Upcoming Events and Classes

Workshop: Wet Felting a 2-sided Wool Project Bag with Carissa Schlesinger

Saturday, March 16th - 1-5 pm @ 24 E Market St, Corning, NY

We are SO excited to offer the first in a series of felting classes - and in our NEW shop location!  

Join local artisan, Carissa Schlesinger, for a wet felting workshop.  You'll learn all the techniques on how to assemble a project bag, selecting colors and then embellishing it.  Use your bag for your favorite fiber projects or fold over the top and use it as a fancy clutch for a night out.  LOTS of colors to choose from so your piece will be personalized just for you - with some extra wool to take home for another project!

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 Other events in the works:

  • Knit for Food Knitathon - Sat, March 23, 2024

#StitchCorning

EVERY Sunday from  1-4pm

You've eyed those inviting rocking chairs in the rear of the shop; join us for #StitchCorning Sundays from 1:00-4:00 pm.  Stuff your project bag with UFO's and become part of our welcoming community.  Our Mending Circle will continue to meet Thursday evenings from 6:30 - 8:00 pm. 

#StitchCorning and Mending Circle are ALWAYS free events - as the weather cools down, remember to bring a lidded tumbler for hot tea!

Work on your portable projects in a welcoming setting with fellow makers.  Come early to grab the best rocking chair!

 

Mending Circle -

Thursday evenings 6:30-8 pm

Bring a love-worn item and your creativity to delve into the visible mending trend. We will collaborate on the best way to address a torn/holey/worn area. Rabbit Row has tools you can use/try in-shop. (*Feel free to bring ANY project with you - you don't have to mend/darn on Thursdays - many of us are knitting/crocheting). 

 

Lessons & Private Classes

One-on-one or small group lessons always forming for knit, crochet, embroidery, mending, darning and felting. Contact us at rabbitrowyarns@gmail.com to tailor a program for you. Knit and crochet lessons typically cover the basics and then by the 4th lesson we will get you started on a project of your choice to continue skill-building. 

Lessons are sold in blocks of 3 classes for $75 (+ supplies, if needed) and last around 1 hour and 15 min each. Ask us to pull together a private class or party for you!

 

  • About the Shop

    What does it mean for a fiber craft product to be sustainably made? Not all are locally made, but there are elements of the supply chain that can be traced to fair treatment of the planet and its people. Simply making your own clothing or gifts = sustainability.   Much like the slow food movement, Fibershed asks ‘do you know where your textiles come from?’ If you ask, I bet you will be surprised, and probably horrified, at the answers. 

    Rabbit Row Yarns & Haberdashery is a modern needle and fiber craft supply shop in Corning , NY's historic Gaffer District.  Hand crafters will find a curated collection of sustainable materials and tools that are US-sourced and represent diversity and fair trade. Whether patrons knit, crochet, weave or dabble in haberdashery sister crafts like embroidery, spinning or weaving, they will find Rabbit Row is a welcoming community that especially fosters makers to try their hand at something new. 

    As the shop concept for Rabbit Row was developing, I began researching sustainable fiber materials, and quickly learned that most US wool is shipped across the world for processing and dyeing to places not so concerned with the environment or fair labor treatment – only to be shipped back to local yarn shops.  This doesn’t even account for the synthetic yarns that make up inventory at most big box craft stores. Further reading led me to find the NY Textile LabClara Parkes, and Local Fiber – there is so much going on in the sustainable fiber world nearby, and I wanted to be a bigger part of it. 

     

    “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” ― Maya Angelou.

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  • Who are some of the rabbits in my row?

    I was taught to crochet by my namesake maternal grandmother.  She lived 6 hours away in Connecticut, and I LOVED visiting her because she would teach me wonderful things (plus she had cable TV and a dog – we had neither.) She showed me how to crochet a top-down cardigan for a doll once.  I didn’t quite pick up the technique, but I still have that small-scaled sweater tucked into my notions bag. I referred to it this past spring when I was crocheting the robe for an RBG doll.

    My paternal grandmother taught me cross stitch and embroidery.  She lived outside of Philadelphia, and I LOVED visiting because she would teach me other wonderful things. Her Golden Rule, that the backside of needlework should look as neat as the front, was difficult for me to master.  She was patient and had the most defined touch with whatever she was creating. I realize that my fine motor skills hadn’t developed back then, and I’m happy now to take my time to ensure a perfect stitch. 

    With handcrafting, there is always a nostalgic whisper when exploring something new. I hope you find the same at Rabbit Row.

    My maiden name, Haas, means rabbit in German; I knit in rows - hence, Rabbit Row was conceived.

    Rabbit Row encourages handicraft makers to learn where and how their supplies are made and add sustainably-sourced materials to their project bag as often as they can.  

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