Double-fisted Knitting: (3 - 4 hours)
Leap fearlessly into learning to knit with two colors at the same time. Both stranded and Fair Isle knitting styles are fast and easy when you carry one yarn in each hand. Regardless of which hand you use to carry yarn when you knit, you'll learn how to use both hands in this class. Choose a small project (hat band or small bag pattern provided) and learn the basics of handling multiple colors, creating steeks, managing yarn tension, reading color charts and . . . wait for it . . . CUTTING THE STEEKS! Previously knit samples will be provided for practicing cutting and finishing steeks.
Get the Color you Want -- Acid Dyes, OR Reactive Dyes: (1 day each)
Just what the title says! Dye fiber, yarn or fabric and.... Get the color you want! How many times have you made your best guess, mixed your dyes and ended up with MUD! Learn to mix colors with confidence. Bring color ideas and fiber, yarn or fabric. In the morning session, we'll go over the basics of mixing colors and sampling techniques to match your color ideas. In the afternoon, you'll put that knowledge to work and dye enough fiber, yarn or fabric for a project. Go home with a solid success under your belt . . . . so you can live to “dye another day.”
Classic Color -- Acid Dyes or Reactive Dyes: (3 days)
Sample! Color Theory! And, more Samples! Learn the ins and outs of acid or reactive dyes and what they can do on multiple fiber types. Using a basic immersion dyeing technique you'll create multiple sample sets of primary, secondary and tertiary colors. You'll also mix and match these sample colors using simple techniques to inspire you to use color in your finished projects.
NOTE: Both of these classes can be tailored for either a sewing/weaving audience or a knitting/crochet audience.
Flatter Yourself: (4 - 6 hours)
Do you wonder if a (sewing/weaving, knitting or crochet) pattern will fit and look fabulous? Learn to choose patterns and yarns that will flatter your inner knitting diva. We'll discuss the nuances of various necklines and sleeve shapes with photos and drawings and try on various sample garments to personalize the results. We'll also discover the mysteries hidden in pattern schematics and learn how, when they are used with your own measurements, you can ensure that your final project will both fit and flatter!
Satisfaction! (or, One Size has NEVER fit all!): (3 day workshop) Three-full days of figure analysis, measurements, pattern analysis and alterations. Whatever it takes! Go home with a pattern that will both fit and flatter! Since knitting patterns can never written for "every"body, we must make them fit. Be we large, small or somewhere in-between, there's always something that can or should be changed to make the perfect sweater or garment. Start with learning how to choose the right size (bust size is NOT always the right way to go). Add some simple fitting techniques and yes, a little bit of simple math -- and VOILA! A garment that fits!
Fast, Furious and Fluffy: (3 - 4 hours) Better known as the "Lo-o-o-ong Dra-a-aw." Tired of spinning the same old yarn? Break free and learn the “long draw.” Trying to spin a fat yarn with a worsted technique will often result in a dense, heavy, thick yarn. Good for some things, but not for others. In this class, you'll learn to spin fat yarn that's actually light and fluffy. And, if you're looking for a really fast yarn, this could be it for you!
Basic Plying Clinic: (3 - 4 hours) Got lots of bobbins full of singles? Afraid of the next step in making useful yarns? Get over your fears of plying. Bring anything you've got on a bobbin and we'll make a good yarn together.
Drop Spinning: (3 hours) Learn to spin your own yarn. Use a drop spindle to turn wool into yarn of your own design. If you attended our first class, you can practice your skills, try a new fiber, improve your singles, or learn to ply your single into a yarn that's ready to knit, crochet or weave. Drop spindles will be available for use during the class or bring your own spindle.
To schedule a class, please contact Jeane at 888-699-2919 or email us.
Classes may be arranged locally at our studio or on-site at guild or shop locations. Fees are based on $400/day plus travel expenses.
Promotional arrangements are sometimes available to Elemental Affects yarn retailers.