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At WC Mercantile, we have a passion for all fiber-related things! Whether you are a spinner or knitter, advanced or novice, we have a class just for you. We like keeping groups "tight-knit" with a maximum of seven students per class located in a private classroom area.

If you belong to a group and would like a class set up just for your "gang", we can accommodate you as well.  Just contact us and we'll be happy to set up a something special.

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Knitting Skills Class: One Stitch at a Time!

By Stephanie Cunningham

Never knit before? Or know a few of the basics and want to progress to the next step. In this Knitting Skills Class, we will get you knitting and beyond! You will learn how to cast on, the knit stitch and cast off. Yarn and needles are provided for class; feel free to buy some to take home to practice. Come back as often as you would like to increase your skill set.

Date: EVERY Friday Morning
Time: 10am - Noon

Each Session $20

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Blocking Party!

by Stephanie Cunningham

Turning those UFOs into FOs together!

Join in the fun at WC Mercantile for a "blocking" party! Together we will sew in tails, soak our garments, spin-dry as much water out as possible and pin them into place.

Please bring (or buy here at the shop) T-Pins or Lace Wires and a blocking mat. 

Date: Saturday August 22nd, 2015
Time: 1pm - 4pm 
Cost: Your first two items will be blocked for free, $5 for each additional garments.

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Intro to the Wheel: Get Your Wheel Spinning!

by Debbie Gau

This class is perfect for new wheel owners wishing hands-on guidance to start spinning on a wheel. The class covers the parts of the wheel, care and transport, history of the spinning wheel and you will learn about tension, plying and finishing your yarn. In the afternoon you will take the next step and learn to ply singles into yarn. This class will teach the importance of the Z and S twist, and other fun plying techniques. This is a full-day, hands-on class.

Please bring your wheel (in working order) and at least three bobbins, a spool or ball of crochet or sewing thread, a bowl or container, Lazy Kate and a Niddy Noddy. Call ahead of time if you have any questions and to reserve your spot as space is limited. You can also reserve a shop wheel.

Date: September 5th, 2015

Time: 10am - 4pm

One Class $60 + $5 materials fee

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Floating Pallettes: Blending Board Fiber Preparation Techniques

by Diana North, FeistyFenn Fibers

Hone your fiber palette and explore a variety of fiber preparation techniques. In this class, participants will experiment with five different fiber techniques on a blending board. Samples from each of the five techniques will then be spun up to compare how they affect the finished yarn. A hackle station and a felting station will also be available for participants to rotate through during the day in between working on the blending board. Participants will receive five ounces of fiber and are encouraged to bring an extra four ounces of their own fiber (top, locks, sparkle, silk etc.) to play with on the hackle. These fibers are fun to spin and make a wonderful funky felt!

Prerequisites: Basic spinning skills, if you want to spin your samples.

Please bring the following: Four ounces of fiber to play with (top, locks, sparkle, silk etc.), a blending board if you have one, a spinning wheel if you want to spin.

Date: Saturday September 12th, 2015

Time: 10:30am-4:30pm

One class, $75

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Fractal Explosions - From Prep to Ply

by Esther Rodgers

Saturday September 26th 10-5

Advanced Beginner - This is a great class for all sorts of spinners- Spindle and Wheels Spinners, ultra textured art yarn spinners, to the most traditional laceweight spinners!!

In this full day class, students will explore the structure of the fractal ply. First by creating their own colorways on blending boards, hackles and drum carders, and then spinning a variation of samples, starting with the traditional 2 ply fractal, and then moving to crepe and cable fractal plying.

Students should be able to spin a single of different weights, and ply comfortably. Included materials are: 4oz coordinating top(roving), use of plying yarn. Students should bring at least 4 oz of top (roving) in 4 different colors (at least 1oz per color). Also please bring your Spinning wheel or spindles, bobbins, bobbin of fresh overspun singles (as even as possible), niddy noddy, lazy kate, any plying yarns they would like to play with. If you own any of these tools, please bring them with you to the class; drum carders, blending boards and hackles.

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Expressive Weaving - Beyond the Edges

by Esther Rodgers

Sunday September 27th 10-5

Take your weaving to the next creative and textural level! In this class we will use Rigid Heddle (RH) looms to weave with expressive freedom.  We will warp and learn some creative warping tricks.  Students will learn techniques from across the weaving spectrum, along with new tricks to create texture and colorplay within woven cloth.


Students will learn weft techniques, as well as playing with manipulating warp threads during weaving, and adding supplemental warp threads.   Students are encouraged to bring add in’s (any trims, bits, bobs or collected memories they’d like to include) textured yarns, and creative handspun yarns to use in their weaving.

Students should bring their RH loom and black yarn to warp with.

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Nuno Felting

by Gika Rector

Join artist Gika Rector for this introduction to the magical process of making nuno felt. It is an amazingly light fabric made by felting a bit of wool into a loosely woven natural fiber fabric. Perfect for our southern climate, nuno felt has exciting possibilities for creating custom fabrics. The underlying woven fabric adds strength and drape-ability while the wool/felt adds texture, color, and endless design possibilities.

Materials: This felting technique uses water, so please bring a towel.

Level: Beginner—no knitting involved!

Date: October 17th, 2015

Time: 10am - 1pm

One Class $45

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Wool Felt Holiday Fun!

by Gika Rector

Felt Great for the Holidays is an unconventional workshop that starts with a deceptively simple creative act: you’ll craft one or more felt ornaments or small vessels by wrapping wool around a 3″ plastic ball. Color, texture, soap, and water create an environment of festivity and fun within which we’ll explore anxiety and anticipation, creativity and celebration, fellowship and transformation, improvisation and surprise.

No experience is necessary for this workshop. Just bring a towel, a plastic bag, and your curiosity.

Level: Beginner—no knitting involved!

Date: October 17th, 2015

Time: 2pm - 5pm

One Class $45

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Sock Knitting 101: Make Socks that ROCK!

by Cheryl Dowdy

This class is a great way to dive into sock knitting. Participants will knit a mini sock, cuff down, learning the components necessary for the construction of a full sized sock. Please bring your own set of double point needles and a small crochet hooks or purchase before class. Yarn will be provided. The finished mini sock can be used as a knitting gauge swatch or a reference for future sock knitting or as decoration.

Prerequisite: Please know how to cast on, knit, purl, knit in the round on double point needles.

Materials: Size 6 or 7 double points and worsted weight yarn

Dates: October 31st, 2015
Time: 10am - 3pm

One class $30

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 dsc05361.jpg“Fibergilding”: Art Yarns Part II by Diana North

Expand your art yarn repertoire by spending an afternoon with Diana North of FeistyFenn Fibers, learning advanced art yarn techniques. This class will build on the “Art Yarns A-Z” class by teaching participants how to spin a thick and thin single, thread ply, spiral ply, knop, and make coils, stacks, twists, knots, and cocoons. Each person will receive a one-of-a-kind FeistyFenn Fibers art batt and colored thread for the plying techniques.

Pre-requisites: Must have taken “Art Yarns A-Z” class or be very comfortable with core-spinning.

Class cost: $30.00
Supplies Fee: $25.00

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Beginning Brioche Knitting

by Jill Zarestky

Brioche knitting is a technique that creates a wonderfully squishy reversible ribbed fabric. In this class, students will learn the basic brioche rib in one or two colors, including the corresponding terminology, chart symbols, and cast-on methods, and leave prepared to begin their first brioche project.

Materials: Double-pointed or circular needles, size 7 or 8. Removable stitch markers. Worsted weight practice yarn will be provided.

Prerequisite: Novice knitting skills, including knit, purl, ribbing, yarn-over, and casting on.

Cost: $30, one class

Date: November 14th, 2015

Time: 10am - Noon

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Introduction to Lace Knitting

by: Jill Zarestky

Are you coveting lace shawls and scarves but feeling intimidated by their complexity? This class will give you the confidence to branch out into lace knitting. We will cover the basic stitches and skills you need to knit a lace pattern from line-by-line instructions and charts and how to “read” your knitting to prevent errors. Yarn is provided with the cost of the class and you will get an exclusive pattern!

This class is for a novice knitter or adventurous beginner. Please know how to cast on, knit, and purl. 

Materials: Size 5 or 6 needles (straight or circular).

Date: Saturday November 14th, 2015
Time: 1-4pm

One class $40

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by Laurie Schlitter

Spinning cotton with a small supported spindle is a relaxing and portable activity. Once you get the feel of the drafting, it is easy to make a very fine yarn. We will be spinning cotton from a variety of preparations and will do some prep work ourselves. Class fee includes a brass Tahlki spindle, a small bowl and a wide variety of cotton fibers.

If you own a set of cotton cards, please bring them as you will get more practice on your own pair. This is not required if you don't own them.

One Class $30 + Materials Fee of $22

Date: Saturday November 21st, 2015

Time: 10am - 1pm

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by Diana North

Laissez les bons temps rouler! Come join Diana North of FeistyFenn Fibers for a Mardi Gras class/party that is bound to please. Class participants will make a Mardi Gras necklace from one-of-a-kind FeistyFenn Fibers art yarns, as well as play a dice game to make a ball of "Magic Ball" yarn from fun novelty yarns. The "Magic Ball" yarn will then be crafted into a unique cowl. There will be Mardi Gras decorations, food, and music and "throw outs" throughout the afternoon. Class participants are encouraged to wear masks and dress in Mardi Gras colors. This class is open to both knitters and crocheters.

Date: February 6th, 2016
Class Time: 1PM-4PM
Cost: $60.00
Prerequisites: Know how to do basic knitting or crochet

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Felting around a Ball to make a Bowl

by Gika Rector

Learn a fun and contemporary approach to an ancient fiber medium. Wrap a beach ball with luscious and colorful merino wool and cover it with pantyhose. Add soap and water, and bounce: the wool becomes a felted sphere. The sphere can then become a bowl, a bag or a vessel, perhaps even a hat.

With vibrant and interesting textures to play with, felting is a rich creative experience for the senses. Please bring an old towel, a plastic bag, and your curiosity. All other materials are included in the registration fee. No experience necessary.

Level: Beginner—no knitting involved!

Date: TBD

Time: 10am - 1pm

One Class $45

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Fair-Isle and Steeking!

by Cheryl Dowdy

Get your yarns ready! Cheryl is going to teach you all the best tips and tricks when it comes to one of her all time favorite knitting techniques, Fair-Isle. You will knit this Coffee Cup Cozy in the round, and then you will steek it, as in take scissors to your lovely knitted piece. With patience and practice you will be steeking up a storm! Learn the art of Stranded Color-work. This class will have your projects POPPING with color. With Cheryl you will learn how to begin a new color, how to hold your yarns, yarn management techniques and more!

Please be comfortable with: cast-on, knit in the round on DPN or small circular needle, and cast-off.

Bring worsted weight yarn in 5 colors about 75-100 yards total. You’ll also need size 5 DPNs or 12” circular needle.

Date: TBD

Time: 1pm-3pm

Two classes, $30

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Get your Cricket Clickin'

by: Stephanie Cunningham 

This is the beginning to weaving on a Cricket Loom. In this class you will get your cricket put together, warped and start to weave. Lots to tricks and tips along the way!

Date: Saturday June 27th, 2015

Time: 1pm - 4pm

One Class $30

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by Gika Rector & Lisa Rose

Join Lisa Rose and Gika Rector for a one day workshop making a hand-bound journal with a hand-made felt cover. We're so excited about this workshop and think you will be also!

We'll start by making the felt cover using traditional wet felting. Then we'll select pre-cut papers for the journal and stitch it all together with waxed linen thread using a beautiful Japanese bookbinding technique.

No experience necessary, although a love of fiber is helpful.

Level: Beginner—no knitting involved!

Date: TBD

Time: 10am - 5pm

One Class $85, includes all supplies.

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Knitting Hats in the Round

by Jill Zarestky

In this introductory class, you’ll learn all the skills you need to make seamless hats, ideal for winter knits and holiday gift-giving. The class will cover a stretchy cast-on, perfect for brim-up hats, joining to work in the round, knitting in the round on circular and double-point needles, and decreasing for the crown (top).

This class is for a novice knitter or adventurous beginner. Please know how to cast on, knit, and purl. 

Materials: Size 6 or 7 needles (double-point AND 16-in circular), stitch markers, and your choice of worsted weight yarn, approximately 100g.

Date: TBD

Time: 11:30am-12:30pm

Two classes, $25

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Kitchen Cabinet Dyeing

by Debbie Gau

Want to try dyeing, but worried about the chemicals in acid dyes and natural dyeing? Join us for a fun and safe method of dyeing; where you will be using food safe dyes!

You will learn three different dyeing techniques while using Kool-Aid, Wilton paste dye and good ‘ol McCormick’s food coloring.

For this class, we will supply the yarn, dyes and utensils needed. You will be inspired to go home and add some color to your yarns, rovings or any other animal-made material; we are looking at you rug hookers!

Date: TBD

Time: 1pm-3pm

One class, $40

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Crochet Away! Get HOOKED!

by Debbie Gau

Crochet 101:  With the introductory class, you will learn chain stitch, single crochet, half-double crochet, increasing, decreasing and how to read crochet instructions.  Yarn is provided for the class.  Please bring a G or H hook with you or buy one before the class.

Time: 10am – 12pm

Date: TBD
One class, $20.

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