Classes & Workshops

FAB FIBER CLASSES

KNITTING • CROCHET • WEAVING • SPINNING • FELTING  • BRAZILIAN EMBROIDERY • DYEING

Most of our classes are offered on a one-one-one basis and can be scheduled to suit your schedule if the regular day does not suit your schedule. Also check out our Gatherings where you can pick up tips from more experienced fiber artists.

PLEASE CALL 727-827-2235 FOR MORE INFORMATION.


KNIT, PEARL! KNIT, PEARL!

Skill Level: Beginner-Intermediate

FEE: $10 per hour with 2 hour minimum

Learn the basics and take the mystery out of yarn overs, knit two together, laces, cables, and all kinds of tricks for FABulous knits. 

Call 727-827-2235 to arrange an appointment at a convenient time for you.


CROCHET BASICS in 6 Easy Lessons       

Skill Level: Beginner   FEE: $10 per hour with 2 hour minimum.

Virus Shawl is easy and gorgeous knit in a variegated yarn.

WEDNESDAYS
Time: 12:00 pm –2 pm

Crochet is not just about doilies and granny squares. With all the wonderful and exciting new yarns and the fabulous new books and patterns, crochet has something to offer to everyone…even you knitters, spinners, and weavers out there! Not only is crochet fun to learn and faster than knitting, it is very hot in the fashion industry right now. With these basic stitches ( you can make an infinite variety of projects in a short period of time. In this class you will learn not only the basic crochet stitches and edgings, but you will also learn about gauge, yarn weights and correlating hooks, crochet tools, and how to read basic crochet directions. Crochet is invaluable as an embellishment for knitted or woven projects, so come and join us to see what crochet can do for you! The first project is fashionable shawl but we will add other projects as you progress.

Materials Required:

  • A hook in sizes F, G, H and I (you may not use them all, but if you are a tight or loose crocheter, you may need to go up or down a size). You may want to purchase ergonomic hooks.
  • A small ball of yarn to get you started, will be provided at the first class. Prior to the first class, please purchase – 2 skeins of bamboo yarn. Please, do not choose, black, navy blue, or white, as you will be unable to see the stitches in these colors.
  • Bring your crochet tool kit: scissors, tape measure, locking ring markers or safety pins without coils, tapestry needle, pencil or pen.

We do encourage you to buy your materials from FAB Fiber, but we can get you started on our learner yarns.

Call 727-827-2235 to set an appointment.


LET’S SCRUMBLE a.k.a. Free-Form Crochet and Knitting

Skill Level: Intermediate-Advanced

Wednesdays: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

FEE: $20 /2 hour class

SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate to Advanced

This class introduces crocheters to the exciting world of free-form crochet where you get to experiment with all kinds of stitches and motifs to make bags, scarves, sweaters, and more. Students should be prepared to bring their own crochet hooks, scissors and markers.   These can be great stash busters so bring a variety of yarns in interesting textures and colorways. Elizabeth will have her stash to dig into as well. Several books will be on hand to peruse for ideas.

Materials Required:

  • A hook in sizes B through H. Ergonomic hooks are available at FAB Fiber
  • Variety of yarns to get you started. Plain worsted, DK, fingering weight yarns are best for motifs while novelty yarns can be added in as accents.
  • Bring your crochet tool kit: scissors, tape measure, locking ring markers or safety pins without coils, tapestry needle, notebook, pencil or pen.
  • When possible, please buy your materials from FAB Fiber.

Call 727-827-2235


NEW! Pin Weaving Basics   Fee $35 /6 hour class

Skill Level:  Beginner, recommended for ages 12 +.
 
 Spend a day or evening learning to weave small wall hanging on a loom you can make yourself. Instruction includes: warping the loom, basic weaving, dyeing and making fabric buttons.
 
FEE of $35 includes kit for making loom, lots of yarns and fibers, silk backing, dyes and iron-on fusible web. You can also bring some yarns from your own stash if you like.
 
Call 727-827-2235.
 

 BAG IT! Knit or Crochet

Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Use up bits and pieces of yarn and ribbon to make these darling little bags. Knitted or crocheted

FEE:  $25 per bag.

SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate to Advanced

Knit a little bag and scrumbled it together with a crocheted motif behind the button. It’s fully lined as well.
Call 727-827-2235


FREE FORM PATTERNS AND EMBELLISHMENTS   

Fee: $190/10+ hour class – 2-DAYS with a week in-between to works on your project.

Skill Level: Intermediate – Advanced

Because of our limited space at FAB, this class is limited to 3 students. If you

Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced.  Must have basic sewing skills. (If you have never sewn before, contact us about a class in learning to use your sewing machine.

Nothing is as exciting as making your own fabric out of bits and pieces of fabric from your stash or from fat-quarters. In this class you will learn to make a jacket pattern for your body shape.

Materials and Equipment

  • 3-4 yards of 100% cotton for the lining from which will will also cut your pattern.
  • 3-5 yards or more of assorted colors to build your outside layer by cutting up and/or stripping pieces of cloth.  The appliqués used in this coat were cut from panels available at Jay’s Fabric Center, 801 Pasadena Ave S, St Petersburg, FL.
  • Sharp shears
  • Cutting board
  • Thread to match fabric
  • Sewing machine with extension cord
  • Pearl Cotton #5 or embroidery thread in assorted colors
  • Washable glue sticks
  • Pins and embroidery/sewing needles
  • Buttons and beads

*** Please pre-wash and iron your fabric before coming to class.


DYE DAYS

Learn to custom dyeing yarns and fabrics using Procion MX and Acid Dyes or even other natural dyeing techniques. Chose from one of these classes.

    1. Hand Painting Yarns – One skein of yarn and dyes provided.
    2. Silk Scarf Dyeing – 2 each silk scarves – 11″x72″
    3. Rust Dyeing fabric and garments

Skill Level: Beginner     FEE: $35.00 plus cost of yarn, scarf or garment.

Call 727-827-2235 to make your appointment.


BRAZILIAN 3-D EMBROIDERY

Debbie Goff is one of the most talented designers of Brazilian Embroidery in the country. Not only does she teach the craft, she designs 3 new patterns a year to keep here devoted following happy! She is in the shop most Saturdays, but will set appointments for those who want private lessons at another time.  Please check out our Throne Room Gallery of her work. This amazing skill deserves a page of its own, so Click here for details.

Save the date! The first weekend in December.

Exploring Dyes from Nature
Date: January 10-12, 2020 3-day long class Time: 10 AM-5 PM
Tuition: $290 Limited to 10 participants
A box lunch will be provided for an additional $10.
To register for this class, please call 727-827-2235.
Using natural dyes for fabric is non-carcinogenic and not harmful to our environment. Natural dyeing is gradually making its way in the global market and the production of naturally dyed eco-friendly textiles itself is a boon to save the environment from hazardous synthetic dyes. Be sure to check out resources, because some who promote using plants for natural dyes continue to use toxic chemicals as mordants.

We will experiment dyeing cotton with onion skins, coffee, rust, avocado pits and skins, turmeric, hibiscus flowers and wildflowers in season. You will learn to prepare your fabric for dyeing, prepare a mordant, before actually dyeing your fabrics or fibers, to test and change the pH balance of your dye bath. We will be making samples with 100% Cotton fabric squares.

WEAVING ON THE RIGID HEDDLE LOOM

Date: November 15-17 or December Friday-Saturday
Time: 10 AM-5 PM
3-Day Long Weekend Class $300.00 includes loom rental.
$250 when you bring your loom.
Limited to 4 participants. $25 deposit secures your place.
To register for this class, please call 727-827-2235.

You do not need a very complex loom to weave cloth. Many weavers still use simple looms. The rigid heddle loom is a simple loom that is inexpensive, easy and fun to use, portable, and very versatile for weaving a wide range of projects including lace and patterned scarves, linen place mats, table runners incorporating finger controlled weaves and finishing techniques. Learn to weave dishtowels, shawls, fabric for clothes and more. The goal of this class is to take you from the very beginning stages of warping and weaving on your loom through In the very first class you will go home having woven a multi-colored wool scarf. At this beginning level, we will assist you to improve your weaving skills and help you learn a variety of patterns. We have found that the repetition provided in these classes really does help students to retain what they have learned and to have the confidence to undertake new and exciting projects. This is a great way for knitters and crocheters to use up all those bits and pieces of yarns in their stash.

SPIN COTTON THE OLD FASHION WAY

Date: Friday, November 15, 2019  ½ day class: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Class size is limited to 10 participants.

Tuition: $75 includes spindle and cotton.

This practical hands-on workshop provides an inexpensive and simple way of spinning fibers. Learning to spin on a traditional drop spindle teaches you drafting skills that you will use when spinning fiber on a conventional spinning wheel. This class is highly recommended before you learn to spin on a wheel.
Up until the 15th century most yarn for all types of woven fabric, from ship sails to the fine linens of Egypt, was spun using a simple drop spindle. Many people from different cultures through the ages have used the drop spindle as a simple method for spinning a wide variety of fibers. Here in Florida there are samples of finely spun fibers woven into fabrics discovered in a bog burial site that dates back 8,500 years.

In this workshop you learn to spin with a traditional top-whorl drop spindle. We show you methods of preparing cotton from the bolls, removing seeds (ginning); bowing the cotton fiber; and carding it with wool cards. You will begin to spin by learning how to “park and draft” your spindle and then proceed to “drop” your spindle.