PHONE: 610-421-8889

Classes & Special Events

At The School of Fiber Arts at Conversational Threads, our friendly and experienced Instructors offer a wide range of Classes to students of every skill level and interest.  As a shop, we hold frequent Special Events and Celebrations.  To register for a Class or a Special Event, call the shop or email us, or better yet, stop by in person!  Class fees are payable in cash or by check made out to the Instructor of your class.  Materials are not included unless specified otherwise.

Our Instructors

Deb Diefenderfer | Rachel Howard | Carolee Fegley | Stacy Hortner | Simone Kereit | Nadeen McShane | Mary Clarke Edwards | Jean Byers |  Lavanya Patricella | Ann Sloane | Keith Gustafson | Katie Pfenninger | Christine Zadlo



Conversational Threads Fiber Arts Studio

Beginner's Knitting Course (And Beyond!) - Plus Knitter's Help Class

Thursday Afternoons from 3:00PM to 5:00PM

Thursday Evenings from 6:30PM to 8:30PM

Sunday Afternoons from 2:00PM to 4:00PM

Beginner's Knitting is a 5 Week Course ($75.00 in advance), with specific projects designed to learn basic knitting skills for any beginner or returning knitter.  Students can continue weekly classes, selecting projects of their choice based on their skill level at $10 per session thereafter, payable as you go. 

The Knitter's Help Class is a one time - or as many as you need - session run at the same time as the Beginner's Knitting Course to let Jean give you a hand to help current knitters learn a new technique or help you over a hurdle in your current knitting project.

The Beginner's Knitting Course is for the Absolute Beginning New Knitter or for Start Again Knitters, for those wanting to learn to knit or for those who have knitted long ago but have forgotten most of what they knew. After you have learned the basics, let Jean guide you as you move beyond into more complex projects.

Students can attend as many sessions per week as desired, but they must register for each session they wish to attend in order to maintain a comfortable number of students per session so that everyone is able to get sufficient attention for their needs.  

Students will complete four projects in the course.  Project One will be a wool hotpad, Project Two will be a ribbed scarf, Project Three will be a hat with a ribbed brim, and Project Four will be a pair of fingerless mitts with a thumb gusset.  Skills learned will be the knit stitch, the purl stitch, casting on, binding off, increasing, decreasing, knitting in the round and more.

You must register for your Beginner's Knitting or Knitter's Help session by emailing the teacher -


Weekly Open Crochet with Deb

Thursday Evenings - 6:30 - 8:30PM | Cost $10.00

Saturday Mornings - 10:00 - Noon | Cost $10.00

Join Deb for her Thursday evening class or her Saturday morning class where she will help you with any aspect of the art of crochet, from learning the very basic stitches to help with your ongoing project to teaching you a new technique for your crochet knowledge base.  All levels of crocheters are welcome, and these are ongoing classes which students can join at any time. 



Advanced Brioche Class with Lavanya

Tuesday, April 24th - Noon - 3:00PM | Cost $35.00 (includes the pattern in the picture) 

Join the enormously popular and our favorite resident brioche teacher Lavanya Patricella and learn some of the more advanced skills in the lovely and versatile 2 color brioche stitch. During the 3 hour class you will be taught the basics of knitting brioche flat, increasing and decreasing, how to read a brioche pattern, how to count rows, how to count stitches, measuring your gauge, and how to fix up and identify common mistakes. Space is limited, call in advance to sign up. No previous brioche experience required. Materials needed: 2 contrasting colors of worsted weight yarn and a US 8 16" circular needle. 


Bus Trip to Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival

Saturday, May 5th | Cost $49.00


Leaves Weis Market in Emmaus promptly at 6:30AM to presumably arrive at the festival shortly after it opens.
Leaves the festival at 4:00PM promptly.

Cost for the bus trip includes admission ticket to the festival and the bus driver tip. Snacks and bottled water on the bus also included. 



Call us today at 610-421-8889 or drop by our shop to place a reservation for one of our Classes or Special Events.  Our Instructors and Staff promise that you will have a fun time while you learn a lot at Conversational Threads and meet some wonderful people along the way!