We are very excited to announce that Ash Alberg of Sunflower Knit will be joining us all the way from Winnipeg for a week of wonderful classes here on our property in Belfast, Prince Edward Island. Soo...if you were uncertain which week of the summer to hit the PEI Fibre Trail, we may have your answer!
Ash is a talented knitwear designer, an experienced natural dyer, and is also the founder of From Field to Skin, a Canadian fibreshed project bringing awareness to what the Canadian fibreshed currently has to offer.
We would love to see you at one of the workshops this summer! The entire line up is below. PLEASE NOTE: you must pay in advance to reserve your spot, and tickets are non-refundable, although they are transferable if you can't make it at the last minute. Space is limited, so book early! Prices do not include 15% HST.
We are also planning two natural dyeing workshops that weekend, with foraging included in the program, but we are still ironing out the details of these ones. If you are interested, please contact us for more info. (902) 659-2550.
Natural Dyeing: learn how to dye yarn (without shocking the fibres!) using natural dyes. Participants will learn how to dye wool yarn using local plants, mordants, materials sourced from ethical suppliers, and/or simple kitchen compost.
Materials Included: 100g sock yarn, natural dyes (may be foraged or purchased from ethical suppliers), dye pots, non-latex gloves, ziploc bag
Students provide: clothes you are comfortable getting messy in (including footwear), an apron
Social Media 101 for Makers: a masterclass in social media for makers, with a focus on using facebook, twitter, and instagram for your personal and business accounts. Grow your followers, post beautiful images and share stories that are consistent with your brand or style, and learn the do’s and don’ts of social media etiquette (with the help of some hilarious/cringe-worthy examples).
Materials provided: worksheets
Shawl Design 101: find your inner knitwear designer in a supportive learning atmosphere. In this shortened crash course of the original 12-hour shawl design 101, you will learn basic shawl shapes, design math, why gauge swatches are important even for accessories, and where to find inspiration and how to store it for dry spells. Students are expected to be comfortable with knitting basics. We will not be going over how to do specific stitches, but rather how to combine stitches and do the math to create something new. Suggested skill level is advanced beginner and up.
Materials Provided: worksheets
Students Provide: 100g fingering weight yarn, 3.75mm (US 5) 60cm (32”) circular needle, notebook, pen/pencil, calculator