It might seem like a bit of a miracle this year, but summer has finally arrived in the Gaspereau Valley – things are blooming and in abundance all around! If you are looking for a good way to spend a lazy summer day, we have youth and adult workshops available – fun fibre activities for the whole family, & a market bag knit-a-long for all that delicious summer produce.
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Youth Needle Felting
Saturday August 2nd, 2:00-4:00pm
830 Gaspereau River Road
$25 +HST which includes all materials and instructions

Youth between the ages of 8 & 14 are invited to join Devon Koeller for an afternoon of fun with felt! Participants will have the opportunity to learn more about where fleece comes from, how it is processed, & the magic behind why it felts. They will complete 2-dimensional & 3-dimensional felting projects, & receive felting tools to complete other creations at home.

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Youth Beginner Knitting
Saturday August 9th, 2:00-4:00pm
830 Gaspereau River Road
$30 +HST which includes all materials and instructions

Youth between the ages of 10 & 14 are invited to join Devon Koeller for a youth knitting circle! Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the history of knitting & try their hand at spool knitting, finger knitting, arm knitting, & of course, get a primer on the basics of classic knitting technique with a simple project knitted in the round. 

Beginner Knitting

Beginner Knitting
with Devon Koeller
Monday July 28th, 1:00-4:00pm
or
Monday August 11th, 1:00-4:00pm
The Wool ‘n Tart, 458 Main Street
$35 +HST which includes all materials and instructions

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!

Market Bag

Market Bag Knit-A-Long
with Devon Koeller
Wednesday August 6th, 12:00-3:00pm
&
Wednesday August 13th, 12:00-3:00pm
The Wool ‘n Tart, 458 Main Street
$18 (sm) $30 (lrg) +HST which includes yarn and instructions

As we head into late Summer, you can’t ignore the beautiful bounty of produce at the local farmers market! Come knit the perfect market bag with us, using LanaKnits “Hemp for Knitting”. The pattern is available in two sizes: a smaller version perfect for the market or running errands, & a large version for larger orders or heading to the beach! You might even get a few totes done over this two week knit-a-long. 

Needle Felted Card

Beginner Needle Felting – Greeting Cards
with Sandy Charbonneau
Saturday August 16th, 10:00-2:00pm
830 Gaspereau River Road
$40 +HST which includes all materials and instruction

Join Sandy learn how to create beautiful 2-dimensional scenes in felt, & incorporate your work into a set of 8 decorative gift cards. 

socks

Knit Socks!
with Devon Koeller
Wednesday August 20th, 12:00-3:00pm
The Wool ‘n Tart, 458 Main Street
$25 +HST which includes all materials and instructions

Some will say that socks are the perfect knitting project – small enough to travel with, great for trying out new stitch patterns and a gift that everyone will use! Come let Devon lead you through the ins and outs of the world of socks. Participants will create a pair of child sized socks, & learn the secrets to making custom sized socks, with any yarn, for the entire family! It is recommended that participants have previous experience with double point needles & knitting in the round.

beginner crochet

Beginner Crochet
with Liz Miller
Friday August 22th, 1:00-4:00pm
830 Gaspereau River Road
$35 +HST which includes all materials and instruction

Come learn the basics of crochet with Liz Miller, & complete a beautiful textural cowl.

Wheel by Ralph Saunier

Beginner Spinning
with Liz Miller
Saturday August 23nd, 10:00-4:00pm
830 Gaspereau River Road
$65 +HST which includes all materials and instruction

Enjoy a day at the farm learning the basics of spinning, getting to know the tools, kinds of fibre, & technique for spinning on the wheel… by the end of the day, you should have spun your very first skein of yarn!

Rug Hooking

Beginner Rug Hooking
with Marilyn Rand
Wednesday September 13th, 10:00-12:00pm
830 Gaspereau River Road
$35 +HST which includes all materials and instruction

Exploring the use of wool strips, hand spun yarn, and fibre roving in hooking.   Anything goes in today's artistic mixed media approach to rug hooking.  We will touch on choices for materials where and why to use a particular material.   If you have a frame bring it along, otherwise we will be using embroidery frames.

 

Flowers are blooming, garlic shoots are showing up everywhere and the lambs have taken over the pasture – even with cold days lingering it is hard to ignore the signs of spring all around us. We will all soon be hitting the beaches and the highways to enjoy the summer to its fullest, so why not take a workshop to help pass the time until then? Take a look and see what inspires you!
Needle Felting
3D Needle Felting 
Wednesday, June 4th 10am – 1pm
830 Gaspereau River Road

$50 +HST which includes all materials and instructions

Join Sandy as she teaches you how to create 3D forms in needle felting. Design your own bear and learn the ins and outs of making lifelike sculptures.

Beginner Weaving
Beginner Weaving 
with Liz Nell
Saturday, June 7th 10am – 3pm
830 Gaspereau River Road

$50 +HST which includes a loom to use, materials and instructions

This course is for those who have always wanted to try weaving but have no idea where to start. Participants will be making a sampler that will take you through warping a loom, the different types of weaving, and how to finish. No previous weaving expereience is needed. Please remember to pack a lunch.

Dyeing

One Pot – Many Colours
with Marilyn Rand
Saturday, June 14th, 9am – 12pm

830 Gaspereau River Road
$50 +HST which includes all materials

This is Marilyn's favourite dyeing process for her spinning fibres. This method allows the blending of many colours in your yarns without getting the look of a variegate. Participants will learn to use the colour wheel, and will concentrate on colour intensity. You will be dying three 50g lots of fibre. Students are asked to bring rubber gloves, apron, notebook, and a pen. Wear old clothes you don't mind getting stained and bring a plastic bag to take home your wet fibre samples. Please remember this is a scent free workshop

Painted Roving

Painted Rovings
with Marilyn Rand
Saturday, June 14th 1-4pm

830 Gaspereau River Road
$50 + HST which includes all materials

This method of dyeing uses dye made into a paint consistency to prevent running and ensure the colours will grab where you want them to. Experiment with colour harmony and learn how this method of dyeing has other applications. Use it to paint finished knitted or woven garments as well. You will be dying three 50g lots of fibre. Wear old clothes you don't mind getting stained and bring a plastic bag to take home your wet fibre samples. Please remember this is a scent free workshop.

*** Please note if you are interested in taking both dye classes we are offering a two class special of $90+HST for both.
Registration for classes can be done by phone with a credit card or in person to hold your spot. Class fees are not refundable. If you are unable to attend due to illness or weather, please call the shop to let us know and the fee can be transfered to another workshop

 

yard sale
People keep telling us they have their calendars marked, but one last reminder never hurts! Saturday, May 10th at 9am doors will be opening here at the shop for our annual Yarn Yard Sale! 15 people along with the shop will have tables set up with yarn for sale at discounted prices! Check your queue and pattern books as now is the time to stock up on what you need! 

 

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Learn how to prepare authentic Tunisian couscous as well as a traditional Tunisian dessert called Basboussa (Gluten free versions will be shown as well!). 

 Synda is an expert Tunisian cook who is visiting Nova Scotia and giving birth to a baby boy here. This class is a fundraiser to help her cover the costs of her hospital fees for the birth as she does not have Canadian health coverage. 

Workshop will be held at Gaspereau Valley Fibres on Sunday, May 11th from 10am – 3pm. Cost of the workshop is $75 which includes lunch and dessert. Registration in advance is required as class size will be limited to 12 people, please reserve your spot be emailing: aubergine@inorbit.com

 

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We are hosting the annual Back to Back Sheep to Sweater competition again this year, but with a twist! Sheep Thrills will be in attendance to try and win back their Canadian Championship, but for the first time ever we will have a second tem in attendance (think Golden Oldies) to stare down the Thrills and see who comes out on top! The whole day is in support of Carey Me Palliative Care at home. Watch our Facebook page and website as fundraising events will be starting up very soon. Race day is May 31 at 9am here at the shop. Don't miss out on this fun event!

 

World Wide Knit in Public

Join the gang at The Wool 'n Tart for World Wide Knit in Public Day! On Saturday, June 14th at 10am grab your lawn chair and sit outside the shop and knit the day away. Friendly competitions will be taking place throughout the day with prizes to be won, as well as door prizes to be given away. Snacks and drinks will be available. Rain date will be Saturday, June 21st. Find the Facebook event here: WWKIPD