Spring Workshops

We are so excited about our spring 2012 workshops!!

Freeform Crochet

Date: Saturday, April 14
Time: 1 – 3pm
Cost: $35 (+hst)
Instructor: Kirsten Zerbini
Freeforming is a form of fibre art that lets you create fantastically colourful and textured fabric that can be used for all sorts of things like blankets, wall hangings, handbags, pillow covers, hats, or tea cozies. In this workshop, take out your hooks and needles, and “take your yarn for a walk” as freeformer Jenny Dowd likes to say. Crochet is the preferred technique (and the one covered in this class), but knitting makes a welcome addition, as does felting, embroidery, and macramé.
You will need to know basic crochet techniques (and some knitting helps too), but you can freeform with a range of skills from the rudimentary to the advanced.
Freeforming is best done with a large variety of yarns at hand, the more colours and textures the better. If you would like to bring your stash, you’re welcome to, or you can use the instructor-provided materials, which consist of mostly hand dyed and handspun yarn, for a cost of $15 per student (separate from class fee)
To see examples of freeform work, see the instructor’s Pinterest board: http://pinterest.com/2sistersstring/freeform-crochet/
Materials needed: 
  1. Any yarn you like, and bring your stash! Freeforming is the perfect use for tiny bits of interesting yarn. Bring yarn to swap – the more variety, the better.
  2. A variety of hooks and/or needles in different sizes. If you are bringing knitting needles, short needles are the easiest to use.
  3. A small pair of scissors.
Felting Workshop

Date: Sunday, April 15
Time: 1 – 3pm
Cost: $45 (includes 1 felting needle and 100 gr of fibre)
Instructor: Nicola Hodges
This afternoon workshop will teach you all teh basics of needle and wet felting. THe class will teach a variety of techniques – making mini felted items (animals, bowls, jewelry) let your imagination run wild in this class! Minimum 5 and maximum 8 participants.
Learn to Spin with a Drop Spindle

Date: Saturday, April 28
Time: 1-3pm
Cost: $45 (includes 50 gr of fibre)
Instructor: Nicola Hodges
This workshop will teach the basics of how to make your own yarn with a drop spindle. Participants will be spinning a single ply yarn and will receive a basic intro to the process of spinning your own yarn from beginning to end. Participants will also learn v

arious drafting techniques. Minimum 4 and maximum 6 participants.

Materials: Participants need a top-whorl spindle, they can be purchased through the store, there will be some for use at the class, but we encourage participants to purchase their own.
Mini-Triangle Shawl Workshop

Date: Monday, April 16
Time: 6:30 – 8pm
Cost: $25 (+hst)

Instructor: Sylvia Mcfadden
Description: Learn all the basics for knitting a top-down triangle lace shawl (without the complicated lace insert patterning). Participants must have the knowledge to cast on, knit and purl comfortably. Participants will learn Triangle shawl shaping with yarn-over increases, a simple picot bind-off and a quick shawl-blocking tutorial. At the end you will have a small (cat-sized) triangle shawl.

Materials: 1 ball of worsted or aran weight yarn – to be fair any yarn will do, aran and worsted just knit up quicker than fingering. If you feel like a quick knitter and have a small ball of fingering weight yarn, feel free to bring that in. the needles that the ball band call for. Probably between a 5mm and a 6mm for worsted/aran weight yarn.

Finishing Techniques

Date: Saturday, May 12
Time: 1 – 3pm
Cost: $35 (+hst)
Instructor: Kirsten Zerbini
In this workshop, you’ll learn the basic skills needed to finish a garment. Topics covered include the following: blocking, seaming, weaving in ends, grafting, sewn bind off, picking up stitches, joining yarn, buttonholes.

Materials: 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.
To register call 604-255-2577 or email info@baaadannas.com to register




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