CLASSES & demos

What’s a fibre fest without a chance to see a fun demo or learn a new skill?

We’ll be adding new classes for the 2020 Peace Fibre Fest in the new year. If you’re interested in teaching a class, please use the contact us form to get in touch.

Registration for classes will take place here, at a later date.


Below is a description of our classes for the 2019 event:


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 (due before class, at the Fibre Fest front desk)

  • Registration required here, or at the event (but must have supplies/homework).

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.


reversible colour knitting

Instructor: Bonne Leiphart

  • Skills required: must be able to cast on and work the knit stitch (suitable for beginners)

  • Materials required:

    • two balls of yarn in different colours - worsted or dk weight is best. Choose solid colours with a high contrast for the workshop to see more clearly while learning

    • circular needles (any cable length, shorter is better) in a size that works with the yarn you've chosen

  • Location: classroom

  • Cost: $15 (due before class, at the Fibre Fest front desk)

  • Time: 2:15 pm - 3:45 pm

  • Registration required here, or at the event.

Learn a simple technique to include colour in your knitting without a "right" and "wrong" side. This is particularly useful for scarves, shawls, throws and even afghans - anything where the work is visible on both sides. The colour contrast and textured look make this project appear far more complicated than it actually is.

In this 90 minute class, you’ll work on a two-colour scarf which you will be able to easily finish on your own - although help is just an email away if you need it. The pattern is included in the workshop; it includes the basic stitch as well as some suggested variations if you are feeling experimental. This is a quick and easy project and makes a nice gift for men, women or children.

  • Skills covered:

    • a simple cast on

    • slipped stitch edging

    • carrying the non-working yarn up the side of the work

    • "sliding" work on needles


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 (due before class, at the Fibre Fest front desk)

  • Time: 2:15 pm - 3:45 pm

  • Registration required here.

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 one 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: a notebook and pen could be useful

  • Location: classroom

  • Cost: $15 (due before class, at the Fibre Fest front desk)

  • Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

  • Registration required here, or at the event.

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 to 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.