Fall is in the air. It’s time to think about new projects and new skills. Here at Halcyon Yarn we have a bunch of fun classes coming up for both learning new techniques and thinking about gifts (the holidays will be here before you know it).
|The Alpine Topper class Saturday, September 13, 9:30 am – 3:00 pm with Barbara McGuinness. The Alpine Topper hat has been one of our best sellers here at Halcyon Yarn. It is useful and oh so comfortable with a nice soft inner lining in the band that also gives you extra warmth because it creates two layers. And the inner layer yarn makes the pattern on the front. Make this colorful, yummy hat using a skein of a bulky self striping yarn and one of Plymouth DeAire yarn.|
|Funky Felted Feathered Friends is another fun and whimsical class taught by Kendra Rafford. Let your inner child come out as you make colorful, flamboyant, and decorative felted ‘friends’. They’ll make people smile: put them among your plants, land them on a Christmas tree limb, decorate a kids room, have them peering out your front window at passers-by. Let them brighten up your winter. Offered Sunday, September 14, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.|
|Learn to weave with Weaving on a 4-Shaft/Harness Floor Loom, Friday-Sunday, September 26-28 from 9am-4pm. This intensive beginning level class with instructor Sybil Shiland teaches the basics of weaving on a 4 shaft loom. Students will learn and experience the basics of warping on a 4 shaft loom, will weave different weave structures, and use a variety of materials. You will start with the basics of planning a warp, weaving vocabulary, and weaving equipment. Students will then warp their loom with an assigned warp plan, draft, and then weave on their loom. During the class they will also experience weaving on different looms and on different weave structures in a ’round robin’ of the class looms. They will weave their own library of samples including plain weave, twill weave, basket weave, huck weave, overshot and weft faced weaves.|
|Knitting Your First Sweater with Debra Foster is a great way to work through all the steps of knitting an adult, top down pullover in the fun and helpful environment of a class. This class meets 4 times over a 5 week period on Sunday afternoons 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm (September 28, October 5, (skip October 12) October 19 & 26. Five weeks gives you plenty of time to knit between classes and finish your sweater – under the watchful eye of your teacher. Get together with a friend or two and take this class together. Have fun, egg each other on, and at the end of October have a new sweater to keep you warm on those chilly fall days.|
There are many other classes too! All are listed on the Halcyon Yarn web site class listings page, so check them out.
Please don’t hesitate to call for more information (1-800-341-0282 or 207-442-7909). New classes are added all the time so check back often.
Don’t see just the class you want to take? No problem. Halcyon Yarn offers private lessons too. Give us a call (1-800-341-0282 or 207-442-7909) and let us set up a class just for you.
Be part of the biggest day of the year at Halcyon Yarn, our Annual Open House.
This year the celebration takes place on Saturday October 11th from 9am-4pm.
Occurring just once a year, our Annual Open House is a true fiber extravaganza. This is a day full of fun demos, displays, new product information and savings for all. With a plethora of fiber demonstrations going on throughout the day, this event is perfect for checking out any fiber craft you find intriguing. It’s also a day to save BIG on all your favorite and highly coveted fiber craft supplies – yarn, fiber, tools, notions. There will be special savings throughout the shop with an additional discount of *10%-25% off.
Halcyon Yarn’s Annual Open House coincides with our great city of Bath’s annual Autumnfest, in which the glorious season of autumn is celebrated in style. The downtown will come alive with live music, artisan and food demonstrations, and a whole host of fun seasonal activities.
Open House also coincides with Maine Craft Weekend!
So mark your calendars and plan to stop by Halcyon Yarn. We look forward to sharing the day and our shared passion for all things fiber!
*Offer does not apply to bulk price 3, floor looms, gift certificates and special orders.
Roxton, a great pullover pattern in the latest issue of Twist Collective (a wonderful on-line knitting magazine) is made with Botanica Yarn , one of Halcyon’s own Signature Yarns. It’s the creation of knitwear designer Laura Chau (who took the photos above too!). We love the fun mix of dropped and twisted stitches Laura uses to create a unique lace panel she features in both the front and back of the sweater. To balance these striking panels the sleeves are knit with an extra long ribbed cuff and smooth stockinette in the upper arm. Both body and sleeves are knit in the round from the bottom up and joined at the armholes for a seamless sweater. You’ll love this innovative design, not to mention the fact that Botanica is available in 46 different colors. Which color will you choose?
A high quality printed version of Twist Collective Roxton Pullover in Botanica can be purchased directly through Halcyon Yarn. Those of you who prefer a digital version please visit Twist Collective. Happy knitting!
Come one, come all to FiberME 2014 Craft Fair this coming Wednesday, August 6th, from 1-6 pm. For the second year in a row Halcyon Yarn will be showcasing the talents of Maine’s own premiere fiber artists. Although designed to enhance the FiberME 2014 experience, the craft show is FREE and open to the public and held right here at the shop. In addition to the fiber artists, Maine authors Robin Hansen and Susie Stephenson will be joining us, signing copies of their knitting and rug hooking books. Better yet, Linda Cortright, publisher of the amazing Wild Fibers Magazine (often referred to as the “National Geographic for the Fiber World”), will be on hand ready to discuss the many fascinating places her fiber adventures have taken her. So whether you’re 20 miles away or 120 miles away plan a visit to Halcyon Yarn on August 6th and see just what Maine craftspeople have to offer. You’ll be amazed and inspired.
Joining us for the FiberME 2014 Craft Fair will be…
Elaine O’Donal – tatting (www.tattedwebs.com)
Janice Jones/Janice Jones Ltd – weaving (www.janicejones.com)
Sybil Shiland – weaving
Susie Stephenson – rug hooking (www.mainemats.com)
Linda Cortright – wild fibers (www.wildfibersmagazine.com)
Joelle Weber/Mermaid Bindery – handmade books, journals (www.mermaidbindery.com )
Nantz Comyn – mixed media
Susan Perrine – mixed media, twig sculpture (www.susanperrine.com)
Linda Whiting/Pine Star Studio – hand dyed yarn, tapestry, fiber tools (www.pinestarstudio.com)
Bev Lamoureux/Shipyard Point Glassworks – glass ring markers, needle threaders, orfice hooks, buttons (www.spglassworks.com)
Heather Kerner/Spiralworks – felted and leather bags (www.spiralworksfelt.com)
Suzanne Gunston/O’Lavender! – recycled antique linens made into lavender sachets
Emi Ito – weaving (www.emiito.com)
Liz Stoyko/Designs in Wools – hooked pillows (www.designsinwools.com)
Beth Ackers/Ackers Acres Angora Farm – angora fiber, angora yarn, knitted goods (www.bunnyblend.com)
Stephanie Crossman/Gram J’s – knotless netting bags, shawls and fine framed pieces (www.mainenetbags.com)
Cara Romano – felted jewelry (www.cararomano.com)
Janet Nannen/Harpswell Silks – hand painted silk scarves (www.hand-dyed-silk-scarves.com)
Susan Garry/Felt Experience – nuno felted clothing (www.feltexperience.jimdo.com)
Halcyon’s Signature Block Island Blend is featured in the latest Kniters Magazine (summer 2014). With its unique breathable blend of gentle slub cotton, linen/hemp and rayon, Block Island Blend is a favorite among knitters and weavers alike. “Shirttails” is a super cute cami top. Two different colored strands of yarn are worked as one to create an enticing marled fabric with subtle texture. The lace edge shirttail hem and bodice, slight A-line silhouette and I-cord straps make this the perfect summer top.
The pattern, featuring Block Island Blend colors Block Island Blend color 126 (8226Bleach) and Block Island Blend color 124 (8028) calls for 400-600 yds of each color for a 32″-48″ top and US size 6 needles.
If you like the marled look of Block Island Blend used doubled you’ll definitely want to take a look at one of our most popular patterns, Very Versatile Neck Down Hoodie / hooded pullover by Knitting Pure and Simple . It’s been knit up in all kinds of different color combinations. Pairing the colors to find the perfect duo is down right addictive. Oh, Block Island Blend – WE LOVE IT!
Join us this Saturday, May 3rd and celebrate the arrival of Spring with our Mayfair Celebration Sale where you’ll *save 20%-40% on select books and yarns from Noro, Cascade, Ella Rae and Plymouth.
Mayfair is part of a Bath, citywide event. Be sure to check out all the special events throughout the city which include a downtown scavenger hunt, sidewalk sales, zumba kids & games, local food sampling, sidewalk chalk art, opening day of the Bath Farmer’s Market “Outdoor Market”, maypole dancing & music and a citywide yard sale. It’s going to be a grand celebration so gather the family and plan to make a day of it!
*Offer applies to in store purchases only. All sales final on sale yarns and books. No further discounts apply.
Jump start your spring by joining us at Halcyon Yarn to learn a new craft or improve a craft you already love. We’ve highlighted a few up coming class, but make sure you checkout all our current classes.
The world of handspinning is a magical place for fiber lovers. Nothing compares to creating your own yarn and oh the yarns you can make. If you’ve ever contemplated learning to spin there’s no time like the present and no better teacher from whom to learn than master spinner and teacher Rudy Amann.
Join us for Intensive Beginning Spinning on Friday and Saturday, May 2 & 3 from 9am-3pm. That’s this weekend so sign up quickly (we only have a couple spots open). This is your chance to get a firm introduction to the fiber art of spinning. Rudy covers the basics of wheels and their functions, many different fibers and their properties, spinning singles and then plying singles. You’ll leave this class having mastered the basics and with notes and samples for future reference. The class fee of $225 includes all the materials. Come with a wheel in good working order OR rent one for the class for $25.00.
Ever wish you could change a pattern to suit your individual style, size and needs? Have we got a class for you. Change It: How to Modify Your Knitting Patterns on Friday May 9 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm delves into the format of patterns and how to change them to suit your individual needs. So many of our Halcyon Yarn customers tell us a pattern is almost what they want but maybe it is a little too long, or the sleeves look too tight, or the sizing is either a little too small or a little too big, or the pattern is for a short sleeved sweater and they want a long sleeved sweater, or they want to add or change a pattern stitch. You get the idea. This class will address these issues so you will be able to look at patterns in a new light: as a source of inspiration you can alter for your needs. The class fee is $50.
Enter the mesmerizing world of tapestry weaving with Tapestry 101 on Saturday & Sunday, May 10 & 11 from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Large or small, tapestries offer endless opportunities to combine colors, fibers and textures to create unique painterly effects within the woven world. This class is an introduction to tapestry techniques, style, design and equipment. Learn the techniques for combining yarns and colors, filling in certain areas, creating a textured surface and following a design or ‘cartoon’. Let tapestry artist and experienced teacher, Maria Kovacs, get you started in this fun and fascinating fiber art form that has a wide range of possibilities from traditional to contemorary to ‘way out’. You’ll enjoy the portability of tapestry and the flexibility of styles and materials. The class fee of $150 includes all the materials and a frame loom for you to take home at the end of class.
Just a few days left to take advantage of our early bird discount for FiberME 2014, running August 3-8. Sign up by April 15, 2014 and you’ll pay only $750, regularly $795 (lodging, breakfast and dinner are not included). To take advantage of this special offer enter “early bird” at checkout when registering on line or simply mention the code when registering over the phone.
If you’re a fiber lover, you’ll love Halcyon Yarn’s Fabulous FiberME 2014 tour in which you’ll experience Maine’s finest spinning mills, studios, galleries, farms, a dyehouse and even a traditional lobster bake (okay not so fibery, but oh so Maine). Plus, mid week we’re offering a mini ‘make it and take it’ class with Rug Hooking Artist Susie Stephenson and a special fiber craft fair with talented fiber artists from all over the state. So join us this summer for an experience you won’t forget.