Spinner’s Gathering

Sat. January 27th, 1 – 4 & Sat. February 24th, 1 – 4

 

Bring your spinning wheel or drop spindle and enjoy an afternoon of spinning at the farm.  This monthly gathering is a great time to be creative and learn new techniques from fellow spinners in a relaxing, informal setting.  Experiment with different fibres and blends; try new products!  We will have our drum carder available for use as well as wheels to try out.

 

There is no charge for this event.

 


 

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Fair Isle Mittens-The Beat Goes On

with Cheryl den Hartog

 

Saturday January 27, 10:00-3:00

$55 + HST Includes yarn, pattern and instruction.

 

Fair Isle knitting is a stranded knitting method which makes playing with colours so much fun and can be used in a wide range of creative items. There are only a few techniques involved and this class will focus on perfecting your stranding.

Join us for a Valentines knit! Learn the basics while creating a mitten of heart motifs.

Skill Level: Intermediate, students must be comfortable knitting in the round with dpns. Some experience with colour knitting would be an asset.

*** There is homework that will need to be completed before the first class ***

 


 

 

Two Colour Brioche

with Joy Higgins

 

February 3, 10 – 2

$50 which includes all materials and instruction

Let’s knit Brioche Style!  Two colour Brioche Knitting  is a technique that allows us to “think outside the box” in the world of knitting. Brioche creates a lofty reversible fabric that is warm, stylish and adaptable to any knitting pattern. In this workshop students will learn the basics of two colour flat brioche knitting to create the Icicle scarf.

Students will need to bring 4mm circular needles and 2 stitch markers.

 


 

Beginner Knit

with Tasha Hope-Simpson

 

Tuesday February 6, 6 – 9 pm

$45 + HST which includes yarn, pattern and needles.

Want to learn to knit? Whether you have never picked up a set of knitting needles or you just need a little refresher from when Grandma taught you, Tasha will be 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 first project, a super cozy chunky cowl!

Skill level: Beginner

 


 

Chakra Colour Love Workshop

with Meryl Cook

 

February 10, 10 – 4

$140 which includes all materials and instructions

This class is an introduction to using chakra colours in your rug design as a way to bring an added dimension to your rug hooking.

“A chakra is a vital energy centre in the body.  Each chakra is associated with an area of the body and a particular vibrational energy. When our body is out of balance, it is thought that energy in one or more of the chakras is blocked.” from One Loop at a Time by Meryl Cook, p. 12.

In this 6 hour workshop we will use practical, fun exercises to take you through the seven chakras and their associated colours.  We will hook with the seven colours using the instructor’s patterns Chakra Love (shown above) and Chakra Love Too (still in development).

Kit includes a 15×15 pattern on linen and a variety of new and recycled wool fabrics and textured wool yarns hand dyed by the instructor.

Students should have a basic knowledge of rug hooking. Students will need to bring their own hook, hoop or frame, and scissors.

 


 

Sheepskin Baby Booties

with Tasha Hope-Simpson

 

Saturday, February 17, 12 – 4

$45 + HST which includes materials and instructions.

Join Tasha to learn how to make these adorable baby booties with shearling soles. Participants will learn the basics of crochet, how to “pick up and knit”, and how to use double pointed needles to knit in the round. Skills learned translate beautifully into the children’s and adults slippers. It is recommended that you complete one project in the round prior to the class.

Students will need to bring a 3.5mm crochet hook, and 5.5 mm dpns.

Skill Level: Intermediate

 


 

 

Beginner Sock

With Tammy Bast

 

$45 + HST which includes pattern, instruction and yarn.

Tuesday February 20, 27 and March 6, 1 – 4

Join Tammy for three Tuesday afternoons to learn the basics of sock making. Over the three weeks you will learn about casting on, making a sock to fit, turning a heel, fitting the foot, and grafting the toe. At the end of the class you will have a completed pair of adult socks. Homework will be required for this class.

Students will need to bring 2 sets of 3.25 dpns.

Skill Level: Advanced beginner – Students should be comfortable knitting and purling.

 


 

Learn to Weave on a Rigid Heddle Loom

With Liz and Daniel Nell

 

Saturday, March 3, 10 – 3

$65 + HST and includes all materials and instructions

Enjoy a day at the farm learning the basics of weaving! Participants will learn to set up, warp and create fabrics on a rigid heddle loom. Use of a loom is included for each student as well as materials for a small woven table runner/sampler using beautiful Maritime yarn.

Participants should bring a lunch.

Skill Level: Beginner

 


 

Rug Punching

with Diann McDonald

 

$90 + HST which includes all materials and instruction

February 24, 10 – 3

Rug punching is a wonderful way to create rugs for your home. This workshop is designed to teach you how to use the Oxford Punch Needle and the basic techniques for rug punching.  We will discuss the different needle sizes available and the yarns that work best for punching. Students will learn how to transfer a template to monk’s cloth, stretch the fabric on your frame and finish your completed project. A brief history of rug making in the Maritimes and the tools used by early punchers will be given.

The kit includes: tack frame, monk’s cloth, thumb tacks, #9 punch needle, wool and button thread.

Students need to bring: a tapestry needle, scissors for cutting yarn, fabric scissors

 


 

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Fair Isle in the Round

With Cheryl den Hartog

 

$55 + HST which includes pattern, enough Brown Sheep yarn to complete project, and instruction.

February 17, 10 – 3

Fair Isle knitting is a colour knitting technique that may look intimidating but isn’t really that hard.  Join Cheryl for a fun relaxing workshop. Learn the basic techniques while creating a hat inspired by Fort Anne, the place that gave Nova Scotia its name and our first National Historic site.  This hat will help you to learn to: hold 2 yarn colours, knit without tangling yarns, strand pattern and background colours, and recognize the colour principles that make Fair Isle design effective.

Students will have homework to complete before the class begins, and will need to bring 3.25 mm circular needles and a lunch.

 


 

 

Tapestry Weaving

With Mary Anne Donovan

 

$75 which includes all materials and instruction plus a basic board loom to take home.

March 3, 12 – 4:30

Join Mary Anne from House of Woolly Thyme to create a one of a kind woven wall hanging.  Topics covered include choosing mixed textures and fibres, warping your loom, weaving stitches (tabby, soumak, rya knots, and hemstitch finishing), creating simple shapes and finishing your unique woven piece (approx. 6 x 15 inches).  A beautiful array of natural fibres, yarns and wool roving as well as a basic board loom for you to take home are included.
No previous weaving experience is necessary

 


 

Weaving with Pick Up Sticks and Finger Controlled Weaves

with Tammy Bast

 

$65 which includes a pattern for a sampler tea towel, materials and instruction

March 10, 11- 4

This is the perfect class for the beginner weaver who is ready to progress to the next level and start playing with pick up sticks and finger controlled weaves. Students will learn how to make medallions, leno, weft floats, warp floats and how to put them together. Homework will be required to be completed before the class begins, instructions can be picked up at the store or emailed by February 15.

Students will need to bring: a loom with completed homework, extra shuttles, 2 mm or smaller crochet hook, pick up stick, hair pick, and tape measure