Workshops by Instructor

Class registration will begin on January 15, 2018! 

Package holders will be able to register for classes one week before the general public.

To see a list of workshops sorted by date, click here.

Please carefully read our Workshop Registration FAQs and evaluate required skill levels before signing up for a class.

  • AM Classes = 3 hours
  • PM Classes = 3 hours
  • All Day Classes = 6 hours

Marie Greene

Friday AM – Sweater Hacks: Want to add pockets? Done! Afterthought lace? Totally! Turn a pullover into a cardigan or vice versa? You can do that, too! You’ll leave with oodles of foolproof techniques to use on just about any sweater!! Skill Level:  Basic sweater knitting experience required. 

Friday PM – Get Fit!:  Exercise your knitting muscles with this sweater intensive workshop. Find out once and for all why your sweaters aren’t fitting the way you want them to and how to whip them into shape. You’ll never look at a pattern the same way again! (Don’t worry, you won’t even break a sweat.) Skill Level: Basic sweater knitting experience required.

Allison Harding

Friday All Day – Dye Your Own Yarn: Design and dye 2 skeins of yarn! Learn about painted, palindrome vs continuous color repeats and even an easy self-striping method. Dye two skeins differently for two pair of socks or dye to coordinate for a bigger project! Allison will take you through each step from preparing your skein to finishing the set dye with a little color theory for good measure! Skill Level:  All levels welcome. Materials fee: $20.00

Saturday All Day – Dye Your Own Fiber: Design and dye two braids for spinning! Learn about random, gradient, painted, and palindrome vs continuous color repeats. Dye braids differently for two projects or dye to coordinate for a bigger project! Allison will take you through each step from preparing your fibers to finishing the set dye with a little color theory for good measure! Skill Level:  All levels welcome. Materials fee: $20

Sunday AM – Wet Felted Scarf: Free Form Lace: Design and felt a gorgeous scarf that includes lacey and 3D elements. Allison will guide you through each step from preparing the fibers, designing a pleasing layout and felting into a soft and luxurious designer wearable art piece!  Skill Level:  All levels welcome. Materials fee: $30

Gudrun Johnston

Friday AM – Short Rows: The short row has many useful functions when it comes to shaping your knitting. Learning how and when to implement this method is a valuable addition to any knitter’s repertoire. In this class we will practice 3 different short row techniques and look at how this method can be used to create such things as shoulder shaping, bust darts, curved hemlines and more. Skill Level: Intermediate or adventurous beginners. Previous experience knitting from a pattern necessary. 

Friday PM – Shetland Hap: Learn how to knit a traditional Hap (shawl) from the Shetland Islands. This beautiful heirloom shawl makes a great gift for a new baby and is a great introduction to Shetland Lace knitting. We will make a mini version of this shawl in class (as a half hap) and students will leave with the necessary skills to make their own full sized version at home.  A copy of a Hap pattern will be provided via email after class. Gudrun will also give a brief slide show explaining some of the history behind these shawls. Skill Level: Intermediate.

Saturday All Day – Shetland Lace: In this class we will explore the techniques and patterns that pertain to Shetland Lace knitting.  We will practice knitting the more complex lace patterns where motifs are worked on both the RS and WS of the work. We will also cover how to work a knitted on edging and how to form the center triangle of a traditional Shetland shawl. An overview of Shetland shawl constructions will be provided as well as some historical background. Skill Level: Intermediate, it is important that you have had some basic experience with knitting lace.

Sunday AM – Seamless Sleeves: In this class we will practice working two version of a seamless set-in sleeve construction. We will also briefly cover how to convert a pieced pattern into a seamless one. Topics covered include; picking up stitches, short row methods, three-needle bind off and Magic loop knitting. Examples of sweaters using these constructions will be available to view in class. Skill Level: Intermediate, some experience in sweater knitting is encouraged.

Michael Kelson

Friday AM – Mission Spinpossible :: Longdraw: There are several drafting techniques that will make a wonderful, woolen yarn. This class will examine woolen fiber preparations and will discuss woolen and semi-woolen drafting techniques for successfully spinning woolen singles. We will also discuss and demonstrate techniques for plying and finishing woolen spun singles to get a structurally sound yarn for knitting or weaving. Skill Level: Intermediate or adventurous beginners. Students should have a good relationship with their wheel and be able to spin a continuous single. Materials fee: $15

Friday PM – Mission Spinpossible :: Socks: There’s nothing quite like the feel of socks knit from your very own handspun yarn, but you want to make sure your socks last longer than it takes to spin and knit them! This class will discuss yarn construction techniques that are appropriate for socks and examine various fibers and blends that will attain the perfect balance of strength, comfort, and durability.
We will also discuss spinning with down and down-like breeds (Cheviot, Dorset, Suffolk, Southdown), and we will test spin several of these fibers and blends.Skill Level: Intermediate or adventurous beginners. Students should have a good relationship with their wheel and be able to spin a continuous single. Materials fee: $15

Saturday AM – Mission Spinpossible :: Lace: Estonian. Shetland. Orenburg. Huck. Leno. Swedish. Atwater-Bronson.
We knitters and weavers are surrounded by lace! Would you like to use your handspun with your next lace knitting or weaving project? With lace yarns, one size does not fit all. Lace can be tightly spun worsted, softly spun woolen, or anywhere in between, but with a little experimentation and thoughtfully choosing your fiber and preparation, it’s possible to spin the perfect lace yarn for your next project!
This class will explore techniques for successfully spinning lace yarns. We will discuss what makes a good lace yarn, basic wheel adjustments, techniques for diameter control and spinning consistent singles, evaluating the twist in your singles, and techniques for plying and finishing. We will also discuss spinning lace yarns from luxury fibers like cashmere and yak and practice with a variety of different fibers and preparations. Skill Level: Intermediate or adventurous beginners. Students should have a good relationship with their wheel and be able to spin a continuous single. Materials fee: $15

Saturday PM – Mission Spinpossible :: Loft: Much of the wonderful fiber we have access to as hand-spinners comes to us in the form of combed top. Top is a worsted preparation and can spin a very dense yarn, which might be great for socks or mittens, but if you’d like to spin a loftier yarn for something like a hat, a scarf, or even a sweater, this class will explore techniques to introduce more air, loft, and bounce into your handspun yarn. This class will discuss various drafting techniques for different fiber preparations, ways to modify your fiber preparation, different techniques spinning from the fold, and how to accurately measure your yarn to ensure that you are getting exactly the yarn you want the project you have in mind.  Skill Level: Intermediate or adventurous beginners. Students should have a good relationship with their wheel and be able to spin a continuous single. Materials fee: $15

Judith MacKenzie

Friday AM – Spinning Gradients: Learn how to play with fiber to create mesmerizing slow-changing gradient yarns! There are lots of ways to manipulate color – including using all of those beautiful hand-dyed braids you’ve stashed over the years. Learn how to deconstruct braids, choosing color placement, and how to ply while maintaining matching colors. Skill level: Must be able to make a continuous yarn; helpful if you know how to ply.  Should have a good working relationship with your wheel. Materials fee: $15

Friday PM – Popular Wheel Mechanics: The spinning wheel is an amazing tool; it can help us make everything from the finest spider web yarn to durable sail cloth. In this class, we’ll learn a little about the wheel’s history and how modern wheels developed. We’ll learn how to use the wheel to make a wide variety of both yarn diameters and yarn styles. We’ll learn how to set the wheel to ply efficiently. We’ll learn classic spinning tips and some fun tricks to get the most out of your wheel.  And we’ll reward your wheel with treats like oil, a new drive band and a bit of a polish. All wheels welcome. Skill level: Must be able to spin a continuous thread.   Materials fee: $5

Saturday AM – Spinning Shetland: Shetland sheep are an ancient breed that has been producing beautiful fiber for handspinners for centuries. These sheep have provided fleece for everything from incredibly fine lace shawls to strong and enduring sails for ships. Their beautiful fleeces come in an amazing range of colors. We will learn how to spin the whole variety of types of fibers, learn how to sort and how — and when — to de-hair. We’ll make a lace yarn, some warm and robust sweater yarns and spin a bit of the hair coat for cords. Along the way, we will learn about where these sheep came from and the culture that produced them. Skill level: Intermediate spinner and up; must be able to spin a continuous thread. Materials fee: $15

Saturday PM – Spinning for Knitting’s Sake: Knitting with your own handspun yarn is an amazing experience.  It’s the difference between that piece of toast made with Wonderbread and toast made with your homemade sourdough.  It may take a bit more time, it may be a bit more work but the end result is simply delicious.  Come learn what techniques will help you get the yarn you love as well as the yarn you need to make a garment that will bring you long lasting pleasure.  In this class, we’ll learn how to make a perfect sock yarn that will fit your foot like a beautiful second skin.  We’ll spin a lace yarn that will be gossamer fine and we’ll make a five ply gansey yarn that will be perfect for all those lovely cable patterns you have collected. Skill level: Must be able to make a continuous yarn, helpful if you know how to ply.  Should have a good working relationship with your wheel. Materials fee: $15

Sunday AM – The Art of Spinning Scrap: Do you have half an ounce of dyed silk, a bit of cashmere,  perhaps a few handfuls of yak, several lengths of colorful dyed wool top and a sprinkling of colorful kid mohair locks all lurking in the bottom of your spinning basket? If you do (and who doesn’t?) this class was designed for you. It is all about how to make perfectly beautiful yarn out of all the bits and pieces that we fiber junkies just can’t bear to part with. Bring whatever bits of lovelies you have and I’ll bring along a selection of fibers in a wide range of colors and fiber types to extend your collection. Don’t have a scrap stash yet?  I’ll have plenty to share and we’ll spin some beautiful yarn together. Skill level: Must be able to make a continuous yarn, helpful if you know how to ply.  Should have a good working relationship with your wheel. Materials fee: $15

Andrea Mowry

(Andrea’s Be The Boss of your Brioche class is repeated on Saturday)

Friday All Day – Be the Boss of Your Brioche: Learn how to knit super squishy brioche and open up a whole new world of texture, colorplay, and fun with this addicting stitch! This class will focus on learning brioche knit and brioche purl stitches, and then move into playing around with what makes brioche so special. When working brioche in two colors, a whole new world of color play is opened up to you! Discover how to blend colors and add depth thru contrast. We will also discuss using different fibers and weights together to really mix things up. We will learn how to increase and decrease in brioche, and how it goes far beyond just shaping your fabric, to create the appearance of intricate cables and lace. Skill Level: Intermediate or adventurous beginners. Previous experience knitting from a pattern necessary. 

Saturday All Day – Be the Boss of Your Brioche: (Repeat) See Friday’s class description above. Skill Level: Intermediate or adventurous beginners. Previous experience knitting from a pattern necessary. 

Sunday AM – The Winter Honey Shawl: A project based class that focuses on garter tab cast on, triangle shawl shaping, cabling with or without a needle, blocking shawls, and Jenny’s Super Elastic Bind Off. Skill Level:Adventurous beginner, has followed basic patterns and can cast on, knit and purl comfortably. 

Clara Parkes

Saturday AM – Yarn 101: Ever fall in love with a yarn but have no idea what to do with it? Or perhaps your Ravelry queue is full of patterns but you’re uncertain which yarn would be best? This class sets the foundation for total yarn confidence. We begin with the most common fibers that go into yarn, examining how they feel, wear, and behave both in yarn and on your body. Then we add fiber preparation, twist, and ply to the mix — all while keeping in mind our ultimate goal, being able to make confident, happy pairings of yarn and project every single time. Even experienced knitters come away with an expanded understanding of how they can better match yarn and project. Skill level: All are welcome.

Saturday PM – Sheep to Skein::How Wool Becomes Yarn: Join me in a three-hour journey through all the steps that wool must take on its way from farm to needles. Armed with plenty of physical examples for us to fondle, I’ll explain the why and how and even the who of each step. We’ll talk about not only the mechanics of making yarn but also how mills work and all the other little decisions that go into a good skein of yarn. Whether you’re thinking of manufacturing yarn yourself or just want to better appreciate how it gets to us, this class will provide that greater understanding. Note: This is not a handspinning class. Skill level: All are welcome.

Sunday AM – The Joy of Swatching: That’s right, swatching can be a joyous exercise! This three-hour hands-on workshop explores both the technical and existential elements of swatching. We look at why we swatch, the mechanics of a good swatch, and what it will teach us. We also go one step further and look a swatching as more than a means to gauge, but as a valuable exercise all is own. You’ll emerge with a broadened understanding of, respect for, and fondness toward the act of swatching. Skill level: Beginners and up, must be able to to cast on, knit and purl. 

Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

Friday AM – Knitting for Speed & Efficiency: This interesting class examines the various techniques, attitudes and history of the most productive knitters, and is designed not necessarily to change how you knit (unless you want to) but to help you become the most efficient knitter you can be on your own terms. We’ll look at the various styles of knitting, and have some instruction on “lever knitting” (fixed needle knitting.) We’ll talk about techniques for knitting faster through changing what you do, and the way you think. Skill level: Beginners and up; must be able to knit, purl, and perform basic increases and decreases. 

Friday PM – Colour Theory for Knitters: Knitters are textile artists, and this class is colour theory, just for them. Learn the language of colour, how colour works, how to choose colours that will always go together, how to create colourways that you love, and several sneaky ways to be brilliant at it, and find inspiration everywhere you look. Skill level: All levels welcome.

Saturday AM – The Fix is in: This class explores options and solutions for when bad things happen to good knitters. We’ll explore dropped stitches, missed yarn overs, mis-crossed cables, selvedge stitches (and when not to have one) and how to fix (mostly) damage to knits like pulls, holes and runs. Skill level: Intermediate and up: must be able to read your knitting and easily identify knits and purls, execute a simple chart, and understand a simple cable.

Saturday PM – Knitting for Speed & Efficiency: This interesting class examines the various techniques, attitudes and history of the most productive knitters, and is designed not necessarily to change how you knit (unless you want to) but to help you become the most efficient knitter you can be on your own terms. We’ll look at the various styles of knitting, and have some instruction on “lever knitting” (fixed needle knitting.) We’ll talk about techniques for knitting faster through changing what you do, and the way you think. Skill level: Beginners and up; must be able to knit, purl, and perform basic increases and decreases. 

Sunday AM – Knit Smart: This class deals with best practices in knitting, and talks about how to (usually) prevent knitting mistakes and (mostly) fix them. Out of the myriad techniques, ideas, yarns, patterns and tools available to knitters, how can you be sure that the ones you choose will give you the results you want? This class looks at how to predict how knitting is going to work, very clever ways to solve knitting problems, and how to streamline knitting so that you’re doing less work, and creating better stuff. This class is useful to knitters at all levels, and is my very favourite to teach. Skill level: All levels welcome. 

Laurinda Reddig

Saturday AM – Learn to Crochet for Knitters & Spinners: Have you always wanted to learn to crochet, or just want to add a little crochet to your knitted projects? Do you want to try crocheting with your handspun yarn? Do you know how to spin your yarn to get the best results in crochet? We will begin with the basic chain, the foundation of any crochet project. Then learn how to work back into that chain with single crochet and double crochet stitches as you create your first simple project. Then practice seaming two sides together to create Fingerless Mitts, or keep going to make a scarf! Skill level: All levels welcome. Materials fee: $5

Saturday PM – Beyond Basic Crochet – Where to Stick It!: Have you learned the basic crochet stitches and are ready for the next step? The hardest part about learning to crochet (and read crochet patterns) is knowing where to put your hook! There are so many options! As you create a small Sampler Cowl, you will learn how to work into the back bump of a chain, front loop only, back loop only, in a chain space, in between stitches, front post, back post, and tips on working evenly into the edges of a finished piece. Skill level:  Knowledge of basic crochet stitches such as chain, single and double crochet. Materials fee: $5

Sunday AM – Crochet Evenly Around the Edges (for Knitters & Crocheters): When working around the edges of finished crocheted or knitted fabric it can be difficult to get a flat, even edging. Many patterns instruct you to “work evenly” for a certain number of stitches, but how do you avoid getting ruffles with too many stitches or gathering with too few stitches? In this class we will break down the process into easy steps to achieve gorgeous even edges. We will also discuss how to use additional stitches for a truly finished look, including slip stitch, reverse single crochet, and other easy edgings to finish your knit or crochet project. Skill level: All levels welcome. Materials fee: $3

Jenn Sturiale

Sunday AM – Introduction to Hand Embroidery: From materials to preparation, basic stitches to finishing your work, learn everything you need for a lifetime of stitchy fun. Skill level: All levels welcome. Materials fee: $10