Knit, Crochet, and Build Skills at Jorstad Creek with our studio classes in 2019

crochet2Introducing new beginning knitting and crochet classes for the complete novice or those who want more confidence in their skills…

March we kick off knitting and crochet instruction here at the Jorstad Creek Studio. We would love to be part of your crafting education! We plan to post more bio information about our instructors in the new year, but for now we’re posting the dates and opening registration for these great skill building classes planned for March 2019. Students get a 10% discount on yarn and needles throughout the month.

Beginning Knitting Class  $45 per session – choose one or both Sat March  9 and 23 – 9 am to 12 pm

Learn or gain confidence in knitting!

Sign up for one or both sessions. Three hours of expert instruction per session to get the new knitter on a solid foundation for learning our beloved craft. Do you know someone who wants to learn to knit? Or maybe learned a long time ago and needs a refresher? This class will provide basic instruction and get you started on your first project. Go as fast or slow as you like, we’ll give you personalized instruction and no pressure! Instructors Ali Hartzell and Dawn Nelson.

Crochet for Beginner’s – $45 per session – choose one or both – March 16 and 30 – 9am to 12pm

There’s more than one way to turn yarn into fabric!  The art of crocheting is nearly as old as knitting and just as versatile.  Use crochet techniques alone or paired with other fiber art skills like knitting and weaving to create original works of art! In this class, we will cover a few basic crochet stitches like chains, single crochets, double crochets, and slip stitches.  We’ll discover how to implement these stitches in straight rows or in rounds to create both flat and 3-dimensional fabrics.  We’ll discuss increasing and decreasing to get your fabric just the right size and shape, and we’ll deal with the fiber artists’ bane–hiding those pesky ends.  Join us for this basics course and you’ll be well on your way to crocheting toys, garments, blankets–whatever you can imagine!

Heather Foster is your instructor. Heather is an experienced crochet teacher and designer. We are pleased to have her join our talented group of instructors!

Yarn Substitution Success! $30 per student
April 13 – 9am to 11am

So many great patterns call for yarns that are discontinued, or are no longer readily available at your LYS. Want to substitute that luxurious hand-dyed yarn for a commercial yarn called for in a pattern? We will talk about yarn construction, fiber content, and something called “grist!” We will share our stories of both substitution successes and disasters. Students will have the knowledge and confidence to substitute yarns by the end of class! Bring a pattern or two to evaluate. Includes handouts and worksheets. Instructor – Kerry Graber, owner of Jorstad Creek

Finishing and Blocking for beautiful project results
March 2 – 9am to 11pm

Every knitter should know basic finishing and blocking.  A packed two-hour seminar! We will show you different techniques for blocking knitted pieces, even pieces that curve. We will discuss different finishes for edges and seams.  Bring scrap yarn and needles for trying out techniques. This is an introductory class for newer knitters. Jann Hoppler, talented designer and instructor, is your teacher.

Coming soon – redux of our spinning classes, new colorwork class, and spring/summer dye classes!

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