2019 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. 

New this year: any materials fees for a class are included in the amount paid when you register for a course. In the past we collected the materials fee on the day of the class but we are simplifying the process this year.

Registration tip: after “submit” the form, the payment information will appear.

Workshop participants are admitted free of charge to the Festival.

Once you have your workshop schedule sorted out do you have a few hours to volunteer at the Festival? Remember to leave lot of time to browse the vendor market!

Questions? Email: info@manitobafibrefestival.com

Link to Instructor Bios 


REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN

 

FRIDAY CLASSES


SEWING INFANT MOCCASINS
Instructor: Cynthia Boehm

In this class you will make a pair of infant wraparound moccasins using handstitching techniques on hide. Cynthia provides everything you need for this project, including the pattern, hide, glover needles, and sinew. She will share the traditional skills of moccasin making that are part of her Cree heritage.

Friday September 13
9:30 am – 2:30 pm     5 
hours
Registration  fee: $80   (includes materials)                  
SOLD OUT

 


WOVEN JEWELLERY
Instructor: Teyana Neufeld

In this fun and exploratory workshop, we will learn a series of tapestry techniques using a variety of fibres (mohair, wool, cotton etc) to create Tiny Tapestries that can be used as stunning adornments. Time and materials will allow participants to create a pendant and earring set.   All supplies provided including yarn, frame looms, jewellery supplies (earring wires, jump rings, beads, chain, etc), hand-out

Friday September 13
10:00 am – 1:00 pm     
3 hours
Registration Fee: $60    (includes materials)                   
REGISTER

 


USING RECYCLED MATERIALS TO MAKE YARN: for knitting, crochet, weaving and more
Instructor: Joanne Seiff

Explore ways to use old cotton bedsheets, yarn leftovers, and roving to make something useful! Participants will get tips for how to rip or prepare things for making, advice for re-use, and a start on a handknit basket or crocheted seat cushion.

Please bring along a pair of scissors, a variety of knitting needles or crochet hooks (bigger sizes are better) and something you’d like to recycle: a cotton bedsheet, odds and ends yarn leftovers, a knit or crocheted garment, or roving.  We’ll use our class as a lab to explore the options you bring!

Friday September 13
11:00 am – 1:00 pm    2 
hours
Registration fee: $30                                       REGISTER

 


CARD WEAVING
Instructor: Teyana Neufeld

A repeat of this popular class from last year!  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! All materials provided, including precut squares,  cotton yarn warps (precut) and detailed handouts.

Friday September 13
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm     
3 hours
Registration  Fee: $60   (includes materials)                   
SOLD OUT!          



NATURAL  DYEING
Instructor: Tamara Klassen

In this workshop we will walk through the process of naturally dyeing yarn and textiles with a focus on dye plants that are locally available in Southern Manitoba.  We will discuss proper fibre preparation and mordanting techniques, steps to making a dye bath, colour modification, as well as which plants work well as dyes (and which don’t!)  You will go home with a variety of naturally dyed fibre samples and tons of information that you can apply to your own projects.

Friday September 13
2:00 – 4:30 pm     2.5 
hours
Registration  fee: $45      (includes materials)                   SOLD OUT!  — waiting list full

 


GNO FUN LIKE GNOME FUN
Instructor: Sarah Schira

Knit a little gnome and learn all sorts of tricks including 2-colour i-cord, bobble noses, stuffing toys, and more.

Supplies students should bring: DPN needles (preferably shorter than 8”) for firmly working worsted weight yarn – 2 sizes smaller than you would use for a sweater, yarn needle.    Required skills: students should be familiar with knitting in the round. Instructions will be given for knitting with DPNs but students who are familiar with magic loop or knitting on 2 circular needles can adapt the pattern to knit as they prefer.

Friday September 13
2:00 – 5:00 pm     3 
hour
Registration  fee: $45  (includes pattern, yarn and stuffing)         REGISTER

 


FLEECE TO FINISH
Instructor: Susie Gourlay

Are you interested in learning more about wool fleeces and how to choose a fleece at an auction or wool show?  In this workshop I will take the fear out of buying and processing fleeces. We will discuss what to look for in a fleece and what to avoid as well as how to read the information on a judging card. We will look at 3 different wool breeds and discuss how to choose a fleece with an end use in mind. I will also talk about storing, washing and processing a fleece by hand using carders, and combs. This is a hands on class, so please bring an apron to protect your clothes.

Friday September 13
6:00 – 8:30 pm       
2.5 hours
Registration fee:  $25                             SOLD OUT

 



A STITCH IN TIME
Instructor: Lori Frejek

The whys and wherefores of darning hand-knit socks.  Participants will learn the ins and outs of darning socks so that they are still comfortable to wear. We will cover what to do with large holes, small holes, and pre-holes. Each student will receive a darning egg with two needles.

Friday September 13
6:00 – 7:00 pm     1 
hour
Registration  fee: $50  (includes materials)                REGISTER

 


CHOOSING COLOURS 
Instructor: Sarah Schira

Learn how to choose yarns so that you love the finished object – from understanding the mood and look you crave to experimenting with colours so that you can mix and match with confidence for single-colour and multi-colour projects. Students will leave with an arsenal of techniques to test colour combinations before they even start a swatch. For knitters and crocheters.

Supplies students should bring: cell phone/digital camera (something with a black and white filter) and 5-10 different colours of yarn, any weight, about 5g or a pingpong ball-sized amount. Note: You will be placing these in a communal pile for all students to use during the colour play portion of our class. You can retrieve the yarns afterwards if you wish. Optional: bring photos of: your favourite outfit, your favourite finished project, and/or a project you want to choose yarn for.

Friday September 13
6:00 – 8:00 pm     2
 hours
Registration fee: $25                           REGISTER

 



SATURDAY CLASSES 


RIBBON BOOK
Instructor: Janet Carroll

In this workshop we’ll sew pages onto ribbons to make classy journals, 8 1/4″ x 6″, covering them with handmade cotton-fibre paper.  No bookbinding experience necessary. All supplies provided, including pages, cover papers, thread and embellishments. Participants are welcome to bring special beads, buttons, yarns or handwoven tapes to incorporate into their books.

Saturday September 14
9:30 am – 12:30 pm     3 
hours
Registration fee:  $45   (includes materials)         
 SOLD OUT

 


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. Students will take home a drop spindle and 4 oz of fibre. 

Saturday September 14
9:30 am – 12:30 noon    
3 hours
Registration  fee: $50   (includes materials)        SOLD OUT  — waiting list full

 



SASHIKO HAND STITCHING
Instructor: Tamara Klassen

Join us for this workshop to learn how the simple running stitch can transform a piece of cloth into a work of art.  We will explore the craft of Sashiko, a style of hand stitching used by the Japanese for hundreds of years to strengthen and decorate cloth using beautiful geometric patterns.  In this workshop we’ll discuss the history of Sashiko, learn the unique stitching technique and walk through the process of creating eye catching patterns.  You’ll leave with pieces that can be framed as textile art, integrated into visible mending or turned into small sewing projects.

Each student will receive a sashiko tool kit that is theirs to take home. No sewing experience is required, stitchers of all levels will enjoy this workshop.

Saturday September 14
9:30 am – 12:00 pm     2 1/2 
 hours
Registration  fee: $50   (includes materials)                 
 SOLD OUT !   –  waiting list full

 


TWO-NEEDLE METIS BEADING
Instructor: Jennine Krauchi

This class begins with a brief history of traditional Metis beadwork and why the Metis were and are called the Flower Beadwork People. Then students will learn the hands-on techniques of beading with internationally renowned clothing designer and beader Jennine Krauchi. Focusing on the Métis style beading, participants will come away from the workshop with an appreciation of the beading as both historical evidence and wearable art, and with their own small beading project. Jennine will supply all the necessary materials as well as having a collection of historical pieces available for viewing.

Saturday September 14
9:30 am – 12:30 noon    
3 hours
Registration  fee: $40   (includes materials)                SOLD OUT!   –  waiting list full

 


BEGINNER EMBROIDERY
Instructor: Angie Blahey

In this class you will learn five stitches, embroidery basics, how to finish a hoop and hang for display.  Students will be given a full embroidery kit that includes step by step instructions for a flowering cactus in a pot and have your choice of caption. .

Saturday September 14
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm     2 
hours
Registration  fee: $50   (includes materials)         
 SOLD OUT !

 


CROCHETED MITTENS
Instructor: Pauline Knockaert

Participants will learn to make a simple pair of mittens in single crochet. The pattern provided makes 3 sizes of mittens: child, women and men. The mittens can be solid colour or striped.

Students please bring: about 300 yards worsted weight yarn in the colour(s) of your choice: 5.5 mm crochet hook

You should have some basic beginner knowledge of crochet to enjoy this class.

Saturday September 14
1:00 – 4:00 pm     
3 hours
Registration fee: $30                          REGISTER

 


IDEAS NOTEBOOK
Instructor: Janet Carroll

Need a place to record knitting ideas? Come make this handy notebook, 5 1/2″ x 4,” by sewing pages into a cover of handmade cotton fibre paper. Feel free to bring special beads, buttons or threads to embellish your notebook. No bookbinding experience necessary. All supplies provided.

Saturday September 14
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm   
 2 hours
Registration fee: $40  (includes materials)             REGISTER

 



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