Workshops

1. Introduction to Brioche Knitting with Marsha Ibuki

Are you curious to learn more about this fabulously cozy, soft, squishy stitch?  In this class we’ll cover the basics of the brioche stitch.  Students will benefit from the instruction of both a Continental knitter and an English style knitter in this very hands-on class. We will start with swatches to gain a solid grounding in the knit and purl stitches, increases, and decreases. The class will then move on to start their own simple brioche project. We’ll discuss tips and tricks for successful brioche, applications of brioche knitting and also tackle correcting common brioche mistakes.

Saturday June 30

Length of Workshop:  9:30 am to 4:30 pm

Location: Lucerne School

Cost: $75

Maximum: 8

2. Quilting-Diamonds in the Deep with Debra McCracken

Pattern by Bonjour Quilts (available at Sew Much More) A twist on log cabin blocks, two fabrics, could also be done scrappy. Class emphasizes accuracy with tips for cutting, sewing and pressing…. uses the pattern for layout mainly. Pre-cutting required. Requires Sewing machine, cutting mat, ruler, iron and Spray starch/starch alternative. Supply list available with registration. Sewing machine available on request

Saturday June 30th

Length of Workshop: 9:30 am to 5:30

Location: Lucerne School

Cost: $75

Maximum: 8

3a. Felted Slippers and Dyeing with Joanne Bieler

In this basic level workshop we will make a pair of felted slippers or boots to fit your own feet.

During the workshop, we will discuss:

  1. Fibre types and estimating shrinkage
  2. Resist options and their pros and cons
  3. Design considerations
  4. Common & uncommon problems -how to recognize them & possible solutions
  5. Tips and tricks for success with felt
  6. Resources and equipment

We will dye the finished footwear.

Supply List – Please bring the following:

2 large towels

bubble wrap or netting  approximately 15” x 36”

a pail or bowl to hold soapy water (approx. 1 L. )

a spray bottle for soapy water

a wooden washboard – if you happen to have one!

Saturday June 30th 

Length of Workshop: 9:30 am to 4:30

Location: Lucerne School

Cost: $75

Maximum: 8

4.KARAMATSU SHIBORI PATTERN WITH NATURAL DYES with MORGEN BARDATI

Shibori is a traditional method of creating beautiful patterns on cloth by using several techniques of resisting the dye. Once the dye process is complete the resist is released from the fabric to reveal exquisite patterns. In this workshop participants will learn to do the stitched shibori pattern called karamatsu (Japanese larch design) on silk cloth. We will also explore some variations of this botanically inspired pattern and see how they are related to designs in nature. Using only natural plant dyes and safe processes, we will use one locally sourced and one exotic botanical dye. Each participant will create a silk scarf and a sample of karamatsu variations and two plant sourced colours. This workshop is suitable for fiber artists, quilters and anyone interested in learning about this lovely slow fibre technique. Some basic hand stitching experience is recommended. $20 for materials to be paid to instructor.

Saturday June 30th 10am to 5pm

Location: Morgen’s Studio (above Liquor Store)

Cost:  $75

Length:  7 hours with 1 hour lunch break

Maximum: 10

5. Playing With Dyes & Yarn~ Mini Workshop with Susan Chamberlain of Riverstone Yarns

Hand painting yarn the fun way with easy to use acid dyes!

Have you ever wondered how independent dyers get that variegated yarn that you love?

In this 3 hour workshop you will hand paint of superwash merino/nylon blend sock yarns while learning how to apply dyes in a fun and safe environment.

This is a great opportunity to try hand dyeing without going to the trouble of purchasing expensive dyes, yarn and supplies.  There will be a variety of pre-mixed dyes to choose from to create your own one-

of-a-kind yarn. And if you love the speckle yarns, dye powders will also be available to do a little sprinkling.

This workshop is suitable to beginners and is not an in depth class on colour theory.

No experience is necessary.

Just bring your imagination!

The primary focus is fun for fibre’s sake!

Materials include equipment, dyes & 2 skeins of yarn: $25 (pay to instructor)

Saturday June 30th

Length of Workshop: 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Location: Lucerne School

Cost: $50

Maximum: 6

6. Paint Felting with Leah Wilson of Amazing Felted Fibre Arts

Saturday June 30th This project is vibrant and meditative, through hands on learning, teaches the basics & towards more advanced techniques in needle felting 2D Fibre Art & Design. Participants will practice handling the wool, preparing a pallet to “paint from” (no paint required). Practicing a variety of needling techniques to achieve a colorful & fun fibre painting. (materials included).

Workshop project: Vibrant Landscape w/ Sheep

Saturday June 30th

Length of Workshop: 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Location: Lucerne School

Cost: $50 (materials included prefelt background w/design)

7. Beginner Spinning with Leola Witt-McNie

Using a Turkish drop spindle to begin, the world of spinning comes alive. Learn the basics in your first class, washing, teasing, carding and spinning. A delightful class that introduces students to this new spinning world.  A great way to have a portable spinning adventure. Wool and spindles are provided. Spindles can be purchased. Spinning wheels will be available to experiment with new found skills. Designing and Spinning your own unique yarn.

Saturday June 30th

Length of Workshop: 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Location: Lucerne School

Cost: $50

Maximum: 6

8. Needle Felting w/ Leah of Amazing Felted Fibre Arts

Saturday June 30th: Needle felting 3D sculpture “The Cute Little Bear”.

This workshop teaches needle felting techniques that takes loose wool & by using a layering process to build a 3d soft sculpture. Creating form, building with directional & cross-hatched layers, stabbing techniques that with practice can create amazing things.

Participants will determine how solid the form will be. How to use the needles without breaking them while gaining special effects. Creating the “Aha” moment: where the participant starts to “see” the form of the bear taking shape.

Workshop includes materials, wool, needles, safety sponge, & printed instructions to take home.  You will be shown artist techniques that create the “cute factor” & how one fibre can make the difference. It is addictive, often thought as “therapeutic” & meditative.

 Saturday June 30th

Length of Workshop: 1:30 to 4:30 pm

Location: Lucerne School

Cost: $50 (materials provided, including needle & safety sponge)

 Maximum: 8

9. Quilting – One Block Wonder with Debra McCracken

Learn this addictive technique to make a Kaleidoscope block in hexagons that fit together like a puzzle. You can use that 60 degree triangle ruler or learn how to use that line on your straight ruler! Full day class, requires sewing machine, cutting mat and ruler and iron.

Sunday July 1st

Length of Workshop: 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

Place: Lucerne School

Cost: $75

Maximum: 8

10. Purse of Vessel 3 Dimensional Felting with Sue of Nufelt

There are many ways to do wet felting and I am showing you just a few things that I have adapted and learned over the years – no way is right or wrong and the best thing to do is take away what works for you and adapt or disregard what doesn’t. 

WHAT TO BRING

2 pieces of Bubble Wrap (minimum 36 inches wide x 24 inches long each piece)

Pool Noodle (we will have a few that students can borrow if you’re unable to purchase)

Felting Stone (one will be available at the class)

Old panty hose to secure your rolled felt

Ball Sprinkler (one will be available at the class)

Small plastic bowl for soapy water

Sharp Scissors

2 Large old towels

Material Fees $20 (pay to instructor)

Sunday July 1st

Length of Workshop: 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

Location: Lucerne School

Cost: $75

Maximum:10

3b. Felted Slippers & Dyeing with Joanne Bieler

In this basic level workshop we will make a pair of felted slippers or boots to fit your own feet.

During the workshop, we will discuss:

  1. Fibre types and estimating shrinkage
  2. Resist options and their pros and cons
  3. Design considerations
  4. Common & uncommon problems -how to recognize them & possible solutions
  5. Tips and tricks for success with felt
  6. Resources and equipment

We will dye the finished footwear.

Supply List – Please bring the following:

2 large towels

bubble wrap or netting  approximately 15” x 36”

a pail or bowl to hold soapy water (approx. 1 L. )

a spray bottle for soapy water

a wooden washboard – if you happen to have one!

Sunday July 1st

Length of Workshop: 9:30 am to 4:30

Location: Lucerne School

Cost: $75

Maximum: 8

11. Felting Dry/Wet Needle Felting Painting  with Donna Marko Cancelled

 

12. Knitting -Colour Works with Susan Chamberlain with Riverstone Yarns

Keep your hands warm in the shoulder seasons or while working at the computer in style with colourful fingerless mitts.

In this five hour workshop we will take left over hand dyed sock yarn and transform it into fun mitts that you will want to wear every day.

Using a variety of six colours, we will combine the yarns to produce a whole new fabric, stretching the imagination and exploring possibilities with different stitches.

Skills we will use and that you may learn if you don’t already have them in your knitting tool kit:

*basic ribbing with one yarn and with two

*how to read a simple chart

*simple lace stitch

*how to make a braid

*how to make a thumb gusset with lifted increases and how to pick up stitches

*knitting with both hands, English and Continental style

*how to weigh and keep track of your yarn while working to avoid running out of a particular colour

This class is best suited to knitters that are comfortable with knitting, purling and knitting in the round. The pattern is worked from the cuff up and I will be using double pointed needles.   Circulars can be used if preferred.

Tools that participants need to bring to class:

Set of 5 double pointed needles Size 2mm or circulars Size 2mm if preferred.   If you consider yourself a “tight” knitter you may want to bring needles a size larger as an alternate. There will be 3 pattern sizes options to choose from as well.

Scissors

Tapestry needle

Stitch marker

Stitch holder or scrap yarn

water and snack

Materials that will be provided:

6 mini skeins of merino/nylon sock yarn, 50 yards each in a variety of colours to choose from

Pattern and charts

Material fee: $25 (Pay to instructor)

Sunday July 1st

Length of Workshop: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm

Location: Lucerne School

Cost: $75

Maximum: 8

13. Crochet Ribbed Hat with Pom-Pom with Daphne Budding- Cancelled

 

14.Design and Spin with your own yarn with Leola Witt-McNie

Designing and Spinning your own unique yarn.  This class is directed to the intermediate spinner wanting to create their individual style of spinning, although those that have taken the beginner spinning class are welcome.  Blending colours and different breeds of sheep, alpaca. Llama, mohair goats and luxury Fibres such as silk, cashmere and flax,  are the beginning using hand cards, blending boards and drum carders.  A spinning wheel or drop spindle is required. A sketch book is also needed and pencil crayons or coloring implants such as water colours. Bring images of inspiration as well.

Be prepared to work as it will be an intense few hours!

Sunday July 1st

Length of Workshop: 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Location: Lucerne School

Cost: $50

Maximum: 6

15. Knitting – Mosaic Colour Work with Kathy Chapman

This workshop is an introduction to working two colour knitting without stranding!

Working only one colour at a time and knitting every row, you will create a pretty and very useful washcloth . As long as you can cast on, knit, and bind off, you can work some really neat colour patterns. Simple and ingenious!

Supplies needed:

2 contrasting colours of dk/worsted weight hemp, linen or cotton. 50 metres of each.

Appropriate needles for your yarn, straight or circular your choice. Usual tools such as darning needle and scissors.

Sunday, July 1st

Length of Workshop: 12:30 am to 3:30 pm

Location: Lucerne School

Cost: $50

Maximum: 8

16. Down the Rabbit Hole  with Sarah Elizabeth

Let this class take you on a journey of texture exploration from spinning right from locks to spinning art batts and using beads as add ins. You will learn how to adjust your wheel, your drafting zone and expand your hand spinning in a few short hours. Use your drop spindle or spinning wheel (recommended orfice size of 3/4” or larger)  –   contact Sarah directly with questions re the orifice size and spinning wheel and drop spindle. Material cost per participant of$30 includes long locks, batts, beads and thread.
Sunday, July 1st

Length of Workshop: 12:30 to 3:30 pm

Location: Lucerne School

Cost: $50

Maximum: 6