Classes

Free Beginning Knitting and Crochet Classes!

At Northwest Yarns, we are fairly certain that everyone would like to know how to knit and crochet, and if they do not yet know how, it is only because of lack of opportunity. To help populate the world with knitters and crocheters, we offer free beginning knitting and crochet classes!  
If you would like to get your knit and crochet on, please drop by for one of the classes below.  Needles, hooks and yarns for class are available for purchase at our store -- or feel free to bring your own.
If you already know how to knit or crochet, but have questions about your project that you would like some assistance with, feel free to stop by as well!

Beginning Knitting Class - Every Wednesday at 4:00 PM

Beginning Crochet Class - Every Friday at 5:00 PM

  

Kids are great, and we love teaching the next generation all about fiber arts!  Kids that are 13+ are welcome to participate in our beginning knitting and crochet classes unaccompanied by adults.  Kids younger than 13 years old are required to be accompanied by an adult that will also be participating in class so the adult can provide support both in and out of class.  Thanks for understanding!

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Build a Cardigan (6 part class)

Learn to knit a custom fitted cardigan in this popular 6-part class with Heather Seevers. This beginning sweater class will meet 6 times July - September, and students will come away with an understanding of how to knit and fit a basic cardigan. Students for this class should already have basic knitting skills, and be ready to move on to the next level of knitting!
 
Class Dates & Times: 7/5, 7/19, 8/2, 8/16, 8/30, 9/13: 5:30-7
Cost: $120 
Minimum knitters: 2
Maximum knitters: 6
  
   
   

Darn Tootin' - Knit Repairs

Don't throw that sweater away - learn to fix your own knits or repair second-hand treasures!Heather Seevers will teach two different repair methods:
How to darn a sock (weaving method)
How to fix a hole in your knitting (knitted method)
 
Class Dates & Times: 7/12, 4:00-7:00
Cost: $35
Minimum darners: 2
Maximum darners: 6
  
      
 
  

Beginning Wheel Spinning (2-part class)

 
Margaret is here to answer the call of all you fledgling spinners out there. In this two part series, you will learn the mechanics of wheel spinning on our various rental wheels. Try out a few and select one that feels best.
 
Spinners will be provided with fiber for practicing in class. As always, a 10% discount on materials required for classes will be extended to students.
 
Class Dates & Times: 7/19 & 7/26, 11-12
Cost: $60 
Minimum spinners: 1
Maximum spinners: 4
 
     
  

Beginning Spindle Spinning (2-part class)

 
Margaret is back and teaching spindle spinning! She will lead a new flock of spinners in Bellingham into the wild blue yonder of fiber arts! Spinners signing up for this spindle spinning class will receive a beginner spindle kit including your very own spindle and fiber for practicing in class.  As always, a 10% discount on materials required for classes will be extended to students.
 

Class Dates & Times: 7/19 & 7/26, 1-2
Cost: $60  + spindle cost, usually around ~$10
Minimum spinners: 1
Maximum spinners: 4

    

 

   
 

Rug Hooking For Beginners   

This beginners' primitive wool rug hooking class covers all aspects of a small rug project! It will introduce you to a step by step process that may be used for other wool rug projects, (whether you are inspired to design your own, or purchase a pattern and/or kit for a new project). 

It will introduce you to how to select and prepare foundation cloth, how to trace patterns on tulle netting, what tools will work best, how to select and cut wool, how to hook and how to finish your project.
This seminar provides a kit to create a 5"x5" wool mug rug.
Each student will be able to select 1 of 3 patterns to use for their rug: an octopus, a dragonfly, or a coffee cup and saucer.
Class Dates & Times: 7/26, 5:30-7:30
Cost: $55
Kit cost: $35
Minimum students: 2
Maximum students: 5
  
     
  
   

Carved in Wool:  Introduction to Bavarian Twisted Stitch with Franklin Habit

We are excited to announce that we have scheduled a class with Franklin Habit in August, right here at Northwest Yarns! Please join us for this special event where Franklin will be teaching us all about how to use the Bavarian Twisted Stitch.
These intriguing twisted stitch patterns (strickmuster) of Southern Germany and Austria are known in their native German as a signature of “Bäuerliches Stricken” – “Peasant Knitting” – but their effect in knitted fabric is of unsurpassed richness. During this class you will learn and have ample opportunity to practice the twist maneuvers required of the technique. You will also learn how to read the special charts in which the patterns have most often been recorded.
Class Date & Time: 8/10, 5-8
Cost: $75
Maximum knitters: 18
Sign up for Carved in Wool:  Intro to Bavarian Twisted Stitch
   
  
   
  

Craftmas in July!

Get ready for the Holidays by coming to the store every Saturday in July 1:00-3:00PM for a FREE class and learn to make beautiful hand made gifts! 
  
  

Felted Dryer Balls

Craftmas in July

Join us for this free Craftmas in July event! Handcrafted, felted dryer balls are a perfect gift to give to friends and family, or to just keep for yourself! These handy and beautiful dryer balls help soften your clothing without a dryer sheet and can reduce the amount of time it takes to dry your clothes by up to a third. Do you like lightly scented clothing? Adding a drop of two of lavender or another favorite essential oil on your dryer balls will also keep your clothes smelling nice and fresh!

Learn how to make your very own set of felted dryer balls in this class with Heather Seevers. She will be teaching this free class on Saturday, July 7th from 1-3pm. Sign-up using the ticket link on this event, or stop by the shop to sign-up. This class is perfect for crafters of all skill levels -- no previous knowledge of felting is needed for this class.

Instruction for this class is free, but students will need to purchase a dryer ball kit ($14 - includes enough materials for three dryer balls) at the shop before class. Sign up online using the ticket link on this event, or in the shop. See you there!

Class Date & Time: 7/7, 1-3pm
Cost: Free
Sign up for Felted Dryer Balls
 
  
      

Woven Rug Mug

Craftmas in July

Join us for this free Craftmas in July event! These cute mugs rugs weave up quickly in Shetland wool, and are the perfect project on which crafters can learn some basic weaving skills. You will be using rigid heddle looms provided by the shop, and they will even be pre-warped so you can start weaving right away. 

Sharon Jacobson Allen will be teaching this free class on Saturday, July 14th from 1-3pm. Sign-up using the ticket link on this event, or stop by the shop to sign-up. This class is perfect for crafters of all skill levels -- no previous knowledge of weaving is needed for this class.

Instruction for this class is free, but students will need to purchase at least two different colors of Jamieson's Shetland Spindrift yarn before class. If you'd like to weave with more than two colors, feel free to purchase additional skeins.

Class Date & Time: 7/14, 1-3pm
Cost: Free
Maximum weavers: 5

Sign up for Woven Rug Mug : Craftmas in July

   

 

Knit a Cabled Mug Cozy

Craftmas in July

Join us for this free Craftmas in July event! Mug cozies are a beautiful gift to give to friends and family, especially when paired with a nice mug and some good coffee, tea, or cocoa. Learn how to make your own lovely, cabled mug cozy in this two-hour class with Echo Mae. She will be teaching this free class on Saturday, July 21st from 1-3pm. Sign-up using the ticket link on this event, or stop by the shop to sign-up. 

This is a class for knitters of all skill levels! However, students will need to know the four knitting basics before taking this class: how to cast on, knit, purl, and cast off. Not sure how to do those, or need a refresher? Stop by for our free basic knitting class, offered at the shop every Wednesday at 4pm, and we'll show you how!

Students will need to bring or purchase in the shop before class: 
-- a pair of size 9 knitting needles
-- a spare knitting needle or a cable needle
-- a skein of worsted weight yarn (we recommend a 100% wool superwash yarn, but any worsted weight yarn will do just fine). Ella Rae worsted weight, superwash yarn was used for the mug cozy in the event photo.
-- a button

Class Date & Time: 7/21, 1-3
Cost: Free

 

     

Crochet Washcloth

Craftmas in July

Join us for this free Craftmas in July event! A handmade, crocheted washcloth is a lovely gift to give to friends and family, especially when paired a beautifully scented bar of handmade soap or other skincare products. Learn how to make crocheted washcloths in this two-hour class with Melissa Gragg. She will be teaching this free class on Saturday, July 28th from 1-3pm. Sign-up using the ticket link on this event, or stop by the shop to sign-up. 

Crafters and crocheters of all skills levels are welcome to attend this class! However, if you would like to pick up some crochet skills before this class, please check out our free, weekly crochet class in our shop, every Friday at 5pm.

Students will need to bring or purchase in the shop before class:
-- cotton yarn
-- crochet hook

Class Date & Time: 7/28, 1-3
Cost: Free

Sign up for Crochet Washcloth: Craftmas in July