Dive Into Learning with Classes at Northwest Wools!

We love learning new things – and think you probably do, too. So our expert Instructors have come up with some great Specialty Classes to help extend your Textile talents.  And we have the perfect Instructors to help you learn a whole new Textile skill in our Beginning Classes. Want to join a fun group of like-minded folks and get help with your individual projects?  Then our Group Classes are for you!

Call us at 503-244-5024 or stop by the store to get more information and to sign up for any of these classes!

Specialty Classes

Want to learn a new skill or technique to take your Knitting to the next level?  Join our very talented Northwest Wools Instructors in one of these Specialty Classes.

Sivia Harding Specialty Classes in October

Sivia HardingCome join local designing legend Sivia Harding and learn how to make her Harmonia’s Rings Cowl. This is a fabulous knit that is versatile to wear and fun to make! Don’t miss this rare opportunity to study with this popular designer!

Class #1: Friday, October 7th from 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Class #2: Friday, October 14th from 1:00 – 3:00 pm (This optional follow-up class available only to students taking Class #1.)

To reserve YOUR place in this limited edition Specialty Class, please phone the shop at 503-244-5024 or stop by in person to register.  You may pay via credit card or check. Please make checks payable to Northwest Wools for $30 for Class #1. Please make check for $50 for Class #1 and Class #2.

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Beginning Classes

And for those of you looking to start working in Textiles, we have some wonderful Beginning Classes as well.  Taught by very experienced and patient Instructors, they have extensive knowledge in how to get you started properly – and make it fun!  These classes are kept very small, so you get the proper attention to ensure your success.

Reserve your place by calling Northwest Wools at 503-244-5024.

Group Classes

Just looking for some like-minded folks to craft with regularly?  Want to tackle new projects and techniques, but prefer the “safety net” of a Teacher?  Then our regular Group Classes are for you!

Group Classes are offered every day of the week and are kept to an 8 person maximum.  Join a fun group while you work on your individual projects - and get expert help from one of our great Instructors.

Learn and Save!  You receive a 10% Student Discount on all items at Northwest Wools when you are registered in any of our Classes.


General Knitting

group_class_400Join a group of like-minded folks in an interactive environment.  Bring your own in-process project, or an idea for a new project to start.

These small groups allow you to receive individualized Instructor coaching on your own project, as well as learn from what others are doing.  Knitters of all levels find these General Knitting groups fun, supportive and very creative.

You will find yourself trying new techniques with the certainty of knowing the Instructor – and your fellow knitters – have your back!  Guaranteed to provide you with lots of fun and plenty of new skills – plus some new friends to boot.

Beginning Knitting

event_yarn_bombers_300Learn how to knit and join the growing group of Portland knitters.  PDX is a knitter’s paradise, so come learn the basics so you too can enjoy this very Zen & productive activity.

You will learn all the basics in this class – how to cast on, knit, purl and bind off.  You will also be introduced to patterns and how to read them.


Beginning Crochet

Crochet patterns, hooks and yarnLearn how to crochet – it’s not your Grandmothers crochet anymore!  Crochet is trending up, with lots of hip new patterns available.

You will learn all the basic crochet stitches – chain stitch, as well as single and double crochet.  You will also be introduced to patterns and how to read them.


Beginning and Intermediate Spinning

Hand spun yarnAre you interested in learning to spin – or taking your spinning to a higher level? Do you want to experiment with spinning new fibers? If so, this is the class for you!

Come join a renowned Portland Spinner who can teach you the Zen of spinning. She will work with each student individually, providing coaching and advice directed at your needs.

Weaving on a Rigid Heddle Loom

weaving-on-rigid-heddle-loom_600Learn to weave!  This four week class is for Beginners, where you will learn how to set up and use your loom, plus choose yarns for weaving. Instruction will focus on how to weave for great results - yeah!

Experienced weavers can also enjoy learning to use a Rigid Heddle Loom - because don’t you want to have "portable weaving" become possible?!

In this small group class you will have hands-on help every step of the way.  First project is your choice of a woven scarf or cowl, with samples and recommended yarns to ensure your success. You will also receive a helpful list of terms, suggested resources, and a step-by-step guide to the process that will take you from “What can I make?” to “Wow! Look what I made!”

Please note you will need to have - or buy - a Rigid Heddle Loom to participate. Northwest Wools is happy to assist with Special Ordering your Loom by providing you with a “Student Discount” - once you are registered for the class.


Private Classes

Private ClassesThese sessions are for when you want one-on-one instruction – or need some extended time to help solve a project problem.

They are also good when class schedules are just not working for you – and you need to set up a more convenient time for project help or learning new skills & techniques. These can be booked in 1 hour or 30 minute increments.

Specialty Workshop

We offer a wide and changing selection of Specialty Workshops. From Socks, Lace, Cables, Entreloc, Custom-fit Sweaters, "How to Fix Your Mistakes", Finishing Techniques, "Two-hand Fair Isle" and more - you'll find lots of workshops to "up your game".

Our expert and experienced Instructors will give you the knowledge and the confidence to try these new skills!


Special Orders

Looking for that special color? Running short of yarn to finish your project? Need an unusual needle size or button color?

We are happy to Special Order items for your convenience. As long as we carry the item in our shop, we can Special Order what you need. And given the extensive list of items we do carry, we look forward to being able to provide you with what you want for your current – or next – fiber art project.


Still have that “almost finished” sweater, hat or scarf? Let us assist you with finishing your project – or pass it on to our Experts so they can finish it for you. If you love knitting or crocheting a beautiful item – but hate that darn work to “finish it” – let us do that last nasty bit for you!

We have in-house experts who can give your hand-made article the final touches needed to complete it. Contact the shop and we will introduce you to our Finishing Experts. They will provide a bid for your completion work, subject to availability.