A minimum of three students is required to hold a class. If the class does not get a minimum number of students, we will refund your class payment. (Individual instructors may decide to proceed with fewer than three students, per their discretion.)
If you find you must cancel within 72 hours of the scheduled class, a store credit will be offered for a future class or products. There are no refunds or store credits for missed attendance. If you must miss a session of your class, we will help you convert your missed class to a private lesson. Please note that private lesson fees are separate from class fees and must be paid prior to the appointment.
All private lessons must be cancelled or rescheduled more than 24 hours before your scheduled time. If you cancel or reschedule within the 24 hour period, no refunds will be issued.
If a class is canceled by the instructor, a refund will be issued. If inclement weather or reasons beyond the shop's control affect a particular class session, the class will be rescheduled.
Supplies are not included in class prices unless specifically stated in the class description, but a 10% discount on supplies for the class will be offered if purchased through Dances With Wool.
Penelope’s grandmother (Yiayia) crocheted every day and taught her how to crochet when she was young. Many years ago, Penelope inherited her Yiayia’s crochet hooks. With these “Yiayia’s Hooks,” she renewed her interest in yarn art. Crocheting and knitting are like meditating for her - a great way to relax. Penelope enjoys making gifts for friends and family and updating her wardrobe with new handmade items. She enjoys challenging herself with new techniques and stitches.
Over the years, Penelope has taught crochet to adults and children. Her goal in teaching crochet is to make it easy, accessible, and fun for all who wish to learn. Take a class with Penelope and discover how exciting, relaxing, and fulfilling it is to create your own crochet yarn art!
Jeff has been creating things his whole life. From helping his family build their house when he was 12 to his current obsession, dyeing up bold, bright yarns, he is always working on something. In fact, his high school classmates saw his creative potential and predicted that he would be living in New York City and selling his own brand of T-Shirts. He much prefers living in Richmond and dyeing up yarn though.
For those that don’t know, Jeff is one of the dyers behind the Dances with Wool shop yarn, Rich Hill Yarn. His wife Abbie, Storied Fiber Art, was his inspiration for joining the yarn dyeing community. They remain happily married even though they have very different styles when it comes to color combinations.
An elementary teacher by trade, he enjoys helping others learn new things and has an uncanny amount of patience for all of his students. He cannot wait to show you how much fun it is to dye yarn.
Chris learned to knit after seeing a picture of his grandfather in a photo knitting his own socks in WW2. After seeing the picture his mom and aunt sat down and taught him to knit. Chris grew up in Richmond and attended James River High School and Virginia Commonwealth University. In 2016 he moved to Washington DC and received his Masters Degree in Arts Management and worked as the Patron Services Manager at the Washington Ballet. During the Covid shutdown he moved back to Richmond and started his own company, The Ursidae Workshop, selling hand poured soy wax candles and knit/crochet goods. He currently has a studio space at ArtWorks in Richmond’s Manchester district. When not knitting or crocheting, he is an AVID roller coaster enthusiast!
Barbara loves to knit and spin. After teaching herself to knit from a book in 2006, she took a class at a big box store only to be told by the instructor since she knit left handed, never to try knitting socks. That strengthened her resolve and a few weeks later returned to show the instructor her beautifully finished hand knit socks!
Lifelong learning has always stuck with her, and circular sock machines have intrigued her for years. She purchased one in 2019, and cranks sock tubes as a service to our customers here at Dances.
The pandemic hit right after she received the machine, so she taught herself to use it and jumped over the learning curve through online videos and zoom events. In 2022 she attended a weeklong class at the John C. Campbell Folk School to learn even more.
She loves wool socks and thinks everyone should have warm feet