Workshops

We will come to your home, workplace or other venue with materials and provide instruction for the workshop of your choice. Options include individual and small group instruction, as well as birthday parties, showers, corporate team building events, after school programs, or other events.

Once you contact us with the details of your event, we work with you to select an appropriate workshop and give you a quote for the cost of instruction and materials.

We provide differentiated instruction to work with first-time makers as well as those who are ready to go to the next level.

 
 

Knitting

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Beginning Knitting for Children - Cuff

This project is designed to be a child’s first experience with knitting. The basic garter stitch (knit all stitches) is used to create a bracelet/cuff in two colors. In 60-90 minutes, the new knitter has a finished product. All materials provided. Recommended for ages 7-10. 

 
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Beginning Knitting - Cowl

Bulky yarn and a size 11 circular needle are used to create a simple, but stylish cowl in one session. Long-tail cast on, knit and purl stitches, connecting circular work and bind off are the features taught, and the project is complete in 90-120 minutes. All materials provided. Recommended for ages 10-adult. 

 
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Beginning Knitting - Cotton Washcloth

Cotton yarn is used to create a useful item— who doesn’t need a colorful hand knit washcloth in their kitchen or bathroom, or to give as a gift? Long-tail cast on, knit and purl stitches in a variety of patterns, bind off are the features taught, and the project is completed in 90-120 minutes. All materials provided. Recommended for ages 10-adult. 

 

Beginning Knitting (fingerless gloves)

Bulky yarn and size 9 straight needles are used to create a pair of ribbed fingerless gloves. You knit the rectangle and sew up the seam, leaving a hole for your thumb. With focus, the pair can be completed in a two-hour workshop. All materials provided. Recommended for ages 10-adult. 

 

Intermediate Knitting, Cable Stitch (headband)

If you have the basics of casting on, binding off, and knitting on a circular needle, it’s time to learn the cable stitch. You’ll need to count stitches, so attention and memory are essential, but the technique is not as hard as it looks. In 90-120 minutes you’ll have a headband to keep your ears warm in the cold weather. And, you’ll be able to say, “why yes, I made it myself,” when asked. All materials provided. Recommended for knitters, children and adults, who have some basic skills— casting on, binding off, knitting in the round, knit and purl stitches. 

 

Intermediate Knitting Double Pointed Needles (amulet bag)

Ready to ramp up your knitting skills? How about an amulet bag made in the round with double pointed needles? Yes, you are knitting on small needles, and you think the stitches are going to fall off the end, but that won’t happen. In 90-120 minutes you’ll have a little bag for tiny treasures. All materials provided. Recommended for knitters, children and adults, who have some basic skills— casting on, binding off, knitting in the round.

 

Felt Crafts

 

Embroidered Felt Cuff for Children

This project is designed to be a child’s first hand stitching experience. A felt cuff is used as the canvas for learning basic embroidery stitches. Number and types of stitches depend on age and interest of participant. In 60-90 minutes each participant will have a charming cuff to wear home, and a whetted appetite for hand stitching. All materials provided. Recommended for ages 7-10. 

 

Felt Food/Cat Toy

Felt food is a thing! Ideal for play kitchens and cat toys. You can purchase those expensive sets online, or you can learn to make your own in one 90-120 minute session. Participants will use provided templates and/or design their own, assemble and embellish the shapes with basic embroidery stitches, stuff them with fiber fill (and perhaps a bit of catnip), and voila! All materials provided. Recommended for ages 10-adult. 

 

Felt Badge

Create a stylish, little accessory from felt, embroidery floss and a safety pin. A variety of templates of basic shapes (bird, flower, cupcake, star, etc.) are provided. Participants cut out the shapes and learn a few basic embroidery stitches to embellish their badge. In 60-90 minutes the stitcher has two or more badges to wear and give to friends. All materials provided. Recommended for ages 7-adult.

 

Felt Flowers

This project is ideal for children or adults, or a mixed group. Scraps of colorful felt, thread and embroidery floss are used to create beautiful rosebuds, fanciful petal and layered flowers and leaves to set them off. They can be sewn onto larger projects or fastened to a pin to wear as a brooch. Participants will make a bouquet to take home in 60-90 minutes. All materials provided. Recommended for ages 7-adult. 

 

Pin Cushion

Every stitcher needs a pin cushion, or a half a dozen. Fortunately, they are easy to make and can be as simple or elaborate as the stitcher desires. Felt, embroidery floss and fiber fill are the materials used. Participants may use provided templates or design their own. A variety of stitches will be taught. In 60-90 minutes participants will have at least one pin cushion to take home. All materials provided. Recommended for ages 10-adult.

 

Felt Stuffy

A stuffy can be anything from a basic blob to an old-fashioned doll with a wardrobe of clothing. This workshop is crafted to the participant group based on age and/or interest. Felt, a variety of stitches, buttons and other embellishments are used to create toys, comfort objects, pillows, or whatever other use you can think of for a stuffy. In 90-120 minutes you will have a finished project. (Multiple sessions can be arranged for more elaborate projects.) All materials provided. Recommended for ages 10-adult. 

 

Felt Purse aka Thing to Hold Your Things

This project can be easily adjusted for a variety of skill levels. The basic, flat bag can be embellished with stitching, buttons, lace, appliqué, etc., and it can be given a strap or loops. Recommended for ages 7-adult.

 

Felt Finger Puppet

This is a great project for children, and for teachers and parents who want to work with story telling. Features are stitched onto the front piece before the front and back are sewn together. In 60-90 minutes you’ve got a puppet show. All materials provided. Recommended for ages 7-adult. 

 

Felt Fairy Crown

If we all wore fairy crowns, the world would be a better place. This is a bigger undertaking than the other felt projects, but it can be adjusted to a variety of ages and skill levels. Crowns and embellishments can be pre-cut, but stitching is required. In 90-120 minutes you have a beautiful fairy crown that you’ll want to wear pretty much all the time. All materials provided. Recommended for ages 7-adult. 

 

Other

 

Embroidered Tea Towel

Everyone needs a hand-embroidered tea towel. Everyone needs to make hand-embroidered tea towels! A simple design and a few basic embroidery stitches will introduce you to this very satisfying craft. In 90-120 minutes you will have a completed project, something to take home to dry your cereal bowl with, or to give as a gift. All materials provided. Recommended for ages 10-adult.

 

Hacked Sweater

Putting a wool sweater through the washer and dryer used to be a mistake. Now it’s called “fulling” and it’s a way to create felt for re-cycling a sweater into other garments. In this 2-hour workshop participants will hack a felted sweater into fingerless gloves and one other item— hat, scarf, bag. Bits and pieces will be used to make flowers or other embellishments. Bring a felted sweater (one can be provided by special arrangement). All other materials provided. Recommended for ages 10-adult. 

 

Applique T-shirt

Take two t-shirts. Cut the neck and armbands off one, cut shapes out of the second, stitch the shapes onto the first one, and you’ve got yourself a fun and fashionable new garment! Keep clothing waste out of landfill by purchasing your materials at a thrift store. You bring the shirts, embroidery floss and other materials will be provided. Recommended for ages 10-adult. 

 

Stitched Binding Notebook

Make your own journals and sketchbooks. In this workshop you will learn the basics of a stitched binding notebook, and some fancy Japanese stab stitch binding. In 90-120 minutes you will make two small notebooks, and you will leave with the template for the pattern so you can continue to explore stitched bindings at home. All materials provided. Recommended for ages 10-adult.