Courses

About the Courses 2022

We are back in operation! A littler earlier than before - we are hoping to be able to spend some of our time outside. And you will miss some classes from previous years. Many people are not available this year because of covid concerns or retirement or simply busy doing something else. But there are still many great options so we hope you will find something that appeals and we will see you in September.

Beaded Earrings

Beaded Earrings
For earring class, participant would explore simple wire wrapping techniques for making semi-precious stone bead earrings. 3 -4 pairs of earrings can easily be made in this class. Supplied would be semi-precious stones for earrings, wire for wrapping, findings. Unfortunately this class has been cancelled due to lack of registrations
Cost of Course
$45
Kit Fee
$20
Course Difficulty
Beginner
Course Type
Beading
Course Time
Sunday morning, 9 am to 12 pm
List of materials
Supplies would be: beading cloth or tea-towel, small pliers and round nose pliers.

Beading for Peace

Beaded Pendant
Beading for peace will offer a chance to explore working with semi-precious stones (quartz, jasper, agate and other stone beads), and to discuss the properties of the stones, working with stones with intention to promote peace in ones own life while sharing stories on what peace means to each group member (sharing not required). Using simple beading techniques, three separate pieces can be completed in the three hour class: two simple semi-precious stone bead or crystal bracelets, and a stone angel or charm . Unfortunately this class has been cancelled due to lack of registrations
Cost of Course
$45
Kit Fee
$25
Course Difficulty
Beginner
Course Type
Beading
Course Time
Sunday afternoon, 1 pm to 4 pm
List of materials
Participant will need to bring: beading cloth or tea towel, small chain nose pliers (or small pliers), small scissors or nail clippers for cutting thread and thin wire. Also helpful would be round-nose pliers.

Braid a Lucet Cord

lucet tools
How many ways can you use a decorative cord? They aren't just for tying up presents! Think about drawstrings for pouches, lacing for bustiers, applied as decorative edgings and couched designs, and wherever you want to use an attractive, hand-made cord. In this class, we will start with the basics of a lucet cord, and both the turn and no-turn methods. Then we'll add a second color in the no-turn method, and play with the color possibilities. And then... a third color!
Teacher
Cost of Course
$45
Kit Fee
$20
Course Difficulty
Beginner
Course Type
Braiding
Course Time
Friday morning, 9 am to 12 pm
List of materials
The kit ($20) includes yarn (or crochet cotton) and the lucet.
Students may wish to bring a small crochet hook, scissors, and
note-taking materials.

Doll Making

Leaf the Doll
Spend the day creating your own unique natural fibre doll, using cotton, wool, and love. You will learn to create the doll's head and face using waldorf style techniques, and build a wool filled body, perfect for playing with and snuggling. If time allows, Kaia will discuss different clothing sewing options, and other doll designs. Pre-requisite skills: Learners will need to be familiar with basic machine and hand sewing techniques, as well as basic embroidery. We will provide: - Doll Pattern - Doll skin (in various colour choices) - Embroidery floss - Wool Stuffing - Time and Attention Unfortunately this class has been cancelled due to lack of registrations
Cost of Course
$90
Kit Fee
$50 - Sorry special fabric etc is expensive!!
Course Difficulty
Intermediate
Course Type
Sewing
Course Time
Sunday morning, 9 am to 12 pm
Sunday afternoon, 1 pm to 4 pm
List of materials
Please bring the following:
- A sewing machine (or let us know if you may need to borrow one)
- A sewing needle,
- Fabric and paper scissors
- Pins
- Your choice of yarn or mohair for doll hair
- Some fabric for clothes (if time permits)
- Your enthusiasm and creativity

Easy Embroidery: Creating a Needle Keeper or a Sampler with Jean Cockburn

easy embroidery
Stitchers will embroidery a fabric needle keeper or sampler using hand-dyed linen and wool felt (or cotton canvas for those who avoid wool). Participants will learn basic embroidery stitches with the opportunity for more advanced techniques in the afternoon session. The workshop can be taken in two parts. The morning session is an introduction to the project and includes the kit. Confident stitchers might feel that they can proceed on their own at this point. The afternoon session allows stitchers to work on the project with guidance, to learn a few more embroidery stitches, and maybe complete the project. In the afternoon session participants learn how to transfer designs, how to interface linen, how to do advanced stitches, and may consult a variety of books that Jean will bring from her personal library. The kit includes hand-dyed linen, lightweight woven interfacing to back the linen, wool felt or cotton canvas for the needle keeper lining, a needle, a small hoop, a Frixion pen for marking designs, and lots of embroidery threads to choose from (and some to take away to complete the project). Two sessions on one day. Participants can sign up for the morning only, or for the full day. The afternoon session cannot stand alone as participants will have missed the introduction. Introduction in the morning session. Development of skills in the afternoon session. Unfortunately this class is now wait list only.
Teacher
Cost of Course
$45 - $90 (half OR full day
Kit Fee
$25
Course Difficulty
Beginner
Course Type
Sewing
Course Time
Saturday morning, 9 am to 12 pm
Saturday afternoon, 1 pm to 4 pm
List of materials
Participants should bring their own small sharp embroidery scissors labelled with their name, and a thimble if they use one. A variety of thimbles will be available to try out.

Felted Critters

felted critters
You will make a critter of your choice using a kit provided by Christine and needle felting. Amazing how fast and effective it is to learn this skill from scratch in a morning. OOPS! I mean in an afternoon! (Christine avoids morning classes whenever possible)
Cost of Course
$45
Kit Fee
$10
Course Difficulty
Beginner
Course Type
Felt
Course Time
Sunday afternoon, 1 pm to 4 pm
List of materials
Included in kit

Handstitched Artist’s Journal – One Day Workshop

criss cross coptic
In this beginning bookbinding class you will make a beautiful hardcover journal, not too big and not too small! We will use decorative paper and cut a recessed window in the front cover which can hold a charm, button, photograph or ornament of your choice (please bring a few items with you and we will decide in class which is best). Each text page will have a lovely faux decal edge. This journal lies flat when open and has an exposed spine so you can see the colour-coordinated stitching which adds a wonderful decorative element to an already special book. This class is now WAIT LIST ONLY
Teacher
Cost of Course
$90
Kit Fee
$18
Course Difficulty
Beginner
Course Time
Saturday morning, 9 am to 12 pm
Saturday afternoon, 1 pm to 4 pm
List of materials
Student Supply list:

• Special small photo or charm or ornament that you may wish to put on cover. Leaving it without an ornament is just fine, too!
• Ruler with metal edge
• Exacto-type craft knife with extra blades
• Self-healing cutting mat or other table guard
• pencil for note-taking and marking
• scissors
• bone folder or embossing tool or plastic crochet hook (This item is available for pre-order.)
• gluestick such as Pritt or UHU or any other that hasn’t dried up!
• some scrap paper or wax paper for protecting your work when gluing


and if you have them:
• book cradle (you will be able to borrow mine at the class or you may pre-order one)
• bookbinding awl (you may pre-order this)

Pre-Orders: https://bit.ly/37fqJoQ

Some supplies such as bone folders, additional waxed linen thread, book cradles and more will be available for purchase at the class. But if you want to be sure to get the items, please pre-order: https://bit.ly/37fqJoQ


Hen Basket

hen basket
Hen Basket Workshop with Cynthia Minden This design of basket appears goes back many centuries. There is some evidence that it originated in Scotland. Scots emigrants to the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia took the design with them, adapting it to the locally available split wood. Some claim that it was originally a Viking design brought to Scotland. However in Scandinavia these baskets are referred to as ‘Scotch baskets’ which suggests the influence went the other way. Called a hen basket. it was used to carry a broody hen from one croft to another. Once a hen was inside she couldn’t move her wings and so couldn’t get out. Another use for the basket in a bigger and heavier version was as a builder’s basket, where they were used to transport stones on simple winches. There are twelfth century references to this use in England. We will be making our baskets primarily with rattan, a wood that is easily workable and closely resembles the splints of black ash or white oak used in the Appalachias. Time permitting, we can experiment with other materials but once mastered, this versatile basket lends itself to many adaptations.
Teacher
Cost of Course
$180
Kit Fee
$30
Course Difficulty
Intermediate
Course Type
Basketry
Course Time
Saturday morning, 9 am to 12 pm
Saturday afternoon, 1 pm to 4 pm
Sunday morning, 9 am to 12 pm
Sunday afternoon, 1 pm to 4 pm
List of materials
What I will bring:

1. All the round and flat reed we need
2. Some plant materials to experiment with.

What YOU should bring: IMPORTANT!

1. Sharp hand-held secateurs - please note yours need to be sharp!
2. Needle nose pliers (the type that are bent at the tip are good)
3. An awl - if you plan on making baskets, a caner’s awl is a great tool!
4. Old towel
5. Soaking tub for reeds - a dish pan or bucket
6. Spray bottle
7. Optional: some long, flexible vines such as wisteria, thin willow, ivy, honeysuckle - pliable, not woody

How to Follow a Pattern

hat
In this course, we will make a sun hat (or rain hat), using a simple pattern which I will provide. Using fabric brought from home (material list provided) I will guide you through all the necessary steps to a completed project in a day-long session. Reading a pattern can be confusing, coming across many terms which we don’t regularly encounter. My intention is to demystify the instructions, pictures and content so that you can feel confident in choosing other patterns you might like to make on your own. Unfortunately this class has been cancelled due to lack of registrations
Teacher
Cost of Course
$90
Kit Fee
0
Course Difficulty
Beginner
Course Type
Sewing
Course Time
Saturday morning, 9 am to 12 pm
Saturday afternoon, 1 pm to 4 pm
List of materials
MATERIAL LIST

Bring a sewing machine you are comfortable using. From a fabric store, you will need to purchase the following unless you have cloth, scissors and thread at home you want to use:

• 0.7 meter of cotton, canvas, denim or synthetic leather
• O.4 metre lining material (cotton or lining)
• 1 metre of Buckram interfacing 51cm wide
• 1 metre of sew-in interfacing 46-51 cm wide
• Matching thread
• Sewing carbon and wheel, if you have it

If you wish to attend the class but haven’t purchased the required materials, bring your machine and come anyways. I will have extra fabrics and thread on hand that can be purchased on the day. I strongly suggest choosing fabric that isn’t plaid, striped or one-directional to avoid the need to match up the designs, and to limit the amount of fabric needed. Extra fabric will be required for matching.

Introduction to Weaving: Weave your First Scarf

first scarf
The class is intended for absolute beginners who want to learn the basics of handweaving. You will weave a woolen 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 understand how to design a project, how to dress the loom, and how to weave different patterns. Best of all, you will leave with a stylish scarf to wear or to give. Class limited to 5 students This class is now closed to new registrations.
Teacher
Cost of Course
$180
Kit Fee
$40 (includes loom rental, handout, and yarn)
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
All included in Kit Fee

Knitting Mittens

mittens
Working in the round, you'll be making a cozy pair of mitts, with plenty of guidance through the process of shaping and forming the thumb. As a bonus, the decorative technique Swiss darning (also known as duplicate stitch) will be included so you can decorate your mitts. Unfortunately this class has been cancelled due to lack of registrations.
Teacher
Cost of Course
$45
Kit Fee
$10
Course Difficulty
Intermediate
Course Type
Knitting
Course Time
Sunday morning, 9 am to 12 pm
List of materials
Bring a set of four double pointed needles, size 4mm, and a large safety pin. Yarn and pattern will be provided.

Knitting Socks from the Toes Up

Sock from the Toe Up
Knitting Socks from the Toe-Up; It is all about the cast-on for the toe. with Jean Cockburn Knitting Toe-Up Socks 3 hour workshop Friday September 17, morning 9 - 12. The simplest way to knit a pair of socks is from the toe up using the “Magic Loop” technique. The only tool used is a single long flexible circular needle.
Teacher
Cost of Course
$45
Kit Fee
$0
Course Difficulty
Intermediate
Course Type
Knitting
Course Time
Friday morning, 9 am to 12 pm
List of materials
Tools and Materials: To do the classic toe up sock, you must use a metal flexible circular needle with smooth joins that is at least 40 inches (100 centimetres) long. Old aluminum circular needles with stiff metal or plastic wires will only be a source of frustration. Bamboo or wood needles will not allow the yarn to slide easily. My favourite sock needle is made by Addi, size 2.25 mm. Check the information on the band of the yarn to make sure that you are matching yarn weight to your needle size. Uptown Yarns in Courtenay and the Village Yarn Shoppe in Comox carry or will order needles and sock yarns. Online order from Vancouver Island businesses: needlenart.com (formerly in Campbell River) carries both Addi Turbo and Addi Rocket needles, while woolandwaves.com has ChiaoGoo Red Lace Circular needles.

Addendum: Easy option. For those who prefer to knit socks on five double pointed needles, that option will be presented at the workshop. Instead of a figure eight cast-on using the long circular needle, this option is to knit a short tab, pick up stitches on four sides, and knit up the foot. Four needles are not enough as five are needed for this option.

Learn to knit with Sarah!

Dish Cloth
Coffee Beauty
We will cover the basic techniques you'll need, from the cast on, through the two basic stitches (knit and purl), and finishing with the bind off, while working on a simple project - a dishcloth or a French Press/cafetiere cozy. Materials kit provided for $12 (includes needles, yarn, and darning needle)
Teacher
Cost of Course
$45
Kit Fee
$12 for Basic Kit
Course Difficulty
Beginner
Course Type
Knitting
Course Time
Friday morning, 9 am to 12 pm
List of materials
All included in Kit Fee

Learn to make Twig Trays with Cynthia Minden

twig tray 1
twig trays 2
Join me for a half day workshop where you will learn to make a tray from fruit tree prunings, water shoots and vines. These delightful trays are held together with tension and have a final row of two-strand twining on one side. They can be a functional or decorative addition to your home. Use them as serving trays for cheese or sushi or cookies! Time permitting, you can make a few, each a different size. THIS COURSE now has one spot left .
Teacher
Cost of Course
$45
Kit Fee
$10
Course Difficulty
Beginner
Course Type
Basketry
Course Time
Friday morning, 9 am to 12 pm
List of materials
What to bring:
Sharp hand secateurs (clippers) Please sharpen yours, it’s important!
Scissors
Notebook
Optional tools: needle nose pliers, caning awl

Mixed Media Bag

green bag
red bag
bunch of bags
Enjoy creating a uniquely boho-chic style textile mixed media bag! You will make a one-of-kind bag by layering fabric, embellishing the surface with machine and hand stitching, beading, raw applique, and other surface design techniques such as stencilling and other mark making techniques. This two half-day workshop will allow you to move through your design choices at a relaxed and explorative pace.
Teacher
Cost of Course
$90
Kit Fee
$20
Course Difficulty
Beginner
Course Type
Sewing
Course Time
Sunday morning, 9 am to 12 pm
Sunday afternoon, 1 pm to 4 pm
List of materials
Kit Materials $20.00
• Access to instructor’s fabric scraps “stash”
• 1 rectangle 10” x 20” fabric for the base
• Fusible interfacing 10” x20
• Stiff Interfacing for project
• Organza or other sheer fabric (choose from instructor’s stash)
• Cording (choose from instructor’s stash)

Materials/equipment to bring
• Beads, buttons, ribbon and other found objects easily fastened onto the surface
• Fabrics you would like to work with
• Threads (machine, embroidery, metallic)
• Sewing machine
• Sewing Needles
• Scissors

Bonus
Play with instructor’s stencils and fabric paints…

Nalbinding- Oslo & York as Stitches

tools for nalbinding
cap made of nalbinding
Nålbinding is a "fabric-making" technique of using wool yarn in sections, "stitching" into shape. Sometimes mistaken for knitting, it was used in pre-modern times for caps, mitts, and socks. In this class, we will learn the versatile Oslo stitch, working from a strip into a shape, and the denser York stitch, working from the center and out. More stitches, joins, and tips will be shared as time allows. There will be discussion on techniques for using non-wool yarn.
Teacher
Cost of Course
$45
Kit Fee
$20
Course Difficulty
Beginner
Course Type
Hand-building with fibres
Course Time
Friday afternoon, 1 pm to 4 pm
List of materials
The kit ($20) includes wool yarn and the hand-made nålbinding needle.
Students may wish to bring scissors, and note-taking materials.

Natural Dyeing

Picking Wild Flowers
working with plants to make dyes
Join Anna Heywood-Jones for a natural dyeing workshop focused on plant life growing on Taystay'ich (Denman Island). Moving between a skills-based class and a philosophical exploration, the workshop will include a plant gathering walk on land that was previously disturbed through clearcutting. We will subsequently go through the processes of preparing the harvested plants, extracting their colour, and dyeing textile materials to take home. Note: Participants may also bring pre-mordanted materials for dyeing. If you would like to do so, please consult with the instructor beforehand. Unfortunately Anna has had to cancel her class this year. Very sorry.
Cost of Course
$75
Kit Fee
$10
Course Difficulty
Beginner
Course Type
Dyeing
Course Time
Sunday morning, 9 am to 12 pm
Sunday afternoon, 1 pm to 4 pm
List of materials
Optional . Kit fee covers needed materials . See note re premordanted fabric.

Rag Rug

braided rug
Rag Rug (Toothbrush Rug) The rug is made using 1” strips of fabric and a small wooden tool. ( Formerly the handle of a plastic toothbrush was used, thus the name Toothbrush Rug.) You will start your project in the class and will be comfortable enough with the method to carry on afterwards. It’s a fun and relaxing craft to work on and your rug can be whatever size you choose. Unfortunately this class is now wait list only!
Teacher
Cost of Course
$45
Kit Fee
$5
Course Difficulty
Beginner
Course Type
Braiding
Course Time
Friday afternoon, 1 pm to 4 pm
List of materials
Supply List

Wooden tool supplied by instructor for $5
Fabric. Woven cotton in a light to medium weight. Denim or heavy wools do not work well. Strips are 1” wide. The length can vary, but should be at least 25” long to avoid constant stopping to join strips. If using new fabrics, the typical width of 42” is ideal. Cutting the strips with scissors or rotary cutter is preferable to tearing. Feel free to use whatever colour scheme you’d like. I suggest starting with 20-30 strips.
Scissors