Jul
13
10:00 AM10:00

Strange Brew Colourwork Workshop with Tin Can Knits

Make a start on designing your own colourwork yoke sweater following our versatile 'Strange Brew' recipe! http://tincanknits.com/pattern-TCK-strangebrew.html

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We'll explore the design of a circular yoke worked either bottom up, or top down. In this full day intensive workshop we'll explore yarn choices, colour combinations, and each participant will get one-on-one feedback on their unique yoke design. We'll also take a look at different ways to swatch and tools for developing designs both with pencil and graph paper, and by experimentation on the needles.

I encourage each of you to cast on and begin your project; either by making a swatch hat or cowl, or by getting started directly on your yoke sweater!

Skills required: - stranded colourwork knitting
- A knowledge of how to read multi-size knitting patterns
- An understanding of gauge
- A willingness to experiment!

Student materials: Yarn - 2 or more colours in either sock, DK, or aran weight yarn of the sort you would like to make a sweater in. I suggest you start with 50-100g of your main colour plus small amounts of contrast colours for swatching at a minimum.

- Bring needles to correspond with your yarn

- Optional: Stitch dictionaries or patterns for inspiration, pencil, eraser, pens, colouring pens or pencils if desired, graph paper

***Please bring a lunch and a water bottle***

Strangebrew Workshop with Tin Can Knits
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About Tin Can Knits and Alexa Ludeman

Tin Can Knits is the collaboration of two Canadian designers; Alexa Ludeman and Emily Wessel.

With accessible and clearly written patterns, beautiful photography and heartfelt stories, and we aim to share our love of knitting, and inspire you to do the same!

From our very first book in 2011 (featuring Alexa's first baby, Hunter), our catalog of popular knitting patterns has grown along with our families! We love to design and knit, and most of all we love to share our passion with other knitters.

Alexa lives in her hometown of Port Moody, Canada with her husband Gary and three kids: Hunter, Jones and Bodhi. With a background in teaching and photography, she brings a discerning eye and a creative flair to Tin Can Knits.

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Apr
20
11:00 AM11:00

Shearing Festival

Join us for a sheep shearing festival. Watch as sheep get their annual shearing. Learn about wool and all the fantastic things it provides. Eat delicious food, shop among local vendors, bring your knitting, spinning wheel and your kids!

We will have free demonstrations of spinning, natural dyeing, dairy goats, weaving, and more throughout the day. There will be a variety of food for sale. There will be port-a-potty’s on site. Please wear footwear to deal with water and mud. We love animals, but your dog can be stressful on our sheep and free-range chickens, please leave them at home!

Directions to Long Way Homestead. Google map here.

51077 MUN 41 E. Ste. Genevieve, MB

photo by Mackenzie Smith

photo by Mackenzie Smith

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Mar
9
1:00 PM13:00

Intermediate Natural Dyeing - with Caitlin ffrench

In this course you will learn how to naturally dye a rainbow of colours using wildcrafted and bought natural dyes. You will go away with the skills to troubleshoot problems, how to use dyes and modifiers together to achieve dynamic colours, and colour theory.

We will be using wool yarns from Long Way Homestead and cotton fabric squares so you will see how colours change based on the fibres used.

Materials included in price

Saturday, March 9th

1pm - 5pm

$100

51077 MUN 41 E (Long Way Homestead farm and mill)

Ste. Genevieve, MB

For directions click here.


About Caitlin ffrench

Caitlin ffrench is an artist working in East Vancouver (unceded Coast Salish Territories), and received her BFA from the University of British Columbia (Okanagan) and she attended the Kootenay School of the Arts for their textile program. 

She works with paints, inks, and charcoals that she makes from botanical and earth pigments as well as wildcrafted materials. You can find these materials for sale in her webshop.

Her photography practice is film based- the cameras she uses most often are her Bronica, Pentax K1000, and a Polaroid Landcamera that shoots packfilm which is no longer in production.  

Caitlin regularly teaches workshops in different applications of textile arts and natural dyes, is a knitwear designer, and tries to spend as much time as she can outside.

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Mar
9
9:00 AM09:00

Eco Printing with Caitlin ffrench

In this 1 day workshop you will learn to naturally dye silk using the ecoprint method.

We will be using both alum and iron as mordants to show the differences in colors based on mordants used- and leaves that were wildcrafted in late Autumn. No natural dye experience necessary.

You will go away with 2- 29" x 29" scarfs and the knowledge and instruction to recreate this magic at home.

All materials included in price. 

Saturday, March 9th

9am - 12noon

51077 MUN 41 E (Long Way Homestead farm and mill)

Ste. Genevieve, MB

For directions click here.


About Caitlin ffrench

Caitlin ffrench is an artist working in East Vancouver (unceded Coast Salish Territories), and received her BFA from the University of British Columbia (Okanagan) and she attended the Kootenay School of the Arts for their textile program. 

She works with paints, inks, and charcoals that she makes from botanical and earth pigments as well as wildcrafted materials. You can find these materials for sale in her webshop.

Her photography practice is film based- the cameras she uses most often are her Bronica, Pentax K1000, and a Polaroid Landcamera that shoots packfilm which is no longer in production.  

Caitlin regularly teaches workshops in different applications of textile arts and natural dyes, is a knitwear designer, and tries to spend as much time as she can outside.

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Mar
2
1:00 PM13:00

Sheep Breed specific Knitting at Long Way Homestead

Each breed of sheep produces a distinct type of wool for knitting and crochet.  Understanding the qualities and characteristics of these breeds will inform and accentuate your knitting. Texture, colourwork, cables and drape are all affected by the unique wool breeds.

This workshop will give a brief overview of some accessible single-breed wools and the variety they can offer to your knitting.  We will also briefly explore the history and tradition of these single-breed wools.  This workshop is hands on, you will be able to touch, and experiment with breeds in their different forms (raw, carded, spun).

Participants will take home 150g of a variety of breed-specific yarn.

Organized in conjunction with Pembina Fibreshed.

Workshop will be held in the studio at Long Way Homestead. 51077 MUN 41 E. Ste. Genevieve, MB

Cost: $50

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