New crafty classes

We’ve got some new non-knitting crafty classes on the schedule thanks to the incomparable Diane Gilleland…

Hand Woven Greeting Cards

weavecard.jpgThese pretty all-occasion cards are an ingenious way to use up your scraps of leftover yarn. You’ll use easy sewing techniques to build a simple loom right on the card, and then weave in two different styles. No prior experience in sewing or weaving is needed.

Wednesday, February 18. 6:00 – 8:00 pm.
with Diane Gilleland
$20, plus materials fee of $3.00 payable to instructor at class.
Materials: Scraps of leftover yarn in a variety of weights and colors
Provided: Cards, tapestry needles, handout, loom templates, assorted thread, paper and glue for backing the weaving
Skills learned: Simple weaving and sewing.

Spool-Knit Flower Pin

spoolknit_flower.jpgSpool-knitting is a very old craft, using a simple knitting tool built from a wooden spool. Even if you’ve never knit on needles, you can learn to knit on a spool. In this class, we’ll learn how to cast on to the spool, knit a length of cord, and then turn it into a cheery flower brooch, embellished with buttons. You’ll borrow the instructor’s spools in class, and leave with instructions for making your own spools at home.
Saturday, February 28. 11:30 – 2:30 pm.
with Diane Gilleland
$30, plus materials fee of $2.00 payable to instructor at class.
Materials: Sport-weight yarn in colors of your choice (scraps okay), decorative Buttons (one per pin), crochet hook size TBD
Provided: Spools, scissors, handout, pin backs
Skills learned: Spool knitting.

Intermediate Wire Crochet: Flower Pendants

If you’re already comfortable making crocheted flowers in yarn, this class will teach you to transform them with wire for delicate jewelry. We’ll learn to crochet with fine-gauge wire in the round, adapt existing flower patterns for wire, join colors, and add beaded embellishments.
Saturday, March 28. 11:30am – 2:30pm.
with Diane Gilleland
$30, plus materials fee of $3.00 payable to the instructor at class.
Materials: 28 gauge wire in 2-3 colors, US size C steel hook, US size 5 steel hook, wire cutters (optional)
Includes: Jewelry findings, beads, handout.
Skills learned: Crocheting with jewelry wire.
Prerequisites: No wire-crochet experience is necessary, but you should be comfortable crocheting in the round with yarn, and have made at least a few yarn flowers.

Japanese Temari

These thread-wrapped, embroidered balls are an ancient Japanese craft now made as tokens of luck.
Sunday, March 29. 11:30am – 2:30pm.
with Diane Gilleland
$30, plus $5 materials fee payable to teacher at class
Materials: 3-4 skeins DMC Pearl Cotton embroidery floss in assorted colors, and one skein metallic gold or silver DMC Pearl Cotton.
Provided: Thread wrapped styrofoam balls.
Skills learned: Basic embroidery stitches.