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Rainy Day Activities

There’s something special about teaching children to work with their hands. This is why we are so crazy about Harrisville Designs and their projects for the young. We carry a range of their kits in a variety of different fibre activities such as: spool knitting, cotton loops, knitting, felting, crochet, drop spindle and weaving.

We love their looms which allow children to discover the basic techniques of weaving  while producing something they can truly be proud of. At present we carry the following looms for the young:the Back Strap, Potholder, Peg Loom, Lap Loom. We also carry the Cricket Loom by Schacht which is a fabulous rigid heddle for young weavers.

Looking for a small project to do with your child? We have  a make your own stuffy kits with everything you need. There’s a host of characters to choose from: Mousenstein, Owl, Kit Kat and Polar Bear.

Or maybe you need a project? We have heaps of new wool in the shop: Cascade Paints, Ecco Andean DK, Jawool Sock, and the most loveliest of sock wools, Sockittome. Come in and see us, I promise we won’t let you leave empty handed.

Colour Therapy For The Fibre Lover’s Soul

Do you crave colour? Do you dream of the perfect red or blue. Have no fear the Wab is here. And we have an amazing new range of new dyes that are bound to satisfy your soul.

First of all we have a new indigo tie dye kit that’s so popular we keep running out. This kit is perfect for the summer because you can do your dying inside or out. Plus with a little TLC you can keep your batch going for a long time. We even have refresher kits. Oh I know what you’re thinking you just can’t wait to get your shibori on. Once you start playing with this indigo I guarantee you won’t be able to stop.

Or perhaps, you’d like to try dying some cotton, or try your hand at batik, or maybe experiment with screen printing, or tie dying? We have a new procion dye which comes in loads and loads of dynamic colours.  Yes, you’ll be spoiled by choice. Worried you won’t be able to find the soda ash to use with it? Put your mind to rest, we have that as well.

Or do you dream of spending your days dying wool. Well. you’ll be thrilled to know your choice of acid dyes at the Wab has just doubled. Yes, we still have our main stay, Magic Carpet dye but now we also have dyes by Ashford and Jacquard so you can experiment to see which dye suits you best.

Or maybe you want to paint of fabric? Then you need to play with our amazing Stewart Gill paint. This paint is made in small batches in Scotland and can be layered up to create different kinds of looks. That’s not all, Gill has a leather primer  so you can transform shoes, leather bags and coats. Plus, best of all it’s non toxic so you can use them with kids.

Oh are you natural dyers feeling left out? Don’t. We have alum. so pick up yours before supplies run out.

So what are you  waiting for? Come to the Wab to get your colour on.

Upcoming Course: Mixed Media with Michelle April!

Our class with Michelle April from 10-4 on August 9 is sure to be an intriguing one! Delve into the world of mixed media artwork and play with different supplies and surfaces to create unique, introspective pieces! As Michelle says in her course description, “We will become engaged in creating worlds on a surface that is limited only by the imagination.” More information and registration can be found here!

Spin and Weaving Night!

In addition to our usual Thursday Knit Night, this Thursday, July 24 we’ll be hosting a Spin/Weave Night in the back of the shop from 6-8! Bring your wheel, drop spindle, or loom and connect with other local fibre enthusiasts! A staff member will be on hand to answer questions/offer assistance, should you need it!


Wabi Sabi Bus Trip to Twist Festival!

We’ve still got plenty of spots on our annual bus trip to the Twist Festival! The festival offers access to vendors, workshops, festival events, and even a miniature fibre farm! Our bus trip includes an optional trip to a local art show, plus prizes, great company, and more fibre enthusiasm than you can shake a stick at! More information about the bus schedule, pick-up and drop-off times, and more can be found here!

More Madeline Tosh is here!

We’ve got even more Madeline Tosh in stock – including new colourways of sock yarn, plus some unbelievably vibrant single-ply lace weight Madeline Tosh Prairie! Just look at that green!


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Even MORE new Fall 2014 classes!

We’ve added even more classes to our Fall 2014 roster, including Felt Painting with Maggie Glossop, two knitting courses taught by the esteemed Sally Melville, a lovely lesson in lace with Megan Goodacre, and many more! Check out our updated course schedule here!

Wabi Sabi at Twist

Don’t forget to book your spot on our fabulous Wabi Sabi Twist Bus! Scheduling and registration can be found here!

Madeline Tosh @ the Wab

We are so excited to now offer our customers Madeline Tosh Yarn! We’re currently carrying Madeline Tosh Sock and Sport, and we expect to have some more squishy, beautiful skeins (and photos) soon!

New Fall Classes!

We’ve started registration for a host of new courses for the fall! Course descriptions and registration can be found here. In addition to our regular courses (Knit 101, Sock Knitting, Spinning), we’ll have some new ones, including the Grumpy Owl Cowl, two natural dyeing courses, and a needlefelted sheep course with Wendo! We’re always updating our course schedule, so be sure to keep an eye out for new courses all summer long!