All classes will be held at 830 Gaspereau River Road. Please call 902-542-2656 to register.


Spinner’s Gathering
Saturday September 23rd, 1-4pm
Saturday October 28th, 1-4pm
Bring your spinning wheel or drop spindle and enjoy an afternoon of spinning at the farm. We will have our drum carder available for use as well as wheels to try out. There is no charge for this event.


Shetland Tea & Talk

With Cheryl den Hartog
Sunday September 24th, 2-4pm
Refreshments provided
$5, with proceeds going to Rare Breeds Canada
Shetland  is the homeland of Fair Isle knitting, Shetland sheep and the more famous Shetland pony. It is a place as rich in textile tradition as it is rugged in landscape.

Cheryl den Hartog recently visited Shetland, met with local designers, took some master classes, visited textile collections and hiked coastline. She will be sharing her experience through photographs and other bits and bobs.

Shetland Wool Week 2017 takes place between Sept 23rd and Oct 1st, the Festival. If you are not going to Lerwick and environs this year, why not  join us for an afternoon tea and talk?


Learn to Weave on a Rigid Heddle Loom

With Liz and Daniel Nell
Saturday September 30th 10am-3pm
$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 woven scarf.
Participants should bring a lunch.
Skill Level: Beginner


Tunisian Crochet

With Clarissa Nell
Saturday September 30th, 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 extremely versatile – capable of producing anything from lacy, airy project 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 using a locally hand dyed yarn.

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


Beginner Sock

With Tammy Bast
$45+HST which includes pattern, instruction and yarn.
Wednesday October 11, 18 and 25, 1-4pm

Join Tammy for three Wednesday 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  3.25dpns.
Skill Level: Advanced beginner – Students should be comfortable knitting and purling.

Sweater Math Basics

with Cheryl den Hartog
Saturday October 14th, 10am-12pm
$30 + HST, which includes Sweater calculation work sheets and exampl
es

Is there a sweater mishap in your past? Are you knitting shawls only because the fit is so forgiving? Do you yearn for the coziness of a sweater but are nervous about the vagaries of pattern measurements? If you answered yes to any of theses questions why not join us and we’ll spend the morning applying arithmetic to common knitting questions? In this workshop we will cover:Understanding finished measurements, approaches to swatching, your tension vs the pattern gauge, basic calculations, getting the length of sleeves, yarn amounts. Participants should bring a sweater that fits well, measuring tape, calculator, pencil, and eraser
Skill Level: Intermediate


Tapestry Weaving

With Mary Ann Donovan
Saturday October 14th, 12:00-4:30
$75+ HST which includes all materials and a basic board loom to take home

Join Mary Ann from House of Wooly Thyme to create a one-of-a-kind woven wall hanging that will introduce beginners to the wonderful world of tapestry weaving. Skills covered will include: choosing your fibres, mixing textures, warping your loom, a variety of weaving stitches, creating simple shapes and finishing your work.
Skill Level: Beginner


Beginner Brioche

With Joy Higgins
Friday October 20th, 10am – 2pm
$50 + HST which includes ****Pattern and 2 skeins Ultra Alpaca yarn

Brioche 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 you will learn the basics of one colour brioche knitting by creating the “Wave Runner” Scarf. We will also discuss brioche knitting in the round. Participants should bring 4.5mm straight needles and 2 stitch markers to class.
Skill Level: Intermediate


Fair Isle In the Fall

With Cheryl den Hartog
Saturday October 21st, 10am-3pm
$55 + HST which includes pattern and enough Brown Sheep yarn to complete a pair of mittens

Fair Isle is a colour knitting technique tradition that may look intimidating but isn’t really that hard.  Join Cheryl for a fun relaxing workshop. Learn the basic techniques while creating a mitten inspired by Fort Anne, the place that gave Nova Scotia its name and our first National Historical site.
This mitten will help you 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. Students should also bring 3.25mm dpns and a lunch.
Skill Level: Intermediate


Log Cabin Weaving On a Rigid Heddle Loom

With Tammy Bast
Saturday October 28th  10am-4pm
$65+HST, which includes pattern and enough Prime Alpaca to complete a 13”x65” scarf

This is a perfect follow up to the Beginner Weaving class.  Students will learn to warp their loom to weave a log cabin pattern, and learn how to use 2 shuttles. Attention will be given to even beating and neat edges. Students will require their own rigid heddle loom, 2 stick shuttles, tape measure and straight pins. Also, please bring a lunch.
Skill Level: Advanced Beginner


Wet Felting

With Felted in my Bones (Caroline Tagg and Nova Bent)
Saturday October 28, 1-4pm
$65, which includes all the fibres and tool to complete project

Caroline and Nova have been making and selling one of a kind artwork, garments and upholstery using ancient techniques of wet felting and modern dry felting techniques. Join them as they share their knowledge in a 3 hour beginner/novice class centered around wet felting.  The participants will create a piece of wall art that will measure roughly 12×14- inch to go home with.
Skill Level: Beginner/Novice

Hours

Mon – closed
Tues – 10am-9pm
Wed – 10am-5pm
Thurs – 10am-5pm
Fri – 10am-5pm
Sat – 11am-4pm
Sun – 11am – 4pm

Join us

Thursday afternoons from 1 – 4:30 and Tuesday evenings from 6-9pm
Bring your knitting, rug hooking, spinning, or felting and inspire and be inspired by fellow fibre enthusiasts. All levels of skill are welcome and help is always available.

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