Classes at the Norwood Knitters “Frolic with Fibre” Sunday January 21, 2018

Every January the Norwood Naughty Knitters host a fun afternoon of shared crafting in the lovely sunny venue of the Norwood Community Centre in Norwood Flats, with vendors and craft circles throughout the afternoon.

As part of our ongoing skills sharing program, the Manitoba Fibre Festival is pleased to offer a class at this event. Please email us to register –


Instructor: Joanne Seiff

Sunday January 21
Norwood Community Centre

57 Walmer, Winnipeg, MB.

3 hours: 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Registration fee: $30

Materials fee: $30 – includes everything you need for this class. 

This class is now full; please contact us to go on the waiting list.

Handspinning with a spindle is an ancient craft that is still important even today.  Everyone in a household, including children as young as four, used to help spin yarn that clothed the family and kept them warm!  Join Joanne and learn a bit about wool and learn to use a handspindle to make your own yarn.  When you leave this class, you’ll own a spindle, some extra wool, and you’ll be able to practice spinning at home.

joanne spindle

Joanne Seiff helped start the Manitoba Fibre Festival. She’s the author of Fiber Gathering, a book about fiber festivals, and Knit Green: 20 Projects and Ideas for Sustainability.  She’s been spinning for over 30 years– and knitting longer than that!  Her writing appears on the CBC online, but for spinners? It’s in Spin-Off Magazine and PLY magazine’s blog.  Her award-winning handspun and fiber art has been sold in galleries. Her yarn has won ribbons at state fairs and in art competitions.  She has taught throughout North America at sheep shows, fiber festivals, and yarn shops. 

Please email: to register.




Johanna of Nojo Textiles is offering a Weaving Workshop at the Fibre Frolic — registration details here — but hurry, it’s almost full!


Instructor: Mandy Furney

img_20171230_101430_168194087469As part of the Frolic with Fibre, I have been asked to share another knitting techniques class. If you were inspired by last year’s Brioche class (or missed it; perhaps you joined me in my lace class at the MB Fibre Fest), I have some more techniques to play with.

I will avoid stranded colourwork however possible. As a result, I have explored and learned a rich variety of inspirational alternatives to stranded knitting (beyond stripes) that I will happily share to inspire you too. Moreover, I’ll help you to see how fun and simple these are – and you need never worry about floats.
(I can work stranded knitting and on rare occassion I do – one item pictured is stranded – but I will avoid it if possible.)

Bring 2 colours of your favourite yarn to play with and appropriate needles. (DK weight or heavier is preferable to better see what you are doing).

Cost: $10
RSVPs appreciated on Facebook event page (so I can print an appropriate number of handouts)

Time: 1-2:30pm (leaving you plenty of time to Frolic)