CLASSES FOR MARCH 2023 may change from what is listed. PLEASE DO NOT REGISTER FOR CLASSES AT THIS TIME.
Come join us! Classes in Knitting, Spinning, Weaving, Felting and Eco Printing and our Annual Kids Drop In Class on Saturday. Learn a new skill or brush up an existing one. Inspiration, creativity and community – join our wonderful, local teachers as they guide you along. Class fees includes free admission for both days of the show.
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 (if we cancel a class you will receive a full refund). Once you have registered and paid, classes are not refundable but are transferable to another party. Please register early to avoid disappointment!
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KNITTING and CROCHET
INTRO TO TUNISIAN CROCHET, Ponnie Matin Pelchat. Half day, Fri. Mar., 8:30-12:30. $75. #101
A little bit like knitting, a little bit like crochet, one hook with a cable - welcome to Tunisian crochet. In this class we will learn the basics and create a squishy cowl. Tunisian crochet, also known as the Afghan Stitch, creates a perfect fabric for cross stitch. Its basic stitch looks like weaving. You will leave this class hooked!
Material fee: $25 payable to instructor for hook
Skill required: basic crochet chain stitch an asset, however, absolute beginners welcome
Equipment required: yarn to match hook size, tbc
READING CROCHET SYMBOL CHARTS, Venessa Bentley. Half day, Sat. Mar., 8:30-11:30. $60. #103
Charts of crochet symbols can be a deal breaker when choosing a pattern. They look complex and intimidating, and it sometimes just feels easier to read the words. Many crochet patterns include written instructions, but getting comfortable with the charted symbols will give you access to contemporary patterns, and to those written in other languages.
During this 3 hour hands-on program, students will work from a chart of crocheted symbols, creating a sample that resembles the chart. A key to all the standard symbols, and gaining comfort in reading ‘the map’, will be the focus of this workshop.
Material fee: $5 payable to instructor for booklet of notes and charts
Skill required: be able to chain, single and double crochet
Equipment required: DK weight mercerized cotton (Sirdar as an example), selection of crochet hooks 4, 4.5 and 5 mm, your crochet accessory kit.
INTRO TO COMBINATION KNITTING, Ponnie Matin Pelchat, Half day, Sat. Mar., 8:30-12:30 pm. $75. #104
East meets West in this style of knitting. Often said to be faster, this method of knitting utilizes a continental western knit stitch with a continental eastern purl for a knit fabric that has even tension. In this class we will learn the basics whilst knitting a flat stockinette fabric. We will discuss how it differs from other knitting style and adjustments needed to knit in the round. We will also learn how to knit even faster by achieving the results of a slip slip knit (ssk) without having to slip anything.
Material fee: $0
Skill required: advanced beginner, intermediate – must be able to cast on, knit and purl
Equipment required: please bring your own DK weight yarn and needles you are comfortable using
I-CORD CAST ON and CORRUGATED RIB, Venessa Bentley. Half day, Sat. Mar., 1-4 pm. $60. #105
Trimming a Fair Isle jumper or cardigan with corrugated ribbing feels a lot like pulling out a big box of crayons, and just fooling around! It is the perfect canvas for colour play, and a beautiful frame for our Fair Isle artwork.
During this 3 hour hands-on workshop students will learn to cast on using an I-cord, then sample a few different ways to work a corrugated rib. Form, function, and application will be discussed, with knitted samples on hand.
Material fee: $5 payable to instructor for a booklet of notes and tags for your samples
Skill required: be able to cast on, knit and purl
Equipment required: a variety of small amounts (approximately 5 grams) of Shetland wool (Harrisville, Jamieson’s as examples) in at least 5 different colours. One main colour of the same yarn, in a larger amount (approximately 10 grams). Bringing more than one main colour is fine, too. You will be working a few samples. Gauge needles (likely 3 mm or 3.25 mm). Your knitting accessories kit.
COLOUR AND SPINNING PLAYGROUND, Diana Twiss. Full day, Sat.Mar.. 9:30-5:00. $135.00. #202
Join me for a full day of colour, experimentation and fun in a workshop devoted to learning how to use blending equipment, blending colours and spinning the results. In the first half we will use the most portable tools for blending colour for spinning: hand carders, blending boards, combs and hackles. In the second part, we will spin it up and reflect on our results. In addition to experimenting with different blending tools, you will learn colour theory in a practical and applied way.
Material fee: $30 payable to instructor
Skill required: must be able to spin a continuous thread and have some experience with plying
Equipment required: spinning wheel in excellent working order, bobbins, blending board (can be shared between two participants), and hand carders. Optional: drop spindle and wool combs.
UNBRAIDED: SPINNING COLOUR, Rachel Smith. Full day, Sat. Mar., 9:30-5. $135.00 #203
Have you ever attended a fibre festival or browsed in a shop and seen all the gorgeous colourways on a hand painted top? Have you bought them and stashed them away to save so that you don’t ‘wreck’ the colourway? This feeling of paralysis around spinning our beautiful braids of fibre is part of learning and growing as a hand spinner. This workshop is designed to break down some of that fear and trepidation. We explore several different ways of spinning combed top and examine the different results we attain when we make choices about how to spin the fibre from traditional 2-ply to 3-ply fractal spins. Throughout the day, we will spin our samples using different methods, look at samples spun from these different methods and challenge ourselves with our final yarns to think outside the box about how to combine different colourways in combination spins.
The morning will be devoted to spinning semi-solid and split complement colourways. We will talk about the colour wheel, and how decisions we make in our spinning affects how colours combine, the effects this creates in our yarns and how to avoid making ‘mud’. We will examine samples knit and woven from semi-solid and split complement colourways.
In the afternoon, we will continue our exploration of colours by examining what happens when white is left in a colourway. We will discuss striping in our yarns, how to minimize and enhance it. The afternoon will finish with an opportunity to trade with others in the class and combination spin two different colourways. Using the knowledge that we have gained throughout the day; we will explore different ways to combine colours. Samples will be shown to help understand how these decisions affect our finished, knitted garments.
This workshop is designed to augment the book, Unbraided: The Art and Science of Spinning Colour, written by Rachel Smith and Katrina Stewart. The participants do not need to own or have read the book to attend the workshop. Instead, it is meant to stand alone as part of an advanced spinner’s learning.
Students will receive 4 x 25 grams samples to explore various spinning techniques throughout the day.
Material fee: $25 payable to instructor
Skill required: Students must be able to spin one long continuous thread and be familiar with the operation of their spinning wheel.
Equipment required: spinning wheel in good working order, 3-4 bobbins, Lazy Kate, Pen and Paper
NUNO FELTED VEST, Laurie Steffler. Two days, Fri.Mar.18 & Sat.Mar.. 9:30-5. $250. #301
FELT, a textile produced by matting, condensing and pressing fibres together, considered to be the oldest known textile. Heat, motion, and moisture of the fleece causes the scales to open, while agitating them causes them to latch onto each other, creating felt. Merino wool and other specialty fibres laid on silk chiffon fabric creates a simple, seamless vest in this creative and inspiring class. The last half of the 2nd day will be spent felting your project. Laurie will bring the garment resists needed for the project. Though you may bring your own, silk chiffon and merino wool can be purchased from Laurie at the class. You can bring design ideas and photos of designs that inspire you to help you create your project.
Laurie has 30 years of felting experience with tips and techniques that will make the felting process as easy and fast as possible.
Material Fee: $35 payable to instructor
Skill required: beginner
Equipment required: two clear plastic lawn bags, scissors, 24" bubble wrap - small bubbles, dish gloves if needed, open weave fabric, embellishments if wanted, bonsai sprayer or glass jar with small holes in lid to sprinkle hot soapy water for felting process, one old towel.
NEEDLE FELTING, Pearl Chow. Half day, Sat. Mar., 1-3. $25 (separate drop-down)
Learn to make wool sculptured fruits, veggies, animals, and/or add designs to fabric. Needle felting is a portable craft taking up little space and time. Create what you imagine! This class is appropriate for older children who are accompanied by an adult, the adult must also be enrolled in the class.
Material fee: $15 payable to instructor
Skill required: beginner
Equipment required: needle felting kit provided by instructor.
BOTANICAL PRINTING, Sheila Andrews, Johanna Mramor. Half day, Fri.Mar. 8:30-12:30. $75. #106
Join us for a fun filled morning creating a One-Of-A Kind Textile Art piece. Discover the amazing world of Eco Printing, also known as Contact Botanical Printing. No previous experience required. You will be guided through the complete process from fabric treatment, arranging leaves on your fabric, wrapping, steaming and best of all unwrapping your project. We will be using wool, cotton and wonderful eucalyptus leaves for this project. There will be lots of samples to inspire you and a demo on great ways to finish your project. With your two pieces of fabric, one wool, one cotton, you will be able to make ONE of the variety of suggested projects: a toss pillow, tea cozy and coasters, bag or wall hanging...or something we haven’t thought of!
Come and have fun and watch the magic of nature!
Material fee: $26.00
Skill Level: beginner
Equipment required: please bring waterproof gloves that are easy to work in, a water-resistant apron and a couple of old towels. Notebook and pen.
RIGID HEDDLE WEAVING, Pearl Chow. Half day, Sat. Mar. 8:30-12:30. $75. #107
Weaving on a rigid heddle loom is a quick and fun way to combine leftover yarns or mix textures and colours in new ways. Pearl learned to weave from Rowena Hart, the designer of the Ashford Knitters’ Loom. Pearl is a wonderful teacher of the basics, and is a fabulous source for tips and shortcuts to create a unique project.
Material fee: $0
Skill required: beginner
Equipment required: a rigid heddle loom in operating order, any make or model. If you do not have a loom we have some available to borrow on a first come-first served basis. If you wish to purchase a loom for the class, please contact email@example.com. Please bring with you a selection of DK/Worsted weight (approx 200-220 yds per 100 gm) yarns, novelty, hand spun yarns are great for the weft.
CEDAR BARK BASKETS, Jess Silvey. Full day, Sat. Mar., 9:30-5. $135. #204
Weave – to form by combining various elements and details into a connected whole. Spend an inspirational day with Jess and learn the basic techniques of Coast Salish Cedar Bark Basket Weaving while incorporating the twill and twine pattern. Jess can be found on Facebook, Red Cedar Woman.
Material fee: $40
Skill required: beginner
Equipment required: all materials provided.
BOW LOOM WEAVING, Mary Ellenton. Half day, Sat. Mar., 1-5 pm. $75. #108
This class is a great introduction to weaving using a Bow Loom. This loom is based on a “primitive” loom used in North West Thailand by the Akha People. They make narrow bands with beaded selvages that are then used as chin straps and borders for the elaborate hats of their traditional costume.
In this class we will make a bracelet, but the band could be used for headbands, hat bands, chokers or a garment embellishment.
Material cost: $15
Beginner: All levels
Equipment required: all supplies will be provided by the instructor
KIDS (of any age...), NEEDLE FELT DROP IN. Fri. Mar. from 1-4. free
Join Pearl Chow for an informal drop in and learn some basics of needle felt. Children 10 and under must be accompanied by a responsible adult for this drop in as it involves sharp felting needles.