2018 Summer Classes


SPINNING          WEAVING         KNITTING         FELTING      


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


Since summer is typically quiet, we’re going to try something new with a few of our classes. Those listed with *** in their name will be run if there is enough interest. Please call the shop and register and we’ll decide on a date and time together when the minimum of 3 students is reached.





KNITTING


Knitting Club
Monday mornings (10 a.m. – noon ) April 30 – August 27
$80 for 16 weeks
OR Tuesday afternoons (1 – 3 p.m.) May 1 – August 28
$80 for 16 weeks
OR Thursday evenings (7 – 9 p.m.) May 3 – August 30
$80 for 16 weeks
OR Friday mornings (10 a.m. – noon) May 4 – August 31
$90 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.


Knitting Basics
Minimum 3 participants
Sunday (1:00 – 3:30 p.m.) June 10 OR July 22
$40 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!!


Socks
Minimum 3 participants
Sunday (1:00 – 3:00 p.m.) June 17 AND July 15
$55 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 and aren't afraid of casting on. You may choose to knit this pattern using either the magic loop method or double-pointed needles. We'll spend the first session casting on and knitting the cuff, and then in our second class, we'll pick up the heel. In between sessions, your homework will be to finish the body of the sock. 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!


Lace Cowl
Minimum 3 participants
Sunday (1:00 – 3:30 p.m.) June 24
$40 plus materials
Instructor: Rebecca Brown

Have you knit and purled your way through the winter and are feeling ready to make something lighter for spring? Then learn to knit lace with the Ptarmigan Cowl pattern by Jared Flood! This elegant cowl can be knit in cotton or linen for a beautiful spring accessory or in a woolier yarn for fall. This class is great for an intermediate knitter–you've made hats, scarves, maybe even a sweater, and are eager to expand your knitting knowledge with lace. We'll learn how to read a lace chart and what the heck YO means. Please bring: A copy of the pattern (https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/ptarmigan); appropriate yarn, needles, and notions; and your sense of adventure!


Knitting II
Minimum 3 participants
Sunday (1:00 – 3:30 p.m.) August 12
$40 plus materials
Instructor: Rebecca Brown

Did you take Knitting Basics but don’t feel ready to tackle your first project? Refresh your casting on skills and perfect the knit stitch while also creating a stylish unisex Boneyard Shawl by Stephen West. Learn how to increase and follow a pattern bigger than a square - because this is actually a triangle! Learn how to add new yarn to a project when you run out. We’ll help you get back on track when you make a mistake. Please bring: A copy of the pattern (https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/boneyard-shawl); appropriate yarn, needles, and notions; and your sense of adventure!


Colorwork Hat
Minimum 3 participants
Sunday (1:00 – 3:30 p.m.) August 19
$40 plus materials
Instructor: Rebecca Brown

Expand the color palette of your knitwear and learn colorwork knitting! The Ballard 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/ballard-4); appropriate yarn, needles, and notions; and your sense of adventure!





WEAVING


Weavers' Study Group II
Tuesday mornings (10 a.m. - noon) April 3 – June 26
$65 for 13 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
DATE AND PRICE TBD—CALL IF INTERESTED
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.) July 21
$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
DATE AND PRICE TBD—CALL IF INTERESTED
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
DATE AND PRICE TBD—CALL IF INTERESTED
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.) July 15
$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



Flat Felted Floral Bouquet
Minimum 4 participants
Saturday (12:00 – 3:00 p.m.) July 14
$47 includes materials
Instructor: Trish Miller

Create a wall or door decoration using a flat felting technique. Design is approximately 8×10. Participants will design their bouquet and leave with a finished product. No experience necessary. Age:16+. All materials provided.





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.






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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