Happy New Year everyone! We are happy to offer a new slate of workshops for all of you fibre-folk longing for a way to break up the winter – with all of this cold & messy weather afoot, it’s great time to ignite that creative spark & fend off the February blahs! All classes in this schedule will be held at Gaspereau Valley Fibres (830 Gaspereau River Road), & we promise we’ll have the fire roaring and the kettle on! To register please call 902-542-2656 or toll free 1-877-634-2737. In order to secure your spot, we require payment upon registration. If classes are cancelled due to weather, you will receive a full refund.

Icelandic Cardigan Knit-a-Long

with Cheryl den Hartog
Sundays, February 12th, 19th & March 12th & 26th, 1:30pm-3:30pm
$50 +HST, & participants receive 20% discount on yarn

Iceland has a long knitting tradition ranging from fine shawls to the famous yoke pullover. To create a cardigan Icelanders cleverly position a steek in the front of a sweater, work in the round and then cut the steek open. This project adapts a pullover pattern to a cardigan. (If you want to stick with the pullover, that’s fine too.) Why not join a knit-a-long with some challenge to it? Extend your knowledge of working in the round while creating an Icelandic Riddari cardigan. Participants can pick up their homework in advance of the class.
Skill level: Intermediate

Beginner Knitting

with Devon Koeller
Tuesday February 21st, 6-9pm
Sunday February 26st, 1-4pm
$45 +HST, which includes needles & 125g Fleece Artist Merino “Stream”.

Want to learn to knit? Whether you have never picked up a set of needles or you just need a little refresher from when Grandma taught you, instructor we are happy to get you started. Participants will learn how to cast on, knit, purl and how to bind off. You will also be starting your very first project, a super cozy chunky cowl! Come on in and let us help you get going!
Skill level: Beginner

Knit Socks!

with Tammy Bast
January 28th, 10am-3:00pm
$35 +HST, which includes all yarn & instruction.

Come demystify the turning of the heel! Rye is a stylish but simple sock, using basic heel flap construction perfect for your first pair of socks. Tammy will walk participants through all aspects of sock construction, including turning the heel, picking up & knitting & various shaping techniques. And this pattern by Tin Can Knits includes sizes for the whole family, so everyone can have a pair! Participants should bring 3.25 & 3.75mm double point needles. Skill level: Participants should feel comfortable knitting & purling in the round.
Skill level: Intermediate

Tunisian Crochet

with Clarissa Nell
February 18th, 10am-3pm
$55 +HST, which includes all materials and instructions.

Want to learn Tunisian Crochet? Also known as afghan crochet or tricot crochet, it’s been called a mix of knitting and crochet but that definitely doesn’t do it justice. This technique is incredibly versatile – capable of producing anything from lacy, airy projects to incredibly dense fabrics. It’s a lot of fun and the possibilities are endless.

During this workshop, participants will learn the basics of Tunisian Crochet with at least two different stitches while making a cozy cowl. No prior experience is needed.

Participants should bring a lunch with them. Notes will be provided but participants may wish to bring a note pad as well.
Skill level: Beginner

Sheepskin Baby Booties

with Devon Koeller
Saturday, February 25th, 1:00-4:00pm
$45 +HST, which includes sheepskin slipper soles, yarn & instructions

Join Devon to learn how to make these adorable baby booties with shearling soles. Participants will learn the basics of crochet, how to “pick up & knit”, & how to use double pointed needles to knit in the round. Skills learned translate beautifully to the children’s & adult slippers also pictured above! Participants should bring a 3.5mm crochet hook & 4.5mm set of DPN needles. It is recommended that you complete one project in the round prior to the class.

Beginner Needle Felting

with Nancy Keating
March 4th, 12-3
$40 + HST which includes all materials and instructions

Felt is considered to be the oldest known textile! Learn the basic technique of needle felting while creating a one of a kind cell phone (or glasses) case. Your case will be made from a reclaimed wool blanket embellished with bits of wool roving and fleece. Choose your design from a number provided or bring your own sketch.

Giant Granny Square Crochet-a-Long

with Devon Koeller
Saturday, March 11th & 25th, 1:00-4:00pm
$35 +HST, & participants receive 20% discount on yarn.

Learn how to crochet beautiful housewares in a jiffy using granny squares & the fantastic colours of Noro yarn! Participants can opt to make a throw cushion or a lapghan. Skills involved are appropriate for adventurous beginners & intermediate crocheters. It is recommended that you complete one crochet project prior to the class.

Learn to Spin!

with Marilyn Rand
Sunday February 19th, 10:00-3:00pm
$70 +HST, which includes all materials and instruction, & the use of a wheel for the class.

Everything the beginning spinner needs to know – right from the first process of choosing a fleece, the wool preparation, & how to spin according to qualities of your fibre, what fibre to use for different projects. Participants should bring a lunch with them.
Skill level: Beginner

Learn to Weave on a Rigid Heddle Loom

with Liz & Daniel Nell
Saturday February 18th, 10am-3pm
$65 +HST which includes all materials and instructions

Enjoy a day at the farm learning to the basics of weaving! Participants will learn to set up warp & create fabrics on a rigid heddle loom. Use of a loom is included for each student, as well as materials for a woven rag placemat using cotton warp & “BUFAY” upcucled cotton fabric yarn. Participants should bring a lunch with them.
Skill level: Beginner

“Double Width” Weaving: Rigid Heddle Checkered Throw

with Tammy Bast
Saturday March 11th, 9am-4pm
$100 +HST includes 7 hours instruction & 8 x 100g superwash wool of your choice of 2 colours.

Double your weaving options with your rigid heddle loom! This class will take you through the steps of planning, warping, weaving and finishing a double width blanket (including fixing your mistakes!). Participants will need their own 24” (or larger) rigid heddle loom, two 7.5 heddles, a double heddle kit, three pick up sticks, 2 stick shuttles, a warping peg and warping sticks or paper. You should also be comfortable warping your loom with a single heddle. Class time will not allow you to complete your throw, but you will have all the skills needed to finish at home. *Completed throw will not be exactly as shown.

Icelandic Felted Slippers

with Helen Jarvis
February 25th, 10am-3pm
$60 +HST which includes all materials and instructions

Join Helen Jarvis & create your own pair of adult slippers using the wet resist felting method. Incorporating fleece in a variety of natural hues, the class materials will be provided from Helen’s own flock of Icelendic Sheep! Please feel free to bring a lunch or snacks.
Skill level: Beginner