2022 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. 

Public health considerations: Class size will allow for reasonable spacing between students. To protect the health of participants, all students are required to wear a mask covering their nose and mouth during classes to limit the spread of air borne viruses. Thank you!

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 lots of time to browse the vendor market!

PAYMENT OPTIONS: There is no direct payment button on the registration forms . After you register, payment can be made by your method of choice: Paypal or e-transfer to info@manitobafibrefestival.com or cheque payable to Manitoba Fibre Festival, 441 Lariviere Street, Winnipeg, MB R2H 1A5. Please refer to the class name(s) when paying. Payment must be received to complete your registration.

Questions? Email: info@manitobafibrefestival.com

Friday September 9 Classes


MORDANT PAINTING AND PRINTING

Instructor: Francesca Carella ArfinengoFrancesca Carella Arfinengo is an emerging artist who works in textiles, text, photography and socially engaged modalities. Francesca grew up in Arequipa, Peru and identifies as a settler of mixed ancestry, and is grateful to live and work in Treaty 1 territory.

In this course, students will create a couple of bandana size samples using mordant painting and printing. We will use brushes and carved wooden blocks to create original designs and repeating patterns on a cotton bandana using natural dye processes. 

Participants will take their finished sample home, and the mordant pastes to continue learning. This class is open for people of all ages and experience in textiles. Join and experiment with this easy surface design process and the magic of natural dyeing! 

Francesca will provide all materials for the project. Students must bring: rubber gloves and apron. You can bring a 22” square simple design or a sketch for the project but this is not necessary.

Friday September 9
9:30 am- 2:00 pm       4 hours plus a break (bring food and drink)
Registration fee:  $
110

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LEARN TO SPIN ON A DROP SPINDLE

Instructor: Susie Gourlay – “I am a fibre artist and wool judge from Saskatchewan. I am a professional craftsperson, handspinner and designer with a focus on natural fibre.  The fibre arts communities in the prairies are growing at a boundless rate and sharing my experiences and knowledge with others is important to me.  Not only to keep the traditions of the past alive but also to help educate about the wonders of fibre, the wool industry and making new friends along the way. Some of my work has been seen on the runway at Sask Fashion Week, in galleries and shops throughout the prairies and in magazines as far away as the UK.” @knitnatural @woollywitch

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.

The cost of materials is included in the registration fee. Students will take home a drop spindle and 4 oz of fibre.

Friday September 9
9:30 am- 12:00 pm       2.5 hours
Registration fee:  $
75

SOLD OUT —– put your name on the WAITING LIST


BLENDING AND SPINNING FOR TWEEDY YARNS

Instructor: Michelle Boyd Michelle Boyd is a spinner, weaver, and writer who teaches spinning across North America. Michelle has presented workshops at SOAR, PLYAway, and several ANWG Conferences. She has retired from teaching for Olds College’s Master Spinner Program for 15 years and is a frequent contributor to PLY Magazine and Digits & Threads. Even though Michelle has been spinning for over 25 years, she is still amazed by the magic that happens when twist meets fibre. @spindleprincess

Create your own unique yarn by blending colours and textures into classic tweed-style yarns. We will explore basic colour theory for blending both muted tweeds and bright heathers, adding texture, and spinning techniques to enhance the colours we’ve created. This is a hands-on workshop with lots of room for experimentation. Michelle will provide a variety of spinning fibres.

Students to bring: A spinning wheel in good working order; Minimum of 4 bobbins; Lazy kate; Niddy-noddy (small sample size is fine); Hand cards or a blending board; Scissors. Optional: Students may also bring drum carders if they have one available. E-spinners and spindles are also welcome. 

Friday September 9
10:00 am – 1:00 pm       3 hours
Registration fee:  $
75

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MUG RUGS

Instructor: Olena Ingerova I am a contemporary printmaker and fibre artist based in Edmonton, AB. My two fibre loves are spinning and weaving, and I work exclusively with natural fibres. I built my first frame loom in 2017 and instantly fell in love with weaving. Learning to spin and weaving cloth on a floor loom quickly followed but frame loom tapestries made from locally sourced wool will always hold a special spot in my heart. @linear_craft

Learn to make your own frame loom and weave a coaster to take home in this fun and easy class suitable for beginners. Designed to look like miniature rugs, mug rugs are the perfect introduction to weaving and a practical project perfect for gift giving. You won’t be able to stop making these! 

Participants will learn how to make a simple frame loom, how to select fibre for the project, plain weave, hem stitching, and wet finishing.  Olena will supply a tapestry needle, materials to make a small frame loom in class, and yarn to make two mug rugs (one in class and extra yarn to take home to make another one)

Students to bring: scissors

Friday September 9
1:00 – 4:00 pm       3 hours
Registration fee:  $
65

SOLD OUT add your name to the WAITING LIST

Mug Rugs

THREE WAYS TO BOUCLE

Instructor: Michelle Boyd Michelle Boyd is a spinner, weaver, and writer who teaches spinning across North America. Michelle has presented workshops at SOAR, PLYAway, and several ANWG Conferences. She has retired from teaching for Olds College’s Master Spinner Program for 15 years and is a frequent contributor to PLY Magazine and Digits & Threads. Even though Michelle has been spinning for over 25 years, she is still amazed by the magic that happens when twist meets fibre. @spindleprincess

From simple to complex, there are lots of way to make the textured yarns known as boucles. This workshop will introduce spinners of all levels of experience to methods for making “flame” boucle, looped boucle, and knot boucle using a variety of materials. This is a hands-on workshop with lots of room for experimentation. Michelle will provide a variety of spinning fibres, core and binding threads.

Students to bring: A spinning wheel in good working order; Minimum of 4 bobbins; Lazy kate; Niddy-noddy (small sample size is fine); Scissors; Labels or zipper-sealed bags for samples; Note-taking materials. E-spinners are also welcome. 

Friday September 9
2:00 – 5:00 pm       3 hours
Registration fee:  $
75

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BREED SPECIFIC KNITTING

Instructor: Anna Hunter Anna is a first generation sheep farmer and wool mill owner in Eastern Manitoba. In 2015 Anna, her husband Luke, and their two sons sold their yarn shop and moved to Manitoba with the desire for a deeper connection to the source of their food and clothing. In 2018 they established the only small-scale wool processing mill in Manitoba for themselves and other farmers. Long Way Homestead

Each breed of sheep produces a distinct type of wool for knitting and crochet.  Understanding the qualities and characteristics of these breeds will inform and accentuate your knitting. Texture, colourwork, cables and drape are all affected by the unique wool breeds. 

This workshop will give a brief overview of some accessible single-breed wools and the variety they can offer to your knitting.  We will also briefly explore the history and tradition of these single-breed wools.   This workshop is hands on, you will be able to touch, and experiment with breeds in their different forms (raw, carded, spun).

Friday September 9
3:00 – 5:00 pm       2 hours
Registration fee:  $
65

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TOE UP BASICS – MINI SOCK ORNAMENT

Instructor: Carolyn Misener – co-owner of Knitting 3 Together, Huntsville, Ontario “I enjoy working with yarn, and the idea of being able to create so many different items.  I first started designing my own patterns when I wanted to apply for the One of a Kind Show in Toronto. I have been teaching for over 10 years which gives me great pleasure to share my knowledge of the craft of knitting.

The class teaches a basic toe up method of knitting a small 3″ sock which can then be applied to regular size socks. Skills taught: magic loop knitting; Turkish cast on method; Fleegle heel; stretchy bind off. The kit (included in the registration fee) contains enough wool for 2 ornamental socks, and 2 patterns, one for the baby sock and one for adult sizes.

Students to bring: 3mm 80cm circular needle, one stitch marker, tapestry needle and scissors.

Friday September 9
5:00 – 8:00 pm       3 hours
Registration fee:  $
65

CANCELLED DUE TO INSTRUCTOR ILLNESS. SORRY!

Mini Sock Ornaments

FLEECE TO FINISH


Instructor: Susie Gourlay – “I am a fibre artist and wool judge from Saskatchewan. I am a professional craftsperson, handspinner and designer with a focus on natural fibre.  The fibre arts communities in the prairies are growing at a boundless rate and sharing my experiences and knowledge with others is important to me.  Not only to keep the traditions of the past alive but also to help educate about the wonders of fibre, the wool industry and making new friends along the way. Some of my work has been seen on the runway at Sask Fashion Week, in galleries and shops throughout the prairies and in magazines as far away as the UK.” @knitnatural @woollywitch

 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 9
6:00 – 8:30 pm       2.5 hours
Registration fee:  $
65

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Saturday September 10 Classes

COLOURING WITH YARN – LEARN TO PUNCH NEEDLE

Instructor: Brittney from Fibird “Hi! My name is Brittney and I am a Winnipeg textile artist working primarily with Punch Needle. I started Fibird a few years ago as a way to be creative during my maternity leave, and it has grown from there. I love Punch Needle because it’s incredibly forgiving and there are endless textural possibilities!”

In this 3 hour beginner level workshop you will learn how to colour with yarn using the Oxford Punch Needle. Workshop participants will complete a 10″ wall hanging designed by local artist Liza Isakov. Brittney has partnered with local crafting shop Needle Crafts and Studio to supply the workshop, which will include Canadian wool from Briggs + Little Woolen Mills. Punch needle is easy to learn; with a few tips and tricks from Brittney you will quickly enjoy this unique art form. 

The cost of the materials is included in the registration fee. The kit includes: 100% Canadian wool yarn, hand dyed by Jennifer from Needle Crafts and Studio. 10″ Cloth wrapped wood frame with pre-drawn image from Liza Izakov.

Saturday September 10
9:30 am – 12:30 pm 3 hours
Registration fee:  $85

SOLD OUT – waiting list is also full!

Colouring with Yarn – Learn to Punch Needle


HARD CORE CORE SPINNING

Instructor: Michelle BoydMichelle Boyd is a spinner, weaver, and writer who teaches spinning across North America. Michelle has presented workshops at SOAR, PLYAway, and several ANWG Conferences. She has retired from teaching for Olds College’s Master Spinner Program for 15 years and is a frequent contributor to PLY Magazine and Digits & Threads. Even though Michelle has been spinning for over 25 years, she is still amazed by the magic that happens when twist meets fibre. @spindleprincess

An introduction to the techniques for making corespun yarns, from smooth and shiny to wild and woolly locks. Starting with a commercially spun core, we will explore the hows and whys of corespinning, from basic to complex. This is a hand-on workshop with lots of room for exploration. Michelle will provide a variety of art batts, locks, fibre preparations, core yarns, and binders.

Students to bring: A spinning wheel in good working order; Minimum of 2 bobbins; Lazy kate; Niddy-noddy (small sample size is fine); Scissors; Labels or zipper-sealed bags for samples; Note-taking materials. E-spinners  are also welcome. 

Saturday September 10
9:30 am – 12:30 pm 3 hours
Registration fee:  $
75

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BIG STITCH CLOTHING CONSTRUCTION

Instructor: Melissa MarginetMelissa is a Quiltmaker, Author, Teacher, and Designer with a lifetime of sewing experience. She has been teaching since 2006 locally and across Canada. In June 2020 she transitioned to online teaching and has instructed groups throughout North America. What started as a love for Big Stitch Hand Quilting has turned into a love for Big Stitch Hand Clothing Construction. 

In this class you will learn techniques for constructing clothing with big hand stitches which are visible and add a unique charm to any garment you construct. You will practice stitching samples which you will then have for future reference. We will discuss creating a basic knit tunic using your own measurements and look at some books that can help you on your journey of Big Stitch Clothing Construction.

Students should bring: Thread (12wt thread or button craft thread); Fabric (bring fabrics you would like to make clothing with. 100% natural fibres such as cotton, linen, hemp, etc. is best. You should have both knit and woven fabrics); Hand sewing needles (the needles should have a large enough eye to fit the 12wt thread. A size 7 Milliners needle is a good choice, or pick up a variety pack sizes 3-12 so you can see what works best for you; Scissors (large fabric scissors and small embroidery scissors); Pin cushion & pins; Needle threader

Saturday September 10
1:00 – 4:00 pm 3 hours
Registration fee: 
$65

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Big Stitch Clothing Construction

HOOKING THE PRAIRIE – AN INTRODUCTION TO RUG HOOKING

Instructor: Shelly Nicolle-PhillipsShelly is a rug hooking artist living in Saskatchewan. She was born and raised in PEI and first picked up a hook in 2015 driven by a desire to create rugs like those hooked by her grandmother.  With a desire to promote the tradition of hooking, Shelly created Hooked on the Prairies which has evolved into an engaging social media presence and website. Shelly’s art has evolved from traditional designs into pieces inspired by the landscape and nature. Shelly creates depth and texture in her art by using a variety of colours and textures. 

Learn the basics of rug hooking and complete your own piece of fibre art. In this class you will learn the basics of how to hook. You will learn how to pull a loop, the common materials and equipment used and techniques on how to finish your rugs. You will also learn a little bit about the history of rug hooking in the Maritimes and have a chance to see a few traditional rugs. You will complete a small piece of art (5 inches square) for your wall from start to finish and take it home ready to hang. Most of all, you’ll have a chance to have some fun and chat with others just like a traditional hook-in. 

The cost of the materials is included in the registration fee. Students receive a simple pine frame, backing, hook, wool and a canvas to affix the final piece to. 

Saturday September 10
1:00 – 4:00 pm 3 hours
Registration fee:  $
85

SOLD OUT


YARN 101

Instructor: Michelle Boyd Michelle Boyd is a spinner, weaver, and writer who teaches spinning across North America. Michelle has presented workshops at SOAR, PLYAway, and several ANWG Conferences. She has retired from teaching for Olds College’s Master Spinner Program for 15 years and is a frequent contributor to PLY Magazine and Digits & Threads. Even though Michelle has been spinning for over 25 years, she is still amazed by the magic that happens when twist meets fibre. @spindleprincess

Do you think you know yarn? You might be surprised! Fibre content, spinning methods, and yarn structure all affect the way yarn performs when we try to make it into cloth. Take a look at the different ways small changes in yarn design can change the cloth we make, whether we knit, crochet, or weave with it. This class is a lecture-style seminar with lots of samples and time for group discussions and is suitable for all fibre crafters of any level of experience.

Saturday September 10
1:30 – 3:30 pm 2 hours
Registration fee:  $
65

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