Fall Workshops Cancelled

Apologies for the delay. We made the call over a week ago but frankly, I’ve been depressed and procrastinating about getting on with the official announcement.  The numbers have only gotten more discouraging in the last week, so, sadly, I think it was the right call.

Behind our decision: Our workshops draw from our community around the country, so we must take a national view. With COVID-19 cases newly on the rise in a lot of states, concerns over a second wave this fall, general travel anxiety/restrictions, and the challenge of juggling the changing COVID-related demands on families, schools, and jobs, there are just too many uncertainties to proceed with events that require extensive long-term preparation.

After the disappointments of spring, I’m heartbroken and missing y’all. But I don’t want to string anyone along, or hold deposits at a time when I’m sure everyone can use the cash.

Little silver lining: Sonya has generously promised Dress School holdouts a mini-Dress School Zoom class  on the Saturday we re-scheduled  Dress School. So hang on to that Dress School Saturday in your calendar, because I know it will be a lot of fun!

Thank you for your continued support and encouragement! I can’t wait to see you in the spring!

Dress School rescheduled for September 10 – 13, 2020

(Currently enrolled Dress School students should have gotten an update last night. If the new dates won’t work for you, please contact Nikol for a refund.)

We’ve rescheduled Dress School for September 10 – 13. Thank you for your patience while we worked out the details!

COVID-19 Updates

Adrian and I have been closely (my family might say obsessively) following the COVID-19 outbreak for weeks, and we’ve come to the decision to cancel Spring Fiber School. I’m deeply disappointed, but I believe it is the right call.

While this part of the country is currently showing few cases, and our small gathering doesn’t hit any social distancing thresholds, many students would be traveling from afar (including from current hot spots), putting themselves or other students at risk to get here. Adrian’s own local hospital has two dozen cases, and her asthma puts her at particular risk from this disease.

Based on the timelines of the spread in other countries and current CDC guidance, the likely U.S. epidemic will probably edge at least into summer, and from there it gets quite hot in the building, especially for anyone to want to spend all day in a sweltering Dye Lab, so we’ve decided to cancel outright instead of trying to reschedule.

My greatest hope is that we’re overreacting and regret cancelling. But at this early stage, working to prevent the spread can have exponentially positive benefits. I hope the financial and mental pain of the broad social cancellations around the country will help stifle the spread of the disease and contribute to a best-case-scenario in this country.

I’ll start processing refunds for everyone next week. Workshops are our financial backbone, so this will be very painful. If you want to transfer your refund to an Art Club gift certificate or just give our shop some love, we’d be super grateful. I’m sure Adrian would appreciate Hello Yarn love as well. :)

Dress School has been rescheduled for September 10 – 13. Please contact me for a refund if the new dates don’t work for you.


P.S. If you’re not in an outbreak community and you’re baffled by the seemingly outsized response, this chart captures the importance of early containment/mitigation (full article). It shows the exponential effect of total cases averted in a month from averting a single case today vs. a week later. It’s bananas. Math!

Graphic: Britta Jewell. Full Story: The Exponential Power of Now

Fiber School Registration open now!

Hooray! Our new, exciting Dye School workshop, along with old favorite Rigid Heddle School, will be offered back to back for this Spring’s Fiber School!

Get ready for an intensive dyeing experience, with loads of hands-on practice dyeing piles of premium yarn for your stash.

Dye School is an extra day and a half longer than Yarn School, with a full additional day of classes, so keep that in mind when scheduling.

Dye School Details Rigid Heddle School DetailsREGISTER NOW!

Students enrolled in both Dye and Rigid Heddle will have the opportunity to dye their own custom colorway of the required yarn (provided) for the Rigid Heddle School pattern project!

Yarn School will return this fall as part of Fall Fiber School. We’ll be alternating between Dye and Yarn School, so the next Spring Yarn School will be in 2021.

Spring Fiber School (Dye School + Rigid Heddle School) registration opening soon!

Thank you for your patience while we finalize the details of our exciting new offering, Dye School! Registration will open soon, and space is limited, so please do sign up for our mailing list to get a heads up when it goes live.

Starting this year, we’ll be alternating between spring and fall with Dye School and Yarn School. So this spring, we’ll offer Dye School with Rigid Heddle School and Yarn School with Felt School in the fall; in 2021, it will be Yarn School and Rigid Heddle School in the Spring and Dye School and Felt School in the fall.

Dress School is returning in 2020, and that registration will open later this month as well.

Holiday Shop Hours start Wednesday!

Our shop will be back open this Wednesday, with a schedule of classes and demos coming soon!

Thereafter, our holiday hours are 12-7 Tuesday – Saturday, or by appointment (give a call).

For fiber lovers: We have an extensive range of spinning and felting fiber; hand-dyed and handspun yarn; wheels, looms, drum carders, and other spinning, carding and weaving equipment; needlefelting kits; a modest selection of specialty fabrics and quilting pre-cuts (mostly design rolls); dyeables; hand-turned fiber tools, and more!

For everyone else: We have my famous handmade coloring planners, hilarious BlueQ socks, bags, kitchen towels, and oven mitts; stationery; coffee mugs; home cheesemaking kits and supplies, and more!

Fall Fiber School Registration + Big News!

First things first: Fall Fiber School registration is officially open! We’re limiting Yarn School spots a bit and offering more private rooms, by popular demand.

What’s the big news? There’s lots of it, all very exciting!

First bit of news a big shift! In order to continue to offer new workshops within our seasonal limitations, we’ve decided to make Yarn School an annual instead of semi-annual offering. Since so many of our regular students can only attend the spring or the fall session, we’ve decided to keep both, alternating between years. So starting next year, the plan is Spring Yarn School in odd years, and Fall Yarn School in even years. That means this fall’s Yarn School will be the last one until next fall (next spring Yarn School will be in 2021). We’ll be sticking with our new, smaller class limits, because those really big sessions meant less attention and more chaos for everyone.

So, what’s taking the place of the second Yarn School? Starting next year, we’ll have a brand spankin’ new fiber workshop on offer: Dye School! This intensive course will be taught by Hello Yarn’s Adrian Bizilia. If you love the taste of dyeing you get during Yarn School, but you really want to go deeper and get nerdy with it, this is for you! The details are still in the works, and we’ll announce them later this year.  Like Yarn School, Dye School will alternate between spring and fall. (We’ve had a lot of interest in doing the same with Felt School and Rigid Heddle School, and we’re looking into that as well.)

I’m also delighted to report that Dress School was a great success, and we’ll be partnering with Sonya Philips of 100 Acts of Sewing to offer it again next year! So if you couldn’t make it this year and you had your fingers crossed that it would be back, you’re in luck! We don’t yet have the dates set, and it may switch between spring and fall each year as well.

Finally, I wanted to remind everyone that Cheese School returns to the Harveyville Project October 31 – November 3 this year! Registration will open in late June or early July.

Oh! And we may be offering one more last-minute workshop this fall–news to follow later this month!