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  • Fibre Week
    Fibre Enthusiasts Gather! Our Fibre Week event in June has something for everyone. Check out our short workshops, fleece shows, merchant mall, evening activities, and our famed Master Spinner and Master Weaver programs.
  • Master Weaver
    The Master Weaver Program is consists of five progressive levels of classroom and independent study involving skill development, research studies and project assignments.
  • Master Spinner
    The Master Spinner Program consists of six levels of classroom and independent study involving skill development, research studies and project assignments in the area of hand spinning of all major types of fibres, yarns and the end use of the spun yarns.
  • Fleece Shows
    The shows are judged in a public format to provide an educational opportunity with a variety of animal fibres for Fibre Week registrants as well as the general public.
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Workshops

A list of our workshops this year are coming soon!  We're finalizing a few final details, and appreciate your patience as we work to put together the best possible event for you.  
  • Workshops will run Friday, Saturday and Sunday this year: June 16-18
  • All full day courses run from 9am – 4:30pm with a 1.5 hour lunch break,
  • Morning half-day workshops run from 9am-Noon
  • Afternoon half-day workshops run from 1:30pm-4:30pm.  
  • Workshops are listed in order of their starting date, and then alphabetically.  All prices below do not include GST which will be added at the time of registration.

For a complete list of our instructors, their biographies and websites of their work, visit the Meet The Team page. Take some time to learn about the fantastic work these instructors do.

To get started, take a look at Fibre Week at a Glance.

After you've read all of the below information about supply lists, materials fees, perquisite skills and course confirmations, you can register once registration is open.

Supply Lists

Be sure that you have your supplies!  Each course below has a unique supply list which students are required to bring.  Click here for the supplies list.

Materials Fee

This refers to the materials that the instructor will provide. All such fees are to be paid at the time of registration.

Prerequisite Skills & Homework

These are the skills that students should have to get the most out of the workshop, and homework that students should do prior to arriving for their class.

Course Confirmations

Please ensure your course is confirmed prior to booking any non-refundable accommodations and travel.  In the unfortunate event that a workshop does not have a sufficient enrollment to proceed, we will cancel the course and refund your tuition.  Final course confirmations are made as soon as sufficient enrollment is met, or on May 15th, whichever is first.   We will updated bi-weekly with course confirmations on our main page or click here for the course confirmation list.

Looking for a specific type of class, or trying to organize your whole weekend?  Check out the At-A-Glance Document to get a map of the whole event!

All workshops are listed based on the date they start, and then in alphabetical order.
 

Workshops Starting Friday

 

Breezy Silk Chiffon Vest/Dress/Tunic

You will learn how to measure and create a resist with shrinkage allowance that allows you to make a nuno-felted dress, vest or tunic to fit you properly in your own unique style.  We will dye and set our silk chiffon base first.  Laurie will demonstrate colour layering, using silk hankies, piecing different silk fabrics, shadow layering, multiple resists, using pre-felts and embellishments.   You can bring design ideas and photos of designs that inspire you to help you create your project.   Laurie has 30 years of felting experience and can help you create anything you can conceive.  There will be colourful merino wool roving to choose from.

Instructor:  Laurie Steffler

Date/Time:  Friday - Sunday, June 16-18, 9am – 4:30pm

Prerequisite:  None needed – beginners and experienced felters welcome!

Tuition:  $395 + $45 materials

 

Dive into Shawls

First, explore a variety of shawl shapes, their construction and the tradition behind them.  Knit small shawl samples of each.  Next, explore using lace edgings to finish your shawl and cast off at the same time for the perfect finish.  Handouts will provided for more exploration at home.

Instructor:  Barb Brown

Date/Time:  Friday, June 16, 9am – 4:30pm

Prerequisite:  Must be able to knit and purl

Tuition:  $195

 

Dyeing for Sweaters (and Other Large Projects)

Want to learn to mix your own unique colour palette? Dye yarn and fabric that works for sweaters and larger projects? We will start by learning how to mix dyes to create a full colour wheel. Then use your choice of those colours to create at least one pot of special yarn or fabric for your next project. You’ll see first hand how colours change through the dye process, how dyes react with different fibres and how these elements combine to create truly unique yarns. Learn how to manage consistency of your dyeing to the limits of this craft, and how to work with the unique patterning of hand dyed yarns that result. If time allows, more than one pot may be dyed by each student.

Instructor:  Kim McBrien Evans

Date/Time:  Friday, June 16, 9am – 4:30pm

Prerequisite: Suitable for all levels of dyers, including new dyers. Some experience is helpful, but not required. More experienced dyers will be given more complex ideas and tasks to work on.

Tuition:  $195 + $15 materials

Felted Sunset Wool Painting 

In this Workshop we will explore the beauty of a sunrise or sunset in Wool! Bring a picture of your favorite Sunset or any stunning sky and we will explore needle felting and wet felting techniques that will bring it to life using merino wool and silk. From fiery reds to soft twilight and everything in between.  Great for beginners or experienced felters.

Instructor:  Lois McDonald-Layden

Date/Time:  Friday, June 16, 9am – 4:30pm

Prerequisite:  None needed – beginners and experienced felters welcome!

Tuition:  $195 + $40 materials

 

Knitter’s Sampler 

Other needlework disciplines work a sampler to learn techniques, so here’s one for knitters. Based on the quilt block idea you will work on valuable reference samples or create the beginnings of an heirloom blanket or pillow. Explore techniques for two-colour knitting, lace knitting, cables and other textured stitches.

Instructor:  Fiona Ellis

Date/Time:  Friday, June 16, 9am – 4:30pm

Prerequisite:  Advanced beginner to intermediate knitting experience.

Tuition:  $195

 

Lamb to Glam!

This course will provide a detailed look at how to turn that raw fleece into yarn. We’ll start with a raw fleece and learn how to sort, skirt, and prepare it for washing. We’ll also talk about what to look for when choosing a fleece, how to avoid problem fleeces, and what to do if you end up with one. Then we’ll learn how to wash it to maximize time and efficiency and experiment with other methods so you have the best option to suit you. Then we’ll discuss processing, how to choose the right tools and methods for your fleece. We’ll look at various options from spinning straight from the lock to processing it into roving or top and talk about what options best suit which types of fibre. Next, we’ll look at how to spin our processed fibres to best suit that fibre.

Instructor:  Christie Schulze

Date/Time:  Friday, June 16, 9am – 4:30pm

Prerequisite: This course will primarily focus on preparation and not spinning, however students are expected to be able to spin a continuous, stable single.

Tuition:  $195 + $25 materials

 

Lofty Lopi 

Sturdy, warm lopi style yarns are synonymous with warm knits and are easy to reproduce as handspun yarns. Using both traditional fibres and non-traditional fibre blends, we will prepare rolags and spin low-twist singles to make lopi style yarns. Spinning wheel set-up and finishing considerations will round out the class as we make two lofty lopi yarns and take a look at other styles of singles yarns.

Topics covered will include:

 - a brief overview of lopi-style and singles yarns
 - fibre preparation for lopi
 - faux lopi blends
 - spinning soft singles
 - finishing lopi yarns

Instructor:  Michelle Boyd

Date/Time:  Friday Morning, 9am - Noon

Difficulty/Prerequisite:  Basic ability with a spinning wheel needed

Tuition:  $95 + $20 materials

 

Spinning Textured Yarns (aka Art Yarn)

Do you want to learn how to make art yarn but have no idea where to start? Are you interested in making textured, multi-coloured yarns just for fun and to see if you can do it? The skills you learn in making art yarn will actually sharpen and refine your skills as a spinner, so it’s a win/win.

In this workshop, you will learn the foundations for making art yarn. You will experiment with spinning for texture by blending different fibres in your spinning; spinning thick and thin; and making core spun yarn. You will also learn plying techniques that will use and combine the textured singles such as spiral plying, making stacks, coils and supercoils. You’ll come away with a wide variety of samples and a new repertoire for your yarn making!

Instructor:  Diana Twiss

Date/Time:  Friday, June 16, 9am – 4:30pm

Prerequisite:  Must be able to spin a continuous thread and be comfortable with plying.

Tuition:  $195 + $35 materials

 

Teeny Tiny Yarns from Teeny Tiny Locks

Learn to spin cobweb yarns from washed fine wool locks. After a quick demonstration of lock washing, we will take one lock and make yards and yards of yarn. Spinning wheel set-up, drafting techniques, plying and finishing will all be discussed.

Topics covered will include:

 - lock washing fine wool
 - preparation for spinning, including wheel set-up
 - drafting from locks
 - plying and finishing of fine yarns

Instructor:  Michelle Boyd

Date/Time:  Friday Afternoon, 1:30pm–4:30pm

Difficulty/Prerequisite:  Basic ability with a spinning wheel needed

Tuition:  $95 + $20 materials

 

Starting Your Own Fibre Arts Business

This class is an introduction to the “business” of starting and growing a fibre arts related business. We will cover a variety of important areas involved in starting up and building your business, including how to structure your new business, record keeping and accounting, important basics of costing (how to know you are making money!), marketing, and advertising.  Along the way we will look at where to sell, how to sell, and how to get the most out of your ideas!

Now a full day class, the second half of the class will be about drawing on your own experiences or ideas.  Come with a mind to contribute and a passion to succeed.  This workshop is the opportunity to get additional perspective and support in turning your aspirations into the start of an amazing endeavour!

Instructor:  Caroline Sommerfeld

Date/Time:  Friday, June 16, 9am – 4:30pm

Prerequisite: None – everyone welcome

Tuition:  $195

 

Workshops Starting Saturday

  

Beginner Quilting - Cancelled

Learn all the basics of pieced quilting. We will complete a table runner and cover all the skills needed to make a full sized bed quilt. Emphasis is on quick piecing and economy of effort.

Instructor:  Catherine Ross

Date/Time:  Saturday, June 17 – Sunday June 18, 9am – 4:30pm

Difficulty/Prerequisite:  Must be familiar with sewing machine

Tuition:  Unfortunately this class has been cancelled.

 

Beginner Spinning

Whether you’ve never sat at a spinning wheel before or you’ve been spinning for years and want to broaden your skills, this workshop is a great jumping-off point. We will start at the very beginning and build the skills you need to spin great yarns. You will learn the basic mechanics of your spinning wheel and how to make your wheel work best for you. Then, working with wool rovings and tops, you will learn to spin singles in both worsted and woollen styles of drafting and how to ply a balanced yarn.

Topics covered will include:

 - spinning wheel mechanics (how YOUR wheel works)
 - understanding commercial wool preparations
 - understanding wool preparations
 - drafting worsted-style singles
 - drafting woollen-style singles
 - plying methods for 2-ply and 3-ply yarns
 - finishing techniques
 - discussion of fibre characteristics and how they affect yarns

All spinning fibre and handouts will be supplied by the instructor.

Instructor:  Michelle Boyd

Date/Time:  Saturday, June 17 – Sunday June 18, 9am – 4:30pm

Difficulty/Prerequisite:  No previous experience necessary!

Tuition:  $295 + $30 materials

 

Blends, Batts, and Beyond

This course will provide a guided tour through combining fibers in different ways. We’ll have all the tools on hand to give you the opportunity to try them out and see what works best for you to get the end results you want. Combs, handcards, hackles, drumcarders, blending boards, we’ll explore each of them and find out how a new tool or an old one can be used to make the perfect blends, the fluffiest batts, and whatever else you might want to make. We’ll also look at different fibres - colours, exotics, textures, we’ll explore how different fibres work together and the many ways you can combine them to enhance their natural properties. Then we’ll spend a little time looking at how you spin them into the yarn you want. Tools will be provided, but students are invited to bring their own to get a sense of what the tools you already have can do for you.

Instructor:  Christie Schulze

Date/Time:  Saturday, June 17, 9am – 4:30pm

Prerequisite: This course will primarily focus on preparation and not spinning, however students are expected to be able to spin a continuous, stable single.

Tuition:  $195 + $50 materials

 

Cowichan Style Sweaters

You will learn the special techniques used in creating Cowichan style sweaters by knitting a teddy bear sweater. Included will be the method of stranding used, the unique shoulder treatment and the collar construction. The history of the sweaters will be discussed as you knit, and pictures of early sweaters and a sample will be shown. The type of yarn traditionally used, suitable yarns now available, their differences and use will also be covered

Instructor:  Barb Brown

Date/Time:  Saturday June 17 - Sunday, June 18, 9am – 4:30pm

Prerequisite:  Must be able to knit and purl

Tuition:  $295 + $20 materials

 

Dyeing Gradients

In this class you will learn multiple techniques for creating hand dyed and painted gradients on yarn. You will prepare your skein for dyeing, learn techniques for creating different effects, how to mix colours for different moods and learn how to set the dyes. When finished, you’ll have at least 1 skein of yarn that will knit up in the unique gradient dyed by you!

Instructor:  Kim McBrien Evans

Date/Time:  Saturday, June 17, 9am – 4:30pm

Prerequisite: Suitable for all levels of dyers, including new dyers. Some experience is helpful, but not required. More experienced dyers will be given more complex ideas and tasks to work on.

Tuition:  $195 + $10 materials

Felted Wool Painting - Flowers

In this workshop, we will focus on needle felted and wet felted techniques to create flower paintings with wool!  These will be suitable for mounting as wall art or making a pillow cover. Bring pictures of your favorite flowers, from Poppies or Sunflowers, to Violets or Trilliums! We will be used luxurious merino wool, silk and lots of fancy embellishments. Suitable for beginners to experienced felters.

Instructor:  Lois McDonald-Layden

Date/Time:  Saturday, June 17, 9am – 4:30pm

Prerequisite:  None needed – beginners and experienced felters welcome!

Tuition:  $195 + $40 materials

 

Indigo Dyeing

Come learn about the magic that is indigo dyeing! This ancient form of nature dyeing is very accessible and fun to do. We will cover the basics of setting up and running an indigo vat, learn some basic resist and shibori techniques, and dye all sorts of fibres and materials. No experience is required, just a passion for blue!

Instructor:  Caroline Sommerfeld

Date/Time:  Saturday afternoon, June 17, 1:30pm – 4:30pm

Prerequisite: None, beginners welcome!

Tuition:  $95 + $25 materials

 

Inspired Cables

Fiona will begin by reviewing cable techniques, including tips for understanding the terminology and reading charts, which can help even advanced knitters.

You will then try your hand at designing your own cable combinations, beginning from one of two examples. We will discuss which stitches work well together, and how to chart your own pattern selection. Novice cable knitters will work through a simple pattern and receive input as they work.

Instructor:  Fiona Ellis

Date/Time:  Saturday Afternoon, June 17, 1:30pm – 4:30pm

Prerequisite:  Intermediate to advanced knitting experience.

Tuition:  $95

 

Social Media For Fibre Arts

Do you have your own Fibre Arts business, but aren’t sure about how to stand out?  Want to know more about building a brand and reaching your customer base?  There are lots of people out there who are just as fibre-crazy as you are!  This course will expose you to different social media options and help you find them!

Great as a follow up to the “Starting Your Own Fibre Arts Business” or as a stand-alone class, Caroline Sommerfeld from Ancient Arts Fibre Crafts will lean on her experiences to help you get a head start on your data-driven advertising and target market strategies within a variety of current social media platforms.

Instructor:  Caroline Sommerfeld

Date/Time:  Saturday, June 17, 9am - Noon

Prerequisite: None – everyone welcome!

Tuition:  $95

 

Twisting with the Cable Girl

Fiona would like to teach the whole world how to knit cables because she LOVES the technique! In this workshop she will show you how to twist in a number of different ways, how to read charts and how to add cables to simple projects for stunning details. This workshop is a must for newer knitter who love the look of texture, or knitters who need a refresher with a twist.

Instructor:  Fiona Ellis

Date/Time:  Saturday Morning, June 17, 9am – Noon

Prerequisite:  Advanced beginner to intermediate knitting experience.

Tuition:  $95

 

Wild About Colour 1.0: Colour Basics and Spinning Hand Painted Braids

Do you have braids of hand painted top in your stash that you are afraid to spin?

Or have you spun up a hand painted braid but then were disappointed with the yarn because the colours blended in a way you didn’t want, striped where you didn’t want stripes, pooled where you didn’t want pooling and it ended up muted?

Learn how to make a series of decisions that will help you get the yarn and effect you want from the colours in your painted braids. In this full-day workshop you will learn some basic and advanced techniques for working with hand painted top. Colour theory will be discussed and practically applied throughout the day.

We will start with basic 2-ply techniques and move into the wondrous world of fractal spinning. After making several fractal samples, you will be introduced to combination plying, combination drafting and also learn how to make ombre yarn. Along the way you will learn and practice skills such as hand carding and Navajo plying. At the end of this workshop you will be wild about colour and never again hesitant about working with hand painted top.

Instructor:  Diana Twiss

Date/Time:  Saturday, June 17, 9am – 4:30pm

Prerequisite: Must be able to spin a continuous thread and be comfortable with plying. You will be taught how to ply from a centre pull ball and to make chain plied yarn.

Tuition:  $195 + $40 materials

 

Workshops Starting Sunday

 

Beginner Weaving

This class is designed for those who want to learn or refresh the basics of four-harness loom weaving. Students will learn about preparing the warp to operating the loom. Learn a fast and efficient way to wind your warp then to beam onto your loom. The "how-tos" of planning a project, reading drafts, choosing materials and finishing will be covered.

Instructor:  Pam Howard

Date/Time:  Sunday, June 18 – Thursday, June 22. 9am – 4:30pm

Prerequisite:  All levels of experience welcome!

Tuition:  $495 + $65 materials

 

Finishing with Finesse 

Hands-up those of you who hate finishing! Now try thinking of it as a fun part of the project rather than a chore.

In this workshop Fiona will demo, and then let you practice, several ways you can add some finesse to your project during the finishing process. These will include adding a knitted-on I-cord, 3 needle bind off for seaming and simple crochet edges. She will also cover a few of the basic techniques to allow you to become practice perfect, these will include, grafting stitches, mattress stitch and setting in a zipper.

Instructor:  Fiona Ellis

Date/Time:  Sunday Afternoon, June 18, 1:30pm – 4:30pm

Prerequisite:  Beginner to intermediate knitting knowledge.  See materials for homework before class!

Tuition:  $95

 

Free Form Dyeing For Beginners

Never dyed before, but want to try it? Or do you want to learn play with color and push your boundaries? In this class you will try a number of free-form dyeing and painting techniques on both fibre and yarn, using several brands of weak acid dyes.  We will also cover some basic colour-work techniques, which can be used in designing your own repeatable or unique dye recipes.

Instructor:  Caroline Sommerfeld

Date/Time:  Sunday, June 18, 9am – 4:30pm

Prerequisite: None – beginners welcome!

Tuition:  $195 + $45 materials

 

Hand Embellishments

Here is a way to look at making a simple knit garment very special and totally unique. Fiona will demonstrate several methods of embellishing your projects, some technical, some whimsical. During the class participants will work on their own individual samples exploring the endless possibilities this approach has to offer.

Instructor:  Fiona Ellis

Date/Time:  Sunday Morning, June 18, 9am – Noon

Prerequisite:  All levels of knitting experience welcome!  See materials for homework before class!

Tuition:  $95

 

Needle Felted Bears

Learn the wonderful art of Needle felting and create these cute little 3" bears. With nothing more than wool and felting needles, this versatile form of soft sculpture can be used to create so many wonderful things. There will be time to make 2-3 little bears (or bunnies, puppies, etc...) in any colour you wish. Made from the softest merino wool with glass eyes, these bears would be suitable for collectible ornaments, table displays or cherished gifts. This workshop is suitable for beginners.

Instructor:  Lois McDonald-Layden

Date/Time:  Sunday, June 18, 9am – 4:30pm

Prerequisite:  None needed – beginners and experienced felters welcome!

Tuition:  $195 + $25 materials

 

Self-Striping Yarn

In this class you will go through all steps for creating self-striping or patterning yarn for socks, arm warmers or fingerless mitts. You will prepare your skein for dyeing, learn techniques for creating striped yarn and learn how to set the dyes. When finished, you’ll have yarn that will knit up in the unique striped pattern you have created!

Instructor:  Kim McBrien Evans

Date/Time:  Sunday, June 18, 9am – 4:30pm

Prerequisite: Suitable for all levels of dyers, including new dyers. Some experience is helpful, but not required. More experienced dyers will be given more complex ideas and tasks to work on.

Tuition:  $195 + $10 materials

 

Wild About Colour 2.0: Managing, Exploiting and Playing with Colour in Spinning

Take your knowledge of colour another step further and join us for a full-day workshop managing, exploiting and playing with colour in spinning. In this workshop, we will be using hand painted braids, dyed corriedale rovings and drumcarded batts. In addition to these prepared fibres, you will learn blending techniques on hand carders that will create different effects. You will also add other delicious amendments to your fibre to add more colour and texture.

In addition to basic 2-ply techniques, we will fully explore and exploit the actions different spinning and plying techniques have on colour such as combination drafting and combination plying. Colour theory will be discussed and practically applied throughout the day.

Instructor:  Diana Twiss

Date/Time:  Sunday, June 18, 9am – 4:30pm

Prerequisite:  Must be able to spin a continuous thread and be comfortable with plying. You will be taught how to ply from a centre pull ball and to make chain plied yarn.  Note: It is not necessary to take Wild About Colour 1.0 prior to taking this class.

Tuition:  $195 + $40 materials

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