Spring and Summer 2011
Classes and Workshops

SPINNING         WEAVING         KNITTING / CROCHET         DYEING         

Beginner's Drop Spindle Spinning
Saturday, May 21          1:00 - 3:30 p.m.         
$35 includes materials fee
Instructor: Suzanne Kelly

Learn to spin on a drop spindle. For a minimum of expense and time, one can learn to spin using this method. This is a nice workshop for teenagers as well as adults. Drop spindles (approx. $18) and wool roving will be available for purchase.

Beginning Spinning on the Wheel
Saturday, April 9          10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.         

Saturday, June 25          10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 13          10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.         
$85 includes materials fee
Instructor: Ann Corbey

Take the time to learn to spin on the wheel. Students will learn to prepare and card fleece, and will have the opportunity to try several types of wheels. Wheels, hand cards, and fleece will be provided for use during class.


Two-Harness Weaving on a Rigid Heddle/Knitters/Flip Loom
Tuesday evenings (7:00 - 9:00 p.m.) May 3, 10, 17

Tuesday evenings (7:00 - 9:00 p.m.) July 19, 26, August 2
$60 (includes rental of a knitters loom)
Instructor: Reba Maisel

Have a yarn stash with many odds and ends? Use this simple loom to make lovely scarves, placemats, table runners, pillows, etc. Bring some of your favorite yarns to the first class. Additional yarns may be available for purchase.

Beginning Weaving
Wednesday mornings (10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.) April 27 - June 8
Wednesday evenings (7:00 - 9:30 p.m.) April 27 - June 8
Saturdays (9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.) April 23, May 14, June 4, June 18 (1/2 day)

Wednesday mornings (10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.) July 13 - August 24
Wednesday evenings (7:00 - 9:30 p.m.) July 13 - August 24
$175 for 7 weeks
Instructor: Reba Maisel

Learn to use a four harness loom. Looms are portable and will be taken home by the student for the seven weeks. Three projects of varying degrees of difficulty will be completed during the class. Students will be encouraged to weave a final project on one of the floor looms at the shop. Loom rental is included in the tuition, but materials are additional.

Introduction to Tapestry Weaving
Tuesday, June 14 (7:00 - 9:00 p.m.)
Tuesday, July 19 (7:00 - 9:00 p.m.)
$35 includes materials and the use of a loom
Instructor: Reba Maisel

This is an introduction to the process of tapestry weaving. There are several weaving techniques employed in this art. We will practice several stitches and discuss the basics. This will be a simplified demonstration which hopefully encourages you to explore this medium.

Weavers' Study Group
Tuesday mornings (10 a.m. - noon) April 12 - June 28    
$60 for 12 weeks

New members welcome anytime! 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. The class fee will be used by each student for materials of her/his choice. All levels of expertise are invited.


Knitting Club
Thursday evenings (7:00 - 9:00 p.m.) April 14 - June 23
Friday mornings (10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.) April 15 - June 24 $55 for 11 weeks

Thursday evenings (7:00 - 9:00 p.m.) July 14 - August 25
Friday mornings (10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.) July 15 - August 26
$35 for 7 weeks
Instructor: Reba Maisel

This is not a class, but an opportunity to get help on specific projects. This is a support group for intermediate and advanced knitters. Some knitting experience is required for this group. Members receive a $5 merchandise credit for each week in attendance.

Knit a Ruffled Scarf
Monday, April 25          7:00 - 9:00 p.m.         
$15 plus materials (materials begin at $12.60)
Instructor: Reba Maisel

Ruffled scarves seem to be the hit of the season. Get started knitting one of many choices. It only takes one or two evenings to knit and is quite an accent for any clothing.

Advanced Beginning Knitting for Adults and Teens
Saturday, April 30          1:00 - 3:30 p.m.         
$25 (plus materials)
Instructor: Carrie Brown

Learn intermediate techniques while knitting a summer bag. We will have several patterns available for use. Learn decreasing, increasing, and finishing while having fun making a useful item. This is an excellent class for new knitters.

Beginning Knitting for Teens and Adults
Monday evenings, May 2 and 16          7:00 - 9:00 p.m.         
Instructor: Reba Maisel

Knit a sampler scarf while learning the fundamentals of this craft: casting on, increasing, decreasing, and reading simple patterns. Practice yarn and needles will be supplied.

Finishing Skills for the Professional-Looking Garment
Saturday, May 14          1:00 - 4:00 p.m.         
Instructor: Reba Maisel

Finishing skills are extremely important in order to have a professional-looking garment. This is a workshop designed to help the knitter fine-tune their finishing skills. Some of the techniques discussed will be knitting shoulders together, picking up stitches around the neck, sewing seams, making buttonholes, and other techniques ensuring a well-knit project.

Continental Knitting
Tuesday, June 7 (7:00 - 9:00 p.m.)
Tuesday, July 12 (7:00 - 9:00 p.m.)
Instructor: Reba Maisel

The Continental (or European) method of knitting carries the yarn in the left hand. This workshop is specifically for people who already knit with the American method and would like to learn another technique. This is useful when doing Fair Isle knitting as you can knit with one color in each hand. The Continental method also employs less arm and hand movement.

Beginning Crochet
Saturday, June 18 (1:00 - 4:00 p.m.)
Instructor: Suzanne Kelly

Learn the basics of crochet. Crochet has now joined the fiber arts trend with many new contemporary patterns. Suzanne will teach us the simplest forms of crochet that can be used for garments or for trim on knitted items.


Handpainting a Knitted Skein or Warp
Thursday June 30     10:00 am - 3:00 pm OR
Saturday, July 16     10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Instructor: Reba Maisel
$45 includes use of dyes
Bring one or two prepared warps or several skeins to class. We will mix the chemical dyes and prepare the yarn for accepting the color. We will then spread your yarns out and hand paint them with the dyes. The yarns must set for 24 hours before washing out, so this process with be completed at home. Instructions and an equipment list will be sent prior to class.

  • Pre-registration required for all classes. Registration reservations will only be held with payment. We accept Master Card, Visa, and American Express, as well as checks. Phone registration accepted with credit card. Refunds are given five days prior to the start of 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.
  • Teenagers are welcome in all adult classes.

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