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Classes

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, Saturday June 27th
Time: 10am - Noon

Each Session $20

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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: Saturday June 20th AND June 27th, 2015

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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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: July 11th, 2015
Time: 10am - 3pm

One class $30

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fullsizerender.jpgHand-made Felt-covered Journal

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: Saturday July 25th, 2015

Time: 10am - 5pm

One Class $85, includes all supplies.

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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: July 25th, 2015

Time: 10am - 4pm

One Class $60 + $5 materials fee

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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: Saturday August 1st AND August 8th, 2015

Time: 11:30am-12:30pm

Two classes, $25

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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 August 1st, 2015
Time: 1-4pm

One class $40

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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: August 8th

Time: 1pm - 3pm

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Art Yarn A-Z! Creative SPINNING: From Dye-pot to Bobbin!

by Diana North, FeistyFenn Fibers

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: August 15th, 2015
Time: 10:30am - 4:30pm

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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: TBD

Time: 2pm - 5pm

One Class $45

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