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Select styles of buttons are marked down 30%! Give your sweaters a makeover with new buttons or embellish hats, mittens and cowls. These will go fast – we recommend calling in your order at 1-800-341-0282.
No additional discounts, returns or back orders.
Congratulations to our first winner of 2016!
Jackie P. from Holland, MA is the winner of the January drawing for a $10 Halcyon Yarn gift certificate coupon.
Thanks to everyone who takes the time to give us feedback. We really appreciate it. Please keep your comments coming in 2016.
Remember, you could be a winner too. Each time you place an order you’ll receive a “WIN” Ticket or an on-line feedback survey. Respond to either and you’ll automatically be entered in our monthly, quarterly and year end drawing (see the link for complete details).
There’s plenty happening at Halcyon Yarn this winter! Our class schedule is packed with felting, weaving, spinning, knitting and crochet offerings.
For savings on any class in February or March: Just register, use the savings code HYCLFM16* and save $10. Take advantage of the savings, grab a friend and enroll in a Halcyon Yarn class! You can register on-line, over the phone or in the store. Register soon – space is limited – and make sure to use savings code HYCLFM16.
Are you ready to weave? We have a special offer for enrollment in both Weaving 101 – Floor Loom Weaving on March 4th – 6th and Next Step in Weaving on April 15th – 17th. Register for BOTH classes and receive $40 off with savings code HYWEAV16**. See class details below.
We’re so excited to welcome Jessica Peill-Meininghaus for Needle Felted Tapestries on Saturday, February 27th. Learn to “paint” with wool starting with a piece of pre-felt as your base and layering colors and shapes to create your tapestry. Jessica’s infectious energy and talent will inspire you to create beautiful needle felted works of art. Everyone is an artist and needle felting is fun and easy to get started with!
You will needle felt the layers of wool together as well as needle felt the fine details on the top of the piece. Jessica will lead you through the basics: layering the wool, techniques for shading or making an object ‘glow’, and building foreground detail. Students will get the chance to use single needles as well a multi-needle tools. Working from an image you provide, such as a photo or drawing, you’ll leave class with a beautiful 10”x12” felted work of art!
Going to the Dogs: Introduction to Needle Felting is a beginner level class, no experience required, and you’ll create irresistible felt figures of your favorite dog. Realistic or whimsical, let your imagination guide you as you learn the basic technique of needle felting. Meets on Saturday, February 6th.
Looking for something unique? Mastering Tape Loom Weaving is just the class for you! Learn the ancient technique on a loom dated 1680-1700 from the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. Narrow strips of woven cotton can be used as napkin rings, bookmarks, jewelry and wrapping packages. Meets Saturday, February 6th.
Introduction to Crochet on Saturday, February 13th will teach you the basics of crochet and have you “hooked” in no time!
Use discount code “HYWEAV16” when you register for BOTH Weaving 101 and Next Steps in Weaving:
Weaving 101- Weaving on a Floor Loom with Sybil Shiland is offered Friday – Sunday March 4–6. In this beginner intensive students will learn the basics of weaving on a four shaft loom, while becoming familiar with the tools, styles of looms, and basic weave structures. All materials are included in the $295.00 class fee and class size is limited to six students. You’ll leave with the ability to warp a loom and weave basic cloth, and you’ll be inspired to keep exploring!
Take your weaving to the next level with Next Steps in Weaving this April. Do you have some experience weaving on a floor loom, but aren’t sure where to go next? If you could use a little more instruction and practice to gain confidence warping or planning a project on your own, this is the perfect class. Save yourself the frustration and cost of going it alone and experiment with different weave structures and materials. Refresh your memory, gain experience in the basic steps, and explore some new techniques with Sybil’s excellent guidance.
Next Steps in Weaving runs Friday, Saturday, and Sunday April 15–17th, from 9:00am to 4:00pm so you’ll have plenty of time to try different techniques. Class size is limited to six students so you’ll receive plenty of individual attention to work on specific challenges or questions. The course is $295.00 and floor looms and materials are provided. We’ll use the book “Next Steps in Weaving – What you Never Knew you Needed to Know,” by Pattie Graver. (Prerequisite: Some experience weaving on a floor loom, or participation in Weaving 101.)
Sign up for BOTH and save $40 with savings code “HYWEAV16“!
Intro to Rigid Heddle Weaving is a fun and easy introduction to the basics of weaving. It’s a great way to put your yarn stash (which we know you have) to good use. Rigid heddle looms are small and lightweight, bring your own to class or rent one of ours for $25. This is becoming one of our most popular classes! Meets Friday and Saturday March 11th & 12th.
Begin to Spin is a two session class on Saturday March 19th & 26th. You’ll learn the basics of spinning, plying and finishing a skein. No experience required.
Join Debra Foster’s class and learn the method of Continental Knitting in an afternoon. Many swear the continental style is faster and great for color work. Knitting experience is preferred. Meets Saturday March 26 10-12:30pm.
Make sure to use savings code “HYCLFM16“* for $10 off any class in February or March, or code “HYWEAV16“** when you register for BOTH Weaving 101 and Next Steps in Weaving. See you soon!
*February and March classes only, one-time use per customer.
**Valid only on registration for BOTH Weaving 101 & Next Step in Weaving.
Do your feet have the January blahs? Put a little spring in your step with Regia 4-ply Design Line by Arne and Carlos Yarn. Available in 6 original self patterning colors by Norwegian designers Arne and Carlos on sale now for $9.45* per skein!
Each 50 gram skein is 230 yards so make sure to order appropriately, basically “it takes a pair to make a pair” if you’re thinking socks! But don’t stop at socks, perk up any fingering weight pattern. Take a look at some pattern suggestions and pick up Regia 4-ply Design Line by Arne and Carlos Yarn for only $9.45* now through Wednesday, February 3rd.
*Valid until 11:59pm EST 2/3/16, no additional discounts apply
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Last week we brought you the great news that Halcyon Yarn was now your primary source for printed Spin-Off Ebooks. This week we have a whole new list of titles available in this series.
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The survey results will be available to non-profit fiber arts advocacy groups and TNNA members in mid-2016. TNNA is an association of hundreds of independent and family-owned fiber arts brands and retailers. Please take the TNNA Fiber Arts 2016 Survey today!
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No word on how they warped their loom, but scientists at UC Berkley have woven materials from helical organic threads, a first. This is weaving with atoms, and that’s kinda crazy. Applications may include carbon capture and storage, manufacturing of novel plastics and fuels, computing, as well as making materials that are very strong and flexible. Sorry, we are not offering 100,000,000 DPI reeds just yet.
We’ve posted on the health benefits of knitting and other fiber-arts before, but we found this article in the New York Times to be a nice reminder and great overview. It’s also a great way to inspire others to give fiber arts a try, and to count your time with yarn as time well spent!
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