December classes

726 Mohawk Trail, Milford, OH 45150
(513) 248-0752

(open late on THURSDAYS until 9:00)


The Holidays are right around the corner…
Stop in to see what’s new at Fiber Optic Yarns and pick up the perfect gift for the knitter, weaver, or spinner on your list! We have beautiful new luxurious yarn bases for knitters and weavers.
Want to let someone know what’s on your wish list? Come fill out a page or two in our WISH BOOK. Then when your loved one stops by, they can sit by the fire while the Fiber Optic Yarns elves gather all the goodies on your list! All they have to do is bring up their selections to the register to purchase them and we’ll put everything else back in its place – easy peasy and stress free! We can also mark off what has been purchased so there are no duplicate gifts if you have more than one person shopping for you!

Need a small hostess gift or stocking stuffer for a friend (or yourself)? We have many new cute limited edition accessories that are a treat to use, including needle gauges, stitch markers, new wood and metal-tipped knitting needles , and real fox & raccoon hat pompoms (ooohhhh, so soft!).
Feeling stressed this holiday season? Come relax with a cup of tea/coffee by our fireplace and peruse through some of our many new books to get you inspired! Or take a class to learn something fun and connect with new friends!

CLASSES- several new ones
for January & February!!

Learning to Knit

Thursday December 1, 15, 29

Maximum: 6 students

Cost: $60 class fee

Materials fee: $12 payable to
Fiber Optic Yarns

Teacher: Kimber Baldwin

Bring your needles and learn the basics of knitting – casting on, knit stitch, purl stitch and casting off – while you make these beautiful fingerless mitts. This class will teach these fundamental knitting skills, step by step, and you can expect to finish at least one of the mitts and have the skills to finish the second one by the end of class. This class will also cover the basics of reading a knitting pattern, including following a chart, and finishing/blocking techniques.

Crocheted Wreath & Star Ornaments

Saturday December 3

Maximum: 6 students

Cost: $45 class fee

Teacher: Rosanna Ortlepp

Pick up your crochet hook and learn some new techniques while you crochet two festive ornaments, just in time to hang on your Christmas tree! These star and wreath ornaments will use various techniques, including working into a plastic ring and chain spaces as well as working a picot and double crochet stitches. Students should bring a size D crochet hook and FIber Optic Yarns mini skeins in their choice of colors wound into balls prior to class.

Fiber Optic Christmas Fest!!

Saturday December 10

10am – 1:00 (felted garland)
1:00-2:00 lunch break
2:00-5:00 (bird in a nest ornaments)

Cost: $45 class fee,
$5 materials fee (payable to the instructor)

Teacher: Susan Gilbert

Come enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the crowds while creating beautiful Christmas ornaments and festive garland for the Christmas tree using simple needle-felting techniques. Christmas cookies and mulled cider will be provided. Come join in the laughter and fun as we celebrate with friends, new and old .

Coffee Cup Cozy – Learn to Crochet

Saturday December 17
Thursday January 19th

Maximum: 5 students

Cost: $40 class fee
$5 materials fee (payable to the instructor)

Teacher: Rosanna Ortlepp

Learn the basics of crochet – how to hold yarn and crochet hook, how to work three different basic crochet stitches (chain, single crochet, and double crochet), and how to read a pattern. You will learn how to make this sweet coffee cup cozy to keep or to give as a gift during this holiday season.

Ply on the Fly!!

Thursday January 5
6 – 8:00pm

Cost: $25 class fee

Teacher: Kimber Baldwin

Bring your empty drop spindle and an ounce or two of wool fiber and learn how to spin and ply yarn on the same spindle!!! This fun and useful technique allows you to produce a finish plyed yarn without winding off the singles and plying them later back onto a spindle. Students should have prior experience spinning with a drop spindle.

Learn to Spin on a Drop Spindle

Saturday January 7th 10:00-12:00noon

Maximum: 6 students

Cost: FREE! (with purchase of drop spindle and pencil roving)

Teacher: Kimber Baldwin
Have you ever wanted to learn how to spin your own yarn but aren’t yet ready to invest the time and money into a spinning wheel? Are you a wheel spinner, but want to be able to take your spinning anywhere? If so, then this is the class for you! For the cost of a student drop spindle ($25) and a bag of pencil roving ($19-$23) you can be on your way to becoming a spinner on the go!!!

Spinning Wool – Breed Study

Thursday January 12, 19, 26
6:00-8:00 pm

Maximum 6 students

Cost: $75 class fee
$25 materials fee

Teacher: Kimber Baldwin

Bring your spinning wheel or drop spindle and learn the long and short of wool fiber and sheep breeds! Spin test yarns and learn how to optimize your spinning to take advantage of the various wooly characteristics of the different breeds of sheep. Note pages to record and keep your yarns will be provided.


Saturday January 14 9:00 – 1:00 – CLASS FULL.

Saturday February 4th 9:00-1:00

Cost: Free with the new purchase of a Cricket Loom at time of class registration

Instructor: Kimber Baldwin

Limit: 4 students per workshop

It’s quick and easy it is to weave a scarf on a rigid heddle loom! Learn the basics in this class and take home your loom warped and ready for weaving your first project. Under a couple hours to warp and a few more hours to weave, it’s easy and fun to weave a scarf in a week (and sometimes a weekend!). This makes rigid heddle weaving a wonderful way to convert stash to beautiful finished items!!! Please purchase your rigid heddle loom when registering for the workshop and have it put together (about 1-2 hours) to bring to the workshop. The rigid heddle loom comes with enough yarn for your first scarf (or bring your own from your stash or purchase at Fiber Optic Yarns).

Felted Candy Hearts Garland

Saturday January 21
10:00am – 12:00noon

Cost: $30 class fee
$2 materials fee
(payable to the intructor)

Instructor: Susan Gilbert

Remember eating those candy hearts with the fun sayings on them as kid? …or perhaps you still enjoy them!! Either way, we’ll be recreating them in felt with the colors and sayings of your choice in a sweet (but calorie-free!) garland for Valentine’s day! Come join us for a fun filled morning and take home a lovely Valentine decoration!

Felted Heart Swans

Saturday January 28
10:00am – 4:00pm

Cost: $60 class fee
$7 materials fee
(payable to the intructor)

Instructor: Susan Gilbert

Come spend the day needle felting this beautiful centerpiece of a pair of swans that when paired nose-to-nose forms a heart. So sweet! This all day workshop will focus on needle felting onto an armature, shaping/sculpting, and then adorning with locks of wool for the wings. A beautiful and elegant celebration of Valentine’s day!

Beginning Spinning on a Wheel

Thursday February 9, 16, 23
6:00 – 9:00pm

Maximum: 6 students

Cost: $100 class fee,
$25 materials fee

Teacher: Kimber Baldwin

No spinning experience necessary! This class will focus on learning various drafting techniques while spinning and plying a wide variety of fibers. Students will have the opportunity to use many different spinning wheels and will learn drive and tensioning systems. This is an ideal class for those considering the purchase of a wheel – by the end of the class, students should have a definite opinion on which wheel(s) they prefer. Wheels are available in the store for practice between classes.

Waffle Weave Towels

Saturday February 11 9:00 – 3:00
(lunch break 12-1:00)

Saturday February 25 9:00 – 3:00
(lunch break 12-1:00)

Maximum: 4 students

Cost: $75 class fee plus purchase of 8/2 cotton and pick up stick

Teacher: Kimber Baldwin
Ready to tackle a new weave structure? Bring your 15 inch rigid heddle loom (and warping peg) and learn the skills necessary to warp and weave beautiful waffle weave towels/breadcloths! This is a much requested class and space is limited so be sure to register early!
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