2018 Workshops

All workshops take place at Red River Exhibition Place, in the same building as our market and displays. Please note that the market is only open on Friday from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, and on Saturday from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. 

If the Manitoba Fibre Festival cancels a class for any reason such as instructor illness or low enrolment, 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. After September 1 no refunds will be issued. 

Workshop participants are admitted free of charge to the Festival.

Questions? Email: info@manitobafibrefestival.com

Link to Instructor Bios 


WOOL JUDGING CERTIFICATION COURSE
Level 1 Wed – Thurs, September 12 – 13,

Level 2 Thurs – Friday, September 13 – 14

FRIDAY CLASSES


WILD WEAVING
Instructor: Teyana Neufeld

In this workshop students will construct their own  loom out of branches and roots. Using natural fibre yarns, grasses, sticks, bits of plant material and other found items students will learn the basics of weaving and how to work with non-traditional materials. Let the materials spark your imagination to create a unique piece of textured, multi-dimensional art for your home or garden. 
Students should bring: yarn or twine if possible; sustainably collected botanical matter (windfall, garden prunings)
Friday September 14

9:30 am – 12:30 pm     
3 hours
Registration fee: $30

Materials fee: $25 (payable to instructor)  includes: sticks and yarn for loom construction, yarn and botanical materials for weaving


THE TEXTURED SPIN 
Instructor: Sarah Elizabeth

Using hand carders, farm fresh fluff and fabulous add-ins from sari silk to fabric participants will experiment with textured spinning from prep to singles and plying. Emphasis will be placed on working with a flexible drafting zone and multiple staple length fibres in one batt. Participants will explore spinning fine to bulky textured yarns. 

Students to bring:  Spinning wheel, orifice hook, anything required for spinning wheel maintenance, also hand carders and  flickers if possible. The instructor will have some on hand for student use.

Friday September 14
10:00 am – 1:00 pm    3
 hours
Registration fee: $30

Materials fee: $30  (payable to instructor) Includes all materials needed for this project.


CARD WEAVING
Instructor: Teyana Neufeld

Card weaving is an ancient and widespread weaving method that uses cards to manipulate threads into deceptively complex pattern using a simple technique.  Card weaving produces sturdy ribbons or bands that can be used as bracelets, belts, guitar straps, handles or trim for garments. In this workshop, participants will learn how to make their own set of cards, thread the cards and weave a bracelet, including a button hole to finish. Careful! It’s habit forming!
Friday September 14

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

Materials fee: $25   (payable to instructor) Includes all materials: yarn, cardboard, buttons, handouts


CARDING ART BATTS
Instructor: Susan Sydor

Learn to create one of those beautiful batts of mixed fibres that can be used to spin unique art yarns, or in felting projects. Susan will talk about the mechanics of the drum carder, as well as the qualities and uses of different types of fibre. Students will each prepare a 2 ounce batt to take home.

Students to bring: drum carder if you have it; otherwise one will be provided.
Friday September 14

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm     2
 hours
Registration fee: $25

Materials fee: $15 (payable to instructor)  includes: an assortment of fibres, various yummy soft stuffs, locks, silks and sparkle

 


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 14

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

No materials fee


INTRODUCTION TO NATURAL  DYES
Instructor: Caitlin Ffrench

In this class you will learn how to prepare and naturally dye fibres. We will be working with cotton, silk, and wool fabrics and yarns to show how different dyes react to different fibres, and these skills can be transferred to working with roving and wool. We will be dyeing with both exotic and local dyestuffs and will produce a rainbow of colours! You will learn health and safety of handling natural dyes and mordants, as well as tips on wildcrafting from within your landbase. 

Each student will go away with a colour booklet explaining the process as well as over 20 naturally dyed 2”x2” squares of naturally dyed fabrics. Some of the samples will have been dyed beforehand in preparation for the class, and others will be dyed over the course of the class. No previous experience necessary.

Friday September 14
5:00 – 8:00 pm     3
 hours
Registration fee: $40

Materials fee:  $25 (payable to instructor)



SHIBORI TEA TOWELS
Instructor: Tamara Klassen

In this workshop, you will learn how to make indigo-dyed tea towels using Shibori, an ancient method of resist dyeing.  We will cover a variety of techniques of folding and binding cloth to create different patterns, as well as learn how to set up and dye with an indigo vat.  You will go home with three finished tea towels and the skills to dye many more pieces on your own. Tea towels are 100% cotton and are approximately 27” square.

Wear clothing you don’t mind getting dye on.  Students may bring a small pre-washed item of clothing or fabric made of a natural fibre (t-shirt or pillowcase for example) to dye in any extra indigo at the end of the class.

Friday September 14
5:00 – 8:00 pm     3
 hours
Registration fee: $35

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


SPINNING AND PLYING ON A DEALGAN
Instructor: Lori Frejek

Participants will learn to spin & ply on a dealgan (Scottish spindle), making a 25g mini skein of Corriedale yarn. Some spinning experience required.

Friday September 14
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm     1
 hour
Registration fee: $15

Materials fee: $20 (payable to instructor) 
Participants will receive a cedar Dealgan made by Home-Spun Tools, and 25g of Ashford Corriedale fibre. 

 


KNITTING MORE WITH LESS
Instructor: Mandy Furney

Knitting More With Less is not simply a mantra for saving money; it is also a wise choice for our environment.  In this workshop, environmentalist, thrifty, long-time knitter Mandy will discuss, demonstrate, and help you learn a variety of ways that you can knit more with less.  You’ll cover everything from frogging thrift store finds to mending holes to the most efficient and effective use of your existing stash.

Friday September 14
6:00 – 8:00 pm     2
 hours
Registration fee: $20

Materials fee:  $0 Practice supplies provided.

 



SATURDAY CLASSES 


BASIC WET FELTING
Instructor: Rosalind Sims

Each participant will create a take home piece approximately 12″ X 12 ” ( 30 cm X 30cm).   They will learn how to carefully lay out the raw wool from batts/rovings/top knots and add a variety of other natural & man made fibres and fabrics to create an individual piece which can be used in a variety of ways.  They will learn the process of felting/fulling/shocking and finishing with water and soap. Each participant will also go home with written instructions to assist in the creation of new pieces.

Students to bring: 2 ice cream pails, 2 foot square piece of bubble wrap(small bubbles); 1 hand towel; 1 bath towel; 2′ long piece of pool noodle; small pair of scissors; permanent marker; tape measure; empty squirt bottle (dish detergent bottle); garbage bag.

Saturday September 15
9:00 am – 1:30 pm    4.5 
hours
Registration fee: $45

Materials fee: $25 (payable to instructor)  includes: 
sheep wool batting/roving/top knot/locks and other fibres; woven wool fabric; silk fibre; and printed instructions.


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 15

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


INTRODUCTION TO SPRANG
Instructor: Carol James

Explore a low-tech method for producing very stretchy cloth. Sprang is an ancient technique, involving the manipulation of threads that are stretched around a frame. It recurs frequently in history as a method to create  a variety of elastic garments. No previous weaving experience is assumed in this class. Using a frame with ready-to-go warp, participants will receive an introduction to the basic interlinking and flat warp techniques. Emphasis is placed on the basic stitch, how to use your fingers to create the desired structure, error identification, correction, and avoidance. Participants will experience finishing methods as they convert this warp into a small drawstring bag or hat. Time permitting, they will receive assistance to set up and work on a second project.

Suitable for beginners to experienced fibre people. Must have good use of 2 hands. If you need glasses to read the newspaper, then bring them to class. All other materials provided by the instructor.

Saturday September 15
9:00 am – 4:00 pm   
 6 class hours with a 1 hour lunch break (noon – 1:00 pm)
Registration fee: $60

Materials fee: $50 (payable to instructor) includes a frame that you take home at the end of the day, as well as materials for at least 2 projects


PI SHAWL DESIGN
Instructor: Caitlin Ffrench

In this workshop you will learn how to design a circular shawl based on the Pi shawl theory pioneered by Elizabeth Zimmermann in her work ‘The Knitter’s Almanac’. You will learn the relationship between a circle’s circumference and its radius in simple terms that will help you understand how to design one on your own. We will go over various lace patterns that you can adapt into your work – and you will walk away with a variation on a Pi shawl that you wrote yourself and a knitted sample of a mini Pi shawl!

Students please bring:  100g bulky wool and a set of 6mm dpns

Saturday September 15
12:00 noon – 3:00 pm     
3 hours
Registration fee: $40

Materials fee: $5
(payable to instructor) for handouts


NEEDLEFELTED WOODLAND SCENE
Instructor: Sharon Gowryluk

Learn to sculpt wool into a playscape and also how to make a poseable forest gnome figure and a fox

Saturday September 15
1:00 – 4:00 pm     
3 hours
Registration fee: $30

Materials fee: $20 (payable to instructor) 
includes 2 felting needles, a foam pad, wooden base, embroidery threads and tapestry needles,  and several shades of wool.


CARE AND FEEDING OF WHEELS

Instructor: Lori Frejek

Participants will learn how to maintain their own wheel, to keep it functioning at peak performance: what to do and what not to do in caring for their wheels.  Lori will show a sampling of Antique Wheels, and explain the workings of  different drive systems, the benefits and draw-backs of Double-Drive, Scotch-Tension and Irish-Tension.  Students will also learn how to asses an antique wheel find, what it takes for a wheel to be a functional spinning wheel,  and what are deal-breakers or expensive fixes on an old wheel.

Students please bring: your spinning wheel and whatever supplies (if any) you are currently using on the maintenance of the wheel.

Saturday September 15
2:00 – 3:30 pm     1.5
 hours
Registration fee: $20

No materials fee



Link to Instructor Bios