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To register for any of these classes, you need to print the registration form and mail it in with a check or your VISfA/MC info for the amount of the instruction fee only. Materials fees will be collected at the time of class.

If you are interested in a workshop here and don't live in the area you can find a list of some hotels/accommodations here

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Classes get added randomly based on what customers ask for when, and also based on when I am able to confirm dates and details with the instructors.So check back periodically or sign up for our once monthly newsletter since I always alert customers to new classes thru that.



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Blessing the Blues....A Journey into the Joy of Indigo Dyeing and Many Shibori Techniques - 5 day workshop - Wed August 15 - Sunday August 19th 2018 with Melissa Arnold

This class is filling and I'm keeping it small, so if you want a space, don't delay!

Attn: Quilters, sewers, and nuno felters!!!


Nota Bene - even tho' we are only using indigo and dyeing with blue in this workshop, the shibori stitching, clamping, and other processes that you learn can be used with the MX Reactive and Acid dyes. So even if you never want to dye with blue indigo again, you will add so much to your dyeing repertoire with this workshop, that it is not to be missed!!

Any dyer can add color to fabric....but can you also add interesting pattern? Adding pattern and design is rarer...., but after this workshop you will be able to do just that!

AND......think of this not only as a workshop or class....but as an "experience". It is a vacation in which you get to leave the normal stresses of life behind and you surround yourself with other passionate textile artists and immerse yourself in the culture and traditions of this ancient technique. We are richer and more creative for all the different "experiences" we have enjoyed in life and not for what we have "acquired".

After Melissa's workshops here last year, I think I can speak for everyone in class when I say that they were a sheer joy. We learned a lot of techniques, made a lot of felt and dyed a lot of silk, and we had a great time. It was truly like a vacation - no stress, wonderful relaxed setting in which to be purely creative!

In the first 2 1/2 days together in this year's shibori workshop, we will learn some of the traditional shibori techniques involving stitching: Wood Grain (Mokume shibori-I'm guessing the last photo on the right?), Japanese Larch (Karamatsu shibori), and Chevron Stripes (Maki-nui shibori), as well as Folding and Clamping (Itajime shibori-second photo from left), and Arashi (pole wrap) shibori.

Wow....5 totally different traditional methods of creating pattern on fabric! And remember....although we will use indigo in this class to keep things simple, you can apply all these techniques to dyeing with acid or MX reactive dyes too!

Throughout the week, we will be learning about the rich history of Indigo, what makes it work and how to dye with it, using a variety of different kinds of fabric. We will be working with different types of cotton, linen and silk to get different effects with the shibori processes.

Wow...learn the technique while exploring the differences of the effects on different types of fabrics!

In the last 2 1/2 days together we will take a look at contemporary variations on the traditional techniques, and Melissa will share some of her own techniques of shibori which" expand" on the traditional techniques for creating pattern.

Wow... learn from the years of Melissa's professional dyeing career, how to take this rich traditional technique and add your own contemporary twist!

Come prepared to be delighted and inspired by these beautiful Japanese techniques for putting pattern on cloth.

Part of making this 5 day journey what it is (and not trying to "cram" it into 3 days so it would be less expensive), is about giving us the time to enjoy the process and be creative rather than rush to get thru things. And to really explore it in depth rather than have to pick and choose just a couple of techniques to explore in a shorter timeframe. It really is about giving participants a chance to "experience" the connection to the cultural and historic traditions and enjoy the comradery of other passionate fiber people - on top of the "how-tos" (which I can assure you will be comprehensive and complete).

I will be providing lunch to participants, so you won't have to think or worry about food during the day and you can just let yourself "be one with the process"!

Instruction fee: $695 To see more samples of some patterns, check out this page.

If the class fills (10 people) , then each participant will receive a $25 credit at the store for supplies.

Commuter Sweater Workshop - That's right - the class is scheduled so you can hit it "on your way home" from work and still be home for dinner and have the evening to yourself! FULL

Tuesdays Jan 23rd thru Mar 27th (but not Mar 20th) 5:30 - 6:30

Had enough of knitting scarves, shawls and hats and want to move onto a sweater? Or, perhaps, you've knit a sweater before and have been disappointed in the outcome?

So here is your opportunity to learn the tips and tricks that will help get you off on the right track knitting sweaters for the first time - from getting the right gauge and right fit to how to add a bit of shaping OR make a shaped sweater boxy all the way thru the finishing steps important ending up with a sweater that you will not be disappointed in!

And you can do it all on your way home from work! Just 1 hour a night 5:30 - 6:30 to get you on track for your knitting that week!

You pick your own knit- in- the-round sweater (we have a lot of styles and options to show you at the shop if you need some inspiration)- whether baby, child or adult, top down or bottom up. If you have one in mind, bring it by so we can see if it fits in - there are some time constraints - for example, a pattern with steeks won't fit into the schedule, so I'll need to check your pattern choice.

I'll guide you thru checking your gauge and getting the right fit! How to adjust the pattern for simple changes in fit - like how to turn a boxy sweater into an A-line or to add some hour-glass to a boxy option if you prefer....how to add side slits to accomodate a curvier figure or even how to adjust those unflattering drop sleeves to a "modified" drop sleeve that is still easy but a more attractive fir for most of us!

We'll review different cast ons and bind offs appropriate for the various edges from cuffs, to neckline and hips. We'll go over how to pick up stitches neatly and properly at the neckline or front opening for a cardigan and review several different button hole options (and why one might be better than another) for those of you knitting cardigans.

So whether you have never knit a sweater before and want guidance thru your first one, OR, you have knit a sweater before but want to learn some of the details which will give you the confidence to make adjustments or tailor patterns to suit your tastes, I hope you can join me for this fun fall project.

If you don't have a lot of time to knit between classes, then please consider choosing a child or baby sweater so you can complete the project.

Instruction fee for 9 week class:: $ 65 (yarn for your class project is offered at a 15% discount when you register).

Spin Your Own Yarn - Wed June 13, 20 and 27th 6 - 8 p.m

During this 3 week workshop, you will learn to spin your own yarn from wool fiber using the short-draw technique. This class is suitable for those who have never spun before, as well as those who have started spinning but want more time and experience to develop your technique so you can really control the thickness of yarn you make.

We'll fill 2 bobbins with fiber on weeks one and two, and then in week 3 you'll learn to ply the yarn. I'll review the wheel's ratios and what significance they have to the yarn you are spinning, the difference between worsted and woolen spun and also carding vs. combing, but the emphasis will be on spinning.

Because you will learn best if you can practice your spinning in between WEdnesdays, I am offering this workshop free to those who purchase a wheel from me between now and May 15th.

Instruction fee includes the use of a store wheel if you don't have one (although you cannot take it home with you to practice between classes - I used to do this and the wheels were returned with parts broken and missing, sorry) , all handouts and the fiber used in class: $65

Felt Flowers - Tuesday May 15th 5:30 - 7:30.

Learn the basics of wet felting in this short mini-course to felt a flower! If you've never wet felted before, you will learn the fundamentals of layout, shrinking and shaping while making a lovely flower to stick in a vase or adorn a hat!

No previous experience required.

Materials included: $35

Seamless Nuno Felt Vest Sat & Sun May 19th & 20th Just 1 space left!

Learn the technique for creating a garment WITHOUT ANY SEWING REQUIRED. A bit of nuno felting experience required - if even just a shawl or scarf from the beginning class here. But you need not have done a garment before.

This vest is a fun and manageable project will easily prepare nuno felters who haven't done a seamless garment before for the more advanced classes being offered this next fall and spring (see Charity's workshops above).

This is a vest - so no sleeves are involved. You may choose to make it either a tunic style pullover (as shown above ) or a flowing assymetric cardigan vest (photo coming shortly).

photos coming soon.

Instruction fee: $250



Online Dye Lab - check back for a future schedule

Natural dyeing, Eco-Printing, Block Printing and Chemical dyeing on yarn, fiber, silk and felt!

You can find more details and register here.

Online Felt Hat and Millinery Workshop - running Mar 29th - July 2nd, 2018

You can find more details and register here.


Felting Week with Charity Vdmeer

I know....the cost of these "big" felting classes (big names from distant lands, big projects) is up there! It is an indulgence that most of us have to save for and aren't in a position to do on a whim!

But keep in mind as you read the details below and think about your vacation time next year - that you are not only getting a spectacular one of a kind coat or dress out of these classes, but you are learning a lot of techniques that will fuel your future felting projects at home for the years to come.

AND the "experience" of getting away for a week from the usual routine and letting yourself be one in the creative process - away from email, the workplace, the "to-do" and "what I didn't get done" lists! - is really important to our sanity.

I think these "big" classes are like travelling to an exotic land - as I think it was Mark Twain once said about travel -

you can lose yourself and find yourself at the same time!

Felt Coat with Charity Vdmeer - Mar 18th - 21st 2019

This 4 day workshop will focus on creatively exploring surface design options while designing and making a one-piece nuno felted A-line coat.

Students will learn how to create and to add box pleats and extra float accent into the coats to create a flattering princess line coat with either long or short sleeves.

Students will learn to develop and enlarge their own pattern with a very simple, but effective method that Charity uses in her own work and that will help them to make a coat that will suit and fit their body shape and aesthetics.

Students can have fun with all kinds of fibers (linen, soya, silk fibers) and raw wool to create the surface textures to their own liking.

No sewing needed.
Felting experience required.

This workshop will be held at the OBC just two blocks from the store. Each participant will have 2 tables to work on and plenty of room, but that means I need to limit enrollment - so don't delay in registering if you want this class!

Instruction fee for 4 days: $695

A detailed list of supplies will be provided to those who register, but to get an idea of the amount of fiber you will need so you can consider additional costs - approx 500 gm of 18 or 19 micron merino plus 9 meters of chiffon, pongee or habotai (3.5 - 5mm). Plus assorted wools, locks, silks for embelllishments.

If you pick a color of merino for your main color (500 gms) and want to purchase it here I will extend a 20% discount on the 500 gms to participants - but I need to know by Jan 1st what color you want the 500 gms of so I can be sure to have that in stock for you when I place the January order. Other embellishments, silk, etc will be at the normal 15% discount to class participants.


Felt Skirt or Sleeveless Dress with Charity Vdmeer Mar 22 and 23rd 2019 (Friday & Saturday)

Join Charity and learn her technique for creating a lovely seamless nuno felt sleeveless dress or creatively textured skirt - whichever is your preference.

For this workhsop, participants will need about 6 meters of silk fabric and about 350 gms of merino wool. Plus, of course, assorted silks, nepps, locks, pin drafted top, etc for embellishements!

Instruction fee: $350

A more detailed list of supplies and materials will be forwarded to those who register.

This class will be held a couple of blocks from here so everyone has 2 tables to work on and plenty of elbow room.







Nota Bene: You must prepay to confirm your spot in a class. Fees paid to confirm a spot are NOT refundable if you, for any reason, cannot attend. If the class is cancelled by the teacher or store, then a full refund will be issued. Don't register unless you are sure you can participate, but don't delay since most classes fill quickly. In the event you sign up and can't make the class, you are welcome to send someone in your spot, but you are responsible for finding your replacement and making whatever financial arrangements between yourselves.