2018 Winter-Spring Classes


SPINNING          WEAVING         KNITTING         FELTING      


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






KNITTING


Knitting Club
Monday mornings (10 a.m. – noon ) January 9 – April 24
$80 for 16 weeks
OR Tuesday afternoons (1 – 3 p.m.) January 10 – April 25
$80 for 16 weeksbr> OR Thursday evenings (7 – 9 p.m.) January 12 – April 27
$80 for 16 weeks
OR Friday mornings (10 a.m. – noon) January 13 – April 28
$80 for 16 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.


Make Your First Hat!
Minimum 3 participants
Sunday (1:00 – 3:00 p.m.) February 4
$35 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!


Cabled Hat Class
Minimum 3 participants
Thursday (6:00 – 8:00 p.m.) February 1
$35 plus materials
Instructor: Rebecca Brown

Take your knitting skills up a notch and learn about cables. This class is perfect for an adventurous beginner or intermediate knitter–you've knit a scarf and a hat. You know your knits from your purls and aren't afraid of casting on. You will get the most out of this class if you come with the ribbing already completed. Then we can dive right into reading the cable chart! Please bring: A copy of the pattern (https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bridgton-2); the specified yarn, needles, and notions; and your sense of adventure!


Learn Colorwork Knitting with a Hat
Minimum 3 participants
Sunday (3:00 – 5:00 p.m.) February 25
$35 plus materials
Instructor: Rebecca Brown

Expand the color palette of your knitwear and learn colorwork knitting! The Peppermint Hat 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 knowledge. 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/peppermint-hat); the specified yarn, needles, and notions; and your sense of adventure!


A Beautiful Cabled Cowl
Minimum 3 participants
Satirday (11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.) March 3
$35 plus materials
Instructor: Rebecca Brown

Take your knitting skills up a notch and learn about cables. There are three options in this single pattern but we'll be working on the cowl - feel free to cast on the scarf but our goal is to get you comfortable with cables. This class is perfect for an adventurous beginner or intermediate knitter–you've knit a scarf and a hat. 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/varm-2); the specified yarn, needles, and notions; and your sense of adventure!


Make a Pair of Warm Fingerless Mitts!
Minimum 3 participants
Sunday (3:00 – 5:00 p.m.) March 11
$35 plus materials
Instructor: Rebecca Brown

Keep your hands warm and your fingers free with these fingerless mittens! We'll use this pattern to learn the magic loop method of knitting small circumferences as well as how to create a thumb. This class is perfect for intermediate knitters–you've made hats, scarves, maybe even a pair of socks! Please bring: A copy of the pattern (https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/garter-cuff-mitts); the specified yarn, needles, and notions; and your sense of adventure!


Carbeth Sweater
Minimum 3 participants
Sunday (1:00 – 3:00 p.m.) February 25, March 11 and March 25
$90 plus materials
Instructor: Rebecca Brown

You've knit more winter accessories than you know what to do with and you're ready to make something more substantial and fitted! In this class, we'll be knitting the Carbeth sweater, a "wide, cropped sweater with simple lines and a deep roll neck. Swift and straightforward to knit, this is a great sweater for beginners." The sweater can also be lengthened to easily accommodate your style preference. We'll knit Carbeth over the course of a month, and you'll be assigned "homework" in between each of our sessions, so that our time together can be as productive as possible. This class is perfect for an intermediate knitter who's given everyone they know a handmade hat, scarf, and socks and is ready to tackle knitted garments! Please bring: A copy of the pattern (https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/carbeth); the appropriate yarn, needles, and notions; and your sense of adventure!





WEAVING


Weavers' Study Group I
Tuesday mornings (10 a.m. - noon) January 9 – March 27
$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.

Beginning Weaving on a 4-Harness Loom
Minimum 3 participants
Thursdays (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.) February 1 and
$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.

Beginning Weaving Refresher
Minimum 3 participants
Thursday (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.) March 15
OR
Saturday (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.) March 31
$85 ($115 including loom rental) plus materials
Instructor: Penny Lacroix

So 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 14
$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 4 participants
Thursday (5 – 7 p.m.) February 15
OR Thursday (1 – 3 p.m.) March 1
OR Sunday (2 – 4 p.m.) March 4
$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.) February 17
OR Thursday (10 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.) April 5
$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.

Fiber Preparation from Choosing a Fleece to Combing and Carding Fibers to Spin or Felt
Minimum 5 participants
Sunday (1 - 4 p.m.) April 8
$95 includes materials
Instructor: Betsy Alspach

Have you ever thought it might be fun to create your own spinning or felting fibers? This class will give you those skills. We will first cover choosing, skirting and washing fleeces using one of our unwashed fleeces. Carding and combing will be discussed and demonstrated. Participants will then have a great deal of time to use our equipment to create their own unique fibers by choosing from a wide variety of colors, textures and appearances. We will be carding using hand cards, drum carders and a blending board to create airy fiber. We will comb other fibers using scary looking hand combs which have long pointy nails from which comes luxurious fiber to spin for a sleeker yarn or to felt. You will be able to take home the fibers you create. You are welcome to bring your own carding and combing equipment if you have it however we will have plenty there for everyone.





FELTING



Welcome Spring with a Needle Felted Bunny
Minimum 4 participants
Saturday (10 a.m. - 1 p.m.) March 17
$50 includes materials
Instructor: Trish Miller

Come enjoy a 3-hour needle felting class to create a Dutch bunny, perfect for spring decorating. Bunny is approximately 5-6" long and 4" high. Participants will learn felting techniques using wool roving and barbed needles. This class is appropriate for ages 16 and older.





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 weaving lessons are $35 per hour and are taught by Penny Lacroix. 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.






MEET OUR NEWEST INSTRUCTORS


Penny Lacroix is a weaver, spinner, knitter, dyer and lover of all things fiber. As a historian, she appreciates the manual creation of useful products and enjoys sharing this knowledge and skill with others. She’s been weaving and spinning since 2000 and teaches classes at The Fiber Loft, the Weavers’ Guild of Boston and other venues. She is a member of the Boston Area Spinners and Dyers and the Weavers’ Guild of Boston, and is co-chair of the Nashoba Valley Weavers’ Guild.

Rebecca Miller started knitting when she began graduate school as a necessary creative, tangible, and therapeutic outlet after a long day in the library. In addition to her day job of teaching Latin to undergraduates, she was soon teaching knitting and sewing classes to students of all ages at Gather Here in Cambridge, MA. She now lives in Harvard, MA, and is looking forward to getting to know the crafty community at The Fiber Loft!




  • 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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