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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



Conversational Threads Fiber Arts Studio

Beginner's Knitting Course (And Beyond!) - An Ongoing Class 

Tuesday Evenings from 6:30PM to 8:30PM and Thursday Afternoons from 3:00PM to 5:00PM

Cost is $15 per session for first 5 sessions, payable at the beginning of the course, and $10 per session thereafter, payable as you go. Course is limited to 6 members per session.

This 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 one or two sessions per week as desired, but they must reserve a spot for each session they wish to attend in order to maintain the maximum of 6 people per session so that everyone is able to get sufficient attention for their needs.  One can skip sessions as desired, but if you have reserved a spot in a session and then skip that session, you will be charged for that session (as someone else could have used that spot).

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.

Students completing all four projects will receive a Conversational Threads logo canvas tote bag upon completion.

Register for your session by emailing the teacher -


Weekly General Knitting including Shawl Help Session with Jean

Tuesday and Thursday Afternoons - 1:00PM - 3:00PM | Cost $10.00

Shawls have for quite a while been hugely popular accessories, and they show no signs of slowing down anytime soon!  Let Jean give you a hand with your shawl project - from helping you to choose a pattern compatible with your skills to helping you pick out the perfect yarn and providing you with guidance throughout the knitting process - Jean is there to help you!  Or do you have a knitting problem you need solved?  Need a little direction for your current project?  Jean will help you out!  She will help you with whatever your current project may be, help you begin a new project or teach you a technique new to you.  Have you never knit a sweater?  Jean will help you expand your skills as you take on the challenge of a larger project for yourself.  This is an on-going class, join in any time.  Email Jean to reserve a space in the class -


Weekly Knitting Basics with Jean 

Tuesday Afternoons - 3:00PM - 5:00PM and Thursday Evenings - 6:30PM - 8:30PM | Cost $10.00

Have a knitting problem you need solved?  Need a little direction for your current project?  Jean will help you out!  She will help you with whatever your current project may be, help you begin a new project or teach you a technique new to you.   

Have you never knit a sweater?  Jean will help you expand your skills as you take on the challenge of a larger project for yourself.   
All levels of knitters are welcome, from new knitters to very seasoned knitters.  This will be an on going class so students can join at any time. Email Jean to reserve a space in the class -


Weekly Open Crochet with Deb

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

Join Deb for her Thursday evening 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 this is an ongoing class which students can join at any time.

NO CLASS on July 13th or July 20th



EXTRA! - Special crochet project for August!  During August you can work on your project of choice as usual, or get a start on your holiday gifts with the Dewey Decicowl - Only 2 skeins of a long-striping worsted weight yarn, a crochet hook in size K (6.25mm), and a button for a cute crocheted cowl in single and double crochet that will make a warm present for a friend or family member! (Can be made with or without button tab.)



Beginner Knitting for Teens with Ann (Ages 12-18)

Wednesdays, July 5th, July 12th, July 19th, July 26th - 12:00PM - 2:00PM | Cost $15.00 for each session

Learn something new this summer - come to Conversational Threads and learn to knit!  We'll be making a super-cool cowl while learning to cast-on stitches, knit in the round, and bind off.  If your skills permit, we will teach you more skills as needed.

Ann has worked extensively with teenagers and has run several groups encouraging kids to knit and carry on this age-old tradition and art form. 
Supplies: worsted weight yarn and US size 7, 8, or 9 knitting needles, or these can be purchased at the shop 15 minutes prior to the start of class.  Register by calling the shop.  Class is limited to 6 students per session.




Conversational Threads Fiber Arts Studio

Fingering Weight Brioche Bandana Cowl with Lavanya

Sunday, July 23rd, 1:00PM - 4:00PM | Cost $35.00

Join Lavanya for an afternoon of knitting and learn the lovely and versatile 2 color brioche stitch. During the 3 hour class you will be taught the basics of the brioche knit and purl stitch, how to read a brioche pattern, how to count rows, how to count stitches, and measuring gauge, while she guides you through your choice of an included cowl pattern. This is a beginner friendly class but advancing students are welcome!  Supplies:  2 contrasting skeins of fingering weight yarn - 150 yards each for the small size (pictured) or 220 yards each for the large size - and a US 3 - 16" circular needle plus a stitch marker.  Space is limited, call in advance to sign up.


Conversational Threads Fiber Arts Studio

A New Basket Class with Tamela - The Mini Yarn Basket

(Base 5" x 6”, Rim 7.5"x 8.5”, Height 4”)

Saturday, July 29th - Noon to 3:30PM | Cost $35.00 (including supplies)
Join Tamela for another in her series of highly popular beginner basket classes.  This basket is a beginner basket with square-to-round shaping and a wrapped handle, perfect for holding your yarn ball while knitting. The working yarn goes through the handle nicely and keeps the yarn from rolling all over the place.
Skills include:  laying out the base, upsetting the stakes, stop/start weaving, applying the rim, and wrapping the handle.
 A versatile basket that is a great catch all for desk or counter, as
well as a fun gift basket.  
Class is limited to 4 students.

Paint Your Own Yarn Bowl (Or Mug!) Event in conjunction with Paint Some Pottery            

Saturday, August 19th - 1:00 - 3:00PM | Cost $35.00

Come join the pottery painting fun at Conversational Threads where you can create your own personalized yarn bowl or mug! Just imagine what a wonderful gift this would make for your knitting and crocheting friends and relatives - or yourself! - a yarn bowl decorated by you, a yarn mug for your coffee or tea! This is our tenth time hosting this event, and it has been a fast sell-out each time. Decorate your bowl or mug with your name, or sheep, or yarn balls, or whatever you can imagine!!  Come supplied with some ideas of how you might like to decorate your item for the best experience.  Cost for this awesome event is $35, and all supplies, including firing of your finished masterpiece, are included. Sign up now, because the event is strictly limited to 10 people.




Yarn Bowl-Conversational Threads Fiber Arts Studio
Conversational Threads Fiber Arts Studio

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!