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 | Simone Kereit  | Jean Byers |  Lavanya Patricella | Keith Gustafson | Katie Pfenninger 

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Conversational Threads Fiber Arts Studio

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

Thursday Afternoons from 1:00PM to 3:00 PM

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

Thursday Evenings from 6:00PM to 8:00PM

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 - jbyers@ptd.net


 

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 alpduez2@gmail.com if you wish to attend a session.


 

 

Learn to Weave with Keith

March 3rd, 10th and 17th - 3 Sundays 1:00PM - 4:00PM | Cost $75.00 for 3 sessions

THIS CLASS IS FULL

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.  

Beginners' Brioche in the Round

Saturday, April 6th - 1:00PM - 4:00PM | Cost $40.00

Join Lavanya for an afternoon of knitting and learn the lovely and versatile 2-color brioche stitch. During the 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, measuring gauge, and how to fix up and identify common mistakes, while Lavanya guides you through your choice of an included cowl pattern.
 
Students must know how to: Knit/purl; cast on/bind off; work in the round
 
Materials: US 11 16" circular needle, stitch marker, 106 yards of bulky yarn (Color A), 90 yards of bulky yarn (color B) with good contrast between the yarns (light and dark).
 
Homework: With US 11 and color A, ​CO 58 sts. Being careful not to twist your stitches, pm and join in the round. Round 1: ​*p1, k1; repeat from * to end of round. Leave on needles, do not break yarn.
 
Class is limited to 10 students.

Learn to Weave with Katie

April 27th, May 4th and 11th - 3 Saturdays 1:00PM - 4:00PM | Cost $75.00 for 3 sessions

THIS CLASS IS FULL

Join Katie as she 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.  

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!