“An excellent experience” for everyone. So we will do it again!

We’ve had time to do our accounting and look through the workshop evaluations and the closing comment “An excellent experience” on one evaluation form seems to neatly sum up the first Cowichan Hand to Hand Fibre Arts Workshops Weekend. From the first session on Saturday morning to the last on Sunday afternoon people say they found the workshops inspiring and enjoyable, which is just as well given that some travelled from as far as Campbell River! The success of this weekend is more proof (if any was needed) that many talented and creative people live and share their skills here on Vancouver Island.

As a result we’re very pleased to say that there will be another Cowichan Hand to Hand Fibre Arts Workshops Weekend from 26–28 April 2019 at the same venue, the Cowichan Exhibition Park. Several attendees asked for full-day workshops (and we’d like to offer a wider range of topics) so we’ve decided the weekend should start early and added Friday. We’re also thinking of offering some evening sessions for people who can’t come during the day. Please let us know in the comments whether that would be useful for you.

We’re hoping to repeat some of the workshops next year (‘Spinning for Beginners’ was so popular this year that we had to add a session!) as well as introduce new topics. Let us know if there’s anything you’d like to see as a workshop – and we hope to see you next April at CowEx. We’ll let you know what we’re planning via the blog, too.

I just wish I had more photos to show you how much fun we had! 


The Tzouhalem Spinners and Weavers Guild plants a seed this April …

We hope it will take root and grow into an opportunity for those interested in the fibre arts to build on what they know as well as explore something new.

The first annual Cowichan Hand to Hand Fibre Arts Workshops Weekend will be held on 21-22 April at the Cowichan Exhibition Park just north of Duncan on Vancouver Island.  Inspired by the Annemor Sundbø quote “… and pass the thread from hand to hand …” (Invisible threads in Knitting, 2007), we’re offering 10 half-day workshops for a variety of fibre-related topics: spinning, felting, weaving, crochet, basketry, needlepoint lace and kumihimo.  Some of the sessions are suitable for beginners, others require some previous experience.

General information about the Workshops Weekend and the registration form with detailed information about each workshop can be downloaded as PDFs from the links below. To ensure the best experience for both students and instructors, class sizes are limited.  Please register early, the deadline is April 6.

H2H Workshops Weekend general information H2HWorkshopsFINAL

H2H Workshops Weekend Registration form H2HRegistrationFINAL

We hope to post more information here on the blog about the individual courses and the techniques they’ll be covering, too.

Come and have fun learning new fibre arts skills this April in the heart of the Cowichan Valley!

The Cowichan Exhibition Park is 5km north of Duncan on the Trans-Canada Highway.
You’ll need to bring a packed lunch, water bottle and whatever you need to make yourself hot drink if you want one; there is a microwave and kettle in each classroom.