For the first installment in this yearlong series on local craft offerings, we’re looking at fiber.
All of the Triangle shops listed below offer beginner classes in knitting and crocheting, and, in some cases, other fiber crafts, such as weaving, spinning and felting.
If you’ve been curious about fiber crafts yet never tried them, they offer beginners a rather easy learning curve at a relatively low cost. And if you’re an old hand who knows your way around a stitch or two, each of these shops has options for you as well.
We’re highlighting classes starting in November and drop-in sessions that are unique to each shop, but they all offer a wide range of classes and you can pop in and craft anytime throughout the year.
Note that while policies vary between shops, for classes, usually the yarn used needs to be purchased from the shop in question. If you’re unsure, call the shop to double check. For more details and hours, see the shops’ individual websites.
Admit Ewe Knit
Info: 8320 Litchford Road, Suite 146, Raleigh, 919-876-4640, admiteweknit.com
Admit Ewe Knit is a place for knitters and crocheters to gather. It’s filled with yummy yarn, beautiful patterns, and both helpful service and advice. They have a Christmas stocking class starting this weekend. Social knitting is at 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Fridays, 2-4 p.m. Saturdays, and 6-8:30 p.m. the first and third Wednesday of the month.
Info: 122 N. Salem St., Apex, 919-249-5638, downtownknits.com
DownTown Knits offers yarns, fabric and teas and is a community space to craft and meet like-minded individuals. The shop is expanding to include space to offer weaving and dyeing classes, and offers art yarn and fiber from Esther Rodgers. Upcoming classes include mosaic knitting and holiday ornaments. Drop-in sessions are 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays.
Info: 1208 Ridge Road, Raleigh, 919-832-3599, yarnsetc.com
Great Yarns is the sister store to Yarns, etc. in Chapel Hill, and stocks both the latest yarns and accessories as well as the tried-and-true standbys. In November, the shop has classes on knitting socks and how to knit your first sweater. The store also has a lively group that meets 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays.
Warm ‘n Fuzzy
Info: 200 S. Academy St., Suite 140, Cary, 919-380-0008, warmnfuzzy.net
Warm ‘n Fuzzy is a local yarn shop specializing in hand-dyed yarns and small-scale production wools and other luxury fibers. November classes include how to fix and recognize mistakes and how to knit simple garter stitch slippers. Drop-in sessions are Wednesday lunchtimes, Sunday afternoons and 7-9 p.m. Thursdays.
Info: 201 E. Davie St., Raleigh, 919-821-2787, woventranslations.com
WOVENtranslations is Mary Kircher’s art studio within Artspace in Raleigh. She offers private lessons and small group classes including beginning weaving, woven collage and journaling. Dyeing classes are also available in both woven shibori (creating dyed patterns through weaving and dyeing) and Ikat (dyeing yarn in a pattern before it is woven).
Yarn Tree Studio
Info: 8801 Lead Mine Road, Suite 117, Raleigh, 919-845-3292, yarntreestudio.com
Yarn Tree Studio is a home-away-from-home for knitters, crochets and spinners. Coming up, it offers classes on felting berets and on spinning silk hankies. For spinners, the shop also carries roving from Touch of Fiber. The studio offers several drop-in sessions a month, along with a knitting group that meets 5-7 p.m. the second Monday of the month and a charity knitting group that meets 5-7 p.m. the first and third Monday of the month.
Info: 1322 Fordham Boulevard, Suite 4, Chapel Hill, 919-928-8810, yarnsetc.com
This is a full-service yarn shop that recently moved to a new location in Chapel Hill. Among others, this fall the shop has a knitting 201 class and classes on finishing your projects. The shop also sells spinning materials from Graham., N.C.-based Three Waters Farm and holds free drop-in spinning nights.
Info: 770 Ninth St., Durham, 919-286-3400, cozyon9th.com
Cozy features a carefully curated creative corner filled with yarn in their female-centric shop. They offer several classes based on designs developed by staff, and this fall will offer classes on freeform knitting and making mittens. The shop has knit nights 7-9 p.m. the first Tuesday and Thursday of every month.
Betsy Greer writes about craft and activism at craftivism.com. Reach her at email@example.com