27 Aug

We’ve decided to upload our extensive Fall class schedule here on the blog while we wait for it to go live on the classes page.

All of your favorites are back with some special workshops thrown in. Try our Lace Knitting or Fair Isle Workshops, or try your hand at Spinning–now with half an hour of studio time.

Session begins SEPTEMBER 8th. Call 718.237.7753 to register!

Fall 2008 Classes

Brooklyn General Store offers a variety of classes in the needle arts— from basic techniques to more advanced explorations of fabric and fiber. We have something for everyone, from the novice to the more experienced crafter. We hope you’ll be inspired to join us for a class. If you don’t see what you’re looking for on this schedule, please let us know! We’re always developing fun new class ideas.

To register, please call the shop at 718.237.7753 (leave a message!). Questions can also be directed to classes@brooklyngeneral.com. You must register in advance in order to insure a spot in the class.

If you are interested in a class you don’t see offered, please contact us! New classes will be scheduled when there is adequate interest.

Knitting & Crochet

Beginner Knitting $125
Four 1 1⁄2 hour classes
Learn how to knit! We’ll teach you everything you need to know to make a scarf or another basic project. Skills include: casting on, knitting, purling, binding off, a few pattern stitches, and problem–solving.

Materials: one skein of smooth, worsted weight yarn in a light or bright color (easier to see your stitches) and size 7 or 8 needles.

Session A: Wed, 7 to 8:30 pm, 9/10, 17, 24, 10/1
Session B: Mon, 6:30 to 8 pm, 10/6, 13, 20, 27
Session C: Wed, 7 to 8:30 pm, 11/5, 12, 19, 26
Session D: Mon 6:30 to 8 pm 12/1, 8, 15, 22

Project Knitting $125

Four 1 1⁄2 hour classes
Ready for a new challenge? Stuck on something? This class will help you take your knitting to the next level, whether you want to try your hand at something other than a scarf or you’re ready to tackle your first sweater. Decreasing, increasing, knitting in the round, reading a pattern, piecing your work, blocking… these are just some of the skills you might learn while working on your project.

Materials: Bring a pattern, a project in progress, or project ideas to the first class. Those continuing from the Beginner class will work on hats!

Session A: Mon, 6:30 to 8 pm, 9/8, 15, 22, 29
Session B: Wed, 7 to 8:30 pm, 10/8, 15, 22, 29
Session C: Mon, 6:30 to 8 pm, 11/3, 10. 17, 24
Session D: Wed 7 to 9 pm, 12/3, 10, 17 (class hours extended to accommodate short session)

Mama/Baby Knitting $130

Four 2-hr sessions
Learn to knit or get help with a project in a relaxed, baby-friendly atmosphere. You are welcome to bring your baby (non-cruising please). This is a great alternative to “new mom” groups. This class is limited to 6 mamas and babies.

Materials: see Beginner and Project knitting. A blanket for your baby to lay on is recommened.

Session A: Monday 11 am to 1 pm, 9/8, 15, 22, 29
Session B: Monday 11 am to 1 pm, 10/6, 13, 20, 27
Session C: Monday 11 am to 1 pm, 11/3, 10, 17, 24
Session D: Monday 11 am to 1 pm, 12/1, 8, 15, 22

**new!** Mitten Workshop
Three 2-hour classes
Make your first pair of mittens in this class! The workshop will teach basic mitten construction from an easy to follow pattern. Learn to make a thumb gusset and use double pointed needles. These mittens make great, easy holiday gifts for friends and family.

Materials: 1 skein Morehouse Bulky yarn, 1 set US10.5 double pointed needles, stitch markers, size K crochet hook. Optional: Weekend Knitting by Melanie Falick and Ericka McConnell.

Session A: Thurs, 7 pm to 9:30 pm, 9/11, 18, 25

Knitted Toy Workshop $125

Four 1.5 hr classes
Make your own knitted toys! This class will teach you the basics of three-dimensional shaping and have you on your way to knitting toys for all the tots you love. Basic knitting skills required.

Materials: one skein of bulky weight yarn in a light or bright color (easier to see your stitches) and size 9 or 10 needles, stuffing for toys (wool stuffing is available at the first class). The instructor is happy to help you choose materials at the first class.

Session A: Monday, 6:30 to 8 pm, 10/6, 13, 20, 27
Session B: Monday, 6:30 to 8 pm, 11/10, 17, 12/1, 8

Fair Isle Workshop $150

Five 1.5 hr classes
Ever looked at some gorgeous fair isle and thought, “I’d love to make that, but I never could!”? Well, you can! Learn the basics of Fair Isle knitting (also called stranded colorwork) while making a pair of winter socks. Your skills will translate to many projects. Prerequisites: comfortable knitting in the round on double-pointed needles. Sock knitting recommened, but not necessary

Materials: 115 yds in each of 2 contrasting colors of fingering weight yarns (wool recommended), 1 set of wood/bamboo dpns to obtain gauge of approx. 8 sts per 1″, range of size 1, 2, or 2 1/2. All supplies available at first class.

Session A: Tues, 7 to 8:30 pm, 9/16, 23, 30, 10/7,14
Session B: Tues, 7 to 8:30 pm, 11/11, 18, 25, 12/2, 9

Knitted Lace Workshop $125
Four 1 1⁄2 hour classes
This class is designed to teach you the basics of lace knitting so that you can make your very own lace scarves, shawls, and include lace motifs in anything you knit! You will learn cast on techniques suited to lace, how to read a lace chart, and tips to help you correct, as well as avoid, mistakes. Prerequisites: Comfort with decrease (k2tog, ssk) and yarn over techniques recommended.

Materials: If you plan to purchase materials, it is recommended to you do so at class so that the instructor may assist. If you have something in the stash: smooth, light color, light weight yarn (fingering or dk) yarn for practice and straight or circular needles at 2 sizes larger than recommended for gauge (pointy tips are preferable to blunt tip needles).

Session A: Thurs, 6:30 to 8 pm, 10/16, 23, 30, 6

Beginner Crocheting $125

Three 2 hour classes
Learn all the basics of crocheting (chain, single, double and triple crochet stitches) and how to use them to whip up hats, scarves, amigurumi toys and more! Shaping and circular crocheting are introduced, as well as stitch pattern like meshes, scallops and bobbles. Begin a scarf in the first class and continue on to either a hat or shawl by the end of the session.

Materials: one skein of smooth yarn in a light or bright color (easier to see your stitches) in either worsted or bulky size. For worsted bring a size G or H crochet hook, and for bulky a J or K.

Session A: Wednesday, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, 9/10, 17, 24


Introduction to Spinning $125
Four 1 1⁄2 hour classes
Learn how to spin and design your own yarn on a drop spindle. Class includes an overview of animal and plant fibers, how to card and blend different fiber types and colors, plying instruction, and an introduction to the spinning wheel. Also included is ½ hour free studio time per week.

Materials available at first class.

Session A: Thurs, 7 to 8:30 pm, 10/2, 9, 16, 23. STUDIO TIME is 6:30 to 7, just before class.


Sewing 101 (Beginner) $150
Four 2 hour classes
This class will teach you all the basics: how a sewing machine works, cutting from a pattern, and how to sew a simple wrap skirt. With these techniques, you’ll be on your way to stitching up all kinds of projects!

Materials: 2 yds light- to medium-weight woven fabric, 1 pkg extra-wide, double fold bias take to match, thread to match, scissors, pins and pincushion, seam ripper, tailor’s chalk.

Session A: Saturday 11 am to 1 pm, 9/13, 20, 27, 10/4
Session B: Tues, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, 10/7, 14, 21, 11/4
Session C: Saturday 11 am to 1 pm, 11/15, 22, 12/6, 13

Sewing 102 (Beginner/Intermediate) $150
Four 2-hour classes.
Step up your stitching skills with this very practical “All-Day Tote” bag from Lotta Jansdotter’s book Simple Sewing. You’ll learn how to do pockets, linings, topstitching and straps and become much more confident with your sewing. Beginner sewing skills required.

Materials: 1 yard medium- to heavy-weight fabric for bag, 1 yard medium-weight fabric for lining, 1/2 yard of twill tape (1″ wide), thread to match. Optional: quick-release metal key clip. Basic sewing supplies (see Sewing 101)

Session A: Tues 6:30 to 8:30 pm, 9/9, 16, 23, 30
Session B: Saturday 11 am to 1 pm, 10/11, 18, 25, 11/8

Sewing 103 (Intermediate) $190
Five 2-hour classes
You can make your own pants! In this class you will make and customize your very own low-rise, carpenter style pants. You’ll learn how to sew a fly zipper, patch or flap pockets, belt loops and buttonholes.

Materials: Built by You/Simplicity pattern 4110 1 1/8 to 2 3/4 yards fabric, depending on width and chosen style (see back of pattern), lightweight fusible interfacing (3/8-5/8 yard depending on style), thread to match, one to three 7″ nylon zippers, one to three 7/8″ buttons (depending on style), basic sewing supplies (see Sewing 101).

Session A: Tues 6:30 to 8:30 pm, 11/11, 18, 25, 12/2, 9

Patternmaking $160
Four 2-hour classes
If you love to sew, but are frustrated by the patterns you find in stores, this is the class for you. Here you will learn the basic principles of flat patternmaking to start having fun designing the clothes you picture in your mind! You will draft patterns for a t-shirt and an A-line skirt based on your own measurements. You will manipulate these patterns into other style variations. We will also cover how to ‘rub off’ a pattern from a pre-existing garment. Basic sewing experience is helpful to benefit from this class.

Materials: a roll or pad of newsprint, drawing paper or patternmaking paper, at least 14″ wide; see-through 18″ ruler, tape measure, pencil and sharpener (or mechanical pencil), eraser, scissors (for paper), 1 yard of muslin or similar inexpensive woven fabric, 1 1/2 yds of t-shirt jersey or similar knit.

Session A: Wednesday, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, 10/15, 22, 11/5, 11/12

Quilting Workshop $150
Four 2-hour classes
You will cut, piece together and assemble a quilt top and then back and bind it to make a complete crib-sized quilt. This is a great way to use up leftover fabric! Our instructor’s organic teaching style lends itself to novice as well as a more experiences quilter. While hand sewing is an option, you may find it useful to have a sewing machine at home.

Session A: Sun, 11 am to 1 pm, 10/5, 19, 26, 11/2
Session B: Sun, 11 am to 1 pm, 11/30, 12/7, 14, 21

Embroidery & Appliqué

Embroidery Workshop $80
Two 2-hour classes
There are so many uses for embroidery; you’ll wonder how you survived without it! It’s a perfect way to customize items for gifts, for you, or for sale. It’s also a great compliment to knitting or crocheting. Create a sampler of a dozen basic stitches, learn how to transfer designs, and begin your first embroidered project: the classic tea towel.

Materials: one fat quarter (18″x18″) of gingham, one or more skeins of embroidery floss, embroidery needle (look for a larger eye), scissors, embroidery transfers, and a tea towel.

Session A: Wednesday, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, 10/1, 8
Session B: Wednesday, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, 11/19, 12/3

Holiday Appliqué Workshop $90

Two 2-hour classes
Whether cute and whimsical on children’s clothing, classic and elegant on home furnishings, or fantastically avant-garde on a bag for you, appliqué can transform all kinds of projects. You’ll learn three different hand-stitched techniques and apply them to your own, perhaps holiday, project.

Materials: for first class session, all supplies will be provided. For second session, you will need a base fabric (or finished item), appliqué fabric (felt or other), embroidery floss, and needles for your own project.

Session A: Thurs, 6:30 to 8:30 pm 12/10, 17

Full payment is required at time of registration in order to hold a spot in a class.

All classes have a minimum of four students and a maximum of eight.

Materials needed for class projects can be purchased at the shop—see http://www.brooklyngeneral.com/classes.htm for supply lists. Students receive a 10% discount on class materials. We encourage you to select yarns and fabrics before the first class when possible. Please visit us anytime for help choosing materials.

We are not able to offer make up sessions.

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