Blue Hills Fibre Festival

For the people who love yarn, fleece and fibre arts.

2017 Workshops

On this page you’ll find

  • Workshops
  • Schedule
  • How to Register
  • Payment

Workshops- registration now closed!

Knitting with Sarah- Cast-ons and Bind-offs!

In this class, we will cover 2 cast-on methods and 2 bind off methods that will help your projects look better and work better. The Alternating Cable cast on is a beautiful way to start a project that has ribbing. The Long Tail cast on is one of the most common so we’ll cover this useful method but also cover how to do a two colour version and how to never run out of tail! For bind offs we will cover a decorative method (the picot bind off) and a functional method (the elastic bind off) which is great for socks and other edges that need stretch.

Please bring:

  1. light coloured yarn in DK or worsted, as well as a contrast colour. No fuzzy or novelty yarns!
  2. needles you normally use for that weight of yarn
  3. if you are a slow knitter and would like to work ahead, bring two swatches with live stitches that you can bind off (1 inch long and 20 stitches wide).

Cost: $20

Duration:  2 hours

Maximum participation: 12

Spindling Workshop with Lee

Have that first beautiful fleece and now you have to figure out what to do with it? Using a spindle to spin that fibre into yarn is an age-old practice. Learn the how to of spindling with Lee McFarland from Generations Fibre Works. Wherever Lee is , her spindle is there with her, spinning away!

Cost: $20 (includes supplies)

Duration: 1.5 hours

Maximum participation: 12


Needle Felting with Diana

Do you have lots of bits of coloured wool in your stash? Diana will show you a new craft that will use up this wool! Come try needle felting!

Cost: $20 (includes wool and felting supplies)

Duration: 2 hours

Maximum Participation: 10


Drum Carded Batts with Susan

Join Susan Sydor for this super fun workshop. Let your creativity loose to create crazy art batts by blending different colours, textures and fibres on a drum carder. You’ll learn tips and tricks for creating exactly the kind of batt you’ll love to spin!

Cost: $20 (includes fibre)

Duration: 1 hour

Maximum Participation: 8


Fleece Preparation Seminar with Gail

Gail Kasprick, event coordinator extraordinaire, and sheep flock owner is once again holding a free seminar. She’s going to show everyone how to process fleece, from raw off the sheep to a washed and ready to spin/felt. If you have ever considered buying raw fleece, you should come to this demonstration! (You don’t need to sign up for this workshop, just come check it out!)

Cost: Free! 

Duration: 1 hour

Workshop schedule

Drum Carding 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Needle Felting 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Cast-on/Bind-off 1:30 to 3:30 pm

Fleece Prep 2:00 to 3:00 pm

Spindling 2:30 to 4:00 pm

Workshop registration and payment

Workshop registration is now open!

To register, click on the “buy now” button next to the workshop you wish to attend.  You will be redirected to PayPal. You may add more than one workshop by clicking “continue shopping” on the PayPal page.

Workshop registration will close on June 1st, or when a workshop is full. If a workshop is full, contact us using the form below, your name will be added to a waiting list and you will be notified if a space becomes available.

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2 thoughts on “2017 Workshops

  1. Could you tell me what a peg loom is. I have acquired a tapestry loom and would like to learn how to use it, is this similar?
    Thank you

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