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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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ball.jpgKnitting 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 or Saturday December 20th
Time: 10am - Noon

Each Session $20

Online Sign-Up

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blocking.jpgBlocking Party!

by Stephanie Cunningham

Turning those UFOs into FOs together!

Join in the fun at WC Mercantile on June 28th 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: Sunday December 21st, 2014
Time: 1pm - 4pm 
Cost: Your first two items will be blocked for free, $5 for each additional garments.

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drop-spindle.jpgBeginning 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.

One Class $30 + $18 material fee.

Date: Saturday January 3rd, 2015

Time: 1-4pm

One Class $48

Sign-Up Now!

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lb-new-wheel-nb.jpgIntro 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: January 10th, 2015

Time: 10am - 4pm

One Class $60 + $5 materials fee

Online Sign-Up

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cricket-loom.jpgGet 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 January 17th, 2015

Time: 10am - 1pm

One Class $30

Online Sign-Up
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sam-0542.jpgMosaic Felted Scarf Class - Learn to Wet Felt!

By: Diana North

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

Date: Saturday January 17th, 2015
Time: 1:00-4:00PM

Prerequisites: None

Online Sign-Up

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north.jpgArt 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: March 28th, 2015

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

Online Sign-Up
 

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istock-000012587574xsmall-1-.jpgSock 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: November 16th, 2014

Time: Noon - 5pm

One class $30

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crochet.jpgCrochet the Day 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: 10:30 - 12:30

Crochet 102:  Some more basics to crochet in the round, slip stitch, double and triple crochet and a simple shell pattern.  Bring some cotton yarn to make a mug rug.

Time: 1:30 - 3:30

Date: Saturday August 30, 2014

Each class is $20. Feel free to sign up for one or both!

Online Sign-Up

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Laminaria Class: Learn Estonian Lace!

by: Jill Zarestky

This class is a great follow up to the Intro to Lace class. With Laminaria, Jill will introduce you to the world of Estonia Lace. She will walk you through all the stitches involved in this shawl and then show you how to cast on a garter tab and get started knitting Laminaria.

Please come to class with the pattern printed out from Knitty. Also have yarn and needles according to pattern and size you wish to knit. 

This class is for the adventurous knitter! Please be comfortable with the "Intro to Lace" class content or have some experience with knitted lace.

Date: Saturday September 6th, 2014

Time: 1-3pm

One Class $30

Online Sign-up

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jill-hat.jpgKnitting 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 September 6th AND September 13, 2014

Time: 11:30am-12:30pm

Two classes, $25

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buildingincolor01.jpgColorwork Journey Workshop

by Cheryl Dowdy

We are excited to announce our colorwork journey workshop. Cheryl will teach you how simple and stunning colorwork can be! These techniques are drawn from Michelle Hunter's Building in Color book. This workshop will take place over three Saturday classes (second Saturday in June, July and August). In each class you will learn and practice two to three different techniques. You can then use what you learned to make a panel featuring your favorite patterns. Panels can then be put together into a throw or baby blanket.

Prerequisite: Please be comfortable with casting-on, knit stitch, purl stitch and binding-off.

Supplies needed: Size 6 knitting needles, three colors of smooth worsted weight yarn and "Building in Color" book by Michelle Hunter. Feel free to buy your supplies from WC Mercantile.

Cost: $60 all three classes

Dates: September 13th, October 18th, November 8th

Time: 10am to Noon

Register Here!


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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.

Date: Saturday May 16th, 2015

Time: 1pm - 4pm

Supplies to bring: your spinning wheel.

One Class, $55

Online Sign-Up

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12.jpgFiber 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.

Date: Saturday April 25th, 2015

Time: 1pm - 4pm

Class Cost: $30.00
Supplies Fee: $25.00

Online Sign-Up

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097.jpgSpin 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: September 27th, 2014

Time: 10am - Noon

One Class $30 + Materials Fee of $22

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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.

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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: Sunday September 28th AND Saturday October 18th, 2014

Time: 1pm - 4pm (both dates)

Fee: $40 includes both classes

Online Sign-Up

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patron-in-bluebonnets.jpgBluebonnet Fiber Tour 2014

A special event is being planned for our fiber friends! A wonderful full day of fiberlicious fun includes:

Tour of Bluebonnet Hills Alpaca ranch

While visiting Bluebonnet Hills, there will be hands-on time with the alpacas and a tour by the owners that promises to be enlightening and entertaining, followed by a demonstration of carding alpaca fiber into batts. There will be plenty of alpaca yarn for knitters as well as batts and rovings for spinners to purchase at the ranch.

Yarn Dyeing Workshop at WC Mercantile

At WC Mercantile, you will "get colorful" as you dye your own skein of yarn while learning about color theory and fiber. In addition to the dyeing class, there is plenty of space to sit 'n knit or shop 'til the heart's content.

Date: Saturday November 15th, 2014

Full day starts at 9:30am and ends at 4:30pm. Picnic-style box box lunch from Love Pies included.

Sign-up Now! Space is limited.

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dsc05441.jpgBeginning 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.

Date: March 7th, 2015

Time: 10:30 - 3:30

One Class $75

Online Sign-Up

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easter-for-wcm.jpgNeedle Felting as easy as 1, 2, 3!

by Leticia Rocha

Learn the basics in the Beginner Needle Felting class--making and refining a shape, adding and subtracting wool, covering a core, and repairing mistakes. The finished project will be a lovely decorated felted Easter egg. No experience is needed and all materials are provided with the cost of the class.
Beginner Date: TBD Time: 9 am - Noon
Cost: $35

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Advanced Needle Felting will make a needle felted bunny and will build on your skills from the beginner stage. You will also learn how to felt on top of a wire armature, make flat shapes, and refine an edge. All materials included.
Advanced Needle Felting Class Date: TBD 1pm -4pm
Cost: $45
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 1lace-001.jpgIntroduction 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: TBD
Time: 1-4pm

One class $40

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Snowflake Crochet

by Erin Chastain-Harris

Cool down with a day of crochet snowflakes. Refresh your skills or learn for the first time how to crochet in the round, how to read charts and solve the mystery of starching. Bring worsted weight yarn of your choice and coordinating hook to practice.

Pre-requisite: Basic crochet stitches.

Date: TBD

Time: 2pm - 4pm

Cost: $20 one class

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wreath.jpgWreath Knitting

by: Stephanie Cunningham

This fun and easy knitted wreath makes a wonderful gift at the holidays! In this class we will work on the looped stitch. This class is free if you buy the knitted wreath kit here at the shop. Otherwise it is being held as a part of the knitting skills class.

Date: TBD
Time: 10am - Noon

Each Session $20

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Fine Print

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.