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“Wow, just opened the fermented veggies that we made with Ilah Jarvis and they kick some serious ass! Must get more starter and make more!!” -Janine Anderson

“Ilah is friendly and knowledgeable .  Her relaxed, mellow attitude towards measurements and instruction made me feel comfortable about trying the recipes on my own.  My first batch that I created in my kitchen turned out beautifully and it was great fun to do.”-Annie Kenny

“I liked that I could ask questions that were not necessarily addressed in the books. I also liked the peaceful, creative setting.”-Rebecca Anaya

 

Classes in Berkeley, Danville and Albany

Students must enroll in advance to participate in classes. Students save 10% off class materials purchased at Black Squirrel.
 
img_2345NEW!!!Watercolor Help  Fridays 6:30-8:30pm March 30-May 4, (6 sessions) at the Black Squirrel at 651 Addison St. just west of the train tracks, near aquatic park (805) 441-3886. Enrollment is $115 
Watercolor is inherently beautiful and fun to paint with. This class is open to all levels and drawing ability is not required. This class offers tools and exercises for beginners and individual advice for more advanced students. We will paint a color wheel and discuss color theory on the fifth class. A materials list is available upon enrollment. 
 
 
Screen Shot 2018-01-09 at 2.15.46 PMCrochet A Hat Saturday 12-2 pm March 31 (1 session) at the Black Squirrel at 651 Addison St. just west of the train tracks, near Aquatic Park (805) 441-3886. Enrollment is $35. Join us and learn all you need to know to make beautiful beanies and slouchy hats in the round from the top down – it’s easier than you think and crochet in the round can be applied to so many wonderful projects! 
 
 
 
img_2345Watercolor Help  Thursdays 10:30am-12:30pm April 5-19,  (3 sessions) Danville Senior Center, Veterans Memorial Building 115 E. Prospect Avenue Danville, CA  94526 (925) 314-3430 Enrollment is $75/res, $90/non-res.
Apply techniques from beginning watercolor to any subject you wish to paint with assistance from an instructor. Pre-requisite: Beginning Watercolor or an equivalent class.
 
 
 
 
Aquatic Park BoathouseFREE Watercolor Landscape Demonstration Saturday and Sunday 12-4pm April 14-15 Flax Art Supply 1501 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Oakland, CA 94612
I will be painting watercolor landscapes all weekend at Flax, the monster art supply shop. Come by, hang out and watch the magic happen! 
 
MedKnittingHandsKnitting Help Wednesdays 10:30am-12:30pm April 18-May 2 (3 sessions) at the Danville Community Center 420 Front Street, Danville, CA 94526 (925) 314-3400. Enrollment is $75/res, $90/non-res. 
Do you want to learn a new technique? Need help with a tricky project? This class offers individual support for new and advanced knitters. Basic knitting or equivalent is required for this class. Students should bring yarn and tools to work on their project.
 
 
Screen Shot 2018-03-25 at 2.01.36 PM Fit Those Clothes Sat & Sun 12-3pm April 21-22 (2 sessions) at the Black Squirrel at 651 Addison St. just west of the train tracks, near aquatic park (805) 441-3886Enrollment is $70
Frustrated with clothes that don’t fit? Want a better fit from sewing patterns you’ve purchased or want to draft your own? In this two-day class you will learn how to make a bodice sloper – a simple flat pattern that perfectly matches the size and shape of your torso. Your sloper will tell you exactly how to adjust sewing patterns for a fit you will love, and you can even use it to make your own fitted tops!
 

IMG_1937Color Wheel 
Friday 6:30-8:30pm April 27 (1 session) at the Black Squirrel at 651 Addison St. just west of the train tracks, near aquatic park (805) 441-3886Enrollment is $40
Unlock the secrets to working with color! Why do certain color combinations make your heart sing? Why do others make your skin crawl? We will make color wheels, learn about different color relationships, play with watercolor paint and compare different colors of yarn around the store. This class will include students from the ongoing watercolor help class. 
 
 
Screen Shot 2018-03-25 at 10.59.12 PMSteeking Sunday 12-2pm April 29 (1 session) at the Black Squirrel at 651 Addison St. just west of the train tracks, near aquatic park (805) 441-3886Enrollment is $35
 Imagine cutting your knitting on purpose! This is the definition of steeking. It’s the best way to make a fair isle cardigan, and much easier  than it sounds. Bring a small sample of knitting in the round to class.  We will secure your work with machine sewing and cut it! 
 
MedKnittingHandsKnitting Help Wednesdays 10:30am-12:30pm May 9-23 (3 sessions) at the Danville Community Center 420 Front Street, Danville, CA 94526 (925) 314-3400. Enrollment is $75/res, $90/non-res. 
Do you want to learn a new technique? Need help with a tricky project? This class offers individual support for new and advanced knitters. Basic knitting or equivalent is required for this class. Students should bring yarn and tools to work on their project.
 
FullSizeRender (37)Stitch Camp for ages 8-14  Monday-Friday, 11 am-12:30 pm  June 4-8  OR  July 9-14 (5 sessions) at the Black Squirrel at 651 Addison St. just west of the train tracks, near Aquatic Park (805) 441-3886. Enrollment is $150, $25 materials fee.
Do you have kids between the ages of 8 and 12 who want to learn to a variety of fiber arts? Then let them come learn with us – no prior experience is required to join. This summer camp series is based on the beautiful new book Stitch Camp by Nicole Blum and Catherine Newman which we have in the shop and find incredibly inspiring and fun! Kids will get to learn basic crochet, knitting, sewing, and embroidery, and have time to focus on what they like best. They’ll go home with a variety of completed objects of their choice: crocheted bracelets, finger knit jump ropes, personalized merit badges, plushies, and so much more!
 
cooking class photoSuper Chef Basics for Teens for ages 12-16 June 18-22 OR July 23-27 (5 sessions) Albany Community Center 1249 Marin Ave Albany, CA 94706 (510) 524-9283. $154 for Albany residents, $164 for others. $35 material fee paid to the instructor.

Get confident in the kitchen! This dairy-free, gluten-free cooking class includes both meat and vegetarian options for each recipe. We will sauté, steam, bake, fresh whole foods. This class features safe knife skills and an overview of nutritional benefits of featured ingredients.
We will prepare:
 
Day 1. Omelets, pancakes and fruit salad
Day 2. Pasta, marinara sauce, salad
Day 3. Sushi, cookies
Day 4. Lentil soup and fruit crips
Day 5. Tortillas, tamales, salsa
 

 

Coming up soon…. 

Screen Shot 2017-10-05 at 11.54.04 PMMake Your Favorite Leggings  at the Black Squirrel at 651 Addison St. just west of the train tracks, near Aquatic Park (805) 441-3886. Enrollment is $35.
We all have them – that all-time favorite pair of leggings. And most of the time they’re either more worn than should be allowed in public, or well on their way. Or sometimes we wish they were just a little longer, a little higher-waisted, or had better elastic. In this class you’ll get to make your perfect pair of leggings by using a pair of your own to make a pattern, and you’ll learn how to modify them to be even better than the original! Students will need to bring their own sewing machines, fitted with a ball-point needle (also called a jersey needle). We do have two machines to lend out for a very small additional fee, on a first-come-first-served basis, so please send us a direct message if you would like to reserve one. Also, be sure to bring a pair of leggings to copy, cotton knit jersey fabric with at least 5% lycra and basic sewing tools. 
IMG_1324Beginning Knitting 10:30am-12:30pm (3 sessions) at the Danville Community Center 420 Front Street, Danville, CA 94526 (925) 314-3400. Enrollment is $75/res, $90/non-res. 
Cast on, knit purl and bind off to make adorable scarves, hates and blankets. We will demystify gauge, tools and patterns so your projects will fit well and look beautiful. Students should bring at least one ball of worsted weight yarn and a pair of size 8 or 9 knitting needles. 
PersimmonTableclothBeginning Watercolor
6:30-8:30 pm  (6 sessions) Albany Community Center Albany Community Center 1249 Marin Ave Albany, CA 94706 (510) 524-9283. Enrollment is $115 /res, $125/non-res.
Discover how easy and beautiful watercolor can be. We will make delicate gradations, hard edges and surprising patterns with paint. Then we mix colors and create the illusion of shadow and light to create wonderful still life and landscape paintings. Drawing skills are not required for this class, and gentle instruction is provided as needed. A materials list is provided upon registration.
Cultured Sauerkraut 
Mondays 6:30-8pm  (1 session) Albany Community Center 1249 Marin Ave Albany, CA 94706 (510) 524-9283. Enrollment is $39/res, $49/non-res. $7 material fee paid to the instructor.
Cultured sauerkraut is deliciously rich in probiotics or “good bacteria” but a 16 oz. jar can cost as much as $10. In this class, you can learn how to make a gallon for as little as $2 with a variety of vegetable and spice variations. Tips for making low-sodium kraut are included in this class. 
Screen Shot 2018-01-04 at 2.25.02 PMDotted Rays Shawl
12-2pm (1 session) at the Black Squirrel at 651 Addison St. just west of the train tracks, near Aquatic Park (805) 441-3886. Enrollment is $35.
Learn the i-cord cast on and get comfortable with yarn overs with this versatile, asymmetrical shawl pattern by Stephen West. This design looks great solid, with the watermelon ombre color way, or bust your yarn stash for colorful stripes.
IMG_1342Kid’s Crochet 11-12:30pm  (3 sessions) at the Black Squirrel at 651 Addison St. just west of the train tracks, near Aquatic Park (805) 441-3886. Enrollment is $70.
Crochet is knitting’s fun, easy, cool cousin. We will learn all the fundamental techniques to make potholders, scarves and hats. We will also learn how to read diagrams so students can follow patterns on their own. 
IMG_1003Tortillas and Tamales 6:30-8pm (1 session) at Albany Community Center 1249 Marin Ave Albany, CA 94706 (510) 524-9283. Enrollment is $39/res, $49/non-res.  $9 materials fee paid to the instructor.
Tamales are traditional holiday dish in Latin America. We will use masa to make tamales filled with a choice of beans, cheese or pork. Then we will make tortillas and guacamole as we wait for the tamales to steam. Both tamales and tortillas are easy to make and delicious.
 
Screen Shot 2014-07-14 at 12.16.38 PMMeat Preparation Monday 6:30-8pm (1 session) at Albany Community Center 1249 Marin Ave Albany, CA 94706 (510) 524-9283. Enrollment is $39/residents, $49/non-res. $11 materials fee paid to the instructor. 
Learn these three major cooking techniques to prepare everything from pork loin to fish. This class includes tips to prevent dry, tough or underdone meat, as well as a list of recommended techniques and herbs suited for particular varieties of meat. 
landpicWatercolor Landscapes
Fridays 6:30-8:30pm(6 sessions)  Albany Community Center 1249 Marin Ave Albany, CA 94706 (510) 524-9283. Enrollment is $115 /res, $125/non-res.
Learn how to apply layered washes, basic drawing and perspective to create simple and beautiful landscapes paintings. Students should have taken Watercolor (Beginning) or an equivalent class. Drawing skills are not required and gentle instruction is provided as needed. A materials list is provided upon registration.  
CropDressFit Those Clothes 
Saturday and Sunday 12am-2pm  (2 sessions) at the Black Squirrel at 651 Addison St. just west of the train tracks, near Aquatic Park (805) 441-3886. Enrollment is $70.
We will draft a pattern based on your torso’s measurements to create the perfect fit! This pattern can be used to modify commercial patterns or used on it’s own to make close fitting top or the bodice of a dress.  This class is broken up into two, two-hour sessions:
Day 1: We measure our bodies and draft out our measurements.
Day 2: We check our new patterns for fit and adjust as needed.
IMG_0087_1Herbs and Spices  Monday 6:30-8pm (1 session) at Albany Community Center 1249 Marin Ave Albany, CA 94706 (510) 524-9283. Enrollment is $39/res, $49/non-res. $7 materials fee paid to the instructor.
No more boring home cooked meals! We will taste and smell a selection of herbs and spices and learn how to pair them to a variety of foods. This class is a life saver if you are avoiding salt, processed foods, or just want to be a better cook. 
MedTurbanSquashBeginning Watercolor 10:30am-12:30pm (3 sessions) Danville Senior Center, Veterans Memorial Building 115 E. Prospect Avenue Danville, CA  94526 (925) 314-3430 Enrollment is $75/res, $90/non-res.
Discover how easy and beautiful watercolor can be. We will make delicate gradations, hard edges and surprising patterns with paint. Then we mix colors and create the illusion of shadow and light to create wonderful still life and landscape paintings. Drawing skills are not required for this class, and gentle instruction is provided as needed. A materials list is provided upon registration. 
Screen Shot 2014-07-14 at 12.05.03 PMDelicious Vegetables Monday 6:30-8pm March 5 (1 session) Albany Community Center 1249 Marin Ave Albany, CA 94706 (510) 524-9283. $39 for Albany residents, $49 for others. $7 material fee paid to the instructor.
Don’t drown your broccoli in ranch dressing! Learn how herbs and spices can turn greens into delicious sautés and salads. We will also use leafy herbs to make your green smoothies extra yummy, not bitter.
IMG_2469Fair Isle  for Intermediate Students Saturday 12-2 pm March 24  (1 session) at the Black Squirrel at 651 Addison St. just west of the train tracks, near Aquatic Park (805) 441-3886. Enrollment is $35
You too can decorate hats and fingerless gloves with adorable repeating patterns in contrasting colors! We will learn how to juggle two colors at once with smooth, even results. Students should know how to knit in the round with either cable or double pointed needles and 1×1 ribbing. Students should bring a very light and dark colored worsted or dk yarn, corresponding 16″ or double pointed needles, and a stitch marker. save 10% if they purchase materials at Black Squirrel.