Oct
7
2:00 PM14:00

Finish Your Knits - Andrea Rangel

Learn to give your hand knits a professional finish. This class will cover all the topics needed to make beautiful finished projects, including bind-offs, seaming, blocking, grafting, and weaving in ends. We’ll practice each technique in class and you’ll go home with a photo tutorial handbook to guide you in future projects. You worked hard on that project; finish it flawlessly!

Student Materials:

tapestry needle

scissors

small amount of yarn in a contrasting color and the same weight as your swatches

a spare knitting needle in about the same size you used for swatching

the needles you used for swatching

Technique Requirements: Cast on/bind off; knit/purl; have knit a few accessories

Homework:

With worsted weight yarn, make:

7 Stockinette stitch swatches about 2 in/5 cm by 2 in/5 cm with live stitches (do not bind off)

2 1x1 rib swatches about 2 in/5 cm by 2 in/5 cm with live stitches (do not bind off)

4 Stockinette stitch swatches about 2 in/5 cm by 2 in/5 with stitches bound off

Note: An email with more thorough information is sent out about the homework two weeks before class.

Cost: $120

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Oct
7
2:00 PM14:00

Coast Salish Weaving - Janice George & Buddy Joseph

Learn from master weavers and teachers Chief Janice George and Buddy Joseph.

You will learn Cultural, and Spiritual significance of weaving for Squamish people.

You will weave on a small frame loom that you can take home, to create a small wall hanging using traditional twine and twill techniques. We will have some examples of weavings for you to see.

Cost: $150



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Oct
7
2:00 PM14:00

Modern Natural Dyer 101 - Kristine Vejar

Discover the beautiful ways in which plants can be used to dye wool yarn. Using her book, The Modern Natural Dyer, as reference, Kristine will teach you the process of natural dyeing and how to create long-lasting color in a wide spectrum of colors.

Natural dyeing is the act of drawing color from a natural material, and applying that color to cloth. Dye can be found in roots, leaves, bark, and even an insect, cochineal. Until 1857, when color was synthesized, natural dyes were the only type of dye available. The natural dyeing process is similar to cooking. By understanding the ingredients, and learning a few techniques, there are hundreds, even thousands of ways to create color and colors to create. The possibilities make it an endlessly inspiring process to study and practice.

In this class, we will create a series of dyebaths from grown and gathered plants as well as from highly concentrated powders derived from plants called natural dyeing extracts. In class, we will make a colorcard. You will leave this class with a series of dyed samples of wool yarn, and a practical foundation to starting your own natural dyeing practice using The Modern Natural Dyer. We will discuss the following dyes: madder, cochineal, weld, indigo, and logwood. 

You will learn: 
+ the vocabulary associated with natural dyeing 
+ helpful tools to have during the natural dyeing process 
+ the difference between fiber types and how these differences play a role in the natural dyeing process
+ how to create lightfast and colorfast naturally-dyed fabric and yarn 
+ to prepare the fabric for dyeing: labeling, scouring, and mordanting 
+ which natural dyes create the most long-lasting color 

+ the intricacies of the different dyes

+ the spectrum of color created using natural dyeing extracts
+ to use natural dyeing extracts

+ how to create an indigo vat 
+ to plan for projects
+ to understand your results
+ washing and caring for your naturally-dyed goods


Recommended Materials

The Modern Natural Dyer 


Materials including in class: Scour, mordant, dye, yarn. 

Cost: $120

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Oct
7
2:00 PM14:00

Easy Stranded Colourwork - Jenn Steingass

In this class, we'll practice knitting 2 color stranded colorwork in the round while learning to combine colors that harmonize and ensure the motifs have enough contrast against the background. You’ll learn techniques for successful stranded colorwork like color dominance, float tension, and avoiding the tangling of strands. After completing this class, you’ll be ready to tackle your first colorwork project and choose colors with confidence.  

Technique Requirements: Knit/purl; cast on/bind off; working in the round

Student materials: small amounts of sport or dk weight wool yarn in two different high-contrast colours. For knitting a small circumference swatch, students will need to bring size US 5 and US 6 needles - 32 or 40 “ long circulars for magic loop, or DPNS.

Cost: $120

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Oct
7
2:00 PM14:00

Punch Needle Workshop - Arounna Khounnoraj

Join Arounna in creating your a design using the Oxford punch needle, you will learn the basic fundamentals of this fun and addictive technique. This traditional technique of rug hooking is fun and a quick way to create an image that can be used for wall hangings, pillows and rugs. All materials included and no experience required.

In this workshop you will create an art wall hanging.

Included with purchase of workshop each student will receive a kit that consists of the oxford punch needle, frame pre-stretched with monks cloth and a selection of yarn.

Cost: $170

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Oct
7
10:00 AM10:00

Cables: The Basics and Beyond - Andrea Rangel

Do you love the intricate, lush look of cabled sweaters, but feel nervous about learning to cable? Cables are just rearranged stitches and in this hands-on workshop expert knitter, teacher, and designer Andrea Rangel will guide you through everything you’ll need to know to take on that gorgeous cabled project. Learn how to read those cryptic cable charts and abbreviations, and practice many different kinds of cables. If you already know the basics, this class will expand on those for you – you’ll get information on how cabled fabric acts and feels different from plain Stockinette (and what that means for your project), as well as handy tricks like how to cable without a cable needle and how to count rows in cabled fabric. Expand your knitting possibilities – get cabling! 

Student Materials:

At least 50 yd/46 m DK- or worsted-weight wool yarn 

Needles appropriate for your yarn 

A spare dpn in the same or a smaller needle size 

Cable needle 

Technique Requirements: Cast on/bind off; knit/purl; have knit a few accessories 

Cost: $120

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Oct
7
10:00 AM10:00

Creating Complex Hand-dyed Colour - Felicia Lo

Hand-dyeing your own knitting yarn gives you the ability to create something that is truly unique. This workshop is designed to help students create complex, layered colourways on protein fibres and yarns such as wool and silk using acid dyes. We'll be dyeing in the SweetGeorgia Studio and exploring a variety of dye techniques used to create layered or glazed semi-solid colourways as well as other low-water immersion techniques to create subtle, multicoloured yarns. Each student will make at least two hanks of hand-dyed yarn during the class. 

Supplies to bring:
• an apron or old clothes that you don't mind getting dye on
• paper and pen for notes
• calculator is handy
• a couple large plastic zip lock bags for taking your wet yarn home in
vinyl/nitrile/latex gloves to protect your hands from dye

Class level: Advanced beginner (previous dye experience is encouraged).

4 hour class - $150 includes all supplies and 2 skeins of yarn to take home.

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Oct
7
10:00 AM10:00

Strange Brew - Alexa Ludeman

Make a start on designing your own colourwork yoke sweater following our versatile 'Strange Brew' recipe! http://tincanknits.com/pattern-TCK-strangebrew.html

We'll explore the design of a circular yoke worked either bottom up, or top down. In this two-session intensive workshop we'll explore yarn choices, colour combinations, and each participant will get one-on-one feedback on their unique yoke design. We'll also take a look at different ways to swatch and tools for developing designs both with pencil and graph paper, and by experimentation on the needles.

I encourage each of you to cast on and begin your project; either by making a swatch hat or cowl, or by getting started directly on your yoke sweater!

Skills required: - stranded colourwork knitting
- A knowledge of how to read multi-size knitting patterns
- An understanding of gauge
- A willingness to experiment!

Student materials: Yarn - 2 or more colours in either sock, DK, or aran weight yarn of the sort you would like to make a sweater in. I suggest you start with 50-100g of your main colour plus small amounts of contrast colours for swatching at a minimum.


- Needles to match the above yarn to achieve a gauge of 6.5 sts per inch in sock or sport weight, 5.5 sts / inch in DK weight, or 4.5 sts / inch in Aran weight, plus needles suitable for ribbing gauge (typically 2 sizes smaller than the main fabric gauge is sufficient). You'll likely want 16" circulars (or DPNs), in the smaller size, and possibly also 24" and 36" circulars in the larger size.

- Stitch dictionaries or patterns for inspiration, pencil, eraser, pens, colouring pens or pencils if desired, graph paper

Cost: $120

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Oct
7
10:00 AM10:00

Punch Needle Workshop - Arounna Khounnoraj

Join Arounna in creating your a design using the Oxford punch needle, you will learn the basic fundamentals of this fun and addictive technique. This traditional technique of rug hooking is fun and a quick way to create an image that can be used for wall hangings, pillows and rugs. All materials included and no experience required.

In this workshop you will create an art wall hanging.

Included with purchase of workshop each student will receive a kit that consists of the oxford punch needle, frame pre-stretched with monks cloth and a selection of yarn.

Cost: $170



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Oct
7
10:00 AM10:00

Colourwork Design - Jenn Steingass

In this class we will design colorwork motifs and discuss elements of design. You will swatch your creation and learn about how to incorporate your designs into a garment, according to gauge and elements of the design.  

Technique requirements:  Knit, Purl, knit in the round, some colorwork experience a plus.

Student materials: bring a variety of small amounts wool yarn in various colours - at least 1 dark and 1 light colour. Students can bring fingering, sport, dk, or worsted weight and they should bring needles in the appropriate sizes for their chosen yarn weight. For small circumference swatch knitting, they should bring size 32 or 40 “ long circs for magic loop, or DPNS if that’s what they are most comfortable with.

Cost: $120



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Oct
7
10:00 AM10:00

Coast Salish Weaving - Janice George & Buddy Joseph

Learn from master weavers and teachers Chief Janice George and Buddy Joseph.

You will learn Cultural, and Spiritual significance of weaving for Squamish people.

You will weave on a small frame loom that you can take home, to create a small wall hanging using traditional twine and twill techniques. We will have some examples of weavings for you to see.

Cost: $150



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