Give yourself a gift of some time to yourself, to visit with friends, to be creative, to learn something new (or perhaps refresh your memory), and relax in a comfortable (and unique) atmosphere! Bring a picnic if the weather is nice!

2017 Class Schedule

 

January 21st – Learn To Crochet
February 11th – Valentine Frog Felting Class
February 18th – Frog Felting Class
February 25th – Learn To Crochet
March 11th – Learn To Knit
March 25th – Bunny Felting Class
April 1st – Spring Chick Felting Class
April 22nd – Wet Felting Fancy Flower Class
May 13th – Frog Felting Class
June 3rd – Spring Petals Scarf Crochet Class
June 17 – Purse Wet Felting Class
July 15th – Drop Spindle Class
August 12th – Drop Stitch Alpaca Scarf Knitting Class
August 26th – Mitten Wet Felting Class
September 30th – Pumpkin Needle Felting Class
October 20th – Bear Needle Felting Class
October 21st – Bear Needle Felting Class
October 28th – Pumpkin Faces Needle Felting Class
November 11th – Santa Needle Felting Workshop
December 9th – Christmas Needle Felting Workshop

2018 Class Schedule

January 27th – Learn To Knit
February 10 – Bear Needle Felting Class
February 24th – Drop Spindle Class
March 10th – Rug Yarn Bag Crochet Class

 

See Online Classes here!

 

Create Your Own Class

The class dates scheduled don’t work for you, or there’s a class below you’d like to take but it’s not scheduled?  Choose a class, gather a few friends, then email or call me at (419) 529-8152, and we’ll discuss a date.   I like to have at least three people for a class.

NEEDLE FELTING CLASSES

Bear Needle Felting Class In this needle felting class you will be learning to sculpt a bear out of alpaca wool roving. Students can choose from a variety of colored fiber to design their own unique bear. As time allows, students can needle felt “bear accessories” such as hats, scarves, etc.

Needle felting is an easy-to-learn technique, that is not hard but does take time, and requires lots of poking with a barbed needle (also can be effective stress relief), to shape and sculpt the natural fiber. This class is for all skill levels, but it is a longer class and there is more work involved than some of the other classes. Age range, approximately 16 years+.

You’ll be surprised at what you can create with a needle, some alpaca fiber, and a little imagination! No bears will look the same, and that is part of the fun.

Time Needed: 3 Hours

Time and Materials:  $48

Register for this class here.

 


Valentine Frog Felting Class

In this particular needle felting class we’ll be sculpting some long legged frogs with big hearts, out of alpaca wool fiber! Needle felting is an easy-to-learn technique to shape and sculpt natural fiber.  Come and see what you can create with a needle, some fiber, and a little imagination! Instruction, felting tools needed for the class, and materials are provided.

Time Needed: 2.5 Hours

Time and Materials:  $40

Register for this class here.

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Spring Chick Felting Class

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In this class, you will be learning to needle felt a Spring Chick. Needle felting is the process of using a single barbed needle to repeatedly jab alpaca/wool fibers causing the fiber to tangle and become compact into flat pieces or three-dimensional sculptures. No experience required.  Decorate your chick with a scarf, or perhaps a Spring Bonnet!  You will learn techniques to enable you to make other three dimensional figures as well. Cost of class includes materials and use of felting tools needed for project.

Time Needed: 2 Hours

Time and Materials:  $40

Register for this class here.


Bunny Felting Class

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Needle felting is the process of using a single barbed needle to repeatedly jab alpaca/wool fibers causing the fiber to tangle and become compact into flat pieces or three-dimensional sculptures. In this class, taught by Julie Petty, you will be learning to needle felt a Bunny. No needle felting experience required. Limited only by your imagination, each bunny made will have his/her own personality, which makes this class a ton of fun! You will learn techniques to enable you to make other three dimensional figures as well.

Cost of class includes materials and use of felting tools needed for project.

Time Needed: 3 Hours

Time and Materials:  $48

Register for this class here.

Easter Egg Felting Kits are available to make at home, or give as a gift, complete with illustrated instructions.


Felted Pumpkins

Pumpkin Felting Class

You will be learning the basics of needle felting a three dimensional object, how to create a core shape, apply an outer color, add line detailing, a stem, and embellishment. Needle felting is a fun craft and part of the fun is creating something out of a mass of fiber just by poking with a needle!

All materials are included, felting tools and foam surface to work on are provided for use in class. These items are also available to purchase should you want to do more needle felting at home.

Time Needed:  1 1/2 Hours

Class Fee and Materials: $35

Click here to register.

 


Pumpkin Faces Felting Class

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“Take a stab” at needle felting and go home with one of these adorable (comical) pumpkins!  All materials are included, felting tools and foam surface to work on are provided for use in class.

Time Needed:  3 Hours

Class Fee and Materials: $48

Bring a picture of a celebrity or older person with distinguished features for inspiration!

Click here to register.

 


Snowman Felting Class

Needle Felted Snowman

Needle felting is the process of repeatedly pushing a barbed needle into a mass of fiber, agitating, compressing, and locking the fibers together into a more dense mass of fiber. No experience necessary. No knitting, no crocheting. I think of it as being like sculpting, with fiber and a needle, instead of clay.

In this class you will learn to needle felt a three dimensional snowman out of alpaca fiber, complete with whatever accessories you decide to dress him/her in. All materials are included, felting tools and foam surface to work on are provided for use in class. This is a fun class and everyone’s snowman turns out so different than the others.

Time Needed:  3 Hours

Class Fee and Materials:  $48

Register for this class here.

See pictures from other classes.  Great gift or Christmas decoration for your own home!


Santa Felting Class

Felted Santa Class

In this class you will learn to needle felt a three dimensional Santa out of alpaca fiber. This project involves a number of parts to make and attach, so a previous needle felting class would be helpful, but not required. There will be a simpler Santa design option for those who have never needle felted before, or just like the simpler option.

Needle felting is the process of repeatedly pushing a barbed needle into a mass of fiber, agitating, compressing, and locking the fibers together into a more dense mass of fiber.  I think of it as being like sculpting, with fiber and a needle, instead of clay.

All materials are included, felting tools and foam surface to work on are provided for use in class. Great gift or Christmas decoration for your own home!

Time Needed: 3 Hours

Class Fee and Materials:  $48

Register for this class here.


Christmas Felting Workshop

Felting in Cookie Cutters This class is an introduction to needle felting.  No experience necessary… no knitting or crocheting required!  We will be felting Christmas Cookie Ornaments  (snowmen, candy canes, gingerbread men, mittens, santas) and Christmas Ball Ornaments.  Go at your own pace, take a break from the hectic pace this time of year, get creative, have some holiday fun!

All materials are included.  Tools and foam forms needed will be furnished for the class, and available for purchase for more felting fun at home.  Fun for groups!

Time Needed:  2 Hours

Class Fee and Materials: $35

Register for this class here.


WET FELTING CLASSES

Purse Wet Felting Class

Wet Felted Alpaca Purse

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Design and create a one-of-a-kind felted alpaca purse!  In this class we will using the wet felting method which is done using raw washed and carded fiber.  Make a template of whatever size and shape purse or case you’d like, then add warm, soapy water and rub to create a lovely and durable fabric.  No knitting is involved in this type of felting, and experience is required to have a great time creating a one-of-a-kind piece.  Please bring a towel.

Time Needed:  3 Hours

Class Fee and Materials:  $48

Register for this class here.

See Wet Felting Purse Tips.


Mitten Felting Class

Wet Felted Mittens ClassWet felting is one of several methods which can produce felt from alpaca and other animal fibers. Warm soapy water is applied to layers of fiber placed at 90 degree angles to one another. Repeated agitation and compression cause the fibers to hook together into a single piece of fabric.  In this class you will be wet felting a pair of the warmest mittens you have ever worn.  Felting around a resist, you will be amazed at how a mass of fiber magically becomes  an article of clothing  custom fit to your own hand … no knitting or crocheting required!  Please bring a towel, a pair of pointed scissors, a Sharpie.  All other materials will be provided.

Time Needed:  3 Hours

Class Fee and Materials:  $48

Register for this class here.

See pictures from past Mitten Felting Classes.


Alpaca Soap Felting Class

Alpaca Soap Felting Class

 

In this class we will be wet felting alpaca fiber over soap. Sometimes known as “soap in a coat”, the finished product is your soap and washcloth all in one. Alpaca fiber and three bars of soap will be provided for the class.

Easy project for adults and children.  Fun for groups!

Time Needed:  2 Hours

Class Fee and Materials: $35

Register for this class here.


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WET FELTING FANCY FLOWER CLASS

In this class you will be introduced to basic wet felting techniques as you learn to make pretty felted flowers from layers of beautiful shaded felt that you will create.  These fancy flowers are perfect for wardrobe and accessory embellishments, table decor, jewelry and more.  Locks of fiber can be needle felted on after your flower has dried, if desired. Beaded stamens or felted buttons can also be used to add more detail and some sparkle.   This class includes materials to make as many flowers as you want during our class time.  You will see how you can make more flowers at home with fiber and just a few tools. No felting experience is needed to succeed in this beginner-level class.

Time Needed:  2 Hours

Class Fee and Materials:  $35

Click here to register.

Click my Pinterest board called Felted Flowers for inspiration and to see some of my favorite flowers made by other fiber artists.  See How to Wet Felt Flowers for a tutorial.

Can’t come to a class?  A Wet Felting Purse Kit with an instructional DVD is available here.

CROCHET CLASSES

Learn to Crochet Class

Snuggle Headbands

Get started with crochet!  Crochet is one of the simplest of the fiber arts, and yet perhaps the most versatile.  Whether you used to crochet years ago and need a refresher, or are just learning, this is the class for you!  You will learn how to read a pattern, how to hold a hook, and the basic crochet stitches to make a headband. You will learn to chain stitch, single crochet, half-double crochet, and join two edges together.  If time allows, you will also be shown how to make a flower for your headband.  One skein of Snuggle yarn is needed and is included in the fee for this class.

Time Needed:  2 Hours

Class Fee and Materials:  $35

Register for this class here.

Size N Crochet Hook is needed for this class.

View the pattern we will be using and a list of FREE Headband Crochet Patterns here.  Also, The Beginner’s Guide to Crochet is a FREE PDF guide packed with tutorials, tips and tricks from experts that you might find quite helpful.  You might also want to read Beginner’s Guide: How To Read a Crochet Pattern.


Swizzle Ribbed Scarf Crochet Class

 Swizzle Alpaca Ribbed ScarfThis is easily a beginner’s class.  Taking the Learn to Crochet Class is helpful, as is being somewhat comfortable with tension and consistency of stitches, but the pattern we will using for this class is easy and works up quickly.  We will be making the Ribbed Scarf out of our Swizzle Yarn, your choice of color.  The pattern is here.  We will be using a chain stitch and half-double crochet, that’s it.  You will be learning more about how to read a pattern.  You will also be learning about blocking which will give your scarf a professional looking finish.  One skein of yarn is all that is needed for this pattern and is included in the fee for this class.

Time Needed: 2 Hours

Class Fee and Materials: $38

You will need to a Size I – 5.5 mm Crochet Hook.

Click here to register.


Spring Petals Scarf Crochet Class

Spring Petals Scarf - Astral

You know the basics of crochet and are ready to take on a different project.  We will be making this Spring Petals Scarf out of our Astral Yarn, your choice of color.  The pattern is here.  We will be using a chain stitch, single crochet, double crochet, and half-double crochet.  You will be learning to read a pattern, if you don’t already know.  You will also be learning about blocking which will show off the beauty of the lacy stitches in this pattern and make your finished scarf look professionally done.  Two skeins of yarn are included in the fee for this class.

Time Needed: 2 Hours

Class Fee and Materials: $50

You will need to bring Size H – 5.0 mm hook.

Click here to register.


Alpaca Rug Crocheting Class

Alpaca Rug Crochet Class

In this class we will be crocheting a small circular rug approximately 20″ across, and finish it in just a few hours time.  Working with rug yarn made from the fiber of our own alpacas, it will be the softest, cushiest rug, you’ve ever sunk your bare feet into! Working with a large hook, you’ll be surprised at how quickly you can make a rug.  We will be using only a few simple stitches, beginning crocheters are welcome!  Using the same basic pattern that you’ll be learning in this class, you can then make coasters, trivets, chair pads, even pet beds out of rug yarn!

Time Needed:  2 Hours

Class Fee and Materials:  $75

You will need a Size S or Size U Crochet Hook.

You may register for this class here.


Rug Yarn Bag Crochet Class

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In this class you will be learning to crochet a bag/basket with handles, using alpaca rug yarn and a large crochet hook. Alpaca rug yarn is a very bulky yarn made from alpaca fiber wrapped around a spun alpaca yarn core, which gives it added durability. With a very large hook, crocheting goes quickly, and most will finish during the allotted two hour class time.

Depending on how tight or loosely you crochet, the bag or basket you make will measure approximately 10″ high, and about the same across the round base. The bags are great for knitting projects, magazines, yarn storage, and more.

We will be using only a few simple stitches, so beginning crocheters are welcome!

Time Needed:  2 Hours

Class Fee and Materials:  $85

You will need a Size S or Size U Crochet Hook.

You may register for this class here.


Color Block Scarf Crochet Class

Color Block Crocheted Scarf

Learn to read a pattern, chain stitch, single crochet, half-double crochet, change colors, and finish an edge.  Two different colors of our bulky Snuggle yarn are included in the fee for this class.  Be sure to check the two colors you’d like to use, when purchasing this class.

Time Needed:  2 1/2 Hours

Class Fee and Materials:  $45

You will need to bring a Size H Crochet Hook.

Register for this class here.

 


KNITTING CLASSES

Learn to Knit Class

Bulky Ribbed Gray Snuggle Scarf

Knitting isn’t just for old ladies anymore … women and men of all ages are learning to master this fun and enriching art!  Not only that, but brain research tells us that it is good for your brain.  Have fun, learn something new, and make yourself smarter!

In this class for new knitters you will learn how to cast on, knit, purl, bind off, and weave in ends.  This is the perfect class if you have never knitted or if it has been years since you last picked up needles!  We will be using a bulky yarn, which always makes knitting go quicker, and get started making  the Easy Mistake Stitch Scarf.  This pattern creates a deep and lofty rib that looks like so much more work than it actually is.  We will be using our Snuggle yarn for this project which is included in the cost of the class.

Time Needed:  2.5 Hours

Class Fee and Materials:  $48

You will need to bring Size US 11 – 8.0 mm Knitting Needles

Register for this class here.

Can’t come to my class?  Learn To Knit: Essential Skills for Beginning Knitters is an online knitting class, learn at your own pace in the comfort of your own home!  You may find Learning to Knit – What You Will Need and Learning to Knit – Getting Started to be helpful posts.  See other Online Knitting Classes.


Drop Stitch Alpaca Scarf Class

Swizzle Alpaca Scarf

You’ve learned how to cast on, knit, purl, and bind off, and now you’re ready for a more advanced knitting project.  In this class you’ll be learning a horizontal drop stitch.  It is quite beautiful, and easy to knit!  When it comes to creating dropped stitches in your knitting, you gain the great advantage of adding an endless amount of variety by intentionally dropping your stitches!  We will be knitting the scarf pictured above using our Swizzle Yarn, in the color of your choice. Two skeins of yarn are included in the fee for this class.

Time Needed:  2 Hours

Class Fee and Materials: $55

You will need to bring Size US 8 – 5.0 mm Knitting Needles.

Click here to register.


SPINNING

Drop Spindle Class

Drop Spindle Class

In this class you will learn to spin roving into yarn on a drop spindle, and gain the skills to spin a singles yarn. You will learn spinning related terms and leave with instructions on how to ply your singles yarn.  A drop spindle and two ounces of roving is included in the class fee.  By the time you are finished with this class, you will be well on your way to spinning your own hand spun yarn!

Time Needed: 1.5 Hours

Class Fee and Materials: $40

Click here to register.

Ready for a spinning wheel?  We are a dealer for the Louet line of spinning wheels.  Lessons are FREE at Alpaca Meadows when you purchase a spinning wheel from us … of course you’d need to get here.

Foundations of Spinning is an online class for beginners with hours of close-up instruction!


Interested in private knitting or crochet lessons?  Click here.

I send out a monthly newsletter and in it try to include what’s new at our farm, new classes being offered, new products, free patterns, and other fun stuff!  If you’re interested, click here.

 

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