fibre. You will learn to spin from sheep to shawl.

Teacher: Jane
Materials Required: Must have a working spinning wheel. If not sure bring into the shop before class to have it inspected. Should have 3 bobbins.

Prerequisites: Ability to work with wool.

A few wheels are available for rental - for classes only or for classes and to take home and practice. Rental fee can be used towards purchase of the wheel.

$155 + materials
10.5 HR/3-CLASS COURSE

SUNDAY AFTERNOONS
• Sept 21, Oct 5, Oct 26

CLASS TIMES:
Sept 21st, 12-3:30pm
Oct 5th, 12-3:30pm
Oct 26th, 12-3pm 

 

 

Spinning with a Drop Spindle

If you would like to learn how to spin, but buying a wheel just isn't in your budget, a hand spindle or drop spindle is the answer. As far back as the Iron Age, the spindle has played a role in producing thread and yarn and it is still used in parts of the world today. The form and function of the spindle is basically the same everywhere - to spin yarn from fleece for knitting or crocheting.

Students will be permitted a break during this afternoon workshop, so feel free to bring snacks.

Teacher: Jane
Materials Required: Drop Spindle
Prerequisites: None
 

$60
4-HOUR WORKSHOP

• Saturday, Oct 4
12 noon-4pm


[ C L A S S  P O L I C I E S  -  P L E A S E  R E A D ]

• Pre-registration with full payment is required, either in person or with credit card over the phon, and is not refundable unless the class/workshop is cancelled by Spun Fibre Arts. Make-up classes are not available.
• Some classes have prerequisites. Students are responsible for making sure they meet them since they will not be covered in the class.
• Unless otherwise noted, materials are not included in the class fee. We insist on the use of Spun materials for our classes and offer a 10% discount for class supplies.
• Spun reserves the right to cancel classes that do not meet the minimum required. Unless otherwise noted, classes are limited to 6 people.