I teach in my home, your home, or at Tangled Purls in Salem for $35.00 per hour. Please contact me or Tangled Purls to request a class. 


Crochet Class I:  Texture

Freeform crochet is all about letting go of the need for patterns and rules. It’s about creating organic shapes and going with the flow of your yarn. Here, we will go over different freeform crochet techniques and create texture swatches. Some techniques we will practice are ridges, ruffles, holes, and shaping. Not having a finished product to worry about, our minds are free to focus on the textures and not the end results.

Prerequisites: basic crochet knowledge

Bring to Class:

  • A mix of yarns in different colors and textures
  • Crochet hooks in multiple sizes
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle

Crochet Class II: Construction

This class is about letting go of the notion that you need patterns and rules in order to construct a wearable, crochet piece. Here we will go over different freeform crochet techniques, such as, ruffles, holes, shaping, and ridges. We will create different swatches of texture that will then be constructed into a wearable piece. I will be constructing a neck wrap, but you might end up constructing a cape, belt, or even a shrug. This is a great way to use up all that scrap yarn from other projects. By using a variety of yarns, handspun and/or commercial, you are guaranteed to end up with a showcase of texture and color!

Prerequisites: basic crochet knowledge

Bring to Class:

  • A mix of yarns in different colors and textures
  • Crochet hooks in multiple sizes
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle

Crochet Class III: Finished Piece

A lot of people are intimidated by the thought of “freeform” crochet.  There’s really NOTHING to be scared of.  If you don’t like how it’s looking…you can easily just undo it and go in another direction! That’s what I love about crochet!

This workshop shows you how to use all that great art yarn as well as those singles you don't know what to do with to make a unique wearable piece.  This is also a  great way to use all that scrap yarn you have laying around and any swatches you don’t know what to do with. We’ll freeform crochet a neck piece from start to finish and learn how to shape, make holes, make ruffles, showcase texture....all without counting or thinking too much! You’ll learn how to appreciate and find the beauty in “mistakes”. 

Prerequisites: You must already know how to do basic crochet… just a chain even.  You don't have to know how to do stitches or anything fancy, just how to hold your hook and keep tension with the yarn.

Bring to Class:

  • Bring some of your own yarn:
    • worsted weight is good for crocheting a base
    • bulky art yarn is good for sewing on as an accent
    • a variety of colors and textures will make a fun finished piece
  • Buttons if you want for a closure (we can also use a crochet chain to make ties)
  • Tapestry needle
  • Scissors
  • Crochet hooks (H, I, J)

Spinning Workshop: Art Yarn Techniques (Full day workshop)

This class will cover a variety of techniques including: Tail spinning, Navajo plying, granny stacks, add-ins, twists, Grizzly spun and anything requested during class.  I’ll go over how to create a nice textured batt using a drum carder AND will show you how to create a textured yarn WITHOUT a drum carder.  This class is about letting go of the notion that yarn is just what sweaters and socks are made with.  It’s about letting go of gauge, wraps per inch, being balanced, yardage.  We’ll be creating art that can also be used on it’s own or added to a project.

Requirements: Spinning wheel, Ability to spin yarn (a beginner level is just fine)

Bring to Class:

  • Spinning wheel
  • A single still on the bobbin (will use for granny stacks and super coils, any thickness)
  • Any add-ins you want to use (felty bits, flowers, beads…anything that will fit through your spinning wheel’s orifice, some add-ins will be provided)
  • Locks for tail spinning (anything longer than 1.5 inches should work)
  • Any fiber you want to incorporate into your art yarns (a variety of textures would be great)
  • Any fiber you want to donate to the sharing table
  • Any thin thread or cone yarn you want to use for plying (there will be some cone yarn available to share)
  • Tapestry needle
  • Extra bobbins

Spinning Class: Grizzly Spun

We will create a yarn that showcases the beauty of natural fiber textures. I will show you how to take different textures and incorporate them into one yarn without the need for a drum carder. We will incorporate multiple techniques in the yarn including, but not limited to, tail spinning, core spinning, granny stacks, Navajo plying, and thread plying. You can also add a pop of color, sparkle, or fabric to your natural Grizzly yarn. It can be as simple or as complicated as you want. If you have a basic ability of spinning on a wheel and plying, you can spin a Grizzly yarn!

Prerequisites: Must know how to spin and ply on a spinning wheel

Bring to Class:

  • Spinning wheel
  • Locks for tail spinning (anything longer than 1.5 inches should work)
  • Any fiber you want to incorporate into your art yarns (a variety of textures would be great)
  • Any fiber you want to donate to the sharing table
  • Any thin thread or cone yarn you want to use for plying (there will be some cone yarn available to share)
  • Tapestry needle