SAGA HILL – Classes

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I love teaching both the techniques and historical aspects of each subject. When you take one of my classes, you will have a good time playing with yarn or fiber—and in the process, you will learn something more in-depth about the subject than you may experience in the typical class.

Due to COVID-19, many of the classes that Saga Hill would have held in person during 2021 have been put on hold. We have two in-person knitting classes currently scheduled for August at the City of Plymouth (see below) if the pandemic is under control. Keep in touch here and follow us on Facebook for updates.

In the meantime, Thank You for supporting artists and small businesses in whatever way you can during this trying time. And remember, Saga Hill is open online 24/7!


UPCOMING CLASSES
BY W.J. JOHNSON OF SAGA HILL…
2021

WEAVER'S GUILD OF MINNESOTA (WGM)…

The WGM is a nationally-recognized organization for the arts of weaving, spinning, and dyeing. It is located in the headquarters of the Textile Center of Minnesota, 3000 University Avenue SE, Mpls, MN 55414. Click here to visit the WGM website and register for classes.

Due to COVID-19, all of my classes at the WGM have been put on hold for the foreseeable future.



INGEBRETSEN'S NEEDLEWORK SHOP…

(Ingebretsen's is a Nordic wares shop located at 1601 East Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55407. Click here to visit the Ingebretsen's website and register for classes.)

Due to COVID-19, all of my classes at Ingebretsen’s Needlework Shop have been put on hold for the foreseeable future.



CITY OF PLYMOUTH, PARKS AND RECREATION…

Plymouth Creek Activity Center, 14800 34th Avenue N., Plymouth, MN 55447. Click here to visit the City of Plymouth website and register for upcoming classes or go to the specific links below.)

IN-PERSON CLASSES, HELD AT THE PLYMOUTH CREEK ACTIVITY CENTER – if pandemic conditions are favorable by late summer for in-person learning…

2-COLOR KNITTING WITH THE FAIR ISLE TECHNIQUE, a beginning 2-color knitting class
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August 3, 2021
1–4 PM

Learn how to work with multiple colors in the round while knitting a small Fair Isle sampler designed by W.J. Johnson of Saga Hill that could become a cup cozy or a pair of wrist warmers.
Class length: 3-hours.
Knitting level: Students need to know how to cast on, knit, and purl.
Materials: Bring size 5 or 6 double-pointed needles (set of 4), stitch markers, and any general knitting supplies you may have. Experience in working with double-pointed needles is helpful but not necessary. Yarn will be provided by instructor.
Register now at the City of Plymouth.


BEGINNING CABLE KNITTING
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August 6, 2021
1–4 PM

Learn how to read and work basic knitted cables while knitting a bracelet/wrist-warmer or coffee cozy designed by W.J. Johnson of Saga Hill.
Class length: 3-hours.
Knitting level: Students need to know how to cast on, knit, and purl.
Materials: Bring size 5 or 6 straight or circular needles, a cable needle, and any general knitting supplies you may have. Yarn will be provided by instructor.
Register now at the City of Plymouth.



Although classes are added as opportunities come up, I am limiting class offerings until group gatherings are safe.



If you're interested in any class shown but can't attend on the scheduled date, please contact me

If you don't see a class that interests you, some of my previously taught classes include: Swedish Knitting Heritage classes, such as Lovikka Mitten Knitting; Tvåändstickning (Two-Ended/Twined Knitting); and Halland/Binge Knitting. Other knitting classes I offer are: Knit a Cozy Nordic Cabled Cowl – a beginning cable class; Vintage Lace Knitting; Beginning Knitting; Modular Knitting; Knitting Fair Isle Patterns; Beginning Mitten Knitting; among others.

Among my spinning classes are: Beginning Spinning with Spindle & Wheel; Spinning Short Fibers; Silk Spinning; Flax Spinning; Spinning Camelid Fibers; and Fiber Processing.

If one of these sparks your interest (or a class on another subject), please let me know. Advance interest helps establish future classes.

Private classes

I also privately teach spinning and knitting to individuals or small groups – although due to COVID-19, I am currently not scheduling any in-person private classes. Please contact me by email for more info or to discuss the possibility of a future private class.