Monday, June 6, 2016 at 1:30 PM Mississippi Valley Textile Museum 3 Rosamond St East, Almonte, ON Contact the museum for further information: (613) 256-3754 "What can we learn from Antique Textiles?" Tom Knisely has been collecting textiles of one sort or another for more than five decades. He tries to be observant and look past the, “Oh, isn’t that pretty!” to “What does this piece have to tell me?” It’s rather like being Dr. Doolittle! He walks with the coverlets, talks to the coverlets, and listens to what they tell him. He has been the teacher and general manager at the Mannings Handweaving School and Supply Center in East Berlin, Pennsylvania for more than thirty years. Copies of Tom’s latest book, Handwoven Baby Blankets, will be available for purchase. Wabi Sabi is pleased to sponsor this lecture, and we hope you will join us for this unique opportunity!
In this workshop, you will learn to make a composition by using pieces of fabric and paper to make a base for your own personal fiber art piece! Students will use felt, yarn, fleece, and thread to make a unique piece. Techniques covered in this course include running stitch, couching, and French knots. You will also learn how to frame your work to make it look professional. All materials are included and no experience is necessary. Please note: Student cancellations less than 2 weeks prior to the class will not be refunded.
Keep hearing about a mysterious website known only as... Ravelry? Tried to find a pattern but just couldn’t figure it out? This one-hour workshop will cover all the basics of Ravelry, from signing up to finding the perfect pattern! Emily will show you how to narrow down your search and download a pattern! This event is free, but participants are encouraged to reserve a spot in advance.
Can’t quite figure out blocking, or want to get a sneak preview of blocking wires in action? Join Donna and learn the ins and outs of blocking your hand knits! As this workshop demo is only an hour long, we will only have time to block the designated shop projects. This event is free, but participants are encouraged to reserve a spot in advance.
So you’ve signed up on Ravelry and downloaded a few patterns - what next? Time to explore your online knitting “notebook!” Emily will show you how to add a knitting project to your notebook, how to add patterns to your favourites, your queue and your library, and how to enter your knitting needles and crochet hooks! This event is free, but participants are encouraged to reserve a spot in advance.
Looking to really up your Ravelry game? Join Emily for this last segment of our Ravelry tour and learn all about putting spinning and weaving projects onto Ravelry, searching for patterns based on yarn choice, and searching for yarn based on pattern choice! This event is free, but participants are encouraged to reserve a spot in advance.
Spinners - join us for an evening of spinning with Donna at Wabi Sabi from 6-9pm on Friday, July 22 ! Bring your wheel or spindle, and your hand-spuns for show and tell! Please remember that our spin nights are not courses - if you need a beginner spinning course you can find one here! This evening is free of charge but space is limited so please register online!
Just can’t get the hang of cables, or a little scared to try them on their own? Let Emily show you how to cable with confidence! Participants should start a small swatch in advance of the workshop (~4 inches wide, at least 1 inch of knitting, in garter stitch) and bring a cable needle with them. This event is free, but participants are encouraged to reserve a spot in advance.
Come explore Boro and Hantha stitching in the beautiful simplicity of the running stitch! Indulge your inner textile artist while working with hand painted hemp fabrics and linen threads. Other classic sewing techniques of appliqué, reverse appliqué and quilting will also be introduced. Taught by local Artist Maureen Ballagh. No experience is necessary, and all materials are included. Please note: Student cancellations less than 2 weeks prior to the class will not be refunded.
Weavers - join us for an evening of weaving with Marie-France at Wabi Sabi from 6-9pm on Friday, July 29! Bring your loom, your projects (both finished and unfinished- we love show and tell) and your ideas! Its all about sharing ;) Please remember that our weaving nights are not classes - if you need a beginner course you can find one here! If you need to warp up your loom, please email us ahead of time to book a warping time slot. This evening is free of charge but space is limited so please register online!
Direct warping on a rigid heddle loom can be a little intimidating! Let Marie-France make your life a little easier with some tips and tricks on how to warp your loom quickly! As this workshop demo is only an hour long, we ask you to leave your loom at home. We will have a loom set up for demonstration. This event is free, but participants are encouraged to reserve a spot in advance.
This handy technique is perfect for joining crocheted granny squares for blankets, pillowcases, clothing, and more! Participants should bring at least two granny squares, scrap yarn, and a darning needle. This event is free, but participants are encouraged to reserve a spot in advance.
Join Donna - our fiber blending guru - and learn all about blending boards and drum carders! The techniques covered in this workshop will help you prepare the fiber combinations you need for felting, spinning, and more! This event is free, but participants are encouraged to reserve a spot in advance.
Sit and knit with us under our sidewalk tent, and don’t forget to visit our annual big Knit in Public Day sale in the shop! 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 back of the shop! Registration is not necessary in order to attend the event. See you then!
There's a reason we call July "sock month" - socks don't overheat you while you knit them! Join Emily Sunday mornings from 10:30-12:00 and knit yourself some stylish socks for fall! This is the perfect opportunity to fight back against the insidious "second-sock syndrome," or to try out a new pattern! This knit-a-long is not a class, and participants should already have experience knitting socks or working with double pointed needles. A staff member will be on hand to answer quick questions! Registration is free, but we encourage you to reserve your spot in advance!