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In celebration of the first lambs of the season being born this week, here is the new Spring Workshop Schedule! A great time of year to learn a fresh new set of skills. All classes in this schedule will be held at Gaspereau Valley Fibres, with the exception of our Knit-a-Longs which will be held at The Wool ‘n Tart location in Wolfville. 

To register please call Gaspereau Valley Fibres at 902-542-2656 or toll free 1-877-634-2737.  

Join Devon K. as you knit “Virpi”- a beautiful, airy, asymmetrical shawl by Lilja Palmgren, the perfect wrap for spring & summer. Not only is this project a great way to welcome spring, it’s also a simple introduction to lace knitting & the German method of making short rows… two skills that can be translated to many other knitting projects!

Date:March 26th & April 9th, 6pm-9pm
Instructor: Devon Koeller
Cost: $35 +HST which includes yarn, pattern & 2 KAL instruction nights
Location: Wool'n'Tart (downtown Wolfville)

Steeking is a technique used in Fair Isle knitting to position sleeves and shape necklines. It cleverly allows the knitter to work in the round. The scary part is actually cutting your knitting to complete the garment. Why not learn how to steek with confidence? Gain experience while knitting a sweater for your tea pot. ‘Blue Jays in Winter’ was designed for you to learn how to: choose the type of steek for your project, set up and knit 2 types of steeks, reinforce and cut a steek, as well as pickup stitches next to a steek.

Date:March 28th, 10am-3pm
Instructor: Cheryl den Hartog
Cost: $50 +HST which includes all yarn and instructions
Location: 830 Gaspereau River Road

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 Cricket Loom. Use of a cricket loom is included for each student.

Date:March 28th, 9:00-3:00pm
Instructor: Liz Nell
Cost: $50 +HST which includes materials and instruction
Location: 830 Gaspereau River Road

Let’s celebrate Easter by knitting a few bunnies & chicks, & benefit the Heart & Stroke Foundation at the same time. Visit the Wool ‘n Tart during store hours on these knit-a-long days & you can make a precious Easter gifts out of oddments of yarn… the perfect way to spring clean your stash! Beginner knitters are welcome as we learn to make bunny rabbits from a knitted square. And for the more experienced knitter, we will be making chick & duck egg cozies!

Date:March 28th, All Day
Instructor: Devon Koeller
Cost: Free with donation to the Heart & Stroke Foundation.
Location: Wool'n'Tart (downtown Wolfville)

Socks can be an intimidating undertaking for the beginning knitter – especially when it comes to that magical process of “turning the heel”! During this class Devon will demystify all the steps of making a traditional top down sock. In three hours, we will complete a baby sock & gain the skills to create socks of any size for the whole family! There is homework for this class so participants pick up their kits in advance.

Date:April 18th, 12:00-4:00pm
Instructor: Devon Koeller
Cost: $20 +HST which includes materials and instruction
Location: 830 Gaspereau River Road

Want to learn to knit? Whether you have never picked up a set of needles or just need a refresher, Devon will be happy to get you started. Participants will learn how to cast on, knit, purl, bind off & troubleshoot the common mistakes that beginner knitters encounter. You will be starting your very first project, a super cozy chunky cowl!

Date:April 23rd, 6:00-9:00pm OR May 21st, 6:00-9:00pm
Instructor: Devon Koeller
Cost: $40 +HST which includes all materials and instructions
Location: 830 Gaspereau River Road

Interested in spinning your own yarn by hand for a completely homemade knitting project? Join us for an introduction to spinning on the wheel. Participants need not have any previous experience spinning on a wheel but spindle spinning is helpful. Basic fibre preparation will be covered. We have a few wheels available for use in the class.

Date:April 25th, 10:00-3:00pm
Instructor: Marilyn Rand
Cost: $65 +HST which includes materials and instruction
Location: 830 Gaspereau River Road

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! It is recommended that you complete one project in the round prior to the class.

Date:May 2nd, 1:00-4:00pm
Instructor: Devon Koeller
Cost: $35 +HST which includes all materials and instruction

Come join us for the 11th annual event, a morning of stashing & de-stashing amongst fellow fibre enthusiasts! Remember to reserve your table & prepare to come early on Yard Sale day! Contact GVF for more info.

 

Date:May 9th, 9:00-12:00pm
Location: 830 Gaspereau River Road

Join Elaine & Louise of FibrEnsemble in an exploration of using a palm sander to make felting faster & easier on your body. The morning will be spent on an introduction & a flat sample project. In the afternoon you will be guided through making a pair of gauntlets. All participants must come with a sander & ear protection, as well as a packed lunch for this all day class.

Date:May 22nd, 9:00-4:00pm
Instructor: Elaine Schuller and Louise Lortie
Cost: $65 +HST which includes all materials and instruction
Location: 830 Gaspereau River Road

More info to follow. Mark your calendars!

Date:May 23rd, 9:00-until when we’re done!!!