Beth Brown-Reinsel has been passionately teaching historic knitting workshops nationally, as well as internationally, for over 30 years.  Her book Knitting Ganseys has been deemed a classic, and it was revised, expanded, and released in 2018!  Beth will share her knowledge of traditional knitting techniques with 2 classes: Latvian Fingerless Mitts and The Cowichan-Inspired Cardigan. 


Day 1: Beautiful knitting methods of Latvia will be studied in Latvian Fingerless Mitts: a scalloped cuff, the herringbone braid, and many subtle and beautiful variations of the half-braid.  A choice of two-, three-, or four-color traditional motifs is incorporated in the main part of the mitt as well as the gusset-less thumb and a picot edge at the end.  Additional techniques discussed include yarn dominance, knitting with two yarns in the right hand, two yarns in the left hand, or a yarn in each hand, as well as knitting with three or four colors.  You will receive a full color pattern and handout with this class.   


Day 2 & 3: On Vancouver Island in British Columbia, the Coast Salish people developed this V-necked, shawl-collard garment after learning of knitting from Europeans who came to their area.  The Salish knitters prefer motifs that reflect the natural world (whales, birds, etc.) as well as geometric motifs.  The sweaters still use handspun yarn, are knitted flat on double-pointed needles, and with thick singles yarns in 2 or 3 colors.  In this class, the student will knit a Cowichan-inspired sampler sweater and learn about working with colors and weaving (on the right side and wrong side) by knitting the body flat, reading a chart, putting stripes in ribbing without color distortion, knitting pockets, a traditional shoulder join, creating a shawl collar shaped with short rows, knitting sleeves (flat and in the round) from the top down while shaping the cap, and hand-sewing in a zipper, or working an attached garter stitch button band.  These skills can be used with other garments and add to your repertoire of knitting techniques.


No refunds or store credit for class cancellations after June 8 unless we find a replacement for you.


K371 Latvian Fingerless Mitts June 22 (Sat.) 9:30-4:00 p.m. 1 day                            $139.00 LEARN MORE AND ENROLL NOW!


K372 The Cowichan-Inspired Cardigan June 23-24 (Sun.-Mon.) 9:30-4:00 p.m. 2 days  $277.00 LEARN MORE AND ENROLL NOW!


Free Event!

Beth will be bringing lots of sample garments from her book, Knitting Ganseys, and we'll have them on display in the store.  Come be inspired by these beautiful sweaters, meet Beth, and get your copy of her book signed!  This is a free event and you don't need to be enrolled in one of her classes to participate.  June 22 (Sat.)  4:30pm - 5:30pm



We are excited to host Heavenly Bresser, an award-winning handspinner and international fiber arts instructor.  Heavenly has many years of teaching experience, including a wide range of handspinning courses through various organizations and fiber events such as the SOAR retreat, Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival, Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival, Vogue Knitting Live and Stitches Events.  Some of her areas of passion include the love for working with color and  working from fleece.  Heavenly has made it her mission to help fiber artists of all levels to expand their knowledge about their craft and to try new things.  We will present 4 classes that should help inspire you and grow your skills in handspinning.  These are not beginning spinning classes and you should be able to spin yarn independently.


In Carding for Loft, learn how to use hand cards properly to create rolags and understand the difference between rolags made on hand cards and those made on blending boards.  We’ll learn the differences between a true woolen yarn and a semi-woolen yarn and how to properly characterize the yarns you spin.  We will navigate through common issues for spinning long draw techniques and learn how to avoid them.  Materials and equipment not included.


This leads perfectly into the second half of the day with Slow to Quick: Easte Your Way into Long Draw  where you will learn its great benefits for handspinning.  Lofty, warm, and airy yarns are produced by use of the long draw method.  Take the mystery out of the technique and learn how to properly set up your spinning wheel for supported and unsupported long draw, how to choose the best prep for practicing and achieving the results you want and learn how these techniques can be used for other spinning equipment.  Materials and equipment not included.


Join us on Day 2 for Think Outside the Braid as we explore different ways to spin combed-top braids, including gradient spinning, combination drafting, and spinning multiple braids together into one yarn.  We will use both color theory and creativity for the best results.  Gain confidence in spinning braids with varying colors into a cohesive yarn.  This is a drop spindle friendly class!  You will get a fiber bundle for this class, but other materials are not included.


We will round out the  workshop with Fractal Spinning with Dye Top & Batts.  Take your fractal spinning knowledge to new heights as you learn how to create (and spin) unique 2-ply and 3-ply fractals with dyed top and batts.  Heavenly will discuss practical ways to use color theory when choosing dyed tops and why it is important to consider.  You will learn how various dye methods influence the outcome of the fractal.  Heavenly will demonstrate spinning techniques for creating these yarns including a new way to spin across the top and tips for maximizing color control while spinning from the fold.  Join us for a fresh approach to fractal spinning and let’s create those self-striping yarns you really want.  You will get a fiber bundle for this class, but other materials are not included.


S21 Carding for Loft—Aug. 2 (Fri.) 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.           $75.00 


S22 Slow to Quick: Ease Your Way into Long Draw—Aug. 2 (Fri.) 1:30-4:30 p.m.        

$75.00                     THIS CLASS IS FULL

S23 Think Outside the Braid—Aug. 3 (Sat.) 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.        

$160.00                 LEARN MORE AND ENROLL NOW!

S24 Fractal Spinning—Aug. 4 (Sun.) 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

                                                                                                                             $160.00                 LEARN MORE AND ENROLL NOW!


No refunds or store credit for cancellations after July 20 unless we find a replacement for you.



Please note:  

·         All class enrollments must include payment.

·         Students must be 16 years or older to sign up for classes unless they are specifically kids classes.

·         Yarn Barn will cancel a class 3 days prior to class start if the enrollment is below the minimum number; refunds will be issued.

·         Unless noted, materials are not included in the class fee; we have a recommended list of supplies for each class.

·         Students will receive a discount off most yarns during the class period.

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