Crochet Adventures

at Penelope Fibre
with Venessa Bentley of Working Hands Fibre Arts Studio 

Thursdays 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

on going – please check back for dates

Crochet is a simple, exciting craft that provides limitless freedom to experiment.  

This introductory program will guide beginners through the basics needed to gain confidence and skill.  

Each week students will learn a new crochet technique, while working on small interesting projects. 

You will need 2 colours of DK weight cotton for the first class 

a 4 mm crochet hook, scissors, and a tapestry needle.  

  1 ball of Noro Kureyon for the 3rd class

A binder of notes and patterns is included.

Please come into the shop before the first class, and we will be happy to help you shop for your supplies.




Colour Work Yokes 
Working Hands Fibre Arts Studio
Spring Program
March 31, April 28, May 26, June 30
noon to 5 pm
 4 sessions in 4 months program with a choice of 4 patterns
Work up as many as you like!
Our focus will be on working a worsted weight pullover with a colour work yoke, from the bottom up.
We’ll twist it a bit, as we do, with a view to customizing the fit.
The 4 choices provide a selection of necklines, colour work complexity, motif arrangements, shaping choices, and finishing techniques.
You will learn how to make it your own, by adjusting the pattern to suit your preferences, and to increase wearability.
Students are required to purchase the pattern or book for the sweater/s of choice, and bring them to class.
You will receive a binder and notes, to support your in-class learning,
 and to serve as a resource for future projects.
You will receive individual and group support to personalize your garment/s.
Students registered in a 4 or 5 month studio program are welcome to attend
 Intermediate Knitting and Crocheting on Saturdays from 1 to 3 pm, at no extra charge,
for the duration of the program.
The 4 pattern choices are:
If you would like more information, or would like to register,
please email me.  I will hold you a spot until the payment deadline
which is March 1st.

Bring on Brioche

Saturdays January 20, February 17, April 7, April 21

(and a 5th session if desired on May 19)

Noon to 5

As always, we’ll sit together during the first class, make sure these dates work, and adjust them to meet everyone’s needs.

Brioche Knitting is characterized by a squishy, ridged look that appears as a ribbed fabric.  Stitches are lined up in columns and create a 3-dimensional look, that becomes even more intriguing when more than one colour is used.  This suggestion of floating is created by the use of slipped stitches and yarn overs.

In this 4 session, 20 hour, hands-on program we will examine the technique right from the beginning, learning the basic stitches on flat pieces and in the round, and then applying these skills in a one-colour small project.  Next we will take a look at two-colour work, and shaping, moving on to a project that will give us practice, and confidence.  Students will build a resource binder of samples and patterns, and will work on wearable projects.

Our suggested class project is The Marley Shawl by Andrea Mowry pictured above.

Learn to:  knit plain brioche fabric; understand the terminology; read a chart of brioche stitches;

work flat pieces and work in the round; one and two colours, and look at shaping brioche fabric, just for starters!  Delicious tea and healthy snacks will be served.

Please reply to this email if you would like registration details, and if you are interested in being part of this class.  I will be glad to hold a spot for you.

If you would like to register, please email to have a spot held for you.

Registration, including payment, is due by January 12.



Intermediate Knitting and Crocheting

Working Hands Fibre Arts Studio

Saturdays 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

#1 January 27, February 3, 10, 24, March 3, 10

#2  April 14, May 5, 12, June 2, 9, 16

Register for  3, 4, 5 or all 6 classes

During these classes, you will receive individualized instruction and support, while you work on a project of your choice.
I have a fully equipped studio with tools for you to use while you are here.
You are also welcome to take advantage of my large fibre arts library, if you are looking for inspiration during class.
Please let me know what you are working on before your first class, so that I can prepare for you.
Tea will be served.

Thank Goodness It’s Friday Night Knitting!

February 16, 23, March 2, 9, 16, 30  

 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

This class is intended to meet your needs as you work through a knitting or crocheting project that you might need some help with.  The class is rich with learning, as so many technique lessons pop up each week!  Working on a different project during each class is a great way to get all you can from this program.  I will share the projects and techniques that I am working on, and there is an extensive library of books and patterns available to inspire you.  I always have some new magazines to share, too.  Come and climb into a cozy chair for the evening!  Delicious (almost famous) tea will be served.  Registration is for all 6 weeks of classes.  The deadline for payment is one week before the start date.  Please email me if you have any questions or would like to register.