About the Courses 2017


Here are the courses being offered this October 20th to 22nd. The hard part as usual is going to be which choices to make. They are all so tantalizing. 

Special this year we have Isabelle Fusey teaching another beginners' class in weaving, this time a rag place mat and linen napkin combo, using two different looms. The class is limited to 5 people because that's all the table looms she can get her hands on, BUT if you can find a table loom to bring, she will add you on to the class! The rag work, incidentally will include weaving with all sorts of interesting and unexpected materials - ? bicycle inner tubes?? 

We have 6 different quilting teachers teaching 7 different classes;

    Suzanne Cannon who was here a few years ago teaching a one-day class in book-binding is back to teach her favourite calligraphy;  Cynthia Minden is back with a two-day semi-traditional Appalachian Style Egg Basket - beginners welcome- 

  Paddy O'Connell is teaching two different knitting classes - traditional four-needle socks and a half-day class in finishing knit garments - how to make your hand-knit outfits look professional. We also have two different types of felting - wet & dry - as well as the previously mentioned rug -hooking and natural dyeing.

   Please feel free to contact us with ideas you would like to find here for next year. In the mean time, enjoy the choosing and welcome to Creative Threads Conspiracy 2017. 


Anne Mathers


 Pet Portraits - From Photo to Fabric

In this 2 day workshop, you will learn how to make a pattern from a photo and use it to create an adorable quilted portrait of your favourite pet. You will work from your own 8 1/2” x 11” black & white image to make a "paint by number” master pattern and then you’ll learn how to create the portrait using a raw edge fusible appliqué method. If you’re a quilter who’s comfortable working with small pieces of fabric, you’ll love this technique and you’ll be amazed at the results.

I will demonstrate how to make a quilted whole cloth background to showcase your portrait, how to free motion quilt the portrait and other finishing details. No sewing will be done in class but you will receive a handout to guide you in finishing your portrait on your own time at your leisure.

Students must bring a posterized black and white photo to the workshop. 

Instructions for posterizing will be provided with your registration materials. If you prefer, you can request this service from the instructor before September 24, for an additional $10 fee.

A kit containing muslin foundation, Steam-a-seam LITE fusible and Totally Stable stabilizer will be available for fee of $15.

2 Day Class        $120 plus possible kit fee(s)

Ionne McCauley


Square Pegs/ Round Holes

Advanced Beginner Workshop

Take traditional and give it your own spin.

Altered Drunkard's Path blocks are tweaked into something new- Square Pegs in Round Holes. Use one of two simple machine applique methods- no fusing, no curved seams!

 One day class                                                                      $60

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From Quilt Top to Quilt -Machine Quilting Basics                                  

Beginners class.

Learn all the basics of machine quilting- which presser feet to use, which batting, which needles, which threads and what designs to choose for your quilt. All about setting up the machine and adjusting the tension- plus learning how not to be tense yourself!!  Learn to quilt- using straight lines, curved lines and free motion techniques- working on sample pieces that you can make notes on for future reference. Now that you can piece tops fast, get them out of the cupboard and into use!

One day class                                                           $60

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Carol Piercy



 Foundation Tree

Here’s a fun, easy tree to use as a wall hanging (16” x 30”) or to incorporate into a larger quilt.  Carol will guide you through drawing your own pattern on freezer paper (and bring some extras, just in case), then teach you the tricks of foundation piecing.  Add a border and your tree is done!  Make it seasonal, wacky, Christmas – your choice.  The quilt top will be pretty much finished in a day.

 One day Class                                                          $60

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Barb Mortell

 Totally Modernized and Improvisational Log Cabin

Do not come with preconceived ideas. They will be shown the door…. let go and make a composition that is ALL YOURS. Don’t worry, I’ll show you how and guide you through. It is so satisfying. 

Building a modern Log cabin quilt board by board, we will still follow the tradition of the log cabin block, but the end result will be your own.

Strip by strip, section by section, ideas flowing one to another, allowing the builder to create a unique modern and thoroughly updated quilt top. 

 Two Day Class                                                                             $120


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Anne Hall

 The strip piecing process for the Prismatic Star was designed for foundation paper piecing.  Strips are sewn onto foundation paper to complete what we call a ‘Strip Set’.  After the strip sets are completed they are cut apart, rearranged and resewn into a diamond star point.  The foundation papers, layouts, and strip piecing process were designed by Brad and Judy Niemeyer for foundation paper piecing.  Please note – you will NOT finish this quilt in one day, but you will learn all the necessary skills to complete it on your own.  Ongoing support via telephone and email will be provided by your instructor, Anne Hall, if necessary.

Size: 64″ x 64″

 level:  CONFIDENT beginner and above.


One Day Class                                     $60 plus  fee for foundation papers and pattern $20

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Mavis Reynolds


 Thank you for taking my Amish  block Party class. This optical illusion quilt is created entirely with 1 1/2" strips which you can  cut ahead of class. This will mean we can get right to sewing and start getting the layout on the design wall. I chose kona cottons for both of my quilts but have seen it done beautifully in batiks. How about your favourite colour going from light to dark in some gorgeous batiks?  It would be best to stay away from fabric with  heavy prints.  But be bold!  Have fun choosing your fabrics and lets play!

This is an intermediate level class. You will learn how to sew "Y" seams in this class. But don't fear. If I can do it then anyone can do it. 

 One day class                                                                               $60

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Isabelle Fusey


Introduction to Weaving: Table for Two

Learn the basics of hand-weaving and leave with a table setting for two. The class is intended for absolute beginners. You will weave rag place mats on table looms and cotton napkins on a floor loom. By the end of the class, you will know your weft from your warp and your twill from your tabby, understand how to dress a loom, and understand how to design your first project. The place mats will be woven out of old sheets. We will also explore rag weaving with other materials such as plastic bags, bicycle inner tubes, old t-shirts, and yellow flag iris leaves.

Class limited to 5 students  - This class is now full

$20 kit fee

2-day class with possibility of ½ day extension if required   $120

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Suzanne Cannon


 Introduction to Calligraphy

In this busy one day class you will be introduced to the elegant Italic hand.  You will learn and practice the rules of letter construction and discuss the topics of pen, inks, papers and other tools.  Be ready for lots of notes and ideas. 

Supply fee is $8/student

This class is now full. WAIT LIST ONLY


 One day class                                    $60 plus kit fee

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Cynthia Minden


Egg Basket Appalachian Style

In this 2-day workshop you will learn how to make a wonderful and useful basket. The Appalachian

Egg basket (sometimes called a “bum” or "gizzard” basket!) is constructed with 2 pockets on either side of the base 

so that eggs won’t roll into each other. Traditionally made from white oak or black ash splints, we will be weaving 

with rattan or reed, a wonderful material for controlling tension and creating the symmetrical basket we are aiming for.

This workshop is 2 full days, beginners are welcome! FULL

Two day class  $120 plus $20 materials fee

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Paddy O'Connell


Classic Socks

Top-down, on four needles...learn to make beautiful, practical, custom fit socks the old fashioned way. Knitting socks involves just a few simple maneuvers at concentration points, plus affords many hours of pleasant straight knitting. Always have a sock on the go!

Please note: Participants should have proficiency with casting on, knit and purl for this class.

Materials and pattern provided; please bring your own scissors and tapestry needle.

Materials fee-$25

Two half days make up the whole class    $60 plus materials fee 

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Finishing Your Hand-knits

If you have a collection of hand knit pieces waiting to be joined together and finished, this class should interest you. We'll learn the cleanest looking joins and edges, plus final steps for that hand-made not home-made look that makes for a very wearable garment.

one half day class                                                                   $30

Anna Heywood-Jones

 Tinctorial Cartographies

Description: This two-day workshop will introduce students to working with locally harvested dye materials. Addressing the preparation of fibres for natural dyeing (selection, scouring & mordanting), the workshop will also include a harvesting expedition to gather dye materials from Denman Island’s botanical landscape. The class will take students through the process of extracting the collected dyestuffs, ultimately achieving a wide range of colour results through diverse fibre and mordant selection. Students will leave the workshop with the knowledge of how to prepare their own materials and dyebaths for future projects.

All levels welcome. $10 Kit fee covers all materials.

This class is now full.

 Two Day Course                                                     $120 plus kit fee


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 Sussanna Czeranko


Felted Slippers

Learn a wet felting process using a resist method−an ancient, yet simple process that produces colorful, sturdy, one of kind, pair of slippers.  You will learn how to make a basic slipper pattern to fit your feet perfectly and to make a pair of felted slippers to take home.  You will never wear any other kind of slipper ever again!

A second class on Friday has a few more places available.


One day class                                               $60 plus $25 materials fee

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Christine O'Neill

Christine's Felted Critters never get stale.
I have heard people say that she could teach this same class every year and it would always be popular. We're going to find out if this is true. In half a day you will be creating delightful wee creatures with the best of them.

One half day class $30 plus $10 kit fee 

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Val Galvin

 One Day Rug Hooking for Beginners
Hook yourself an heirloom…..Val will walk you through everything you need to know to hook your own rug. Instruction will include technique ,and design, step by step hooking styles. Expect to get a great start on a wonderful textile  art form, using fabrics and textiles bound for the land-fill. You will take home a beginner frame, hook, backing, and a bag of fun fabrics to hook. 

This class is now full WAIT LIST ONLY 

One Day Class                     $60 plus Kit Fee $40

 Catered Meals 


Choosing the catered meals makes it easy for you! Lunch is $14. per day and includes soup or salad, a wrap or sandwich and a sweet treat, and coffee or tea. Breakfast and snack foods are individually priced, pay-as-you-go. There will be a catered dinner on  Saturday night at the Guest House Bistro, by reservation only for $22 complete (includes main course, dessert and hot drink).This will precede the Wearable Art Show which begins at 7:30 just down the street at the Denman Activity Center (aka Seniors)
   There will be a Friday dinner available at the Guest House Bistro along with live music, but we will not be taking reservations for this event. Just show up at dinner time and there will be lots of choices including gf  and vegetarian. 
Make your choices known on the registration page, along with any food sensitivities you may need looking after. Friday Evan Penner of the CafePourium will be catering lunch.
On Saturday, we are offering lunch choices - Sushi made by our own Norie McGillvary  or for the seafood sensitive-  a regular lunch by Lee Andra Jacobs (of the fabulous Kale Wraps of Saturday Market fame)  -you indicate your choice on the registration form.  Last year there were some very envious people when they saw the sushi!! Be aware that if you don't pre-order it  there isn't any for you!! Sunday Yogi & Bronwynne will provide their wonderful homemade pitas, bagels and fixings.  
Please note - There are no kitchen facilities available to attendees.

The catered meals are not the only way to go - there are two restaurants  within walking distance of the classrooms which serve breakfast and lunch, and the General Store has take-away food as well as coffee.

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