2018 Fall Classes


SPINNING          WEAVING         KNITTING        

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







KNITTING


Knitting Club
Monday mornings (10 a.m. – noon ) September 10 – December 17
$75 for 16 weeks
OR Tuesday afternoons (1 – 3 p.m.) September 4 – December 18
$80 for 16 weeks
OR Thursday afternoons (1 – 3 p.m.) September 6 – December 20
$75 for 16 weeks
OR Thursday evenings (7 – 9 p.m.) September 6 – December 20
$75 for 16 weeks
OR Friday mornings (10 a.m. – noon) September 7 – December 21
$80 for 18 weeks (Monday $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.


Socks
Minimum 3 participants
Sunday (3:00 – 5:00 p.m.) September 30 AND October 14
$60 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. This class is perfect for an adventurous beginner or intermediate knitter–you know your knits from your purls, aren't afraid of casting on, and love knitting in the round. You may choose to knit this pattern using either the magic loop method or double-pointed needles. We'll spend the first session knitting the leg and preparing the heel, then in our second class, we'll shape and finish the toe and pick up the heel. In between sessions, your homework will be to finish the foot of the sock. You will get the most out of this class if you arrive with the ribbing and some of the leg already completed. 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

First Hat
Minimum 3 participants
Sunday (1:00 – 3:00 p.m.) September 30
$45 plus materials
Instructor: Rebecca Brown

Ready to learn how to knit in the round? Want to make something that will keep your head warm? Then join us for this one session class that will have you knitting all the hats! This class is perfect for an adventurous beginner–you've knit a few scarves and are ready to branch out. Please bring: A copy of the pattern (https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/close-knit-waffle-hat); the specified yarn, needles, and notions; and your sense of adventure!


Knitting Basics
Minimum 3 participants
Sunday (1:00 – 3:00 p.m.) October 14 OR November 11
$35 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.



Ravelry Roadmap
Minimum 2 participants
Sunday (2:00 – 3:30 p.m.) October 21
$20
Instructor: Arlene Weiss

Ravelry is like Google for knitters and crocheters. In addition, it can be used as an organization tool for projects and a yarn and pattern database. Looking for a pattern? Need help with pattern instructions, finding or substituting yarns? Need help fixing a mistake? If you want, you can join a group, chat with a designer, and make friends with other knitters anywhere in the world. This class is designed to help you learn how to navigate your way through Ravelry. Please bring: a tablet or a laptop.


Last-Minute Stockings (Magic-loop style)
Minimum 3 participants
Sunday (3:00 – 5:00 p.m.) November 11 AND December 2 AND December 9
$85 plus materials
Instructor: Rebecca Brown

It's never too late to cast on! You will learn how to knit a VERY LARGE SOCK and do a little color work. This knits up quickly using aran weight yarn. Starting from the toe up you'll work in the round, diverging a bit from the pattern you'll be using the magic loop method to knit this stocking. This class is being offered in three sections so you have plenty of reasons to stay on target to finish in time for Santa's arrival! Please bring: A copy of the pattern (https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/last-minute-stockings); appropriate yarn, needles (40" circulars in the appropriate size), and notions; and your sense of adventure!


Colorwork Cowl
Minimum 3 participants
Sunday (1:00 – 3:00 p.m.) December 2
$35 plus materials
Instructor: Rebecca Brown

Expand the color palette of your knitwear and learn colorwork knitting! The Dessau Cowl is an approachable (and cute!) pattern for getting comfortable with stranded knitting and reading a colorwork chart. We'll teach you tips and tricks for managing your yarn and your tension. This class is perfect for an intermediate knitter–you've knit many a hat and are eager to expand your knitting skillset. You will get the most out of this class if you arrive with the ribbing already completed. Then we can dive right into the colorwork! Please bring: A copy of the pattern (https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/dessau-cowl); appropriate yarn, needles, and notions; and your sense of adventure

Drop-stitch Cowl
Minimum 3 participants
Sunday (1:00 – 3:00 p.m.) December 9
$35 plus materials
Instructor: Rebecca Brown

Learn how to knit in the round and finish a hand-knit holiday gift all in one session! The Drop-stitch cowl is a great pattern to get comfortable knitting in the round. It's also knit up in bulky yarn, so you'll be done with time to spare (or to knit one or two more...)! This class is perfect for an adventurous beginner–you've knit a few scarves and are ready to branch out into the round. Please bring: A copy of the pattern (https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/drop-stitch-cowl-3); appropriate yarn, needles, and notions; and your sense of adventure!





WEAVING


Weavers' Study Group
Tuesday mornings (10 a.m. - noon) September 11 – December 18
$75 for 15 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
Sunday (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.) September 23
AND Saturday (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.) September 29
$190 plus materials (includes loom rental fee)
Instructor: Penny Lacroix

Have you always wanted to know how to weave, but don’t want to invest in a loom and all the equipment? This is a start-to-finish beginning weaving experience. In the first class, participants will wind and beam a warp, sley the reed and thread the heddles. Looms will go home ready to weave a sampler. At the second class, participants will try some trickier weaves, learn about finishing techniques and get an introduction to drafting. All equipment will be made available for the class. Looms may be brought home between classes to work on the project. Materials fee: cost of 6-9 oz perle cotton ($1.44 per ounce) and the optional purchase of Learning to Weave by Debbie Chandler.


Weaving on a Knitters, Flip, or Cricket Loom
Minimum 3 participants
Saturday (1 – 3 p.m.) December 8
$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.


Beginner's Drop Spindle Spinning
Minimum 3 participants
Thursday (6 – 8 p.m.) October 11
$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 or borrow one from the instructor, or purchase one at the shop.


Beginning Spinning on the Wheel
Minimum 3 participants
Saturday (10 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.) November 3
$90 plus $10 materials fee 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

Do you already know how to spin and now want to learn to use a great wheel? If there is enough interest, we will run a class. Please call us at 978-456-8669 with your name and contact information.





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. All that’s needed after that is practice, practice, practice! Our private lessons in crochet and knitting are $45 for a two-hour session. 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. 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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