Workshops 2016

Thank you to the Manitoba Craft Council for their support making it possible for
Monika Kinner-Whalen  and Chad Alice Hagen to teach at our festival!

The Manitoba Craft Council is hosting a two day bookbinding workshop with Chad Alice Hagen on Tuesday September 27 and Wednesday September 28 at 245 McDermot Avenue
“The Perfect Little Notebook” and “The Favourite Sketchbook”
For more details, and to register for this special event, visit the MCC website .

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Chad Alice Hagen’s “Perfect Notebook”

This year there are classes onsite both Friday September 30 and Saturday October 1.
Please note that the market is open on Friday from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm,
and on Saturd11898634_624971950977739_3527468810237243922_nay from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

All classes are held at 
Red River Exhibition Park
3977 Portage Avenue

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Registration is now open. If a class is sold out, please email us to go on a waiting list. If the Manitoba Fibre Festival cancels a class for any reason, a full refund will be given. If a registered student withdraws from a class by September 21, the registration fee will be refunded less a $5 administration fee. No refunds will be given after September 21.

Payment of the registration fee is by Paypal. You do not need a paypal account to use this service as long as you have a credit card. If you wish to register more than one person, you have to make each payment separately. Please be sure we have the name of each student. If you need to make alternate payment arrangements send us an email and we will sort it out. 

**You must confirm your registration with an email*** to info@manitobafibrefestival.com including the following information: name of class; name of student; phone # and email of student.  Thank you!

FRIDAY CLASSES

1. LETTING THE YARN SPEAK             Instructor: Monika Kinner-Whalen   class full

2. MOKUME / BARK FELT SCARF        Instructor: Chad Alice Hagen    class full

3. FLEECE TO FINISH                             Instructor: Susie Gourlay    class full

4. RAINBOW POT DYEING                    Instructor: Cathy Merkley   class full

SATURDAY CLASSES

5. BUBBLE BOA                                        Instructor: Chad Alice Hagen     

6. BEGINNING FINGER WEAVING          Instructor: Carol James            

7. HANDSPINNING WITH A DROP SPINDLE      Instructor: Susie Gourlay       class full

8. KNITTED CABLE PATTERN HAT           Instructor: Cathy Merkley

9. INTRODUCTION TO CROCHET               Instructor: Danielle Herie

10. KNITTING STYLES: EXPLORE OUR DIVERSITY        Instructor: Joanne Seiff

11. INDECISIVE STRIPES                              Instructor: Mandy Furney

12. KNITTING BELOW                                      Instructor: Mandy Furney

13. SPINNERS’ TASTING – IT’S NOT WOOL!       Instructor: Joanne Seiff    class full

14. NALBINDING                                            Instructor: Lori Zebiere       class full

15. INTRODUCTION TO MACRAME           Instructor: Nancy Blokland

16. WIZARD, SAGE, WISEMAN – A NEEDLEFELTING ADVENTURE    class full
Instructor: Sharon Gowryluk


DETAILS AND REGISTRATION INFORMATION

**You must confirm your registration with an email*** to info@manitobafibrefestival.com including the following information: name of class; name of student; phone # and email of student.  Thank you!

FRIDAY CLASSES

1. LETTING THE YARN SPEAK       Instructor: Monika Kinner-Whalen  
Explore hand embroidery with thick yarns. Learn new stitches and create a tactile piece of fibre art that is informed by nature and inspired by the colours of the fibres themselves. Appropriate for everyone.
Students please bring: I supply synthetic felt/fabric for stitching on. If students prefer to stitch on quality wool, they are welcome to bring their own (minimum 10×10 inch squares for the 8″ hoops I provide). * * This does not affect kit fee. Colours – grey, charcoal, black, neutral. I prefer dark colours or black, but any colour will do. You are also welcome to bring your own felting needles / felting foam base, as well as your own sketch book that is filled or empty. * * This does not affect the kit fee. Please bring your lunch as the canteen will not be open on Friday afternoon; or you can make a quick trip to the nearby Tim’s.

Friday  September 30     10:30 am – 3:00 pm            4 hours plus 1/2 hour lunch break

Registration fee: $40 

Materials fee: $20  (payable to instructor) This includes a large selection of variegated yarn skeins (wool, wool and silk blends), black synthetic felt fabric to stitch on, foam core for mounting / stretching work, very large crewel needles imported from the UK, handouts, and sketching paper. Students will go home with portions of these supplies including a selection of yarn skeins for future work. I also supply the use of my hoops, scissors, yarn stash, felting needles, foam, personal images, and sketching supplies. These are basic classroom supplies that I keep for teaching.
SOLD OUT please email info@manitobafibrefestival.com to put your name on the waiting list
Monika Kinner-Whalen is a professional fibre artist specializing in freestyle embroidery. She is a juried member of the Saskatchewan Craft Council and a member of the Embroiderers’ Association of Canada. Her creations are expressions of love for the prairie and often originate from her own personal photographs. Self taught, Monika explores the texture and intricate beauty that can be achieved by working with fibre. Her award winning work is cherished in private collections around the world including Canada, the UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand, and France. Monika lives with her family of 5 in Saskatoon, SK.

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2. MOKUME / BARK FELT SCARF    Instructor: Chad Alice Hagen
Art for your neck! Learn to felt a full size fine merino scarf using needle punch batts and then learn an ancient Japanese resist stitching method (but with a modern twist) to create bark-like texture and patterns. You will learn to do two different resist dyeing colors.
Students please bring: waterproof apron, old bath towel, sharp scissors. Please bring your lunch as the canteen will not be open on Friday afternoon; or you can make a quick trip to the nearby Tim’s.

Friday September 30 9:30am – 4:00 pm 6 hours plus a 30 minute lunch break

Registration fee: $60

Materials fee: $20
(payable to instructor) includes all materials and dyes to make your scarf

SOLD OUT – please email info@manitobafibrefestival.com to put your name on the waiting list
Chad Alice Hagen
has been exploring resist-dyeing and surface design of hand-felted wool since 1979. She writes extensively on art and feltmaking, and her work has appeared on the covers of “Surface Design Journal,” “Fiberarts,” and “Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot.” Chad has authored three books: “The Weekend Crafter: Feltmaking,” “Fabulous Felt Hats,” and “The Fabulous Felt Scarf.” She teaches in the U.S., Canada and Europe, and maintains a full-time book studio in Snohomish, Washington.

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Mokume Bark Scarf — Chad Alice Hagen


3. 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 30    
2:00 – 4:30 pm     2 1/2 hours 
Registration fee:  $25

No materials fee

SOLD OUT – please email info@manitobafibrefestival.com to put your name on the waiting list

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s a fibre artist and wool judge from Regina, Saskatchewan. She is a member of the Sask Craft Council, the Regina Weavers and Spinners Guild, the Saskatchewan Weaver and Spinners Guild, and Handmade Saskatchewan.  Susie says “I strive to promote the benefits of natural fibres using classic methods to bring out their best qualities while creating style and function. Fibre is a passion and an addiction, it fills my mind 24/7.  Creating a handmade  object from start to finish is a very rewarding process for me, I use quality fibres and put my heart and soul into everything I make.”


4. RAINBOW POT DYEING     Instructor: Cathy Merkley
A fun introduction to dyeing your own yarn. The rainbow pot technique produces multiple colours on the yarn at the same time. Students please bring: rubber gloves, apron or oversize shirt that can manage an accidental spot of dye on it, a towel and a plastic bag to take the wet yarn home.

Friday September 30    
5:30 – 7:30 pm    2 hours

Registration fee: $20

Materials fee: $25
(payable to instructor) includes 2 100g skeins of 70% alpaca/30% merino lopi yarn and all the dye supplies.

SOLD OUT – please email info@manitobafibrefestival.com to put your name on the waiting list
Cathy Merkley is a partner in the Alpaca Loft, and in T’n’C Farms, an alpaca breeding operation near Lloydminster, Saskatchewan. Cathy has a lifelong interest in fibre arts. She is qualified as an International fleece and halter judge for huacaya and suri alpacas. Cathy is also a certified  halter and fleece judge under the AOBA system.


**You must confirm your registration with an email*** to info@manitobafibrefestival.com including the following information: name of class; name of student; phone # and email of student.  Thank you!


SATURDAY CLASSES

5. BUBBLE BOA     Instructor: Chad Alice Hagen
Create your own felted and dyed scarf. Learn felting techniques including the use of resists to create shapes in a unique scarf. You will also work with dye baths.

Students please bring: waterproof apron, old bath towel, sharp scissors

Saturday October 1    9:30am – 4:00 pm    6 hours plus a 30 minute lunch break
Registration fee: $60
Materials fee: $20  (payable to instructor) includes all materials and dyes to make your scarf


Chad Alice Hagen
has been exploring resist-dyeing and surface design of hand-felted wool since 1979. She writes extensively on art and feltmaking, and her work has appeared on the covers of “Surface Design Journal,” “Fiberarts,” and “Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot.” Chad has authored three books: “The Weekend Crafter: Feltmaking,” “Fabulous Felt Hats,” and “The Fabulous Felt Scarf.” She teaches in the U.S., Canada and Europe, and maintains a full-time book studio in Snohomish, Washington.

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Bubble Boa — Chad Alice Hagen


6. BEGINNING FINGER WEAVING        Instructor: Carol James
This class introduces participants to the finger movements that allow you to create 
the ‘Ceinture Fléchée’ or Arrow Sash, made famous by the Métis and Voyageurs. Participants receive a set of threads (warp) and learn a basic set of finger movements, creating a strap. With a few changes to these finger movements, a different pattern emerges. We explore finishing techniques by creating a fringe on this strap. The initial piece complete, participants learn how to set up a new piece. Participants must have good use of two hands, as well as reasonable eyesight (bring your glasses if you have them). All braiding materials are supplied by the instructor.
Saturday October 1 
9:00am – noon and 1:00 – 4:00 pm  6 hours plus a one hour lunch break 
Registration fee: $60

Materials cost: $5
(payable to instructor)  This fee includes yarn to make two straps, shed sticks, and assorted safety ties.  All braiding materials are supplied by the instructor. Bring paper and pencil to take notes.


Carol James
has been exploring low-tech textile methods for 30 years and is of 
the opinion that anywhere is a good place to weave. She has examined items in collections across North America and Europe, and has made replicas of some of these items for clients such as the Manitoba Museum, Parks Canada, George Washington’s Mount Vernon, and the Norwegian Army Museum. A very patient teacher, she has taught in Canada, the US, New Zealand, and Europe. She is the author of numerous articles and two books: “Fingerweaving Untangled” and “Sprang Unsprung”.


7. 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 October 1    
9:00am – 12:00 noon      3 hours

Registration fee: $30

Material Cost:  $20 (payable to instructor) includes drop spindle and 4 oz of fibre

SOLD OUT – please email info@manitobafibrefestival.com to put your name on the waiting list
Susie Gourlay
is a fibre artist and wool judge from Regina, Saskatchewan. She is a member of the Sask Craft Council, the Regina Weavers and Spinners Guild, the Saskatchewan Weaver and Spinners Guild, and Handmade Saskatchewan.  Susie says “I strive to promote the benefits of natural fibres using classic methods to bring out their best qualities while creating style and function. Fibre is a passion and an addiction, it fills my mind 24/7.  Creating a handmade  object from start to finish is a very rewarding process for me, I use quality fibres and put my heart and soul into everything I make.”


8. KNITTED CABLE PATTERN HAT     Instructor: Cathy Merkley
Cables add texture and interest to any piece, and are not as complicated to learn as they look! Using a bulky yarn, you will learn the basic cable technique while knitting a quick, practical hat in the round.
  For the more adventurous, there is a second version available with a bit more variety.  Students please bring: 5 mm/40 cm long, circular needle, a cable needle, a place marker, a yarn needle or bodkin. 
Saturday October 1    
9:00 – 12:00   3 hours
Registration fee: $30

Materials fee: $15 (payable to instructor) Includes 100 g of 70% alpaca 30% merino lopi yarn and the pattern. 


Cathy Merkley
is a partner in the Alpaca Loft, and in T’n’C Farms, an alpaca breeding operation near Lloydminster, Saskatchewan. Cathy has a lifelong interest in fibre arts. She is qualified as an International fleece and halter judge for huacaya and suri alpacas. Cathy is also a certified  halter and fleece judge under the AOBA system.

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Cable hat detail, Cathy Merkley


9. INTRODUCTION TO CROCHET        Instructor: Danielle Herie
In this class you will work on a sampler scarf and leave with everything you need to finish it. You will learn the main differences between knitting and crochet; a basic understanding of hooks, yarn types, how to read a ball band; types of crochet; getting started: tying a slip knot, holding a hook, chaining, single crochet, tension; beyond the basics (more advanced stitches, yarn joining techniques, working in the round, how to read a pattern); resources (where to find patterns, online communities, supplies, etc.)

Saturday October 1    
9:00am – 12:00noon    3 hours
Registration fee: $30

Materials fee: $20 (payable to instructor) includes a hook, a ball of yarn, snips, and tons of handouts (maybe some extra goodies!)


Danielle Herie
has been crocheting for 30+ years. She says “I believe that I can crochet virtually any pattern, by taking it one step at a time.  I love to try new skills and tricks to improve my craft.  I use crochet to give me a creative outlet, and to keep me sane. I believe almost anyone can do it, and I hope to teach both my son and daughter when they are older. I crochet lots for charity, and will have some of my work in an art show in San Francisco later this summer.”

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10. KNITTING STYLES: EXPLORE OUR DIVERSITY    Instructor: Joanne Seiff
How do you knit?  Have you always wanted to explore a different style?  British/American, Continental/German, Portuguese, Combination Knitting, Mirror Knitting, Knitting Back Backwards…there are lots of ways to make knits and purls!  Join together for an introduction to different techniques. Learn from your fellow knitters and explore why you’d want to learn to knit a new way.  There are so many reasons–It’s good for your health, it can relieve injury, increase speed or build cultural bridges between people.
You must be able to knit to take this class. Students, please bring: one set of straight needles, size #7-10 and a couple of solid colored, non-fuzzy yarns that work well with your needle size. Also bring, if available: Circulars (same sizes) and dpns.
Saturday October 1   
9 – 10:30 am    1 1/2 hours
Registration Fee: $15

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


Joanne Seiff
is the author of two books, Knit Green and Fiber Gathering.  She’s a long time spinner and knitter, and occasional dyer and weaver.  Her fibre arts articles appear in Spin-Off, Vogue Knitting, Interweave Knits and other fibre arts publications.  Joanne has a long time interest in the huge variety of fibres available for spinning.  She wants to encourage spinners to explore diversity in their fibre choices.  She believes this experimentation and exploration widens our knowledge as spinners and supports the diversity of fibre plant and rare breed animal conservation.

11- INDECISIVE STRIPES   Instructor: Mandy Furney
Participants will learn the joy of simultaneously knitting horizontal and vertical stripes. 
Students please bring: Two colours of yarn (not cotton or tightly-spun yarn) in same weight and appropriate needles (as recommended for your yarn).
Saturday October 1    
11:00 – 11:20 am    20 minutes
Registration fee: $5

No materials fee

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Indecisive Stripes — Mandy Furney

12 – KNITTING BELOW        Instructor: Mandy Furney
In this class, participants will learn how to “knit below” to create textured stitches.  At the end of the class, participants will be able to knit a scarf featuring the honeycomb stitch and K1Below ribbing.
Students please bring:  5mm knitting needles; DK or worsted weight yarn for sample knitting.
Saturday October 1    
11:30am – 12:00 noon    30 minutes
Registration fee: $5

No materials fee


Mandy
(Mandyz; the zed is silent) teaches about religion in the evening, but during the days while she is keeping kids out of trouble she likes to knit, crochet, and spin.  She also enjoys designing knit items with a focus on designs for hand-spun yarns.

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Knit Below — Mandy Furney


13- SPINNERS’ TASTING – IT’S NOT WOOL!     Instructor: Joanne Seiff
Bring your wheel or spindle and sample several different types of fibre: silk, flax and ramie, llama, cotton and more.  Experiment with ideas on how you’d spin a wide variety of types of fibre, with brief bits of information about each kind you’ll try.  This class comes with a goody bag; you’ll have a few ounces of several different fibres to continue learning after the class is over. 
You must be able to spin to take this class. Students please bring: spinning wheel or spindle.  Optional: a favourite processing tool, if you have one: a flick carder, hand cards or portable combs.  The instructor will also bring processing tools so we can experiment with blending processed roving.
Saturday October 1    
1:00 – 3:00 pm    2 hours
Registration fee: $20

Materials fee: $40 (payable to instructor) for fibre samples and handouts–this includes a variety of non-wool fibres, plus a little extra for practicing at home

SOLD OUT please email info@manitobafibrefestival.com to put your name on the waiting list
Joanne Seiff
is the author of two books, Knit Green and Fiber Gathering.  She’s a long time spinner and knitter, and occasional dyer and weaver.  Her fibre arts articles appear in Spin-Off, Vogue Knitting, Interweave Knits and other fibre arts publications.  Joanne has a long time interest in the huge variety of fibres available for spinning.  She wants to encourage spinners to explore diversity in their fibre choices.  She believes this experimentation and exploration widens our knowledge as spinners and supports the diversity of fibre plant and rare breed animal conservation.


14 – NALBINDING       Instructor: Lori Zebiere
Nålbinding or needle binding, also known as Viking knitting, is a single needle, closed loop method of construction that uses short lengths of yarn to produce a very dense, warm textile.  Traditionally used to make socks, mittens and caps it is often associated with the vikings due to numerous examples found at viking burial sites. However, nålbinding is actually much older and far more widespread than the viking era, predating and very different from knitting as we know it.
This workshop will cover a brief history and discuss benefits to this method of construction. Participants will be introduced to the two different ways of starting a project, three common stitches, methods used to finish and full projects. The aim of the workshop will be to create a small pouch.
Saturday October 1    
1:00 – 4:00 pm    3 hours
Registration fee: $30

Materials fee:  $25 (Payable to instructor) Kit includes single ply, thick handspun 100% wool yarn, a length of leather cord and a hand made antler needle

SOLD OUT please email info@manitobafibrefestival.com to put your name on the waiting list
Lori Zébière
is a mixed media artist and craftsperson who enjoys blending traditional and contemporary mediums with ancient skills and modern techniques. She has been nålbinding for a little over 3 years and has recently added the skills of drop spindle spinning and natural dyeing to her fibre art practice. Lori lives in Eastern Manitoba.


15 – INTRODUCTION TO MACRAME        Instructor: Nancy Blokland
Macrame is back! Get your fingers moving with this versatile knotting technique. Students will work a sampler piece and a plant hanger or wall hanging, and leave with the knowledge and inspiration for more.

Saturday October 1    
1:00 – 3:30 pm    2 1/2 hours
Registration fee: $25

Materials fee: $20 (payable to instructor) includes all materials: hemp or jute cord, metal ring, wooden beads, driftwood and handouts.


Nancy Blokland
is a Winnipeg potter who strives to blend beauty and function in her creations. Her work is available at craft shows, boutiques and galleries around Manitoba and through her online Etsy shop, NancyBloklandPottery. Always looking for new challenges Nancy is now bringing back the vintage craft of macrame. Macrame plant hangars are the perfect home for a handmade piece of pottery!

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16 – WIZARD, SAGE, WISEMAN – A NEEDLEFELTING ADVENTURE    Instructor: Sharon Gowryluk     This needle felting class is designed for beginners – no previous felting or sewing experience is necessary, however, the intermediate and advanced felters will be sure to learn new techniques and ideas for adding to their own projects .  We will explore needle felting with a variety of wools with different textures and learn to blend and card to make gradients and  shading focal points. Students will make a 10 to 12  inch free-standing figure using a wire armature with movable arms hands and body poses and  lovely cloak and wizarding cap.   You will learn to use several needling techniques, plus folding, placing, securing skills and make several shapes to contour his face to make a realistic face with very endearing qualities that bring him to life. Students please bring: scissors, pencils, and notebook. 

Saturday October 1    1:00 – 4:00 pm    3 hours
Registration fee: $25

Materials fee: $25 (payable to instructor) includes wool, felting needles, foam pad

SOLD OUT please email info@manitobafibrefestival.com to put your name on the waiting list
Sharon Gowryluk
is a professional fibre artist  currently working on bringing together some of her other art forms, like metal smithing and leather work and incorporating them into fusions of  whimsical art. She teaches classes around Manitoba, and has travelled to teach in many places including Texas, Philadelphia, Bali and Australia. Sharon sells her work in the online Etsy shop “Art on a Whimsy”, as well as craft sales and markets.
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**You must confirm your registration with an email*** to info@manitobafibrefestival.com including the following information: name of class; name of student; phone # and email of student.  Thank you!