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Knitting classes Richmond, VAWe are so happy you want to take a class with us! It is our hope that you will enjoy the community aspect of our classes in an inviting and comfortable space while building skills. Our talented and experienced teachers want you to have fun and enjoy being a student again as you learn techniques that can be applied to future projects. We’re here to support you every step of the way!         

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Beginner Rigid Heddle Weaving with Keyser

Explore weaving with this beginner rigid heddle weaving class

ALUMNI CLASS! Crochet 102: My First Baby Blanket: Rainbow Ripple with Penelope VIRTUAL CLASS

In this virtual class, you will build on basic crochet stitches to make a star shaped blanket.

Knitting 101 With Pam IN PERSON

Learn the basics of knitting in this two week class. You will learn how to cast on, knit, purl, and bind-off. A class kit with materials is included in the price.

Aug 13
Mosaic Knitting with Ute
Aug 15
Beginning Spinning - Drop Spindle with Erin
Aug 17
Beginner Rigid Heddle Weaving with Keyser

Classes


Needle Felting Classes


Learn the basics of needle felting in this fun make & take workshop!

Cost: $ 45.00
Learn the basics of needle felting in this fun make & take workshop!

Cost: $ 45.00

Our Wonderful Instructors!



Pam Winne
Pam’s love of all things fiber related began at a young age when her grandmother taught her to crochet. She went from crocheting potholders to designing her own granny square vests to wear while in Middle School. She learned to sew in High School, going on to create her own wedding dress.

About 30 years ago, she took a beginner knitting class, during which she knit her very first sweater. Wanting to learn more, she took a second class where she created another sweater, this one with 3 different colors of yarn, intarsia, and cables. That was the beginning of her love of knitting, and it has only continued to grow.

Pam went on to start a knitting group while living in Wiesbaden, Germany for 3 years. The knitting group was made up of other Americans (both female and male) stationed in Wiesbaden, as well as several German locals. While living overseas, she sought out yarn stores in each country she visited with her family so that she could purchase yarn as her souvenirs. Those yarn souvenirs were lovingly turned into a “Paris shawl”, a “Prague scarf”, an “Amsterdam shawl”, and so on. Each time she wears these items, it brings back wonderful memories of those past adventures.

Pam has won multiple awards for her knitting at the Chesterfield County Fair and the Virginia State Fair, including Best In Show, 10 First Place ribbons, 5 Second Place ribbons, and 1 Third Place ribbon.

Pam has taught many friends and family members to knit throughout the years. She is a Craft Yarn Council Certified Knitting Instructor and truly enjoys sharing her love of knitting with everyone who wants to learn. Be sure to join one of her classes so she can share her excitement for knitting with you!


Penelope Maurakis

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!




Ute Grzanna

We feel so fortunate at Dances to welcome this talented and passionate knitter and crocheter to our teaching staff. She is one of the former owners of the Knitting Basket on Grove Avenue in Richmond and currently works in IT. She has been doing handwork for decades and enjoys sharing her love of knitting and crocheting through her teaching.


Nicole Bunting

Fiber art has been a part of Nicole’s life since she was a kid growing up on the eastern shore of Maryland. When she was about 10 years old her grandmother taught her how to sew as part of a 4-H group and she taught herself how to crochet as a teenager, but it wasn’t until she was looking to transfer to Virginia Commonwealth University in 2011 that she first discovered weaving. When she walked into the loom room she knew that she had to learn how to weave! It turns out that weaving was exactly what she was looking for and Nicole graduated from VCU in 2014 with a BFA in Craft/ Material Studies with a concentration in Fibers.

She has been teaching various weaving classes at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond since 2015 and taught Introduction to Textiles and Tapestry Weaving as an adjunct faculty member at VCU in the spring of 2019. Her favorite thing about teaching weaving is the passion that she sees in students when they discover just how amazing weaving can be.

Nicole is a full-time artist whose work is inspired by the correlation between how weavings are created, the formation of natural patterns, and the practice of storytelling. Her weaving style is rooted in traditional techniques with a strong focus on experimentation.





 

Keyser Glancy

Keyser considers herself a lifelong maker. As a child she was happiest surrounded by potholder loops, crayons and glue sticks. Both of her grandmothers were makers and taught her to knit, needlepoint and counted crossstitch. As an adult she dabbled in scrapbooking, watercolor painting, and ceramics.

About 15 years ago, inspired by a fellow playgroup mom, she picked up her knitting needles again. Head over heels for fiber she taught herself how to crochet, and when the world shut down for Covid she learned how to weave.

Keyser is looking forward to sharing her passion for color and texture with both shoppers and with her weaving students.










Jeff Suho



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.



 

 

Erin Lowery
Erin didn't have a grandmother, mother, or anyone else teach her to knit as a child. She didn't pick up her first set of needles until her early 20s when she purchased a “Learn To Knit” kit at a big-box craft store on a whim. The yarn wasn’t the best quality, one of the aluminum needles was a little bent, and the book’s pictures were terrible. (Fun fact: For the first couple of years she twisted all her knit stitches without realizing!) But something about the hobby just captured her.

Twenty years later, she refers to her knitting as a “lifestyle” and is never without multiple projects on the needles. Several years ago another kit introduced her to spinning yarn, which quickly built into another beloved hobby. Now entire sheep fleece follow her home from festivals, and she adores all aspects of the fiber world! 
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