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Custom Classes:

You decide when the class should meet and what it should cover to meet your specific needs. You may be interested in a particular aspect of hooking rather than the overview. You and a couple of friends may want to try tonal dyeing but cannot make the date and time scheduled. You may want to meet your sister at the shop to try finishing braiding a rug your grandmother started.
We are happy to try to adapt our classes and/or our schedule to suit your desires. Just call or email and let us know what you have in mind.

Our basic charge is $30/hour for a private class, $15 each for two people. If you have a group of three to five, the fee would be $10, or less, per person per hour


Scheduled Classes

We offer scheduled classes throughout the year. Please see our newsletter for the current offerings.

Dyeing Woolen Cloth or
Yarn with Acid Dyes
with Diane Welter



Dyeing Wool I - Basics for Beginners
Also good as a refresher for those who have dyed before. Hands on how to use acid dyes (vinegar or citric acid) to dye wool (or any protein fiber) simply, safely, easily and beautifully.

2-hour class recommended: $25. Materials fee: $10

Dyeing Wool II - Exotic Techniques.
Hands on learning to dye for a variety of effects. Includes casserole, spot dye, tie dye and more -- using acid dyes for wool.

2-hour class recommended: $25. Materials Fee: $10



Dyeing Wool III -
Tonal Techniques
Learn a variety of ways for creating wool that shades from pale to deep rich color, or changes from one color to another. Easy and inspiring.

2-hour class recommended: $25. Materials Fee: $10





Rug Hooking
with Joann Gochinski

Enjoy a fun, relaxed class designed to introduce you to rug hooking. Learn to hold a hook, pull a loop, choose colors and create a future heirloom. Rug Hooking uses one simple “stitch” to make unlimited designs and patterns including pictorials, portraits, geometrics, florals, repeat patterns, etc.. Start with the design of your choice - or make your own. Use the colors and textures of new or rescued wool cloth, including plaids, tweeds and hand-dyed, to create your mat. Tools, wool and frames are available at the shop or you can bring your own. Join us for an informal, friendly class. Once you start, you’ll be “hooked!” Minimum 3 students, maximum 5 students.





with Diane Welter

Braided rugs can be traditional or contemporary looking and they last for decades. Learn to braid, lace and shape your rug using new or rescued woolen clothincluding solids, plaids, and tweeds. Make a chair pad or a mat, oval or striped,large or small. Supplies and wool are available at the shop or you can bring your own.



Wool Applique

Choose a pattern or create your own design. Learn this traditional technique starting from a paper pattern through to stitching the design. You’ll need a pattern, felted wool, and embroidery floss to match or compliment the wool . The shop has sewing supplies you can use, but bring your own thimble if you use one.


Miniature Punchneedle
with Linda Repasky

Create tiny ‘hooked’ rugs in only a few hours! Miniature punchneedle creates a lush, rich texture that is irresistible. In this class, you’ll learn all the basics of punching and create a small piece tat can be framed or worn as a pin. You’ll need to bring small sharp embroidery scissors; all other supplies are provided.



Beaded Wool Mat
with Linda Repasky

Use small pieces of wool fabric to create lusciously dense mats. In this class, you’ll learn how to create “beads” from wool that are easily stitched together to make a hot pad or candle mat. This historic technique is easy to learn and allows you to use wool that might otherwise be thrown away. You’ll need to 3/8” wide strips of wool. Bring your own or cut strips before hand at the shop from your wool or theirs.





Punchneedle Rug Hooking
With Suzette Jones

Punch needle hooking is very easy and fun to do. The work goes quickly, and the method allows for lots of interesting color combinations that can be worked out as you go along. Punchneedles, yarn and backing fabric are available in the shop, or bring your own. Designs are available, too or bring your own ideas and we’ll work out a great pattern.




Wool Gatherings Return! Come, visit and hook, braid, stitch or knit, etc. with other wool-lovers. No charge, just for fun.

•Wednesdays, noon to 2:00pm and Saturdays 3:00-5:00pm
•Call the shop ahead to confirm





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