We’ve Got a New Space!
I’m so happy to announce that The Sweatshop of Love classes have found a home! We’re opening The Sweatshop of Love Studio in Albany Park. This very humble space will be the new home to all of our classes. It’s a little off the beaten path at 3547 W Montrose, but that is allowing us to keep our class prices accessible to all. With easy street parking, coffee, tea, and snacks provided, and no weirdo gawkers or creepers lurking over our shoulders, we hope you are as excited about this new venture as we are!
I’m also so happy to announce that we’ve added a new teacher to our rotation! Leah Coccari-Swift, a knitwear designer and teacher, learned to knit from her grandma at age 4 and has been making things obsessively ever since. She majored in Studio Art (drawing/painting) at Beloit College and predictably worked many odd jobs before finding she could be a professional knit/crochet designer and teacher. She can usually be found tangled up in yarn, cooking and eating, walking outside, or playing with other people’s dogs, and at www.rubysubmarine.com.
So along with Laura McDougal and I, Leah helps bring more advanced classes to the schedule. You’ll see below that we’ve got a TON to offer this Spring Schedule, including project and technique classes, as well as beginner classes in four different crafts!
To sign up or to ask any questions please email email@example.com.
We can’t wait to get crafting with you!
– Allyson, Laura, and Leah
The Sweatshop of Love’s Spring Class Schedule
Beginner Knitting: Always wanted to learn to knit? Even if you’ve never touched a knitting needle in your life, by the end of the class you’ll have had lots of supervised practice knitting and purling. For this class you’ll need size 8 knitting needles and a skein of worsted weight yarn. Class is taught by Laura. $35, add materials for $10.
Tuesday April 21, 7-9pm
Saturday May 2, 10-12pm
Beginner Crochet: This is a great opportunity to learn the basics of crocheting! In this class we will learn to make a chain, single, half double, double, and treble crochet stitches, and, time permitting, how to crochet in the round. For this class you’ll need a mid-sized crochet hook, sized between F-K, and a skein of worsted weight yarn. Class is taught by Allyson. Thursday May 14, 7-9pm – $35, add materials for $10.
Beginner Embroidery Project!
Beginner Embroidery: Learn how to embroider in this fun beginner class! Even if you’ve never threaded a needle we’ll have you stitching up adorable designs in no time. Learn straight stitch, back stitch, chain stitch, lazy daisies, French knots, long and short stitch, and satin stitch – all you need to get stitching patterns and working on samplers. We’ll also talk about transferring patterns, different thread and hoop options, and finding awesome patterns to keep you stitching like crazy. Class is taught by Allyson. Tuesday May 26, 7-9pm – $45 including all materials.
Beginner Cross Stitch!
Beginner Cross Stitch: Adorable cross stitch patterns are popping up all over the internet, including these adorable little animals from Mid-Century Maude! Choose either the Fox or Bird, and we’ll get you cross stitching in no time. Class is taught by Allyson. Tuesday June 9, 7-9pm – $48 including all materials.
Next Step Knitting: You can knit and you can purl, but how can you turn those two stitches into a project? Next Step Knitting will take you through how to increase and decrease stitches, preparing you to make anything from a hat to hand warmers! Bring that special project you’ve had your eye on and get started in style. For this class you’ll need size 8 knitting needles and worsted weight yarn. Class is taught by Laura. Thursday, April 2 7-9pm – $35, add materials for $10.
Knit This Cowl!
My First Cowl: Ready for your first project but don’t know where to start? If you know the basics of knitting but have questions about reading patterns – this class is for you! Knit up your very own cozy, chunky Spiral Cowl in this two part class. In part 1, we’ll talk through casting on and reading charts. In part 2, we’ll finish, bind off and seam your cowl together. For this class you’ll need size 10 knitting needles and 110 yards of bulky weight yarn. Class is taught by Laura. Sundays May 10 & 17, 10-12pm – $55, add materials for $25.
Knit these WORK+SHELTER Hand Warmers!
My First Hand Warmers: A cowl not your jam? The how about some hand warmers! With just the basic knitting skills, with the help of this class you’ll have a pair of these simple hand warmers in no time. In part 1 we’ll talk about casting on, establishing your stitch pattern by placing markers, and reading a pattern. In part 2, we’ll talk about fit, seam up your first hand warmer and get you started on your second. For this class you’ll need size 6 knitting needles and 1 skein of worsted weight yarn. Class is taught by Allyson. Saturdays May 9 & 16, 10-12pm – $55, add materials for $10.
Leah’s Short Row Detail!
Short Rows: This intermediate-level technique class is for those who want to take their knitting in new directions! Learn how to create geometric shapes with short rows, a versatile technique used in garments, accessories, and knitting projects of all kinds. You will learn the “wrap and turn” as well as how to create your own little knitted art piece. Please bring US size 7 needles and several balls of worsted weight yarn. These can be odds and ends! The more colors you bring, the better. Graph paper and other notions will be provided. Class is taught by Leah. Saturdays May 9, 16, & 30, 2-4pm – $80.
Leah’s Lilac Scallop Hat!
Intro to Lace: Have you been eyeing all those gorgeous lace shawls, but are unsure how to tackle Lace Knitting? This class will teach you the basics of lace knitting, from simple eyelets to more complex stitch patterns. Learn the theories behind lace structures in the first two classes and take the optional third session to design your own stitch pattern! Please bring US size 7 needles and worsted weight yarn. Graph paper and all other notions will be provided. Class is taught by Leah. Sundays May 10 & 17, 2-4pm – $55. Add a 3rd class period on Sunday May 31, 2-4pm – $80.
Expert Help: Need a helping hand with that next challenging knitting, crocheting, embroidery, or cross stitch project? You’ve come to the right place! Take advantage of Allyson, Leah, and Laura’s many years of experience with teaching, designing, and fixing mistakes, with this guided class. Bring in your pattern and materials, and get instant, attentive help with each step. You’ll be able to confidently finish that ambitious project and learn lots of new skills along the way! $20
Sunday April 12, 10-12pm
Tuesday April 28, 7-9pm
Thursday May 28, 7-9pm
Sunday June 7, 10-12pm
One on One Classes with Allyson: Is there something you are interested in knitting, crocheting, cross stitching, or embroidering that you don’t see listed here? Pick a project or a new skill and email Allyson to set up a one on one class! I generally schedule classes weekdays from 2-9pm and weekend days in two hour blocks between 9am-4pm. Send me a few dates and times that work for you and I will match our schedules, pick a time that works for both of us, and give you a class outline. One on one classes are $25 per hour; most classes are two hours long.