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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" by holding small classes.

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!

with 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: Fridays as listed in the Options Box

Time: 10am - Noon

Each Session $20

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Beginning Brioche
with Jill Zarestky
 
Brioche knitting is a technique that creates a wonderfully squishy reversible ribbed fabric.  In this class, you will learn the basic brioche rib in one or two colors, including the corresonding terminology, chart symbols and cast-on methods, and leave prepared to begin your very first brioche project.
 
Materials:  Double-pointed or circular needles, US size 7 or 8 and removable stitch markers. Worsted weight practice yarn will be provided.
 
Prerquisite: Novice knitting skills, including knit, purl, ribbing, yarn-over, and casting on.
 
Date: February 13th, 2016
Class Time: 10 am - 11:45 am
Cost: $30.00
 
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Knitting Texture: Bobbles and Nupps

with Jill Zarestky

Don’t believe what you’ve heard! Bobbles and nupps are totally do-able and a great way to introduce texture into your work. Come learn the difference between the two and variations of how to make each.

Materials: Any type of needles, size 5 or 6. Fingering weight practice yarn will be provided.

Prerequisite: Novice knitting skills, including knit, purl, casting on, increases and decreases.

Date: February 13th, 2016
Class Time: noon to 1 pm
Cost: $20.00

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Brioche: Beyond the Basics

with Jill Zarestky

Brioche knitting is a technique that creates a wonderfully squishy reversible ribbed fabric. Are you comfortable with the basics and ready for more complex brioche patterns? In this class, students will learn the skills for more complex and lace-style brioche, including increases and decreases and the corresponding terminology. We’ll also tackle brioche charts but chart-reading skills are not required.

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

Prerequisite: Some experience with brioche knitting, including brioche knit, brioche purl, and working with two colors in brioche.

Date: February 13th, 2016
Class Time: 1:30 pm to 3:15 pm
Cost: $30.00
 

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beaded-knitting.jpgKnitted-on Lace Edgings

with Jill Zarestky

One common shawl construction involves lace edging knitted on to live stitches after the shawl body is finished. This process creates the edging while binding off live stitches. Come learn this technique and strategies for simplifying the process.

Materials: Any type of needles, size 5 or 6. Fingering weight practice yarn will be provided.

Prerequisite: Novice lace knitting skills, including knit, purl, yarn-overs, increases and decreases.

Date: February 13th, 2016
Class Time: 3:30 pm to 4:45 pm
Cost: $25.00
 
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img-4021.jpgFair Isle Knitting! 

with Cheryl Dowdy

Learn the art of Stranded Colorwork. 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 so much more!

Materials needed: 2 contrasting colors of worsted weight yarn, US size 4-6 16" circular needle.

One Class: $30
Date:  February 20, 2016
Time 10 am to 1 pm
 
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Ravelry Unraveled!

With Erin Chastain-Harris

Feeling tangled about navigating the popular fiber art website? Join us for this beginner class to get an overview of the site. Learn to log projects, add patterns to your library, catalog stash yarn and document your needles on Ravelry.com.

Date: February 20, 2016

Class Time: 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Cost: $25.00

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Landscape Felt Class

with Gika Rector and Lisa Rose

Imagine painting with wool and other fibers. Join Lisa Rose and Gika Rector for an all day workshop, exploring the possibilities of creating imagery with fiber. Combining simple embroidery and three basic felting techniques—wet, nuno and needle—participants will create a small felted landscape, approximately 8 1/2” by 11”. 

No previous experience or talent necessary. We’ll provide all the necessary materials and tools. You bring your curiosity and perhaps a favorite landscape image for inspiration. (We’ll also provide some images and samples to get you started.) 

We will break for lunch. Please bring a lunch or plan to go out to pick up lunch.

Date:  Saturday, February 27, 2016
Time:  10 am - 4:30 pm
One Class $90

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Circular Weaving

with Diana North

Our eyes are drawn to circles, making them very effective features in a fiber art design. Circles can be incorporated into other fiber art designs or used as stand alone decorative items. This class will focus on various forms of circular weaving to make fun, creative projects. Each class will focus on a new project, so come as often as you like and explore the whimsical world of circular weaving.
 
Date: March 12, 2016
Time:  1-4 PM
Cost:  $30.00
Supplies:  TBA
 
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Sock Knitting 101: Make Socks that ROCK!

with 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 US 6 or 7 double points and worsted weight yarn

Date: March 19, 2016
Time:  10 am - 3 PM
Cost:  $35.00

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patron-in-bluebonnets.jpgBluebonnet Fiber Tour 2016 - Saturday, April 16th

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 April 16, 2016

Full day starts at 9:30am and ends at 4:30pm. Picnic-style box lunch from Martha's Bloomers included.

*This is a rain or shine event*

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Colorwork Journey Workshop

By Cheryl Dowdy

We are excited to announce our colorwork journey class. 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 see dates below). 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: US 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 for all three classes
Dates: April 30, May 28, July 9
Time: 10am to Noon
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Art Yarn A-Z! Creative SPINNING: From Dye-pot to Bobbin!
with 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 corespin on the wheel. Corespinning 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.

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.

Date: March 30, 2016
Time:  10:30 am - 4 pm
Cost:  $75.00
 
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Art Yarn Meanderings with a Hook and Needle

with Diana North

Grab your favorite art yarn and join Diana North of FeistyFenn Fibers to fashion it into a beautiful fiber art piece.  Each "Art Yarn Meanderings" class will feature a new FeistyFenn Fibers pattern that creatively highlights art yarns in the design.  Class patterns will use knitting, crochet, or a combination of both.  Attend class as often as you like and ever again hear yourself say, "I love this yearn, but what do I do with it?"
 
Date: May 28, 2016
Time:  1-4 PM
Cost:  $35.00
Supplies:  TBA
 
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needlefelt.jpgNeedle Felting

with Lisa Rose

Enjoy the morning learning to needle felt. Your class project will be perfect for Valentine's Day! You will take home your finished project as well as a piece of needle felting foam and a felting needle. No need to bring any supplies with you! 
 
One class: $30 includes materials
Date: January 16, 2016
Time: 10 am to noon
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rosespindle.jpgIntro to Spinning Yarn - Hand Spindle Class
with Lisa Rose

Come and spend the morning learning to spin your own yarn! You will learn the characteristics of wool and learn how to card and make rolags. You will spin wool to form singles and plied yarns, using a hand spindle.

Finishing techniques will be discussed, as well as ideas of how to use your handspun yarn.

Working with cards, a niddy noddy, ball winder, and spindle, you will be producing your own signature yarns in no time!

Fee includes class, fiber to use during class, and a spindle for you to keep. If you own hand cards, please bring them.

One Class: $53
Date: January 16, 2016
Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Introto the Wheel: Get Your Wheel Spinning!

 

with 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, 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: January 23rd, 2016
Time: 10am - 4pm
One Class $60 + $5 materials fee

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Mardi Gras Fiber Extravaganza mardi-gras-1.jpg

with 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: 1 PM-4:30 PM
Cost: $60.00
Prerequisites: Know how to do basic knitting or crochet

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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.