For the third year, several hands-on workshops will be taking place in conjunction with Fibrefest. This is your chance to roll up your sleeves and get felting, weaving or hooking with talented fibre artists and vendors. There’s a terrific variety of workshops — some for adults and some for children; some using traditional materials and techniques, and others that are not-so-traditional. All of them will celebrate the colours, textures and diverse crafts that create beauty from natural fibres.
Workshops run on Thursday through to Sunday (September 5–8) at both the museum and the arena, and registration fees include free admission to the festival. Advance registration is required and some workshops may need you to bring some of your own supplies, so do check out the website and sign up early to avoid disappointment!
For more information please email Shelagh Ryan at email@example.com
Applications for workshop instructors for Fibrefest open on January 1, 2019.
Want to be a workshop instructor at Fibrefest 2019? Complete an application here: Application Form
Check out the Fibrefest Workshop Schedule here.
In order to assist our patrons who may not be familiar with online payment, please expect the following:
1. Click on the highlighted area that reads, “Read More”, to read full description of each workshop, inform yourself of the details and decide, yes, that is one of the workshops I wish to take
2. Remain on that page and Click on the highlighted area that reads ” Register”. This will take you to a secure website, Eventbrite, that handles our payments.
3. On Eventbrite Click on the highlighted area that reads, “Tickets” and a small screen will appear where you enter how many tickets you wish to purchase.
4. Click on the highlighted area that reads, “Check out” and you will be taken to the PayPal website where your secure transaction is processed. You will be invited to open a PayPal account. You do not need an account to make the purchase but doing so does make further transactions this year or in the future much faster.
Thank you for your interest in our workshops and please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any difficulties.
Sunday, September 9, 2018 – 1 pm to 3 pm
Registration is done in person the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum reception or by phone at 613-256-3754
Cost is $5 per child. No charge for the parent. The parent must remain with the child to assist. Free admission to Fibrefest for the parent on the Sunday only.
Registration for each workshop is limited to 15 children. Registration will close once the limit is reached but if their is space registration will be accepted at the door on Saturday and Sunday.
1. Wet felted soap.
Using their own imaginations and colour schemes children will cover a piece of soap with wool fleece and using warm soapy water they will felt the outside of a bar of soap to take home! This is a simple version of the same technique used by ancient civilizations to create tents and clothing!
Bring a plastic apron or a change of clothes as it can get a bit messy….soap and water messy!
2. Intro to weaving.
Using a cardboard frame children will wrap yarn around the cardboard. Then using a blunt needle they will learn to work a second piece of yarn through the first to create cloth! Another ancient technique that has been passed along in one form or another through every civilization. The two cardboard frames templates form a piece that would be suitable as either a coaster or bookmark.
3. Nature Mobile
Various twine, string, fine rope will be provided along which the children will affix natural or made objects in a balanced manner resulting in a pleasing mobile. Children are encouraged to bring a collection of items that they have gathered over their summer holidays; sticks, stones, shells, pine cones, bark, feathers, etc to include in their mobile. Limited supplies of wooden beads etc also available.