Oct
6
10:00 AM10:00

Swatchbuckling - Carson Demers

Avast ye maties! Let’s bring improved ergonomics to life in your knitting technique. We’ll swatch to improve your posture, comfort, and efficiency. We’ll examine yarn tensioning techniques, and all phases of stitch creation first with simple then more challenging swatches and stitches. We’ll also look at ways to add movement to knitting to avoid stiffness and injuries caused by disuse. Class is appropriate for students who are comfortable with basic knit purl stitches. Swatches of basic cable and lace patterns are also made in class. Stitch patterns are provided in both charted and written formats. 

Student materials: Students are asked to bring light colored worsted weight yarn (4 oz. is sufficient) and needles appropriate for yarn, a bath sized towel, and materials to take notes if they wish to do so. 

Class is suitable for all levels of knitting experience. 

Cost; $120

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Oct
6
10:00 AM10:00

Coast Salish Weaving - Janice George & Buddy Joseph

Join acclaimed weavers Chief Janice George and Willard ‘Buddy’ Joseph for an in-depth course on the cultural significance and traditional methods of Salish wool weaving. Participants will learn the twill and the twine techniques of Salish wool weaving and create a unique wall hanging to take home. 

Loom to take home and materials included in cost.

Cost: $150



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Oct
6
10:00 AM10:00

New Nordic Knitting: Intro to Norwegian Stranded Colourwork - Arne & Carlos

Norwegian stranded colour work is all about tension. In this class, you will learn the basics of Norwegian style stranded knitting with 2 colours from expert Nordic knitters ARNE & CARLOS, who will show you the easiest and most relaxing way to hold the needles and the yarns, and teach you important techniques and tricks that will help you achieve perfect tension while keeping all of your stitches even and beautiful, in true Norwegian style!

We will work with bulky yarn and thick needles and practice our colour work techniques while knitting a hat with the traditional X and O pattern, which is the easiest Norwegian pattern that you could possibly work with. Whether you are an inexperienced or experienced knitter, if you have ever wanted to learn how to knit stranded colour work as it is done in the Norway and the other Nordic countries, by master knitters who come from that part of the world, this is the class for you!

Materials:

2 balls of ROWAN Cocoon: 1 ball (100gr) in colour #801 Polar and 1 ball (100gr) in colour #813 Seascape.

Needles:

1 standard circular needle (length: 40 cm / 16 in) size 6 mm (U.S. size 10, U.K. size 4)

1 standard circular needle (length: 40 cm / 16 in) size 6.5 mm (U.S. size 10.5, U.K. size. 3)

1 set of 5 DPNs size 6.5 mm (U.S. size 10.5, U.K. size 3)

Homework:

With smaller size circular needle and colour #801 Polar, CO 64 sts. Join, and work around in k2, p2

ribbing for 10 rows.

Level of knitting proficiency required:

Knitting skills needed. Participants should be able to knit, purl and decrease. This project is suitable for intermediate knitters as well as advanced knitters who want to learn Norwegian stranded colour work or who want to improve on their colour work skills.

Important Note:

We will be focusing on stranded colour work techniques, so please do not expect to finish the entire hat in the class, as the hat itself may take longer than 3 hours to complete. However, ARNE & CARLOS will give you lots of tips to take home with you, so you can finish later.

Cost: $160

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Oct
6
10:00 AM10:00

Seaming Techniques - Julie Hoover

Possibly the most intimidating part of any pattern, the focus of this class is to cover best practices Julie uses for blocking projects and seaming garments— two essential topics that will help you raise the bar on your finishing skills.

Student materials:

  • 4 identical 6” x 6” swatches in stockinette stitch worked as per handout instructions (will be provided no less than 2 week prior to event)

  • 50 yards of swatch yarn in contrasting color (or same color if preferred)

  • One pair straight or circular needles in same size used for swatches

  • One pair straight or circular needles in size US 0 or US 1 (2mm or 2.25mm)

  • Fabric clips (small hair clips, small photo clips, small fold back paper binder / paper clips, or similar)

  • Blunt tapestry needle

  • Crochet hook (small gauge)

    Cost: $120

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Oct
6
10:00 AM10:00

Flowers at my Fingertips: Eco-printed Sock Blanks - Kristine Vejar

In this class, you will take flower, leaves, and other natural dyes and use them to make prints upon cloth. The eco-printing technique is particularly captivating as it provides a way to bring your garden with you everywhere you go! 

There will be a collection of samples from the projects in The Modern Natural Dyer for you to see in person - including the Flowers at My Fingertips Sewing Kit and samples of colors from the book. You will leave this class with a eco-printed sock blank, which you can use to knit socks, a cowl, scarf, or anything you desire, as well as a practical foundation to starting your own eco-printing practice using The Modern Natural Dyer.

You will learn:
+ to print with flowers and leaves using The Modern Natural Dyer as reference
+ steps in the natural dyeing process to create long-lasting natural color
+ which plants contain dye, their identifying properties, and where they can be found

+ tips and tricks to printing with different types of plants 

Each student will receive a Mapping Color Kit which includes:
+ one mordanted, fingering weight sock blank
+ dye 


Recommended Materials:

The Modern Natural Dyer 

Cost: $150

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Oct
6
2:00 PM14:00

Shawl Shape Exploration - Andrea Rangel

Shawls area amazing canvases for exploring color and texture. In this workshop we’ll be practicing five basic shawl shapes: top-down triangle, pi, half pi, sideways crescent, and bottom-up crescent. Whether you want a little guidance before diving into your next project, or you’re interested in learning to design shawls for yourself, you’ll get all the instruction you need, and you’ll leave class with five tiny shawls to cement your learning. 

Student Materials:

About 100 yards smooth, light colored, worsted weight yarn 

Needles appropriate for worsted weight yarn (probably a US 6, 7, or 8/4-5 mm) (Straight or circular needles of any length are appropriate, though a long cord may get in the way and be irritating) 

A set of double pointed needles, a long circular for magic loop, or two circular needles in the same size as above for working a small circumference in the round 

Stitch markers 

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

Cost: $120

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Oct
6
2:00 PM14:00

Flowers at my Fingertips: Eco-printed Sock Blanks - Kristine Vejar

In this class, you will take flower, leaves, and other natural dyes and use them to make prints upon cloth. The eco-printing technique is particularly captivating as it provides a way to bring your garden with you everywhere you go! 

There will be a collection of samples from the projects in The Modern Natural Dyer for you to see in person - including the Flowers at My Fingertips Sewing Kit and samples of colors from the book. You will leave this class with a eco-printed sock blank, which you can use to knit socks, a cowl, scarf, or anything you desire, as well as a practical foundation to starting your own eco-printing practice using The Modern Natural Dyer.

You will learn:
+ to print with flowers and leaves using The Modern Natural Dyer as reference
+ steps in the natural dyeing process to create long-lasting natural color
+ which plants contain dye, their identifying properties, and where they can be found

+ tips and tricks to printing with different types of plants 

Each student will receive a Mapping Color Kit which includes:
+ one mordanted, fingering weight sock blank
+ dye 


Recommended Materials:

The Modern Natural Dyer 

Cost: $150

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Oct
6
2:00 PM14:00

Knitwear Photography: Harnessing Natural Light - Abbye Dahl

In this class we will focus on natural outdoor lighting, learning the best way to use and manipulate the light to capture different knitting textures and colours. For example, cross lighting to make cables stand out, backlighting to show off mohair yarns, and open shade to cast an even and beautiful light on your colour work.

To stay inclusive, this class will focus on skills that can be used with any camera type (phone, point and shoot, or DSLR). And though students will be welcome to bring their camera gear to the class, we will only briefly talk about camera settings.

Students will receive a handout including sample images, description of skills and how to build them as well as lighting diagrams to help students visual concepts.

The first class hour will be spent reviewing the handout and introducing different skills. One hour will be spent outdoors with a model and four knit samples (provided by instructor) practicing the different techniques outlined in the lesson. The last hour will be spent uploading the photos and comparing them to lighting diagrams and techniques addressed in the first hour.

Student materials: camera, note taking materials.

Cost: $120

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Oct
6
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
6
2:00 PM14:00

Coast Salish Weaving - Janice George & Buddy Joseph

Join acclaimed weavers Chief Janice George and Willard ‘Buddy’ Joseph for an in-depth course on the cultural significance and traditional methods of Salish wool weaving. Participants will learn the twill and the twine techniques of Salish wool weaving and create a unique wall hanging to take home. 

Loom to take home and materials included in cost.

Cost: $150



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