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CLASSES FOR MARCH 2024 are live, please read carefully before registering

Come join us! Classes in Knitting, Spinning, Weaving, Tapestry, Felting, Needle Punch and Rug Hooking. 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 fee 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!  We will contact you to confirm your registration. 

 

There are two ways to register:

 

OPTION 1. Select your class number from the Drop Down Menu and use the yellow Buy Now buttons.  This registers you via PayPal. THIS IS OUR PREFERRED METHOD OF REGISTRATION. Your PayPal receipt is your registration confirmation and confirms the class number. If the class is full we will contact you. Please ensure your FULL NAME and email that you check regularly are used when you register via PayPal. If you are registering for yourself and another person, please email us the name and email of the other student at fibreswest64@gmail.com.

OPTION 2. Email (fibreswest64@gmail.comor mail the FORM to us.  You can pay via e-transfer (to info@penelopefibrearts.com), credit card or cheque made payable to Penelope Fibre Arts NOT Fibres West. We will email you to confirm receipt. Forms received via email and mail will be processed in date order. Please be aware that most people register via PayPal and your class may be full by the time we receive a mailed in form.         

 

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SPINNING

 

SUSPENDED SPINDLE SPINNING 2.0, Diana Twiss

HALF DAY, Sat. Mar.30, 8:30-12:30pm CLASS 101

 

This class is for spinners who can make a continuous thread with a suspended (drop) spindle and want to learn more. It’s for spindle spinners who want some tips on how to spin faster, to have more options for plying, to try different fibres and/or to make yarn with different styles of suspended spindles (top and bottom whorl). This is a workshop for all spindle spinning skill levels. Bring your spindling questions and challenges to this class and together we will figure it out and get you on your spindling way.

 

In this class, we will have discussions, hands-on demonstrations and learning activities related to: 

  • All the basics such as making a leader, joining fibre, and winding on

  • Preparing fibres for spindle spinning

  • Drafting techniques such as worsted, woolen and spinning from the fold

  • Strategies for spinning difficult or challenging fibre

  • An assortment of ways to ply yarn (along with chain plying) with a spindle

 

SKILLS: must be able to spin a continuous thread with a spindle or wheel

 

EQUIPMENT: if you own a spindle, bring it along. Students who don’t yet own a suspended spindle, can borrow one for the workshop. The instructor has a class set of top whorl, bottom whorl and cross-piece spindles.  Hand carders (for fibre preparation segment). Shoe box – to act as a lazy kate and storage box.


MATERIAL COST: $15 (payable to instructor in cash)

 

 

SPINNING WITH SUPPORTED SPINDLES, Diana Twiss

HALF DAY, Sat. Mar.30, 1-5pm CLASS 102, 2 SPOTS LEFT

 

Some of the most beautiful tools in the hand spinning world these days are the support spindles. Simple, elegant and easy on the body, they are a wonderful way to make light airy yarn. If you have ever wanted to try making yarn this way, or just interested in knowing how these simple tools work, this workshop is for you. In this workshop, you will be introduced to the various styles of support spindles and shown what to look for when buying one. If you are an experienced support spindle spinner and want to see and try a variety of styles of support spindles, this workshop is also for you. Hope to see you there!

We will cover all the basics and more such as: how to get started, prepare your fibre, flick your spindle for a good long spin, draft your fibre, wind a good, stable cop, and remove the singles for plying, and ply yarn.

 

SKILLS: must be able to spin a continuous thread with a spindle or wheel

 

EQUIPMENT: if you own a support spindle (and bowl), bring them along. Students who don’t yet own a support spindle, can borrow some for the workshop. The instructor has a class set of support spindles, in various styles. Hand Carders (for fibre preparation segment). Shoe box – to act as a lazy kate and storage box.


MATERIAL COST: $15 (payable to instructor in cash)

 

MASTERFUL PLYING, Vanessa Bjerreskov,

HALF DAY, Fri. Mar.29, 8:30-12:30pm CLASS 103

Plying can sometimes be a source of frustration for spinners long after they feel they've mastered spinning. Understanding the "why" of plying techniques, and the different factors involved in good and deliberate plying, can help you figure out how to achieve the required tension and consistency in a way that works for you, increase your skills, and make you happier with your final product.

 

In this half-day class, we will discuss how to control different aspects of plying for consistency, different plying techniques, and troubleshoot the issues you may be having with creating the plied yarn you dream of.

 

SKILLS: be able to spin a consistent single on a wheel or spindle

 

EQUIPMENT: spinning wheel or spindle in working order. Singles on three bobbins or spindles. Lazy Kate.

 

MATERIAL COST: $0

 

LUSCIOUS LUXURY FIBRES, Vanessa Bjerreskov

FULL DAY, Sat. Mar.30, 9:30-5pm CLASS 201

 

Many spinners find luxury fires like cashmere, camel, and angora in commercially prepared blends, but they are just as wonderful to spin on their own. Because of their unique characteristics, luxury fibres take some special considerations to spin outside a blend, and when preparing your own blends, there are factors to keep in mind to not only extend your yardage, but also to retain the luscious qualities of the fibres in the final yarn.

 

In this full-day class, we'll do a deep-dive exploration of silk, yak, camel, cashmere, and angora, and learn the best ways to spin and prepare them on their own,

and in blends for truly luxurious yarns. Material fee includes 7.5 g of each fibre, including Merino for blending.

 

SKILLS: spin a consistent singles (wheel or spindle), able to spin point-of-contact woollen.

 

EQUIPMENT: spinning wheel, suspended or supported spindle in good working order. Hand Cards if available.

 

MATERIAL COST: $20 (payable to instructor in cash)

 

WEAVING

 

INTRODUCTION TO TAPESTRY: weave a sunset, Janna Vallee

FULL DAY Sat. Mar. 30, 9:30-5pm CLASS 202

 

Introduction to Tapestry Weaving is a chock-full workshop which introduces new weavers to the fundamentals of tapestry weaving. You will leave the workshop with a finished woven sunset wall hanging and a solid understanding of how to dress your loom, build shapes, blend colours and use 'magic' techniques for creating smooth lines. There's more to learn than you think. Join me!

 

SKILLS: beginner

 

EQUIPMENT: provided by instructor

 

MATERIAL COST: $75 (payable to instructor in cash) for mini loom kit

 

INTRODUCTION TO RIGID HEDDLE WEAVING, Ruth Griffiths

HALF DAY, Fri. Mar.29, 8:30-12:30pm CLASS 104

Join Ruth and create a unique to you plain weave sampler. You will learn to warp up a rigid heddle loom and weave plain weave cloth. This class will cover the basic techniques of weaving, with additional simple hand-manipulated embellishments, if time permits.

SKILLS: beginner

 

EQUIPMENT: rigid heddle loom, 7.5/8 dpi reed and accessories. DK/Worsted weight yarn for project*.

 

Some looms are available to borrow, please email us at fibreswest64@gmail.com to reserve one. If you wish to purchase a loom for the class, please email info@penelopefibrearts.com. We offer a 10% discount on Ashford Rigid Heddle looms if you are a registered student in this class.

 

MATERIAL COST: $30 (payable in cash to instructor) or, bring 200 gms of DK to Worsted weight wool (*smooth yarn, not textured, lighter colours, not acrylic, approximately 200 yds to each 100 gm skein). If you are borrowing one of our looms please bring colourfast yarn that will not stain the reed and loom.

 

FELTING

 

COLLAGE AND TEXTURES IN FELT for Shawls, Capes or Ponchos, Laurie Steffler

2 DAY CLASS. Fri/Sat, Mar 29/30, 9:30-5pm 2 DAY CLASS 301

 

We will collage and nuno felt different silk fabrics, merino wool and embellishments.

You will learn many felting design ideas to incorporate into your shawl/poncho by demonstrations on how to piece and collage fabrics, prefelts, embellishments, use

resists and colour and shadow layering. Dive deep within to create a wonderful wrap.

 

Please come prepared with ideas and or pictures to help create your shawl/poncho/cape. Bring embellishments i.e. silk hankies, fibre, yarn, prefelts and silk fabric with an open weave, silk chiffon or silk scarves that you would like to use. I will provide the merino wool and silk chiffon for those who want it. If you bring your own merino wool there will be no materials fee.

 

You will learn how to felt by hand with tips and techniques that will make the felting process as easy and fast as possible.

 

SKILL: beginner. Felting is an active process, please come prepared to stand and move around as you felt your piece.

 

EQUIPMENT: notebook and pen, measuring tape, 2 clear plastic lawn bags, sharp silk cutting scissors, olive oil soap, large piece of bubble wrap (can find at staples or hardware stores) to cover 4ft X 8ft, stainless steel bowl, 1 or 2 large old towels and stretchy material strips or pantyhose to tie roll up with. Laurie will supply pool noodles on loan and has olive oil soap for those who can't find any in their grocery stores.

 

 

MATERIAL COST: Laurie will supply merino wool from Italy in all colours $18/100gram, silk fibres $28/100gram, wool locks $20/100grams. If you are bringing your own merino wool, you will need between 150 -250 g of dyed merino wool sliver 

 

Laurie will also supply white silk chiffon fabric $25/metre and white hemmed silk scarves 20"X 72" $25 each unless you bring silk fabric with an open weave, silk chiffon or silk scarves that you would like to use.  

 

if you have embellishments such as silk hankies, silk, wool locks, yarn, habotai silk, etc. please bring with you.

 

HEART FELT, AN INTRODUCTION TO NEEDLE FELTING, Sarah Garland

2 hours, NEW section added: Fri. Mar.29, 11-1. Option 1. (Fri. Mar.29, 2-4pm FULL) 

 

Join us for this fun introduction to needle felting. Your needle felted hearts can be strung together to create a garland or used individually. We have 3 colour palettes to choose from, please email fibreswest64@gmail.com with your choice of Rainbow, Shades of Pink or any one colour of your choice. 

 

SKILL: beginner

 

EQUIPMENT: supplied by instructor

MATERIAL COST: $15 (payable to instructor in cash) for needles, fibre and block

 

 

WET FELTED VESSEL, Shari Bronson

HALF DAY, Fri. Mar.29, 1-5pm CLASS 105

 

Join Shari in felting a lovely vessel or basket that will prove to be a special gift for a favourite person or a decorative item for your home.  This class is suitable for beginners as well as more advanced felters.  We will learn how to lay out roving in a cross hatch pattern using various felting techniques and a resist to create a three dimensional vessel in your choice of colours. You will also go home with your own felting kit.  You can bring along a piece of driftwood to be used as a handle if you choose.   A small supply list of a few items will be sent to you upon registration (eg, towels, scissors....). 

 

SKILL: beginner, ability to perform felting rolling actions by hand

 

EQUIPMENT: Two large bath towels, plastic water bottle with holes punched in the lid or a watering can to sprinkle water with, a bar of hand soap, synthetic bath scrubber or plastic bag to scrub with, a sponge or cloth to wipe up water, large cookie sheet or rubber rug mat with sides to work on, extra plastic bags to stuff into the vase to dry and plastic bags to bring stuff home in, dishpan and/or ice cream bucket, scissors, and if you want a handle - a piece of driftwood around 8-10” long around 1” in diameter.

MATERIAL COST: $30 (payable to instructor in cash)

 

FELTED FLOWER, Shari Bronson

HALF DAY, Sat. Mar.30, 1-5pm CLASS 106

 

In this class you will learn various methods of laying out fibres and using a resist to create two different types of felted flowers.  These flowers are a fun addition to jackets, hats and handbags and are a great beginner’s project. 

 

SKILL: beginner, ability to perform felting rolling actions by hand

 

EQUIPMENT: An old towel and sponge or cloth to wipe up water. An old cookie sheet or rug mat to work on, bar of soap. Something to use for sprinkling water, eg. ball browser, water bottle with holes in the cap, or small sprinkling watering can. A plastic bag or bath shower scrunchie to felt with. A small ice cream bucket or container to put water in.

 

MATERIAL COST: $10 (payable to instructor in cash)

 

 

PUNCH NEEDLE

 

INTRODUCTION TO MODERN PUNCH NEEDLE, Sahm Jalbert

HALF DAY, Fri. Mar.29, 1-5pm CLASS 107  

 

This class is for the fibre-focused maker who would like to learn about the background and technique of needle punch or feel they might like to go further in the craft.  In this class, students create a sampler using an abstract design.  Sahm will provide a complete kit called "Textures" that includes everything students need for the project including an Oxford Punch Needle tool, widely regarded as the best punch needle being made today. 

 

The class starts with background information on punch needle, how it's been used traditionally and on how modern makers are translating the skill. We talk about the four essential tools and how they work together, focusing on how the stitches "stay in". We quickly get started on the project and Sahm will guide students through the four 'rules' - the techniques that ensure success and can be used as a troubleshooting checklist for future projects. During this time, we explore why some stitches are suitable for hard-wearing practical items like rugs and pillows, while others are suitable only for decorative wall hangings. Students are free to pick and choose what techniques they use and how they arrange their samplers.

 

SKILLS: beginner

 

EQUIPMENT: provided by instructor

 

MATERIAL COST: $80 (payable to instructor in cash) for complete kit

 

RUG HOOKING

 

BEGINNER RUG HOOKING, Heidi Grevstad

FULL DAY, Fri. Mar. 29, 9:30-5pm CLASS 203

 

Spend the day learning the basics of rug hooking. We'll cover equipment needs and the basic rug hooking stitch. You will begin our project in class and leave with everything you need to know to complete the project. 

 

SKILLS: beginner

 

EQUIPMENT: provided by instructor

 

MATERIAL COST: $30 (payable to instructor in cash) for class kit

 

KNITTING and CROCHET

 

THRUMMED MITTENS, Venessa Bentley

2 x HALF DAY, Fri/Sat, Mar 29/30, 8:30-12:30pm CLASS 204

 

These fluffy puffy mittens are a Newfoundland staple that will keep your hands toasty warm. During this two session program over two mornings, students will work through all the steps needed to complete a pair of mittens, ready to wear. During Class One, we will measure our swatches, choose the appropriate needle size, cast on and begin working a ribbed cuff. We’ll learn to make the thrums from our fleece; learn the technique of knitting the thrums into the mitten; and work up to the base of the thumb. Students will continue working, casting on and knitting the second mitten during and between classes, to get both mittens to the same place for Class Two if they wish. Students will also be asked to prepare their thrums to be ready for Class Two.

 

During Class Two, we will set the thumb stitches aside, work the hand of the mitten, discuss making length adjustments for a good fit, and learn the shaping techniques for the top of the mitten. We will rejoin the yarn at the thumb and work the thumb.

 

SKILLS: understanding and comfort working small circumference in the round, on double pointed needles, or on circular needles

 

EQUIPMENT: 100 gms of Briggs and Little Heritage, wound into balls/cakes. Approximately 60 gms of carded fleece or roving in any colour you like that will give you a high contrast pop of colour. Email Brenda at info@penelopefibrearts.com to purchase your mitten kit.

 

Two sets (for two mittens being worked at the same time) of 4 mm wooden double pointed needles, or the size you need to obtain a gauge of 18 stitches per inch in thrummed fabric. Please bring needles smaller and larger to our first class along with your swatch, in case you need to adjust your needle size. If you prefer to work with a wooden circular needle please bring those along. We’ll do the measuring and adjusting in class.

 

The free pattern will be provided for you in a booklet of notes. Before the first class, please knit a swatch of 30 stitches, 2 inches long, on 4 mm needles. Cast off, soak in warm water and Eucalan or a gentle shampoo, squeeze gently and roll in a towel. Then pin out flat on your blocking or ironing board to dry. We’ll measure it together in our first class. Please contact Venessa directly if you have any questions about the preparation for this program. workinghandsfibrearts@gmail.com

 

MATERIAL COST: $0

 

TUBULAR ON, TUBULAR OFF, Venessa Bentley

HALF DAY, Fri Mar 29, 1-5pm CLASS 111 (Buy Now button to right of Half Day)

 

The Tubular Cast On or Cast Off is not always a choice that knitters make, even when the pattern suggests it. Often there are more suitable, or at least equally effective cast on or cast off methods that take less time. Sometimes though, tubular is exactly right and very worth the time.

 

In this half-day hands-on workshop Venessa will share the method she uses to create a tubular cast on that she can count on; a way to create a beautiful rounded, flexible and neat edge for a 1 x 1 ribbed fabric without a lot of drama and waste. Venessa will also demonstrate how to adjust this cast on to work a 2 x 2 ribbed fabric. Students will knit for a bit, then Venessa will share her go-to tubular cast off method for a 1 x 1 ribbed fabric, making adjustments for a 2 x 2 ribbed fabric if needed. You will work your pieces flat in class, but there will be discussion about how to work the same techniques in the round.

 

SKILL: intermediate

 

EQUIPMENT: Worsted weight wool yarn in a medium to light colour - small balls of leftovers are fine for this, but please bring a well-spun smooth wool. A 3.5 mm and a 4 mm needle (wood if you have them) - your favourite type of needles for working flat pieces.

 

If you’d like to give working in the round a try as well, please bring along your wooden circular needles in the same sizes, in your preferred length for working small circumferences. a wool darning needle - large eye and blunt tip You will receive a booklet of notes that describes the learning we will do in class. Workinghandsfibrearts@gmail.com

 

MATERIAL COST: $0

 

 

INTRO TO COMBO KNITTING, Ponnie Matin Pelchat,

HALF DAY, Fri. Mar.29, 1-5pm CLASS 108

 

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 we can set our self up for even faster knitting by achieving the results of a ssk without having to slip anything.

 

SKILL: cast on, knit, purl, willingness to learn a new style

 

EQUIPMENT: please bring yarn and needles in the size you are most comfortable using, for example, 5 mm needles and a light coloured worsted weight yarn.

 

MATERIAL COST: $0

 

TUNISIAN CROCHET, Ponnie Matin Pelchat

HALF DAY, NEW section added: Sat. Mar. 30, 8:30-12pm CLASS 109 (Sat, 1pm-5pm class *FULL*)

 

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 stich. Its basic stitch looks like weaving. You will leave this class hooked!

 

SKILL: basic crochet chain stitches an asset, however absolute beginners welcome

 

EQUIPMENT: Tunisian crochet hook, please bring your own yarn to match the size of your hook. Hooks available to purchase from instructor if required.

 

MATERIAL COST: $25 (payable in cash to instructor), for hook if required

GRANNY SQUARES, Sarah Garland

HALF DAY, Sat. Mar.30, 8:30-12pm CLASS 110

This class will teach you how to make the ever popular and versatile Granny Square. Once the pattern is learned the sky's the limit. A pattern for the sachet to hold lavender or other botanicals (picutred at left) is included in the class and can be completed if the two granny squares are made within the class. This class uses ch-chain, slst-slip stich, sc-single crochet, dc-double crochet, p-picot.

SKILL: must have beginner crochet skills, slip stitch, chain, single and double crochet. 

EQUIPMENT: please bring a smooth, light coloured yarn (pictured is Sandnes Mandarain Petit and Drops Muskat), Sport or DK and matching hook.

MATERIAL COST: $0

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