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Lion Brand Yarn Studio

Lion Brand Yarn Studio is the New York City flagship retail store of Lion Brand Yarn Company. In addition to selling over 800+ yarns, the Lion Brand Yarn Studio is an education center that has taught over 10,000 students since offering classes in 2009.

The Lion Brand Yarn Studio offers more than 150 different specialty workshops in knitting, crocheting, machine knitting, wet felting, needle felting, loom knitting, loom weaving, rigid heddle weaving, and yarn dyeing. All classes and workshops are taught by an expert staff of 8 teachers in 3 different classrooms. There are plenty of classes available for beginners to get started and for more advanced yarn crafters to learn a new skill.

Here are some other benefits to taking a class at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio:

  • Quiet, private classrooms so you can focus on learning.
  • Professionally trained teachers.
  • Sessions offered during the weekday, evening, and Sunday.
  • Over 75 sessions offered each month.
  • Free weekly follow up groups for students after they have taken a class.
  • “Weft” weaving club that takes place once a month on a Thursday.

What are some of your most popular classes that you offer on CourseHorse? 
Knitting 1, 2, and 3 and Crochet 1, 2, and 3 are some of our most popular classes. 

How long have you been in business? Can you tell us a bit about your history? 
Lion Brand Yarn has been in business since 1878. Lion Brand Yarn Studio opened in November 2008 to showcase Lion Brand Yarns and be an education center for knitting and crochet. This mission has expanded over the years to include weaving, dyeing, felting, and spinning making Lion Brand Yarn Studio the largest site specific yarn crafting school in the country. 

What is your average class size? 
Our average class size is five students, and classes are capped at eight so students can be confident that they will get the individual attention they need.  

What is your typical student like? What are their goals? 
Our students are pretty diverse reflecting the city in which we live. We have young adults interested in learning for the first time, or remembering something they learned as children, retirees who finally have time to tackle challenging techniques, fashion students who want to learn more about fabric, artists, lawyers, teachers, doctors and scientists. In terms of goals, many turn to knitting and crochet because they have heard about the health benefits of a meditative practice such as this - so their goal is often stress reduction. Others are interested in making specific items for new babies or clothes that are made to fit them if they are especially tall or short and don't find off-the-rack clothes that work for them. Their goals are very tangibly completing projects. 

Can you recommend activities to do in the neighborhood before or after class? 
On Monday, Wednesday, Friday until about 6:00 pm, the year-round Union Square Greenmarket always has interesting vendors. In addition to fish and meat vendors, there are baked goods, honey, beer, wine and flowers. Just north of the park on Broadway, you'll find ABC Carpet & Home, Paragon Sporting Goods and the Joyce Theater on 6th Ave. Further west of the Studio are the Rubin Museum of Art (which has a lovely cafe and gift shop) and Chelsea Market which are both worth visiting for food, shopping or just browsing. The area is full of restaurants in all price ranges. Both 5th and 6th Avenues, north of the Studio, have great shopping experience, and south of us is Greenwich Village.

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