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 Stephanie Cunningham
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 (except Nov 1st) & Saturday November 2nd.
Time: 10am - Noon
Each Session $20
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 October 26th, 2013
Each class is $20. Feel free to sign up for one or both!
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 October 26th, 2013 Time: 10am - Noon
Advanced Needle Felting will make a shrunken head and will build on your skills from the beginner stage. All materials included...get creepy!
Shrunken Head Needle Felting Class Date: Saturday October 26th, 2013 Time: 1pm -5pm
Cost: $60Online Sign-Up
Knitting Hats in the Round
by Jill Zarestky
Christmas Stocking Class!
by Cheryl Dowdy
This class will combine colorwork and an after-thought heel technique for making socks. With Cheryl, you will learn how to begin a new color, how to hold your yarns, yarn management techniques and more! Basic Christmas Stockings by Churchmouse Yarns will be the pattern used in this class. You can choose to make zany stripes or a Fair Isle chart options. These stockings are so fun and addicitive, you are sure to start a creative tradition.
Prerequisite: Please know how to cast on, knit, purl, some experience with knitting in the round and DPNs.
Materials: Size 7 circular needle, Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Worsted weight yarn in desired colors for stocking, Churhcmouse pattern. All materials can be purchaced at WC Mercantile.
Dates: November 2nd & December 7th
Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm
Fee: $40 includes both classes
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: November 9th, 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
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 November 16th, 2013
Time: 10:00am - 3:00pm
One class $30
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 April 5th, 2014
Time: 10:30am - 3:30pm--feel free to bring your lunch.
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.
Time: 10am - 4pm
One Class $60 + $5 materials fee
“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.
Time: 1pm - 4pm
Supplies to bring: your spinning wheel.
One Class, $55
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.
Time: 10am - Noon
One Class $35
Tunisian Crochet Class
by Rhonda Lance
"Rub-a-dub, four stitches in the tub!"
In this fun filled class, you will learn how the afghan stitch is transformed from a background for light airy lace and practice four different Tunisian crochet stitches--simple stitch, knit stitch, purl stitch and full stitch. This sampler can then be made into a soap cozy for you or for gift giving.
Basic crochet skills are helpful, but not necessary.
Time: 1pm - 3pm
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.
Time: 1pm - 3pm
One Class, $30
Introduction to Lace Knitting
by: Jill Zarestky & Cary Haynes
This class is for a novice knitter or adventurous beginner. Please know how to cast on, knit, and purl.
One class $40
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.
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.
Mosaic Felted Scarf Class
Come spend a few hours with Diana North of FeistyFenn Fibers making a fabulous felted scarf. In this class participants will learn how to felt an art batt into a stunning fiber art piece. By the end of class each person will know the supplies and simple steps required to make a felted scarf or other unique pieces of felted art work. Ideas for finishing and embellishing the scarf when it is dry will also be discussed. Each class participant will receive a one-of-a-kind FeistyFenn Fibers art batt to craft their scarf from.
Class Fee: $30.00
Supplies Fee: $25.00
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 October 12th, 2013
Time: 10am - 1pm
One Class $30
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 October 19th, 2013
Time: 1pm - 4pm
One Class $30 + $18 material fee.
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.