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



Learn to Weave with Keith

October 14th, 21st and 28th - 3 Sundays 1:30PM - 4:30PM | 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.  

Bus Trip to the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, NY

Saturday, October 20th | Cost $49

Join us as we travel to the beautiful Hudson Valley for a day trip to the New York Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, NY. We will leave the Emmaus Weis Market parking lot at 6AM and will leave the festival at 4PM to return to Emmaus. The price remains at $49, which includes snacks and water and bus driver gratuity, but not tickets into the festival. Festival tickets will be available on the bus, and they are usually $9, but it is too early to order them yet. Call the shop early to reserve your seat - this bus always sells out! (No refunds for any cancellations made after 10/1) SORRY - THE BUS IS FULL


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!