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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

(since my felting classes draw participants from all over this country and Canada):.

you can find a list of some hotels/accommodations here.

I have no vested interest in any of the hotels or B&Bs listed, but offer them as a guide for some options to those that are close by. Of course you can also check airbnb, hotel.com, etc.

The store is about 4 miles from the Burlington airport (it is really small, but international and easy to get in and out of!). I can usually pick participants up and get them back there before and after a class so a car rental isn't necessary. And if you stay in one of the accommodations really nearby (Fairfield Inn, Marriot Suites, Catamoung B&B) I can also get you back and forth to class for.

In the past, some participants who wanted to see a bit of New England and have a car anyway, have found better airline deals by flying into either Albany NY (3 hours drive), Manchester NH (2.5 hour drive), and even Montreal Canada (1.5 hour drive).

Lastly, if you are flying in PLEASE call or email to confirm you have a spot in the class before you book your flight! A few customers in the past have sent in their registration by snail mail and booked their transportation before I even recieved their registration and had a chance to tell them the class was full! So it is better to be sure you have a spot in class before you secure your flight. You can call the store (802-288-8081) when you send your registration and we will hold your spot until your registration arrives to be sure you get a spot. Or you can email a photo of your registration to me and that saves time too.

 

 

Be sure to check out our Events page for other gatherings of interest

 

 

Other classes may be added periodically based on customer requests, so check back on an ongoing basis to see what may pop up or follow us on Facebook where I will announce if a new class is scheduled.

 

 

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!

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).

Learn to Spin Your Own Yarn - Sat Feb 24th 10 - 5

Join me for the experience of creating your own yarn! It is really exciting to take fiber right off the sheep's back, card it and spin it into yarn that you can weave, crochet or knit with!

And while we'll work primarily with wool from sheep, it is the same basic process you'd use for spinning alpaca or linen too! We'll work with wool because that is easier, but at the end of class you'lll have a chance to spin a few other fibers to see the differences.

During class, you'll learn the steps of drafting, spinning and plying to create a standard 2 ply yarn. You'll also have a chance to card some wool. You'll learn the important differences between spinning worsted and woolen and what the impact of that is on the resulting yarn.

Instruction fee includes the use of a store wheel, all handouts and the fiber used in class: $75

Intro to Wet Felting - Tuesday Jan 16th...5:30 - 7:30

In this one evening class, I'll provide you with the basic technique of wet felting so you can go on and explore it further on your own this winter, OR, join us for the slipper workshop later this week!

With just 2 hours to learn the basics, you'll not make "anything" in particular (although the piece you make could be a trivet or you could potentially sew it up into a little knitting accessory pouch?), but will learn not just the mechanics (which probably any online video will show you) but will understand the whys and wherefores and the context - which is what I've noticed that the customers who have learned from a free online video, are missing.

Instruction fee includes the fiber you'll use: $45

 

 

 

Beaded or Fair Isle Cuffs Monday Mar 5th and 12th 6 - 8 p.m.

These decorative little items, frequent in traditional Norwegian outfits, make a lot of sense since we lose a lot of heat thru the delicate undersides of our wrists where the blood vessels are near the surface of the skin. While fingerless mitts serve the same function of keeping our wrists warm, the additional fabric in the hand portion may be too cumbersome or to casual for everyday wear at meetings with clients or for fancier occasions. So why not knit these lovely little gems to keep your wrists warm and learn either how to knit with beads or how to easily manage 2 color knitting from a chart.

I'll have several different designs to choose from - any of which can be interpreted either in beads or in multiple colors. So if you've tried knitting 2 colors before and found that your tension was erratic and/or the balls kept getting twisted, then this is a sweet little project to practice some tips and techniques I can share to make this all easier. Learn about yarn dominance, following charts, and how to wrap your yarns to avoid the gnarled mess of yarn!

Instruction fee: $35 Yarn for the project is offered at 15% off the night of class. If you are using your own yarn, make it a 7 sts/inch gauge and bring the needles to suit that yarn/gauge.

Felted Slippers Sat Jan 20th 9 - 5

Whether you'd like to leave them unembellished or add a splash with needle felting or some decorative stitching, a pair of these felt slippers will keep your feet warm and toasty for winters to come. And learn to make them for yourself this month as a nice winter activity, but then make them throughout the year for your entire family! They make such a lovely gift.

You need to know the basics of felting (see Intro to Felting above) for this class since in one full day we have a lot to get thru. So I will expect that you already know how to pull wisps and lay out by shingling or cross hatching. But in this class you will learn about working around a resist (so you can go on to make hats, vessels, boots, etc) and getting a really nice hard and durable felt. And one that fits well!

So eat your Wheaties or drink your power shake, dress comfortably and come join me for a full but fun day creating a great pair of slippers! We'll felt them first and then have fun embellishing them and then I'll show you how to attach a cuff and work a small edging in crochet or, if you prefer, you ca knit a sock top! You will likely leave with both slippers felted and one completed. You may need to embellish the second one and work it's edging at home on your own - but you will have done one in class so you'll know what to do. And doing the second slipper the next day will help reinforce your knowledge!

Instruction fee (includes fiber for embellishing and a felting needle) : $65

Your materials fee for the fiber for the slippers will be under $15, but will vary depending on what fiber you choose from the 3 types I recommend . Bring a crochet hook (G - J) any scraps of yarn you have in the colors you'd like to work in.

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

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

IN THIS 5 DAY WORKSHOP YOU WILL LEARN THE ART OF TRADITIONAL SHAPED RESIST (SHIBORI) AND INDIGO DYEING AS WELL AS SOME INVENTIVE CONTEMPORARY SHIBORI PROCESSES.

But....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,, 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!


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.

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

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

Online Felt Boot Workshop

This online workshop is running between Dec 15th and Mar 30th, 2018.

Each participant works at their own pace - so do it all in an intensive long weekend or spread it out one module a week and have them done in two months.

Some participants have made several pair during each workshop while others have just gotten thru one pair - so much depends on the time you have to put into it and your level of experience.

But there is a way for you to post questions to me each week and each week I will answer each question and post the Q&A for all participants to read - so you learn from others as well!

You can register for this workshop at the bottom of this page.

 

Seamless Nuno Felt Vest Sat & Sun in March.....stay tuned for details!

Learn the technique for creating a garment WITHOUT ANY SEWING REQUIRED. Previous nuno felting experience required - if even just a shawl or scarf from the beginning class here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.