March 16, 2017 – Registration remains open for those classes that have space, please come see us at the show. 

Come join us! Classes in Knitting, Felting, Spinning, Drop Spindling, Weaving, Tapestry, Lace Making and our 9th Annual Kids Drop In Class. Learn a new skill or brush up an existing one. Inspiration, creativity and community – join our wonderful, local teachers as they guide you along. Class fees include free admission for both days of the show.

Please read through the class descriptions carefully taking note of material fees due to the instructor on the day of the class, start times and any equipment needed. If there is a problem, or the class does not run, we will contact you using the email you provide via PayPal or on your form (if we cancel a class you will receive a full refund). Once you have registered and paid, classes are not refundable but are transferable to another party. Please register early to avoid disappointment!  PLEASE BE SURE TO SELECT THE CORRECT OPTION (half day, full day, needle felt) AND CORRECT COURSE # FROM THE DROP DOWNS. 

There are two ways to register:

    1. Use the Buy Now buttons and register and pay via PayPal. THIS IS OUR PREFERRED METHOD OF REGISTRATION. Your PayPal receipt is your registration confirmation. If the class is full we will contact you. Please ensure your FULL NAME and email that you check regularly are used when you register via PayPal.
    2. Mail or email the form (ClassForm2017) to us (payment via credit card, e-transfer, cheque made payable to Penelope Fibre Arts NOT Fibres West). We will email you to confirm receipt. Forms received via mail will be processed in date order.

Half Day Class

Full Day Class

Needle Felting/Kids Make It



laurieshawlTextures in Felt for Story Shawls, Laurie Steffler. Full day, Fri.Mar.17. 9:30-5. $145   #204 2 spots left

We will use silk fabric and merino wool to hand-felt a Story Shawl. Laurie will also demonstrate how to incorporate and piece unusual fabric embellishments, pre-felts and use resists, colour and shadow layering within the theme. Dive deep within to create a wonderful wrap. Please come prepared with ideas and/or pictures to help your shawl story unfold. Bring embellishments such as: silk hankies, fibre, yarn, pre-felts and fabrics with an open weave that you would like to include.


Material Fee: Merino wool supplied by instructor (if your project is larger than average there may be an a small charge for fibre), please email Laurie for info re: purchasing your own silk fabric,


Skill required: beginner to advanced

Equipment required: two clear plastic lawn/leaf bags, sharp scissors, old towel, 24” bubble wrap with small bubbles, container for sprinkling hot water (i.e.  jar with holes punched in the lid, bonsai sprayer, parmesan cheese container), dish gloves if needed.


lauriebagJazzy Bags and Sculptural Bowls in Felt, Laurie Steffler. Full day, Sat.Mar.18. 9:30-5. $145   #205 FULL

Create your own unique and seamless felt bag or create a felt bowl using a resist. You will learn how to measure for your resist which can include protrusions for sculptural features and how to included more resists for extra pockets. Gain a comprehensive understanding of layering wool for colour blending, how to include pre-felts in surface design and the use of embellishments.


Material Fee: $35 payable to instructor for all materials – Merino and Corriedale wool.


Skill required: beginner to advanced

Equipment required: 2 clear plastic lawn/leaf bags, 6 mm clear plastic used for the resists (found in lumber or hardware stores), sharp scissors, 24” bubble wrap with small bubbles, dish gloves if needed, open weave fabric, embellishments if wanted, old towel, container for sprinkling hot water (i.e. jar with holes punched in the lid, bonsai sprayer, parmesan cheese container).


bunny2Needle Felting, Pearl Chow. 2-hour class, Sat.Mar.18. a.m. 10-12 2 spots left OR p.m. 2-4 3 spots left. $25

Needle felting is a wonderful craft for all ages. Join Pearl as she shows you tips and tricks to create needle felted animals, fruit, veggies, and/or something from your imagination! If you are under 10, you are welcome to come with a parent, grandparent or other adult.

Material Fee: $15 payable to instructor

Skill required: beginner

Equipment required: Pearl will have all materials required.


tapestryTapestry Weaving 101, Janna Maria Vallee. Full day, Fri.Mar.17. 9:30-5. $145 #206

Learn how to weave a custom wall hanging on a lap loom in this introductory Tapestry Weaving workshop. Students will leave the workshop with a solid understanding of the process of warping up and weaving with multiple techniques like shape building, colour blending and textural techniques. We will talk about how to choose yarn for your projects, as well as finishing techniques and how to troubleshoot tapestry-specific issues. Students will leave with a good start on a sampler wall-hanging in colours of their choosing from a range of naturally dyed yarns made by Janna.


Material Fee: $70

Skill required: beginner

Equipment required: all materials are provided at the workshop and are covered by the student’s materials fee. They include a wooden tapestry loom with tension control, warp yarn, wool weft yarn naturally dyed by Janna, a tapestry needle and a 14-page handout.


RHloomRigid Heddle Weaving, Pearl Chow. Half Day, Fri.Mar.17. 8:30-12:30 AND 1-5. $75   #102 New a.m. class added! 2 spots left, p.m. class FULL.

Learn how to weave a scarf with yarns you’ve stashed and saved for the perfect project you didn’t know you wanted to make! Learn tips and tricks on how to use up novelty yarns, sock yarn remnants, and/or mix novelty yarns with classic wools or cottons. Pearl learned how to weave with Rowena Hart, author of Ashford Knitters’ Loom books.


Material fee: n/a


Skill required: beginner

Equipment required: rigid heddle loom, stash yarns (appropriate yarns are dk, light worsted, novelty, finer, strong yarns that can be doubled), scissors, pen, pencil, notebook. Please contact us at if you do not have a loom and are interested in taking the class.


CedaroneCedar Bark Basket, Jessica Silvey. Full Day, Sat.Mar.18. 9:30-5. $145   #208

Participants will weave a cedar bark basket using the plain weave (checkerboard weave) and twine method, while learning the importance of the Cedar Tree, the “Tree of Life” to the Coast Salish People.


Material Fee: $40 payable to instructor


Skill required: all levels

Equipment required: none, provided by instructor.



droponeSpindling 1.0: making yarn with a spindle, Diana Twiss. Half Day, Fri.Mar.17. 8:30-12:30. $75   #103 FULL

In this introduction to the spindle as a tool for making yarn, you will learn basic spinning techniques for suspended spindling. These techniques will allow you to further explore making a variety of yarns with these noble tools. This class is for absolute beginning spinners, or for those who know how to spin with a wheel, but don’t know how to do it with a spindle, yet.  It is also your chance to learn how to spin on a Turkish spindle (supplied) and make those wonderful “turtles” as you wind the yarn onto the spindle.

In this four-hour workshop, you will also learn about the properties of wool as a protein fibre for making yarn. You will learn drafting techniques and how to ply and set yarn – everything you need to get you started on your yarn making journey.


Materials fee: $15 payable to instructor

Skill required: beginner

Equipment required: Suspended spindle – top or bottom whorl – Please make sure the spindle is balanced. It should be between 35g and 55g in weight. Shoebox to be used as a lazy kate and a place to store your fibre. Optional: hand carders, if you have them. If you don’t have a spindle, the instructor has some Turkish spindles (TurtleMade) and top-whorl spindles (Houndesign) you can borrow for the workshop. Black Watch spindles will be available for $45 – please email instructor if you wish to purchase one:


droptwoSpindling 2.0: Taking it to the Next Level, Diana Twiss. Half day, Fri.Mar.17. 1-5. $75   #104 3 spots left

This class is for spinners who can make a continuous thread with a suspended spindle (also known as a “drop spindle”) and want to learn more about spindling such as spinning with different styles of spindles (Turkish, Navajo, Russian supported), spinning faster, and having more options for plying. In this 4-hour class, participants will learn the following techniques that will make their spindling experiences more satisfying:

  • All the basics such as making a leader, drafting and winding on
  • Drafting techniques such as spinning from the fold, and worsted and woolen
  • Strategies for spinning difficult or challenging fibre
  • Tips for spinning soft singles and lace weight yearns
  • An assortment of ways to ply yarn (along with Navajo plying) with a spindle
  • Demonstrations with and opportunities to try supported spindles to spin cotton, yak and bison
  • Demonstrations with and opportunities to spin with Turkish spindles
  • The importance of setting your yarn and how to do it

Materials fee: $15 payable to instructor

Skill required: must be able to spin a continuous thread with a spindle

Equipment required: Suspended spindle – top or bottom whorl – please make sure the spindle is balanced and not too heavy. It should be between 35g and 55g in weight. Note: the instructor has several supported spindles, Turkish spindles and top-whorl spindles you can experiment with during the workshop. There will also be spindles that you can purchase from the instructor. Black Watch spindles will be available for $45 – please email instructor if you wish to purchase one:


Please bring any other spindles you own and if you have some special fibre you want tips on spinning with, bring it along. Note: all fibre for the workshop will be supplied. Empty shoebox – to be used as a lazy kate and to hold your materials. Any fibre preparation tools you may have such as hand cards, flick carders, mini combs.


cardingHand Carders: A Spinner’s Best Friend, Diana Twiss. Half Day, Sat. Mar.18. 8:30-12:30. $75   #106 FULL

Hand carders are often the first fibre preparation tools spinners buy and use because they are simple, relatively affordable, and easy to use. But do you know the full range of things your hand carders can do for you?  Join Diana in this class to learn how to:

  • make bouncy rolags from unprocessed fibre
  • combine fibres with wool (such as alpaca and silks)
  • blend colours to make original colourways
  • add texture to your rolags
  • spin with these preparations

You will learn sound ergonomic practices so you can hand card all day in comfort, while having fun at the same time!


Materials fee: $15 payable to instructor

Skill required: can be an absolute beginner with hand carders and must be able to spin a continuous thread on a spindle or wheel.

Equipment required: hand carders (approximately 72 or 108 point), spinning wheel in excellent working order along with lazy kate and bobbins; or spindles so we can do some sampling. Optional: fibres you want tips on learning how to hand card.


thicknthinArt Yarn Fundamental Part One: Spinning Thick and Thin, Diana Twiss. Half Day, Sat.Mar.18. 1:00-5:00. $75   #107

When we first start spinning we make thick and thin yarn with little effort. After a while our spinning evens out. Now, for the life of us, we struggle to make slubs and thick and thin yarn. Join Diana in this class to learn one of the fundamental skills in making art yarn: making slubs and intentionally spinning thick and thin. In a mere four-hour workshop, you will learn how to spin two bobbins full of thick and thin singles; ply them and finish the yarn. All materials for the workshop will be provided as part of the materials fee – fibre from Kinfolk Yarn and Fibre. Participants in the class will also receive a pattern to knit a cozy cowl with this fun skein.


Material fee: $22


Skill required: must have some fundamental spinning skills on a wheel and/or spindle. While this technique can be done on a spindle, you may not be able to complete the entire exercise in four hours.

Equipment required: Spinning wheel in excellent working order, three bobbins and a lazy kate; or spindle, plying balls, small scissors, niddy noddy.



EggsWire Lace Easter Egg, Lenka Suchanek. Full day, Sat.Mar.18. 9:30-5. $145   #209

Traditional lace making techniques get a new life with coloured copper wires and beads. Wire lace is Lenka’s specialty and she loves to design inviting and enjoyable workshops for beginners. Copper wire is surprisingly easy to use for creating simple lace stitches, and there is an endless variety of lace patterns that can be built with those basic stitches. Wire naturally holds 3D form, which makes the delicate wire lace ideal for Easter egg decorations. The same technique can be successfully used in many other creative applications, especially in wearable art.

Material fee: $6

Skill required: beginner/Intermediate

Equipment required: none. A lacemaking kit will be provided to each student for use in the class at no cost. Kits will be available for purchase after the workshop.




yarngraffitti9th Annual Kids Drop In, Catherine Dumaine, 10-4, Sat.Mar.18. $5

Create a whimsical and unexpected piece of transportable art. We will have an interesting collection of branches available to wrap and layer with yarn and other ephemera to create an edgy sculptural piece. A fun project for everyone!!