2017 Workshops

Class registration will begin on July 15, 2017! 

Please carefully read our Workshop Registration FAQs and evaluate required skill levels before signing up for a class.

Norah Gaughan

Friday AM – Knitting with Linen: Learn to love linen. It’s a great fiber to wear, but there are some tricks to knitting with it. The focus will be on variants of dropped & extended stitches along with modern bold lace, stitches that show linen to its best advantage. Washing, blocking and the importance of swatches are key topics as well. Relates to Framework, Norah’s latest pattern book. Skill level: Intermediate or adventurous beginner. Must know how to knit and purl.. 

Friday PM – Knitting & Crocheting with Found Materials: Repurpose those clothes, textiles and plastic supermarket bags you have piling up because you knew you’d have a use for them someday. Make the yarn from plastic bags, T-shirts, old sheets or yard goods. After you make the yarn begin a project. Either knit or crochet a cowl or a market bag on large hooks and needles. Skill level: Beginner. Knitters should know how to knit and purl. Crocheters should know the basics of chain, single and double crochet. 

Saturday AM – Experiments with Cables: A fun, creative approach to learning how to make up new cables. Instead of starting with a chart, students will play with making their own free form cable pattern while knitting. New concepts are introduced randomly in the form of a card game. After the knitting is underway we’ll take some time to learn how to note what you’ve done in chart form.  Skill level: Intermediate. Should have some experience working from cable charts (because you will be drawing charts).

Saturday PM – The Fibi Pullover & Cable Substitutions: Learn the ins and outs of knitting Fibi, a cabled pullover, knit in pieces from the bottom up. Master details like bamboo stitch as a horizontal accent and tapered twisted rib at the armholes. Learn how to do mattress stitch that looks so good, you’ll have trouble finding the seams when you are done. Knitters can choose alternate cable for their body and sleeve cable panels from Norah Gaughan’s Knitted Cable Sourcebook. Take the time to customize your Fibi. There are several alternative ways to alter the neck finishing to suit your taste and we’ll talk about changing the sleeve and body length as well. For those who prefer a fully fitted sweater we’ll go over the changes you’ll need to make. Skill level: Intermediate or adventurous beginner. Must know how to knit and purl.

Sunday AM – Fixing Cables: As Your Work and After: Tackle all the techniques Norah uses for fixing cables, as while you are knitting and after. Master the tricks for ripping back, perform dropping down exercises and execute the dreaded ‘snip and replace’ technique (used only in dire emergencies). The next technique may be your favorite – practice Norah’s trick for reversing a cable’s direction worked when it is too late for any other easy fix. Skill level: Beginner and up. Knitters should know how to knit and purl.

Allison Harding

Friday PM – Hanky Panky: Nuno Felting with Silk Hankies: It’s easier than you think to create your one of kind
designer scarf from silk, wool and a little bit of soap! Allison will teach you multiple techniques to manipulate hand dyed silk hankies, fine merino wool and fun add-ins like locks and firestar, to make your signature scarf! Class kit includes generous materials for one scarf, a full color tutorial and take home tools to make more scarves. Skill level: All levels welcome.

Saturday ALL DAY – Dye Your Own Yarn: Design and dye yarn! Learn about painted, palindrome vs continuous color repeats and even an easy self-striping method. Dye two skeins differently for two pair of socks or mitts or dye to coordinate for a bigger project! Allison will take you through each step from preparing your skein to finishing the set dye with a little color theory for good measure! Skill Level:  All levels welcome.

Sunday AM – Plying With Thread: Color, Texture & More!: Do you want to extend your spinning yardage, create textured yarns; add beads, sequins or even feathers to your yarn? Learn to ply with thread! In this class you’ll learn to choose a thread with confidence, ply a balanced or spiraled yarn, and add beads, sequins, even feathers to your spinning projects. Skill Level: Must be able to spin a singles (balanced and/or thick-thin) and make 2-ply.

Michael Kelson

Saturday PM – So You Want to Long Draw? There are several drafting techniques that will make a wonderful, woolen yarn. This class will examine woolen fiber preparations and will discuss woolen and semi-woolen drafting techniques for successfully spinning woolen singles. We will also discuss and demonstrate techniques for plying and finishing woolen spun singles to get a structurally sound yarn for knitting or weaving. Skill Level: Intermediate or adventurous beginners. Students should have a good relationship with their wheel and be able to spin a continuous single.

Saturday PM – Spinning Lofty Yarns from Worsted Preparations: Much of the wonderful fiber we have access to as hand-spinners comes to us in the form of combed top. Top is a worsted preparation and can spin a very dense yarn, which might be great for socks or mittens, but if you’d like to spin a loftier yarn for something like a hat, a scarf, or even a sweater, this class will explore techniques to introduce more air, loft, and bounce into your handspun yarn. This class will discuss various drafting techniques for different fiber preparations, ways to modify your fiber preparation, different techniques spinning from the fold, and how to accurately measure your yarn to ensure that you are getting exactly the yarn you want the project you have in mind.  Skill Level: Intermediate or adventurous beginners. Students should have a good relationship with their wheel and be able to spin a continuous single.

Patty Lyons

Friday AM – Make YOUR Gauge Work: You know the basics of gauge, but how do you make your own gauge work for you? Stop trying to match the gauge exactly and learn how to knit a project to YOUR gauge. After a review of the basics, and how to make a “truthful” swatch, we’ll get to some of the trickier elements of gauge, such as pre-blocked vs. blocked gauge, hung gauge, and the different between yarn gauge and pattern gauge. We will explore what to do when a project is knit in the round or in a pattern stitch. Finally, we’ll master the math of using YOUR gauge, not just the pattern gauge. We’ll learn how to work an existing size with a different gauge, resize a sweater by using a different gauge, how to add different stitch patterns to your garment, and how to make adjustments to your pattern when your own gauge is off. Stop trying to match someone else’s gauge and discover the joys of making YOUR gauge work! Skill Level: Must know how to knit, purl, cast on, and bind off. Recognize knit and purl stitches and be able to work them in a pattern without supervision. Basic understanding of what gauge is and how to make a gauge swatch.

Friday PM – Reading Between the Lines: What Your Sweater Pattern Doesn’t Tell You: There’s a lot of information hiding between the lines of knitting patterns. Once you unravel the mysteries of the math and numbers, you will never blindly follow a pattern again. Learn the things you need to know before you start a pattern, like yarn substitution, how to figure your yarn amount from your swatch, what size to make, and how to read a schematic. Understand the numbers in the pattern so you know when and how you can change them. Finally, we’ll explore the things a pattern tells you to do but doesn’t tell you how. We’ll look into some of the most frustrating pattern instructions, such as “reverse shaping” and “at the same time”, as well as a better way to figure how to pick up stitches. Learn the secrets hiding inside every knitting pattern!  Skill Level: Intermediate: Some basic knowledge of sweater patterns helpful, or knitting at least one sweater, helpful but not required.

Saturday AM – Twice the Fun, Half the Work: Learn the fun and time-saving technique of working any two items, in the round, two at at time! Whether socks, sleeves, or wristers, getting both pieces done at once means you’ll never suffer from “second item syndrome” again! First, we will go over the basics of working magic loop and two circulars. Then we’ll move on to the secrets of how to cast on and work two items for both magic loop and two circulars. We’ll also go over professional tips for improving the look of your work in the round.  Skill Level: Must know how to knit, purl, cast on, bind off. Must know long tail cast on. 

Saturday PM – Stop Turning: Knitting & Purling Backwards: My favorite knitting trick is to stop turning! If you hate purling, or are unhappy with your uneven tension, or simply aren’t crazy about flipping that 400 stitch basket weave afghan around every row, learn the joy of never turning! We will learn how to put the knit stitch and the purl stitch in reverse as well as learn basic decreases, short rows, and picking up stitches backwards. Knitting and purling backwards is great for entrelac, bobbles, short-rows, and chart work. Skill Level: Most levels. Must know simple increases and decreases.

Sunday AM – Totally TUBULAR!  A tubular edge makes a lovely start or end t your project. Create professional looking cuffs, hems, and edges for your hats, gloves, and more. In this workshop we’ll learn the tubular cast on for 1×1 rib and 2×2 rib. We’ll aslo look at working the tubular bind off with a knitting needle (no more tapestry needle). To top it off w’ll explore some other start and ends to ribbing that create stretchy, invisible and beautiful edges and we’ll even learn a special cast on just for gauge swatches. Explore the wonders of these special cast ons and bind offs. Skill Level: Must know how to knit, purl, cast on, bind off. Must know long tail cast on. 

Judith MacKenzie

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Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

Friday AM – Knitting for Speed & Efficiency: This interesting class examines the various techniques, attitudes and history of the most productive knitters, and is designed not necessarily to change how you knit (unless you want to) but to help you become the most efficient knitter you can be on your own terms. We’ll look at the various styles of knitting, and have some instruction on “lever knitting” (fixed needle knitting.) We’ll talk about techniques for knitting faster through changing what you do, and the way you think. Skill level: Beginners and up; must be able to knit, purl, and perform basic increases and decreases. 

Friday PM – Colour Theory for Knitters: Knitters are textile artists, and this class is colour theory, just for them. Learn the language of colour, how colour works, how to choose colours that will always go together, how to create colourways that you love, and several sneaky ways to be brilliant at it, and find inspiration everywhere you look. Skill level: All levels welcome.

Saturday AM – The Fix is in: This class explores options and solutions for when bad things happen to good knitters. We’ll explore dropped stitches, missed yarn overs, mis-crossed cables, selvedge stitches (and when not to have one) and how to fix (mostly) damage to knits like pulls, holes and runs. Skill level: Intermediate and up: must be able to read your knitting and easily identify knits and purls, execute a simple chart, and understand a simple cable.

Saturday PM – Knitting for Speed & Efficiency: This interesting class examines the various techniques, attitudes and history of the most productive knitters, and is designed not necessarily to change how you knit (unless you want to) but to help you become the most efficient knitter you can be on your own terms. We’ll look at the various styles of knitting, and have some instruction on “lever knitting” (fixed needle knitting.) We’ll talk about techniques for knitting faster through changing what you do, and the way you think. Skill level: Beginners and up; must be able to knit, purl, and perform basic increases and decreases. 

Sunday AM – Knit Smart: This class deals with best practices in knitting, and talks about how to (usually) prevent knitting mistakes and (mostly) fix them. Out of the myriad techniques, ideas, yarns, patterns and tools available to knitters, how can you be sure that the ones you choose will give you the results you want? This class looks at how to predict how knitting is going to work, very clever ways to solve knitting problems, and how to streamline knitting so that you’re doing less work, and creating better stuff. This class is useful to knitters at all levels, and is my very favourite to teach. Skill level: All levels welcome. 

Stephanie Flynn Sokolov

Friday ALL DAY –  Learn to Weave: Make a Petite Bag: Have you been curious about weaving and willing to give it a try? This is the perfect introduction. We will warp the looms (up to 10 looms available from instructor) and weave a piece of fabric just the perfect size. We will take it off the loom and sew it into a small bag. We will talk about embellishments and straps. You leave with a small bag just perfect for your essential items.  Skill level: True beginner.

Saturday AM – Shrinkage is a GOOD Thing: Explore how a yarn’s property of shrinkage can be used as the main design effect in your weaving. In this Round Robin style class you will bring a loom warped with a simple, but unique warp and weave a small sample. Then get up and move to the seat on your right and weave a sample on your neighbors loom. This allows you to warp once and take home a plethora of samples. This weaving adventure will educate you on how to best use a yarn’s shrinkage as your greatest asset. A 3 hour class gives every student 5-6 Samples. There are about 6 different warps that will be assigned 2 weeks before class. They are all plain weave threading so you can use a rigid heddle a table loom or any other shaft loom. Skill Level: Intermediate – student is comfortable warping a loom and familiar with weaving terminology.

Saturday PM – Weave a Wall Hanging: Jealous of all the awesome wall hangings on Pinterest, but haven’t tried to make your own? This class will give your the creative license to weave something unique and beautiful for your home. Everyone is a weaver and once you learn the basics of weaving and combining different design elements the sky is the limit to what you might create. Skill Level: Beginner.

Sunday AM –  Learn to Weave Fangirl (or Boy) Coasters: Weave a Star Wars themed coaster worthy of the Mos Eisley Cantina. The looms will be warped and we will weave a coaster, then embroider a symbol onto the coasters declaring your love of the Dark Side or your use of the Force for good. One thing is for sure, after this class you will take home a coaster proclaiming your mad Jedi weaving skills even if you are only a padowan. Learn how to pick images and make them into an embroidery pattern, and learn the back stitch and satin stitch which will enable you to use images from any fandom to let your geek show through.  Skill Level: Beginner.

Judy Taylor

Friday PM – Don’t Trash Your Stash! Beginning Rug Hooking: Fess up: you have a yarn stash.  You are not alone.  There is hope for you.  You probably have the makings of an heirloom hand-hooked rug! In this beginner class, students will be provided with a kit and a hook, as well as instruction on how to convert their leftover yarn into beautiful rugs.  Don’t let that stash wither away – turn it into a beautiful rug! Skill Level: No rug hooking experience required

Saturday AM – Don’t Trash Your Stash! Beginning Rug Hooking: Fess up: you have a yarn stash.  You are not alone.  There is hope for you.  You probably have the makings of an heirloom hand-hooked rug! In this beginner class, students will be provided with a kit and a hook, as well as instruction on how to convert their leftover yarn into beautiful rugs.  Don’t let that stash wither away – turn it into a beautiful rug! Skill Level: No rug hooking experience required

Ann Weaver

Friday AM – No Sew Zippers: In this workshop, you’ll learn everything you need to know to install zippers into sweaters by installing
a 6-inch zipper to join two swatches—with NO SEWING! We’ll use a Knit Picker tool (provided) to pick up stitches along our zippers and join these zippers to our knitting. You can even bring along a project and zipper needing a zipper installed! Skill Level: Beginner challenge and up – must know how to pick up stitches. 

Friday PM – Exploring Color and Log Cabin Knitting with the Albers Cowl: Whether doing stranded knitting, intarsia, stripes, or modular patterns, knitters are constantly faced with color choices. The Albers Cowl, one of my designs, is a perfect opportunity to experiment with color by using small amounts of yarn and simple techniques. The goals of this workshop are to expand the knitter’s color vocabulary and confidence in color combination choices and to teach Log Cabin knitting techniques like picking up and knitting stitches. Skill Level: Beginner challenge: Casting on and knitting garter stitch; experience knitting with fine (fingering weight) yarn on small needles. 

Saturday ALL DAY – No Risk, All Reward STEEKS! Eyeing colorwork cardigan patterns? Tired of working purl rows on Stockinette cardigans? Afraid to cut your knitting? Overcome your fear with NO RISK! In this workshop, we’ll steek old or thrifted sweaters (bring your own or purchase one from my collection!). You don’t have to knit anything in preparation! You’ll work through all the steps of steeking a sweater, and you’ll be ready—and excited—to steek your own work. We’ll be doing crocheted and hand-sewn steeks on our sweaters. I’ll demonstrate and provide examples of both methods and discuss the pros and cons of each. You’ll leave the workshop with a booklet of photo tutorials for all the techniques discussed. Skill Level: Beginner challenge and up – must know how to pick up stitches.

Sunday AM – Square & Rectangular Shawls From the Inside Out: In this workshop, knitters will learn different methods for creating square and rectangular shawls in one piece from the center out, using simple stitch patterns and modular techniques. Students
will start a square shawl during the workshop, creating customized shapes, textures, and color combinations. Some examples of the type of square shawls students will learn to create in this workshop are Traffic Furniture and Chittagong.  Skill Level: Beginner challenge: Casting on, knitting, purling, and working at least one type of increase.