Fiber Arts Classes

Interested in learning how to knit, spin, weave, crochet, card/blend fibers, or felt? Flying Fibers can help. We offer a variety of group and individual classes to meet your fiber art needs. Whether you are a beginner or are seeking more advanced content we can offer assistance. Feel free to browse our selection of upcoming classes. If you don't see something in particular, you may contact us to set up a special individual or group class.

Free Fiber Arts Workshops

Color Carding with Jeri Robinson-Lawrence

Learn to use hand cards, a blending board, a drum carder, and the Ashford Wild Carder for creating one of a kind colorways for your spinning.

  • Skill Requirements: Just a love of fiber: no skills required
  • Date: Saturday, March 21, 2015
  • Time: 1:00-3:00pm
  • Registration: Stop in or call Flying Fibers at (717) 898-8020 to reserve your seat
  • Fee: Free class, you just pay for the cost of roving if you wish to try blending fibers.
  • Class Size: maximum of 6 students

Group Classes: Knitting

March Stitch/Technique of the Month: Finishing & Seams with Cathy Briscoe

So you finished knitting that sweater, now all you have left to do it the dreaded seaming. If you are like most knitters, you put the project in your UFO (unfinished objects) bin and start a new project. Let Cathy take the fear/dread out of seaming. Plus she will give you easy tips for picking up stitches evenly along an edge for the buttonhole bands and neckbands and how to work in the pesky ends, including some tips for slippery yarn. *There will be homework prior to this class.

  • Date: Saturday, March 14, 2015 OR December 12th (finish those Christmas giffts!)
  • Time: 10:00am-12noon
  • Fee: $30.00 per person
  • Class Size: maximum of 8 students
  • Skill Requirements: Must be able to comfortably cast on, knit, purl and bind off with no assistance.

Dreambird Shawl with Cathy Briscoe

This Dreambird class is being taught with permission of designer Nadita Swings.

Swing Knitting™is a very special practice of short row knitting - a very old technique. But we will use it to form a very special design.

Why is it called Swing-Knitting™? Well, that's because swing-knitting™"swings"-it's like knitting music! You knit with only one color at a time, and your "knitting melody" gives the beat. You knit "stanzas" - defined knitted areas. This kind of knitting is at the same time exciting and relaxing - it just "swings"! Like instruments in a Big Band, the knitted stanzas of the whole knitting swing together: they seem to move with each other, side by side, one upon the other. Even the keenest knitter won't see at once how you have worked THIS pattern!
The pattern is open to creativity. Use yarns that make you happy. Just make sure the yarn weights are of a compatible size with each other. You can add as many feather sections, as you want. The photo in the pattern has 22 feathers and the photo above has 23 feathers.

  • Skill Requirements: cast-on, knit, and purl
  • Dates/Time: Saturday, March 14, 2015, 12:30pm-3:30pm OR Saturday, November, 14, 2015, 12:30-3pm
  • Registration: Stop in or call Flying Fibers at (717) 898-8020 to register for class. A 50% deposit required.
  • Fee: $45.00 per person, plus materials & you must buy pattern on ravelery prior to the start of class http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/dreambird-kal
  • Class Size: maximum of 8 students

Blocking and Fiber Care with Cathy Briscoe

To block or not to block, that is the question. Blocking your finished item be it knit or crochet is essential to give you a more professional looking garment. For lace, blocking is essential for opening up the lace pattern. But what is the best way to block, do I wet block or steam block? Do I block before or after seaming? Should I use blocking wires? My ribbing has stretched out can blocking can fix that? Don't have the space for blocking; Cathy will give you some space saving tips. Do I handle wool, cotton, and synthetic fibers differently? This class will answer all of these questions and more.

  • Date: Saturday, April 25, 2015
  • Time: 10:00am-12noon
  • Fee: $30.00 per person - no additiona materials required
  • Class Size: maximum of 8 students
  • Skill Requirements: None

April Stitch/Technique of the Month: Slip Stitch/Mosaic Knitting with Cathy Briscoe

Slipping stitches is a fun and easy way to add interesting texture or color to your knitting. Slipped Stitch (Mosaic) knitting with color is easy, working only one single color per row. It is as easy as knitting simple stripes. In class you will play with different stitch patterns, including linen stitch. So, dig through your stash and bring some beautiful colors.

  • Date: Saturday, April 25, 2015
  • Time: 12:30pm-2:30pm
  • Fee: $30.00 per person, plus materials
  • Class Size: maximum of 8 students
  • Skill Requirements: Cast-on, Knit, Purl.
The class is opened to knitters of all levels of experience. Each student can work at their own pace. There will be no pressure to learn all of the stitches.

Beginning Knitting - What Comes Next? with Cathy Briscoe

Congratulations! You have learned how to knit and purl but you are getting a little tired of making garter or stockinette stitch scarves. This class is designed to build your confidence as a new knitter and to help you progress to combining you knits and purls to create interesting textured stitches. Come spend some time with Cathy and she will take the mystery out of reading patterns, selecting a pattern, selecting a yarn (including what all that stuff on the yarn ball means), and the importance of gauge. Bring some yarn and needles so that you can play and practice some new stitch combinations, learn some increases and decreases

  • Date: Saturday May 16th OR August 29th OR November 14th
  • Time:10am-12noon
  • Fee: $30.00 per person, plus materials
  • Class Size: maximum of 8 students
  • Skill Requirements: somewhat comfortable with cast-on, knit, purl, bind off

May Stitch/Technique of the Month: Entrelac with Cathy Briscoe

Entrelac is a knitting technique used to create a textured diamond pattern. While the result resembles basket-woven strips, the fabric is composed of tiers of blocks that are set on their points, forming diamond shapes. Each block is worked individually and joined to its neighbor as it is being knit. Entrelac can be worked in one, two or more colors (great for using up leftover yarn). Self-striping or long color changing yarns work beautifully, think Zauberball or Classic Shades.

Choice of following patterns:
Scarf, which can be knit as a scarf (440 yds. Worsted Weight US8) or dishcloth (150 yds. worsted weight cotton US 8): http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/entrelac-scarf
I-pad satchel (150 yds. each of 2 colors of worsted weight wool US 8): http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/entrelac-satchel
Headband (120 yds. Worsted weight US 8): http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/grey-gardens-2

  • Date: Saturday, May 16, 2015
  • Time: 12:30pm-2:30pm
  • Fee: $30.00 per person, plus materials
  • Class Size: maximum of 8 students
  • Skill Requirements: Cast on, bind off, knit, purl

My Favorite Cast-Ons with Cathy Briscoe

We all have our standard go to cast on that we use over and over again.  But is this the best cast one for every project we do?  Sometimes we need a cast on that creates a firm edge, sometimes the edge needs to have stretch, or it may need to be removable, and sometimes we just want our edge to look pretty.  Come to this class and we will explore at least 10 different ways to cast on for your next project. Add some new favorites to you cast on repertoire.

  • Date: Saturday, June 20th 2015
  • Time: 10am-12noon
  • Fee: $30.00 per person, plus materials
  • Class Size: maximum of 8 students
  • Skill Requirements: comfortable with at least one type of cast on, can knit and purl

Controlling the color pooling in self striping yarns with Cathy Briscoe

You have picked out the most perfect hand painted or self-striping yarn. You are knitting up the most beautiful sweater; the colors are blending to create a lovely fabric, when all of a sudden your colors begin to pool (you have large sections of one color). Cathy will dissect the dye process of various yarns; learn tips and tricks to avoid the pooling, and the technique to control your colors to make argyle patterning. She will also share some tips for working with the dreaded unmatched dye lots. If you have a multi colored yarn and are unsure how it will knit up, bring it along to class.

  • Date: Saturday June 21st, 2015
  • Time: 12:30pm - 2:30pm
  • Fee: $30.00 per person, plus materials
  • Class Size: maximum of 8 students
  • Skill Requirements: cast-on, knit, purl, bind off.

July Stitch/Technique of the Month: Don't Fear Cables with Cathy Briscoe

Take all the fear out of knitting cables in this class where you will make a cable hat based on the Wensleydale SheepShop Knitwear Collection "Hat and Mitten" pattern. Cathy will get you started knitting this pretty cable brimmed pillbox style hat. The hat is knit flat and you will learn the skills needed to finish the hat on your own. Bring your pretty project yarn and some scrap yarn for playing around.
Concepts covered include: cables, picking up stitches, grafting, and provisional cast-on.

  • Date: To be announced
  • Time: 12:30-2:30pm
  • Skill Requirements: cast-on, knit, purl, yarn-over, cast off
  • Fee: $30.00 per person, plus materials. Materials list and suggested yarns which are available at Flying Fibers will be given at registration
  • Class Size: Limited to 8 students

August Stitch/Technique of the Month: Lace and Beads with Cathy Briscoe

English Mesh lace is the perfect pattern for new lace knitters to learn chart reading as well as learning to "read" their knitting, you will learn to "see" your lace and find it's rhythm. In this class you will start a swatch that you can continue on into a scarf.

  • Date: Saturday, August 29, 2015
  • Time: 12:30-2:30pm
  • Skill Requirements: cast-on, knit, purl, yarn-over, cast off
  • Fee: $30.00 per person, plus materials. Materials list and suggested yarns which are available at Flying Fibers will be given at registration
  • Class Size: Limited to 8 students

Demystifying Charts with Cathy Briscoe

Do you fear knitting charts? The wonderful thing about charts is that they give you a picture/diagram of your knitting. Charts can help you "read" your work making it easier to detect mistakes. They make it easier to learn your pattern. Cathy will share her best tips to make your charts easier to read. Once you learn how to use charted patterns, you will find yourself running to the office supply store to stock up on graph paper so that you can chart all of your future projects. Often if you are having a problem understanding a stitch pattern (i.e. instructions that say decrease or increase in pattern) charting the pattern will help.

  • Date: September 26th, 2015 10am-12noon
  • Registration: Call Flying Fibers at (717) 898-8020 to register for class.
  • Fee: $30.00 per person, plus materials
  • Class Size: maximum of 8 students
  • Skill Requirements: comfortable with cast-on, knit, purl, simple increases and decreases, bind off

Modular Knitting with Cathy Briscoe

You may have seen knitted log cabin blocks, mitered squares (domino knitting) or the ten-stitch blanket. These are all examples of modular, join as you go, knitting. Learn the difference between pick up and pickup & knit, tips for making your work look nice and lay flat. The tips you learn in the class can also be applied to picking up stitches for neckbands and button bands as well as adding I cord edging.

  • Date: Saturday September 26th 2015
  • Time: 12:30pm-2:30pm
  • Fee: $30.00 per person
  • Class Size: maximum of 8 students
  • Skill Requirements: Must be able to comfortably cast on, knit, purl and bind off with no assistance.

Cabled Christmas Stocking with Cathy Briscoe

It's time to think Christmas Knitting. Knit this beautiful heirloom Christmas stocking while learning or reviewing the following techniques: provisional cast on, knitted I cord, picot hem, cables, chart reading, and decorative decreasing for the toe.

  • Skill Requirements: cast-on, knit, and purl
  • Dates: Saturday, December 12th 2015
  • Time: 12:30pm -2:30pm
  • Fee: $35.00 ($30 class fee + $5 pattern cost) plus materials
  • Class Size: maximum of 7 students

Fixing Mistakes in your Knitting with Cathy Briscoe

In this very popular class you will learn how to fix mistakes without tearing out your entire project while also learning tips to help avoid mistakes. This class will cover fixing dropped stitches, knit stitches that should have been purled and visa versa, mis-crossed cables, and dropped yarn overs. Cathy will also help with any problems you have that are not listed so be sure to bring your mistakes along to class.

There will be homework knitting of small swatches with deliberate errors that should be completed prior to class.

Note: cable corrections will be covered at the end of class, if you have never knit cables you can just skip out early or stay around, you may learn something new.

  • Date: October 24, 2015 10am-12noon
  • Registration: Call Flying Fibers at (717) 898-8020 to register for class.
  • Fee: $30.00 per person, plus materials
  • Class Size: maximum of 8 students
  • Skill Requirements: comfortable with cast-on, knit, purl, simple increases and decreases, bind off

Fair Isle/Stranded Knitting with Cathy Bricoe

This is a great pattern stitch for learning two-stranded colorwork knitting, without having to worry about long carrier floats of the unused color. Cathy will share her excellent tips for keeping your stitches loose, by helping you to understand the relationship between the worked stitches, your floats and your gauge.

  • Dates: Saturday, October 24, 2015
  • Time: 12:30-2:30pm
  • Skill Requirements: cast-on, knit, purl, yarn-over, cast off
  • Fee: $30.00 per person, plus materials. Materials list and suggested yarns which are available at Flying Fibers will be given at registration
  • Class Size: Limited to 8 students

Sunday Sock Classes with Cathy Briscoe

After teaching the Mini Sock Class several times, we have found that not all students' expectations and skill levels are the same. We have found that some students took the class to learn how to knit the heel or graft the toes. While other students wanted to learn the entire process including knitting with double
point needles. Therefore, in order to meet the needs of our students, we are now offering two methods for learning how to knit socks, the one day mini sock class (top down or toe up) or multi classes focusing on the individual skills required for knitting a sock.

Top-Down Mini Sock

Socks are a great project for knitting on the go; they are small, portable and can be easily knit anywhere, even in a confining airplane seat.

Using a mini sock pattern (provided by instructor), you will learn how to knit a complete sock in the round, from casting on the cuff to grafting the toe. This class will be chocked full of Cathy's personal tips and tricks for knitting in the round, including; keeping your cast on from twisting, obtaining a custom fit, the best way
to work in your ends, how to remember grafting without a cheat sheet and many more hints based on her vast experience knitting socks.

  • Date: Sunday March 15th OR June 19th OR September 27th OR December 13th
  • Time: 2pm-5pm
  • Fee: $45.00 per person, plus materials
  • Class Size: maximum of 8 students
  • Skill Requirements: Cast on, knit, purl, bind off. Must be comfortable working in the round with double point needles, 2 circular needles or magic loop.

Toe-Up Mini Sock

Using a toe-up mini sock pattern (provided by instructor), you will learn how to knit a complete sock in the round, from casting on at the toe and working your way up. This class will be chocked full of Cathy's personal tips and tricks for knitting in the round, including; obtaining a custom fit, the best way to work in your ends and many more hints based on her vast experience knitting socks.

  • Date: Sunday May 17th OR August 30th OR November 15th
  • Time: 2pm-5pm
  • Fee: $45.00 per person, plus materials
  • Class Size: maximum of 8 students
  • Skill Requirements: Cast on, knit, purl, bind off. Must be comfortable working in the round with double point needles, 2 circular needles or magic loop.

In the Round, Magic Loop, Traveling Loop or Two Circular Needles Methods

As with all knitting tools and techniques, it comes down to personal preference. If you are uncomfortable knitting with double point needles there are other options for knitting smaller circumference or decreasing
circumference (i.e. socks and hats) projects. In this class you will begin knitting a tube, which will be the start of a sock, mitten or cuff/mitt of your choice.

  • Date: Sunday April 26th OR July 19th OR October 25th
  • Time: 2pm-4pm
  • Fee: $30.00 per person, plus materials
  • Class Size: maximum of 8 students
  • Skill Requirements: Must be able to cast on, knit & purl

In the Round on DPN's

Many sock and hat patterns are knit in the round on double point needles. All of those needles can be intimidating; using so many needles at once looks confusing and scary. With a little practice and some helpful hints, you can master knitting with double point needles. In this class you will begin knitting a tube, which will be the start of a sock, mitten or cuff/mitt of your choice.

  • Date: Sunday March 14th OR June 19th OR September 27th OR December 13th
  • Time: 12am-1:30pm
  • Fee: $22.00 per person, plus materials
  • Class Size: maximum of 8 students
  • Skill Requirements: Must be able to cast on, knit, purl and bind off

Just the Heels, Mam

Traditional sock heels can be a little tricky. You are happily knitting along on your sock in the round when you come to the instructions: work the heel flap, turn the heel, pick up stitches and work the gusset. OH, my! This class will take the mystery out of the traditional rounded heel, and discuss some of the other heel shaping options. This class has a homework requirement or bring your in progress sock ready to knit the heel.

  • Date: Sunday April 26th OR July 19th OR October 25th
  • Time: 12am-1:30pm
  • Fee: $22.00 per person, plus materials
  • Class Size: maximum of 8 students
  • Skill Requirements: Must be able to cast on, knit & purl

Mastering Grafting A.K.A. Kitchener Stitch

This class covers grafting (Kitchener stitch) techniques, for both stockinette stitch and garter stitch. Grafting is commonly used to finish off the toe of a sock but can also be used to create an invisible seam when joining the cast on edge to the bind off edge of a garment. If time allows we will also cover grafting for cables and lace. This class has a homework requirement, several small swatches and/or socks with toes completed up to the grafting stage.

  • Date: Sunday May 17thth OR August 30th OR November 15th
  • Time: 12:00pm-1:30pm
  • Fee: $30.00 per person, plus materials
  • Class Size: maximum of 8 students
  • Skill Requirements: Must be able to cast on, knit & purl

Twigg Stitch Sampler Workshop with Vicki Twigg

Flying Fibers is delighted to welcome Vicki Twigg, creator of the "Twigg Stitch" to our shop on for another Beginner "Twigg Stitch Class" A New Twist on Reversible Knitting"

Discover a new type of color knitting that produces a fully reversible fabric with mirrored or completely different sides. Worked by knitting two yarns at the same time, the Twigg stitch allows the knitter to create two completely different fabrics. Not only can the knitter create simple reversible color work, but also different cable patterns or even lace that is a different color on each side. This unique and fascinating technique is not difficult to master. Anyone with basic knitting skills can quickly learn in this 3 hour, one day class. Vicki will teach you the techniques needed to master this new stitch.

  • Date: Next class date to be announced- call to be put on the waiting list.
  • Registration: Call Flying Fibers at (717) 898-8020 to register for class. Class must be paid in full at time of registration. Credit cards accepted for the over phone registrations.
  • Fee: $45.00 per person, plus materials
  • Class Size: maximum of 8 students.
  • Skill Requirements: cast-on, knit, purl, increase and decrease, bind off
  • Note: Materials list and suggested yarns which are available at Flying Fibers will be given at registration.

Stitch/Technique of the Month: Double Knitting with Cathy Briscoe

Here is an alternative way of knitting 2-color patterns. In this class you will learn how to use colored stranded charts to create a reversible double-sided fabric. The design will show as pictured on one side and in negative on the reverse side. In other words, the one side of your work will have for example, Yellow as the dominant color, while on the reverse side the yellow will switch places with the brown. If you can knit, purl and work single 1x1 ribbing, you can work double knitting.

  • Date: Next class to be announced: call to be put on call list
  • Time: 2 hours
  • Skill Requirements: cast-on, knit, purl, yarn-over, cast off
  • Fee: $30.00 per person, plus materials. Materials list and suggested yarns which are available at Flying Fibers will be given at registration
  • Class Size: Limited to 8 students

EZ Vest with Judy Leece

This Elizabeth Zimmermann (E-Z) vest (also know by "Ribwarmer) is the perfect pattern to learn some new techniques and finish with a cozy vest to wear into spring

  • Skill Requirements: Know how to cast on, knit, and bind off.
  • Date: Next Class date to be announced- call to be put on call list.
  • Time: TBA
  • Registration: Call Flying Fibers at (717) 898-8020 to register for class. A 50% deposit will be due at time of registration.
  • Fee: $30.00 + materials -pattern must be purchased separately it is available at Schoolhouse press or the Knitting Workshop book by Elizabeth Zimmermann or Knitter's Magazine 5, Fall/Winter 1986

Group Classes: Fibers

Lockspinning with Jeri Robinson-Lawrence

Lockspinning is a great novelty spinning technique that allows you to spin with just fleece! Jeri will teach you tips and tricks to master this technique.

  • Date: June 13, 2015
  • Time: 10:30am-12:30pm
  • Fee: $30.00 per person, plus materials
  • Class Size: maximum of 4 students
  • Skill Requirements: Be comfortable knowing how to spin. Also it is better to have a wheel with a slightly larger orifice.

Individual Classes

We also offer classes on an indidvidual basis so that we may meet your time needs. Flying Fibers teachers offer knitting, crochet and spinning on a one-on-one basis (unless otherwise requested by your small group) and may be scheduled to your convenience. Any topics are possible with a sample of ideas below. Just give us a call and we will work to meet your fiber arts needs.

Beginning Spinning with Ellen Anderson

Have you always wanted to learn to spin your own yarn? Spinning lessons are approximately three hours and are given one-on-one or take the class with a friend and learn together. You will begin by learning fiber preparation techniques, and then learn to spin on a drop spindle, followed by learning to spin on a wheel (we have wheels for you to use, or bring your own). By the time class is over you will have your first skein of 2-ply yarn to take home, along with your very own drop spindle to continue spinning.

No experience necessary just a willingness to learn.
Date: Scheduled on a one-on-one basis, dates & times are flexible throughout the entire week including weekends and evenings. Call Flying Fibers at (717) 898.8020 to schedule.
Fee: $60.00 per person. All materials and use of wheels included.

Beginning Crochet with Janet Landvater

This class will teach you everything you need to know to start off on your crochet adventure. You will learn how to chain, learn a few basic crochet stitches and how to finish.

Date: Call Flying Fibers at (717)898-8020 to schedule for yourself or group.
Fee: $25.00 per hour per person (reduced pricing for groups)
Skill Requirements: An interest in learning to crochet.

Pick Your Own Topic - Knitting or Crochet: Various Instructors

Need to learn something specific? Want to make your first sweater but need a little guidance? Trying a new technique? Whatever you want to learn about knitting and crochet is possible at Flying Fibers. Just give us a call and we can get you started.

Date: Call Flying Fibers at (717)898-8020 to schedule for yourself or group.
Fee: $25.00 per hour per person (reduced pricing for groups)

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