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Fair Isle looks so scary! All those colors and shapes! But it's easy. Cindy Mitchell will show you all the tricks, and at the end of the night, you'll leave with a headband that's almost complete--for real. Cost: $28 plus supplies. Supplies: Really Clear First Fair Isle pattern, two colors of worsted-weight yarn, a size 5 and a size 7 circular needle, both 16", stitch markers. Saturday, May 22, from 1-4 PM. The instructor will contact you beforehand with a meeting place. Click the class name above to sign up online--or call us (814-238-4151) or make an appointment to sign up and pick up your materials.

Cost: $ 28.00
You have a half-done hat, a sleeveless sweater, a snarled scarf, mysterious mittens. Let's get these things done! Eleanor will help you get everything unstuck so you can keep knitting and feel that satisfaction of completion. Cost: $38 plus supplies. Supplies: Bring in your UFOs, and their patterns, plus all the usual knitting supplies. Sundays, May 16 & 23, from 1-4 p.m. This class will be held outdoors. The instructor will contact you beforehand with a meeting place.

Cost: $ 38.00
Want to learn how to knit? Or need a refresher after many years of neglecting your knitting? Take our beginning-knitting course. You'll learn how to cast on, knit, and purl, and you'll start a scarf. Cost: $38 plus supplies. Supplies: Make an appointment to stop into the shop before the class to pick up the Easy-Looped Scarf pattern, and the yarn and needles to go with it. Tuesdays, Feb. 2 & 16, 6-8 PM on Zoom, OR Tuesdays, Mar. 16 & 30, 6-8 PM on Zoom, OR Saturdays, May 29 & June 5, 1-3 PM outdoors.

Cost: $ 38.00
"MUD" means "mosaic ugly duckling": This hat is designed to show off those variegated yarns that you might not have liked in other projects. Add some contrasting yarn as a background, and that previously ugly yarn looks fantastic! The hat knits up quickly, and requires only one color of yarn on each round?no Fair Isle skills needed! The rest of the stitches are merely slipped. Tina?s made five of them. (So far.) We think you?ll enjoy them just as much! Cost: $32 plus supplies. Supplies: The pattern is on Ravelry. You?ll need either bulky or worsted-weight yarn, and the needles to match the yarn. Make an appointment to come see us to get some help choosing the perfect colors. Wednesday and Thursday nights, Feb. 10 & 11, from 6-7 and 6-8, respectively, on Zoom. (We'll start the ribbing the first night, then learn mosaic the next night.)

Cost: $ 32.00
This class is for new knitters who know only how to knit and purl, and maybe just a WEE bit more. (Important: If you do not know how to do those two stitches, please take Knitting 101 instead of this class.) Are you tired of making only the knit-stitch scarf you're seeing here? Would you like to learn a little more now so that you can make all the coolest things? We have just the class for you! Join Cynthia for a "Knitting Adventure Year." We'll use her Really Clear patterns to learn how to do everything from cables to Fair Isle to intarsia. If you don't know what those are, that's okay! We'll get you going! Cost: $60 plus supplies. Supplies: You'll need to buy the pattern each month, and the supplies for the project. Cynthia will send out a supply note about a week before each class. To buy the patterns, sign up for a Ravelry account at www.ravelry.com or get them at the shop when you buy the yarn. Thursdays, Jan. 28, Feb. 25, Mar. 25, no class in April, May 13, June 24, July 22, Aug. 12, Sept. 2, Oct. 14, Nov. 18, and Dec. 9. All from 6-8 PM on Zoom.

Cost: $ 60.00
This scarf or shawl has interest with diagonal stripes and changes in texture. And the name is correct--it uses very little yarn for its size! Play with all types of yarn for this one. Join Anne for a calm, pleasant evening. Cost: $28 plus supplies. Supplies: Pattern (let us get it for you on Ravelry), and yarn and needles as suggested. Wednesday, Apr. 21, 6-8 PM on Zoom.

Cost: $ 28.00
As you may know, Cynthia designs knitting patterns (along with quilting patterns!). This class provides you with an interesting adventure into learning new things while you find any part of the pattern that isn't "really clear." We've had such fun in these classes for the past few years, working through her new ideas. This is a chance to play with surprise patterns, and to make requests for patterns you've always wanted (no guarantees on that one!). What we do each year is a bit of a mystery (even to her!). You might want to go to reallyclear.com to see patterns she's designed in the past. Join us in the fun! Cost: $60 plus supplies. Supplies: We'll get supply lists as we go along throughout the year. Thursdays, Jan. 21, Feb 18, Mar. 18, no class in April, May 13, no class in June, July 15, Aug. 19, Sept. 30, Oct. 14, Nov. 11, Dec. 16. Your choice of 9-11 AM or 6-8 PM on Zoom.

Cost: $ 55.00
You can create magical color changes by holding together two strands of fingering-weight yarn. Cindy will show you ideas for changing things up when you make a plain hat! If you?re a new knitter who knows how to knit and purl, you can take this class. Cost: $32 plus supplies. Supplies: The Scrappy Marl pattern is on Ravelry. You'll want lots of fingering-weight scraps (about 300 yards total) or gradient packs. You?ll also need 16" sizes 4 and 6 needles. Tuesdays, Jan. 19 & Feb. 2, 6-8 PM on Zoom.

Cost: $ 32.00
Eleanor loves making socks! She?ll find a new pattern each month to work on, and we?ll tackle it together. This is a chance to use some of that sock yarn you couldn't resist buying! Or to be unable to resist buying more! Cost: $38 plus supplies. We have lots of glorious sock yarn at the shop. Make an appointment to pick out something special! Supplies: Eleanor will contact you before the first class with supplies needed. Sundays, April 25 and May 2, from 1-4 PM. This class will be outdoors; Eleanor will contact you beforehand with the location.

Cost: $ 38.00
Sweaters are the BEST! Cynthia just loves making them. This class works if you've never made a sweater before, or if you've made lots of them! Cynthia is known for her fitting and rejiggering skills, and when you're done, this sweater will fit! Choose a morning or an evening session. Cost: $55 plus supplies. Supplies: Please have your pattern and yarn chosen before the first class. Thursdays, Feb. 4, March 4, April 1, May 27, July 1. Your choice of 9-11 AM or 6-8 PM, both on Zoom.

Cost: $ 55.00
Yarn can be tricky! But Cindy Decker-Raynak has it all under control, and will show you tips and tricks so you can do the same! What happens when you discover a dropped stitch a few rows back? How do you make a jogless color change? How do you count with markers? How do you change colors of yarn without knots? And more! Cost: $28 plus supplies. Supplies: Be prepared with scrap yarn and about a size 6 needle of any type. Wednesday, April 7, 6-8 PM on Zoom.

Cost: $ 28.00
Has Cynthia gone off the deep edge? With cats pushing her all the way? This quilt looks nothing like any other block of the month we've ever had. We'll use easy raw-edge applique to put a lot of cats onto a lot of blocks. The center is a giant leaping cat inspired by artist Henri Matisse's paper cutout, "Icarus." Click to read more!

Cost: $ 24.99 - $ 124.99
Our wonderful teacher Mary Beth loves nothing more than hand stitching. In this class, she'll show you how to make and attach hexagons. Make a mug mat?or a whole quilt! Hexies are a wonderful way to use scraps, or to feature those fun little motifs from a novelty fabric. No quilting experience needed! Cost: $28 plus supplies. Supplies: Hexie papers (whatever size you wish), thread, needle, and coordinated scraps of fabric. Tuesday, Feb. 16, 6-8 PM on Zoom.

Cost: $ 28.00
Learning free-motion quilting gives you so many options for finishing your quilts. If you take it step-by-step, it is fun to learn as well. You'll have plenty of ideas to take you beyond the class! Cost: $28 plus supplies. Supplies: First Steps to Free-Motion Quilting book (we have it at the shop), sewing machine, darning foot (very important!), sewing machine instruction manual, three 18" quilt sandwiches made of muslin and cotton batting, contrasting 100% cotton thread such as Mettler or King Tut, unlined paper and pencil, Sew Slip, and Machingers. Feel free also to have ready a simple placemat made from your ugliest fabrics ready to practice quilting. Thursday, Feb. 11, 6-8 PM on Zoom. Click the class name above to sign up online--or call us (814-238-4151).

Cost: $ 28.00
You've been doing free-motion quilting, but you're curious about the new FMQ rulers you've been seeing. You're not quite sure how to get started. No worries! We'll get you going! NOTE: You must already know how to do free-motion quilting to take this class. Cost: $28 plus supplies. Supplies: You can buy the Slim and Archie rulers at the store, and you'll need to get those plus the foot for your particular machine ahead of time. You can get the more generic Westalee ruler foot, or you can check with your dealer to get a specific FMQ ruler foot. (The Bernina foot is a 72 foot.) Be sure you've ordered a foot for your machine from your sewing-machine dealer so that you have them in time for the class. Machingers gloves are required. You need a wash-out blue pen. Prepare about three quilt sandwiches and have contrasting, good-quality thread. Feel free also to have ready to quilt a placemat or table runner made from ugly fabrics! Fresh needles are essential. Tuesday, Mar. 23, 6-8 PM on Zoom.

Cost: $ 28.00
Landscape quilts are classics, and Cynthia will show you the ropes for making them! You can talk to her about your vision for the quilt, and she'll help you pull it off. Each of the quilts in this class will be different! Cost: $28 plus supplies. Supplies: Have an inspirational photo. If you don't have one of your own, talk to Cynthia. Try to find a photo that has mostly horizontal lines, like the one pictured here. Have scraps of material in landscape colors, along with basic sewing supplies and your machine. Batiks work particularly well. You'll need fabric glue, and then we'll sew the fabrics down with a machine. Make an appointment to pick up supplies! You?ll need the book Accidental Landscapes, which we have at the shop. Tuesday, May 11, 6-8 PM on Zoom.

Cost: $ 28.00
The log cabin is one of the oldest and most beautiful blocks. It used to be done with foundation piecing, but today, we have rulers that make quick work of it! Cost: $28 plus supplies. Supplies: Bring in scraps of light and dark fabrics. You'll also need to buy the Creative Grids log-cabin ruler (6- or 12-inch size), which you can get at the shop. You'll need basic sewing supplies and your machine. Tuesday, May 4, 6-8 PM on Zoom.

Cost: $ 28.00
This classic block looks hard, but the paper piecing actually makes it easy. If you've made a few quilting projects, you can do this class! Cost: $38 plus supplies. Supplies: Pattern, and fabric as shown on the pattern. Bring along basic sewing supplies and a machine. Mondays, May 3 & 10, 6-8 PM on Zoom.

Cost: $ 38.00
Let's get started quilting. You'll make one placemat in class, and you'll learn all kinds of cool things, such as matching at the corners, cutting safely, picking fabrics, quilting, binding, and of course, the famous scant quarter-inch seam (whatever that is!). Cost: $42 plus supplies. Supplies: You'll need a machine in good working order. You'll also need the pattern and all the fixin's! Make an appointment to stop by at least a few days before the class begins so we can help you pick out your fabric and notions. We suggest our Creative Grids rulers, which are easy to use with a non-slip grip and visible markings; our Creative Grids mats, which are the best cutting mats in the whole wide world; and our Olfa rotary cutters, which are sturdy, safe, and easy to use. Good tools and fabrics really do matter--they increase happiness and keep frustration low! January 19, 28, & Feb. 2, from 6-8 PM on Zoom.

Cost: $ 42.00
There's nothing homier than a rag quilt. With its ragged edges, it looks good without your having to sew precisely. And it can be made out of any type of fabric?from prints to batiks. Cost: $35 plus supplies. Supplies: The amount of fabric you'll need will depend on how big you want your quilt. You'll also need batting, and you might want 505 spray to hold the squares together for quilting. Tuesdays, Feb. 9 & 23, 6-8 PM on Zoom.

Cost: $ 38.00
This class assumes that you may have only vaguely heard of "raw-edge applique." It's a way to place one fabric on top of another, glued down by a fusible material. It's an easy way to create gorgeous pictures with quilting! We'll make one cat block that night. If you don't know how to do it, and you're in this year's Block of the Month, you may want to sign up for this class. Just save the first block for working on in the class. Cost: $28 plus supplies. Make an appointment to stop by the shop, and we'll fix you up with the basics. Monday, Feb. 8, 6-8 PM on Zoom.

Cost: $ 28.00
Let's go beyond the X-across squares! Learn to use your walking foot to its best advantage to quilt your pieces. Squiggles, circles, and lines are all fun ways to quilt; Cynthia will show you just what to do. Cost: $28 plus supplies. Supplies: Sewing machine, recently cleaned and oiled, with a new needle (I recommend a Microtex #80/12); walking foot for your machine; three 12?18" quilt sandwiches?cotton fabric on the top and bottom (muslin is a terrific choice), cotton batting in the middle, and basted together in the way you prefer (e.g., pins or spray-basted); a small project on which to practice quilting with your walking foot (e.g., a placemat, table runner, or wall hanging), basted and ready to quilt; 50 weight cotton thread in a color that contrasts with your fabric sandwiches; 1" blue painter?s tape; small ruler such as a hem gauge; basic sewing supplies; and Jacquie Gering?s book Walk: Master Machine Quilting with Your Walking Foot, which you can get at the shop. Thursday, March 11, 6-8 PM on Zoom.

Cost: $ 28.00
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Cost: $ 100.00
We hear it all the time: "I'm not good with color." Well, let's end that problem now! Color is easy, when you create categories. You'll get really good, really fast! Cynthia loves color, and will show you how to love it just as much. Cost: $28. Supplies: This is a lecture class, so you might want to take notes. Cynthia will also give you a summary handout after class. Tuesday, March 2, 6-8 PM on Zoom.

Cost: $ 28.00
Have you been wanting to stretch your creativity, but are feeling a bit lost? This is the perfect class! We'll have a gentle prompt each class, and then we all take it from there to play with fiber! Any type of fiber will do, and we've seen it all in this fun class. You'll do the assignments outside of class, and we'll get together to discuss them. Cost: $38 plus supplies. Supplies: The first assignment is to make something with your favorite shape or shapes, or with a shape you'd like to play with: Circle? Square? Triangle? Rectangle? Diamond? Or something else! Use any medium you'd like. Tuesdays, Feb. 9, March 30, June 1, and July 27, 6-8 PM on Zoom.

Cost: $ 38.00

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