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

(No classes on January 17 or 20, 2019)

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. Please be certain to email Deb at if you wish to attend a session.



Learn to Weave with Keith

January 12th, 19th and 26th - 3 Saturdays 1:00PM - 4:00PM | Cost $75.00 for 3 sessions


Join Keith as he take you on a new fiber adventure! This beginning weaving course is designed for beginners and weavers who want to refresh their weaving skills. You will learn the different parts of the loom, making a warp, learning to dress a Schacht Cricket rigid heddle loom, and the basic weave structures. Students will learn weave structures like plain weave, basket weave, basic tapestry techniques, and finishing techniques. You should choose to stay with 1 or 2 solid colors to create your beautiful weaving. You will need to pick a plied yarn for your warp, but you may choose single yarns to weave with.

Materials you will need are scissors, tapestry needle, worsted or aran weight yarn. You will need approx. 300 yards for your warp and approx. 300 yards for your weft.  Class is limited to 4 students.  

Baby Penguono Workshop

Friday, February 8th, 9:00AM To Noon | Cost $95.00

Class Maximum: 20 participants


Join the Penguono Posse and start your own little Penguono creation! We will begin knitting a baby sized Penguono together while learning the welt and modular knitting technique. Penguono is a colorful jacket knit with multiple strands of yarn held together so we will experiment with mixing different yarn weights and fibers. You will receive instructions prior to class to knit the first section of the baby size and then we will work the next few sections together, learning the construction techniques so you can finish the rest of the jacket on your own after the inspiring workshop. This class will give the skills needed to accomplish the adult Penguono size as well! The baby version is a great opportunity to experiment with colors and fibers before tackling the big version.

Materials: 40”/100cm US 10.5/6.5mm circular needle or size needed to obtain gauge. Bring a variety of yarn weights from fingering weight to bulky weight since we will be mixing strands together. Wool yarns recommended, but please bring other textures like mohair, alpaca, metallic/sparkly, and funky novelty yarns to take your Penguono to the next level.

Homework: Instructions for the first section will be sent for you to complete prior to attending the workshop.

Difficulty level: Adventurous Beginner - Advanced


Knitspiration with Lavanya and Stephen

Friday, February 8th, 6:00PM TO 8:00PM | Cost $30.00

Join Lavanya & Stephen, the brioche loving and knitting obsessed duo as they share all of their latest knitted creations and designs. The evening will be filled with fluffy and speckled knitspiration. Come admire Lavanya's latest brioche shawls and accessories while she shares her process for choosing yarns and colors. Stephen is traveling all the way from Amsterdam with a suitcase filled with sweaters and shawls to inspire your winter projects. Following their design presentation, enjoy a festive evening and let Lavanya & Stephen help you choose yarns for your next project.


Westknits Shawl Mashup Workshop

Saturday, February 9th, 9:00AM to Noon | Cost $95.00
Class Maximum: 20 participants
In this workshop you will explore Stephen West’s shawl world as he demonstrates several of his top-down shawl construction methods. You will be given a handout in class filled with Stephen’s favorite techniques, stitch patterns, and shaping ideas. Stephen will help you mix your favorite elements together into your very own shawl mashup. You will be guided to either use a simple shawl shape to fill with texture and color if you prefer to follow a pattern as a guideline or you can also create your very own knitted shape if you like to improvise and experiment. Emphasis will be focused on experimenting with elements like colorful stripes, Westknits shortcut rows, and yarn overs. Prepare to be inspired!
Materials: Please bring a collection of 5-10 colors to that inspire you to create a new project or bring 2 colors minimum. You can work with standard fingering weight yarns and US 4-6 needles or bring larger needles and thicker textural yarns for a larger cozy fabric. Do not be afraid of bringing fun textures like fluffy alpaca or mohair. More is more and less is a bore with Westknits workshops! Your project may grow into a finished shawl masterpiece or you can use your project as a sample to explore new shapes and techniques.
Skill Level: Adventurous Beginner - Advanced

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!