an holistic program for fibre lovers who want to learn to spin or build skill and technique in a well-equipped studio – the programs cover spinning technique, wheel maintenance, fibre studies, drop spindling, yarn design, project ideas, and dye pots during the outdoor summer programs – lessons are individualized to meet each student’s needs – please bring your own wheel and equipment, or inquire about renting a wheel


beginner and intermediate classes, flexible start dates, individualized programs, support to work through challenging projects

looms are available for you to use in the studio or you may bring your own portable loom


Crochet is a simple, exciting craft that provides limitless freedom to experiment, even when you are a beginner. 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.

Students are encouraged to build a personal reference journal with samples, inspiration, and project ideas to work on later in the course.

Intermediate Crochet ~ and now for the interesting textured fabrics . . . . . Build on your basic crochet skills by learning two new stitches each week following crochet symbol charts. This is a great way to build a resource book of stitch patterns with samples to use in future projects.


beginner, intermediate, and advanced specialized programs are offered. Topics covered are often in response to requests, seasonal trends, and technique studies such as fair isle, lace knitting, entrelac, textured work such as cabling, sock variations, mittens and gloves, sweater design and knitting to fit, felted knitting, and so much more!

These programs are offered on Friday nights, and Saturday afternoons, once a month, during the school year.  Students’ schedules are accommodated as much as possible so that students living outside the Lower Mainland can plan around the class dates.

If you are interested in booking a workshop or presentation for your guild or other organization please contact Venessa at to book a program.


Dye pot days happen outside in the good weather.  Dyeing is also part of the Spinning Workshops.  Watch for these announcements on the schedule page of this site.



Savvy Stitching and Fashion Embroidery – beginner and intermediate programs for youth and adults

Learn to Embroider in The Sampler Program during July and August.  You will be introduced to a variety of embroidery stitches while working on a stitch sampler and small interesting projects.

Hand Sewing programs are available for youth and adults.  Please email Venessa for more information.

Cancellations, Missed Classes, and Refunds

The Working Hands Fibre Arts studio is small, so classes are limited in size. Payment is required to register and have your name on the class list. Cancellations must be made two weeks prior to the start date of the class, in order to receive a credit, which may be applied to a future class. Make up classes can be provided for the duration of your program only, when available. Students who must miss a class are encouraged to email for missed notes. Classes start on time and the door opens 15 minutes before classes begin for you to arrive early and prepare.