About the Courses 2018

Introduction - We have a wonderful line-up of classes and teachers again this year. Some favourites, some newcomers we are welcoming with excitement. 

Quilting is always something we search for with care because the organizers are all quilters! But we also have something for anyone who is interested in fiber arts.   Krista Hennebury is a modern quilter from Vancouver and people rave about her as a teacher. She is offering two different one-day classes and it will be hard to choose which. Unfortunately, Ionne McCauley who  has saved us from despair several times and was intending to be back this year with her beginners' Machine Quilting again has had to cancel!! She promises to return next year and has a replacement suggestion. For the Basic Machine Quilting class she has found Janet Finch, a quilter extraordinaire from Port Alberni, who has taught many class and as a replacement for her Sunday class, which she will offer again next year, she has Joyce McLellan from Qualicum Bay who will teach a one-day Thread-Painting Class. 

      New this year we have Raelene Robertson, the "Bag Lady" from Comox who is offering two very different one-day classes - a very chic evening bag and a style-it-yourself shopping bag of denim. 
    We have two teachers for felting again this year. Christine O'Neill is back (don't want to break a 7-year record!) with two different half-day classes- her charming needle-felted critters/pincushions? and a change purse made by wet & needle felting that is seriously sweet. Sussanna Czeranko who took the wet-felting world by storm last year is back from Portland Oregon with  one last slipper class and a second one-day class in making hats and embellishing them (or your slippers). Watch out for this one because a lot of people have already put their name in for her slipper class so there won't be many spots available even on the opening day of registration. 
     Val Galvin will be back from Chemainus with a one-day class in rug-hooking. Watch her because you could become one of her hookers!! We have heard from Phyllis Fabbi and she will NOT be teaching her braided rag rugs this year. Hopefully in 2019 after she gets a new shoulder!
     We have two new teachers in two different kinds of weaving - Linda Doerksen from Comox is going to bring a half-day class in Sprang, the ancient art that preceded the loom and Pam Vipond is offering a half day of Kumihimo Braiding.- a Japanese style of creating fancy cording for gift wrapping or? 
     Cynthia Minden will teach a two-day class in the Appalachian Egg Basket for the second year in a row... with a wait-list starting before registration in this class as well.  And Paddy O'Connell is teaching FairIsle Knitting by request. Kerri Boland is rejoining the crew to teach "Socks from the Toes Up",  a different take on the old craft. 
    Suzanne Cannon is returning with a rerun of her first-level Calligraphy and a second level as well. She was a very popular teacher last year- her entire class came and asked if we could have her back! 
    New this year we have Dante Ambriel teaching an amazing form of artwork using fabric itself as the medium for decoration (see her photo on the welcome page for some idea of what can be achieved). See you in October!


Krista Hennebury


 Variegated Threads (lap quilt/wall hanging OR table runner). This is a part improv, part traditional piecing project. It looks great done in solids or tone on tone fabrics (like Moda grunge or hand dyes that read as one colour). You’ll learn Krista’s fast and fun improv piecing technique to build the “thread” units, then use traditional quiltmaking techniques to piece them into individual thread spool blocks. Create a 34” x 51” quilt or 17” x 68” table runner.

This class has been cancelled because of insufficient registrations - SO SORRY!

One Day Class                                                                                       $60

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 This pattern was published in Australian Homespun June 2015.  This beautiful scrappy garden is sure to cheer any home or porch swing.  It is a generous lap size, featuring a charming rainbow colourwash of leafy stalks topped by primitive, sweet blooms. Students will learn to piece curves without pins, bias tape appliqué and “fabric sticker” appliqué by machine.  Some pre-cutting is required. A perfect quilt for using up scraps and trading with classmates! A one-stalk table runner featuring a bloom at either end is a simpler option for those looking to make a smaller project. The table runner is 18” x 70”.

Krista will bring along a Sizzix cutting machine and dies for cutting the ½ square triangles and 2” squares required for this project, so bring your pressed scraps and run them through the Sizzix!

Pattern Fee: $12/student

Class time: 6-8 hours (some pre-cutting required). 20% of teaching fees donated to cancer research.

One Day Class                                                                   $60 plus $12 Pattern Fee            This class has been cancelled because of insufficient registrations - SO SORRY!          

Janet Finch 


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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Joyce McLellan


Techniques for Thread Painting Realistic Tree Branches and Bark

Rule one is Fun! Relax and enjoy the freedom of thread painting. After viewing the samples of quilts that use these skills in their bodies we will go over the thread, needles, tension and settings for free motion quilting. Your machine needs to be free motion capable, feed dogs down, straight or zigzag. In this class you will produce REALISTIC tree branches and bark! These can later be applied to a pre-quilted background of your making

One Day Class                                                          $60

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Raelene Robertson


 Cross body/passport bag with RFID (Radio frequency Identification) Protection.

This bag is a very functional bag for carrying travel essentials and enjoy being hands free.  Tired of carrying around everything including the kitchen sink?  This bag will make you travel light! Store a passport, credit cards, money, and cell phone.

We will sew in an RFID lining that will ensure that credit card chips cannot be scanned to steal your information.  An adjustable strap makes it versatile to wear around your body or neck. Participants will learn how to alter this basic pattern, insert RFID fabric, sew zippers in easily with Wonder tape, and learn how to bind pockets, the bag and strap by machine.  No hand work required. These will make amazing gifts.

This class has now been cancelled due to lack of registrations SORRY

One Day Class   ( $4 Optional Kit available from Teacher at Class)                            $60 (+$4)                                       

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 Design Your Own Blue Jean Bag

Who needs a pattern? Learn to make 2 styles of bags. With your preconceived size, you will learn step by step how to “create” your jean fabric exterior and lining interior, with a design and embellishment options. A machine binding technique, strap options, pocket construction options, a zippered pocket option, batting options, and many tidbits concerning do’s and don’ts in bag construction when dealing with blue jean fabric will be covered. Websites to visit will be shared. Using recycled denim of light, medium and dark color, we will piece denim fabric to create the “one of a kind” sides to our bag.  (A bag will NOT be completed in this 6 hour class).

One Day Class                                                          $60

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Linda Doerksen

 Språngwork is an ancient method of creating elastic fabric by twining warp threads or yarns which are anchored at both ends usually as a continuous warp. It has existed from before the Common Era in Greek sakkos (bag-like caps) to Norse hairnets to sashes and caps of Coptic Egypt to 15th century English curtains, and into the folk clothing of modern times. Learn the foundations of språng technique by creating a small drawstring pouch suitable for coins, jewelry or other small items. Be inspired to create as your ancestors did!

Tools are minimal, but some manual dexterity is required. This will take approximately a half-day to cover the basics, and possibly complete the project.

Be a part of history and the timeless line of språngworkers, creating unique, practical and decorative treasures.        

This Class is now full. Wait List Only   

Half-day Class                                                                     $30  plus $18 Kit Fee

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Dante Ambriel


 Painting with Fabric

Have you often wondered what to do with all your beautiful scrap fabrics? In this one day workshop you will explore taking scrap fabric and creating a unique collaged textile painting . If you aren’t a draft person - don’t worry. This method lends itself to all kinds of beautiful abstract designs. And no stitching is necessary. We will explore various methods of adhering the fabric and found objects onto a flat surface to create the painting. So bring your scrap fabric, yarn, buttons, sequins  etc. and a panel or canvas the size that you will want to hang in your home and hopefully take home a masterpiece!

Additional Materials Fee: $35

One Day Class                                                       $60 plus $35 Material fee

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Kerri Boland


Sock Knitting from the Toes Up

Are you ready to try knitting socks for the first time?  Want to try toe up socks to get the most out of that special skein?  Looking for that perfect sock recipe for most feet and yarn?  This is the class for you!

In this half-day class you will learn how to do Judy’s magic cast on, a short row heel, and a stretchy bind off to finish your socks off!  We will learn these skills while knitting a baby or child sock, but you will walk away with a cheat-sheet for you to knit toe-up socks for most of the people in your life!


You need to know how to knit and purl.  Being able to do basic increases and decreases will help, as will knowing how to knit in the round, either on 5 double pointed needles (dpns), using 2 circular needles, or using 1 circular needle and the magic loop method.

this class is has one spot left now. 

Half Day Class                                                                                                                     $30

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Suzanne Cannon


Introductory Calligraphy

This workshop is perfect for the beginner or the person wanted a refresher in the fine art and craft of hand lettering!  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 payable to your instructor $8/student


 One day class                                    $60 plus kit fee at class

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 Continuing Calligraphy

This workshop is perfect for someone with some experience with broad-edge lettering! (The introduction to Calligraphy is just fine as previous experience) We will work with pen and ink, using them to study the size and proportions of capital letters and refine our lower case italic letters  to make them even more beautiful!

Supply fee payable to your instructor $8/ student

One Day Class                                                                                          $60

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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! 

Two day class  $120 plus $20 materials fee

This class is now full - wait list only

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Paddy O'Connell


Stranded Knitting

Stranded two colour knitting, often referred to as Fair Isle knitting, can be very easy to do and results in a thick, warm, multi-coloured fabric. Learn the basics with a small circular-knit project: using both “English” and “Continental” style to stay untangled; even stranding tension; simple colour theory; and how to follow colour work charts. We’ll also take a look at some traditional patterns, talk about design and show a sample of corrugated ribbing.

Basic knitting skills are needed to participate in this class and yarn will be provided. Please bring a 16”/40cm circular needle and set of four double-pointed needles, all in size 3 ½ mm.

$10 materials fee

Two Half- Days make up the complete class                          $60 plus $10 kit fee

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Pam Vipond


Introduction to Kumihimo Braiding

"Kumihimo is the traditional Japanese technique of braiding strands of silk to create intricately colored cords. The cords, also called kumihimo, are strong but slender, and have a multitude of uses. ... In Japanese, the word kumihimo means to gather or combine cord or thread."

You have probably seen this braiding as the cord around an Japanese Obi and the decorative cords on Japanese warriors swords and costumes.

Kit fee includes the Kumihimo disc and all materials for the braiding

We will use wool or embroidery floss or rattail strands.

We will make a simple keychain or bracelet using 8 strands.

For those who have some experience there will be more complex patterns using 16 or 32 strands

This class is now full - Wait List Only

Half Day Class                                                                          $30 plus $10 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!

Sorry! This class is full. Officially wait list only now. 

One day class                                               $60 plus $25 materials fee

 Felted Hats & Embellishments
This class has had to be cancelled as the instructor has a conflict for our weekend and is only able to teach one class. SORRY!!!
   Hopefully she will return next year. 

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Christine O'Neill


Change purse,  Combining needle and wet felting with a bit of hand-stitching ( for the clasp) we'll create a change purse ranging from 3" to 5" inches

Half-day Class                            $30 plus $10 kit fee

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  Wool Pincushions
Wool makes the best pincushions! With needles staying sharp and rust-free (the roughness of the wool combined with the lanolin)
Pincushions can be simply/traditionally designed or (as sampled) a combination with critter/possession... ideas are bees and beehives, dragons and eggs, rabbits and carrots..

Half-day Class with $10 kit fee                                    $40 

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 on;y

One Day Class                     $60 plus Kit Fee $40

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 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. Friday's lunch will be catered by Jarrah.
Make your choices known on the registration page, along with any food sensitivities you may need looking after. 
On Saturday, we are offering lunch choices - Sushi made by our own Norie McGillvary  or for the seafood sensitive-  a regular lunch by Jarrah Kirk(who is a certified chef) -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!! Dinner is by prearrangement at the Guest House and it will finish in time for the Wearable Arts Show.  Sunday we have Lee Andra Jacobs. 
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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Danni Crenna,
Apr 30, 2018, 4:48 PM