Farm to Felt – Felted Slippers
During this day-long workshop you will learn how to make a pair of felted wool slippers. The entire process will be explored and examined, including different techniques of laying out wool, shrinkage tests, using a resist and fulling and finishing techniques. Many examples of different felting methods and wools will be on hand to examine and compare. You will leave with a unique pair of slippers and a record of your felting experiments. The wool being used for the class will be from local farms in the Upper Canada Fibreshed.
No previous felting experience is required.
Location: Blyth Ontario, Saturday July 16th, 10am – 5pm
What you need to bring: 3-4 old towels, notebook and pencil.
Instructor: Jennifer Osborn
Materials Cost: $50 (payable day of the class)
Class Cost: $60 (register now)
Offered in partnership with the Blyth Fashion Arts/Creative Textiles Studio – July 2016
Farm to Sweater – Beyond Beginner Knitting Workshop
Our local Fibreshed is abundant with beautiful squishy yarns grown right here in our own backyards. The Upper Canada Fibreshed is teaming up with Minga Skill Building Hub to bring textile and visual artist, educator and chronic knitter Bree Zorel to turn yarn from our very own neighbourhood sheep into a cozy sweater you can wear (or gift) with love.
This workshop is for those of you who are familiar with the basics of knitting – you understand knit and purl, and maybe you have knit a scarf or shawl but somehow just feel intimidated by the idea of how the heck to make the leap to knitting a sweater.
In this 3hr workshop, you will be guided through basic sweater construction, fit, types of needles, yardage required, and the importance of a gauge swatch to help you find just the right pattern. You will leave with the confidence to cast on for your first knitted sweater, and perhaps an armload of the best quality local yarn to boot!
- Fibreshed: what is it, why is it important
- Different types of sweater construction
- Basic increases and decreases
- Different types of needles
- Yardage: how to know how much yarn you’ll need
- The gauge swatch
- Ways to search Ravelry.com’s online database
The workshop will also host a pop-up shop of local, farm fresh yarn from the Upper Canada Fibreshed, including new label Canadian Ewe, providing participants the opportunity to purchase the yarn they need to complete the sweater. A variety of natural colours from local breeds of sheep will connect the sweater to the landscape that sustained it. Different weights are available depending on producer and supply. Bring in any needles you have used for past projects. A selection of knitting needles will also be available for purchase at the workshop (cash only).