Intermediate Needle Felting: Needle Felted Ewok
Apr
20
10:00 AM10:00

Intermediate Needle Felting: Needle Felted Ewok

Calling all Star Wars fans: join Chelsea for a day of felting fun! During this class you’ll learn how to work intricate details easily and efficiently. While we discuss which is cuter, Ewoks or Porgs, we’ll work through the process of making this little guy start to finish and how to add your own flair to the finished product. Each student will have a one of a kind Ewok when all is said and done! Students will need to provide their own felting block and needles, wool will be provided. You will have a bit of homework, so plan to stop in and pick up your kit a few days prior to class! We will have a break for lunch; please plan to bring your lunch or grab something from a nearby restaurant.  (6 people max)

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Apr
27
9:00 AM09:00

Support Your Local Yarn Shop Day!

Be sure to stop by the shop on Saturday, April 27th….we will be having a whole ton of fun celebrating LYS Day!! There will be exclusive patterns and yarn available from our various yarn vendors!  We have also created a mini-crawl with Jorstad Creek…when you visit both of our shops and purchase a featured yarn, you will receive a free pattern for an adorable knitted cowl!!  And of course, there will be a few other surprises!! Mark your calendar now!!

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May
2
to May 5

PNW 2019 Spring Yarn Crawl

Don’t miss the annual PNW Spring Yarn Crawl!!! We have 10 participating shop this year…with free original knit and crochet patterns from every shop!! There are daily raffle drawings, fantastic finishing prizes and loads of friendship and fun over 4 days! Hours are: Thursday 5/2, Friday, 5/3 & Saturday, 5/4—9am to 7pm; Sunday 5/5—10am-5pm.

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Coast Salish Weaving-Beginning Twill
May
18
9:00 AM09:00

Coast Salish Weaving-Beginning Twill

This is a two day class, 5/18 & 5/19.

Students will learn how to warp up a traditional 2-bar loom and twill weave a small wall hanging or coin bag. These designs are often found on robes, blankets and various regalia.  Susan will share with students the various oral teachings and traditions that her master teacher shared with her, one being “always teach the student who wants to learn.”   Teaching looms will be provided for use in the class, with the option to buy a table top loom for $75. Yarn will be sold separately. (10 students max)

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Yarn Bowl Painting Party
May
31
5:00 PM17:00

Yarn Bowl Painting Party

Looking for a yarn bowl? Paint your own! Katie Howard, a Tacoma based artist, will be hosting a yarn bowl painting party at the Black Sheep Yarn Boutique! She will have her art and art-inspired yarn on display too. This is a two-hour class, and no experience with ceramics or painting necessary! All materials will be supplied for you, paints, brushes, bowls, and Katie will be able to assist you with your designs. The yarn bowls will be available to pick up from Black Sheep by April 27th.  This is an exclusive after-hours class and light snacks will be provided. Register early! Class minimum must be met 2 weeks in advance to allow for shipment of the bowls. (6 people minimum for the class;  everyone is welcome to come visit the Trunk Show)

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Weaving a Sampler (Intermediate Class)
Jun
2
10:00 AM10:00

Weaving a Sampler (Intermediate Class)

Sunday, 6/2                 10am-3pm                 Cost $85              Instructor: Joan Hoffmeyer

In this class you will have the opportunity to learn different rigid heddle weaving techniques, from using pick-up sticks for warp and weft face weaves, twinning, clasped-weft, finger-controlled weaving, leno lace, an alternative to plain hem stitching and more. Your finished project will measure approximately 9” by 19” including fringe. (minimum 3, maximum 6 students: Loom not included; some supplies are included…click below for more information)

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Painting with Yarn: How to 'Doodle' Your Way to a Shawl
Jun
8
1:00 PM13:00

Painting with Yarn: How to 'Doodle' Your Way to a Shawl

Back by popular demand!!! Let your inner creative out, or fake it until you make it (the shawl, that is)! Learn this easy way to start a shawl and add to it with short rows that let you “paint” with the colors of your yarn. The result will be curved rows of knitting, deliberate pools of color, and a beautiful one-of-a-kind creation that you’ve made. We’ll start the shawl shape and learn the “doodle knitting” technique you can easily use to create the rest of the shawl in free form. If you’re good at the knit stitch, you can do this!  (8 people max; supplies not included)

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Crocheted White Rabbit
Jun
15
1:00 PM13:00

Crocheted White Rabbit

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Nothing says spring better than an adorable bunny…and who doesn’t love the iconic White Rabbit! Students will purchase an e-book ($7.99-$8.99) containing 22 amigurumi patterns inspired by literary classics such as ‘The Wizard of Oz’, ‘Sherlock Holmes’ and ‘Anne of Green Gables’. During this class you will learn the techniques involved in making the ever popular amigurumi crocheted characters which can be applied to so many fun projects. We will discuss how the techniques we’re using apply to the other patterns in the book. Students should have basic knowledge of crochet stitches; how to chain, single crochet and work in the round. Yarn will be included, students will need to supply their own hooks. A Follow up will be available should students decide they’d like one (6 people max)

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Knitting Capriccio
Jun
29
10:30 AM10:30

Knitting Capriccio

Saturday, 6/29               10:30-12:30                        Cost: $40              Instructor:  Nancy Mills                        

 

Much like the musical term capriccio, this shawl is a free form yet structured design to show off the beauty of the Jorstad Creek Antigua gradient yarn, especially when paired with the drape and shine of Iona. However, your choices are not limited - many combinations have been used and result in beautiful shawls. The three paneled shawl sits easily on the shoulders with or without pinning. The color notes (intermittent short row sections) may be placed where you want or follow the pattern. It’s up to you! Along with designer Nancy Mills, you will create a sample that demonstrates all the techniques used to make the shawl which can be applied to so many gorgeous patterns and designs. 1 hour follow-up meeting, date TBD. (3 people min, 6 people max; supplies not included)

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Learning to Block Seminar
Apr
15
5:00 PM17:00

Learning to Block Seminar

Join Michelle and Chelsea to learn how to take the fear out of blocking!  Learn how to determine the proper blocking method for your project.  Watch and learn as we demonstrate various blocking techniques, how to identify the right tools for your project, and how to apply them. Blocking kits will be available at a discounted price for students. Kits will include, blocking mats, pins, wires, combs, and a sample of Eucalan. Pre-registration is required, space is limited to 12 participants, as this is an after-hours event.

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Apr
4
5:30 PM17:30

Basics of Knitting, Part 2

This is the second of a 2-part class.  Beginning knitters will continue practicing knitting, purling, alternating between the two types of knitting.  The second class will also prepare students to start their own project of their choosing incorporating the specific skills learned.  

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Painting with Yarn: How to 'Doodle' Your Way to a Shawl
Mar
30
1:00 PM13:00

Painting with Yarn: How to 'Doodle' Your Way to a Shawl

Back by popular demand!!! Let your inner creative out, or fake it until you make it (the shawl, that is)! Learn this easy way to start a shawl and add to it with short rows that let you “paint” with the colors of your yarn. The result will be curved rows of knitting, deliberate pools of color, and a beautiful one-of-a-kind creation that you’ve made. We’ll start the shawl shape and learn the “doodle knitting” technique you can easily use to create the rest of the shawl in free form. If you’re good at the knit stitch, you can do this!  (8 people max; supplies not included)

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Mar
30
10:00 AM10:00

Introduction to Brioche: Duet Cowl

Instructor:  Michelle Cohen

Come learn all about Brioche knitting and create a beautiful, two color cowl. The class will cover the basics of brioche stitches (BRK and BRP), how to recognize the stitches in your knitting and how to back out Brioche stitches. This is an intermediate class.  Supplies are not included and some homework prior to class is required.  (6 people max)

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Mar
28
5:30 PM17:30

Basics of Knitting

(This is a two-part class, Thursday 3/28 & 4/4)

This is a true beginner class!  If you think you’ve caught the knitting bug, then this class is for you!  We will cover the very basics of choosing yarn and needles, casting on, the knit stitch and the purl stitch, starting/finishing a row, and other basic questions.  The atmosphere will be helpful and no pressure!  Mistakes are welcome and important for learning…so there are no dumb mistakes!  Come early to choose some yarn and supplies if you don’t have them.  (6 people max; supplies not included)

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Needle Felting: A Springtime Egg
Mar
16
1:00 PM13:00

Needle Felting: A Springtime Egg

Just in time for spring…a sweet little felted egg for your table décor!!  Join us as Sr. Monika teaches the steps to creating a needle felted egg and ways to adorn it.  This class will cover needle felting safety, shaping your wool and techniques to create the details that make needle felting look so real!  Supplies required include a felting foam block and felting needles.  Wool will be provided.      (7 participants max; 3 minimum)

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Feb
23
11:00 AM11:00

Two-at-a-Time Magic Loop Socks - Part 2

(This is part 2 of the Magic Loop Socks class)

It’s time to learn how to knit socks again!  In this class, you will learn how to how to work both socks at the same time on a 40” circular needle, and also learn how to make the Fish Lips Kiss heel which does NOT involve gussets or picking up stitches. It uses short rows which make a very nice, comfortable finished heal.   (3 participants min, 6 maximum; supplies not included)

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Feb
9
11:00 AM11:00

Two-at-a-Time Magic Loop Socks

(This is a 2-part class: Saturday, 2/9 & Saturday, 2/23)

It’s almost autumn and time to learn how to knit socks!  In this class, you will learn how to how to work both socks at the same time on a 40” circular needle, and also learn how to make the Fish Lips Kiss heel which does NOT involve gussets or picking up stitches. It uses short rows which make a very nice, comfortable finished heal.   (3 participants min, 6 maximum; supplies not included)

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Jan
19
9:00 AM09:00

Beginning Weaving Series: Intro to Weaving--Part 1

Instructor: Joan Hoffmeyer Cost: $85

Supplies provided: a rigid heddle loom and stand (if you do not have your own)

Supplies not provided: 2 – 3 skeins of cotton yarn and scissors.

 Participants will learn the basics of warping and weaving and will weave a cotton towel in 2 -3 colors of your choice. This is a two-part beginning rigid heddle weaving class.  Looms will be provided for the class and also will be available for purchase. You are welcome to bring your own rigid heddle loom should you already have one.   During the week prior to the 2nd class, you will be able to come to the shop anytime during our regular business hours to work on your project.  Joan will be available during the week (Monday and Thursday) before the 2nd class to help you or any answer questions. 

(4 participants max)

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Jan
12
10:30 AM10:30

Fixing Your Mistakes

Instructor: Michelle Cohen $30

Learn to fix basic knitting mistakes and increase your knitting confidence in this hands-on workshop.  We will focus on identifying and repairing mistakes, including dropped stitches, fixing mistakes several rows back, yarn overs, decreases, increases, and selvedge mishaps.  Tips and tricks for keeping track of your projects and identifying where you left off will be discussed. (3 min, 6 max)

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Jan
10
5:00 PM17:00

Beginning Knitting Series: Making a Hat

Instructor: Michelle Cohen Cost: $25

For all beginning knitters who are looking to expand their knitting beyond a scarf or a washcloth…this is the class for you! Participants will learn how to cast onto circular needles, how to join their knitting in the round and how to do a decrease to double pointed needles.  The hat pattern will be a simple stockinette pattern (with simple variations if desired).  (6 people max; supplies not included)

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Nov
10
1:00 PM13:00

Needle Felting: Fall Pumpkins

CLASS IS FULL!!! Call to be put on the waiting list!

Just in time for Thanksgiving…a sweet little felted pumpkin for your table décor!!  Join us as Sr. Monika teaches the steps to creating a needle felted pumpkin and ways to adorn it.  This class will cover needle felting safety, shaping your wool and techniques to create the details that make needle felting look so real!  Supplies required include a felting foam block and felting needles.  Wool will be provided.    (7 participants max; 3 minimum)

 

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Nov
10
10:00 AM10:00

10,000 New Knitters!

As part of our participation in the 10,000 New Knitters! Project, the shop will be holding 2 beginning knitting classes on Saturday 11/10. One from 10:00-11:30am and the second from 3:30-5:00pm! Bring your friends that have been oodling over your projects and help them get started. A complimentary beginning knitting kit will be given to each class participant!! This class will be a special price of $15.00 per person!! There are limited seats in each class so sign up now!!

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Nov
3
1:00 PM13:00

Karen's Felted Slippers-Part 1

CLASS IS FULL!!! Call the shop if you are interested so we can plan another class!

It's time to make an old favorite...felted slippers!!! If you've never done wet felting before, Karen is the felting queen and just the person you want to learn from!! She has made hundreds of felted items from slippers to hats! This class will show you how to knit up some comfy, cozy slippers...adult or child...and then she will orient you to the felting process, which you will do at home. They will most certainly be the favorite gift under the Christmas tree! We will have yarn available for various slipper sizes from child to adult. (6 participants max, 3 minimum) (Pattern and yarn not included)

Part 2 of the class will be held on Saturday, Nov. 17th

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