Beware, this is a long post. I’ll post more detailed information about individual topics over the next couple of weeks.

One by One: An Introduction to Peyote Beading with Alison Irwin
$50 workshop + $10 supplies
Peyote beading is not a technique that can be hurried. Unlike cloth woven from warp and weft, here it’s created as the beads are picked up and stitched one by one and row upon row. Students will learn Even Count Peyote, stitching it initially as a flat piece and then ‘zippering’ the first and last rows together to form a tube. We’ll start with large plastic beads and large tapestry needles. The brick grid used for the pattern chart will also be enlarged so it’s easier to see where each bead belongs in the design. From there we’ll progress to size 6/0 beads and finally to size 11/0 beads. As the beads become smaller, the tapestry needles and nylon thread become finer! Students will receive a kit with beads, needles and thread.

Double the Fun: Working with Double-Coated Fleece with Sarah Wroot
$50 workshop + $15 supplies
A double- or dual-coat fleece including both long hair and finer wool is one of the standard indicators of a ‘primitive’ sheep breed such as the Karakul or Icelandic, while individuals of several other breeds may be more or less double-coated. The mix of fibres in a single fleece offers an enjoyable challenge to handspinners; join me and we’ll explore some of the ways we can process and spin these wonderful fibres. Topics covered include: the types of fibre present in a double-coated fleece (more than two!); methods of separating hair from wool, and possible uses for the fibres you process from the fleece.

Scrap Happy Recycling with Jean Betts
$50 workshop + $5 supplies
Tell your story with cloth and stitches. Using only a simple hand stitch and recycled materials, stitch layers of scraps and create a new cloth. This is recycling at its best. Finally find a use for that stash of small scraps, filled with memories and too precious to throw away! Make something as small as a patch for your jeans, a coin purse, a needle case or get “in the zone” and stitch a quilt. This is work you can carry with you and do anywhere. Make wonderful gifts or make a work of art to celebrate a birthday, wedding or new baby. Techniques are inspired by Japanese boro, Kantha stitching and Korean bojagi. Students should be able to complete a small patch which can be incorporated into a larger piece. I have a large collection of samples and books which will be available for ideas.

Plying for Pleasure with Liz Hammond-Kaarremaa
$50 workshop + $15 supplies
We often think of plying as, well, drudgery, something we must do to finish the yarn, but plying can be and should be a pleasure as well as a useful technique to be explored to create interesting yarns. This workshop will start at the beginning of ply techniques: getting a balanced ply; learning about your whorls, and then show you how to use different types of singles and dfferent tensions on the ply to create fancy yarns like thick and thin, slub yarns, and flame yarns.

Introduction to Tapestry with Linda Porte
$50 workshop + $15 supplies
The session will begin with a brief introduction and demonstration. Participants will create a sampler introducing them to various basic techniques and considerations when tapestry weaving while referencing a handout. These will provide a foundation to build their confidence, enabling them to go on to to create their own tapestry. There will be samples of finished work, a demonstration of how to warp a frame loom for tapestry, a discussion about suitable materials, and a list of further selected resources for participants to explore.

Basics of Yarn Construction for Spinners with Vanessa Bjerreskov
$50 workshop + $10 supplies
Have you ever had a great pattern and great yarn that just didn’t work well together, whether commercial yarn or your own handspun? Don’t worry, we all have! Yarn construction makes certain yarns suitable for certain end uses and completely unsuitable for others. This 3-hour class will teach spinners about six different aspects of yarn construction and how they affect what your yarn is – and isn’t – good for once it is spun. You will also experiment with spinning outside your default zone and learn to be more deliberate about your choices of fibre and spinning techniques.

Nålbinding Basics: One needle, much fabric with Linda Doerksen
$50 workshop + $22 supplies
Nålbinding (NAHL-bin-ding) is a single word for a technique of many variations. Known in ancient times, it has been used for creating fabrics that resemble knitting or crochet, but are not. Historically, it was commonly used for hats, caps, mitts, socks, and leggings. Now we make vests, jackets, blankets, and more, as well. Carry on the tradition, and be part of history! Use wool and a blunt needle to build your fabric, starting with the Oslo stitch in rounds and caterpillars. Learn the decreases and increases that allow you to create your garment or accessory on the fly. Students may choose to begin a bowl (using a round start), or a fingerless glove (caterpillar start). Manual dexterity, as if for crochet or knitting, is helpful, but not the ‘skills’ of crochet or knitting; this is a beginner level class.

Knitting: Creating Thrummed Accessories with Vanessa Bjerreskov)
$50 workshop + $10 supplies
Thrumming is a knitting technique from Newfoundland that incorporates pieces of unspun sheep’s wool into accessories like hats, mittens, or slippers to create a warm, soft lining. Thrummed socks and slippers are excellent indoor footwear for winters on the West Coast, and thrummed accessories make excellent gifts for people in less temperate climates. In this half-day class, you will knit a thrummed wrist-warmer to learn the basics of this technique, and be able to apply the concepts to any other accessory you desire.

Wheel Spinning for Beginners with Pat Montgomery
$50 Workshop + $5 supplies
Have you ever wondered what it would have like to have lived centuries ago? What would your home be like, what would you eat, how would you clothe yourself? Well, unless you were rich enough to buy yardage in the markets and have someone to sew all your clothing by hand, you would have had to make every piece of clothing for your family, as well as all your household linens. So … to begin with you had to know how to spin, and everyone knew how to spin as it was such an important survival skill. You had to spin, weave, and sew everything! Join us to learn this ancient skill which in our time has become an art form, a very enjoyable one. No prerequisite required, just practice patting your head and rubbing your tummy at the same time, and wear socks.

Pine Needle Basket with Vera Lohse
$50 workshop + $10 supplies
In this workshop you will learn how to stitch local pine needles onto a leather base and give your basket your own design in its shape. We will be using waxed cotton thread to learn the primary stitch. If time allows we will either make a lid or decorate the base. You get to be creative!

Neolithic Braid Basket with Debbie McClelland
$50 workshop + $5 supplies
Neolithic braid is a very versatile technique and basket projects are easy to take anywhere since they can be made using dry materials. Traditional baskets using this technique can be found in Spain using esparto grass, in France using willow, and in Burkina Faso using straw. In this workshop students will learn how to start a neolithic braid basket, then braid up the sides and finish with a rolled border.

Weave a Wonder with Gill Riordan
$50 workshop + $5 supplies
This workshop uses fabric from artisan waste. You may choose to work in neutrals or bright colours. The first thing to do is select your scraps and cut them into strips if you are weaving or rectangular shapes if you decide upon a pieced background. The difference will be clear from the class samples. The next step is to fasten your pieces to a base fabric with pins or Bondaweb as appropriate. Your base design is then completed with a variety of simple decorative stitches such as chain or herringbone, all of which will be demonstrated. Finally you will transfer the floral design of your choice to the completed background using one of the methods shown. Then all there is to do is backstitch over the lines of that plant. Stand back from your work and admire!