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.
Knitting Skills Class: One Stitch at a Time! By Katie Eaton
Never knit before? Or know a few of the basics and what 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, 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
Fair Isle Knitting! by Cheryl Dowdy
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!
Date: April 27th 10am - 1pm
One Class: $30
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: Saturyda May 4th, 2013
Time: 10am - 1pm
One Class, $30
Crochet the Day Away! Get HOOKED! by Debbie Gau
With this introductory class, you will learn chain stitch, slip stitch, single and double crochet. Yarn is provided for the class. Please bring a G or H hook with you or buy one before class.
Time: 10:30am - 12:30pm
Advanced Crochet...go beyond the basics. Acquire more skills like crocheting in the round, increasing, decreasing, half-double and triple stitches, edging and even flowers. Bring your G or H hook and a light colored worsted weight yarn.
Time: 1:30 - 3:30
Date: Saturday May 11th, 2013
Each class is $20. Feel free to sign up for one or both!
Spin Cotton with a Tahkli! 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.
Date: May 18th, 2013 Time: 1pm to 3pm
One Class $30 + Materials Fee of $22
Laurie Schlitter has been spinning and weaving for nearly thirty years and never has seen a fiber she doesn't like. She has raised her own sheep, rabbits, flax, and cotton. She is retired from university teaching (botany and training elementary teachers to teach biology). She is a member of the Brazos Weavers and Spinners guild.
Needle Felting as easy as 1, 2, 3! by Leticia Rocha
Learn all the basics in the Beginner Needle Felting class--making a sphere, making a square, attaching pieces to each other, adding and subtracting wool, covering a core, and repairing mistakes. No experience is needed and all materials are provided with the cost of the class.
Beginner Date: Saturday June 1st, 2013 Time: 9am - Noon
Advanced Needle Felting will build on your skills from the beginner stage. In this class you will begin by designing a creature to make. You will then transform you design into reality by shaping your core, using wire armatures and covering it with dyed wool to bring it to life!
Advanced Needle Felting Class Date: Saturday June 1st, 2013 Time: 1pm -5pm
Beginning Spinning: Taking life for a Spin! By Katie Eaton
This class is FUN! It covers everything about drop spindles, the different fibers, how to control tension and twist on a spindle and more! A Drop Spindle and fiber is included with the class.
Date: Saturday June 1st, 2013
Time: 1pm - 4pm
One Class $30 + $18 material fee.
Intro to the Wheel: Get Your Wheel Spinning!
by Rowena Philbeck & 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, Navajo plying 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.
Prerequisite: Beginning Spinning or the ability to draft on a drop spindle.
Date: Saturday June 8th, 2013
Time: 10am - 4pm
One Class $60 + $5 materials fee
Fiber Art Jewelry Class by Diana North
Come join Diana North of FeistyFenn Fibers for an afternoon of learning how to make fiber art jewelry from art yarns. In this class you will receive a one-of-a-kind FeistyFenn Fibers art yarn, measuring approximately 28 yards and a few yards of wirespun art yarn to fashion a unique fiber neckpiece and a bangle bracelet from. You will leave with two exclusive fiber art pieces to show off to your friends.
Please, bring size 17 needles to class. All other items will be included in the supplies fee.
Prerequisites: Must know how to knit and purl.
Class Cost: $30.00
Supplies Fee: $25.00
Date: Saturday June 15, 2013
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: Saturday June 22nd, 2013
Time: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
One class $30
Art Yarn A-Z! Creative SPINNING: From Dye-pot to Bobbin! by Diana North
Come join us for a “fiberlicious” day of playing with different fiber colors and textures. The day will begin with kettle dyeing fibers, followed by funky carding techniques to make a one of a kind art batt. We will end the day by learning how to core-spin on the wheel. Core-spinning is a versatile spinning technique for art yarns that allows you to add unique pieces to your yarns, such as beads, novelty yarns, and sequins. It is a fun way to spice up your handspun yarns. At the duration of class you will have both the kettle dyed fibers and the art batt to play with at home.
Date: July 27th 2013
Time: 10:30am - 4:30pm (feel free to bring a lunch)
Supplies to bring: Size 10 crochet thread, a bowl and a spinning wheel.
Prerequisites: Must be able to comfortably spin and ply a continuous yarn on your wheel.
One Class, $75
Beginning Fiber Prep by Katie Eaton
This class will start with an overview of wool breeds and their fibers, covering staple length, crimp, soundness, color, and cleanliness. Preparation of the fleece will cover skirting and sorting, washing (without felting) and drying, picking, use of hand cards, combs, flick carders and the drum carder. Students will have a hands-on opportunity to work with different wool types and the various fiber tools used in processing natural fibers. Students will take home with them samples of different fibers and processes. We have some of each of these tools, but if you have a set of hand-cards or hand-combs, you are encouraged to bring them.
One Class: Saturday August 3rd, 2013
Time: 10:30am - 3:30pm--feel free to bring your lunch.
Crochet Every Knitter needs to Know! by Rhonda Lance
No longer fear a pattern that calls for a crochet bind-off or provisional cast-on! Join Rhonda as she empowers knitters to pick up a hook! You'll learn how to add a crochet border to a knitted project, crochet provisional cast-on, simple crochet embellishments and much more in this three hour class, hook is included as a gift.
Supplies you will need for this class: Worsted weight yarn and a knitted swatch.
One Class $35
One Bead, Two Bead, Red Bead, Blue Bead! by Rhonda Lance
Does your knitting need a little bling, or some sparkle? Come join us and learn how to accessorize your knitting with beads. Please bring size seven knitting needles to class; all other supplies will be provided.
Prerequisites: Basic knitting skills. If you can cast on, knit, and purl, you can knit with beads.
One Class, $30
Fiber Photography Class! by Wayne Smith
Once you are finished creating your masterpiece, wouldn't it be nice to have great images of it for your portfolio or RAVELRY! This class in photographing is designed to familiarize you with all the buttons on your camera that you have never used before! We will venture in the fun, and scary, world of digital photography. This class will help you take accurate color images as well as the lush, vibrantly colored images that appear in all the magazines and catalogues. It will be a fun class.
*Be sure to bring your camera, including your camera's manual, and a finished garment or yarn to take pictures of!
One Class $35
REGISTRATION: Sign-ups begin immediately on a first-come-first-served basis. You can register online by clicking the "Online Sign-up" link or at the shop or by phone with a credit card. Your place is reserved with full payment. Online link will be removed when a class is full. You may receive a supply list and homework when you register.
CLASS MINIMUMS: Minimum class size is 3 students. ‘Go’ date is 7 days before first session. If your class is cancelled, we will call you and issue a refund. We encourage you to sign up as soon as possible to reserve your spot and ensure minimum enrollment. Sign up with a friend!
CANCELLATIONS: You may cancel up to 7 days before your first class for a full refund. If you cancel later, we cannot issue a refund unless we are able to fill your spot from a waiting list, so consider putting your last cancel date on your calendar. If you’re unable to cancel in time for a refund, you can always send a friend in your place. If we must cancel a class, we will issue a refund. We may, on occasion, need to call in a substitute teacher.
WAITING LISTS: If you were wait-listed for a past class that is repeating this session, please call again to sign up. Waiting lists will not be retained from session to session.