Bring on Brioche

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

(and a 5th session if desired)

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.


Colour Work Mittens

January 11, 18, 25, February 1, 2018

6:00 to 8:30

at Penelope Fibre Arts

Add a pop of colour to a wintery day.  
These colour work mittens will make you smile from cuff to fingertips!
You will learn:
  • to add your own design touches to the cuff
  • to read a colour work chart
  • to get a good fit 
  • to work on wooden dpns comfortably
  • to strand your yarns for maximum pop and excellent tension
  • to create a thumb gusset in pattern
  • to knit a thumb Norwegian style
  • to finish beautifully
  • to block (and make a blocker if you need one)
You will need 1 ball each of 3 colours of Peer Gynt (non-superwash wool) if you wish to knit them like mine.  2 balls each of 2 colours if you would like 2 colour mittens.  You will use a small amount of the 2nd balls, so if you buy 3 of each you will have enough to make 2 pairs.  High contrast yarns work best for this style of mitten.  Buying one extra ball for swatching is recommended.  Written instructions will be provided for you in a binder, where you can make notes, and keep your swatches.
Please swatch on your dpns before the first class, on 3.25 mm, 3.5 mm, and 3.75 mm. Your swatch can be made in one piece with garter stitch between the needle changes.  Please knit at least 2” in each size and tag your piece with each needle size.  This will be a great reference piece for your binder, and once you’ve done it, you can knit many pairs, knowing they will fit.
Please stop by Penelope Fibre Arts and they will be happy to help you find your supplies.  Please allow enough time to swatch, wash, and block your piece before the first class.  Please email Venessa if you have any questions about your swatching.



Intermediate Knitting and Crocheting

Working Hands Fibre Arts Studio

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

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

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!

Starting up again in February, 2018   

 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!  You may register at a reduced rate if you pre-pay for 3 classes.  Delicious (almost famous) tea will be served.  Please register by Wednesday each week, if you plan to drop in.