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CLASSES

Yes! We're resuming a limited class schedule in mid-July! You'll notice that class prices have gone up, due to the desire to keep class sizes smaller but compensate teachers adequately for their time. Please note class participants and instructors are required to be fully vaccinated and wear masks. We'll add more classes as we can and will make changes to our policies as the situation permits. And we're sorry we can't invite children under 12 years old to join us yet. We're just trying to keep everyone as safe as possible.

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To sign up for these classes, please come into the shop or call us at (510) 595-9595.

 

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

For All Handcrafters

Mending Workshop – One 2-hour class

Don’t get rid of that treasured sweater with snags, moth holes, or worn-out areas.  This class will help you resuscitate your favorite garments

so you can wear them for a few more years. Bring items that need mending, and we will help you work through them step by step.

Materials: Items to mend, plus sewing needles and/or crochet hook and tapestry needle, suited to the gauge of the item, sharp scissors, matching thread/yarn.

Saturday, November 13, 3-5 p.m.

Teacher: Celia McCarthy, Fee: $35/Class

Crochet

Beginning Crochet – Two 2-hour classes

In this introductory class, you’ll learn the basic stitches while crocheting a button-up pouch to hold your phone or other treasures, and also start a simple scarf. We will cover chain stitch, single crochet, half-double crochet, double crochet, and triple crochet.
Materials: 200 yards smooth worsted or aran weight yarn, size G or H

crochet hook, 1 or 2 buttons, darning needle, removable stitch markers and sharp scissors.

Skill level required: No prior experience required

Wednesdays, October 13 & 20, 6-8 p.m..

Teacher: Kira Dulaney, Fee: $60

 

Crocheted Hats – Two 2-hour classes
Hats are fast and fun to crochet, and there are endless possibilities. First-time hat makers can crochet a simple hat using Kira’s easy swatch-free formula, or if you want something a little more challenging, choose any of Kira’s crocheted hat patterns. You’ll learn to work in the round, read a pattern, increase, measure gauge, and make a simple flower to decorate your hat!
Materials: For simple spiral hat: 100 grams of worsted or aran yarn and an appropriate hook for that yarn, removable stitch markers, yarn needle. If you want to make a more complex design, go
to www.kirakdesigns.com or our in-store binder and choose any of Kira's crocheted hat patterns, and bring all materials specified. The spiral hat pattern is included in the class.
Wednesdays, September 29 and October 6, 6-8 p.m.

Teacher: Kira Dulaney, Fee $70

 

Knitting

English/American-Style Knitting – One 1½-hour class

This is the beginner knitting class for those who prefer to learn the English style of knitting. Learn cast-on, knit, purl, and bind-off. Take as many or as few classes as you need.

Materials: Bring size US 7 or US 8 needles and light-colored, smooth, worsted-weight yarn. All your supplies can be purchased at the shop. 

Skill level: No prior experience required. Children over 12 welcome

Saturdays, September 4 & 18, October 2 & 16, 11:30-1 p.m.

Teacher: Carol Schwamberger, Fee: $22.50/class

Correcting (or Avoiding) Knitting Mistakes – One 2-hour class 

Take the fear and worry out of knitting with this incredibly useful class. You’ll learn how common mistakes are made as well as how to correct them on the following row, when possible. We’ll also practice picking up dropped stitches (gulp!) and methods for taking out your knitting stitch-by-stitch and many rows at once. 

Materials: 30 yards smooth, easy to see worsted or aran-weight yarn, knitting needles in a size appropriate for your yarn, circular knitting needles size US 0-US 2, crochet hook size G or H, darning needle. 

Skill level required: Advanced Beginner 

Wednesday, September 22 6-8 p.m.

Teacher: Kira Dulaney, Fee: $35

Intro to Brioche Stitch (in the round)  - One 2-hour class

Brioche stitch creates a soft, squishy, reversible fabric that's great for warm clothing! Start your brioche journey with this simple two-color cowl. You will learn how brioche is constructed, how to work brioche in the round, how to always know where you are in the pattern and how to identify and correct some common mistakes.

Materials: 100 yards each of two colors of worsted yarn (wool, wool blend, or any smooth elastic yarn); 24-inch size 9 circular needles; stitch markers.

Preparation: With MC, cast on 80 stitches, join in the round, and work one round K1 P1 ribbing. It will be tight, but don't worry; things will loosen up after a couple of rounds of brioche.

Skill level required:  Advanced beginner (must know CO, K, P, BO)

Saturday, September 25, 2-4 p.m.

Teacher: Maggie Jacobs, Fee $ 35

 

Brioche Scarf  (flat)– One 2-hour class

Beautiful brioche is a wonderful stitch pattern for scarves, as it is soft and thick, looks terrific on both sides, and lies flat.  Master the 4-row brioche pattern while creating this simple two-color scarf. Class includes written scarf pattern and a detailed look at how brioche is constructed, as well as tips for avoiding, recognizing and correcting mistakes.

Materials: About 200 yards each of two colors of worsted -weight yarn (solid colors and yarn with some elasticity are best for this project),

size 9 16-inch circular needles.

Skill level: Intermediate. Should be able to follow a pattern and be familiar with slipped stitches and yarn-overs.

Saturday, October 16, 2-4 p.m.

Teacher: Maggie Jacobs, Fee $35

Class Policies

  • Students & instructors must be fully vaccinated. Masks are required.

  • Sign up in advance!  Enrollment is limited

  • Class fees must be paid in full at the time of registration.

  • Please come to class prepared: purchase all supplies before the start time of the first class. A 10% discount is offered to students purchasing materials for class.

  • Cancellations must be made at least three days prior to the start of the class to receive store credit for the amount paid.

  • Classes with fewer than three students enrolled three days before the first class meeting will be cancelled and fees will be refunded.

To sign up for these classes, please come into the shop or call us at (510) 595-9595.

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