Classes

Come join us! Classes in Knitting, Felting, Spinning, Weaving, Lace and Rug Hooking  – plus our 8th Annual Kids (of any age) drop in class. Learn a new skill or brush up an existing one. Inspiration, creativity and community – join our wonderful, local teachers as they guide you along.

Please read through the class descriptions carefully taking note of material fees due to the instructor on the day of the class, start times and any equipment needed. If there is a problem, or the class does not run, we will contact you using the email you provide via PayPal or on your form. Classes are not refundable but are transferable to another party. Please register early to avoid disappointment!  PLEASE BE SURE TO SELECT THE HALF OR FULL DAY OPTION AND CORRECT COURSE # FROM THE DROP DOWNS. 

Registration is now closed on-line. Please come to the show if you are interested in the available spots.

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KNITTING

BriocheAn Introduction to Brioche Knitting, Venessa Bentley. Half day, Fri.Mar.18. 8:30-12:30. $65  #101 1 spot open

Brioche Knitting, an intriguing technique that produces a reversible, ribbed, robust fabric, uses a slip stitch/yarn over combination that is rhythmic and memorable.  Students will be introduced to the basic stitches, including cast-on choices, increases and decreases, working a flat fabric, and casting off.  There will be a discussion about suitable yarn choices, gauge, working in the round, and how the fabric plays out in clothing.  This program will focus on one colour Brioche, and students will go away with a sampler for future reference.  A binder of notes will be provided.

Materials Fee: $6 payable to instructor for binder and notes.

Skill required: This 4 hour hands-on workshop is intended for knitters with basic skills, including a knowledge of how to increase, decrease, and use yarn overs.

Equipment required: Please bring a consistent light worsted to worsted weight yarn, such as Cascade 220, in a light colour, a pair of 4.5 mm needles, and a 32” (or longer) circular 4.5 mm needle. Please bring along your knitter’s tool kit with markers, scissors, etc..

laceknitSimple Lace Knitting, Sandra Kiechle. Half day, Fri.Mar.18. 1:00-5:00. $65  #102 FULL

Have you been hesitant to knit that scarf because lace looks too hard?   Fear not, it can be easier than you think.  In this course Sandra will show you the fundamentals of lace knitting with some simple lace patterns that can be adapted and modified to create more complex patterns.  This is a hands on course so come prepared to knit a sampler for your own reference. We will discuss needle size, type, yarn selection, washing and blocking.  Instructor will supply a variety of different weight and types of yarns for students to try as well as a notebook of the basic stitches discussed. Come have some fun with lace.

Materials fee: $20 payable to instructor

Skill required: beginner

Equipment required: students should bring knitting needles in a variety of sizes from 3mm to 5mm (instructor will have some available for students), notebook, pencil, eraser and stitch markers.

FELTING

nunoscarfNuno Felted Scarf or Shawl, Laurie Steffler. Full day, Fri.Mar.18. 9:30-5. $130  #201 FULL

Wet felt merino and silk rovings on silk chiffon fabric to design a scarf or shawl with a felt button. Your finished piece will have several fashion options.  Laurie will demonstrate many surface design techniques for optional use in your designs.  These will include resists to create felt buttons and felted layers, colour layering and blending, openings and holes, 3D flowers, designs that trail beyond the silk chiffon border, silk collars and using different types of silk fabric for shadowing, texture and luminosity.   These designs will be hand-felted.  Laurie will show a few ways of making this felting process as easy and less physically demanding as possible.

Material Fee: $35-$45 payable to instructor for all materials, merino wool, silk rovings, silk fabric. Price will reflect wool use and size of project.

Skill required: beginner to advanced

Equipment required: bubble wrap or straw mat, pool noodle or wooden dowel, 2 clear plastic lawn/leaf bags, sharp scissors, old towel, a few safety pins, container for sprinkling hot water (ie – jar with holes punched in the lid, bonsai sprayer, parmesan cheese container).  Optional – olive oil soap bar, speciality yarns from your stash, fiber, silk and open weave fabrics you may have, electric kettle.

bags and baskets proposalBags and Baskets, the sculptural possibilities of Felt Revealed, Laurie Steffler. Full day, Sat.Mar.19. 9:30-5. $130 – #202 FULL

Wool, upon drying, retains a memory. We will create with this principle in mind to design a unique bag or felt basket.  You will learn how to design and measure a resist for protrusions in hollow forms adding shrinkage allowance.  Laurie will demonstrate surface design techniques to fuel your imagination in this realm.  They will include creating a resist that allows for protrusions to be sculpted as in millinery practice, multiple resist use for pockets, sculpted surface forms through the use of balls and other prefelts, using imbedded marbles and beads and resists, cords that curl, using other open weave fabrics and yarns to add texture and depth in design, colour blending, what kind of wool fibers to use, fashioning felt clasps and handles.

Material Fee: $35-$45 payable to instructor for all materials, merino wool, silk rovings, silk fabric. Price will reflect wool use and size of project.

Skill required: beginner to advanced

Equipment required: bubble wrap or straw mat, pool noodle or wooden dowel, 2 clear plastic lawn/leaf bags, sharp scissors, old towel, a few safety pins, container for sprinkling hot water (ie: jar with holes punched in the lid, bonsai sprayer, parmesan cheese container).  Optional – olive oil soap bar, speciality yarns from your stash, fiber, silk and open weave fabrics you may have, electric kettle.

Needle-Felting-6Needle Felting, Pearl Chow. 2 hour class. Sat.Mar.19. 10-12. $25 Payable at door, please email us to register. FULL

Needle felting is a wonderful craft for all ages. Join Pearl as she shows you tips and tricks to create needle felted animals, fruit, veggies, and/or something from your imagination! If you are under 10, you are welcome to come with a parent, grandparent or other adult.

Material Fee: $15 payable to instructor

Skill required: beginner

Equipment required: none

WEAVING

LeolaPicPique Your Passsion, Leola Witt-McNie. Full day. Fri.Mar.18. 9:30-5. $130  #203

Pique verb: stimulate (interest or curiosity), noun: a feeling or irritation. To Leola the combination of the definitions is exciting. Pearls are born through irritation and stimulation.  I use the definitions to facilitate a design process. Often, uncertainty, of where to begin, what to make, what materials to use becomes an irritation which incurs a block.

We all dream of making perfect cloth to fit our fantasies. Some stress will occur with decision making. This workshop is designed to fit your needs and support your ideas in order to promote initiative and motivation.

I think of every warp being an adventure and my approach is to find the artistry in the weaver that makes the cloth unique and fabulous. Beginners and experienced alike will find new manoeuvres and strategies to achieve success. Curiosity and acceptance of process is the key in our quest. Design and colour exercises will be demonstrated and experimented with. Please go to www.leolasstudio.com if you would like to see Leola’s full class description.

Material fee: $5 payable to instructor

Skill required: beginner to advanced

Equipment required: warped 4-8 harness table loom or tapestry frame, sketch book, ephemera, pens, colour pens etc…

rigidheddleRigid Heddle Weaving, Pearl Chow. Half Day. Sat.Mar.19. 1:00-5:00. $65  #103 FULL

Learn how to weave a scarf with yarns you’ve stashed and saved for the perfect project you didn’t know you wanted to make! Learn tips and tricks in how to use ladder yarns (Pearl’s favourite), sock yarn remnants, and/or novelty yarns mixed with classic wools or cottons. Pearl learned how to weave with Rowena Hart, author of Ashford Knitters’ Loom books.

Material fee: $0

Skill required: beginner

Equipment required: rigid heddle loom, stash yarns, scissors, pen, pencil, notebook. Please contact us at info@penelopefibrearts.com if you do not have a loom and are interested in taking the class.

SPINNING

DianaSpindle2Spindling 1.0: making yarn with a spindle, Diana Twiss. Half Day, Fri.Mar.18. 8:30-12:30. $65   #104 FULL

In this 4-hour workshop, you will learn basic spinning techniques for suspended spinning. These techniques will allow you 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 don’t know how to do it with a spindle.

In this introduction to the spindle as a tool for making yarn, you will also learn about the properties of wool as a protein fibre for making yarn. You will learn drafting techniques and how to ply and set yarn – everything you need to get you started on your yarn making journey.

Materials fee: $10 payable to instructor

Skill required: beginner

Equipment required: suspended spindle, top or bottom whorl, please be sure the spindle is balanced and not too heavy. It should be between 35 gm and 55 gm in weight. Shoebox to be used as a Lazy Kate, and optional – any fibre preparation equipment you may have. 

 

DianaDrop2Spindling 2.0: taking it to the next level, Diana Twiss. Half day, Fri.Mar.18. 1:00-5:00. $65 #105 1 spot open

This class is 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, like spinning faster and having more options for plying. In this 4-hour class, participants will learn techniques that will make their spindling experiences more satisfying by learning

  • All the basics such as making a leader, drafting and winding on.
  • Drafting techniques such as spinning from the fold, and worsted and woolen.
  • Strategies for spinning difficult or challenging fibre.
  • Tips for spinning soft singles and lace weight yearns
  • An assortment of ways to ply yarn (along with Navajo plying) with a spindle.
  • Demonstrations with and opportunities to try supported spindles to spin cotton, yak and bison.
  • Demonstrations with and opportunities to spin with Turkish spindles.
  • The importance of setting your yarn and how to do it.

Materials fee: $15 payable to instructor

Skill required: must be able to spin a continuous thread with a spindle

Equipment required: suspended spindle, top or bottom whorl, please be sure the spindle is balanced and not too heavy. It should be between 35 gm and 55 gm in weight. Shoebox to be used as a Lazy Kate, and optional – any fibre preparation equipment you may have. 

 

 

knockyoursocksKnock your Socks Off!, Judith Glibbery. Full day, Sat.Mar.19. 9:30-5. $130  #206 1 spot open

Socks are small and wonderfully portable projects.  If you’re busy and the thought of large projects overwhelm you, let socks come to your rescue. Hand spun and hand knit socks are impressive.  They’re luxuriously enjoyable to spin, knit and wear.  Imagine beautiful socks providing you with your own tantalizing dyed colour, design, durability, comfort, and cushiony support.  The perfect project in so many ways!

Learn how to choose different sheep breeds for different types of socks.  We’ll cover different blending choices and possibilities.  What fibres wear best?  Good sock yarn must meet important criteria: it needs to be strong and durable, warm, elastic, cushy and comfortable and last, but not least, gorgeous.  We’ll dissect that criteria and learn how to meet it.  Important care of your finished socks will also be covered including tips on how to extend their life after completion. The material fee provides you with enough wool top/roving to spin and knit a pair of socks.  Comprehensive notes will be provided.

Materials fee: $30 payable to instructor

Skill required: able to spin a continuous thread

Equipment required: wheel in good working order, oiled and ready to go, 3 or 4 bobbins if you have them, Lazy Kate, light and dark lap cloths, sharp scissors, magnifying glass, Niddy Noddy, pen and paper, close-up glasses if required, small ruler, small dog or cat brush for flick carding, double point knitting needles, in the size range of 2.5 mm to 4 mm

 

DianaTwiss2Be the Boss of your Yarn, Diana Twiss. Full Day, Sat. Mar.19. 9:30-5. $130  #204

Are you tired of making the same yarn? That no matter what you do, you are always spinning the same stuff?

Do you have precious fibre in your stash that you are not spinning because you don’t know what to do with it and are afraid of wrecking it? Well, you are not alone. In this six and a half-hour “default-yarn-busting” workshop, you will learn techniques that will expand your yarn repertoire. You will also learn about yarn structure through the creation of soft singles, plied, chained (Navajo ply), and cabled yarns. You will experiment with and learn about the effect of twist on your singles and your plied yarns. And you will learn a variety of drafting techniques that will take your spinning to a whole new level.

Materials fee: $15 payable to instructor

Skill required: must be able to spin a continuous thread

Equipment required: spinning wheel in excellent working order, Lazy Kate, three bobbins, tapestry needle, hand carders if you have them.

 

LACE

lenkawireFlower Earrings – Bobbin Lace in wire for beginners, Lenka Suchanek. Full day. Fri.Mar.18. 9:30-5. $130 #210

Bobbin lace is an off-loom weaving technique that uses just two moves (cross and twist) to create open, transparent patterns. When fine wires are used instead of thread, handmade lace becomes delicate wearable art. This workshop introduces lacemaking tools and basic stitches to beginners, who will learn how to make their first flower earrings.

Material fee: $0

Skill required: beginner

Equipment required: none. A lacemaking kit (lacemaking pillow, bobbins, template and pins) will be provided to each student for use in the class at no cost. Kits will be available for purchase after the workshop for $75

 

FIBRES WEST 8th Annual Kids Drop In

catherinefibreHand Painted Yarn, Catherine Dumaine. Drop in between 10 and 4, Sat.Mar.19. $10. Payable at door.

Create beautiful hand painted 100% wool yarns in stunning colours. Skeins will be painted and then the dye set with steam for 20 minutes while you continue browsing at the show. Kids (and adults) of all ages.