Six Loose Ladies and our parent organization, Fiber Arts in Vermont, were created in large part to share and disseminate knowledge and skill. We generally 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.
Learn to Knit
This one hour introductory class will get you started. 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.
We provide the needles and yarn or you can bring your own.
Date: Second Sunday of each month at 2pm.
Pre-registration is required.
Color Twined Mittens
In 17th century Sweden a form of knitting was practiced called Tvåändsstickning, or two-end knitting. Using a strand from each end of a center pull ball of yarn, wound of either one or two colors of yarn, the created fabric has great warmth, strength, and durability as well as firm elasticity. This technique takes some patience and effort to master, but will soon reward the tenacious knitter with ease, moderate speed, and lovely garments. The classic Morning Glory motif in these mittens was knitted in garments for both men and women in the area of Hälsingland. One mitten will be knitted in class to learn and understand a twined knitting cast-on, yarn management, twined knitting, twined purling for a half-braid, working the chart, creating a thumb gusset, shaping the mitten tip, and completing the thumb. Intermediate level.
Guest Instructor: Beth Brown-Reinsel
Date: Saturday, March 18; 10am-5pm
Fee: $75 FAVT Members; $95 Non-Members
Fair Isle Knitting 101
Women on a tiny island known as Fair Isle, in the Shetland Islands, halfway between Scotland and Norway created their own designs for stranded color knitting. In this class you will knit a headband using a classic Fair Isle design. The headband will be knit in the round and you will learn the different ways of holding both strands of yarn. You must be comfortable casting on and knitting stockinette stitch.
Materials needed: 16” #6 circular needle. Worsted weight yarn in two contrasting colors (one light, one dark)
Instructor: Suellen Slater
Date: Sunday, February 19; Noon-3pm
Fee: $30 FAVT members; $45 non-members
Learn how to use a high whorl drop spindle to spin a singles yarn. Featured skills will include how to manage twist, the importance of twist; Z and S twist, how to distinguish and use the "drafting zone," how to spin a singles yarn using continuous drafting methods, how to store spun yarn on your spindle to form a "cop," how to prepare your spun singles for plying a two-ply yarn, how to ply on a spindle.
Instructor: Suzanne Lawler
Date: Sunday, March 26; Noon-3pm
Fee: $30 FAVT members; $45 non-members
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.
FAVT Members: $30 Non-members: $35
By appointment. Please call or e-mail to schedule a class.
Design your Own Class
Just a few suggestions...
- Magic Loop
- Fair Isle
- Knit to Fit
- Beautiful Buttonholes
- Fixing Your Knitting Mistakes
- Knitting in the Round
- Knitting from the Top Down
- Basic Techniques
Traditional Rug Hooking
- Drop Spindle
- Spinning Colored Rovings
- Art Yarns
- Color Blending
- Art Batts
- Wet Felting
- Needle Felted Critters
- Knitted Felted Clogs & Bags
- Paste Paper
- Book Making