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August Workshops!

July 17, 2010

Register for these great 1-day workshops happening in August. Call 604-255-2577 or email to register!

You have all admired the blanket at the store, now learn how to do your own!

Free Form Knitting
When: Saturday, August 14th
Time: 1 – 3pm
Cost: $30 (+ hst)
Instructor: Kirsten Zerbini
Freeform knitting is a fun way for knitters to explore the artistic possibilities of knitting to make blankets, wall hangings, handbags, tea cozies, or pillow covers that resemble paintings done in yarn. It’s yarn anarchy! Come and find out how to bring out the best in a yarn, play with texture, play with colour. There is no wrong answer in freeform knitting; all the extremes are welcome, and the middle-of-the-road is a nice place to play, too.
This class is freeform too. If you’re brand new to the art of freeform knitting, I’ll get you started. If you’ve mastered the basics, I’ll show you something new. Techniques you can make use of include perpendicular joins, picking up stitches, short rows, modular knitting, cables, lacework, duplicate stitch, ruffles, flowers, i-cord embellishments.
Materials needed: Any yarn you like, and bring your stash! This type of knitting is the perfect use for tiny bits of interesting yarn. Bring yarn to swap – the more variety, the better. Avariety of needles in different sizes, both straights and circulars. Optional: darning needles, crochet hooks, and a stitch dictionary.

Free Form Blanket

Finishing Techniques
When: Saturday, August 21st
Time: 1 – 3pm
Cost: $30 (+ hst)
Instructor: Kirsten Zerbini
In this workshop, you’ll learn the basic skills needed to finish a garment. Topics covered include the following:
  1. Blocking: demo and discussion
  2. Stocking stitch seaming (both parallel and perpendicular seams)
  3. Reverse stocking stitch seaming
  4. Garter stitch seaming
  5. Weaving ends invisibly
  6. Grafting (depending on time)
  7. Conventional cast off, loose
  8. Sewn bind-off
  9. Picking up stitches on stocking stitch, on garter stitch.
  10. Applied i-cord, if time allows
  11. Joining yarns invisibly, if time allows
  12. Buttonholes, if time allows
Materials needed: One skein of worsted weight yarn in a light, solid colour; needles in the right size for the yarn; a darning needle.

Before class: Please knit four squares: two in stocking stitch and two in garter stitch. Each square should be 3-4 inches wide and tall.
Felted Play Foods – Sushi
When: Saturday, August 28th
Time: 1 – 3pm
Instructor: Kirsten Zerbini
Play food is a great thing to have in the playroom, but why get the plastic stuff? Felted wool can be sculpted to any shape you like, and you’ll get toys that are warm to the touch, durable, non-toxic, and beautiful. In this 2-hour workshop, you’ll learn the basics of needle felting and make a few pieces of play food sushi to take home.
This workshop is intended for adults, but children from 8-12 are welcome if accompanied by an adult who is also taking the class (those 13 and up do not need to be accompanied). Each participant pays for the workshop separately, but may share materials and tools if they wish. You will need to have rubber gloves, a needle felting tool, and a needle felting mat (the latter two available from the store).
Materials needed: a Needle felter and a felting mat.
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