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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:

  • 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

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

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


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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830 Gaspereau River Road, P.O. Box 2368

WolfvilleNS B4P 2N5