Workshops on the Manitoba Fibre Trail 2020

Workshops are scheduled in various locations during the weekend of September 11, 12 & 13. Please read the descriptions for information on how to register. All classes will be set up to allow for physical distancing between participants. We encourage students to bring masks and their own supply of hand sanitizer.  This page is a work in progress — more classes will be added!

Walls of Woven of WoolNaturally-Dyed Yarn from Locally-Sourced Wool

Instructor: Maureen Winnicki Lyons (MWL miniMakers)

Location: Long Way Homestead, St Genevieve

Time:  Saturday September 12 from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm  (3.5 hours)

Cost: $95. All supplies included

Learn the art of tapestry weaving using only the best naturally-dyed yarn from locally-sourced wool. Maureen will lead aspiring weavers through the basics of tapestry weaving exclusively using yarn from Long Way Homestead. All supplies included in cost of registration; participants will depart with one 14cm x 17 cm finished piece and another started plus the tools to continue creating at home. Weather permitting, this workshop will be held outdoors; spaces are limited to ensure adequate physical distance between those in attendance.

Registration is through Long Way Homestead.

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Breed Specific Knitting Workshop

INSTRUCTOR:  Anna Hunter of Long Way Homestead
Sunday September 13
1pm – 3pm  (2 hours)
Cost: $75
Long Way Homestead, Ste Genevieve

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).

Participants will take home 150g of a variety of breed-specific yarn.

Register through Long Way Homestead

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Make Your Own Duvet

Friday September 11  OR Sunday September 13 only
Green Pastures Farm, Gardenton, Manitoba

Spend a day on our farm hand-stitching your own Wool Comforter

 To celebrate Manitoba Fibre Festival we will be opening up our farm on September 11 and 13, for those interested in experiencing the traditional process of wool comforter-making. Participants will be able learn all about the process, experience hand carding wool and have opportunity to spend a relaxing day hand stitching their own duvet. (As well as tour the sheep farm and pester us with questions!)

Price for the experience depends on which size of duvet you want to take home with you. (Cost for the day is exactly the same as purchasing a new duvet.)

Twin: $250; Queen: $325; King: $400.           Materials, instruction all included.

We have openings for two people per day. (Friday and Sunday) It will take you a good half a day to complete the comforter. If you have someone in mind you’d like to bring along to help you quilt, you are welcome to bring a friend, otherwise we are keeping these days really small and exclusive. (We are not open to the public at this time)

To register:  THIS WORKSHOP IS SOLD OUT

Please contact us before September 4 to secure a spot. Indicate which day you are registering for, (Friday or Sunday) what size of duvet you want to make, (Twin, Queen, or King) and we will be in touch to arrange payment. (We accept payment through e-transfer, paypal, or cheque).     Email:  greenpastures.farm@yahoo.ca 

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Wet-felted Beverage Tote
Date: Saturday, September 12, 10am – 1pm
Location: Prairie’s Edge Wool Farm
Price: $45

Together we’ll go through the step-by-step process of wet felting over a resist to create a seamless 3d tote to fit over a 750 ml bottle. This class is suitable for beginners as well as those looking to expand their wet-felting techniques.

Fee includes:

–        Enough wool to complete one project, including specialty fibres for decoration

–        Prepared template

–        Use of supplies needed for wet-felting (bubble wrap, soap, gloves etc)

Students to bring:

–        2 old towels, comfortable clothes and comfortable footwear.

–        Beverages and snacks or a light lunch

–        Optional – protective mask

Wet-felting is work-out that includes sitting, standing and exercise. Workshops will be held outdoors or in a covered, unheated area if needed.

To address personal safety surrounding Covid-19, work tables will be spaced out and instructor will wear a protective mask. Wet felting requires space to work and the use of soapy water, which naturally conforms to the distancing and cleanliness needed to stop the spread of this virus.

Class payment and space reservation can be done through e-transfer to the instructor at shay_m_w@yahoo.com  

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Felted “Sheepskin” Throw
Date: Sunday, September 13, 10am – 2pm
Location: Prairie’s Edge Wool Farm

Price:$100 plus materials

Through the process of wet-felting, students will create a beautiful and cruelty-free sheepskin comprised entirely of wool. Finished sized of the project should measure just over 2ft x 2ft.

An optional brush-out finishing process will be demonstrated for students to complete at home once the piece has fully dried.

Due to time constraints, students will complete final soaks at home.

Material kits ($30 – $35)  will be available for purchase at Prairie’s Edge Wool Farm. Fleece has been handpicked by the host shepherd from her own flock.

Fee includes:

–        Written step-by-step instructions to complete a felted “sheepskin”

–        Use of supplies needed for the wet felting process (bubble wrap, soap, gloves, felting brush)

Students to bring:

–        1 old towel, comfortable clothes and comfortable footwear

–        Beverages and snacks or a light lunch

–        Storage tote or container to bring project home in – project will still be wet

–        Optional – water resistant apron, change of clothes, protective mask

Wet-felting is a work out that includes standing and exercise. Workshops will be held outdoors or in a covered, unheated area if needed. Felted “sheepskins” are created with unprocessed wool directly shorn from the sheep. Students should be prepared to get wet/dirty.

To address personal safety surrounding Covid-19, work tables will be spaced out and instructor will wear a protective mask. Wet felting requires space to work and the use of soapy water, which naturally conforms to the distancing and cleanliness needed to stop the spread of this virus.

*If there is enough interest, a second class may be added on Friday, September 11, 10am – 2pm

Class payment and space reservation can be done through e-transfer to the instructor at shay_m_w@yahoo.com

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Moose-hide Sheepskin-filled Moccasin Workshop


Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 10 AM – 5 PM
Location: Ferme Fiola Farm

Celebrate Manitoba Fibre Festival by spending the day with instructor Hanna Brandt (#holyhannaart) working with leather and making yourself a pair of warm and durable moose-hide moccasins lined with local sheepskin (sheepskins are from Green Pastures Farm) These cozy slippers will be a perfect fit and last you a very long time.

$120 per person, includes all materials and instruction.

Please bring your own lunch.

Register before September 7 with your shoe size so we can have correct pattern all ready for you.

Register on the Ferme Fiola Farm website:  https://www.fermefiolafarm.ca/farm-shop/moose-hide-sheepskin-filled-moccasin-workshop

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