Gaspereau Valley Fibres offers a wide range of classes including knitting, needle felting, wet felting, weaving and rug hooking. We have classes to introduce participants to a new craft as well as classes that will help expand on skills already learned.
We look forward to seeing you! All registrations will be done by phone. Please call the shop at 902-542-2656.
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Beginner Socks

  • with Tammy Bast
  • Tuesday March 5, 12 & 19, 1pm - 3pm
  • $45 + HST includes pattern, instructions and yarn

Over the three weeks you will learn about casting on, making a sock fit, turning a heel, fitting the foot, and grafting the toe.  At the end of the class you will have a completed pair of adult socks.  Homework will be required for this class.  Students will need to bring 2 sets of 3.25 dpns. Students should be comfortable knitting and purling.

Skill level: Advanced Beginner

Saltwater Mittens: How to Knit Traditional Newfoundland Double Ball Mittens

  • with Shirley Scott
  • Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, April 11,12 and 13 from 10–12.
  • $75 + HST includes all materials.

The Intro
The “double ball” (fairisle) knitting tradition.  European traditions.  Design principles of Newfoundland mittens.  Sizing and customizing fit. Yarn and colour selection.  Double points or 2 circulars.

The Wrist
Ribbing choices.  Stripe sequences. Tidy jogless stripes with no purl bleed.  Increasing:  how and where?

The Hand
Choosing a stitch pattern.  No tangle stranding.  Carrying yarns. Maintaining the dominant hand for even colour work.  Positioning and forming the thumb gusset.  Outlining the gusset.  Gusset increases in pattern: M1R, M1L.  Bridging the gusset gap.  Salt and pepper pattern: the rules. Trigger finger option.  Shaping the mitten top:  picket fence, rounded or combo?  Decreasing in salt and pepper pattern.  A happy ending:  3-needle bind off in salt and pepper.

Thumb And Trigger Finger
Picking up stitches in pattern.  Finger tip decreases.

Skill level: Intermediate

Tea and Oatcakes with Shirl

  • with Shirley Scott
  • Thursday, April 11th from 2pm - 4pm
  • Free

Shirley Scott (Shirl the Purl) is one of the authors of “Saltwater Mittens”.  This is sure to be an interesting and fun afternoon as Shirley will talk about the making of Saltwater Mittens, show her samples and discuss the stories behind them. Shirley is very much looking forward to meeting local knitters!

Night Shift Shawl Knit A Long

  • with Tammy Bast
  • Tuesday afternoons February 12, 19, and 26 from 1pm - 4pm.
  • $30 + HST plus materials, pattern available to purchase on Ravelry

The Night Shift shawl by Andrea Mowry is a fun introduction to mosaic knitting and I-cord edges.  Join Tammy for a 3 session KAL and knit this colourful shawl with 2 skeins of Ito by Noro.  Not sure?  Stop in and try on our store sample…you will want one for yourself!

Skill level: Advanced Beginner

Learn How to Weave on a Rigid Heddle Loom

  • with Liz and Daniel Nell
  • Saturday, Feb 9 from 10am - 3pm
  • $70 plus HST includes all materials and use of a rigid heddle loom for the class.

The rigid heddle loom is very lightweight, portable and easy to use.
In this class you will learn to warp the loom, weave a sampler and basic finishing techniques. There will be a maximum of 6 students in the class with 2 instructors.
Please bring your lunch.

Skill level: Beginner

Icelandic Knit-a-Long

  • with Cheryl den Hartog
  • Sunday afternoons Feb 10, 24, March 10, 24 and April 7, 2:00 - 3:30pm
  • $45 + HST - (10% discount on yarn purchased for class), pattern available to purchase from Ravelry

Iceland has a long knitting tradition ranging from fine shawls to the famous yoke pullover. This project is a top down pullover, knit in the round with a stranded colour yoke. It features optional shaping details to fit the neck, waist and hips. Along the way, we’ll discuss the characteristics of Icelandic sheep, and Icelandic textile techniques and traditions.

Why not join a Treysta sweater knit a long? This design allows you to learn how to:

  • Knit body, sleeves and yoke in the round
  • Hold 2 yarn colours and knit without tangling
  • Strand pattern and background colours
  • Deal with 3 colours per round for the rare times this happens
  • Use short rows to shape the neck
  • Graft the few underarm stitches to complete the garment.

Materials to be purchased : Istex Lettlopi yarn

Needles required:

  • 3.75mm dpns or 40cm (neckline)
  • 4mm – 60cm or 80cm (ribbed edges)
  • 4.5mm – 40cm, 60cm or 80cm (main body)
  • dpns – 4mm, 4.5mm (ribbed edges and sleeves)

Participants should have knit a sweater before. Any colourwork experience an asset.

Skill level: Intermediate

Design your own Woven Shawl on a Rigid Heddle Loom

  • with Tammy Bast
  • Saturday, Feb 23 from 10am - 4pm
  • $30 + HST plus materials (materials includes yarn and any extra equipment needed to complete project)

Tired of plain weave but afraid to branch out? Join Tammy and design your own shawl. Together we will choose yarn, get warped and begin weaving. Students must provide their own loom and be comfortable warping independently.

Max 4 students

Skill level: Advanced Beginner

Fair Isle Mittens

  • with Cheryl den Hartog
  • Saturday, Feb 23, 10:00am - 3:00pm
  • $50 + HST includes all yarn, pattern and instruction

Fair Isle is a colour knitting tradition that may look intimidating but isn’t really that hard. It uses at most two colours for any row. Once you have mastered a few simple techniques, you can play with colour and create a wide range of inventive items. Why not join us for a fun, relaxing workshop? Learn the basic techniques while creating a mitten inspired by retreating tides of the Bay of Fundy. This mitten will help you learn to:

  • Hold 2 yarn colours
  • Knit without tangling yarns
  • Strand pattern and background colours
  • Recognize the colour principles that make Fair Isle designs effective

Must be familiar with knitting in the round. Demonstrations will be on double pointed needles.
Please bring your completed homework and lunch.

Skill level: Intermediate

Tapestry Weaving

  • with Mary Anne Donovan
  • Saturday Feb 16, 11 AM - 4:30 PM
  • $75 + HST (includes all materials and a basic board loom to take home)

Join Mary Ann from House of Wooly Thyme to create a one-of-a-kind woven wall hanging that will introduce beginners to the wonderful world of tapestry weaving. Skills covered will include: choosing your fibres, mixing textures, warping your loom, a variety of weaving stitches, creating simple shapes and finishing your work.

Skill level: Beginner

Needlefelting

  • with Nancy Keating
  • Saturday March 2, 12 - 4 PM
  • $50 + HST (includes all materials and instruction)

Felt is considered to be the oldest known textile! Using the traditional technique of needle felting create your own unique tapestry. Bring a photo of your favourite lighthouse or work from provided samples. Some needle felting experience is not necessary but would be considered an asset.

Skill level: Beginner