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 THE RIGHT COURSE # and HALF OR FULL DAY OPTION. Registration closes on Friday, March 4, 2016.

There are two ways to register:

  1. Mail or email the form to us (payment via credit card or cheque made payable to Penelope Fibre Arts). We will email you to confirm receipt.
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KNITTING

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

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. 1:30-5:30. $65  #102

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

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

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.

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. 1:30-5:30. $65  #103

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

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. 1:30-5:30. $65 #105

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. 

 

cottonfibresCotton Spinning for the Wheel, Heidi Braacx. Half day, Fri.Mar.18. 8:30-12:30. $65 #106

Learn 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 cotton smoothly and easily. You may also find that you can transfer what you’ve learned to improve your handling of any short-staple fibre. Enjoy the comfort of an intimate class size and learn about the history and botany of naturally pigmented cottons. You will bring home your very own skein of hand spun organic and fair-trade cotton, with plenty more to practice on at home.

Materials fee: $25 payable to instructor

Skill required: intermediate

Equipment required: spinning wheel in good working order, Lazy Kate, Niddy Noddy, sealable plastic bag or small containers for wet yarn, mug or water bottle, lap cloth.

 

veggie fibresSpinning with Veggie Fibres, Heidi Braacx. Half day, Fri.Mar.18. 1:30-5:30. $65 #107

From the earthy crinkle of linen, to the luscious drape of bamboo, sample a broad range of plant fibres, while learning how to draw out the best in each of them. This class will cover fibre preparation to finishing on over a dozen unique fibres, so you can find some new favourites, and perhaps even master some new techniques! The skills and techniques you will learn are applicable to many other fibres, so you may find that some ‘difficult’ fibres aren’t all that difficult at all after this class. Enjoy a relaxed atmosphere and learn at a pace that is comfortable for you, while trying a variety of fun and interesting plant based fibres.

Materials fee: $25 payable to instructor

Skill required: intermediate

Equipment required: spinning wheel in good working order, Lazy Kate, niddy noddy, sealable plastic bag or small containers for wet yarn, blending tools (optional), mug or water bottle, lap cloth.

 

knowyourwheelStarting to Spin! Leslie Green and Joanne Nakonechny. Choose your day,  Fri.Mar.18 OR Sat.Mar.19. 9:30-5. $130  #205

Do you want to learn how to spin? Then, this class is for you!  We will cover how spinning wheels work and how to maintain them.  We will introduce you to the basic principles of spinning including spinning terminology, fibres that can be spun, and how to finish your yarn. Working with wool, you will learn how to spin, learn the steps for plying your yarn, and troubleshoot problems you may encounter. Please indicate Friday or Saturday when you register.

Material fee: $25 payable to instructor

Skill required: beginner

Equipment required: spinning wheel in good working order, ball of medium weight wool for practicing spinning rhythm, note taking supplies. If available, please bring: hands cards, Niddy Noddy, Lazy Kate.

 

kromskisymphonyclearLARGEKnow your Wheel, Cheryl Huseby. Full day, Fri.Mar.18. 9:30-5. $130  #207

For many spinners, the frustration of not being able to produce the yarns they desire can be dispelled by simply learning how their wheels function. We will examine what each element of the wheel is responsible for and how minute changes can make big differences. The more types of wheels in the class, the more we all learn. Various exercises exploring these aspects will help each spinner add to her/his confidence.

Material fee: $10 payable to instructor

Skill required: beginner-advanced, should be able to spin a continuous thread

Equipment required: spinning wheel with as many ratios (whorls) as you have, Lazy Kate(s) for each wheel you are bringing if you have them, orifice hooks appropriate to each wheel, sample and regular size Niddy Noddy, medium to fine hand cards (we can share or borrow from a friend), oil for wheels, rags for cleaning, tweezers for getting into crevices, scissors, screwdrivers that correspond to your wheel, lap cloth, notebook (some notes provided), pen.

 

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

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.

 

plyingCherylIt’s all about the PLY, Cheryl Huseby. Full day, Sat.Mar.19. 9:30-5. $130 #208

Plying can present some challenges but with guidance and practise, a spinner can produce a very consistently plied yarn. Learn how to overcome problems such as working out areas of overtwist, dealing with the occasional underspun spot, splicing, undoing any bad habits. We’ll explore chain [Navajo] plying, working from an Andean bracelet, using both ends from a ball winder ball and find out what a Nostepinne can do.

Material fee: $0

Skill required: must be able to spin a continuous yarn

Equipment required: wheel in good working order with at least 3 bobbins, Lazy Kate, orifice hook, niddy noddy, notebook and pen, scissors. 10 handspun singles, a minimum of 5 yards/meters each (wool preferably) to use for your plying lessons, on bobbins, spools, ball wound or hand wound balls.

 

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.

RUG HOOKING

rughookingclass2Introduction to Traditional Rug Hooking, Freda Jackson. Full day class. Sat.Mar.19. 9:30-5. $130  #209

Brought to our shores by the pioneers, traditional rug hooking gives us a way of making a beautiful rug from used or new woollen fabrics and yarns.  Freda will give full instructions and materials for making and finishing a lovely hooked mat approximately 8” x 13”.  Freda Jackson has more than 20 years experience of rug hooking and teaching classes.  Her own work has been exhibited in Canada and in the USA.  There will also be a “show & tell” on both “Proddy” and “Punch” Hooking along with a demonstration on several dying techniques.

Material fee: $85 payable to instructor which includes a complete kit and all materials required for your project.

Skills required: beginner

Equipment required: provided in kit

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FIBRES WEST 8th Annual Kids Drop In

catherinefibreHand Painted Yarn, Catherine Dumaine. Drop in between 10 and 4, Sat.Mar.19. $20. 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.