Upcoming Workshops and Classes

 


Beginner’s Weaving Workshop with Laura Fry  only ONE SEAT remaining

Saturdays, January 28th, February 4th, 11th & 18th, 2023.

Time: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm - bring a lunch, beverages (coffee/tea) supplied.

Place: Prince George Fibre Arts Guild Room, upstairs at 2880 – 15th Avenue

This workshop is sponsored in the memory of Master Weaver ~ Eileen Shannon ~ by a donation from her family.

Fee: $300 members or $350 non-members (includes membership) plus GST and material costs.

In this four day workshop, with only 4 students being introduced to weaving on a floor loom by instructor Laura Fry. The class is designed for people who have either never taken a class previously, or who need a 'tune up' because their skills have become rusty. During the 4 sessions, the first warp will be in the loom ready for the student and the focus will be on position and posture at the loom and developing the physical skills of the actual weaving motions.  The 2nd class will be planning a project based on the same type of yarn used in the first warp (building on skills), winding a warp and getting the warp into the loom. While the class is officially on Saturdays, Laura will be available on the following Sundays during the Guild Drop-In for coaching and clarification of the previous day.  The yarns for the 3 planned warps is included in the materials fee, plus if there is time for a fourth, students can purchase from the Guild donation corner.

Students will have the looms to use until the end of May as part of the class fee.  Looms can be used during any Guild Drop In - or members can access the room by obtaining a Guild Room key.  (Which is one reason why a guild membership is being included for current non-members.)

Membership also allows members to rent equipment at a very reasonable price once the class is finished and take books out of the guild library.  Guild members may also sell their juried textile crafts at guild sales events on consignment.

This is a masked event - all participants must wear a mask in the Guild Room due to close contact during demonstrations.

For more information please contact Laura at laurafry@telus.net. To register please contact Birthe at 250-964-6454 or External link opens in new tab or windowinfo@pgfibrearts.ca. Deposit of $50 required by the January 20th, 2023 balance at the workshop. A second class is being offered in April and May.


Beginners Weaving Workshop with Laura Fry Jan - Feb


Beginner’s Weaving Workshop with Laura Fry  only ONE SEAT remaining

Saturdays, April 29th, May 6th, 13th & 20th, 2023.

Time: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm - bring a lunch, beverages (coffee/tea) supplied.

Place: Prince George Fibre Arts Guild Room, upstairs at 2880 – 15th Avenue

Fee: $300 members or $350 non-members (includes membership) plus GST and material costs.

In this four day workshop, with only 4 students being introduced to weaving on a floor loom by instructor Laura Fry. The class is designed for people who have either never taken a class previously, or who need a 'tune up' because their skills have become rusty. During the 4 sessions, the first warp will be in the loom ready for the student and the focus will be on position and posture at the loom and developing the physical skills of the actual weaving motions.  The 2nd class will be planning a project based on the same type of yarn used in the first warp (building on skills), winding a warp and getting the warp into the loom. While the class is officially on Saturdays, Laura will be available on the following Sundays during the Guild Drop-In for coaching and clarification of the previous day.  The yarns for the 3 planned warps is included in the materials fee, plus if there is time for a fourth, students can purchase from the Guild donation corner.

Students will have the looms to use until the end of May as part of the class fee.  Looms can be used during any Guild Drop In - or members can access the room by obtaining a Guild Room key.  (Which is one reason why a guild membership is being included for current non-members.)

Membership also allows members to rent equipment at a very reasonable price once the class is finished and take books out of the guild library.  Guild members may also sell their juried textile crafts at guild sales events on consignment.

This is a masked event - all participants must wear a mask in the Guild Room due to close contact during demonstrations.

For more information please contact Laura at laurafry@telus.net. To register please contact Birthe at 250-964-6454 or External link opens in new tab or windowinfo@pgfibrearts.ca. Deposit of $50 required by the February 15th, 2023 balance at the workshop. If there is enough interest, a third class may be offered in September.


Beginners Weaving Workshop with Laura Fry Apr - May


Beaded Felt Hearts during your regular Drop-In

Birthe will lead us on creating hearts from felt or recycled wool. Add some sparkle with beads and sequins. Red felt available if you want to make a special heart for your Valentine. This is a masked event.

Thursday, February 9, 2023

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm.

Place: Prince George Fibre Arts Guild Room, upstairs at 2880 – 15th Avenue.

Material Fee: $5 members or $10 non-members  plus GST.

For more information please contact Birthe at 250-964-6454 or External link opens in new tab or windowinfo@pgfibrearts.ca

 

Beaded Felt Hearts ~ February 9, 2023

 


Spinning Workshops with Diana Twiss ~ Saturday, April 22nd and Sunday, April 23rd  

These workshops are sponsored in the memory of Master Weaver ~ Eileen Shannon ~ by a donation from Master Weaver ~ Noreen Rustad.

 

Into the Zone: the drafting zone with Diana Twiss

Saturday, April 22nd

Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm

Place: Jack Bryant Room at 2880 – 15th Avenue

We start the day spinning our default yarn. Then we move into learning five drafting techniques starting with short forward draw, short backward draw, and so forth, ending with the supported long draw. We work with prepared fibre: combed top for the first three and carded rovings for the last two drafting techniques. Students put a sample of the yarn on their card stock sample card and also make a mini-skein of each. We then wash the mini-skeins and we compare these to the unwashed samples. Each participant will identify their preferred drafting technique and will work the rest of the day (usually ½ - 1 hour) practicing it.

Fee: $150 members or $175 non-members plus GST

Material fee: $20 payable to instructor

Supplies and equipment that spinners need to bring to class: Spinning wheel in excellent operating order, lazy kate, extra bobbins, hand carders, tapestry needle, small scissors. Spinning wheels with bobbins, lazy kates and hand carders available to rent from Guild.

Level of experience required: Must be able to spin a continuous thread and be comfortable with plying.

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED BEFORE APRIL 8th. Limited spaces available. For more information please contact Birthe at 250-964-6454 or info@pgfibrearts.ca.


Into the Zone Spinning Workshop ~ April 22, 2023


Be the Boss of Your Yarn with Diana Twiss

Sunday, April 23rd

Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm

Place: Jack Bryant Room at 2880 – 15th Avenue

We start the day spinning our default yarn. Then we make a series of two-ply two coloured samples using low-twist singles and low-twist plying; low-twist singles and high-twist plying; high-twist singles and low-twist plying; high-twist singles and high twist plying. These samples are put onto a card stock template. This allows us to examine them, compare their angle of twist and feel their softness. We discuss under what conditions we would want each kind of yarn and finally, try to locate our default yarn. The afternoon is spent building on this knowledge of manipulating the twist in singles and plying, by making soft singles, 2-ply; 3-ply; cabled yarn, and chain plied yarn. At the end of the day, YOU will be the boss of your yarn.

Fee: $150 members or $175 non-members plus GST

Material fee: $20 payable to instructor

Supplies and equipment that spinners need to bring to class: Spinning wheel in excellent operating order, lazy kate, extra bobbins, hand carders, tapestry needle, small scissors. Spinning wheels with bobbins, lazy kates and hand carders available to rent from Guild.

For the Navajo (chain) plying exercise, please bring a bobbin with approximately 10g spun wool singles – created at least a week in advance of the workshop.
Level of experience required: Must be able to spin a continuous thread and be comfortable with plying.

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED BEFORE APRIL 8th. Limited spaces available. For more information please contact Birthe at 250-964-6454 or info@pgfibrearts.ca.


Be the Boss of Your Yarn Spinning Workshop ~ April 23, 2023

 


Past Workshops and Classes

 


Felted Mouse

Ulyana will lead us how to needle felt a mouse.   

Tuesday, January 17, 2023 during your regular Drop-In

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm.

Place: Prince George Fibre Arts Guild Room, upstairs at 2880 – 15th Avenue

Fee: $5 members or $10 non-members  plus GST - materials supplied.

For more information please contact Birthe at 250-964-6454 or External link opens in new tab or windowinfo@pgfibrearts.ca



February 15th & 16th, Beginner’s Weaving Workshop with Laura Fry.

In this two day workshop, students will be introduced to weaving on a floor loom by instructor Laura Fry.  Looms will be prepared ahead of time with a sampler warp and students will learn the vocabulary of weaving, how a loom works, and given instruction on to hold and throw a shuttle, read a draft, and hints and tips on how to weave their sampler.  The guild has looms and materials will be provided.

Time: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm - bring a lunch, beverages (coffee/tea) supplied.

Place: Prince George Fibre Arts Guild Room, upstairs at 2880 – 15th Avenue

Fee: $225 members or $250 non-members plus GST  - materials supplied

To register or for more information please contact Birthe at 250-964-6454 or External link opens in new tab or windowinfo@pgfibrearts.ca. Deposit of $50 by the January 1st, balance at the workshop.

Billeting may be available for out of town students.


 

You have a fleece, now what do you do?   

September 17th, 2022  ~ Fleece Skirting

September 24th, 2022  ~ Fleece Washing

Time: 1:00 pm - bring a snack, dress according to the weather.

Place: outdoors by the Prince George Fibre Arts Guild Room door, 2880 – 15th Avenue.

Fee: $5 members or $10 non-members plus GST  - materials supplied. You'll get a portion of the fleece, and some Power Scour to bring home). Limit 8 participants.

To register for one or both classes or for more information please contact Birthe at 250-964-6454 or External link opens in new tab or windowinfo@pgfibrearts.ca.



January 25th & 26th, Natural Dyeing Workshop with Mary Lessman.

For most of time colors in textiles came from the everyday plants and animals that surrounded people. the colors that have mellowed over the years give the wall hangings of the Middle Ages their warm, earthy look.  Today we can make bright yarns in the colors of the rainbow. Each dye pot will give 25 samples using different mordants and combinations. You can mix and match the dyestuffs to produce a more extensive palette. Learn how to make reproducible colors that play well together. Students will go home with sample cards of all the colors we produce.

All dye materials and yarns will be provided. Supply fee $45 CAD included in price.

Time: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm - bring a lunch, beverages (coffee/tea) supplied.

Place: Prince George Fibre Arts Guild Room, upstairs at 2880 – 15th Avenue

Fee: $225 members or $250 non-members  plus GST - materials supplied

To register or for more information please contact Birthe at 250-964-6454 or External link opens in new tab or windowinfo@pgfibrearts.ca Deposit of $50 by the December 1st, balance at the workshop.

Billeting may be available for out of town students.