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Though the days are still warm, there is a chilly nip in the air when the sun goes down & it feels like time curl up in the evenings & get to work on our knitting projects! Our classes will help you fall back into knitting… or spinning, weaving, felting… any fibre skill you would like to learn! All classes in this schedule will be held at  Gaspereau Valley Fibres (830 Gaspereau River Road). 

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

Spinning Workshop Series


Spinning 101 (October 3rd)
Choosing a fleece, wool preparation, how to spin according to qualities of your fibre, what fibre to use for different projects.

Spinning 102: Plying Techniques (October 17th)
What plies to use to enhance the intended project, mixing handspun with commercial yarns, novelty plying & colour choices that can make or break your project.

Spinning 103: Blending (October24th)
Carding & Colour Blending, making tweeds, mixing fibres (wool, silk, llama), historical blends such as lindsy/woolsy (wool/linen) & other plant fibres.

Spinning 104: Novelty Spinning Techniques (October 31st)
Eight different techniques to add colour, texture, & pizzaz to your “Art Yarn”. 

  • Instructor: Marilyn Rand
  • Cost: $65+HST which includes materials and instruction
  • Location: 830 Gaspereau River Road

 

Maple Oak Nut Mittens


Fair Isle is a stranded knitting technique with colour-ways ranging from subtle heathers to brash brights. They look complex but Fair Isle garments are knitted using only two colours on any row. It looks intimidating but it isn’t that hard. Once you’ve mastered a few simple techniques, you can play with colour and create a wide range of inventive items. Cheryl den Hartog has been fascinated with Fair Isle knitwear for some 20 years and travelled to Shetland to learn from some very experienced knitters. She will share her lessons learned – what works and what doesn’t. 

  • Date: Sunday, October 4 10am-3pm
  • Instructor: Cheryl den Hartog
  • Cost: $50+HST which includes materials and instruction
  • Location: 830 Gaspereau River Road

Beginner Knitting


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! 

  • Date: Tuesday October 6th or 20th, 6-9pm
  • Instructor: Devon Koeller
  • Cost: $40+HST which includes materials and instruction
  • Location: 830 Gaspereau River Road

Colour Wheel Dye Demo


The purpose of this demonstration is to simplify how we dye our wool by using only the three primary colours (& a little brown) to produce all the beautiful colours on the colour wheel & their 8 values, plus tones & shades. Lucy will be demonstrating be demonstrating this procedure & also have hands on for those that would like to try. You will be impressed & pleasantly surprised by how easy & enjoyable dyeing can be. Microwave dyeing is Lucy’s preferred method & she will demonstrate this magic! 

  • Date: Wednesday October 21st, 10:00-4:00pm
  • Instructor: Lucy Richard
  • Cost: $65+HST which includes materials and instruction
  • Location: 830 Gaspereau River Road

 

Beginner Weaving


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. Participants should bring a lunch with them. 

  • Date: Saturday October 31st, 10am-3pm
  • Instructor: Liz & Daniel Nell
  • Cost: $55+HST which includes materials and instruction
  • Location: 830 Gaspereau River Road

Scared Silly of Steeks


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. Cheryl den Hartog has overcome her fear of steeks and will share what works and hazards to be avoided. 

  • Date: Sunday November 1st, 10am-3pm
  • Instructor: Cheryl den Hartog
  • Cost: $50+HST which includes materials and instruction
  • Location: 830 Gaspereau River Road

“Willow” – A Brioche Knit-a-Long


Join Devon K. in this intermediate/advanced knit along of Nancy Marchand’s beautiful design from her book: “Knitting Fresh Brioche”. Participants will learn the concept of brioche knitting in two colours, & create this lovely, organic, leaf patterned scarf using their choice of colours in luxurious Rowan Kidsilk Haze. 

  • Date: November 4th, 11th, & 18th
  • Instructor: Devon Koeller
  • Cost: $60+HST which includes materials and instruction
  • Location: 830 Gaspereau River Road

Beginner Rug Hooking


In this beginner's workshop,  you will learn the basics of creating a folk-art style hooked rug. You will also learn about the history of hooked rugs in Atlantic Canada.  We will focus on hooking with yarn, but you will also get the chance to try other materials, including wool fabric, and reclaimed t- shirt material. This workshop will be taught by Wolfville artist Margaret Forsey. Margaret studied fine arts at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. She has taught workshops and exhibited her art across Canada. you can learn more about her at: www.charmedlifecraft.com

  • Date: Saturday November 7th, 1:00-4:00pm
  • Instructor: Margaret Forsey
  • Cost: $65+HST which includes materials and instruction
  • Location: 830 Gaspereau River Road

Toe Up Magic Loop Socks


Learn the useful technique of knitting your socks from the toe up on circular needles! Participants will learn the skills of magic loop knitting, figure 8 cast on, & a short row heel while completing a child size sock. Intermediate level. 

  • Date: Friday November 13th, 10-2pm
  • Instructor: Joy Higgins
  • Cost: $45+HST which includes materials and instruction
  • Location: 830 Gaspereau River Road

Beginner Crochet


Participants will learn the building blocks of crochet: chain, single, double & triple crochet, & Devon will demonstrate how to arrange these building blocks into different crochet stitches & motifs. Participants will create a simple cowl using all of these basic skills & a colourful skein of Noro long repeat yarn. 

  • Date: Saturday November 14th, 1:00-4:00pm
  • Instructor: Devon Koeller
  • Cost: $40+HST which includes materials and instruction
  • Location: 830 Gaspereau River Road

Sheepskin Baby Booties


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: November 21st, 1:00-4:00pm
  • Instructor: Devon Koeller
  • Cost: $40+HST which includes materials and instruction
  • Location: 830 Gaspereau River Road

Holiday Needle Felting Project


Create a decorative Father Christmas while learning the skills of three-dimensional needle felting with Sandy Charbonneau. Participants will transform roving and raw locks into a sculptural figurine. Participants should bring a lunch or snacks with them. 

  • Date: Sunday November 22nd, 10am-2pm
  • Instructor: Sandy Charbonneau
  • Cost: $45+HST which includes materials and instruction
  • Location: 830 Gaspereau River Road