Pattern Collection 2017 and Design Master Classes

Our exciting new project this year celebrates our community of fibre producers and artisans with the creation of patterns featuring local talent from sheep to shawl.

Designer ash alberg is curating this collection of accessory designs, and is also leading a series of master classes focusing on the skills needed to develop, publish and promote patterns; including pattern writing, publication, social media and photography. The classes are hosted by Wolseley Wool. 

Beginning March 1 ash will be accepting design submissions for the collection, and connecting the designers with yarn from local dyers and spinners. Selected designs will go through a photo shoot and a process of tech editing and test knitting. The collection will be launched on Ravelry in early August and then the knit-a-long fun begins, leading up to the Festival in mid September.

Pattern submissions should include the pattern idea, a schematic or sketch, a swatch of the featured stitch, and a suggestion of the yarn to be used (maximum 3 skeins). Yarn sources should be from any Manitoba Fibre Festival vendor or other local spinner.

So, if you are a designer, dyer, tech editor, or possible test knitter and want to know more about this project, please get in touch.

ash says “if you’re interested in being involved in any aspect(s) of the collection, please let me know! we’re soliciting folks primarily from manitoba, but also saskatchewan, western ontario, and alberta (basically, if you have come or will be coming to fibre fest, please give us a shout). all enquiries and submissions can be sent to me at hope you can join us!”


For those of you who’ve taken Ash’s Shawl Design workshop or are interested in design, February is full of Saturday workshops to up your game! Each Saturday is a different topic and each session will take place at Wolseley Wool. Each session costs $20 plus GST to register – call us at (204)772-5648 to register!

knit design publishing 101
with ash alberg of sunflower knit
saturday, february 11, 1-3pm

so you’ve designed something amazing and written a beautiful, clear pattern for it. now what? how do you turn all that work into sales? join ash alberg of sunflower knit to learn the ins and outs of pattern publishing on ravelry, for third-party publications, and self-publishing your very own book! with a focus on self-publishing online (including where to focus your advertising efforts), ash will lead you through all the steps from start to publish.

social media 101 for fibre folks
with ash alberg of sunflower knit
saturday, february 18, 1-3pm

join ash alberg of sunflower knit for a masterclass in social media for fibre world, with a focus on using facebook, twitter, instagram, and ravelry for your personal and business accounts. grow your followers, post beautiful images and share stories that are consistent with your brand or style, and learn the do’s and don’ts of social media etiquette (with the help of some hilarious/cringe-worthy examples).

product photography for knitters
with odessa
saturday, february 25, 1-4pm

bring your camera or your phone and learn some quick tips to up your photography game. From playing with light to simple in phone editing you’ll learn tips and tricks to make your pictures tell a story with a focus on taking photographs of yarn and finished objects.