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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 Aug. 23, Sept. 27
Time: 10am - Noon

Each Session $20

Online Sign-Up

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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: Saturday August 2nd, 2014
Time: 1-4pm

One class $40

Online Sign-Up

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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 August 2nd, 2014

Time: 1-4pm

One Class $48

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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: August 9th, 2014

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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Colorwork 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: June 14th, July 12th, August 9th

 

Time: 10am to Noon

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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: August 16th, 2014

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 August 16th, 2014

 Time: 10am - 1pm

 One Class $30

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: August 23rd, 2014

Time: 10:00am - 3:00pm

One class $30

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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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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 September 20th, 2014

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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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: $45Online Sign-Up
 

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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

Online Sign-Up

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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 July 26, 2014

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

Online Sign-Up

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Wreath 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

Online Sign-Up
 
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 Blocking 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: TBD
Time: Noon - 4pm 
Cost: Your first two items will be blocked for free, $5 for each additional garments.

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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: TBD

Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm

Fee: $40 includes both classes

Online Sign-Up

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“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: TBD

Time: 1pm - 4pm

Supplies to bring: your spinning wheel.

One Class, $55

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: TBD
Time: 1:00-4:00PM

Prerequisites: None

Online Sign-Up

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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: TBD

Time: 10:30 - 3:30

One Class $75

Online Sign-Up

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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.