Fibrefest will be held on: Saturday May 25th, 2019

Thanks to our 2018 Sponsors: Cabin Boy Knits | Ton-up Creative | Shed Chetwyn Farms | The Black Lamb

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We are busily planning our 2019 workshop schedule, and will be announcing our upcoming workshops & fabulous instructors in December.

In the meantime, the 2018 workshops are listed below.

Beginner Crochet

CrochetTime – 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Workshop Description:
Beginner crochet.

Workshop Fee: $25
Materials Fee: $10
Materials to Bring: Materials provided with material fee.

Joyce MinakerInstructor: Joyce Minaker

My name is Joyce Minaker, and I was born and raised in Picton. My Mother taught me how to knit and crochet when I was about 15 years old, and I seemed to find a preference in crochet.

Over the years, I have followed many patterns and learned many new stitches. I seem to prefer challenging designs that give a “polished” look to a finished article.

l joined the Crochet Guild of America, (as I could not find a Canadian one), and as a member, took one of their Masters Programmes. It meant a 6 month time period of doing samples and answering questions and taking a test : and I achieved the designation of “Master of Crochet Stitches and Design.”

I have loved teaching crochet. In the past I have taught at night school through Loyalist College, and always enjoy teaching friends, and encouraging people to give It a try.

I hope you enjoy the class, and that it gives you an incentive to try more projects!

Polymer Button Making

Polymer ButtonsTime: 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Workshop Description

Make some creative finishing touches for your fibre arts by working with polymer clay to make buttons, for sewn knit or woven clothing. Also we make pins and sticks for buttonless sweaters and wraps.

You will learn to use clay, work with colour, how to shape and cut.

You will leave class with a complete kit to continue making buttons, including tools, selection of coloured clay and instructions.

Workshop Fee: $45
Materials Fee: $8
Materials to Bring: Any projects for which the student wishes to make buttons or a pin.

Carolyn BarnettInstructor: Carolyn Barnett

Carolyn learned to knit and sew as a child in England,  and has been an artisan for 35 years, 33 of which have been on the knitting machine. She started Carolyn M. Barnett Designs after years as a Nursery School Teacher (ECE from Mohawk College) and one year of Fashion Design and Technique at Sheridan College.  

Customizing knits has allowed her create costumes for Mervish Productions, Stratford Festival and TV commercials. Working in polymer clay and felt, Carolyn creates the buttons and pin closures for her knitwear and felted vests and jackets.

Teaching figures highly in her life now passing on her knowledge and skill with the knitting machine, polymer clay and designing for these mediums. Falling in love with technology led to also building web sites.

Carolyn grew in in England and went into Grade 11 at LCVI upon immigrating to Canada. She spent two decades in Toronto before moving back to Kingston in 1995.

Mosaic Knitting

Mosiac KnittingTime: 9:30 pm – 12:00 pm

Workshop Description: 

Mosaic knitting is a very easy method of creating complicated looking patterns with two colours while working only one colour at a time. It’s a great way to build on your knitting skills without anxiety.

In this class, you will learn mosaic knitting worked flat and in the round. We will be making a set of coasters with samples of different mosaic stitches.
A basic knowledge of knitting stitches is required (casting on and off, knit stitch, slipping stitches – a knowledge of stranded knitting is NOT required).

Workshop Fee: $45
Materials Fee: NA
Materials to Bring:
1. 100g of two solid contrasting colours in a smooth worsted weight yarn (50g of each colour); any natural fibre can be used (variegated or acrylic yarns are not recommended)
2. Set of 4.5 mm needles (straight or circular – any length)
3. Scrap yarn and darning needle or large stitch holders

Please note: The suggested materials are just suggestions – if you have a DK or aran weight yarn you want to use, that’s fine, but please adjust your needle size accordingly. Also, if you would like multi-coloured coasters, you can bring in various “leftovers” from your stash.

The yarn used by the instructor is Ultra Alpaca from Berroco in colours black (6245) and ecru (6201). Each coaster uses approx. 8 g of each colour.

Kelly McClureInstructor: Kelly McClure
Kelly McClure has been knitting since age six and now designs knitting patterns and runs her own company, Bohoknits. Her designs have appeared in stores across North America and she has even taught knitting in Nepal. She usually knits all day long, but she also enjoys dyeing yarn and wandering around in the woods with her dog, Lois. She lives and works in Ontario, Canada.

Shibori Dyeing

Shibori dyeingTime – 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Workshop Description: 
Shibori dyeing on paper and silk with food grade natural dyes.

We will be designing an art book out of your very own dyed Japanese paper and silk. The dyeing process is Shibori techniques of folding, clamping, wrapping and stitching. Your book can be a sampler towards doing Shibori on your art fabric, when you return home.

Workshop Fee: $50
Materials Fee: $5
Materials to Bring: Quilting sewing thread, two needles (1 for sewing, 1 for darning), scissors, apron, rubber gloves.

Faye JacobsInstructor: Faye Jacobs

2d Needle Felting Portrait

Needle FeltingTime: 9:30 am – 1:30 pm

Workshop Description: 
Learn the finer points of Needle felting a 2D portrait. Explore the
techniques and blending needed to create a realistic portrait. Students will create a portrait
from the very beginning of transferring the picture onto the background fabric and then learn
the steps in creating the picture. We will be creating a sheep portrait using the breed's wool
as the feature.

Workshop Fee: $50
Materials Fee: $25
Materials to Bring: All materials supplied with Materials Fee

Megan ClelandInstructor: Megan Cleland

Megan has a passion for all things fibre. Living on a sheep farm in Australia for 10 years
taught her to appreciate good quality wool. She moved back to Canada in 2008 and decided
to combine her love of portraiture with wool, alpaca and other fibres to create realistic
animal and people portraits. She has taught others to embrace this form of needle felting.
Her students enjoy their workshops and leave with the ability to continue on their own
journey with the knowledge of how to blend colors and work with different fibres to create a
unique work of art. Robert Bateman critiqued The lioness and said it was a “tour de force,
and looked 3D with masterful eyes” .

Natural Colour Technique

Natural DyeingTime: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Workshop Description:
Seasonal Colours of Ontario – fibre arts, natural dyes, demo & talk.

A Talk of my research on making local hues, sustainability, and ancient practices of the art of natural colour & a hands on alchemy demo exploring the best of this seasons plant hues!

Workshop Fee: $25
Materials Fee: $10
Materials to Bring: All materials provided with material fee

Nicole VarneyInstructor: Nicole Varney

Nicole Varney is a multidisciplinary artist telling stories of ecological consciousness through natural pigments.

Spinning Luxurious Alpaca

Alpaca SpinningTime: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Workshop Description

Submerge yourself in luxury. Learn to spin alpaca, one of the easiest of the exotic fibres to handle. Prepare the raw fleece and spin from a commercial roving. Consider the qualities of the alpaca fibre and appropriate end uses for alpaca yarns.

Workshop Fee: $40
Materials Fee: $10
Materials to Bring: Spinning wheel, hand cards, small hand combs if you have them, wheel maintenance kit (oil, screwdriver if needed etc) 2 empty bobbins, small niddy noddy if you have one, pencil, notebook, about 5 small plastic bags and labels or a marker.

Beth AbbottInstructor: Beth Abbott
Beth Abbott has been spinning and using her yarns for at least 40 years. She is a Master Spinner and did her In-depth study on the Icelandic fleece. Beth teaches in the Spinning Certificate course in Haliburton, as well as at workshops for guilds all over Ontario.

Traditional Rug Hooking – Candle Mat

Rug HookingTime – 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Workshop Description: 

You will learn to pull loops (so they stay put!) and get the tension just right by experimenting with a variety of wool textures. You will see how to complete each step along the way. You will also learn a little history of rug hooking and various examples of rug hooking styles. You will also have time to learn how to incorporate alternate fibres into your rug hooking projects.

Your little mat when complete will be approximately 8 inches x 11 inches. The kit contains: detailed instructions, linen backing, plenty of wool strips for the project, a Joan Moshimer hook ($19 value), tapestry needle, wool whipping yarn and twill tape for edging, twill and a name label.

You are welcome to email or visit Cathy if you need any extra help completing your mat at a later date free of charge.

Learn and you will be ‘hooked’ too!

Workshop Fee: $40
Materials Fee: $85
Materials to Bring: Sturdy 14” Hoop (or purchase @ class $16.00)

Cathy IvoryInstructor: Cathy Ivory
Cathy learned rug hooking from a friend in 2010 and she was hooked! She continues to learn rug hooking techniques through courses at St. Lawrence College. She’s been a member of RVBB (Rideau Valley Boots & Baskets) Rug Hooking Branch since 2012. She was also President in 2015/16 and 2016/17. RVBB members provide great inspiration as well as workshops furthering Cathy’s learning and expertise.

Cathy currently teaches beginner classes in her home as well as at local fibre events. Later this year she will also be teaching more advanced classes using alternate fibres. She also has upcoming classes on creating Proddy flower pincushions…stay tuned.

A century ago, rug hooked mats were often made with worn out garments. Nothing was wasted. Most of the fabrics Cathy uses are previously loved garments or blankets. She enjoys experimenting with different fabrics and textures in wool as well as alternate fibres such as yarns/rovings, silk ribbon, stretch velvets, pantyhose and other stretch synthetics.

She is the creator and owner of BaaBaaBundles: a home-based rug hooking supply shop in Merrickville, Ontario. She and her husband have called Merrickville ‘home’ since 2004 and LOVE the life they have created there. It is a vibrant village filled with artists, artisans and musicians. Visit her and she will take the time to help you select colours and/or textures to create your masterpiece or she will get you started with an easy-to-follow kit which you will be proud to display.

Wet Felting Landscape

Wet Felting LandscapeTime: 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Workshop Description: 
Join Kelly for a fun afternoon using wet/dry felting techniques to create a three dimensional landscape painting. No experience is required. Participants are required to bring a picture they wish to paint, blow dryer and misting bottle. Supplies will be available.

Workshop Fee: $40
Materials Fee: $20
Materials to Bring: Landscape image for reference, blow dryer, mister bottle, sharp scissors

Kelly McLeodInstructor: Kelly McLeod

I am a self-taught, life -long drawing and painting artist,in addition to being a third generation gardener.

I paint mostly landscapes in a variety of pigment media. In 2015 I was introduced to using wet and dry felting . I manipulate the material to create landscape “paintings” which exhibit depth and contrasting textures within a three dimensional canvas.

I have taught numerous workshops for all ages and enjoy the freedom of expression that painting with wool provides.

Beeswax Candle Dipping

Bay WoodyardTime: 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Workshop Description

Learn how to dip beeswax candles like a pro.

Workshop Fee: $30
Materials Fee: $10
Materials to Bring: All materials are provided with Materials Fee.

Instructor: Bay Woodward
Bay is the queen bee at Honey Pie Hives and Herbals. Folk herbalist, forager, maker, knitter.

Choosing the Right Type of Yarn

A River of YarnTime: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Workshop Description:
The best way to become a more confident knitter or crocheter, is to understand the different types of yarns available today. Once you know the basics, you will choose the right type of yarn every time. We will cover yarn weights and various ways to determine yarn weights, conversion guides, fibres, and substituting yarns.

Workshop Fee: $30
Materials Fee: NA
Materials to Bring: Pen and paper to take notes.

Tracy MinnemaInstructor: Tracy Minnema
Tracy Minnema, began dabbling in the fibre arts when she was only five years old. Crocheting and knitting were her first foray into the fibre world, then came sewing, dressmaking, cross stitch and quilting. Tracy has a Fashion Arts Diploma, and an Education Certification in Technological Studies – Clothing and Fashion. She worked in the fashion industry for a few years, then went on to teach at the secondary level in Family Studies, for the past 23 years. Working with textiles has always been a part of her life.
Tracy is in the building stages of her new part-time venture, ‘A River of Yarn’. This is a studio and an online store specializing in luxury and affordable hand knitting and crochet yarns, patterns and accessories. Teaching makes up a large part of the business, as she offers lessons from beginner to advanced techniques in the studio. Tracy travels Ontario taking part in various fibre festivals. You can find her as a guest speaker at various guilds and shows, presenting seminars and hands-on workshops. Find out more about A River of Yarn at

The third Annual Prince Edward County Fibre Fest is Saturday May 25th, 2019 from 9am to 4:30pm at the Picton Arena and Community Centre, 375 Main Street, Picton Ontario.

For directions or more details, visit our Contact Page

Vendor Registration for 2019 is open to returning vendors until June 30, and will be open to the vendor waiting list July 1.