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Catch Our Newest Workshop…

January 29, 2016

Last chance to register for our Tapestry Weaving workshop happening this Saturday January 30th from 3:30  – 6:00pm.

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Taught by guest instructor, Liz Toohey-Wiese, this class even includes a hand-made frame loom to take home and continue your adventures in weaving!

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To register, call us at 604-255-2577 or visit us in store.

What is a Trunk Show?

January 27, 2016

We hosted our first of a monthly series of Trunk Shows last Friday with the ever-talented Veronika Jobe of YOTH Yarn on the House. But some may still be wondering what the heck is a trunk show anyways??? So here’s a show and tell…

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One of my favorite ‘Trunk Show’ advertisements. You can just imagine what will pop out of this trunk!

 

A Trunk Show is a special event that allows people to come see items that are not normally in circulation or on display. Think of the days when merchants carried all their goods in a suitcase or trunk to showcase their wares, and then mix that with today’s age of technology where much of what we aim to create is viewed on a flat screen, and you can begin to imagine the appeal of touching and feeling the garments and accessories that artists such as pattern designers and yarn dyers create.

 

Some of my favorite garments on display at last Saturday’s YOTH Trunk Show.

  

Seeing the garments knit from yarns and patterns available in store displays the magic that comes from the perfect pairing of material+design.


It can also inspire creativity in colour combinations and yarn choices.

Our FOCUS ON LOCAL Trunk Shows will be bringing fibre artists from the Pacific Northwest (and some from as local as from our own backyard) to present their designs for one night only, once a month for the rest of 2016. Each month will focus on a new artist(s) and they may also make a special presentation such a lecture or class over the weekend.

Veronika sharing some of her Knitting Secrets at the pre-show special presentation.

 

Together we aim to build a stronger connection between knitters, crocheters, weavers, felters and other local fibre artists, and celebrate our local talent. Come join us!

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Our next FOCUS ON LOCAL Trunk Show is happening on FRIDAY FEBRUARY 19th. We will feature Andrea Rangel from Victoria, and she will also be presenting a special one-time only class on THE FINE ART OF YARN SUBSTITUTION on February 20th.

Here’s a sneak peak of some of Andrea’s stunning designs that she may bring with her for our guests to see and feel…

 

Tapestry Weaving Introduction

January 24, 2016

Next Saturday January 30th from 3:30  – 6:00pm we are hosting a new class INTRO TO TAPESTRY WEAVING as a one day workshop, that includes a yours-to-keep wooden frame loom.

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INTRO TO TAPESTRY WEAVING (One Day Workshop)

Description: Tapestry Weaving 101 will teach participants the basics of weaving on 12x 18 inch wood frame looms. Students will learn how to set up their loom, use a weaving needle and shuttle, and be lead through a tapestry weaving sampler in which various patterns and shapes begin to take form.

These pieces become beautiful wall hangings, complete with complex images created by each artist. Cost of registration includes 2.5 hours instruction, all materials provided, and a handmade frame loom to take home crafted by the artist in her East Vancouver studio.

Minimum 4 and maximum 8 participants.

DATE: Saturday January 30th

TIME:  3:30  – 6:00pm

COST: $160 (+tax)

INSTRUCTOR: Liz Toohey-Wiese

LIMITED SPACE, to register for all classes call 604-255-2577 or visit us in store.

New YOTH Yarns!

January 21, 2016

I’m thrilled to announce the launch of JUICY, YOTH’s newest colour palette available for sale starting January 23rd.

Gorgeous bouquet of JUICY colours. Photo courtesy of Sarah P.

 

Additionally YOTH has add two new yarn bases added to their family: Mother, a heavy lace, and Father, a worsted weight yarn. These differ from their MCN (merino/cashmere/nylon) Brother and Sister in that they locally harvested 100% Domestic Rambouillet from from small scale Pacific Northwest farms, local to YOTH’s northern Washington home base.

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The new Mother and Father bases available in the Raw and Fresh colourways.

 

Come meet the family at the YOTH yarn trunk show this Saturday from 6-8pm, where founder (and big sister) Veronika Jobe will bring knit samples of this lovely yarn for show.

See you there!

 

Launch of the FOCUS ON LOCAL Trunk Shows

January 16, 2016

Save the date! We are launching our monthly FOCUS ON LOCAL Trunk Show with a bang in one week’s time with a visit from Veronika Jobe of YOTH Yarn on the House yarns. On January 23rd from 6-8pm, we will be hosting our inaugural open house showcasing YOTH’s yarns and patterns with multiple garments and other finished objects on display as a yarn porn show and tell.

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Our aim is to promote and provide a venue to showcase local talent, which we have oodles of in our local Vancouver, BC, and Pacific Northwest community. Some of the artists we have lined up for these monthly offering will be well-known names, others will be unearthed golden nuggets, and these evenings will give all the knitters in our community as chance to see and feel the beauty that comes from the perfect match of yarn + pattern. And to continue our year-long support of our community, partial proceeds of the $5 door fee will go to support local women’s’ shelter.

We are also thrilled to present VERONIKA’S KNITTING SECRETS prior to the trunk show happening from 4-5:30pm on the afternoon of the 23rd. Ve will be sharing her favorite techniques for beautiful knits, tools and online resources to reference the most commonly used knitting expertise, and her go-to knitting tricks, and there will be a Q&A at the end.

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At each trunk show we will announce each following month’s trunk show focus, but keep an eye on teasers throughout our media for hints on what’s coming up. We are pretty excited to be able to share that February’s FOCUS ON LOCAL Trunk Show will feature Andrea Rangel from Victoria on Friday February 19th, and she will also be sharing her often sold out presentation THE FINE ART OF YARN SUBSTITUTION on February 20th. Be sure to sign up early as this one has been a hit whenever Andrea presents.

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Spinning, Dyeing, Granny Squares and Bookbinding!

January 14, 2016

Some amazing classes are starting this weekend and early next week. Still time to sign up to try something new. Register in person or by phone at least two days prior to the start of class!

 

INTRODUCTION TO WHEEL SPINNING with Zoe Brown

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This is a two night beginner spinning class using an Ashford Wheel, and includes equipment rental for a three week period.  Participants will learn how to set up and use the equipment. All materials included ($40 reduction in cost if you have your own Ashford Wheel).

Maximum 4 participants.

DATE: January 16th from 10:00 am – 12:30 and January 23 10:00 am – 11:30

COST: $135 (+tax)

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SOLAR DYEING with Caitlin Ffrench… (One Day Workshop)

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Photos by Caitlin Ffrench

 

Learn to dye natural fibres using plant dyes. You will learn the basics of natural dyeing, and how to harvest from your own landbase.  Minimum 4 – maximum 8 participants. 

DATE: Monday January 18th, 6:30-8:00pm

COST: $30 (+tax) + $5 directly to teacher for materials

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CROCHET GRANNY SQUARES WORKSHOP with Hilary Jones

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A beyond-the-basics crochet workshop to get you on the way to creating your own traditional blanket square.

Materials needed: One 6.5mm hook and 2 balls of a chunky weight yarn (for beginners). Materials can be purchased at Baaad Anna’s Yarn Store.

 DATE: Sunday January 17th from 1:00 – 3:00pm

COST: $35 (+tax)

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WALNUT HUSK INK MAKING and BOOKBINDING WORKSHOP with Caitlin Ffrench

 

In this workshop we will be cooking down walnut husks that were collected from the tree Caitlin climbed as a child (She still climbs it when she goes to visit her Mom)- and making our own drawing ink. We will also be binding rag paper into small books using linen thread. Minimum 4 – maximum 10 participants. 

Materials needed: All materials supplied by the teacher

 DATE: Sunday January 17th, Time: 11:00am-12:30

COST: $25 (+tax) + $15 directly to teacher for materials

 

 

Learn Something New

January 11, 2016

Lots of new classes starting up again for 2016, making it a great time to learn a new fibre art!

So many fibre arts to try!

In addition to our monthly knitting and crocheting lessons, we offer eco dyeing (Jan 18th), wheel spinning (Jan 16th & 23rd), drop spindling (Jan 24 & 31st) and table weaving (Jan 14 & 21st).

Some NEW classes in 2016 include a Tapestry Weaving workshop happening on Jan 30th that includes the mini loom to take home, and crocheting granny squares for intermediates on Jan 17th.

We are also bringing back some local favorites for the intermediate knitter including the First Time Sweater class in February and the Saturday Sock knitter class for first time sock knitters starting on Jan 16th.

We are also very excited to present our inaugural Focus on Local Trunk Show, where Veronika Jobe from YOTH (Yarn on the House) will be bringing samples of her gorgeous yarns knit up into beautiful pieces of her own design, as well as showcasing other designers. On Jan 23rd she will be presenting a talk called Veronika’s Knitting Secrets from 4-5:30pm for only $15, but space is limited, so please call or drop in to register.

The first of monthly FOCUS on LOCAL Trunk Shows will happen later that same night from 6-8pm. There will be an admission of $5 suggested donation at the door, with partial proceeds going to support a local women’s shelter. More on this to be posting over the next week on our blog.

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Big sister Veronika Jobe and little brother Daniel Burda are the driving force behind one of our favs, Yarn on the House, YOTH Yarns. Come hear Veronika share her knitting secrets!

 

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