CLASSES & demos

What’s a fibre fest without a chance to see a fun demo or learn a new skill? We have a couple of classes lined up for you all so far, and are looking to fill a few more spots. Some classes require pre-registration, or materials to be brought from home, so please read the details of any class you are interested in, and contact us if you have any questions.


fix your knits class

Instructor: Jocelyn Shuman

  • Skills required: must be able to identify knit and purl stitches while on the needle, read and understand a simple chart, basic cabling skills

  • Homework required: a small swatch, approximately 20 sts wide and 15 rows high in stockinette stitch, left on the needles (do not bind off). Please use a light coloured, smooth, worsted weight yarn.

  • Materials required:

    • homework swatch on the needles (you may also bring additional projects with mistakes/issues)

    • a small amount of similar yarn in a different light colour

    • crochet hook appropriate for your worsted weight yarn (approx. H-K, 5.5 - 6.5 mm)

    • 2 double pointed needles (DPNs) a size or two smaller than what you used for your swatch

    • darning needle, scissors

  • Location: classroom

  • Time: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

  • Cost: $35

  • Registration: COMING SOON

Mistakes happen! It’s a fact of life and it’s no different in knitting. Rather than ripping out your hard work to fix the mistake that you made a dozen rows ago, learn how to fix the mistake on the fly!

This class will cover a variety of techniques to fix errors in your knitting without having to just rip back all the way. You’ll learn how to pick up dropped stitches on the needles (even several rows later), how to fix errors in lace and cable patterns, as well as correcting mistakes and pulls or runs in a finished project. Bring any projects you have with mistakes or issues that you have questions about, and Jocelyn will include as many of those issues in the class as she can as well.

Beginner spinning class

Instructor: Melanie Hellum

  • Skills required: none

  • Materials required: none (you may bring your own spindle if you have one)

  • Location: classroom

  • Cost: $30

  • Time: 2:15 pm - 3:45 pm

  • Registration: COMING SOON

Have you ever wanted to try spinning your own yarn? Does the cost of equipment seem daunting, or does a wheel seem too big for your home? This may be the perfect class for you! Melanie makes her own Turkish spindles (see an example of this spindle style here), and they will be available to use for the class. Try out on of these tiny, but super practical spinning tools, and see why us spinners are so addicted to our craft!


Gauge, swatch and fit class

Instructor: Jocelyn Shuman

  • Skills required: basic knitting skills (cast on, knit, purl), increases and decreases, pattern reading

  • Materials required: none

  • Location: classroom

  • Cost: $15

  • Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

  • Registration: COMING SOON

If you’re interested in garment knitting, but are worried about the final fit, this is the class for you. In this class, you’ll be discussing why gauge is so important and how it affects your finished project and yarn usage. You’ll learn how to ensure you end up with a garment that fits the way you want it to, and cover topics such as negative and positive ease, blocking techniques, and how your yarn’s fibre content will affect how it behaves in your garment. Jocelyn will also cover several tips, tricks and techniques that will allow you to get the most out of your swatches.


rug hooking demo

Demonstrator: Sue Davies

  • Skills required: none

  • Materials required: none (there will be some materials at the demo table so you can try it out)

  • Location: seating area

  • Cost: free

  • Time: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

  • Registration: not required

Sue will be demonstrating classic rug hooking with woven fabric pieces, as well as a more modern take using all the lovely yarns available these days. Pop by for 10 minutes to watch, or have a seat and try your hand at rug hooking for yourself - Sue will have various supplies available for you to try over the course of the hour!


ply on the fly knitting demo

Demonstrator: Cindy Dechief

  • Skills required: basic knitting skills (knit, purl, cast on, cast off)

  • Materials required: none - if you want to try while watching, bring about 5-10g of fingering weight yarn and US size 8 - 9 (5 - 5.5mm) needles

  • Location: seating area

  • Cost: free

  • Time: 3:00 pm to 3:10 pm

  • Registration: not required

Have you ever found yourself needing thicker yarn for a particular project, or loving the colours of one of your sock yarns, even though it’s too thin for the project you want to knit? Plying on the fly is a simple technique that allows you to use all that beautiful fingering weight at a worsted to aran gauge, without having to juggle two balls of yarn getting tangled together in your knitting bag. It’s magic (or perhaps, a spinning technique that works really well for this type of yarn management, too)!


chain plying demo

Demonstrator: Lou Lachance

  • Skills required: none, though the demo will be more pertinent if you already know how to spin

  • Materials required: none

  • Location: seating area

  • Cost: free

  • Time: 10 minutes

  • Registration: not required

Are you a spinner intrigued by the process of chain plying (also known as n-ply or Navajo ply)? Do you want a thicker yarn, but struggle spin thicker singles? Are you always short on bobbins? Or maybe you want to keep the gradient of a braid intact? Then, chain plying is for you! This will be a 10 minute demo on an e-spinner, so you can focus on the hand movements required without being distracted by the drive wheel movement.