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Workshops

Workshops taking place throughout Fibre Week are always a success.

Please note many of these workshops have mandatory supplies.  To ensure that you’re ready for your class, check the the supplies list in the workshop details to know what you need to bring. Full course descriptions and fees are listed below. Registration opens March 1, 2021 @ 8:30am MST.

Friday, June 18, 2021

  • Beginner Spinning

  • Oblique Interlacing
  • Deflected Double Weave Workshop (DDW)

  • Nuno Scarf, Dye and Painting 

  • Wet Felted Bird Pod with Lean Cathleen Donald

  • Colour and Spinning Playground

  • Introduction to Spinning Plant Fibres

  • Stitched Shibori and Indigo Dyeing

  • Needle Felted Sheep - White

  • Needle Felted Sheep - Colored

Saturday, June 19, 2021

  • Introduction to Natural Dyes

  • Sprang Lace

  • Felted Tree Landscape

  • All About Worsted and Woollen

  • Introduction to Weak Acid Dyes

  • Atypical Weaving: Hand Manipulations & Fibres 

  • Yarn Construction for Fibre Artists

  • Making Yarn with Turkish Spindles

  • Having a Blast with Bast

  • Making Yarn with Supported Spindles

Sunday, June 20, 2021

  • Beginner Weaving

  • Blending and Spinning Tweedy Yarns

  • Be the Boss of Your Yarn

  • Felted Flower Landscape

  • Making Resists for Felt Hats and Bags

  • Make a Wet Felted Vessel with Leah Cathleen Donald

  • Twist in the Balance

  • Sprang Twining

Friday Workshops

Beginning Spinning

This class will cover basic mechanics of spinning wheels and how to make your wheel work for you.  Using wool rovings and top, we’ll learn how to spin singles, how to ply those singles together, and how to get a balanced yarn.  We’ll cover drafting both woolen and worsted, what the difference between the two is and when and where you might want to choose one method over the other.

Topics Covered Include:
- Spinning wheel mechanics (how YOUR wheel works)
- Understanding wool preparations
- Drafting worsted-style singles
- Drafting woolen-style singles
- Plying methods for 2-ply and 3-ply yarns
- Finishing techniques
- Fibre characteristics and how they affect the final yarn

Prerequisite: None
Student Supplies: Spinning wheel, at least 3 bobbins, lazy Kate (if available), hand cards (optional), sharpie for labelling supplies, notebook & pen, floors can be slippery so you may also want to bring a non-slip mat to go under your wheel (optional)
Instructor: Christie Schulze
Fri June 18-19, 2021 (9am-4:30pm)
$295 + $30 Materials + GST

Oblique Interlacing

Oblique interlacing looks like plain weave on the bias. This is a free-end braiding technique, which means you can take it everywhere, and weave anywhere, any time. The technique can be used on a wide variety of yarns to create small items or very large ones. We focus on the method, what ‘irregularities’ (mistakes) look like, how to identify them, how to correct them, and how to avoid them in the first place …. or how to repeat the irregularity and call it a design element. The method can be used to create bags, scarfs, hats, vests … almost any garment! Samples will be on hand to inspire.

Prerequisite: Reasonable eyesight and good use of the fingers of both hands
Student Supplies: Glasses if you need them to read. Paper and pencil for notes.
Instructor: Carol James
Fri June 18, 2021 (9am-4:30pm)
$195 + $5 Materials + GST

Deflected Double Weave (DDW)

Participants will learn about the basics of DDW, how to draft, yarns to use, and wet finishing to contribute to the final product. Done in a round robin format, students will leave the workshop with 4-5 samples. Weaving will be the major focus and consume most of the time.

Prerequisite: Advanced Weaver - must know how to warp loom, follow a draft to weave a sample
Student Supplies: Each student must have a 8 shaft portable loom to bring to class
Instructor: Lynn Ivany-McEachern
Fri June 18-19, 2021 (9am-4:30pm)
$295 + $25 Materials + GST

Nuno Scarf, Dye and Painting

Explore a new painting medium. Learn how to felt a Nuno Scarf with merino wool on silk chiffon fabric that can be used as a canvas for painting on with wool dyes. Laurie will demonstrate how to create a variety of scarf designs that include learning how to piece silk and create holes. Paint it as if you were creating a watercolour.

You will learn how to paint in layers and set them using a microwave. Understand how dyes work on dry and wet backgrounds and how wool and silk absorb the dye differently. Come with an idea or create spontaneously. Laurie has been working with wool dyes for 14 years.
You will learn how to felt by hand with tips and techniques that will make the felting process as easy and fast as possible.

Prerequisite: None
Student Supplies: notebook and pen, large watercolour paint brush, containers to hold dye, container for cleaning dye brush with water, 2 Cups vinegar to set dyes with, 2 clear plastic lawn bags, 24" X 80", bubble wrap, small bubbles, pool noodle, stainless steel or plastic bowl, plastic gloves, glass jar with, small holes in lid to sprinkle hot soapy water(I will have one bonsai sprayer available), olive oil soap bar (I will have some available), 2 old towels, old nylons or long strips of stretchy material to tie your felting bundles with .
Instructor: Laurie Steffler
Fri June 18-19, 2021 (9am-4:30pm)
$295 + $35 Materials + GST

Wet Felted Bird Pod with Leah Cathleen Donald

Wet felting is a method of creating art using wool as your medium. This felting method is thousands of years old and has a rich history in many cultures. In this workshop you will learn about different breeds of wool and their properties. We'll start by making a sample piece of felt to help us understand the unique, natural properties of wool. Each participant will then put their new-found knowledge to use making a hanging birdhouse. Wet felting is a hands-on, sometimes messy art process. Wear comfortable clothes that you can get wet and not worry about. Barbara Leighton, founder of the Leighton Art Centre, believed that every person is an artist - they just needed to find their right medium. Perhaps wool is yours. Try felting and find out!

Prerequisite: None. This is a course for beginners and up.
Student Supplies: 2 hand towels, 2 bath towels, 2 plastic grocery bags. We will have bottle sprinklers for participants to use. If you have a ball sprinkler/sprayer feel free to bring it and a bowl. Bring a lunch, snacks and water bottle.
Instructor: Leah Cathleen Donald
Fri June 18, 2021 (9am-4:30pm)
$195 + $25 Materials + GST

Colour Spinning and Playground

Join Diana for a full day of colour experimentation and fun in a workshop devoted to blending, and spinning up and assessing the results. In the first half we will use some portable tools for blending colour for spinning: hand carders, blending boards, and hackles. In the second part, we will spin it up and experiment with different spinning techniques to allow the colours to blend or stay true and reflect on our results. In addition to experimenting with different blending tools, you will learn colour theory in a practical and applied way.

Prerequisite: Must be able to spin a continuous thread with a spinning wheel or spindle and have experience with a plying for a two-ply yarn.
Student Supplies: Spinning wheel in excellent operating order, 6 empty toilet paper rolls for making centre pull balls, lazy kate, extra bobbins. Blending board (can be shared between three people), hand carders.
Instructor: Diana Twiss
Fri June 18, 2021 (9am-4:30pm)
$195 + $40 Materials + GST

Introduction to Spinning Plant Fibres

Cellulose fibres are a completely different animal – or plant, really! – than wool and other protein fibres, so put aside everything you know about spinning and learn to appreciate these fascinating fibres! Plant fibres are among the earliest fibres man ever spun, and can create wonderful yarns once you meet them in their comfort zone.

This full-day class will help you leave behind your preconceptions about plant fibres, give you the tools and skills to learn to spin them, and introduce you to their long and fascinating history. Covering everything from extra-long flax to super-short cotton with a few stops in between, it will be a day of learning and experimentation that will leave you loving plant fibres at the end.

Prerequisite: Working knowledge of spinning, able to spin both woollen and worsted drafts preferred.
Student Supplies: Spinning wheel with multiple bobbins, support spindle with bowl, small shallow container for water, hand towel.
Instructor: Vanessa Bjerreskov
Fri June 18, 2021 (9am-4:30pm)
$195 + $20 Materials + GST

Stitched Shibori and Indigo Dyeing

This class will include an introduction to stitched shibori and the indigo dyeing vat.

Prerequisite: Ability to sew stitches on fabric using a needle and thread.
Student Supplies: Hand sewing needles, sturdy polyester sewing thread, embroidery scissors, thimble, apron, rubber gloves, small kitchen timer, plastic bags to carry wet samples home.
Instructor: Gayle Vallance
Fri June 18, 2021 (9am-4:30pm)
$195 + $15 Materials + GST

Needle Felted Sheep - White

Come learn the wonderful art of needle felting and create your own cute little felted sheep with nothing more than wool and felting needles (and lots of stabbing!) This is a versatile form of soft sculpture that can be used to make so many things. This workshop is suitable for beginners or those with some experience.

Participants will receive a Felting kit (felting foam and felting needles) and enough coure wool, natural lamb curls, and glass eyes to make two little sheep. These sheep have a wire armature and wire is also included.

Prerequisite: Any experience level
Student Supplies: Small sharp scissors, a multiple felting needle (3-5) holder if you have one. If you do not have one or can't find one, the instructor will have some for you to purchase or try out. They cost $20 - $25 each.
Instructor: Lois Mcdonald-Layden
Fri June 18, 2021 (9am-12pm)
$99 + $25 Materials + GST

Needle Felted Sheep - Colored

Come learn the wonderful art of needle felting and create your own cute little felted sheep with nothing more than wool and felting needles (and lots of stabbing!) This is a versatile form of soft sculpture that can be used to make so many things. This workshop is suitable for beginners or those with some experience.

Participants will receive a Felting kit (felting foam and felting needles) and enough coure wool, natural lamb curls, and glass eyes to make two little sheep. These sheep have a wire armature and wire is also included.

Prerequisite: Any experience level
Student Supplies: Small sharp scissors, a multiple felting needle (3-5) holder if you have one. If you do not have one or can't find one, the instructor will have some for you to purchase or try out. They cost $20 - $25 each.
Instructor: Lois Mcdonald-Layden
Fri June 18, 2021 (1:30pm-4:30pm)
$99 + $25 Materials GST

Saturday Workshops

Introduction to Natural Dyes

Natural dyes can offer an eco-friendly source of colours ranging from pastels to brights, depending on the techniques used. This short introductory class will provide you with the basic knowledge needed to explore the craft of natural dyeing, including yarn preparation, gathering and preparing dye materials, and mordanting and modifying. Participants will have the opportunity to use three natural dyes and methods to lay the foundations for further learning at home.

Prerequisite: No prior dyeing experience needed.
Student Supples: Apron or cover-up, sturdy rubber gloves (like dishwashing gloves), light particulate mask or cloth face covering, old towels for blotting and clean-up, plastic baggies for transporting wet samples. Please be aware that there may be allergens or strong smells in this workshop.
Instructor: Michelle Boyd
Sat June 19, 2021 (9am - 12pm)
$99 + $25 Materials + GST

Sprang Lace

Lace is a piece of cloth with a pattern of holes. Learn techniques to make holes in your sprang cloth on purpose. The instructor has studied examples of sprang across North America and Europe, successfully recreating many of these. Learn to make lace stitches from a master. Pattern reading and pattern writing exercises will help you understand the structure, and free you to create your own designs.

Prerequisite: Familiar with the basics of sprang: Knows how to warp a frame and can manage the basic interlinking stitch.
Student Supplies: Sprang frame at least 24 inches long and 18 in wide, paper and pencil for taking notes. If you need glasses to read the newspaper, then bring them to class.
Instructor: Carol James
Sat June 19, 2021 (9am-4:30pm)
$195 + $8 Materials + GST

Felted Tree Landscape

Each participant will make a large felted wool "Painting", of a landscape scene of their choice with lots of detail. Using different "painting with wool" techniques, we will be focusing on trees in this workshop, but I can also teach flowers, rocks, moons, depending on the class interest. You will then be shown various ways to mount or use your work of art when you take it home. This workshop is suitable for beginners or experienced felters as your wool painting can be as intricate or as simple as you like. We will be learning both needle felting and wet felting and using merino, silk and other embellishments.

Prerequisite: Any experience level.
Student Supplies: 2-3 large bath towels, small sharp scissors, one piece of cushion foam at least 2" thick and 24" x 16" (available at Wal-Mart or Fabricville)
Instructor: Lois McDonald-Layden
Sat June 19, 2021 (9am-4:30pm)
$195 + $50 Materials + GST

All About Worsted and Woollen

The difference between worsted and woollen is a fundamental concept and one that every spinner should understand. It relates both to fibre preparation and spinning technique, and having a good understanding of how these affect the character of your finished yarn will help you spin the right yarn for your project and fibre.

Prerequisite: Working knowledge of spinning.
Student Supplies: Spinning tool (wheel with multiple bobbins/at least three spindles).
Instructor: Vanessa Bjerreskov
Sat June 19, 2021 (1:30pm-4:30pm)
$99 + $10 Materials + GST

Introduction to Weak Acid Dyes

Weak acid dyes are simple chemical dyes that give us bright, permanent colours on protein fibres like wool, alpaca, mohair, and silk. This workshop will give participants a hands-on opportunity to learn to mix and use these dyes safely to achieve a variety of effects. Solid colours, kettle dyes, and painted yarn techniques will be explored on both yarn and prepared spinning fibres, giving participants the basic knowledge to confidently dye their own yarns.

Prerequisite: No prior dyeing experience is needed.
Student Supplies: Apron or cover-up, sturdy rubber gloves (like dishwashing gloves), light particulate mask or cloth face covering, old towels for blotting and clean-up, plastic baggies for transporting wet samples. Please be aware that there may be allergens or strong smells in this workshop.
Instructor: Michelle Boyd
Sat June 19, 2021 (1:30pm-4:30pm)
$99 + $30 Materials + GST

Making Yarn with Supported Spindles

Some of the most beautiful tools in the hand spinning world these days are the supported spindle. Simple, elegant and easy on the body, they are a wonderful way to make light airy yarn. If you have ever wanted to try making yarn this way, or just interested in knowing how these simple tools work, this workshop is for you.

In the workshop you will be introduced to the various styles of supported spindles and shown what to look for when buying one. You will learn and practice all the skills needed to: get started, prepare your fibre, flick your spindle for a good long spin, draft your fibre, wind a good, stable cop, remove the singles for plying, and ply yarn.

Prerequisite: Must have some experience with spinning, and be able to spin a continuous thread. This is not a class for someone with absolutely no experience spinning.
Student Supplies: Support spindle (20-35g) and bowl. Please communicate directly with instructor to make sure you have a spindle that will ensure success. Shoebox or basket to be used as a lazy Kate to hold spindles. Hand carders (optional).
Instructor: Diana Twiss
Sat June 19, 2021 (1:30pm-4:30pm)
$99 + $15 Materials + GST

Atypical Weaving: Hand Manipulations & Fibres

Manipulations and Recycled Materials is a two-day workshop in which participants will explore numerous fibres and hand manipulations on a rigid heddle or table loom. At the end of the two-day session, participants will leave with a notebook of techniques and a cloth full of exciting options.

Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of weaving. Previously completed at least 2 projects.
Student Supplies: A table loom (or floor loom) pre-warped with a solid colour 8/2 cotton warp set at 10 epi, between 30 – 40 cm (12 – 16″) wide and 3 m (3 yards) long, threaded tabby; also shuttles and bobbins, scissors, pins, needles, and any other favourite weaving tools.
Instructor: Karla Mather-Cocks
Sat June 19 - Sun June 20, 2021 (9am -4:30pm)
$295 + $25 Materials + GST

Yarn Construction for Fibre Artists

Have you ever had a great pattern and great yarn that just didn’t work well together, whether commercial yarn or your own handspun? Don’t worry, we all have! Yarn construction makes certain yarns suitable for certain end uses and completely unsuitable for others. This half-day class will teach spinners about six different aspects of yarn construction and how they affect what your yarn is – and isn’t – good for once it is spun. You will also experiment with spinning outside your default zone and learn to be more deliberate about your choices of fibre and spinning techniques.

Prerequisite: Working knowledge of spinning (wheel or spindle).
Student Supplies: Spinning tool (wheel with multiple bobbins/at least three spindles).
Instructor: Vanessa Bjerreskov
Sat June 19, 2021 (9am-12pm)
$99+ $15 Materials + GST

Making Yarn with Turkish Spindles

Making yarn with a spindle is fairly straightforward, but people often wonder how to get started. In this workshop you will be introduced to the variety of styles of suspended (or drop) spindles, with a focus on the cross-piece spindle – also known as the Turkish spindle. Beautiful and highly portable, they are a great choice for your entry into the world of making yarn. You will see and try a variety of spindles, learn what to look for when buying a spindle, learn how to get started making yarn, preparing and drafting fibre, wrapping singles into a turtle (what’s that you say?) and plying to make yarn.

Prerequisite: Must have some experience with spinning, and be able to spin a continuous thread. This is not a class for someone with absolutely no experience spinning.
Student Supplies: Cross-piece spindle also known as Turkish spindle between 20 and 40 grams.
Instructor: Diana Twiss
Sat June 19 (9am- 12pm)
$99 + $10 Materials + GST

Having a Blast with Bast

Bast fibers (flax, bamboo bast, ramie, hemp) are amongst the most eco-friendly of spinning fibres. We will study the fiber characteristics and techniques for preparation, spinning and finishing. Used by themselves they form wonderful yarns, but their characteristics can also be modified through blending. A variety of yarns can be spun using blending, plying, and cabling. Fibers will be dyed with fiber reactive dyes.

Prerequisite: An understanding of wheel mechanics and the ability to spin a continuous yarn.
Student Supplies: Participants will provide their own spinning wheels, lazy kates, bobbins,
a small bowl and sponge for wet spinning, hand towel, medium-sized bath towel, hand cards, preferably with tooth density of 50 to 80 teeth per square inch. Apron and rubber gloves for dyeing.
Instructor: Gayle Vallance
Sat June 19, 2021 (9am-4:30pm)
$195 + $20 Materials + GST

Sunday Workshops

Beginning Weaving

This class is designed for those who are brand new to weaving, as well as those who want to refresh their knowledge of four-harness loom weaving. Students will learn how to prepare a warp, put the warp on the loom and how to operate the loom. The "how-to’s" of planning a project, reading a draft, choosing materials and finishing a project will be covered. Your supplies will include a practice warp and enough yarn to weave a beautiful scarf.

Prerequisite: None
Student Supplies: Notebook, pen or pencil, ruler, fabric measuring tape, scissors, large blunt tapestry needle, pencil crayons, masking or painters’ tape, a ball of string, threading hook/reed hook, if you have them.
Instructor: Tracy LaRose
Sun June 20 - Thurs June 24 (9am-4:30pm)
$495 + $65 Materials + GST

Blending and Spinning Tweedy Yarns

From soft heathers to speckled Donegal-style, tweedy yarns add depth and character to our knitted garments. Learn to combine colours for bright tweeds and mellow earthy tones, add in noils and neps for a flecked effect, and spin the yarns to take advantage of our preparations.

Prerequisite: Students should be able to spin a continuous length of yarn comfortably.
Student Supplies: a spinning wheel in good working order and orifice hook, at least 3 bobbins, lazy kate, niddy-noddy, hand carders, scissors, labels or baggies for samples, notebook or paper for making notes, pen.
Instructor: Michelle Boyd
Sun June 20, 2021 (9am- 12pm)
$99 + $20 Material + GST

Be the Boss of Your Yarn

This full-day workshop is all about busting through "default yarn" - that yarn you make over and over again despite attempts to do it differently. In this workshop you are going to work on techniques that will expand your yarn repertoire. You will experiment with and learn about the effect of twist on your singles and your plied yarns. You will also learn about yarn structure by making samples of soft singles, 2-ply, chained (Navajo ply), and cable yarns. You will earn strategies for making the yarn you want. At the end of the day, YOU will be the boss of your yarn.

Prerequisite: Must have some experience with spinning, and be able to spin a continuous thread. This is not a class for someone with absolutely no experience spinning.
Student Supplies: A spinning wheel in good working order and all supporting equipment (oil, orifice hook, etc), 1 or 2 bobbins, scissors, labels for samples, pen and paper for notes.
Instructor: Diana Twiss
Sun June 20 (9am-4:30pm)
$195 + $25 Materials + GST

Felted Flower Landscape Workshop

Each participant will make a large felted wool 'Painting' of their choice with lots of detail. Using different "painting with wool" techniques, we will be focusing on flowers in this workshop, but I can also teach flowers, rocks, moons, depending on the class interest, You will then be shown various ways to mount or use your work of art when you take it home, This workshop is suitable for beginners or experienced felters as your wool painting can be as intricate or as simple as you like. We will be learning both needle felting and wet felting and using merino, silk and other embellishments.

Prerequisite: Any experience level.
Student Supplies: 2-3 large bath towels, small sharp scissors, one piece of cushion foam at least 2" thick and 24" x 16" (available at Wal-Mart or Fabricville).
Instructor: Lois Mcdonald-Layden
Sun June 20, 2021 (9am-4:30pm)
$195 + $50 Materials + GST

Making Resists for Felt Hats and Bags

Learn how to create a resist that is shape and dimensionally correct for your felt bag or hat project. Choose from many hat and bag styles presented. You will gain a comprehensive understanding of using the seamless resist technique and how to shape and sculpt wool. Bring your ideas or pictures showing the type of hat or bag style that inspires you. The hats and bags can be bold and sculptural or practical and all will be waterproof. You will be able to take your project home. You will learn how to felt by hand with tips and techniques that will make the felting process as easy and fast as possible.

Prerequisite: None
Student Supplies: notebook and pen, felt pen, for hats: 100-200 g merino wool, for bags: 200-300 g, merino wool and corriedale wool or another good felting wool , embellishments: only if wanted,(wool, locks, yarn,silk, pre-felts), resist plastic (6mil vapour barrier plastic or carpet underlay ), scissors, 1 clear, plastic lawn bag, 24"X 30" bubble wrap, small bubbles, pool noodle, one bonsai sprayer is available to use in class, bring your own if you can, 2 old towels, stainless steel bowl or plastic bowl, olive oil soap, bar, I will also have some available, old nylons or long strips of stretchy material to tie your felting bundles with.
Instructor: Laurie Steffler
Sun June 20 (9am-4:30pm)
$195 + $0 Materials + GST

Make a Wet Felted Vessel with Leah Cathleen Donald

Wet felting is a method of creating art using wool as your medium. This felting method is thousands of years old and has a rich history in many cultures.

In this workshop you will learn about different breeds of wool and their properties. We'll start by making a sample piece of felt to help us understand the unique, natural properties of wool. Each participant will then put their new-found knowledge to use making a felt bowl or vessel.

Wet felting is a hands-on, sometimes messy art process. Wear comfortable clothes that you can get wet and not worry about. Barbara Leighton, founder of the Leighton Art Centre, believed that every person is an artist - they just needed to find their right medium. Perhaps wool is yours. Try felting and find out!

Prerequisite: None. This is a course for beginners and up.
Student Supplies: 2 hand towels, 2 bath towels, 2 plastic grocery bags. We will have bottle sprinklers for participants to use. If you have a ball sprinkler/sprayer feel free to bring it and a bowl. Bring a lunch, snacks and water bottle.
Instructor: Leah Cathleen Donald
Sun June 20, 2021 (9am - 4:30pm)
$195 + $25 Materials + GST

Twist in the Balance

How much ply twist makes a balanced yarn, anyway? Compare and contrast two ways of thinking about balanced plying. We will spin the singles and ply the yarns both ways, using a variety of fibre types. We’ll assess the yarns for durability, elasticity, and warmth to decide which style of balance we want for our projects.

Warning: Participants may be exposed to small amounts of math and/or treadle counting.

Prerequisite: Students should be able to spin a continuous yarn comfortably
Student Supplies: a spinning wheel in good working order and orifice hook, at least 3 bobbins, lazy kate, niddy-noddy, hand carders, scissors, labels or baggies for samples, notebook or paper for making notes, pen.
Instructor: Michelle Boyd
Sun June 20(1:30pm-4:30pm)
$99 + $15 Material + GST

Sprang Twining

Ancient Egyptians were experts in sprang. We will take our inspiration from them, and explore ways to create some of these multi-coloured designs. Zig-zags, lozenges, discontinuous lines, and medallions are some of the possibilities, when thread pairs twine across a background of interlinking. The instructor will guide you through a series of simple steps so you, too can create amazing patterns all your own. Having replicated a number of these multi-coloured designs, the instructor will bring samples for students to examine, and will share her techniques and pattern writing method.

Prerequisite: Familiar with the basics of sprang: Knows how to warp a frame and can manage the basic interlinking stitch.
Student Supplies: Sprang frame at least 24 inches long and 18 in wide, paper and pencil for taking notes. If you need glasses to read the newspaper, then bring them to class.
Instructor: Carol James
Sun June 20 (9am- 4:30pm)
$195 + $8 Materials + GST