Six Loose Ladies and our parent organization, Fiber Arts in Vermont, were created in large part to share and teach. We host a guest instructor twice each year who is an expert in her field. At other times, we learn from each other. Among the Ladies is a vast store of knowledge in a wide range of areas including spinning, weaving, dying, carding & blending, felting, crochet, paper-making, rug hooking, quilting, as well as knitting, of course. If you are seeking new skills or hoping to advance in your craft, there is a Lady who can help you.


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Fiber Sampler for Spinners with Robin Russo

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Join us in welcoming guest instructor Robin Russo for this rare opportunity to sample a wide array of spinning fibers. Master spinning techniques not only for ten different wool breeds, from fine to long luster, but also silk, camelid, goat, rabbit, down, and cellulose. Learn to spin the right fiber, using the right method, for any project you can conceive of.

An $8 materials fee is to be paid directly to the instructor on the day of the class.  

Date: Saturday, April 14, 2018 10am – 5pm
Instructor: Robin Russo
Fees:  FAVT members: $55.00, Non-members: $85.00

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Gansey Techniques with Beth Brown-Reinsel

Join us in again welcoming guest instructor Beth Brown-Reinsel for this technique-packed workshop. Students will learn how to construct a Gansey, a sweater form prevalent in the 19th and early 20th centuries among the fishermen of the British Isles. A small scale sweater will be knitted using traditional construction techniques including:

  • The classic Channel Island Cast-on

  • Split welts

  • Seam stitches

  • Traditional knit/purl patterns

  • Underarm gusset

  • Shoulder straps with perpendicular joining

  • Picked-up sleeves.

Alternative methods to these techniques will also be explored. Due to the amount of knitting in this class, it is suggested for confident knitters.

Date: Saturday, June 9, 2018 10 am – 5 pm
Instructor: Beth Brown-Reinsel
Fees: FAVT Members:  $55.00, Non-members: $85.00

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Learn to Knit or Crochet

This one hour introductory class will get you started.

Knitters: Learn a simple cast-on, the knit stitch, the purl stitch and a cast off, all the skills you need to knit your first scarf. 


Crocherters: Learn a chain cast on, and some basic single and double stitches. Crochet works up quickly, and you'll have a warm scarf in no time.


We provide the needles or hooks and yarn or you can bring your own.    

Date: Second Sunday of each month at 2pm. 

Fee: $5

Pre-registration is required.

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Knitting Mentor

Want to knit your first sweater/vest/hat/shawl but not sure how to begin? Have a pattern that looks challenging and need some help guiding you through the process? You need a Knitting Mentor. Your personal mentor can guide you through the process from picking out the right pattern, choosing the appropriate yarn, casting on to binding off. 

3 hours

FAVT Members: $30 Non-members: $35 

By appointment. Please complete form below to schedule a class.

Private Lessons

Private and semi-private lessons are $15/hour.

Just a few suggestions...


  • Magic Loop
  • Mobius
  • Cables
  • Socks
  • Fair Isle
  • Intarsia
  • Knit to Fit
  • Entrelac
  • Beautiful Buttonholes
  • Steeks
  • Fixing Your Knitting Mistakes
  • Knitting in the Round
  • Knitting from the Top Down


  • Basic Techniques
  • Flowers
  • Doilies
  • Filet


  • Drop Spindle
  • Wheel
  • Spinning Colored Rovings
  • Art Yarns

Drum Carding

  • Color Blending
  • Art Batts


  • Wet Felting
  • Needle Felted Critters
  • Knitted Felted Clogs & Bags


  • Paste Paper
  • Book Making

Circular Sock Machine

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