Northeast Fiber Arts Center

The candy store for knitters, spinners, felters & weavers.

Class Schedule -

Fall 2022:

A mask is not required during classes although many prefer to keep one on.

I continue to run the air filter in the classroom during class and will keep registration limited to under 8 (so 2 participants will share a big table).

As always, our policy is no refunds once you are registered if you can't make it. So please don't register unless you are sure you can make the class. I understand that "stuff" comes up, but since we make go/no-go decisions and turn people away if a class is full, we cannot refund you if you change your mind or something comes up. HOWEVER - you are always welcome to find someone to take your place (and reimburse you) and we are happy to refer you to a "wait list" if we have such. And we'll also post your vacancy on Facebook and let customers in the shop know to help you find a replacement. As much as we try to help, ultimately, the responsibility is yours to find a replacement if you cannot make a class you registered for.

I always email the participants in a class a week before the class begins to remind them they are registered and also to review any supplies they need to bring, if any. So be sure, if you register thru Paypal, that the email Paypal has for you (since that is what we receive and use for our communications) is an email address that you check!!!

 

January - April 2023:

 

I will not be planning and scheduling classes during this 4 month period and instead am putting that time and energy into my own creative endeavors.

However, if you have a group of at least 4 participants of similar skill level who are interested inlearning some aspect of knitting, spinning, weaving, felting, dyeing, or fiber related course and the group is in agreement on some potential dates amongst yourselves, you are welcome to email me to arrange a class for your group. The max number of participants I can accomodate will be dependent on what it is you want to learn (for example classes like Discover Silk or Nuno Felt Scarf can be done in a day, but Felted Slippers, Gloves, or Hats, are really 2 day classes; Felted Boots or Ottomans and Nuno Felted Tunics or Toppers or skirts are 3 day. Dye classes, depending on the depth into which you want to go and what you want to dye, can be anywhere from 1-3 days where as introductory classes like Beginning Spinning or Intro to Felting are 1 day workshops)

Be sure to include the following:

  1. how many participants you have/ would like
  2. what it is that you want to learn/make and here please be specific whether you want to learn a technique thru samples or you have an end product in mind (i.e. hat, mittens, felt scarf, felt slippers, etc)
  3. several potential dates your group could meet.

If you want to get an idea of some potential class possibilities, please read here. If one of these is just what you want, or close to it but you'd like to tweek it a bit to meet your groups skill set and desires, just email me which class you are interested in along with the 3 points above and any tweeks you'd like. I'll then get back to you with either more questions for clarification and a cost outline with a list of supplies you either need to supply or the cost for them to be included.

 

November

 

Beginning Spinning

Saturday November 19th 10:00 - 5:00

Join us for this one day intensive and you'll learn the basics of short-draw spinning a 2 ply yarn while learning a lot about wool and yarn in the process!

As of 11/8, this class is definitely a "go" and there is space for one more to join us!

     

 

Learn how to spin a balanced, two ply yarn. It may not be as thin or as thick as you'd like it and it may not be even in just 1 day, but you'll learn a lot about wool and yarn construction and leave with the foot/hand coordination and knowing what you need to do in order to even your yarn out - it is likely to just take more practice! Although some people sit down and get it right away, for some it takes a bit more practice. But in this 1 day you'll know if you enjoy it enough to want to purchase a wheel and continue on. And even if you decide you don't want to continue spinning, you will have learned a LOT about wool and yarn and it will make your knitting, crochet and weaving choices for future projects that much more informed!

Instruction fee includes the use of a store wheel and the fiber you'll be spinning: $110.00

 

Registration Terms: We make go/no-go decisions based on registration numbers and our classes have a maximum capacity, so no refunds or exchanges on class registrations are possible, EXCEPT, or course if we cancel the class for lack of enrollment. Then you will receive a 100% refund. We will notify you by email as soon as we know a class is a definite "go". Since your registration is non-refundable, please be sure to check your calendar before you commit. Please initial in the box below when you register to acknowledge you accept these terms.

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December

 

Needle Felted Pet Portraits

Saturday December 3rd

Let Neysa Russo guide you thru needle felting a portrait of your pet!

Or...the pet of a special friend or family member that you might want a special and unique gift for this holiday season?

As of 11/8, this class is a definite "go" and there are 3 spots open for more to join in the fun!

 

Those of you who have been to the store know the portrait on the end really captures my baby Winnie!

And as you see from the "WIP" (works in progress) in the first three pictures above, during this same workshop here last year, participants had great success with their own cats and dogs!

So join us and have Neysa guide you thru, step by step, how to needle felt the nose, eyes, jowls, ears and other characteristics that capture your pet.

Whether your best buddy is a dog, cat, horse, ferret or hedgehog, Neysa will guide you thru the nuances of choosing and blending colors and creating contours and facial features to needle felt a life-like portrait of your, or someone else's, pet!

No previous drawing or sketching experience is required! Really!

And you don't have to know anything about needle felting either!

Neysa asks that you submit a digital photo of your favorite buddy a week ahead of class so she has a sense of what species and any particular facial features and nuances you'll need to create.

Neysa will collect a $15 materials fee (cash only) the day of class.

Instruction fee:$ 99.00

Class size limited to 8.

 

Registration Terms: We make go/no-go decisions based on registration numbers and our classes have a maximum capacity, so no refunds or exchanges on class registrations are possible, EXCEPT, or course if we cancel the class for lack of enrollment. Then you will receive a 100% refund. We will notify you by email as soon as we know a class is a definite "go". Since your registration is non-refundable, please be sure to check your calendar before you commit. Please initial in the box below when you register to acknowledge you accept these terms.

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Nuno Felting 101

Saturday December 10th 10:00 - 5:00

Nuno Felting is all about making lightweight, flowy fabric by felting wisps of fine merino wool into fabric - often silks! It is a wonderful medium for scarves, shawls, cowls, dresses, skirts, wraps, tops, and wearables in general. There are so many different approaches and resulting fabrics, depending on the type of fabric used, the quantity of fiber used, and even the manner in which you lay it out. Not to mention the many design possibilities that add interest using negative space and differential shrinkage between fabric and fiber to achieve!

As of 11/8, this class is a definite "go". There are 2 spots available.

 

So I usually offer this class as a "make and take" - that is a class in which the emphasis is on there being an end product - typically a cowl or scarf - rather than the class emphasizing the depth of "how-tos". But in recognition that some people prefer to learn more of the "whys and wherefores' while sampling and would prefer to get more understanding of the medium and all its possibilities, instead of focusing on finishing "something" this session, I decided to make this season's nuno felt class more about the range of possibilities of nuno felting.

So in this class, we'll work up samples. That will give participants the chance to understand at least 4 different fabrics that are popular for nuno felting so you have an understanding of the range of textures and finishes they produce. You'll also have an opportunity to make and understand the use of "nuno pre-felts" which are a GREAT design tool for all felting! And you'l have an opportunity to explore negative space as well as several interesting design possibilities in nuno felting.

Price for the workshop includes all the fibers, silk, soap and embellishments used: $110

Participant must supply their own towels.

N.B. This class requires you to stand the majority of the day. There will be chairs available for you to sit down between samples and while I'm introducing show & tell or explaining. But the actual layout and felting is most easily done standing. So wear comfortable shoes and don't register if you don't think you can stand for 3/4 of the time.

Registration Terms: We make go/no-go decisions based on registration numbers and our classes have a maximum capacity, so no refunds or exchanges on class registrations are possible, EXCEPT, or course if we cancel the class for lack of enrollment. Then you will receive a 100% refund. We will notify you by email as soon as we know a class is a definite "go". Since your registration is non-refundable, please be sure to check your calendar before you commit. Please initial in the box below when you register to acknowledge you accept these terms.

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