• ‘Just Our Hands’ Chunky Blanket Workshop

    Make a gorgeous chunky blanket with just your hands in a few hours. No knitting or crochet experience is needed! It is so simple and makes a huge impression. This is a really chunky blanket, made with a super fat yarn. It is a complete beginner project, even for those who do not consider themselves crafty.

    One-day workshop on Thursday, Dec. 14, 5 to 7 pm.

    $65 member / $75 non-member.

    The workshop pricing does NOT include materials. The average cost at Michael's is $8 to $13 depending on project size.

    Materials list: The instructor suggests beginning with a baby blanket, and during class you can decide if you want to make it bigger or not.

    • Yarn-Bernat Blanket Big. 2 balls for a baby blanket, 4 balls for a lap blanket, 7 to 8 balls for a twinish blanket
    • Regular scissors or Embroidery scissors
    • Sewing Needle and matching thread for sewing ends together. You can also tie them together, but it looks better sewn.

    Contact instructor Margaret Rucci with any questions: 917-886-7970 or mjvrucci@gmail.com

  • Beginners Crochet


    Learn to Crochet at Casa Belvedere 8-week program: Mondays, Oct. 23 through Dec. 18 (no class Monday, Nov. 13) Beginner class 5 to 6 pm Learn to hold the needle and the chain stitch, learn the slip stitch, single crochet, double crochet, and the granny square. Materials required: size H or I crochet hook, yarn, and scissors.




    Learn to play chess with master instructor Louis Fraser Thursdays 10/26, 11/2, 11/16 & 11/30 (no class 11/9) at 4:00-5:30pm

    A 90-minute class for all ages: children (age 6 and up), teens, parents, guardians and grandparents will learn together and have fun playing chess. Students will learn the essentials of chess, including vocabulary, rules, etiquette and respect. Parental involvement is welcome and encouraged. Personal chess sets are recommended but are not required.

    Chess is played worldwide, including in Italy, where one of the most famous chess games is held annually in Marostica. Click here to learn more.

  • Intermediate Crochet


    Intermediate Crochet Class at Casa Belvedere 8-week programs Mondays, Oct. 23 through Dec. 18 (no class Monday, Nov. 13) Intermediate class 6:30 to 8 pm

    So you have discovered that crocheting is an awesome hobby! It is gratifying, with its quick-to-make projects, and it is incredibly portable! It’s perfect for always having a project on the go.

    Crochet Ability: To be successful in this Intermediate class, you will need to be proficient with the following crochet stitches: chain stitch, slip stitch, single crochet, and double crochet. Please know that we will challenge ourselves and learn front and back post stitches and treble crochet as well.

    Material needed: Materials will be determined by you. If you need a suggestion, use Lion Brand Pound of Love; other brands are Red Heart Super Saver, Caron One Pound, Caron Simply Soft or Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice. The amounts will depend on what you want to make. A hook is needed; most of these yarns require a (J) hook. Sometimes we crochet loose or tight, so bring one needle larger (K) for tight crocheters and one needle small for loose workers (I). The instructor will supply a pattern for the first class.

    Materials required: Yarn; I, J, K crochet hooks; regular scissors or embroidery scissors; and plastic/steel sewing needle for weaving in ends.

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