Classes

***Classes  will be held in Shannon Hall, Alice McKay and the Show Barn***

If you take a class, admission is free for both days of the show.

REGISTRATION FORM:    Click here to download the Registration Form   

 If you are paying by Credit Card “Penelope Fibre Arts” will show on your statement. All credit cards records are destroyed 7 days after the show closes. Please email us at info@penelopefibrearts.com with any questions. Penelope Fibre Arts is a registered company with the Province of BC and will keep your information secure and private as we have been doing for our customers for 10 years.

For classes that are not marked *FULL*, please come to the Show Barn, Shannon Hall (Fri) or Alice McKay (Sat) to register… Visa and MasterCard payment accepted.

Classes are non refundable. However, if we have a wait-list for your class, you may be able to receive a partial refund.

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KNITTING 

VenessaIntarsiaA Clear Picture -Venessa Bentley. Half Day, Fri. Mar.21/14. 8:30-12:30. $60. spots left, Show Barn

Knitting blocks of colour, isolated from the background, with separate balls of yarn, is Intarsia: knitting pictures.

During this half day workshop students will work vertical, horizontal, diagonal and curved designs while exploring the techniques that ensure smooth transitions and colour changes. Long floats, weaving in tails, preventing tangles, working from butterflies, and duplicated stitch embellishing will also be covered in the colourful program!

Materials fee: none

Skills required: basic knitting skills

Equipment required: please bring worsted spun yarn in a variety of colours (handspun or a commercial wool such as Cascade 220), that works to approximately 5 stitches to the inch and the appropriate needle sizes. A darning needle with a blunt end and a large eye.

VenessaZipperStuck on the Zipper Venessa Bentley. Half Day, Fri. Mar. 21/14. 1:30-5:30. $60. spots left, Show Barn

The finishing techniques involved in applying a zipper may seem overwhelming, and many projects get stuck at this stage in the process. This half day program is intended to make sense of the steps, and help you to pull out the stops and get zipping with confidence. There will be some preparation work to do before this class, so that you will work on, then take home a sample, along with an illustrated instruction booklet to support you. Please email Venessa directly for your homework details.

Materials fee: email instructor

Skills required: basic knitting skills

Equipment required: cotton sewing thread, a nice, long fine sewing needle, long sewing pins with heads, a short metal ruler, and small scissors. You will also need a zipper but Venessa will purchase and bring these for the class. There will be a small fee for each zipper, payable at the class. You are welcome to bring along projects that are stuck, if you would like to talk to Venessa about them. www.venessabentley.ca

 

SandyLaceTaking the Fear out of Lace Knitting - Sandra Kiechle. Full day, Sat. Mar.22/14. 9:30-4:30. $120. spots left, Alice McKay

Lace knitting is fun, simple and adds a touch of elegance to any project. This workshop will assist the beginning lace knitter to read written and graphed patterns. While knitting your sampler you will learn how the placement of increases and decreases, needle size and yarn choice affect the final design. Using the techniques learned in class, students will knit a lace sampler designed by Sandra that can be worn as a scarf. There will also be a demonstration on finishing and blocking techniques. After learning how to manipulate stitches and change a pattern you will leave the workshop with the confidence to create your own unique designs.

Materials fee: $25 includes notes and yarn. Payable to instructor.

Skills required: students must have basic knitting skills – knit, purl, increase, decrease, cast on, cast off. Please email Sandra for your notes, clotho@telus.net

Equipment required: 3, 4 and 5mm needles

 

SPINNING

DianaDrop*FULL* Introduction to Spinning with Drop Spindles - Diana Twiss. Half Day, Fri. Mar.21. 8:30-12:30. $60.  Shannon Hall

In this introduction to the spindles as a tool for making yarn, participants will learn about the properties of wool as a protein fibre for yarn. They will also learn drafting techniques, and how to spin, ply and set yarn.

In this 4 hour workshop, participants will be introduced to the basic spinning techniques for suspended spinning. These techniques will enable participants to further explore making a variety of yarns with these noble tools. This class is for absolute beginning spinners, or for those who know how to spin with a wheel, but not a spindle.

Topics covered include: varieties of spindles – how to choose one and how they work, choosing fibre – the properties of wool and working with wool,  spinning on a spindle – park and draft technique, drafting, worsted and from the fold, winding on, making a cop and dealing with a full spindle. Plying your singles and finishing your yarn will also be covered.

Material fee: $15 payable to instructor plus an additional $45 if you wish to purchase a spindle for your class

Skills needed: none

Equipment needed: suspended spindle, top whorl preferred. Bring a variety if you have them. If don’t have one want or wish to add to your collections, Houndesign spindles will be sold at the workshop for $45 each. If you are planning to purchase from Diana please indicate on your registration form.

Empty shoebox – to be used as a Lazy Kate and to hold our materials.

DianaDrop2Advanced Drop Spindle WorkshopDiana Twiss. Half Day, Sat. Mar. 22/14. 8:30-12:30. $60. 3 spots left, Alice McKay

This class if for spinners who are able to make a continuous thread with a suspended spindle (also known as a drop spindle) and want to learn more. In this 4 hours advanced class, participants will learn some techniques to make their spindling experiences much more satisfying by learning all the basics such as making a leader, drafting and winding on. We will also explore drafting techniques such as spinning from the fold, worsted and woollen and strategies for spinning difficult or challenging fibre. An assortment of ways to ply yarns (along with Navajo Plying) with a spindle and the importance of setting your yarn and how to do it will round out our day.

Material fee: $20 payable to instructor plus an additional $45 if you wish to purchases a spindle for your class.

Skill level: must be able to make a continuous thread when spinning with a drop spindle

Equipment needed: suspended spindle, top whorl preferred. Bring a variety if you have them. If don’t have one want or wish to add to your collections, Houndesign spindles will be sold at the workshop for $45 each. If you are planning to purchase from Diana please indicate on your registration form.

KimSilk*FULL* The Seduction of Silk Kim McKenna. Half day, Fri. Mar. 21/14. 8:30-12:30. $60. Shannon Hall

Handspun silk yarns are soft, lustrous and have incredible drape. In this 4 hour workshop you will spin silk fibre preparations from both mulberry and non-mulberry silks. Mulberry silk, also known as cultivated or domesticated silk, is a beautiful, fine, creamy white silk. In this workshop you will work with two forms of mulberry silk, A1 sliver and mawata silk hankies.

The three non-mulberry silks, also referred to as wild silks, provided for this workshop offer the hand spinner an eclectic array of texture, hand and colour. You will work with silky, tawny coloured tussah sliver from the Chinese Oak silk moth, golden strands of silk from the muga silk moth and fine soft white silk from eri silk moth. The workshop will wrap up with a review on plying, finishing and dyeing of Handspun silk yarns. Warning! Silk spinning is highly addictive!

Materials fee: $20 payable to instructor

Skill Level: students should be able to spin a continuous singles yarn, have a working knowledge in the operation of their wheels and arrive with spinning wheels which are oiled and in good repair (see free download at www.claddaghfibrearts.com – Spinning Wheel Maintenance under the “Spinning” tab).

FatSingles*FULL*  Spinning Fat Singles  Kislan Coderre and Kim McKenna. Half day, Sat. Mar. 22/14. 1:30-5:30. $60 Show Barn

Join Kislan and Kim and learn to spin hand dyed rovings into thick, squishy, soft, fat singles yarns. Fat singles not only spin and knit up quickly they are a great way to showcase multi-coloured rovings.

You’ll start the day spinning with natural coloured rovings while you learn a few simple techniques. Once you have mastered the basics, you will move on to the “good stuff”… Kislan’s special edition colourway. This colourway was developed to celebrate Fibres West and reflects the colour trends forecast for 2014.

The workshop will wrap up with a demonstration of finishing techniques and a discussion regarding practical uses for fat singles yarns.

Students will leave with handouts, samples for future reference and their own handspun skein of fat singles which they will finish at home.

Materials fee: $25 payable to instructor

Skill level: students should be able to spin a continuous singles, yarn, have a working knowledge of the operation of their wheels.

Equipment needed: Spinning wheel, 3 bobbins, orifice hook, Lazy Kate, Niddy-Noddy

spanishcashmeregoat1Spinning Exotic FibresCaroline Sommerfeld. Half day, Fri. Mar.21/14. 9:30-12:30.  $60. spots left, Show Barn

Exotic fibres are a lot of fun to work with, but they can be very expensive and often very challenging as well. This class gives you a chance to try all sorts of exotic fibres while learning some techniques that will make spinning them easy and fun. This class covers the characteristics of exotic fibres and the principles behind creating blends with them. We will work with alpaca, bison, camel down, cashmere, wool, yak and tussah silk to create all sorts of wonderful and unique fibre blends which showcase the best of each exotic fibre.

Material fee: $25 payable to instructor

Skill level: intermediate, must be able to spin a continuous single and ply

Equipment needed: Spinning wheel, Lazy Kate, at least 4 bobbins, a lap cloth (i.e. pillow case or tea towel), Niddy-Noddy, hand cards, wool combs (some will be available for loan), medium or large sandwich bags for fibre samples, labels, and pen/pencil.

GirlCardingCarding and Combing for SpinnersCaroline Sommerfeld. Half day, Sat. Mar.22/14. 9:30-12:30. $60. spots left, Show Barn

Hand carding and combing are important skills for any spinner who wants to move beyond commercial tops. Fibre preparation is a key element in spinning any yarn, so knowing how to use these versatile tools will expand your yarn repertoire, and enhance your results. This class will teach you the basics of both hand carding and hand combing, and will give you plenty of tips, tricks, and ideas for what you can do with these tools and the fibre preparations they produce.

Material fee: $10 payable to instructor

Skill level: beginner to intermediate

Equipment needed: Spinning wheel, Lazy Kate, at least 4 bobbins, a lap cloth (i.e. pillow case or tea towel), Niddy-Noddy, hand cards, wool combs (some will be available for loan), medium or large sandwich bags for fibre samples, labels, and pen/pencil.

* FULL* Cotton Spinning for the Wheel - Heidi Braacx. Half Day, Fri. Mar.21/14. 1:30-5:30. $60. Show Barn

VeganCottonLearn the unique method of spinning cotton in this fun and relaxed half day workshop. The techniques you learn in this class will allow you to spin a light and lofty yarn smoothly and easily. You may also find that you can transfer what you’ve learned to improve your handling of any short-staple fibre. Learn about the history and botany of naturally pigmented cottons, and bring home your very own skein of handspun organic and fair-trade cotton, with plenty more to practice with at home.

Material fee: $40 payable to instructor

Skill level: must be able to spin a continuous single on your wheel

Equipment needed: spinning wheel in good working order, Lazy Kate, Niddy-Noddy, any other spinning accessories you normally use. Pen, pencil, paper.

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FELTING

FionaClass1*FULL* Surface Design in FeltmakingFiona Duthie. Full Day, Fri. Mar.21/14. 9:30-4:30. $120, Show Barn

Feltmaking is a fibre art form that allows for the greatest exploration of surface design with a single medium. This class is a study in many combinations of felting and surface design, each implemented at different times through the felting process. Layering different wool breeds for effect, Nuno quilting in silks and cottons, protrusions, spikes, locks, shibori shaping, slashes and holes, carving, pencil rovings, prefelts, pockets, resists, wire, printed text, stitching during and after are just some of the design elements we will explore.

We’ll each create our own wet felted art cloth sampler that can be later made into a great book cover, needle case, bag front, or further embellished and mounted as a felt tapestry. This is a very dynamic, explorative class – full of energy, ideas and inspiration.

Materials fee: $20 payable to instructor

Skill level: beginner to advanced

Equipment needed: two old towels, squeezable sport water bottle (1/2 or 1 quart), sharp scissors, measuring tape.

FionaJoomchi*FULL* Joomchi Felt ScarfFiona Duthie. Full Day, Sat. Mar.22/14. 9:30-4:30. $120, Show Barn

Joomchi Felting – an exploration in pockets, openings, felted lace, screens, felt conglomerations. A layering of surfaces that expose new elements through the various pockets or openings. What will you show and what will you hide? We create visual interest by creating layers that hint at the depths of textures included.

Joomchi is a Korean art traditionally practiced in paper. This class explores similar principles, but in feltmaking, while making a lightweight felt/silk scarf. We will explore making the lightest weight, structural felts, plus practise the techniques of making felt lace, surface fabric manipulation, 3D removable resists, 2D in situ flexible resists, over layering, and aesthetic composition.

Materials fee: $20 payable to instructor

Skill level: beginner to advanced

Equipment needed: two old towels, squeezable sport water bottle (1/2 or 1 quart), sharp scissors, measuring tape.

LaurieFlowerScarf*FULL* Nuno Felt Scarf with CollarLaurie Steffler. Full Day, Fri. Mar.21/14. 9:30-4:30. $120. Shannon Hall

Create a nuno felted silk chiffon scarf with a silk satin collar that can be worn to look like a vest. You will learn to piece different silk fabrics together, explore 3 dimensional surface design embellishment techniques and an easy way to double side your design. How to create rosettes, leaves, blossoms, ruffles, inlays and pre felts will be covered. There will be a treasure chest of colours in merino wool, silk fabric, specialty fibres and novelty yarns to choose from and play with. Information on how to make the physical-ness of felting shorter and easier will be discussed. See more images of this style on Laurie’s website, www.saltspringfiberadventures.com

Material fee: $35 payable to instructor

Skill level: beginner

Equipment required: comfortable clothes and shoes

LaurieBlueScarfDimensional Flower on a Nuno Felted Silk Chiffon Scarf - Laurie Steffler. Full Day, Sat. Mar.22/14. 9:30-4:30. $120. 2 spots left, Alice McKay

Learn to use resists and create a 3 dimensional flower using merino silk roving and S.S.I. angora and wool locks. This flower is placed strategically amongst leaves and a vine so that the scarf can be worn in many beautiful ways, elegant or casual. You will learn an easy way to double-side your design and we will discuss how to make the physical-ness of felting easier for our bodies. Laurie will have blue, sea green, black and natural coloured large silk scarves with merino/silk roving in many colours to choose from and a treasure chest of embellishment fabrics. You will have the opportunity to make more flowers that can be worn as a pin if time allows. Visit Laurie’s website at  www.saltspringfiberadventures.com  to see more flower designs.

Materials fee: $35 payable to instructor

Skill level: beginner

 

PearlFeltNeedle Felting with Pearl - Pearl Chow. 1.5 hrs, Sat. Mar.22/14. 1:30-3. $25.00. spots left, Alice McKay

Create three-dimensional felted figures with just a barbed needle, wool fibre and your imagination. Some class projects may be olives, hearts, mushrooms, ladybugs, mice, or minions; as time permits or student requests. Learn tips and techniques while creating on the go.

Materials fee: $15 payable to instructor, includes a needle felting kit

Skill level: beginner – suitable for 12 and up or younger with parent supervision

Equipment required: a thimble if you have one

 

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WEAVING

LauraClassA Good Yarn – examining fibre and yarn characteristics - Laura Fry. Half Day, Fri. Mar.21/14. 1:30-4:30. $25.00. spots left, Shannon Hall

This Power Point presentation will look at inherent characteristics of some of the commonly used fibres/yarns. Knowing how fibres and yarns will behave will assist textile workers in choosing appropriate yarns for their hand wovens.

Materials fee: none

Skills required: anyone interested in fibre characteristics is welcome!

Equipment required: notebook

AshfordBook*FULL* One Warp – Many WeavesBarbara Mitchell. Full Day, Sat. Mar.22/14. 9:30-4:30. $120. Alice McKay

Tired of looking at the same old warp? Come and explore many different ways to weave your warp. Simple changes of weft materials and lift plans will give you completely different looking projects, all from the same warp. This hands-on workshop will get you weaving on your own loom, at your own pace, and give you the confidence to finish up your weaving at home. Discussions and ideas on how to use your different woven fabrics will wrap up the day.

Materials fee: $20 payable to instructor

Skills required: if you can warp your own loom and know how to weave plain weave and simple twill, you are ready for this class.

Equipment required: you will bring your own pre-warped 4-shaft or 8-shaft loom. You will also bring weft yarn to math your warp, scissors, tapestry needle for hem stitching. Instructions for setting up your warp for the workshop will be sent out two weeks prior to the start of class.

 

potholderIt’s Hip to be Square – Pot Holder Looms, Catherine Dumaine. Sat. Mar.22/14. Drop-in, Main Hall, 10-4. $8 payable at front counter. Show Barn

Come and learn on the classic pot holder weaving loom. This is a perfect project for beginners. We will be using yarn to create beautiful squares of fabric. Once you have mastered the basics of over-under your squares can be taken home and made into many wonderful things like purses, scarves, pillow covers, iPod bags and even blankets.