Learn to dye with natural materials in this beginner dyeing class. We will use extracts and locally sourced dye materials to produce a range of colours. We will also discuss mordanting, safe practices and sustainable havesting. By the end of the class you will have sample skeins of dyed yarn and inspiration for further exploration!
No experience necessary!Please note: Student cancellations less than 2 weeks prior to the class will not be refunded.
Budding designers - this is the class for you! Gain a better understanding and feel for elements and principles of design with local fibre artist Maureen Ballagh! Learn all about dots, lines, patterns, balance, and positive and negative shapes in this encouraging and inspiring environment! Refresh your embroidery skills with the running stitch, back stitch, stem stitch, satin stitch, and french knots! Improve your ability to visualize and express and apply these elements to your own embroidery sampler. These design skills will enhance any art or craft practice! Linen fabric, pearl cotton, and needle are included. Students are expected to bring their own small wooden embroidery hoop with screw (5-6 inches) and a tiny screwdriver (for use with hoop). Students are encouraged to bring a pair of sharp scissors if they already own them. Only very basic experience is necessary - students only need to know how to thread a needle! Please note: Student cancellations less than 2 weeks prior to the class will not be refunded.
Learn to dye a silk chiffon scarf with rust in this beginner dyeing class. Let local fibre artist Maureen Ballagh show you the ins and outs of this unique fibre dyeing technique! Students will learn how to prepare their materials and set up their dyeing apparatus during the workshop. They will then take their dye bundle home for three days and let the dye work its way into the fabric. Once the process is complete, students will have a fabulous new scarf and a fantastic new conversation starter!
All materials are included and no experience is necessary! Students are expected to return the dyeing equipment to the shop once their project is finished.Please note: Student cancellations less than 2 weeks prior to the class will not be refunded.
Spinners and weavers of Ottawa - join us for a evening of fibre fun with Donna at Wabi Sabi from 6-9 PM on Thursday, June 8! Spinners, be sure to bring your wheel or spindle and your hand-spuns for show and tell! Weavers, bring your loom, your projects (both finished and unfinished), and your ideas! This event is free of charge but space will be limited! Please register in advance to reserve a spot, and let the shop know whether you will be spinning or weaving, especially if you need table space for a loom! Please note: this event is free. Please disregard any automatic reply that indicates otherwise. Please remember that our spin and weave nights are not courses - if you need a beginner course you can find one here!
Join the ladies of Wabi Sabi in celebrating World Wide Knit in Public Day on Saturday, June 10 from 11-2! Sit and knit with us under our sidewalk tent, and don’t forget to visit our annual WWKIPD sale - our biggest sale of the year! What to bring: Water, a lawn chair (if desired – seating is available), sunscreen, a hat – perhaps a snack? Backup plan: In the case of bad weather, we’ll be knitting in the studio space at the back of the shop! Registration is not necessary in order to attend the event. See you then!
Riverside Studio is in the house! Join us Friday, June 23 from 7-9 PM for an exclusive trunk show featuring a fab selection from local Canadian dyer Kathryn Drysdale! Meet the dyers behind these drop dead gorgeous yarns and and have prime access to a great selection of squishy goodness! This is a great opportunity to get firsthand input on colour choice - and you won't want to miss the ladies of Wabi Sabi strutting their stuff on the runway! Can't make it Friday? No fear - the trunk show will be here all Saturday, and Kathryn will be in the shop from 11 - 2 pm!