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Full Weekend: $269

Saturday Only: $150

Sunday Only: $150

Fractal Explosions - From Prep to Ply

Saturday September 26th 10-5

Advanced Beginner - This is a great class for all sorts of spinners- Spindle and Wheels Spinners, ultra textured art yarn spinners, to the most traditional laceweight spinners!!

In this full day class, students will explore the structure of the fractal ply. First by creating their own colorways on blending boards, hackles and drum carders, and then spinning a variation of samples, starting with the traditional 2 ply fractal, and then moving to crepe and cable fractal plying.

Students should be able to spin a single of different weights, and ply comfortably. Included materials are: 4oz coordinating top(roving), use of plying yarn. Students should bring at least 4 oz of top (roving) in 4 different colors (at least 1oz per color). Also please bring your Spinning wheel or spindles, bobbins, bobbin of fresh overspun singles (as even as possible), niddy noddy, lazy kate, any plying yarns they would like to play with. If you own any of these tools, please bring them with you to the class; drum carders, blending boards and hackles.

 Expressive Weaving - Beyond the Edges

Sunday September 27th 10-5

Take your weaving to the next creative and textural level! In this class we will use Rigid Heddle (RH) looms to weave with expressive freedom.  We will warp and learn some creative warping tricks.  Students will learn techniques from across the weaving spectrum, along with new tricks to create texture and colorplay within woven cloth.
Students will learn weft techniques, as well as playing with manipulating warp threads during weaving, and adding supplemental warp threads.   Students are encouraged to bring add in’s (any trims, bits, bobs or collected memories they’d like to include) textured yarns, and creative handspun yarns to use in their weaving.

Students should bring their RH loom and black yarn to warp with.



Michelle Hunter of Knit Purl Hunter is coming to WC Mercantile!

hunter.jpgSpotted Fever

Saturday December 5th, 2015 10 - 1 

Get the fever! Michelle Hunter's latest design, Spotted Fever!

Instructor: Michelle Hunter
Skill level: Easy Knit

Learn to knit this whimsical shawl where opaque polka dots dance on a sheer background. The design is made possible through a magical combination of Navajo knitting and Intarsia. Unlike traditional Intarsia, only one skein is used at a time with no interlocking or ends to weave in at the end of the project.

NO previous experience with Navajo knitting or Intarsia is required! You’ll become an expert in these fast, fun, and easy-to-learn techniques in class!

Using fingering-weight yarn, the pattern is available in two sizes. Both sizes are perfect for warming the shoulders on a chilly evening (or in a chilly, overly air-conditioned room). The larger shawl would make a stunning wrap for the modern bride!

The class fee includes the pattern, expert finishing tips, and hands-on instruction for this unique technique. We will also explore how to incorporate the skill into an endless array of design possibilities.

This class is suited for knitters comfortable with the knit and purl stitches and basic basic shaping. Sizes: Small (Large) – 60″ (76″) wide. 33″ (40″) deep, at center point.

Gauge: Approximate 16 sts and 23 rows = 4″ in St st after blocking.

Supplies needed:
  • Yarn: 760 (1,100) yards fingering-weight
  • Needles: 32-40″ US 9 circular or size needed to obtain gauge. Bring extra needles (bigger and smaller) to adjust size if necessary.
  • Stitch markers
  • Blunt-tip tapestry needle


sockbucket.jpgSock Bucket List!

Saturday December 5th, 2015 2 - 5

Instructor: Michelle Hunter
Skill level: Intermediate

Does your knitting Bucket List include Magic Loop, toe-up socks, and an afterthought heel? Master all of these techniques in one class! The Magic Loop is the slickest way to knit socks using one long circular needle and is preferred by the legion of toe-up sock knitters. The afterthought heel is a great way to add contrasting-colored or striped heels. This heel may be removed after many wearings and reknit, making it a perfect choice for those who tend to wear holes through their heels. Students will create a sample sock using all the skills needed to knit a full-sized sock.

Supplies needed:

  • Two skeins of 50 yards each, smooth, #3 (DK) weight yarn in contrasting colors
  • One yard smooth waste yarn in similar weight
  • 32" circular needles in size appropriate to yarn (approx. 4mm/US 6)
  • Blunt-tip tapestry needle
  • Sharp scissors, notebook, pen or pencil with an eraser, stitch markers, blunt tapestry needles (large and small), flexible tape measure, small calculator, and needles & crochet hooks of various sizes.


doubleknit2.jpgDouble Knitting

Sunday December 6th, 2015 10 - 1

Instructor: Michelle Hunter
Class level: Intermediate Knit

Knitting is twice as much fun with this interesting technique! Double knitting creates two layers of fabric with reversing color patterns. The warm, reversible fabric is perfect for hats, mittens, blankets and more. Students will learn to execute the perfect double knitting cast on, expert yarn strategies, chart reading and finishing techniques while creating a clever coaster. These coasters make great gifts! Class also covers design tips to create your own unique coasters.
Supplies needed include:

  • Yarn – two contrasting colors of Simplicity Yarn
  • Needles – Double knitting is loose so needles 2-3 times smaller than recommended by the yarn are required. Michelle used US 4 with Simplicity
  • Double points in same size as those used in knitting
  • Blunt tip tapestry needle
  • Post-it notes


madforplaid.jpgMad for Plaid!

Sunday December 6th, 2015 2 - 5

Instructor: Michelle Hunter
Skill level: Easy Knit

Turn simple knitting into a plaid masterpiece with this exciting technique. A few well-placed stitches and a quick turn of the crochet hook is all that is needed to generate gorgeous plaid fabric. This method can be incorporated into any stockinette project from sweaters to scarves and everything in between.

In class, we will knit a swatch that covers all the basics of the technique – set up, horizontal and vertical striping, finishing and expert tips. The fabric created in class serves as a gauge swatch for your own beautiful pillow – pattern included!

A portion of the lesson is devoted to designing the plaid which allows you to duplicate tartan, checks, windowpanes and more. Recreate a family “clan” plaid or invent your own!

Class is suitable for advanced beginner. No previous crochet experience is needed.

Supplies needed:

  • Yarn for swatching (provided in class)
  • Needles: 24″ circular US 6 AND US 7; bring several needle sizes to adjust if needed
  • Size G (4 mm) crochet hook
  • Blunt tip tapestry needle
  • Pencil and eraser


CANCELLATIONS: You may cancel up to seven days before the 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.