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New Kids Club Page on the Site

We’ve added a new page on our website with information about the Harmony Knit and Crochet Kids Club! If you look in the upper right hand corner of your screen, you should see a “Kids Club” tab that will take you to a page with info about our fun knit and crochet club for kids. Our purpose in creating the Kids Club was to create a space where motivated kids who wanted encouragement to start and finish crochet and knit projects could come and socialize with other kids doing the same thing. Take a minute to check out the page!

There are some fun things going on at the shop this month and next! For more information, visit the “Fall Class List” page on our website.

Knit Night
Thurs. Nov. 12, 8-9:30p FREE!

Crochet Classes
Beginning Crochet Class. Sat. Nov. 7, 1-3p $20
Sunburst Granny Square Class. Sat. Nov. 7, 3-5p $15
Traditional Granny Square Class. Sat. Nov. 14, 1-3p $15
Snowflakes Class. Sat. Nov. 14, 3-5p $15

Kids Sewing Classes
Fridays in November: 6, 13, 20 $37.50
Fridays in December: 4, 11, 18 $37.50

Adult Sewing Classes
Quilt As You Go. Tues. Nov. 17, 4:30-6p $15
Simple Stockings. Tues Dec. 15, 4:30-6p $15

 

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Sewing Classes

We have a darling new sewing instructor here at Harmony and we’re so excited to introduce her to you! Ashley Asay will teach Friday afternoon Beginning Sewing classes beginning September 5th.

We asked her to introduce herself…

Hi!  My name is Ashley Asay and I am so excited to be teaching sewing lessons this year at Harmony!  

Ashley Asay homemade skirt

I grew up in Sandy, Utah.  During high school, my summer job was to teach sewing lessons in my parents basement.  I moved down to Provo to attend school at BYU.  I graduated in Family and Consumer Sciences Education (the new name for Home Ec) and since then have been teaching at a local middle school.  Teaching sewing has always been my dream job!  I’m so lucky!  
Ashley Asay homemade quilt
I began sewing at the age of 8.  One of my friend’s moms taught sewing lessons each Friday after school.  We walked to their house and sewed the afternoon away.  I have very fond memories of those days!  Except for the time I wore the pajama pants I made to school for “Pajama Day” and they split right down the middle.  I’ve learned a few sewing skills since then!
Ashley Asay homemade sweatshirt
 
From a young age, I knew I wanted to teach.  I would gather all my stuffed animals and teach them “school”.  I love working with children and teens (Adults too!).   It is so fun to see the excitement of a finished project.  Some of my favorite projects include quilts, skirts with pockets, and swimsuits.  I can’t wait to inspire each other with our creativity and love for sewing! 
Ashley Asay homemade shirt
We’re excited to have Ashley here at the shop on Fridays to share her love of sewing too! Classes will be held on Friday afternoons from 2:30 – 3:30 pm and 3:30 – 4:30 pm. Monthly cost is $50.
315 E. Center Street, Provo
801.615.0268


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Sew, Knit, LEARN!

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^ appropriately modeling the pillows I sewed this winter
(floral fabric from Harmony)

By Allison Barnes

I once met a woman whose home shone with creativity, light, and wellness. Chickens plucked away around the green Tennessee hills surrounding her home; old wooden frames graced her walls, filled with the scenes she had painted herself over the years; and in the adjoining sun room was her studio, piled with projects and scattered with potentials. There was the loom, the spinning wheel, the sewing machines, and blank canvases (or re-purposed canvases). When she grew too weak to work in the studio (for her health and strength were not always consistent) she curled up in bed with her knitting projects. And, as God had given her these talents, she willingly gave her creations away to the people she loved (myself included, and I am so grateful).

Her creative spirit is one I’ve tried to emulate in my own life. When life feels like it’s dragging, I begin projects (and finish most of them) and life feels a little bit lighter again. When someone else feels like their life is dragging, I head to the kitchen and bake, because cookies tend to make days just a little bit easier to bare. Creativity fills my soul in the loveliest of ways, and those are skills worth developing and pursuing.

Last week I practiced calligraphy. This week I’m trying out a recipe for Honey-Roasted Veggies + Gnocchi. Next week I’m planning on attending a crocheting class here at Harmony, because I haven’t crocheted since I was a little girl and I want to pick it up again. And next month I’m signed up for a paddleboard-yoga class, so we’ll see how that goes!

Harmony’s motto is sew, knit, learn, and I’m trying to do just that! 

What have you learned lately? What new skill or hobby have you tried your hand at?

There are still a few more spring classes left before our summer classes begin! Sign up today by coming into the shop or calling (801) 615-0268. For more information, visit harmonyprovo.com.

 

Scrappy Trip-Around-the-World Quilt – Students will learn how to pick fabrics, assemble blocks, make a quilt sandwich to machine quilt, and attach a binding by machine. A small quilt sandwich to practice machine quilting and binding will be provided. Sewing experience is required.

Saturday, May 31, 1-3pm

$35

Holly LeSue


Seamless Knit Baby Booties – Learn to knit an heirloom without having to sew seams! Techniques for seamless cast on (great technique to know if you want to knit seamless socks!) as well as the magic loop method of circular knitting will be covered. Please bring 1 skein DK Weight yarn, a size 5 US 36” to 40” circular knitting needle, and (2) Size 5 US DPN (optional), tapestry needle and scissors. Teacher will supply bootie pattern. Basic knitting skills required.

Saturday, May 31, 3:30-5:30pm

$15

Allison Baker


Beginning Crochet – Learn the basics of crochet while making a lovely flower pin. Basic stitches such as chain, slip stitch, single crochet, half-double crochet and double crochet will be taught. Bring one skein worsted weight yarn in desired flower color, & 1 size H/8 5.0mm crochet hook. Each participant will receive a muslin drawstring bag and course folder with illustrated instructions. Green yarn will be provided for the leaves, if desired.

Saturday, June 7, 3-5pm

$20

Allison Baker


Crochet Market and Beach Bags – Learn to use spiral crochet techniques to create sturdy and useful bags. Basic crochet skills required.  Required supplies: 5 skeins of SMC Sun City Cotton (530 yards), F/4 3.75mm crochet hook, coordinating fabric for liner (if desired), tapestry needle and scissors.  This class includes pattern instruction for several styles of bags.

Saturday, June 14 & June 21, 1-2:30pm

$18

Allison Baker


Traditional Granny Square Class – Learn to crochet a timeless classic. Class will cover methods of circular crochet motifs, changing colors, weaving in ends as you go, and joining techniques. Basic crochet skills required. Bring several different colors of DK or worsted weight yarn, size F/5 3.75 mm crochet hook (DK) or size H/8 5.0 mm hook (worsted weight), scissors, and a tapestry needle.

Saturday, June 21, 3-5pm

$15

Allison Baker


Knitting 101 – Come learn to cast on, knit, purl, and bind off; all the basics needed to really start your foray into knitting in this one-session workshop!  Bring worsted to aran weight yarn and US size 8-10 needles to make some fingerless mitts.  Supplies available at Harmony for 20% off with class registration.

Saturday, June 28, 2-4pm

$20

Kirstin Robertson


Kids’ Sewing – Kids learn to sew basic seams and interesting projects like a skirt, purse, and dress.  Sewing machines provided.  Fabric is 20% off @ Harmony!

Saturdays, 11am-12pm

$60/mo.

Melissa Houston


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In Honor Of Our Glorious Grandmas

In honor of all our glorious grandmas, great aunts, and grand mentors – why not learn a new skill? Or take out and dust off a skill that has lain hidden under all the other important things that demand our attention and time? Skills that you probably learned at their knees? Obviously, there are times and seasons for all things. Yet, because necessity does not demand it, we are allowing the time honored skills of our ancestor women to slip from prominence to oblivion.

 Skills that elevate and beautify our surroundings, teach us empathy and patience, and allow us productive meditation.

Skills that allow for creative expression and artistic license.

Skills that demanded time together, side by side, in order to teach a beautiful tradition. But that are no longer being passed down from mothers to children.

 Skills like dress-making & quilting, crochet & knitting, embroidery, penmanship and calligraphy, gardening, baking and cooking, sketching & painting, letter writing and journal keeping.

In honor of our grandmas, this Mother’s Day, why not resolve to learn yourself or teach these skills to your sons and daughters, nieces and nephews, students, or friends? These skills are worth preserving.

Show us how you and your children are preserving these skills on Instagram (@harmonyprovo and @darlybird) and Twitter

 

 


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Scrappy Trip-Around-the-World Quilt Class

Harmony - Holly LeSue Scrappy Trip Around the World Quilt Sample

The darling and talented Holly LeSue (@holly_inez) is teaching another fantastic quilt class here at the shop! Learn the techniques you need to use up your stash of fabric to make a gorgeous scrappy patchwork quilt!

Bonus! You’ll learn what a “quilt sandwich” is and then be able to use it with impunity!

Holly’s class will meet Saturday March 8, 15, & 22 from 2-4pm. Class fee is $45 and any supplies purchased at the shop are 20% off! Space is limited, so don’t delay!

Holly's Scrappy Trip Around The World Quilt

Holly’s Scrappy Trip Around The World Quilt


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Winter Craft Projects

The hustle, bustle, and charm of the Holiday Season is over, yet we are still deeply entrenched in the cold winter. Sign up for a crochet or knitting class to help you start and finish a project that will make the time spent indoors extra enjoyable. If you have even the slightest desire to take one of our classes, you should sign up quickly!

(Very sad side note – if the minimum number of students do not sign up for a class, it could be cancelled! Gather your friends and family and come learn something new!)

We have several classes that will get you started and keep you working on a great winter craft project…

Need to learn the basics of crochet or knitting? Then choose a one session, very reasonably priced, beginning class. Our knowledgeable instructors will get you started on a skill that will continue to pay you back rewards for the rest of your life!

Beginning Crochet

Sat. January 25, 3-5 p.m.
Sat. March 1, 3-5 p.m.
$20                                      Allison Baker

Knitting 101

Sat. February 1, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Sat. March 1, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Sat. March 29, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
$20                                      Kirstin Robertson

If you have the basics of knitting under you belt and would love to use up all the bits and pieces left-over in your yarn stash AND learn to make the most adorable knitted toys, then sign up for our Simple Knitted Toys class! The little bunny, chick, and lamb knit up fast and are perfect for the Easter Springtime season. Everyone who comes into the store can’t help but pick them up and “Ooh” and “Aah” over them! Children and grandchildren alike will be delighted with these little toys.

Simple Knitted Toys

Friday, February 7, 4-5:30 p.m.
$15                                      Chris Hash

Have you already taken the Beginning Crochet class or know the crochet basics, but want a refresher course? Do you struggle to read crochet patterns or diagrams? Would you like to learn how to change colors in your projects? Do you want some tips and tricks for joining crochet motifs together as you go along, so that the seaming up at the end of the project is not such a chore? Are you as in-love with Granny Squares as we are?? This class will cover all these things and more as you learn the ins and out of the ever popular Granny Square! Even if you’re not interested in the Granny Square, what you’ll learn in this one session class will give you the confidence to tackle other crochet projects.

Granny Squares

Sat. February 22, 3-5 p.m.
$15                                      Allison Baker

Would you like to move your knitting to the next level? Ready to learn how to knit something other than a scarf? Then come learn how to knit your own sweater! Choose to knit a child or adult sized cardigan with easy top down construction. You’ll be so pleased to learn the skills needed to finish this project after only two sessions of instruction!

Knit Your First Sweater

Friday, March 14 & 21, 4-5:30 p.m.
$20                                      Laura Harmon

Check out all of our available winter classes right here.

Remember…

Class Policies

Payment required to secure class; phone orders accepted.
Full refund available up to one week prior to class.
20% off fabric and yarn with paid class tuition.


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Meet Our Teachers – Nancy Ostergar

Have you seen the new Winter Class List? We have some exciting new editions to our class lineup and the return of some favorites! One of our most popular teachers returning is Nancy Ostergar, who has been teaching classes in Calligraphy, Bookmaking, Water Color, and Printmaking. This winter she is teaching three classes that we are so excited about! Beginning Calligraphy – Foundational Alphabet (Roman Lowercase) begins this Wednesday January 15 and the 3-session class will lay the foundation for your education in traditional calligraphy techniques. Additional Calligraphy instruction in Uncial, Gothic, and Italic will follow in separate 3-class sessions. Nancy is also leading a class where you can come and make Four Fun Handmade Valentines! All materials are provided for this class – wouldn’t this be so great to just show up with a group of your sisters or friends on Saturday February 1 and leave with unique handmade Valentines?? Her third class aims to improve your everyday handwriting by starting at the basics. Improve Your Handwriting: Cursive is Not Dead! is a two session class beginning on Saturday April 12.

To help you get to know Nancy a little bit better, we asked her a few questions. Enjoy!

Nancy teaching a Water Color Painting class at Harmony

Nancy teaching a Water Color Painting class at Harmony

You’ve been offering a very popular Calligraphy class at the shop, but you also paint and draw! What has the artist’s path looked like for you and when did you start a serious study of penmanship? What is it about calligraphy that interests and inspires you?

It took me 17 years and 9 children before I graduated from BYU in English Lit.  I had always dreamt of majoring in art but it didn’t happen, for various reasons. I took art classes whenever I could but felt a great affinity to letters, especially after my first calligraphy class in 1983 – the year I graduated from BYU! I just kept taking classes where ever I could and I joined the Utah Calligraphic Artist group.  They bring in professional teachers once or twice a year. This year we will have a workshop with Yves Leterme, a wonderful calligrapher who will be coming from Belgium.  Letters, for me, are a vehicle for thought and emotion. Beautiful letters can help create beautiful thoughts.

In 1965 when I got married, I started my art studio in a shoe box.  Now, I take up a whole room in the basement, which is fondly called the dungeon!

Inside page of wedding book.

Inside page of wedding book.

Wedding guest book cover.

Wedding guest book cover.

Everyone who comes into the shop loves the fabric covered Book of Mormons that you offer for sale. When did you begin learning the art of bookmaking?

What better way to showcase your lettering than through handmade books!  This was a natural progression for me. I took classes in bookbinding including an in-depth class in the Conservation Lab at the Lee Library at BYU. My first actual book was an alphabet book for my oldest grandson’s first birthday. The book was about family and I illustrated it with stickers!  I have created many journals and wedding guest books.

Nancy Ostergar Fabric Cover Book of Mormon

What artists and artwork inspire and excite you?

I am inspired by color and shape. I love the work of Paul Klee.  There are many calligrapher’s that I look to for instruction and example, including those in my guild, but Sheila Waters, Reggie Ezell and Carl Rohrs are several of the professionals that have helped me grow and stretch.  The work of Donald Jackson, who headed the team to do the Bible all by hand with gold leaf and incredible illustrations, is amazing.  BYU just purchased a full-scale replica of this 7-volume work!  The scriptures are a great source to me for beautiful thoughts.

Thank you Nancy for letting us get to know you a little! Call or come into the shop today to sign up for one of Nancy’s amazing classes! 801.615.0268