“Create Your Own Class” Craft Catalog

Check out the variety of classes Ben Franklin Crafts has to offer! We use a “Create Your Own Craft Class” format to schedule our classes. This means we work with you to set up a personalized class time that works in your schedule. A class can be a fun way to get together with friends you haven’t seen for awhile, celebrate a birthday or any other special occasion!

After previewing our class possibilities, be sure to scroll down for information about scheduling a class, pricing and to “meet” our talented instructors.

Note: Dates listed at the top of class pages refer to the date the class was added to the catalog. Please ignore.

Explore Our Class Catalog

Acrylic Painting: Cezanne's Still Life
Acrylic Painting: Georgia O'Keeffe Flowers
Acrylic Painting: Pet Portrait
Acrylic Painting: Picasso Portraits
Advanced Beginner Knitting: Barley Baby Hat
Beginner Crochet: Dishcloth
Beginner Knitting: Buttoned Headband
Bulky Cabled Cowl
Bulky Lace Cowl
Hexagon Baby Sweater
I-Cord Wrap Bracelet
Knit Your First Socks: Rye Child Socks
Knit Your First Sweater: Harvest Baby Sweater
Lace Sampler Scarf
Learn to Sew: Pillowcase
New "Vintage" Wall Quilt
Ponytail/Messy Bun Hat
Quick & Cute Tuffet
Quilting Basics
Quilting: I Bought a Panel, Now What Do I Do With It?
Tatting Basics
Textured Teardrop Link Bracelet
Twisted Rings Bracelet
Unraveling Ravelry
Wall Quilt: Fuse the Red Fox
Warm & Cozy Loom Knit Slippers
Watercolor Painting: Spring Flowers
Wire Wrapped Bracelet
Wrapped Tumbled Stone Pendant


Ready to Create Your Own Class?

To Schedule:

  • Each class in our catalog has a “contact us” link for you to use. Let us know which class you (or you & your friends!) would like to take.
  • We can set up classes for as few as a single student.  The maximum group will generally be 10-12 students, depending on the type of class.
  • If you are interested in a class that’s not currently in our catalog, let us know and we’ll do our best to locate an instructor skilled in that area.

Pricing:

  • The Create Your Own Craft Class base fee is $30/hour for five or fewer students. Each additional student will add $6/class hour to the base fee.
  • Your group’s non-refundable payment must be received before we can finalize the date and time of your class.
  • For more information, or to schedule a class, please contact our Class Coordinator by email at:  lynda@benfranklincraftswi.com or call (262) 567-0271.

Meet Our Talented Instructors:

Debra HDebra Hetzel-Hanson

Debra taught art in schools for fifteen years and has been involved in watercolor painting for over thirty years. She is a long standing member of the Madison Watercolor Society, a group of artists dedicated to the advancement and appreciation of painting in watercolors. Her approach to teaching is this: There are no mistakes in art. Art is your voice put into color, shape and composition. Come follow your art, and take a painting class! You pick the theme, and Debra will help you make it happen.

SandySandy West

A lifelong crafter, Sandy began making beautiful wire and gemstone jewelry over 10 years ago. Her father instilled in her a love of tools which she now uses to craft earrings, bracelets and necklaces from wire, gemstones and other beautiful objects. She is a patient and experienced teacher who loves helping people learn jewelry making. You can see more of her work at her store on Etsy.

Lynda LaugavitzLynda Laugavitz

Lynda has been a crafter as long as she can remember. Her mother and grandmother were instrumental in passing on the love of “making.” Her crafting passions include: knitting, crocheting, paper arts of all kinds and creatively incorporating technology into the crafting process. Lynda is delighted to have the opportunity to pass on her crafting heritage to her grandchildren!

Erin ScErinhroeder

Erin enjoys crafting to decorate her home and to capture her family’s memories. When she’s not in her craft room, she is busy with 4 kids, a husband and multiple pets, so crafting is a great stress reliever!

CarmenCarmen Ballman

Carmen is a fiber enthusiast who crochets, knits, spins and weaves. She has been crocheting since she was five. “My first project was a blanket for my doll. It kept rolling in and was more like a sleeping bag that wasn’t sewn up the sides!” If fiber is involved, Carmen wants to try it. She has been teaching crochet classes since 2003.

Debbie KelmDebbie Kelm

Debbie’s mom taught her to crochet when she was around 12 years old.  She stopped shortly after until her daughter was 10 and asked her to crochet Barbie dresses in thread. She enjoys patchwork, knitting, scrapbooking, and other crafty adventures, but her passion is crochet!

Lynda LaugavitzLynda Laugavitz

Lynda has been a crafter as long as she can remember. Her mother and grandmother were instrumental in passing on the love of “making.” Her crafting passions include: knitting, crocheting, paper arts of all kinds and creatively incorporating technology into the crafting process. Lynda is delighted to have the opportunity to pass on her crafting heritage to her grandchildren!

DonnaDonna Duffield

Donna “relaxes” after working at Ben Franklin’s with her looms and yarn. She loves making new items with her looms and is always learning something new and creative.

KellyKelly Lea Teske

I love teaching!  I used to get stuck in the process of making a quilt, I would never finish any one that I started. I didn’t think my work was good enough. I freed myself from that thought after I saw some quilts of a few well known quilters. Their work wasn’t perfect, but their quilts were perfectly beautiful and finished!

A finished project doesn’t have to be perfect.  Always remember, mistakes really are opportunities for adding embellishments or a chance to take your quilt in a different direction than what you had planned. I love handwork and appliqué by hand or  machine. Let’s sew and have fun together…I’ll show you my imperfect techniques! Hope to see you in a class! ~Kelly

Mary TMary Thuilliez

Mary has been a quilter since the age of 5, learning from her great grandmother who was the neighborhood quilting bee organizer. She started as a thread cutter and did her first quilt by hand between the ages of 5 and 8. Mary has a degree in Fashion Merchandising and Design and has worked extensively in that field for companies such as Casual Corner, Capizzio, JoAnn Fabrics and Ben Franklin Crafts. Mary loves passing on her love of creating to the younger generation.

Mary SMary Siekmann

Mary is a retired teacher who taught art to K-8 students for 33 years. As an art teacher, she dabbled in a wide range of arts and crafts including drawing, painting, miniatures, basket making, beading and knitting. Since starting at Ben Franklin in 2009, Mary has turned her focus to quilting and working with wool in its various forms. She considers herself a lifelong learner and enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for learning new things with others.

SusanSusan Biondich

Susan has taught sewing classes and quilting classes for the past 30 years at many different locations. Her calm, patient teaching style is very helpful to new quilters!

VikkiVikki Challoner

Vikki has lived in Oconomowoc for 16 years with her husband and two daughters. She learned the art of Tatting from her grandmother when she was 13 years old. Vikki has taught tatting at Ben Franklin Crafts since 2016. In her free time, she enjoys tatting, paddle boarding, and photography.