Workshops

Workshops

The workshops are held in my log cabin which was originally built in the 1850’s and is located in the Oak Hills forrest in Stirling Ontario. Filled with Canadiana antiques, the cabin has a rustic feel of old pioneer days. The cabin has been featured in a number of magazines and on the cover of Homes & Cottages.

The classes are either 3 or 6 hours. Attendees staying for the day will be served a home cooked lunch. Coffee,Tea and snacks will be provided throughout the day for all classes.


May
13

Bust Your Stash and Knit What You Want!

Instructor: Vithard Villumsen

So, you’ve come home with that “had to have” yarn but don't have a pattern for it? Or have just found this amazing pattern, but don’t seem to have the right yarn in your stash?

In this class, you will learn the steps to substitute the yarn in the pattern with yarn from your stash using some EASY mathematical steps. The teacher will be bringing some examples and students should bring a pattern they would like to knit and a yarn to use for the pattern (not the yarn specified in the pattern) and we'll apply the steps taught in this class. You also need to bring the needles required for the yarn and the needles one size up and down.


May
13

Stranded Colour Work! (Experienced)

Instructor: Vithard Villumsen

Have you ever wanted to try colour work? Do your yarns get all tangled up while you do colour work? We will work with different ways of holding the yarn: In one hand, two hands, one finger, several fingers, and picking and throwing. You will find the perfect way for you to do stranded works. During the workshop, we will knit a Scandinavian inspired stranded colour work hat, the pattern designed exclusively for this class. Students need to bring two balls of DK, not superwash, yarn in different colours and knitting needles for working in the round 3.0 mm (US3) and 3.5 mm (US4).


May
14

Sweater Design by Way of Scandinavia (Advanced)

Instructor: Vithard Villumsen

Learn how to design your own Scandinavian sweater with an accomplished knitwear designer! We start out with an introduction to traditional Scandinavian knitwear patterns. Based upon this, you will design your own two colour stitch pattern. We will begin swatching your pattern in class. Homework between first and second class will be to finish your 12 cm x 12 cm (5'' x 5'') swatch in your stitch pattern. On the second day, we will look at different sweater styles and using your own stitch pattern, we will design your own personalized Scandinavian inspired knitting pattern.


July
8

Get your granny panties on!!

Instructor: Katherine Phan

Refresh your granny square making and explore the world of granny squares in this weekend long course we will be covering all the basics on designing and building your own granny square creation!

Refresh your granny square pattern

Learn to plan and adapt your square to build any shape you desire

work with different gauges to produce different results

When you seam, I seam, and we all seam together! The most painful part of granny squaring but together we can seam and scream together!!

Each guest will build a pile of squares on day one and on day two we will all build together!



July
22

Crochet 101

Instructor: Robbie Laughlin

Students will learn the basics of crochet, including all the stitches, increasing, decreasing, and working in the round.

6hr duration, with a lunch break.

Materials: 4.5mm hook, 100g of worsted weight yarn


July
23

Amigurumi

Instructor: Robbie Laughlin

In this three hour class, you'll learn the basics of shaping small stuffed toys by following a typical pattern! Topics covered will include safety precautions, adding character to your amigurumi through embroidery, and finishing techniques!

Safety eyes provided, please bring various scraps of worsted weight yarn and a 4.0mm crochet hook


July
23

Snowflakes

Instructor: Robbie Laughlin

In this three hour class, you'll learn all the techniques required for working with tiny thread! Topics covered will include following these intricate snowflake patterns, starching methods and how to properly shape them during blocking.

All materials to be provided.


August
5

Natural Dyeing Workshop

Instructor: Kerri Westlake

Explore the magic of dyeing with plants! Learn basic techniques that will allow for a lifetime of experimenting with the rainbow of natural colours. In this weekend long course, we'll be covering all the basics to get you started:

  • how to prepare your fibres for best results
  • using mordants and preparing dye baths
  • how different fibres absorb dyes differently
  • various dyeing techniques, such as ombre, shibori, bundle dyeing, and creating solid and semi-solid skeins

Each participant will create a swatch card, and dye their own skeins of yarn. We'll also discuss the fascinating history of colour, tips for growing a dye garden, and foraging for local sources of dye that are growing right under our noses.

Cost of materials included in the total.

Lunch, will be served each day. Drinks and Snacks will be available throughout the day.

There are great B&B's and Hotels in the area.


August
6

Natural Dyeing Workshop

Instructor: Kerri Westlake

Explore the magic of dyeing with plants! Learn basic techniques that will allow for a lifetime of experimenting with the rainbow of natural colours. In this weekend long course, we'll be covering all the basics to get you started:

  • how to prepare your fibres for best results
  • using mordants and preparing dye baths
  • how different fibres absorb dyes differently
  • various dyeing techniques, such as ombre, shibori, bundle dyeing, and creating solid and semi-solid skeins

Each participant will create a swatch card, and dye their own skeins of yarn. We'll also discuss the fascinating history of colour, tips for growing a dye garden, and foraging for local sources of dye that are growing right under our noses.

Cost of materials included in the total.

Lunch, will be served each day. Drinks and Snacks will be available throughout the day.

There are great B&B's and Hotels in the area.


October
28

Knitted Balls for the Holidays

Instructor: Christopher Walker

Level: Beginner/Intermediate

This informative and exciting workshop will take you through the creation of a festive holiday ball using double-pointed needles. Techniques of knitting in the round, using two-colours, reading charts, and stranded colourwork, will be used. At the end of the class you will be well on your way to having a festive ornamental ball. You will also have learned the skills to create and knit your own holiday patterns.

Technique Requirements: Knit/purl; cast on/bind off; increase/decrease; confident beginners and anyone who has yet to try working with two yarns at once will love this class!

Additional Cost: Just bring a smile and be open to having fun!


October
29

Coureur des bois Toque

Instructor: Christopher Walker

  • Sitting by the fire, in our pre-confederation log cabin, you learn the exciting history of some of Canada's greatest woodsmen; the Coureur des bois, while knitting a modern day version of their iconic Toque. Techniques of knitting in the round, using two-colours, reading charts, and stranded colourwork, will be used. At the end of the class you will be well on your way to having completed the Coureur des bois toque. You will also have learned the skills to create and knit your own patterned Toque.
  • Technique Requirements: Knit/purl; cast on/bind off; increase/decrease; confident beginners and anyone who has yet to try working with two yarns at once will love this class! Additional Cost: Just bring a smile and be open to having fun!
  • Supplies to Bring:2 skeins worsted weight yarn (one red, the other whit) circular needles appropriate for the size of yarn , stitch markers, tapestry needle, and a crochet hook.