Classes

Come meet other crafters and learn from our talented teachers in a bright and comfortable setting. We offer classes in knitting, crocheting, weaving, and spinning!

Classes are limited in size and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. You can register online here – just click on the date and time of the session you’d like to take – or by calling us at 215-893-9939 or by coming in to the shop.

Full payment is needed to reserve your space. Cancellations must be made at least 3 days before the first class for a store credit or to move to a different class or session. We cannot offer a store credit if we receive less than 3 days notice. If a class is canceled, you’ll receive a full refund. Supplies are not included in class fee unless stated.

Classes with special guest teachers are non-refundable, but may be transferred to a friend if you’re unable to attend.

All classes are for students 18 years of age and older.

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TAKE A CLASS WITH SPECIAL GUEST SARA BANNER OF THE FOREST FERN

Sara Banner is the owner and creator of The Forest Fern. She makes beautiful macrame plant hangers, wall hangings, and home goods, and on Saturday, April 29 she’ll be here to show you how to do it!

Sara’s beginner-level workshops are open to everyone – no experience required. The class fees include all materials, so there’s nothing to bring, and your finished piece to take home!

Space is limited so grab your spot today!

 


SARA BANNER’S MACRAME PLANT HANGER

macrame plant hangers

Come create your own macrame plant hanger!

During this class you will learn how to combine basic macrame knots in different patterns to create you own beautiful modern plant hanger complete with a small potted plant.

We will also learn a bit about houseplants including how to create your own potting mix to help keep your plants happy and healthy!

Your class fee includes all of the materials needed including macrame cord, brass hanging ring, small pot and potted plant.

Saturday, April 29 from 11am-1:30pm

SARA BANNERS MACRAME WALL HANGING

macrame wall hanging

Learn to make your own macrame wall hanging!

The art of modern macrame wall hangings is more than learning how to tie knots. During the class we will each create a large layered macrame wall hanging similar to the one pictured here.

We will explore how to combine and arrange knots to create texture, pattern and layers while keeping the overall vision modern and simple.

Your class fee covers all materials needed for this class.

Saturday, April 29th from 2:30-5pm

 



EXPLORE RIGID HEDDLE WEAVING WITH SPECIAL GUEST LIZ GIPSON

Liz Gipson returns to Loop for another fun weekend of rigid heddle weaving May 12-14, 2017. It’s Mother’s Day weekend, so get the family to treat you – or treat yourself!

Liz Gipson is one of weaving’s top rigid heddle weaving designers and teachers. She has a degree in wool science and has worked in the industry at companies like Schacht Spindle and Interweave. She’s appeared on PBS, The DIY Network, and HGTV. Liz is the author of Weaving Made Easy, which was recently revised and updated. Now working on her own, Liz designs weaving patterns and teaches rigid heddle weaving. We’re very excited to welcome her back to Loop and hope you’ll join us!

 


LIZ GIPSON’S GETTING STARTED WEAVING

Weave a wee table runner in a beautiful organic cotton. This class is designed for weavers with little to no weaving experience, although all levels welcome. You’ll learn how to get those yarns on your loom (called “warping”), weave fabulous cloth, and finish your pctject – all in a single day!

You will walk away with more than just a table runner, you will learn all the fundamentals of weaving well, including how to warp your loom in 20 minutes or less, how to fix the most common weaving mistakes, and considerations for selecting yarns you can live with.

Homework: There is no homework for this class.

Materials: All materials are included and looms are pctvided for classroom use.

Saturday, May 13 from 10am-5pm (includes a 1-hour lunch break)

LIZ GIPSON’S PATTERN POWER

Think that plain weave is all you can do on a rigid heddle loom? Meet the pick-up stick! With this simple tool you can create patterns galore.

Learn how to make weft and warp floats and when and how to combine them. In this class you will weave a summer wight scarf. This pattern is easily translated into all sort of interiors and accessories. As with all of Liz’s classes, you aren’t just learning how to make a beautiful object, you are learning the fundamentals to weaving well.

Homework: Come to class with your pce-warped loom. You’ll receive the warping instructions after you register. Along with your 15-inch Cricket Loom and the tools that came with it, you’ll need a 10-dent rigid heddle and a pick up stick at least 9 inches long, all of which are available for purchase in the shop.

Materials: The yarn for this pctject is included in the class fee. Please come in to pick it up after you’ve registered. If you’re out of the area, let us know and we can mail the yarn to you.

Sunday, May 14 from 10am-5pm (includes a 1-hour break)

 



Knit 1: A Neck Warmer

Enter the world of hand knitting! You’ll learn to knit, purl, cast on, and bind off with straight needles. After working with practice yarn, you’ll start your neck warmer, picking up tips and tricks along the way as your skills impctve.

Knitting with straight needles – or knitting flat – will enable you to knit scarves, wraps, blanket.p– even sweater pieces.

Materials: All materials are included in the cost of this class.

Skill level: No experience required!

Wednesday, March 29, April 5 and 12 from 6 to 7:30pm

Wednesday, May 10, 17, and 24 from 6 to 7:30pm

Sunday, June 4, 11, and 25 from 11:30 to 1pm (skips 6/18)

Wednesday, June 7, 14, and 21 from 6 to 7:30pm

Knit 2: A Hat

Watch Cap
In Knit 2, you’ll learn to cast on to circular needles, to join in the round, to switch to double pointed needles, and to make decreases while you knit your hat. Once you’re comfortable with knitting in the round, you can make a variety of hats, cowls, and infinity scarves.

Materials: All materials are included in the cost of this class.

Skill level: For graduates of Knit 1 or knitters who can cast on, knit, purl, and bind off.

Sunday, March 26 and April 2 from 11:30am to 1pm

Tuesday, April 4 and 11 from 6 to 7:30pm

Wednesday, April 26 and May 3 from 6 to 7:30pm

Sunday, June 11 and 25 (skips June 18) from 11:30am to 1pm

Knit 3: Socks

Cuff Down Sock

Knit your first sock! You’ll learn to cast on to double pointed needles, to work short rows, to to pick up stitches, and kitchener stitch.

After Knit 3 you’re ready to explore a world of scarves, wraps, hats, socks, mitts, and mittens.

Materials: All materials are included in the cost of this class.

Skill level: For graduates of Knit 2 or knitters who’ve made a hat in the round.

Sunday, April 23, 30, and May 7 from 11:30am to 1pm

Wednesday, May 10, 17, and 24 from 6 to 7:30pm




Knit 4: Your First Pctject

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You’ve taken Knit 1, Knit 2, and maybe even Knit 3 – now it’s time for you to choose your first pctject! We’ve got a few suggestions (click here to see them), but really it’s up to you.

In this class, we’ll help you with everything from selecting a pctject and choosing a yarn to getting through the tricky parts and weaving in the ends.

Materials: Pattern, yarn, and needles for your selected pctject.

Skill level: For graduates of Knit 2 or those who can knit and purl in the round.

Sunday, March 26, April 2 and 9 from 1:30 to 3pm

Sunday, April 23, 30, and May 7 from 1:30 to 3pm

Sunday, June 4, 11, and 25 from 1:30 to 3pm

Little Coffee Bean Cardigan

Little Coffee Bean Cardigan

Elizabeth Smith’s Little Coffee Bean Cardigan is a top down sweater sized for babies 3-12 months. It’s a great first sweater pctject. You’ll learn how to make raglan increases, to separate the sleeves from the body, to pick up stitches and to make buttonholes. You’ll also learn how to knit two-row stripes (but you can also make it in just one color, if you pcefer!).

Materials: Little Coffee Bean Cardigan pattern, worsted weight yarn for the size you’re making, 24-inch US 8 circular knitting needles and DPNs, 24-inch US 7 circular knitting needles and DPNs, 4 stitch markers, 2 pieces of waste yarn, around 20 inches in length, tapestry needle, 5 three-quarter inch buttons.

Skill level: This class is for graduates of Knit 3 or those you know how to use circular and double pointed needles.

Tuesday, March 7, 14, 21 and 28 from 6-7:30pm

Tuesday, May 2, 9, 16, and 23 from 6 to 7:30pm

Tuesday, June 6, 13, 20 and 27 from 6 to 7:30pm

 


Building Blocks Blanket

Building Blocks blanket

This year we’re once again embarking on Michelle Hunter’s fantastic Building Blocks blanket!

Each month you’ll knit a new square designed to intro .pe you to a new skill. Each square, or block, builds upon the skills learned in the previous ones, giving you more confidence, knowledge and skill. At the end of the year, your knitting know-how will be vastly increased and you’ll have a blocks to make a beautiful sampler blanket!

We’ll be offering this class quarterly throughout the year, working our way through the consecutive blocks. This session will focus on Blocks 4, 5, and 6.

Materials: Building Blocks pattern book (available in-store), 300 yards of worsted weight yarn, 24-inch US 8-9 circular needles.

Saturday, April 8, May 20, and June 10 from 11:30am-1pm

Two-at-a-Time Socks

two socks on one circ

Avoid Second Sock Syndrome and knit two socks at the same time!

Learn to cast on and knit two socks simultaneously on one circular needle. You’ll knit a pair of toddler-sized socks while learning techniques you can use for socks of all sizes.

Materials: 50 grams of fingering weight yarn and 40-inch US1 circular needle.

Skill level: This class is for knitters who’ve made several pair of socks and are looking to learn this method.

Thursday, April 6 and 13 from 6-7:30pm

Thursday, May 4 and 11 from 6-7:30pm

Tubular Cast On + Bind Off

With the tubular cast on and bind off your fabric flows from the right side to the wrong side without an apparent beginning or end. The edges it creates are sturdy, flexible, neat, and flat.

In this technique-focused class, you’ll learn the tubular cast on and bind off and see how they can be used to give your knitting a pctfessional, finished look.

Materials: 2 colors of smooth worsted weight yarn (partial balls are fine), size US7 and US8 needles, and a tapestry needle.

Skill level: This class is for graduates of Knit 3 or advanced beginner knitters.

Wednesday, April 19 & 26 from 6-7:30pm



Toe Up Socks

Toe Up Socks

Learn to knit socks from the toe up to the cuff! Toe up socks are easy to try on as you go, and if you run out of yarn the cuff is shorter, but the foot is complete.

You learn Judy’s Magic Cast On, the Magic Loop Technique, and a Gusset Heel.

Materials: 200 yards of worsted weight yarn, 40-inch US6 circular needle, stitch marker, and tapestry needle.

Skill level: This class is for knitters who have already made a pair of socks.

Thursday, April 18 & 25 from 6-7:30pm

Tuesday, May 9 & 16 from 6-7:30pm

Intro .ption to Lace

Stone Point Poncho

Learn to knit lace from a chart using the pattern from Courtney Kelley’s Stone Point. This beautiful poncho uses a lovely lace pattern that’s great for knitters who are new to charted designs. Once you’re comfortable with lace and charts, you’ll be ready to knit any number of designs – or you can knit your own Stone Point!

Materials: Stone Point pattern, 50 grams of DK weight yarn like Luma, which is used for Stone Point.

Skill level: This class is for graduates of Knit 3 or advanced beginning knitters.

Tuesday, May 2 from 6-7:30pm

Tuesday, May 23 from 6-7:30pm

Pctvisional Cast On

Pctvisional cast ons allow you to knit in one direption, then go back, undo the cast on, and knit in the other direption. It’s used for everything from making sure cast on and bind off edges look the same to being able to try on sweaters before deciding final body and sleeve lengths to making symmetrical patterns.

Learn to do the pctvisional cast in this one-session technique class and you’ll wonder how you lived without it!

Materials: 2 colors of smooth worsted weight yarn (partial balls are fine), size US8 needles, and a size G crochet hook.

Skill level: This class is for graduates of Knit 3 or advanced beginner knitters.

Thursday, May 18 from 6-7:30pm



Intro .ption to Weaving

Woven Neck Warmer

With a rigid heddle loom like Schacht’s Cricket, you can weave scarves, placemats, table runners, and much more – and in less time than it takes to knit or crochet! With the Cricket, you can use the same yarn you’d use for knitting, in fact, it’s a great stash buster.

In this intro .ption to rigid heddle weaving, you’ll learn to warp a loom, prepare your weft, weave with even tension, and finish your pctject while making your first neck warmer!

Materials: All materials and the use of a loom are included in the cost of the class.

Skill level: No experience required!

Sunday, March 5, 12 & 26 from 11:30am-1:30pm (skips 3/19)

Thursday, April 6, 13, and 20 from 6 to 8pm

Thursday, June 8, 15, and 22 from 6 to 8pm

Tapestry Weaving

tapestry weaving

Learn the basics of tapestry weaving while making a beautiful wall hanging!

You will learn to warp a loom, weave with 2 colors, weave the soumak (braided) stitch and make fringe. The loom, weaving tools, and yarn are included and are all yours to keep!

Materials: All materials are included in the class fee.

Skill level: No experience necessary!

Saturday, April 8 from 1:30 to 4:30pm

Saturday, May 20 from 1:30 to 4:30pm

Saturday, June 10 from 1:30 to 4:30pm

 



Intro .ption to Spinning

Spinning Yarn

Learn to spin your own yarn on a spinning wheel! You’ll learn the basics of spinning on a wheel, inlcuding wheel mechanics, fiber pceparation, drafting techniques, plying, and finishing.

Materials: All materials and the use of a spinning wheel are included in the class fee.

Skill level: No experience required!

Saturday, March 4, 11 & 18 from 11:30am-1:30pm

Wednesday, April 5, 12, and 19 from 6 to 8pm

Wednesday, May 3, 10, and 17 from 6 to 8pm

Wednesday, June 7, 14, and 21 from 6 to 8pm