Teaching & Travel Schedule

If you’d like me to teach in your area let me know – perhaps we could work out a tour of several shops and guilds near you! Fees and available classes are subject to change without notice, please email me for current information. See the bottom of this page for sample subjects and estimated costs.


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9/27 to 10/18 (4 sessions)
Sensible Slippers
Learn how to knit fun slippers! This pattern, originally published in 1950, has been updated by Lara so that you won't have to decipher outdated knitting terms. This pattern is easy enough for a beginner, but still great for a more experienced knitter to take a trip down memory lane.
Materials: Bring about 380 yards of worsted-weight yarn and a set of size 9 needles, any type of needle is fine.
Time: Wednesdays, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Location: Lenox Community Center


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10/25 to 11/15 (4 sessions)
Practical, Beautiful Dishcloths to Knit
Description: Dishcloths are the humble workhorses of the kitchen and around the house. Hand-knit dishcloths are a whole other ballgame! They last a long time, are lovely, and, when you make your own, you can match your décor or use team colors! We will use the Ballband Dishcloth pattern, which requires two colors of yarn. Don’t worry – it’s much easier and more impressive than it looks! Join us to make the perfect housewarming gift.
Materials: Size 7 knitting needles of any style and 100% cotton worsted weight yarn, two colors, each approx. 122 yards.
Time: Wednesdays, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Lenox Community Center

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November 4 - Fall Fiber Festival in Hopkins, 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM, Eisenhower Community Center, 1001 Highway 7, Hopkins, Minnesota


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November 10 - family event

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November 14 - non-crafty work event

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November 18 - Mpls Craft'za at The Grain Belt Bottling House, 10 AM until 4 PM, 79 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis MN 55413

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November 26 - Linden Hills Holiday Market at Sunnyside Gardens, 10 AM to 3 PM, 3723 44th St W., Minneapolis, MN 55410


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11/22 to 12/13 (4 sessions)

Knit a Scarf or Blanket
Description: A piece of knitting about 10 inches wide can make a dashing scarf. If you knit 3 or 4, you can join them together to make a charming baby blanket! These scarves that could become blankets are portable enough to take along with you, so they make great Spring and Summer knitting projects. Choose between a cabled pattern (and learn how to read a chart) or make your panels simple, for faster knitting!
Materials: Size 8 knitting needles of any style and 925 yards of soft, worsted-weight yarn for a baby blanket in acrylic, wool or a blend of the two. The same needles and about 220 yards of yarn will create one scarf.
Time: Wednesdays, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Lenox Community Center

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December 1 - family event


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December 9 - Minnesota Women's Art Festival

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1/17/18 to 2/7 (4 sessions)

New Year, New Techniques!
Description: Are you curious about adding a little more color to your knitting? Each week of this class covers a different type of multiple-color knitting.
Materials: Bring at least two colors of your favorite worsted-weight yarn (no cotton, please) and a set of size 7 or 8 double-pointed knitting needles.
Week 1: Fair-Isle Colorwork
Week 2: Double Knitting
Week 3: Intarsia
Week 4: Slipped-Stitch Knitting
Time: Wednesdays, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Lenox Community Center

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Saturday, January 27, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Sew a Fleece Cat (or Dog!) Bed
Just Sew Studio
6312 Minnetonka Blvd., St. Louis Park, MN 55416
Register: 952-285-9927
In this class, we will learn about:
- working with fleece
- sewing a custom, zippered insert for a large round cushion/bed
- using layers of foam to make sure the bed doesn't collapse
- making ears that are cute and cuddly!

If you haven't loved working with knits in the past, fleece is a great way to stretch your skills past quilting cotton! We will cover tips and tricks to make fleece easy to use. The fleece cover on the bed is removable, so you can wash your pet's bed as often as needed. Patterns for both the cat and dog version of the bed are included in the price of the class.

Materials:
1.5 yards of fleece
1 yard of any cotton or cotton-poly fabric (this won't be visible, so it can really be anything that is easy to sew)
Matching all-purpose thread
18- to 20-inch zipper
1.5 yards of NuFoam - 24 inches wide and 1 inch thick
Walking foot (or machine with built-in IDT)
Zipper foot
Fabric glue stick
Washaway Wonder Tape
Clover Wonder Clips
Fabric shears or rotary cutter (a rotary cutter is easier to use with fleece than shears)
size 16 (100) ballpoint sewing needle for your sewing machine
size 14 (90) all-purpose sewing needle for your sewing machine
Sewing machine in good working order, your manual, power cord and foot pedal

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Tuesday, February 20, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. 
Sew a Clear Vinyl Tote
Just Sew Studio
6312 Minnetonka Blvd., St. Louis Park, MN 55416

Register: 952-285-9927

See how easy it is to make a see-through vinyl tote! They're perfect for high-security events, but also fun for everyday use. You should test your machine to see what thickness of vinyl works best with it before class. The pattern and instructions for the tote are included in the price of the class.

Materials:
.5 yard of vinyl
Self-healing mat and rotary cutter
Scotch Tape
4 yards of 1-inch webbing for straps
All-purpose thread that matches your webbing
Leather or denim needle for your sewing machine
Walking foot, Teflon foot, or roller foot
Zipper foot
Clover Wonder Clips
Zipper at least 19 inches long
Washaway Wonder Tape
Sewing machine in good working order, your manual, power cord and foot pedal

Leather tape (optional)
China marker or grease pencil (optional)

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2/21 to 3/21 (5 sessions)
Beginning Knitting
Learn how to make basic knit stitches and how to read a pattern. You will complete a hat and learn how to make a square that can grow into a scarf, afghan, or whatever you want! Instructor Lara Neel will bring a variety of needles and yarn for you to use on the first night so you can decide what you like best, then purchase by 2nd class. This is a perfect class for anyone who is curious about knitting or who wants to relearn the craft after a break.
Time: Wednesdays, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Lenox Community Center

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Thursdays, 3/22 and 3/29, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Sew a Mini Messenger Bag
Just Sew Studio
6312 Minnetonka Blvd., St. Louis Park, MN 55416

952-285-9927

This cute purse is a tiny messenger bag, and there is a zipper in the lining, so you can zip it up to make it more secure when needed. We will learn to work with relatively heavy canvas to make a bag that's sturdy and complete with an adjustable strap, for comfort. The pattern is included in the price of the class.

Materials:
1 yard of main fabric - this should be a non-stretch canvas
.5 yard of lining fabric - this can be a quilting cotton or anything similar
1 yard of woven sew-in interfacing - I suggest Pellon’s SF785
Matching all-purpose thread
Zipper that is at least 14 inches long
Hammer
A surface you feel comfortable hammering (I use my tailor’s clapper, but a thick book would work, too.)
A pair of scissors for trimming zipper
Zipper foot
denim needle for your sewing machine
size 14 (90) all-purpose sewing needle for your sewing machine
two 2-inch D-rings
Fabric shears or rotary cutter
Sewing machine in good working order, your manual, power cord and foot pedal
Washaway Wonder Tape (optional)

Walking foot (optional)

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4/4 to 5/2 (5 sessions)

Adventures in Knitting
Description: Join us for our very own knitter's workshop! Students can choose from four projects. You bring the yarn and needles and the teacher, Lara Neel, will bring the patterns and make sure that you have a great time making a project you will treasure or love to give as a gift! This class is perfect for knitters of all levels, even if you've taken a break from knitting for several years or are trying it for the first time. If you're confused by the material list or have questions about the projects, come to the first class and Lara will get you started. You can then purchase supplies before the second class.
Projects to choose from:
1. Hat (great for beginners) – about 220 yards of worsted-weight yarn and two set of size 7 needles: a 16-inch circular and double-pointed needles.
2. Slippers – about 380 yards of worsted-weight yarn and size 9 needles, any type of needle is fine.
3. Baby Sweater – about 220 yards of worsted-weight yarn and a set of size 10 needles, any type of needle is fine.
4. Mittens – about 120 yards of worsted-weight yarn and a set of size 6 double-pointed needles.
Time: Wednesdays, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Lenox Community Center

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5/9 to 6/6 (5 sessions)

Sensible Slippers
Learn how to knit fun slippers! This pattern, originally published in 1950, has been updated by Lara so that you won't have to decipher outdated knitting terms. This pattern is easy enough for a beginner, but still great for a more experienced knitter to take a trip down memory lane.

Materials: Bring about 380 yards of worsted-weight yarn and a set of size 9 needles, any type of needle is fine.

Time: Wednesdays, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Lenox Community Center

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For classes outside of the Twin Cities area, travel expenses may be required. Please contact me for an estimate.


If you have a specific topic that I haven't covered, I would be delighted to design a custom workshop for your students. 


Fee to teach a Hands-on Technique or Project Class
$50/class hour up to 10 students
$55/class hour 10-14 students
$60/class hour 15-19 students
$65/class hour over 20 students

Fee to speak to a guild or give a presentation (no hands-on teaching)

$50/hour up to 30 participants
$60/hour up to 60 participants
$70/hour up to 200 participants
$75/hour over 200 participants


Knitting workshops and lectures

Talk: The History of Socks, Knitting and Much More!
Beyond Basic Sock Skills
The Round (French) Heel: Toe Up, Top Down and After-The-Fact
Lara’s Favorite Sock Heels You May Not Know

Step-Up Sock Heels
If you can divide by 2, you can knit these socks! This very functional heel can be knit from the top down or the toe up and is as beautiful as it is fun to make.

Reclaiming Our Time Socks
The soles for these socks can be ripped out and reknit with no muss or fuss. The pattern, included with the class, is designed to be knit from the toe up. We will go over the techniques needed to create this sock and talk about how to convert the pattern for top-down knitting.

Pussy Hat Holiday Ornament/ Small Circular Knitting Success
This is the easiest political statement you can use to decorate your home or give as a gift. Do you fear DPNs? Are you curious about magic loop? We will learn all about both styles of knitting tools to make small tubes such as baby hats, socks, mittens, and (of course) this little hat. Mastery of the three-needle bind off is included!

No-Purl Pussyhats In Any Gauge
This is a great class for beginners and knitters who are returning to the craft after a break. Learn how to create a hat that you can knit in any gauge and any size. 

Sewing workshops

Tote from Heavy Vinyl
The Go Anywhere, Say Anything Messenger Bag - working with heavy canvas
Bandanas, Fast and Easy
Persistent Marker Message T-shirts (a no-sew project)
Waist Belt and Mobility Ankle Pocket - working with zippers and stretchy fabrics
Bleeding Heart T-Shirt - a lesson in easy reverse applique
Quilted Mug Rug - these tiny introductions to quilting make great gifts
Pussyhat Throw Pillow - working with fleece
Pussyhat Pet Bed - working with fleece and sewing a custom insert for any shape of pillow
Free-Range Pussyhat Symbols - a bit of hand-sewing allows you to take a feminist message anywhere
Jabot-Inspired Scarf - working with lace edgings and light shirting fabric
Simple Zippered Pouch - an introduction to installing zippers and working with vinyl
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