Homesteading right where you already live

Fiber & Fabric From the Ground Up – Jan 27-28 2018

Increase your household resilience by learning how to create clothing, household and decorative items using new or re-purposed materials, and how to maintain and repair the ones you already have! This full weekend of workshops and classes will expand the possibilities for fiber and fabric arts and crafts in your life, as a hobby and/or as a way to contribute to your household economy.

All sessions are hands-on and  taught by local experts. You can attend the whole weekend, one day, or individual workshops, as you wish.

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8:30 – 8:55 Check-in and coffee
9:00 – 11:00 Dyeing yarn with Natural Dyes Tablet Weaving
11:15 – 12:15 Upcycled diaper covers Tablet weaving (cont)
1:00 – 2:30  Yarn Tapestry wall hanging Beginner Crochet
2:45 – 4:45 Flat Felt Making Beginner Crochet (cont)
8:30 – 8:55 Check-in and coffee
9:00 – 11:00 Arm Knitting Hat Making Garment-making Basics
11:15 – 12:15 Arm Knitting (cont) Hat Making (cont) What to Make with Tiny Scraps
1:00 – 2:30 So you want to quilt Up-cycling mens’ shirts
2:45 – 4:45 So you want to quilt (cont) Up-cycling mens’ shirts (cont)

Class Details

(See below for location, cost etc)

Flat felt-making for beginners
This class will show you how to turn wool fibres into finished felt, using water, soap and the magic of your hands! You will make a piece of flat felt that you can embellish as you wish, and use as a wall-hanging, placemat or anything else you can think of.
Saturday 2:45 – 4:45
Materials fee: $10
Instructor: Vanessa Sparrow

Arm knitting with Upcycled Clothing
Learners will spiral cut t-shirts to make “yarn”. The t-shirt yarn, or “tarn” will then be finger crocheted together to make a chunky rope. Once we have created an adequate length of rope, we will use a basic arm knitting method to create a final product! This technique can easily be applied to make rugs or throw blankets – the creative potential is there for you.

Choose fabrics, textures and colours to showcase your unique style. Heavy fabrics like denim work best for rugs, while stretchy clothing materials give a nice soft drape to blankets or throws.

Due to the time restraints of this class, there will be some pre-cut tarn as part of your class materials package. This will allow us to demonstrate all the steps involved in the full process, without the tedium of cutting all the clothing during class.  Scissors and rotary cutters will be available to borrow during class.

Learners should come prepared with at least 3 to 5 articles of clothing to up-cycle. If you have a rotary fabric cutter and mat and/or fabric scissors, please bring them. We will have a few to share.
Sunday 9:00 – 12:15
Materials fee: $5
Instructor: Carly Filewich

So You Want to Quilt (Bare Bones Basics)
Marlaine will explain and demonstrate the necessary skills which include:
a) basic understanding of colour and how to use it with patterned fabric
b) rudiments of working with 3 necessary tools for many sewing projects (rotary cutter, ruler and mat)
c) making friends with your sewing machine and getting it to cooperate
d) making your vision a reality (aka designing your project).
Includes discussion of making use of “found” fabrics and scraps.
Sunday 1:30 – 4:45
Materials fee: $5 kit of fabrics to make a color wheel
Instructor: Marlaine Taylor

Garment Making Basics
For those who’ve never made a garment before, or haven’t done it for a long time and need a refresher. We’ll cover selecting and sizing patterns, layout and pattern reading, fabric selection, and construction basics for the main parts of both tops and bottoms.
Sunday 9:00 – 11:00
Materials fee: none
Instructor: Erin Innes

Upcycling with men’s dress shirts
From minor edits to major remakes, there’s all kinds of things we can do with old, ill-fitting, or out-of-style men’s dress shirts to get them back into circulation as fabulous new garments. Bring a shirt or two (or three!) and get creative in this hands on class. We’ll talk about the basic anatomy of these garments and clever deconstruction techniques for getting the best out of them, as well as tips for re-fitting to match different types of bodies. I’ll share some of my best remakes and help you come up with your own fabulous new creation!
Sunday 1:30 – 4:45
Materials fee: none
Instructor: Erin Innes

Dyeing yarn with Natural Dyes
In this class we will explore dyeing yarn with one color, using natural dye extracts to dye a variegated yarn and over dyeing yarn to shift the colors.
You will learn how to prepare (mordant) yarn to absorb the most dye and be light fast and wash fast.

We will talk about choosing the right color palette for your projects, harvesting colors locally, modifying colors with iron, and over dyeing in Indigo to achieve beautiful greens and purples.

No experience necessary. Method is transferable to protein fibre based fabric, such as silk or wool.
Saturday 9:00 – 11:00
Materials fee: $5
Instructor: Amber Friedman

Up-cycled Diaper Covers
Create a wool or fleece diaper cover from old sweaters. Learn the basics of making a pattern, pre-shrinking wool fabrics, and finishing a cover.
Materials fee: $4
Instructor: Brigitte Ouellet

What to make with your tiny scraps
It seems such a shame to just throw away those colorful scraps of lovely fabrics. No need! There are many ways to re-use and re-make them into beautiful and useful objects. In this class you’ll experience several different ways to use your scraps and leave with at least one project.
Materials fee: $3 goes to Fibre Space for the use of their supply cupboard
Instructor: Kevin Wilson

Make a Yarn Tapestry wall hanging
Bring along your scraps and short lengths of yarn, your leftovers, the yarns that looked pretty but turned out to be splitty, scratchy or slippery to work with, and even lengths of lace, tassels, fringes, pompoms, and old jewellery! Learn one very simple knot and you have the tools to create decorative and practical wall hangings from materials that would otherwise be wasted. Leave with your first yarn tapestry well on its way, or even completed.
Materials fee: $5 ($3 goes to Fibre Space for the use of their supply cupboard)
Instructor: Kevin Wilson

Make a Simple Hat – using new or up cycled materials
Students will measure their head, pick a pattern and size from the pattern cardboards supplied, cut, sew and embellish their hat.
If students have embellishments such as beads or buttons to add they are welcome to bring them. Pre-requisites: basic hand-sewing and sewing machine skills.
Materials Fee: TBA
Instructor: Anne Leaman

Tablet Weaving
Details TBA
Materials Fee: TBA
Instructor: Val McKeen

Beginner Crochet
Learn the basic crochet stitches: single, double and triple crochet, plus basic terminology and how to read a pattern. Students may bring their own size 5 crochet hook and yarn – a light color is best for learning, and the instructor recommends Red Heart Super Saver yarn – or the materials fee covers a hook and yarn.
Materials Fee: $10
Instructor: Susan Reid

Not Yet Confirmed

Altered Couture with Shaunalee Yates

Event Logistics

Walk the Talk: this weekend aims to be zero waste and support local producers. Please help us reduce our carbon footprint by carpooling, biking, walking or using the bus to get to and from the site!

Date: Sat and Sun Jan 27 and 28 2018

Saturday: Cranberry Community Hall, 6828 Cranberry St (at the top of the hill: NOT the Seniors Centre hall)
Bus route 1 stops just down the hill from the Cranberry Hall
Sunday: Fibre Space at Oceanview Education Centre, 7085 Nootka St – above Vancouver Island University.
Bus route 2 stops just down the hill from Oceanview.


Non-refundable deposit $20 on registration, remainder due by Jan 21.

Full Weekend: Early bird price $110 till Jan 7
Full Weekend: Regular price $149 from Jan 8 to Jan 28
Single Day: $85
Single Workshop (1.5 – 2 hours): $35
Extra-long or 2-part workshop (2.5 – 3 hours): $60

You may pay up to 50% in Powell River Dollars PR$

Special deal: 15-19 year olds get in for only $40 for the whole weekend!
Work trades welcomed
Some partial scholarships available – contact Kevin directly

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Cancellation policy
50% refund up to 2 weeks before
No refund after that but you are welcome to send a substitute

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