Textile Arts Classes & Workshops

Sewing

Dyeing and Printing

Dye Your Own Self-Striping Yarn for Socks!

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Sunday, March 6
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Cost: $30 for members, $50 for non-members
Instructor: Cindy Craft
Materials: Sock yarn and dyes will be provided. There will be a materials fee of $20. Bring your lunch.

Join us to dye your own self striping yarn for a pair of socks. We’ll start out by learning the process for dyeing self-striping yarn. Each student will then plan the design of their yarn. Then each student will dye their own yarn. No experience is required.

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Knitting and Crocheting

Beginner’s Crochet

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Saturday, February 13, 2016
10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Cost: $35
Instructor: Denise Webb
Materials: Bring some yarn and a hook.  If you need help with a pattern or current project, please bring the supplies needed for that project (yarn, hook, and pattern). For beginners, we recommend worsted weight yarn (Size 4) and crochet hook H or J.

Would you like to learn how to crochet? Maybe you need help with a project you are working on, such as; learning how to read a pattern, learning a new stitch or a new technique. Join us in this fun class for beginners!

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Shape Up Your Knitting

Shape Up Your Knitting Judith Durant

Saturday, February 20, 2016
12:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Cost: $35
Instructor: Judith Durant

Increases and decreases bring shape and structure to your knitting, but many patterns offer only vague instruction on how to effectively use these techniques. Based on her book Increase, Decrease: 99 Step-by-Step Methods, Judith will teach you what to consider when choosing a shaping method and how to execute the chosen technique. Increase and decrease stitches can be decorative or nearly invisible, and using them intentionally can bring your knitting to a whole new level. We’ll also look at shaping in both textured and multicolored patterns.

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Knit a Pair of Socks using a Circular Sock Machine

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Sunday, March 13 and March 20
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Cost: $80 for members; $120 for non-members
Instructors: Cindy Craft and Sarah Monroe
Materials: Bring your needles and enough sock weight yarn to complete a pair of socks. This would be a great class to use the yarn dyed in the self-striping dye class. We will have yarn available for sale as well.

We will be using a circular sock machine to boost our productivity in this two-part class. We will use the circular sock machine to crank the tube part of the sock leaving life lines for the toes heels and cuffs. Then we will knit the toes, heels and cuffs by hand. This class is for people who want to see a CSM and try it out, people who want to learn to knit heels, toes and cuffs, and people that want to complete a pair of socks in a couple of classes. You should be comfortable to knit in the round on double pointed needles or magic loop.

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Spinning

Spinning, A Breed Study

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Saturday, February 20
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Cost: $30 for members, $50 non-members
Instructor: Cindy Craft
Materials: Bring your own wheel or spindle or use one at the Museum. There will be a materials fee of $15.

Sheep’s wool varies tremendously from breed to breed. Join us to sample and spin a variety of sheep breeds. We’ll spin some primitive breeds: Karakul, Navajo Churro and Shetland. We’ll also spin some of the more common middle weight breeds, including: Romney, Corriedale, and Border Leicester. And finally we’ll try some breeds that you don’t often see: Finish Landrace, Babydoll Southdown and Montdale. Fleece samples will be washed. Half of each sample will be carded and ready to spin. Half will be left in locks so you can try preparing them yourself.

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Hand Spinning for Beginners

Drop Spindle

Sunday, February 21
11:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Cost: $45 for members, $60 for non-members
Instructor: Barbara Provest, Weavers Guild of Boston
Materials: All materials and equipment will be provided, including the use of traditional Ashford spinning wheels. All you need to bring is your enthusiasm and your lunch.

 

From Drop Spindle to Spinning Wheel, learn to create your own yarn from fleece, drawing out fibers and applying various twisting techniques.

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Hand Spinning for Beginners

Drop SpindleSunday, February 28
11:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Cost: $45 for members, $60 for non-members
Instructor: Barbara Provest, Weavers Guild of Boston
Materials: All materials and equipment will be provided, including the use of traditional Ashford spinning wheels. All you need to bring is your enthusiasm and your lunch.

From Drop Spindle to Spinning Wheel, learn to create your own yarn from fleece, drawing out fibers and applying various twisting techniques.

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Weaving

4 & 8 Shaft Loom Weaving: March

Saturdays, March 5, 12, 19, and 26, 2016

1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

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For beginners and those with some weaving knowledge.

Brush up on your weaving skills at this fun class where you will enhance your knowledge of techniques to prepare your loom and create your own masterpiece. Upgrade your skills at quickly putting a new warp on your loom, master the warping board, and learn techniques such as new lace weaves, overshot, shadow, and double weaves. You can choose your project: a scarf, placemat, towel, pillow, wall hanging, or anything else you might imagine. As always, there will be some looms already threaded for your use.

Cost: $160 members, $180 non-members.
Instructor: Barbara Provest, Weavers’ Guild of Boston
Materials: There will be a nominal fee for materials if we have what you need on hand. Discuss your project with Barbara Provest at 508-877-0913 after 8 p.m.

We suggest reading Learning to Weave by Deborah Chandler at the same time you are taking this class to reinforce your lessons. You will get handouts to place in your weaving notebook along with your documentation.

If you cannot make the first two classes, please let Barbara know. You may make them up next month. The last two classes must be attended.

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