Courses

About the Courses 2019

Our roster is now complete and we are ready for registrations. If you have questions about the difficulty of any of these courses or want to hear more about it, please email us at info@creativethreadsconspiracy.com.

We have some old favourite teachers (not That old!) and some new ones we are excited to try. We'd love to hear back from students about how the experience was for you, what we can do better, who you'd like to see next year, etc. In the meantime, have fun choosing the elements of your weekend! Make sure they are not in the same time slot by clicking on the "back to Timetable" button to compare the choices that interest you. 

Sorry to say that Sussanna Czeranko, who has taught felted slippers two years in a row, is not able to be with us this year as they are in the midst of a big lifestyle change, but she promises to join us again in 2020. 

 

You can use the filters to narrow the list of courses below. Just select the Course Difficulty or Course Type the way you want and click Apply.

Aran Isle Knitting

Aran Cable Knit Sweater
All of the beautiful textures in traditional Irish knits are accomplished using knit and purl, plus one simple tool – the cable needle. Participants will learn the basic cable and then choose from a range of samples to knit their own swatches. We’ll focus on technique, discuss design, and learn to read charts. Basic knitting skills are needed to participate in this class and yarn will be provided.
Teacher
Cost of Course
$30
Kit Fee
$10
Course Difficulty
Intermediate
Course Type
Knitting
Course Time
Sunday morning, 9 am to 12 pm
List of materials
Please bring size 3 ½ mm needles for back and forth knitting and a cable needle to match, preferably the type with a bend.

Beginning Spindle Spinning

spindle spinner

Targeted towards absolute beginners with no spinning experience. 
Let your fingers learn the magic of turning fibre into yarn!

In the first part of the class, we will explore fibre types and fibre tools, and will learn the basics of turning local sheep fleece into yarn. Later, we will ply the singles you have made, so that you can leave the class with some balanced yarn. We’ll explore methods of finishing yarns for knitting or weaving.

Number of students:  Maximum 5 students

Skills level needed: No prior spinning experience required. No prior fibre experience required, but some knitting or weaving experience is helpful.

 

Teacher
Cost of Course
$30
Kit Fee
$10 kit fee. Spindles available for sale for $15
Course Difficulty
Beginner
Course Type
Spinning
Course Time
Saturday morning, 9 am to 12 pm
List of materials
No equipment needed. If student has a spindle or fibre tools, they are welcome to bring them. Also helpful: 2 straight metal knitting needles and a shoe box.

Boro and Visible Mending

Pattern Darn Knit
Skull Sashiko
Sodanashi

These currently fashionable techniques were born of necessity in times and places where textiles were far more valuable than our modern almost disposable clothing. The time, skill and resources needed to produce cloth by hand meant precious textiles might be repaired and repurposed many times before they were discarded. This workshop will include a discussion of the Japanese tradition of boromono and the fundamentals of woven darning, Swiss darning and other techniques used to mend and embellish knitwear. Students will have the chance to try sashiko stitching, pattern-darning, and some basic knit fabric repairs using a darning needle. I will demonstrate pick-up-and-knit patching and will teach this to knitters who bring their own needles, yarn and sample of knit fabric. Please bear in mind that this is not a masterclass for any one technique, but is intended to give you the confidence to launch your own explorations and adventures in mending. 

Notes for students:
You must have some experience of hand sewing, be able to thread a needle and sew a line of stitches. Those who want to learn pick-up-and-knit patching must already know how to knit.

Included in the workshop fee: Sashiko needles, darning needles, other needles, various threads for sashiko and other stitching, sashiko thimble and printed fabric sashiko sample, and an assortment of other fabrics for composition, stitching & patching.

This class is full . A second class has been added on Saturday October 19th. Room TBA

Teacher
Course Difficulty
Beginner
Course Type
Sewing
Knitting
Course Time
Sunday morning, 9 am to 12 pm
Sunday afternoon, 1 pm to 4 pm
List of materials
Scissors, your favourite thimble if you have one, any other hand-sewing equipment you like to have available, ruler, simple graph paper and writing utensils. Reading glasses and an embroidery hoop might be useful if you want to try very fine pattern darning.

Create a Change Purse

Felt bag

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 in size.

Cost of Course
$30
Kit Fee
$10
Course Difficulty
Beginner
Course Type
Felt
Course Time
Sunday afternoon, 1 pm to 4 pm
List of materials
Nothing else is needed for this class

Dyeing with Cochineal

cochineal wools
cochineal dyes

Let us enter the magical world of dyeing with Cochineal!

Cochineal is a renewable natural dye from the female insect (Dactylopius coccus) that grows on the Nopal cactus leave and native to Latin America. It can yield a spectrum of shades of pink, reds and purples depending on on the mordants and or modifiers. The dye is sensitive to PH balances of acids or alkaline we will try a variety of baths with both cellulose and protein fibres. Trying a pear juice and hydrated lime-induced bath to experiment with pigment results. We will play with resist techniques (Shibori) and have a palette of quilting or sewing squares for future projects.

Class Limit is 8 students.

Teacher
Cost of Course
$90
Kit Fee
$75
Course Difficulty
Beginner
Course Type
Dyeing
Course Time
Saturday afternoon, 1 pm to 4 pm
Sunday morning, 9 am to 12 pm
Sunday afternoon, 1 pm to 4 pm
List of materials
Apron, rubber gloves, mask, scissors, dental floss, needles, clothes dryer rack,
Old stainless spoons.

Embellishing Quilts with Beads and Found Objects

green beads
red beads
Embellishing quilts and stitch work with beads and other objects is becoming more and more popular. In this hands-on one day workshop you will learn basic and innovative ways of attaching beads and other found objects to quilts. We will also explore edgings and fringes, which are stunning on small pieces.
Teacher
Cost of Course
$60
Kit Fee
$5
Course Difficulty
Beginner
Course Type
Beading
Course Time
Saturday morning, 9 am to 12 pm
Saturday afternoon, 1 pm to 4 pm
List of materials
Small Quilt Sampler (quiltlette)
We will be embellishing a small quilt. Please follow these instructions to make your small quilt (quiltlette) at home before you come.

1. One 4” square of cotton fabric that you would like to embellish. (Bali batiks are particularly effective)
2. A square of quilt batting the same size as your printed square. Batting should be firm and not puffy. I like cotton batting the best.
3. A 4” square of backing fabric.
4. A strip of fabric 2 1/2 inches wide and 22 inches long, Fold strip in half, sew raw edges of strip to edge of quiltlette, turn to back and hand stitch down.

To make your “quiltlette” layer the pieces listed above like a sandwich:
Pin the sandwich together, sew the binding around the edge then turn to the back and stitch down by hand.
We will be embellishing this “quiltlette” with beads and other found objects in the workshop.
Other Supplies
1. I will provide a kit of beads, needles and thread that you will need for this class for $4.00 each.
2. Bring whatever beads you have which you would like to stitch to your quiltlette. Also being whatever found objects such as shells, stones, costume jewelry pieces, metal charms, small slices of agates from rock shops and anything else that strikes your imagination, to use on your embellished pieces.
3. Hand sewing supplies such as needles, pins, and scissors.
5. Beeswax: to strengthen your thread and keep it from tangling.
6. Thread Heaven: a silicone thread conditioner to make the thread smooth and slippery and prevent bearding. (Bearding is the pulling up of the batting with the thread so that little tufts of batting appear on the surface as you sew.
7. A small table lamp may be needed for each workspace so that you have good lighting.

Forest Deep

forest deep
In this one day class we will be exploring achieving perspective with layering, fabric choices and background, mid-ground and foreground. We will play with tulle, machine appliqué, using steam a seam Lite, free motion quilting, and thread painting if desired. Though we will be using mostly cotton fabrics, organza will also be used, as well as tulle. It is possible to complete a layered forest scene.
Teacher
Cost of Course
$60
Kit Fee
None
Course Type
Quilting
Course Time
Friday morning, 9 am to 12 pm
Friday afternoon, 1 pm to 4 pm
List of materials
1. 1 piece of light blue fine tulle, wedding veil weight. 24x24”
2. 1 piece Heavy Duty Tearaway stabilizer for path and large tree trunks to do free motion, 10 by14
3. 1 piece of batting, Hobbs or Warm and Natural 80/20, 24x24 in
4. Backing of choice, 24x24 in
5. 1 piece sky fabric, hand dye or batik in light blue, 8 by 16in wide
6. 1 piece of ground foreground in variegated greens to emulate forest floor 10 by 16in
7. 1 piece of med/dark green for the border, width of fabric by 10 in. Or 4-3in by 22in from a fat ¼
8. 1 piece of variegated greens for the foreground tree branches, be aware of scale as these trees are larger than the floor variegation and the background trees, so the colour should either stand out more in colour or intensity or scale, one fat 1/4
9. 1 piece plain med green batik or hand dye, plain, for background, mid/ground trees, 10 by 10in
10. 1 piece very light green organza for background tree branches, 6 by 6 in
11. 1 piece med or light med green organza for the background tree branches, 2-6x 6in or 1-6x12in
12. 1 piece 4inx14in, light or med/light grey for background tree trunks,4inx14in
13. 1 piece med/dark brown for foreground tree trunk 1 1/2inx16in
14. 1 piece dark brown for foreground tree trunk, 1 1/2x16in
15. Steam a seam Lite to go behind all tree branches and trunks, except organza and path, 3 sheets
16. Brown pebbly or variegated to look like dirt for path 6 by 12in long
17. Additional scraps of green for vegetation along path or under trees
18. Assorted threads in cotton or cotton/poly or poly to match all the fabrics to stitch them on
19. Normal supplies required for quilting, cutting board, rotary cutter, sharp paper and cloth scissors with pointed ends, pins etc.
20. Machine in good working order capable of free motion quilting with foot, regular sewing foot, and accompanying machine parts you may need
21. Machine manual
22. 90/14 machine needle in topstitch or universal, a non stick needle is great for sewing with steam a seam, available at our local quilt shops

Improv Houses

Improv Houses
Are you ready to make it up as you go? Improv piecing is gaining popularity in all styles of quilting. Working in your own style- traditional, modern, reproduction, hand dyes or batiks (or a mix)- this technique works in all fabrics. This class will focus on making free-style houses and putting them together into a unique-to-you quilt. No pattern- learn to be more intuitive!
Teacher
Cost of Course
$60 for one day class
Kit Fee
N/A
Course Difficulty
Beginner
Course Type
Quilting
Course Time
Saturday morning, 9 am to 12 pm
Saturday afternoon, 1 pm to 4 pm
List of materials
Fabrics:
 scraps and small amounts of many fabrics in your favourite colours, plus some not-so-favourite- these can be prints, solids -any style you like
 white or neutral (light or dark) fabrics for background (aka negative space)- about 1m or so
 fabric for border if desired- could be one of your scraps
 threads for piecing

Tools:
 sewing machine in good working condition with the manual and presser foot- ¼” or regular foot
 pins, scissors, regular sewing supplies
 cutter, mat and small and large ruler
 small notebook and pen
 your sense of fun!

We will discuss various layouts, backgrounds/negative space, and possible ideas for quilting.

questions? email me
info@ionnequilts.com

Introduction to Weaving - Weave Your First Scarf

scarf

Learn the basics of handweaving and leave with a stylish winter scarf. The class is intended for absolute beginners. You will weave a woollen scarf on a pre-wrapped table loom. By the end of the class, you will know your weft from your warp and your twill from your tabby. You will learn how to design a project, how to dress the loom, how to weave striking “colour and weave” patterns, and how to finish your scarf.

Class limited to 5 students
 

Teacher
Cost of Course
$120 for Two Days
Kit Fee
$40
Course Difficulty
Beginner
Course Type
Weaving
Course Time
Friday morning, 9 am to 12 pm
Friday afternoon, 1 pm to 4 pm
Saturday morning, 9 am to 12 pm
Saturday afternoon, 1 pm to 4 pm
List of materials
None needed - everything included in kit.

Make a Hand Puppet in a Day

punch
lion

Create your own character hand puppet in one day!
Take home a finished hand puppet on a wooden stand to display in your home or give the puppet as a present for your child or grandchild for that upcoming Christmas.

In the class I will show you how to: 

1 - Create a character for your puppet 
I will help you create a puppet character. It could be an animal from within your own household or a puppet child, a princess, a warrior, etc..


2 - Make the puppet and mount it on the wooden stand
Using my unique non-sewing method, each person can finish the puppet in a one day workshop and mount it on a provided stand to take home with them.
    

Day 1: Morning - Creating the Character  
I will help you create a character.
Then, I  will help you sketch and incorporate your idea into a final design.
Next, we will transfer the sketch onto fabric.
Then, we will gather all the fun detail decorations together before we break for lunch. 

Day 1: Afternoon - Making the Puppet
I will show you how to fabricate the puppet using my non-sewing method. 
Then, we will complete your unique puppet by detailing it with feathers, interesting items and bling and then mount it on the stand for 
you to take home.
 

Teacher
Cost of Course
$60
Kit Fee
$45
Course Type
Hand-building with fibres
Course Time
Friday morning, 9 am to 12 pm
Friday afternoon, 1 pm to 4 pm
List of materials
Materials for students to bring:
Bring a pencil and paper, your favourite fabrics, scissors, ruler, tape
measure, pins, and photographs.

Modern Mola or Reverse Applique

mola

One day class.

Molas are traditional reverse appliqued fabric panels made by Kuna Indian women, from Panama. Originally, the traditional geometric patterns were painted directly on the body, later this painting was done on fabric and as the Spanish and their missionaries influenced the culture, the designs were stitched using fabric and reverse applique techniques.

In my class we will not be body painting, nor painting on fabric, and further still- we will be modernizing yet again the reverse applique technique. I use a raw edge style with the edges covered with stitching or couching heavy threads over the raw edges. Design ideas will be provided. Once you play with the basic technique you can take it even further to use smaller design elements, added layers and embellishments.

Teacher
Cost of Course
$60
Kit Fee
N/A
Course Difficulty
Intermediate
Course Type
Quilting
Course Time
Sunday morning, 9 am to 12 pm
Sunday afternoon, 1 pm to 4 pm
List of materials
Fabrics and other stuff:
 several sheets of plan paper
 pencil and white vinyl eraser (not a pink one)
 permanent marker (like sharpie)
 freezer paper
 Fabrics- we will be working fairly small, but please bring a good supply of ¼ to ½ meter pieces to choose from. The more fabrics you bring, the more choices you have. Ideas: bring interesting pieces that you like, colourful, those with mottled light to dark areas, bold prints? Stripes?
 Cotton sewing thread- when in doubt about the colour, bring medium gray
 Decorative threads- any or all weights- metallic, thick and/or thin. Some will be used for stitching through the needle and some can be used for couching.

Equipment:
 Sewing machine in good working order (must have at least zigzag capability) and the manual for the machine
 machine needles to suit your threads
 extension cord, power bar
 regular presser foot, open toe applique foot, couching foot if you have it, or walking foot and free motion quilting foot
 applique/embroidery scissors (duckbill scissors are great if you have these) or good blunt end scissors
 rotary cutter, mat and long ruler and large square ruler
 pins, pincushion, seam ripper etc
 green painters masking tape
 basting pins or fusible batting

 batting and backing for a maximum finished piece of about 18” x 20”


Sculptural Basketry

Unfinished basket
Unfinished basket

Join me and learn the techniques to create a lovely, undulating basketry form. We’ll consider several approaches - working over a mould
as well as starting from a wooden base using gathered wood from the beach.

Techniques involved will be both wickerwork and random weave, using hand-dyed and natural reed and possibly vines.
You’ll learn how to add materials, change colours to develop some patterns, create open “windows” and back-fill.
The end result will be a unique form and you’ll have the skills to make any type of wickerwork basket!

THIS CLASS IS NOW FULL AGAIN. WAIT LIST ONLY

Teacher
Kit Fee
$25
Course Difficulty
Beginner
Course Type
Basketry
Course Time
Friday morning, 9 am to 12 pm
Friday afternoon, 1 pm to 4 pm
Saturday morning, 9 am to 12 pm
Saturday afternoon, 1 pm to 4 pm
List of materials
Students should bring:
a tub or pail for soaking
an old towel
sharp, hand secateurs
an awl
small needle-nose pliers
notebook

Spindle Spinning for Wheel Spinners

spindles

Targeted to spinners who have some experience on the wheel but 'never got the hang of' spinning on a suspended spindle. 

Come play with spindles! This class will allow wheel spinners who already have the basics of drafting and creating a continuous thread the opportunity to add another spinning tool to their repertoire. Hand spindles go back thousands of years and are portable and inexpensive. We will review basic spinning ideas and look at how to translate various drafting styles to the suspended spindle. After spinning some singles, we’ll then explore different plying techniques for use on the spindle. You are welcome to try different styles of suspended spindles (top whorl, bottom whorl, Turkish-syle) from the instructor’s collection. 

Skills level needed: Students should be able to spin a continuous yarn on a spinning wheel. Students are not expected to have any experience with drop spindles.

Teacher
Cost of Course
$30
Kit Fee
$10 kit fee for materials; Possible purchase of Spindle for $15 (not required)
Course Difficulty
Intermediate
Course Type
Spinning
Course Time
Saturday afternoon, 1 pm to 4 pm
List of materials
None Required. If student has a spindle or fibre tools, they are welcome to bring them. Also helpful: 2 straight metal knitting needles and a shoe box.

The Toothbrush Rug

The Toothbrush Rug

The Toothbrush Rug is made using strips of fabric and a toothbrush, which has had the bristles removed and the point made smooth. It is a relaxing and portable project to work on, much like knitting or crocheting. During the three-hour class, you will get a good start on your rug, but will not finish it.

This Class is now Full. Wait List Only. I will post if a second class will be offered.

Teacher
Kit Fee
$5
Course Difficulty
Beginner
Course Type
Weaving
List of materials
Toothbrush – I will provide these.

Scissors

Fabric types:
The best fabric for this is woven cotton, in a light to medium weight. Batiks are good if you’d like a smooth, non-frayed look. My advice on colour is to choose a selection of fabrics that you like. You can then decide to work them in a pattern or randomly. When making your strips, cut the fabric with scissors or a rotary cutter. Tearing the fabric makes it much harder to work with.

Fabric requirements:
Approximately 1 metre of assorted fabrics, cut into 1” strips x the width of the fabric, usually 44”. You may use strips shorter than 44” but will be constantly stopping to make joins.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Winter Homecoming

winter homecoming
This class provides an introduction to thread painting using a free motion foot. In this one day class it is possible to complete a winter scene with the skills you will learn. We will review thread, needle and tension to produce the dirt wind rows. We will do a little piece of foiling for the chrome of the car. Machine appliqué will be practiced as well.
Teacher
Cost of Course
$60
Kit Fee
None
Course Type
Quilting
Course Time
Saturday morning, 9 am to 12 pm
Saturday afternoon, 1 pm to 4 pm
List of materials
1. A sewing machine in good working order that is capable of free motion quilting. Please read your manual and try out the actual set up on your machine, practice on a small quilt sandwich using a 8in. Square of cotton for the top, an 8 inch square of 80/20 batting and another 8inch square of cotton backing. Be sure before class, please!
2. Free motion foot that fits your machine
3. A regular sewing foot
4. Your machine manual
5. 90/14 topstitch or universal needle for your machine
6. A pair of sharp ended paper scissors and a pair of sharp ended sewing scissors
7. Steam a seam lite 2 sheets 8 1/2in by 11in. Or an equivalent length
8. 1 small piece of chrome coloured shiny foil, 3 by 5in
9. 1 piece of parchment paper for pressing 12 by 14in
10. 1 piece of Heavy Duty Tearaway Stabilizer 13 by 15in, you may choose to stitch with a hoop instead
11. 1 piece each of backing fabric, colour of your choice, and 80/20hobbs or warm and natural batting, 16in by 16in
12. 1 piece of sparkly white fine tulle like wedding veil tulle, but with silver sparkles 13x15
13. 1 piece blue sky fabric, 7in long by 15in wide, I like hand dyes for this or equivalent
14. 1 piece of plain white fabric for the snow ground,13 by15in
15. Brown fabric suitable for the tree, 8 1/2in wide by 15in long
16. 1 piece brown for the house 2 1/2in by 2 ½ in scrap
17. 1 piece of scrap cotton fabric for the car, colour of choice, I used blue, 4in by 4in.
18. 1 piece of scrap of black for tires and people silhouettes, 3in by 3in.
19. I piece of red scrap for taillights, 2in by 2in.
20. Small scrap of med/light blue batik for snow accents, optional, I used acrylic paints in this colour instead along with a med sandy colour to tone down the brightness of the snow
21. Pre-wound bobbins in white, variegated brown, variegated green, black, and grey
22. 50 weight cotton thread or cotton/poly in white for snow, variegated green for trees, variegated browns for the dirt, brown to match tree fabric, black for birds, red, clear or silver, and colour to match your car colour, 1 pale gold, 1 med gold and 1 dark gold for grasses, blue for sky. Invisible thread in white and dark
23. Friction pen, any colour

Wool Pincushions

Wool pincushion

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.

Cost of Course
$40
Kit Fee
$10
Course Difficulty
Beginner
Course Type
Sewing
List of materials
No additional materials required.

Zentangle on Paper

Zentangle on Paper

As a Certified Zentangle Teacher, I  truly enjoy teaching this meditative art form and seeing students wake up to their own creative possibilities. My students range in age from 6 years to 96 and have included seniors and special needs. The Zentangle process makes it easy for almost anyone to accomplish a beautiful design. Zentangle is a pen-and-paper art, using repetitive strokes and patterns to create works that are pleasing to the eye. Zentangle brings focus and a sense of calm, so can be used therapeutically for stress relief (hence the “zen” part of the name) with the bonus of producing eye-catching art. Zentangle designs have been adapted to many other mediums, including quilting, pottery, card making, journaling, mixed media art and home decorating.

I have structured my one-day instruction with a 3.5 hour morning session using pen and paper- my standard Introduction to Zentangle class- so that every students can enjoy the sense of accomplishment, experience the calming effect, and understand the process and patterns

Teacher
Cost of Course
$30
Kit Fee
$10
Course Time
Sunday morning, 9 am to 12 pm
List of materials
No additional materials required.

Zentangle-Inspired Quilts

gecko

Zentangle-Inspired Quilting (ZIQ) uses the same tangles, or patterns (sometimes adapted for continuous line application) using free-motion quilting. The morning class is prerequisite for ZIQ.

I am a very experienced free-motion quilter, very confident with Zentangle design, and have a lot of teaching experience. What I do not have is enough technical know-how to troubleshoot on many different models of sewing machines. It is not my intention to teach basic free-motion quilting, as we are using complicated designs. I want to teach for success, and it is important the “zen” quality of Zentangle can be appreciated by the afternoon students. For these reasons, I encourage only students who are fairly confident with their free motion quilting to attend the afternoon session. 

Teacher
Cost of Course
$30
Course Difficulty
Expert
Course Type
Quilting
Course Time
Sunday afternoon, 1 pm to 4 pm
List of materials
No additional materials required.