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SPRING & SUMMER CLASSES AT HALCYON YARN

The time has come! Spring has sprung (at least according to the calendar) and we are moving full steam ahead into our Spring/Summer schedule. Take a peek at what we have lined up, and keep an eye out because we’ve got more exciting events on the way. For more details and class descriptions click on each class below. To register please visit halcyonyarn.com/classes or call us at 800-341-0282!

Interested in Rigid Heddle Weaving? We’re adding several dates for introductory and next-steps classes and we’ll let you know as soon as we do!

Begin to Spin: Part II, with Linda Clutterbuck

Saturday, April 8th 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Tapestry Weaving Open Studios with Barbara Burns

Thursday, April 13th 2:30 – 5:30
Thursday, April 27th 2:30 – 5:30

Ann Budd at Halcyon Yarn (two full days – save 15% when you take both!)

Friday, April 21st: A Skirt For All Seasons, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Saturday, April 22nd: Knitting Steeks and Inserting Zippers, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Click here to read more about both of Ann’s classes, and to find out how to save when you sign up for both classes!

Weaving 101, Weaving on a Floor Loom, with Sybil Shiland (three day class)

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday May 12th – 14th 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Tapestry Weaving Beginning and Beyond with Barbara Burns (three day class)

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday June 2nd – 4th 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

 

Beginner Rug Hooking with Susie Stephenson (five evenings)

This class meets for 5 Tuesdays beginning June 6th. We will skip the week of July 4th and will conclude on Tuesday, July 11th. Please note that there is a separate materials fee, which you do not need pre-pay, as Susie is creating a special kit just for this class!

7:00 – 9:00 pm each Tuesday

June 6th
June 13th
June 20th
June 27th
July 11th

Natural Dyeing with Jackie Ottino Graf

Saturday, July 8th 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Indigo Dyeing with Jackie Ottino Graf

Sunday, July 9th 9:00 – 4:00 pm

Felted Vessels with Susan Mills

Saturday, July 22nd 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Beginning Tatting with Elaine O’Donnell (two day class)

Saturday, August 12th 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
Sunday, August 13th 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

More in store…!

As many of you know we’re renovating here in the store and things are looking good! We are open our regular hours and, when the work is complete, we look forward to offering you more space for great yarns, space to plan projects, and opportunities for trying your hand at a variety of crafts in new demonstration areas. Early this summer we’ll also start hosting more weekly drop-in groups, including knitting “office hours” plus regular craft demonstrations.

Our regular drop-in groups are going strong and always welcome new faces:

(please call first if the weather is iffy or it is a holiday)

Monday Night Sit & Knit, weekly from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Tuesday Twisted Spinsters, weekly from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Weave Share, third Wednesday of each month (please call to confirm if you’re new to the group!) 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Weaving Studio Space

Several of you have asked about renting loom time in the Halcyon Yarn classroom and we’re working on a studio rental program. For those of you who may not have space at home, aren’t sure whether a floor loom is right for you, or would just enjoy being in an inspiring environment with other fiber folks – this is for you. We’ll announce more details soon, so start looking at your calendars, dreaming up projects you’d like to try, send an email if you’re interested or have questions – and stay tuned!

Save the date! Saturday, May 6th – Mayfair Maker Fair

Welcome spring in historic downtown Bath with a citywide celebration and demonstrations! Bath’s annual Mayfair Celebration features yard sales, sidewalk sales, and new this year a Maker Fair. Throughout the day there will be dozens of free educational, crafting, and hands-on activities happening downtown and in the Library Park – as well as at Halcyon Yarn!

We’ll have a community tapestry weaving loom set up on Front Street, as well as spinning and felting demonstrations at the shop. It’s a great way to explore Bath and enjoy family-friendly activities all day long. For more details: visitbath.com

See you there!



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Ann Budd in April!

Join us at Halcyon Yarn as we welcome back Ann Budd, knitter and teacher extraordinaire! Last summer we were lucky enough to have a weekend full of classes and this spring will be just as fun… Please join us!

(Save 15% when you register for both classes, so sign up soon! Use code ABCLASS5 at checkout.)

Friday April 21, 2017 10:00am – 4:30pm: A Skirt For All Seasons
Design a custom-fit skirt with Ann Budd. Knitted skirts are becoming wardrobe staples – and they are a lot easier to knit than you might think. They require just three to four skeins of sock yarn! Learn how to take proper waist and hip measurements and combine them with your gauge to create a skirt with a perfect fit, no matter your size. One of many great design features: this skirt won’t slouch and stretch into what Ann refers to as “bucket butt”, instead it keeps it’s shape and keeps looking great after many wearings.You’ll leave with a personalized skirt pattern for your yarn and gauge.

Experience level: Intermediate to expert. Must be comfortable knitting in rounds, increasing, and have a sense of adventure!

Materials: You’ll spend some time with Ann in the shop to find the right yarn for you skirt. Ann has been working on a new skirt design especially for Halcyon Yarn using our Signature Victorian 2-Ply. Don’t miss the chance to learn about it in person from Ann herself!

Saturday April 22, 2017 10:00am – 4:30pm: Knitting Steeks and Inserting Zippers
Learn how to add steeks so that two (or more) color patterns that are worked in rounds can be cut open – typically for a front opening, armholes, and neckline of a sweater. In this class, you’ll knit a quick and cute coffee clutch with a two-color pattern and steel stitches, then cut the steek open and finish the cut edge with a coordinating zipper.

Experience level: Advanced-Beginner knitting skills required. Must be comfortable working on double-pointed needles (“magic loop” method can be substituted).

Materials: Worsted-weight wool yarn in two colors (you’ll use just part of each ball); a set of US 7 and 8 (4.5 – 5.5mm) double pointed needles (or two circulars for magic loop); tapestry needle; sharp point sewing needle, and sewing thread to match on of the yarn colors.

 

We’re happy to help you make the most of your visit to Bath and Halcyon Yarn!

*Make a weekend out of it and save 15% when you sign up for both classes!* Check out visitbath.com to find out more about Maine’s Cool Little City!

For more information or to sign up for classes visit halcyonyarn.com or call us at 800-341-0282.

 



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Upcoming Classes

This time of year can start to feel relentless whether you’re a fan of the snow or not. One of the good things about this time of year is that it is a great time to focus on trying something new. The pace of everything slows down and new projects are on the horizon. We’ve got some great classes lined up that will hopefully inspire you! Or perhaps trying something new is part of a New Year’s Resolution! Here’s what’s coming up at Halcyon Yarn. Check our website website to register or for more details, and feel free to give us a call with any questions. Remember, classes always include a discount on your shopping during the class as well as a coupon for use during the month following the class. New, late winter and spring classes will be announced in a few weeks – stay tuned for more knitting, felting, weaving and more!

Begin to Spin

Offered in February and again in March, with Linda Clutterbuck. Each session meets on two consecutive Saturdays:

• February 4th and 11th  10:00 am – 2:00 pm each day

• March 4th and 11th  10:00 am – 2:00 pm each day

Meditative, productive, creative… Spinning is a wonderful skill for every fiber artist to try and a pleasure for anyone to learn. Who wouldn’t want to make their own custom yarn?! Learn the 3 T’s of beginning spinning: treadling, tension, and twist. You’ll learn to treadle your spinning wheel and adjust the tension to put twist in the fiber to create yarn. You will also learn basic wheel mechanics and maintenance to keep your wheel fine tuned and running smoothly. You’ll leave the class with a solid understanding of the types of wheels, and what features you prefer, as well as the basic techniques to keep you spinning on your own.

Begin to Spin Part II

With Linda Clutterbuck:  Saturday, April 8th 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. Do you already know the basics and are ready for the next step? This class will get you on your way to advancing your skills!

Linda Clutterbuck is a life-long knitter, a beginning weaver, has been spinning for ten years, and graduated, with distinction, in 2015 from the Ontario Handweavers and Spinners (OHS) spinning certificate program. She is a member of Maine Spinners’ Registry, Maine Fiberarts, Ontario Handweavers and Spinners, (she won an HGA award for a handspun half-moon shawl in the juried show at the spring conference), and has served on the board of the Northeast Handspinners’ Association (NHA), most recently as the chair for the 2014 Gathering.

Wheels are available to rent for any of our spinning classes. The rental fee can be applied towards the purchase of a wheel in the week following the class. Rental wheels may be taken home during the week between classes, please just let us know if you’d like to rent a wheel when you register.

 

The Tapestry Weaving Guided Studio

Thursday afternoons in February from 2:30 to 5:30. Students will continue their tapestry weaving explorations and discover the incredible range of creative expression this medium offers. Haven’t taken a class? Don’t let it stop you. This is a more casual, studio time opportunity with Barbara Burns. Instruction will be provided and it is great if you want to continue a project, begin something new, or brush-up on specific skills.

Barbara is offering four sessions, so sign up for as many as you feel are necessary. Please bring your own loom or arrange with us to rent or purchase equipment.

Barbara Burns studied tapestry at West Dean College in Sussex, England as well as here in the US, most notable with Archie Brennan and Susan Martin Maffei. She has taught private students and workshops in New York and Maine. Barbara’s tapestries have been exhibited both nationally and internationally. She has received awards from as far away as Serbia. Barbara is featured in the publication Fiber Art Masters.

 

Weaving 101

Quick – this one fills up fast! Sybil Shiland’s three-day class is next offered March 17-19, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm each day.

Weaving 101 students will learn the fundamentals of weaving on a loom with four or more harnesses. The round-robin approach to the class allows students to try weaving on different looms and really get a feel for different styles and materials. You’ll learn how to plan your project, warp the looms, as well as try various techniques. Weaving is such a creative and satisfying medium, don’t be intimidated, Sybil makes it easy to get underway. You’ll be delighted at the range of what you can make using simple drafts and a basic floor loom – scarves, blankets, table linens and even yardage for garments or home decor, are all within your reach. This is a great class for those of you who have always been curious about the idea of weaving or those of you who want to brush up on your skills. All materials and equipment are included.



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Under Renovation! We’re making some changes to the Halcyon Yarn retail store to make even more room for beautiful yarns and tools.

If you haven’t been by recently, here’s just one of the aisles right now… Wait until you see the shop in a few months!

We’re in the same location, and soon there will be even more spaces to sit and knit or weave, try your hand at a new craft, or plan your projects. We may be knocking down walls and opening up windows, but don’t worry – we’re open our regular hours and all our regular inventory is available, just don’t be surprised if there are a few extra people around as we work on the new space. Everyone is eager to help you find what you’re looking for so if you stop in and don’t see what you need right away please just let us give you a hand. It’s an exciting time and we look forward to sharing with you as we expand all that we offer. The space will be even more welcoming and packed with goodies for you – stop by to see the progress!

Remember, our winter store hours are 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday – Friday and 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Saturday. Closed Sundays. Telephone customer service is available from 9:30 am – 5:30 pm weekdays, and 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Saturday. Shop online or send an email anytime! (All times are Eastern Standard Time).

Directions to the retail store are here.

There is till some road work happening on Route One, see the map at the link above. Happily the construction is ahead of schedule, you’ll just need to reach us by following the detours from either North or South (about an extra block) and if you have questions, feel free to call for directions. We look forward to seeing you soon!



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Holiday Store Hours

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We’re having fun planning our winter projects and gifts, and looking forward to sharing good times with our friends, family, and the whole Halcyon Yarn community. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Halcyon Yarn is open on Sundays between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Please note that we are closed on “Black Friday” November 25th this year – we believe in giving our wonderful staff the opportunity to spend extra time with loved ones. Don’t worry you can still shop with us though – enjoy the great deals online, including Free Shipping all weekend! Orders will ship as usual the following Monday.

Order online, anytime!

Shop securely 24/7, 365 days a year, at halcyonyarn.com.

Retail Store Hours:

* The retail shop will be open Sundays from noon to 4:00 pm, between Thanksgiving and Christmas (November 27th and December 4th, 11th & 18th).

Monday – Friday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm & Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Customer Service (telephone):

Monday – Friday 9:30 am to 6:00 pm & Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

If we are unable to answer your call during high volume times please leave a message, your call will be returned by the end of the business day.

Customer service is not available by phone on Sundays, feel free to leave a message and your call will be returned on Monday.

 

Please note that we’ll be closed the following times:

Thanksgiving & “Black” Friday, November 24th & 25th: Closed

Christmas Eve: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, (closing early)

Christmas Day & Monday December 26th: closed

New Year’s Eve: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, (closing early)

New Year’s Day & Monday January 2nd: closed

 

Shipping Schedule

Don’t wait for the last minute, be sure your packages arrive in plenty of time to bring holiday cheer!

We ship via United States Post Office and UPS. Between November 27th & December 24th, delivery schedules are not guaranteed, even on expedited orders.

  • Order by Friday December 16th for regular ground service delivery by December 23rd.
  • Expedited Delivery:
    • 3 Day Select: order by December 19th for delivery December 23rd
    • 2nd Day Air: order by December 21st for delivery by December 23rd
    • Next Day Air: order by December 22nd for delivery by December 23rd
    • Next Day Air – Saturday Delivery: There will be delivery on Saturday December 24th for packages designated “Saturday Delivery.” This service is not available in all areas, and does cost extra.
  • There is no delivery on December 25th or 26th.

Please call with questions or for shipping quotes. We’ll do our best to make sure everything arrives on time!

 

Small Business Saturday is November 26th!

Join us as we celebrate the wonderful local businesses of Bath, Maine! Downtown this Saturday, the Old Fashioned Christmas in Bath celebration features the Children’s Tree Lighting, Jingle Walk and visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus. More details at visitbath.com

Stop in the shop Saturday & Sunday for hot cider, cookies and great holiday inspiration – we look forward to seeing you soon!

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It’s been an exciting week at Halcyon Yarn! We can feel the shift as people prepare for all of their Holiday projects. I love to guess what’s being made… maybe hats? Maybe tablecloths? Perhaps a felted critter or two? We have a few highlights to help get those creative juices flowing. Maybe it’s time to treat yourself and take a break with a class. Or you might know a fellow fiber artist who would appreciate the gift of learning something new or honing their skills. Either way we can help!

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Introduction to Rigid Heddle is an easy and fun introduction to weaving! Join us on December 9-10 for a two-day class where you will learn to warp the loom, practice basic weaving techniques, and discover some ‘tricks’ to fully use the rigid heddle’s range of weaving possibilities. The looms are portable, easy to set up, light weight, and affordable. This is a wonderfully simple way to begin weaving, and to explore color and texture. If the December class doesn’t work… don’t worry! There will another class offered January 28th and 29th, 2017!

 

Some pre-holiday fun will be had on December 18th with back-to-back Needle Felted Sheep and Needle Felted Santa Claus classes. Join Romney Ridge owner, shepherdess, and fiber artist, Kelly Dodge, as she teaches classes featuring two of her wonderful needle felting kits. Take just one or take both and spend the day creating whimsical little sculptures. The Santa Claus class does require some prior needle felting experience – which is covered in the morning Sheep class – why not take both!

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Check out the full class list on our website and, as always, feel free to give us a call with any questions. We’re looking forward to seeing you soon!