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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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: $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

Cancellation Policy

  • Three or more weeks prior to class                               Full Refund
  • Less than three weeks regardless of the reason         50% Refund
  • If you fail to attend without notification, no refund will be given.
  • If we cancel a class, you will be notified immediately and will receive a full refund.

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