2019 Winter/Spring Classes


KNITTING        SPINNING          WEAVING         KIDS        FELTING

All our classes are taught by professional fiber artists with years of experience.







KNITTING


Knitting Club
Monday mornings (10 a.m. – noon ) January 7 – April 29
OR Tuesday afternoons (1 – 3 p.m.) January 8 – April 30
OR Thursday afternoons (1 – 3 p.m.) January 10 – May 2
OR Thursday evenings (7 – 9 p.m.) January 10 – May 2
OR Friday mornings (10 a.m. – noon) January 11 – May 3
$85 for 17 weeks
Advisors: Suzanne Kelly

This is not a class, but a support group for beginners through advanced knitters. Some knitting experience is required: you must know how to knit and purl. Members receive a $5 merchandise credit for each week in attendance PLUS 10% OFF all yarn. Feel free to join anytime, even after the sessions have started (we will prorate the fee). Not sure if this is for you? Try a class for free.

Join us for “Fiber Therapy”!
Minimum 3 participants
Fridays (10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)
DROP-IN: $25 for one class, $60 for 3 consecutive classes or $75 for 4 consecutive classes
Instructor: Charlotte Johnson
This is an on-going opportunity to work with a professional instructor to engage in the wonderful world of knitting (with a side order of crochet) on projects of your choice (and ability) with instruction, guidance, and fun conversation. Groups are kept on the small side for added attention and the only requirement for joining is that you know how to cast on, bind off, knit, and purl. If you are not at that stage yet, we can arrange for an instructor to meet with you for a private "one-on-one" session at a separate arranged time. Come join us for what we like to call "Fiber Therapy.” These classes will be run in 4-week blocks.

Be the Boss of Your Knitting!
Minimum 3 participants
Fridays (10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)
OR Wednesdays (10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)
DROP-IN: $25 for one class, $60 for 3 consecutive classes or $75 for 4 consecutive classes
Instructor: Debbie Hess
The purpose of this class is to give you the confidence and skill to enjoy what you knit, to make decisions which will improve both your craft and your art, and to tackle projects which inspire you. My goal as a teacher is to help you find joy and beauty in this process, and to be part of a community of women with whom to share the adventure. These classes will be run in 4-week blocks.

Knitting Basics
Minimum 2 participants
Sunday (1:00 – 3:30 p.m.) January 27 OR March 24
$45 plus materials
Instructor: Rebecca Brown

Interested in learning to knit but not sure how to begin? You’ll learn a lot of new words (swatch, knit, purl, cast-on, cast-off, garter, stockinette) and how to start and finish the most basic project. You’ll learn how to read a simple pattern and you’ll leave with the skills to complete the project. You can then take these skills and make other useful squares/rectangles (like a scarf)! Please bring: One skein of worsted weight yarn and size US 7 straight needles (someone in the shop can help you find the right materials), along with your sense of adventure!


Socks
Minimum 3 participants
Sunday (3:00 – 5:00 p.m.) February 10 AND February 24
$55 plus materials
Instructor: Rebecca Brown

Take your beginner knitting skills to the next level and learn how to make socks!  Socks are the ultimate in handmade gifts and the perfect project for knitting on the go.  Magic loop will be introduced, but you may choose to knit this pattern using double-pointed needles. We'll spend the first session casting on and knitting the cuff, and then in our second class, we'll finish the toe and pick up the heel.  In between sessions, your homework will be to finish the body of the sock. This class is perfect for an adventurous beginner or intermediate knitter–you know your knits from your purls and aren't afraid of casting on. Please bring: A copy of the pattern ( https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/afterthought-socks); appropriate yarn, needles, and notions; and your sense of adventure


Cabled Hat
Minimum 3 participants
Sunday (1:00 – 3:00 p.m.) February 10
$40 plus materials
Instructor: Rebecca Brown

Have you knit your fair share of ribbed hats and scarves and feel ready to add some cables to your knitwear? You'll learn how to cable, read a cable chart, and, as a bonus, you'll have a new winter hat knit up in no time! This class is perfect for an adventurous beginner–you've knit a few scarves and a hat or two in the round. Please bring: A copy of the pattern https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/saint-anthony-cable-hat); appropriate yarn, needles, and notions; and your sense of adventure!


Beginner Brioche
Minimum 3 participants
Sunday (1:00 – 3:00 p.m.) February 24
$40 plus materials
Instructor: Rebecca Brown

Have you been intrigued by brioche knitting but felt intimidated to give a try? When you hear "brioche", is your first thought of deliciously buttery bread? Fear and salivate no more! Brioche stitch is a deceptively straightforward technique and results in a lusciously squishy fabric. We'll knit brioche using a pattern specifically designed for first-time brioche knitters. This class is perfect for an intermediate knitter–you can knit, purl, bind off, and you aren't afraid of YOs. Please bring: A copy of the pattern (https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/beginners-brioche-cowl); appropriate yarn, needles, and notions; and your sense of adventure!


Thrummed Mittens
Minimum 3 participants
Sunday (1:00 – 3:00 p.m.) March 10
$45 plus materials
Instructor: Rebecca Brown

Are you ready to add a new skill to your knitting toolbox as well as some extra warmth to your mittens? Join in for this totally fabulous technique that results in something awesome and warm. You will also do some colorwork and learn to create a thumb! This class is perfect for an adventurous beginner–you've knit a few scarves and a hat or two in the round. Please bring: A copy of the pattern (https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/thrummed-mittens-13); appropriate yarn, needles, and notions; and your sense of adventure!


Lace Cowl
Minimum 3 participants
Sunday (1:00 – 3:00 p.m.) April 7
$45 plus materials
Instructor: Rebecca Brown

Have you knit and purled your way through the winter and are feeling ready to make something lighter for spring?  Then learn to knit lace with the Ptarmigan Cowl pattern by Jared Flood!  This elegant cowl can be knit in cotton or linen for a beautiful spring accessory or in a woolier yarn for fall.  This class is great for an intermediate knitter–you've made hats, scarves, maybe even a sweater, and are eager to expand your knitting knowledge with lace.  We'll learn how to read a lace chart and what the heck YO means. Please bring: A copy of the pattern (https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/ptarmigan); appropriate yarn, needles, and notions; and your sense of adventure!


Knit Your First Sweater!
Minimum 3 participants
4 meetings, dates and times to be determined by participant availability
$90 plus materials
Instructor: Rebecca Brown

Are you eager to knit your first sweater but are intimidated by the process and making sure it will fit? This class aims to dispel those worries! We'll discuss getting gauge, what the heck is meant by "ease", and look at different construction methods. Meetings will be arranged based on participant availability, so that everyone is as supported as possible through their first sweater. The pattern suggested for this class is suitable for first-time sweater knitters both in terms of construction and fit, but the pattern can also be changed depending on participant interest. Call the shop to express your interest by February 15th. Please bring: A copy of the pattern (https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/the-weekender-5); appropriate yarn, needles, and notions; and your sense of adventure!





WEAVING


Weavers' Study Group I
Tuesday mornings (10 a.m. - noon) January 8 – March 26
$60 for 12 weeks
New members welcome anytime (we will prorate the fee)! This is an ongoing group who meet weekly to explore various weaving topics. The members collectively decide upon the subjects to be studied and participate in the research of applicable reference materials. All levels of expertise are invited. Members receive a $5 merchandise credit for each week in attendance PLUS 10% OFF all yarn.

Weavers' Study Group II
Tuesday mornings (10 a.m. - noon) April 2 – June 25
$65 for 13 weeks
New members welcome anytime (we will prorate the fee)! This is an ongoing group who meet weekly to explore various weaving topics. The members collectively decide upon the subjects to be studied and participate in the research of applicable reference materials. All levels of expertise are invited. Members receive a $5 merchandise credit for each week in attendance PLUS 10% OFF all yarn.


Beginning Weaving on a 4-Harness Loom
Minimum 3 participants
Saturday (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.) February 9 AND February 16 (snow date February 23)
OR Thursdays (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.) March 7 AND March 14 (show date March 28)
By popular demand, we've added another class!
Wednesday (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.) April 3 AND April 10
$190 plus materials (includes loom rental fee)
Instructor: Penny Lacroix

This 2-day class is a start-to-finish beginning weaving experience on a 4-shaft loom. The first day, students are guided through measuring out a warp, beaming the warp, sleying the reed and threading the heddles. The first few rows of weaving will be complete before the end of the day. The looms go home with students with instructions for weaving a sampler between the classes. Support is available between the classes for those who need a little confidence. On the second day, the samplers are completed and we take a step back to get an introduction to project planning and drafting. Portable 4-shaft tabletop looms are provided for use during and between the classes as part of the class fee. An additional materials fee covers the yarn used for the sampler. Materials fee: cost of 6-9 oz perle cotton ($1.44 per ounce) and the optional purchase of Learning to Weave by Debbie Chandler.
Special offer for Beginning Weaving: Take the class with a friend for just $20 more! You’ll work on one loom and make one sampler, but you will both learn just as much!

Advanced Beginner Weaving
Minimum 3 participants
Mondays (1-4 p.m.) February 25, March 25 AND April 22
$155 plus materials
Instructor: Penny Lacroix

Ready for your next weaving project? In this 3-part class, students will work with the instructor to plan 3 projects, then weave them on their looms at home. Each project will implement a different weave structure. Class time will include planning the project, choosing appropriate yarn, creating a draft and building confidence. Finishing the projects will also be discussed. Prerequisite: Students must have taken a beginning weaving class or have some weaving experience. They must also have their own loom at home and be able to warp their loom independently.

Weaving Refresher
Minimum 3 participants
Thursday (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.) April 4
OR Saturday (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.) April 27
$85 ($115 including loom rental) plus materials
Instructor: Penny Lacroix

Have you taken the Beginning Weaving class but you’re not confident enough to plan and execute a project on your own? This class is for you. You’ll have a choice of making 2 cotton dishtowels or a chenille scarf. In this one-day class, we’ll review the draft plan for your project (prepared by the instructor), wind the warp, and get a good start on warping your loom. Then you’ll go home and finish the project on your own. If you are renting a loom from the Fiber Loft, you’ll have 2 weeks to finish the project. Materials fee: $20 for a scarf and $18 for a dishtowel.


Weaving on a Knitters, Flip, or Cricket Loom
Minimum 3 participants
Saturday (1 – 4 p.m.) April 6
$80
Instructor: Carrie Brown

Have a yarn stash with many odds and ends? Use this simple, rigid-heddle loom to make lovely scarves, placemats, table runners, pillows, etc. Bring some of your favorite yarns to class. Additional yarns will be available. The class will include tips and tricks from our weaving professionals.





SPINNING


Spinning Club
First Monday of each month (1:00 – 3:00 p.m.)
No charge
Advisor: Suzanne Kelly

This is a drop-in class. Join us to sit, spin and relax with your wheel or spindle once a month. We’ll share techniques, tips, and conversation. All levels are welcome. Participants will receive 10% OFF spinning fibers the days the club meets.


Drop-in Drop Spindling
Minimum 3 participants
Sundays (1 p.m. – 3 p.m.) February 10, March 10 and April 7
$10 for each session (materials fee may be applicable)
Instructor: Penny Lacroix

For those who already know the basics of drop spindle spinning, come in for a refresher or to learn or share techniques. Each session will have a different theme, which will be taught informally. Come for one or all 3. Sign up is preferred, but not required.
February 10: Andean plying (bring a skein of singles yarn with you or make some during the session)
March 10: spin singles and make a 3-ply yarn all at once
April 7: spinning silk from a hankie

Scarf in a Day
One participant at a time
Call to schedule a date – allow a minimum of 4 hours
$75 includes materials, instruction and use of the pre-warped loom for a day
Instructor: Penny Lacroix

Come in and weave a rayon chenille scarf on a pre-warped loom. You will receive personal instructions how to wind bobbins and weave the scarf. When you are done weaving, you cut the scarf off the loom and take it home for finishing. Fringing and washing instructions will be provided. No need to invest in a loom, warping, and materials. Let us do that for you!

Beginner's Tahkli Cotton Spinning
Minimum 3 participants
Sunday (1 – 2:30 p.m.) February 17
$45 includes materials
Instructor: Sarah Buchanan

Have you wanted to try spinning cotton, but want a low commitment? Tahklis are the perfect tool for learning to spin short stapled fibers like cotton, yak, and cashmere! We will cover drafting fibers, adding enough twist, and what to do once your tahkli is full. Students can bring their own tahkli, borrow one from the instructor, or purchase one from the store..

Beginner's Drop Spindle Spinning
Minimum 3 participants
Wednesday (1 – 3:30 p.m.) March 6
OR Thursday (6 – 8:30 p.m.) March 28
$45 includes materials
Instructor: Penny Lacroix

Love fiber? Love yarn? Learn to make your own yarn from commercially prepared wool fibers using a drop spindle. Spinning with a drop spindle is relaxing and portable. Students may bring their own drop spindle, borrow one from the instructor, or purchase one at the shop. Each student in this half-day class will go home with a small skein of handspun yarn.


Beginning Spinning on the Wheel
Minimum 3 participants
Sunday (11 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) March 17
OR Thursday (10 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.) March 21
$90 Instructor: Penny Lacroix

Do you want to be able to spin your own yarn for knitting, weaving or gifting? Do you want to try different wheels to see what works best for you? Do you want to understand the difference between roving and top, and how to use them? Students will learn to process fiber, spin from different types of prepared fiber, and try several types of wheels. Equipment and fiber will be provided for use in the class.


Spinning on a Great Wheel
Minimum 3 participants
DATE AND PRICE TBD
Instructor: Penny Lacroix

Are you interested in learning to spin on a Great Wheel/Wool Wheel/Walking Wheel? Classes will be arranged at a mutually convenient time when there are 3 interested students. Please email or call the shop to put your name on the list. Prerequisite: Students must already know how to spin. Being able to bring your own great wheel is preferred, but arrangements may be made to rent one..





KIDS


February Vacation Week Kids' Classes
Minimum 3 participants
Monday – Friday (1 – 3:00 p.m.) February 18 – 22 (Pick and choose or take them all!)
$30 per day plus $3 materials fee each day
Instructor: Penny Lacroix

A different fun fiber-related activity will be completed each day. Take all 5, or pick and choose individual classes! All equipment and supplies will be available at the class. Appropriate for ages 8 and up.
    Monday, February 18: Carding and blending fibers
    Tuesday, February 19: Spinning yarn on a drop spindle (A spindle can be borrowed or purchased.)
    Wednesday, February 20: Make a rigid heddle loom out of popsicle sticks and weave a bracelet or shoelaces
    Thursday, February 21: Weave a mini-shawl (doll sized) on a triangle loom using a continuous strand weaving technique. (Looms will be provided for use in class.)
    Friday, February 22: woven note cards, using card stock (Students may bring a couple photos to use if they like.)






FELTING


Needle Felt an Easter Bunny
Minimum 3 participants
Sunday (1 – 3:00 p.m.) March 24
$45 includes materials
Instructor: Amy Jones

Learn the fun art of needle felting with this beginner’s project at the Fiber Loft! You will learn how to manipulate wool roving with special barbed needles that causes the fiber to felt without water. Create this adorable felted friend to celebrate springtime! Bring your sense of fun and creativity with you! This would make such a lovely gift for Easter as well. The materials fee includes fiber, felting pad and extra needles (if you have some please feel to bring them).

Needle Felted Pendants
Minimum 3 participants
Sunday (1 – 3:30 p.m.) April 28
$50 includes materials
Instructor: Amy Jones

Learn the fun art of needle felting with this beginner’s/intermediate project at the Fiber Loft! Bring your sense of creativity with you, and using any colors of wool roving that you wish, we will manipulate fine pieces of wool into tiny and beautiful pieces of wearable art. You will learn how to manipulate wool roving with special barbed needles that causes the fiber to felt without water, and then attach them into pendant backings. Bring your sense of fun with you! This would make such a lovely gift for Mother’s Day as well. The materials fee includes fiber, felting pad, silver pendant backs, leather cord, felt, and extra needles (if you have some please feel free to bring them).





PRIVATE LESSONS


Want to take a class but can’t make the scheduled session? We offer private spinning lessons at $35 per hour. You choice of drop-spindle (taught by Penny Lacroix) or wheel spinning (taught by Suzanne Kelly). You will be spinning by the end of the session. Our private lessons in crochet and knitting are $45 for a two-hour session taught by Lynn Cooke. Beginners will learn the basics plus the supplies and tools they need to get started. Our private rigid heddle weaving lessons are $35 per hour and are taught by Ann Murphy. Penny Lacroix also teaches our private 4-harness weaving lessons for $35 an hour. Give us a call at 978-456-8669 for more information or to set up an appointment.





REPAIR AND FINISHING SERVICE


Experienced staff now provide a repair and finishing service for your projects. If you have a hole to fix, need help putting a sweater together, etc. we’ll take a look at it and give you an estimate.




  • We accept Master Card, Visa, Discover, and American Express, as well as checks. Phone registration accepted with credit card. Tuition for classes will be charged 4 days prior to a session. No refunds after that time. Tuitions will be refunded if class is cancelled.
  • All materials can be bought at the Fiber Loft, either ahead of time or the day of the class.
  • Unless otherwise noted in the class listing, the cost of materials is additional.
  • While enrolled in a class at the Fiber Loft, students are eligible for a 10% discount on yarns and fibers.
  • If school is cancelled in Harvard due to inclement weather, then classes at the Fiber Loft are also cancelled. Please call if you are unsure if the shop will be open.
  • Teenagers are welcome in all adult classes.
  • Please plan on either bringing your lunch or buying it for those classes that run all day.

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