Functional and stylish, hats keep our heads warm and allow us to express our inner creativity. There are so many styles and materials to consider… just ask Chad in the Dining Hall! We offer several Fiber Arts classes that focus on creating and embellishing hats. Try your hand at making both practical and fanciful hats these head-topping classes:

Hats Galore!
with Vasanto Nechemias • February 15-21


Hat by Vasanto

Make a hat for every occasion, for every family member, or for every day of the week! Be practical or fanciful…ready for the Kentucky Derby, a night on the town, or a day at the office. Focus on a different hat process each day: hat on a ball, double hood, template, and two piece.

Interweave Knits Winter 2013 by Charles Gandy

Interweave Knits Winter 2013 by Charles Gandy

Embellished Knitting
with Charles Gandy • April 26-May 1

Learn numerous ways to enhance your knitted creations through applied embellishments. Frilly ruffles, bobbles, twists and ripples, I-Cords, special “finger” cords, and even beading will be explored in an adventurous week. This is knitting with personality! Choose to make a hat/tam, some socks, mittens/fingerless gloves, or a scarf…no doubt, unlike any you’ve made before. If you can knit and purl, you will have tons of fun in this class.

Origami Ribbonwork for Cockades & Hatbands
with Jan Wutkowski • August 21-23

Ribbon origami is a method of working with ribbon that involves folding and pleating to create striking ribbon cockades, cocardes, and hatbands that resemble Japanese origami. Take the mystery out of these remarkable trims by learning at least 6 ways of transforming ribbon lengths into embellishments for hats, clothing, gifts, and home decor items.


A striking hat by Jan Wutkowski. Photo by Jan Wutkowski.

Hats, Bags, and Beyond
with Laura McWhorter • September 6-11


Felt berets by Laura McWhorter. Photo by John Ford.

Wet-felt three-dimensionally to create containers – for necessities and for noggins – using merino wool, silk, angora, alpaca, and other natural fibers. Carding and blending of fibers and laminated felt techniques will be covered. Add structural and decorative elements using handspun, embroidery, knitting, crochet, stitching, and beading.

Emolyn Liden

Emolyn Liden

Beginning Knitting
with Emolyn Liden • Dec 2-5

As a second-generation knitwear designer, the instructor is eager to share with you the fundamental knitting tips and tricks shared with her over the years. In this exciting starter class, experience casting-on, knitting, purling, and tensioning yarn – with plenty of guidance. Build from the basics without fear of tangling your ideas. Dream of scarves, shawls, hats, and bags, and then get those needles moving!

How to Register

Click on any of the class names above to find out more course information and to register online.

If you’re registering from our printed course catalog, or just want to talk to a live person, give us a call Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm, EST, Toll-free: 800-365-5724 or: 828-837-2775

Visit our website to browse all our 2015 class offerings.

Request a Catalog online, view our Catalog eBook, or stop by the Keith House lobby to pick a 2015 Catalog up anytime.

Cory Marie Podielski
About Cory Marie Podielski

Cory Marie Podielski is a freelance graphic designer, photographer, and writer for the John C. Campbell Folk School. She has been writing for the Folk School Blog since 2012 and enjoys interviewing artists, musicians, and craftspeople. In her spare time, she enjoys playing the banjo, dancing, printmaking, playing in clay, and assisting in Folk School bread baking classes.