2017 Workshops

Another year of sharing skills and inspiration at the Manitoba Fibre Festival!
Friday September 15 and Saturday September 16
Please note that the market is open on Friday from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, and on Saturday from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Registration is now open. If a class is sold out, please email us to go on a waiting list.

If the Manitoba Fibre Festival cancels a class for any reason, a full refund will be given. If a registered student withdraws from a class by September 1, the registration fee will be refunded less a $5 administration fee.

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Workshop participants are admitted free of charge to the Festival.

Questions? Email: info@manitobafibrefestival.com

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FRIDAY CLASSES


WILD ABOUT COLOUR 1.0:  Colour Basics and Spinning Hand Painted Braids
Instructor: Diana Twiss

Do you have braids of hand painted top in your stash that you are afraid to spin? 
Or have you spun up a hand painted braid but then were disappointed with the yarn because the colours blended in a way you didn’t want, striped where you didn’t want stripes, pooled where you didn’t want pooling and it ended up muted?Learn how to make a series of decisions that will help you get the yarn and effect you want from the colours in your painted braids. In this full-day workshop you will learn some basic and advanced techniques for working with hand painted top. Colour theory will be discussed and practically applied throughout the day.
We will start with basic 2-ply techniques and move into the wondrous world of fractal spinning. After making several fractal samples, you will be introduced to combination plying, combination drafting and also learn how to make ombre yarn. Along the way you will learn and practice skills such as hand carding and Navajo plying. At the end of this workshop you will be wild about colour and never again hesitant about working with hand painted top.
Friday September 15
9:30 am – 4:30 pm with a lunch break
Registration fee: $70
Materials fee: $40 includes: Sections of hand painted top for making samples (6 x 10-15g), 
Corriedale roving in 12 different colours, Small ziplock bags and labels for extra fibre, Colour wheel handout, Handouts

SOLD OUT  Please email info@manitobafibrefestival.com to be put on the waiting list

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PRAIRIE BASKETRY
Instructor: Laura Reeves

Making baskets is not only relaxing, but extremely rewarding. Make your very own beautiful and functional basket using a variety of local natural materials, including cattails, bulrushes and others. We will use a twining style of weave to transform seemingly weak resources into sturdy baskets!  Harvesting and preparation techniques for the various materials will be explained.
Students please bring: scissors, large towel (to keep reeds soaked), snack, notebook and pen, camera

Friday September 15

9:00 am  – 1:00 pm    
4 hours
Registration fee: $40

Materials fee: $10
(payable to instructor)  Includes all basketry materials.

SOLD OUT  Please email info@manitobafibrefestival.com to be put on the waiting list


CREATIVE HAND EMBROIDERY SAMPLER PROJECT
Instructor: Monika Kinner-Whalen

This is a good class for all levels; perfect for beginners.  A selection of traditional embroidery stitches will be taught. Participants will stitch on felt, experimenting with a variety of yarn in varying weights and colour combinations.  The resulting project will create hoop art in patterns and layers that can be used as a mug rug or wall art.  The stitches taught can be carried forward to embellish mittens, scarves, bags, and other clothing with yarns of any weight. Use of colour wheel theory and some needle felting will also be utilized in this class.

Friday September 15

12:00 noon – 4:00 pm    
4 hours
Registration fee: $40

Materials fee: $15  (payable to instructor) Includes all materials needed for this project.

SOLD OUT  Please email info@manitobafibrefestival.com to be put on the waiting list


PAINTING WITH FLEECE
Instructor: Linda Glowacki

Explore texture, colour and design in a whole new way through the art of needlefelting. The technique is simple – strands of coloured fleece are applied to a woollen fabric background using a special barbed needle – but the possibilities are endless. Linda will provide a choice of designs as inspiration for the picture you will create in this class.
Your new skills can be used to decorate clothing and accessories, to embellish quilts, and to create your own unique fibre art. The fleece provided is from the Leafhaven backyard flock of purebred Shetland sheep,in a range of natural and hand-dyed colours.
Friday September 15

1:30 pm – 4:30 pm     
3 hours
Registration fee: $30

Materials fee: $15   (payable to instructor) Includes all materials

SOLD OUT

SECOND SESSION ADDED!

Saturday September 16
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm     3 hours
Registration fee: $30
Materials fee: $15   (payable to instructor) Includes all materials

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FLEECE TO FINISH
Instructor: Susie Gourlay

In this class you will learn how to choose a fleece with an end project in mind.  We will go over the judging card to see what the judge is looking for in a fleece and what the different wool classes entail.  Methods of storing and washing will be discussed as well as different ways to process fleeces.  This is a hands on class and will involve a few example fleeces to gain greater insight.  Bring a fleece if you have questions! Please bring an apron to protect your clothes.

Friday September 15

2:00 – 4:30 pm       
2 1/2 hours
Registration fee:  $25

No materials fee

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RAINBOW POT DYEING
Instructor: Cathy Merkley

A fun introduction to dyeing your own yarn. The rainbow pot technique produces multiple colours on the yarn at the same time. Students please bring: rubber gloves, apron or oversize shirt that can manage an accidental spot of dye on it, a towel and a plastic bag to take the wet yarn home.

Friday September 15

This class runs twice on Friday night:

Session 1: 5:00 – 6:30 pm      
1 1/2 hours
Registration fee: $15

Materials fee:  $25 (payable to instructor) includes two 100g skeins of 70% alpaca/30% merino lopi yarn and all the dye supplies.
 SESSION 1 SOLD OUT  Email info@manitobafibrefestival.com to go on the waiting list

Session 2: 7:00 – 8:30 pm      1 1/2  hours
Registration fee: $15

Materials fee: $25 (payable to instructor) includes two 100g skeins of 70% alpaca/30% merino lopi yarn and all the dye supplies.

 SESSION 2 SOLD OUT  Email info@manitobafibrefestival.com to go on the waiting list


SATURDAY CLASSES 


BOTANICAL WEAVING
Instructor: Morag Schonken

In this workshop students will construct their own 2D or 3D loom out of branches and roots. Using natural yarns, grass, sticks, milkweed fiber, and other botanical matter students will learn the basics of weaving and how to work with non-traditional materials. Depending on where your imagination and nature takes you the end result could be a wall hanging or garden sculpture. 
Students should bring: any yarn that you have and think you might want to use; any botanical matter that speaks to you and is sustainably collected; your imagination
Saturday September 16

9:00 am – noon      
3 hours
Registration fee: $30

Materials fee: $35 (payable to instructor)  includes: sticks and yarn for loom construction, yarn, botanical matter, handoutsIMG_0086 (1)

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MENDING AND DARNING
Instructor: Anna-Marie Janzen

Join Anna-Marie Janzen of Reclaim Mending and learn some new mending skills. We will cover some basic sewing stitches vital for mending projects, as well as how to patch clothes (including knits), mend tears, and darn your socks! We will also cover how to do art mending – because why hide your beautiful handiwork? 
Students should bring (if possible): anything that needs mending (small tears, holes in jeans, knit holes); fabric and/or thread scissors.
Saturday September 16

9:00 am – noon    
3 hours
Registration fee: $30

Materials fee: $5 (payable to instructor)  includes: needles, thread, patching materials, patching yarn/thread, hand-outs

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HANDSPINNING WITH A DROP SPINDLE
Instructor: Susie Gourlay

Ever wanted to learn how to make yarn by hand?  In this class you will learn the time honoured tradition of spindling.  We will be using a top whorl spindle to learn how to create your own leader, manage twist, understand the drafting zone and draft continuously, build a cop and prepare your spun singles for plying. We will also discuss spindle types, fibre preparations, and finishing techniques.  Perfect for beginners.

Saturday September 16

9:00 am – 12:00 noon    
3 hours
Registration fee: $30

Material fee: $20 (payable to instructor) includes drop spindle and 4 oz of fibre

SOLD OUT  Please email info@manitobafibrefestival.com to be put on the waiting list


SLOW STITCH: CONTEMPLATIVE TEXTILE ART
Instructor: Ev Ward de Roo

Through thoughtful simple techniques based on traditional practice, reusing and reinventing materials, and limiting equipment you will experience a sense of satisfaction and aliveness that only the process of doing can bring. A less-is-more approach to hand-stitching produces textile art that is more personal and meaningful.
Students please bring: scissors, needle case, thimble (optional), any old woven fabric such as table linens, tea towel, or handkerchief (optional), pearl cotton, embroidery floss or linen thread (optional). 
No embroidery experience necessary.
Saturday September 16

9:00 am – 12:00 noon    
3 hours
Registration fee: $30

Materials fee: $15 (payable to instructor)

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KNITTING WITH HANDSPUN YARN
Instructor: Diana Twiss

So you have these amazing skeins of hand spun in your stash. Now what do you do with them? Are you afraid to work with them for fear of choosing the wrong project, running out of the yarn or having some other unforeseen disaster? Hand spun yarn is unique and often quite lovely. Knit into an item it can be the pinnacle of a hand knit object. But it is not without its challenges.
What information do we need to make decisions about how to work with it? In this workshop you will assess and make samples with a variety of hand spun skeins and examine the elements you need to think about when you make decisions about how to work with this unique yarn. You will come away from this workshop with confidence on how to proceed on a project using hand spun yarn. The adventure begins.
Students please bring: a
ssorted sizes of knitting needles (3mm, 4mm, 5mm, 6mm), knitting needle gauge, measuring tape, minimum two hand spun skeins varying sizes
Level of experience required:  Must have some basic knitting skills.

Saturday September 16

9:00 am – 12:00 noon     
3 hours
Registration fee: $35

Materials fee: none

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HAND CARDERS: A Spinner’s Best Friend
Instructor: Diana Twiss

Hand carders are often the first fibre preparation tools spinners buy and use. They are the true workhorses of the fibre prep tools. They are simple, relatively affordable, and easy to use tools. But do you know the full range of things your hand carders can do for you? Join me in this class to learn how to: 
make bouncy rolags from unprocessed fibre; combine fibres with wool (such as alpaca and silks); blend colours to make original colourways; add texture to your rolags; spin with these preparations. Along the way you will learn sound ergonomic practices so you can hand card all day without hurting yourself. And you will want to; it’s that much fun!
Supplies and equipment that spinners need to bring to class: 
Hand carders (approximately 72 or 108 TPI); Spinning wheel in excellent working order along with lazy kate and bobbins; or spindles so we can do some sampling. Optional: fibres you want tips on learning how to hand card
Level of experience required: Can be an absolute beginner with hand carders and yet be able to spin a continuous thread on a spindle or wheel.

Saturday September 16

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm     
3 hours
Registration fee: $35

Materials fee: $15

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KNOTTY BY NATURE: BEGINNING MACRAME
Instructor: Ev Ward de Roo

Get your ‘hippy’ on. By learning the basics of vintage macrame or creative knotting, you will take away a lovely small wall hanging. Teenagers welcome!

Saturday September 16

1:00 – 3:30 pm     
2 1/2 hours
Registration fee: $25

Materials fee: $15 (payable to instructor) includes everything needed for this project

SOLD OUT  Please email info@manitobafibrefestival.com to be put on the waiting list


LACE ENHANCEMENTS – A TRILOGY OF TECHNIQUES
Instructor: Mandy Furney

Have you ever thought to yourself “this lace is lovely, but it could be better.”? 
(Me neither. Lace is glorious.) Sometimes we want a little extra flair; I can share with you some beautiful enhancements for your lace knitting and the ‘tricks’ for working them.  We will work a small sampler that starts with flowering multi-stitches (creating 7 stitches from 5, for example). Next I will share my favourite enhancement that adds texture to lace. It rhymes with soups.  NUPPS.  I know more than one trick to help you create the noble nupp that will leave your friends in awe of your skills. Perhaps nupps are not shiny enough for you.  If so, I have one more enhancement up my sleeve: BEADS. Beads are a wonderful addition to any knit project – I use them on everything from lace- to aran-weight projects.  They come in a wide array of colours and sizes. I can show you the basics of what to look for when choosing your beads, how to place them, and the many tools available.LaceEnhancements_2
Students please bring: your favourite 3.5mm – 3.75mm (US 4 or 5) needles or borrow a pair (of straight needles).

Prerequisite: You must have some experience knitting lace, even if it is the simplest of mesh lace. You need to be comfortable working yarn overs and decreases. This is not a beginner lace class.

Saturday September 16

1:00 – 3:00 pm     
2 hours
Registration fee: $20

Materials fee: $5 includes yarn, beads, and beading tools.

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INTRODUCTION TO INDIGO
Instructor: ash alberg

Dyeing with indigo is a unique and fascinating process. Students will learn the basics of how to set up an indigo dye vat using powdered natural indigo. Each student will dye a set of cotton napkins using a variety of shibori stitching and block resist techniques. Students should bring: clothes you are comfortable getting messy in (including footwear), an apron.

Saturday September 16

1:30 – 3:00 pm     
90 minutes
Registration fee: $15

Materials fee: $25
includes 4 organic cotton napkins and all dye materials

SOLD OUT  Please email info@manitobafibrefestival.com to be put on the waiting list


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