Introduction to Traditional Rug Hooking (Finished)

  • Skill level: Complete Beginner JB_sample_III
  • Dates: Saturday,  24 Sep, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm (1 session, 3 hours)
  • Instructor: Jane Bridgeman
  • Cost: $41 + HST + materials

Using the very simple technique of traditional rug hooking, participants can discover ways to use their ʻstashʼ to create a work of art, while exploring colour and texture.
Rug hooking aficionado Jane Bridgeman will provide an overview of traditional rug hooking, including types of hooks, backings, frames, fibres and cutters. After a short demonstration of hooking technique, you will get assistance to hook a small 5” x 7” mat from a kit containing linen backing, and a range of fibres including hand-dyed yarn, roving, wool strips, wool flannel, silk sari ribbon, and silk yarn. The small project can be completed in class, allowing easy progression to larger hooked landscapes or abstract works in the future.

Several different simple finishing options will be demonstrated, as will transfer of a pattern to backing.
Different types of frames and hooks will be available for loan during class, making this a very accessible way for anyone curious about the technique to try it out without first investing in tools.


Top-down Raglan (Finished)

  • MP_TOP-DOWN-RAGLANSkill level: Intermediate
  • Date: Saturdays, 2  & 9 Apr, 2:00 – 5:00 pm (2 sessions, 6 hours total)
  • Instructor: Michelle Porter
  • Cost: $77 + HST

Learn how to get started on a top-down raglan pullover. As you work down from the neckline, we will get your stitch markers set up in the correct place and ensure the increases are forming correctly. Then we will get your body separated from your sleeves, so you can carry on knitting the sweater as you choose.

Machine Knitting – First Project (Finished)

  • Skill level: Intermediate
  • Dates: Saturday, 16 Apr, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm (1 session, 3 hours)
  • Instructor: Cristina Simionovici
  • Cost: $41 + HST + materials

This is a project class for students with a basic understanding of knitting machine operation.  You will start a first project on the machine, creating a bias cowl.

Swatch bootcamp (Finished)

Skill level: Beginner/intermediate
Date: Saturday 29 Oct, 2:00 – 5:00 pm (1 session, 3 hours)
Instructor: Trish Denhoed
Cost: $41 + HST
Yes, we know most people hate making swatches.  But if you want a garment to fit properly, swatching is the only way to go.  Learn how to make and use them, and why swatches will be your best friends.  This is the second essential step to making your garments fit well

Brioche – More Techniques (Finished)

  • Skill level: Intermediate
  • Date: Saturday, 22 Oct, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm (1 session, 3 hours)
  • Instructor: Cristina Simionovici
  • Cost: $41 + HST

Improve on your brioche knitting skills by using different cast on and bind off methods, and knitting in the round with one yarn and knitting brioche in the round with 2 yarns.

Rug-hooking Landscapes (Finished)

  • JB_landscape-1Skill level: Beginner/Intermediate
  • Dates: Thursdays, 21 Apr – 12 May, 1:30 – 3:00 pm (4 session, 6 hours total)
  • Instructor: Jane Bridgeman
  • Cost: $77 + HST + materials

Interested in tackling a larger rug-hooking project?  This project class is for anyone with a basic understanding of traditional rug hooking technique, who would like to work on a multi-session project in a supportive, social environment.

Bring your hook, hoop and yarn/wool/fabric stash to tackle your own ʻGreat Canadian Landscapeʼ project. Hook a landscape in a season which suits your stash.

Over 4 sessions, learn to create contrast and interest in your foreground, mid-ground, and background using both hooking techniques and your materials.

Fitting First Steps (Finished)

  • Skill level: BeginnerTD_Fitting
  • Dates: Saturday, 28 May, 2:00 – 5:00 pm (1 sessions, 3 hours)
  • Instructor: Trish Denhoed
  • Cost: $41 + HST

One of the most common questions knitters ask is about making a sweater fit. In this class, we’ll take a look at the first steps to making that happen. You will pair with another student and record your measurements, and then we will discuss how to use this information to knit patterns effectively. Be sure to read the note about materials to bring. Let’s get fit!

Vertical Stranding (Finished)

  • Skill level: IntermediateTD_Vertical Stranding
  • Dates: Saturday, 18 Jun, 2:00 – 5:00 pm (1 sessions, 3 hours)
  • Instructor: Trish Denhoed
  • Cost: $41 + HST + materials

Have you ever felt vertically challenged? Let’s meet the challenge together and find an easy way up. Instructor Trish Denhoed learned the technique directly from Lorilee Beltman, the designer who developed this easy way to carry yarn when making vertical lines in coloured knitting. No more bobbins or tangled yarn!  We will start knitting a sock in class.

Continental Knitting 2 (Finished)

  • Skill level: Intermediate
  • Date: Saturday,  12 Nov, 2:00 – 4:00 pm (1 session, 2 hours)
  • Instructor: Cristina Simionovici
  • Cost: $29 + HST

This is a ‘beyond the basics’ class for students with newly acquired continental knitting skills.  You will learn how to manage a variety of additional techniques with comfort and efficiency, including increasing, decreasing, and knitting in the round.

Colour Pooling Workshop (Finished)

Skill level: Beginner/Intermediatecolour_pooled_scarf4
Date: Saturday, 26 Mar, 2-5 pm (1 session, 3 hours)
Instructor: Mairi McKissock
Cost: $35 + HST + materials

For anyone interested in getting the most out of hand-dyed yarns, this workshop explains how to analyse and work with the colour repeat of a space dyed yarn. A simple pattern for a bias-knit, garter stitch scarf will be provided, and you will be able to begin a scarf project in class.

Finishing School (Finished)

  • Skill level: Beginner/Intermediateseam
  • Date: Saturday, 12 Dec, 1:00 – 4:00pm (1 session, 3 hours) OR
    Saturday, 6 Feb, 2:00 – 5:00 pm (1 session, 3 hours) OR
    Thursday, 10 Mar, 6:00 – 9:00 pm (1 session, 3 hours)
  • Instructor: Trish Denhoed
  • Cost: $35 + HST
 Here is your chance to go to Finishing School. Haven’t you always wanted to do that! Learn the techniques required for a professional finish to your garments and projects.  Most people hate finishing knitting projects. Instructor Trish Denhoed actually enjoys it!  So come learn a few easy steps to make your garments look more professional.

Crochet Entrelac (Finished)

  • SB_crochet_entrelacSkill level: Advanced Beginner
  • Dates: Saturdays, 12 – 19 Mar, 2:00 – 5:00 pm (2 sessions, 6 hours total)
  • Instructor: Sherri Bondy
  • Cost: $65 + HST + materials

Entrelac crochet is fun and easy! No need to turn your work, you always work on the same side, quickly building up your squares to make a thick and sturdy fabric.

Join us as we learn the basic technique and work together on a quick and easy project.

Brioche – Two-Colour (Finished)

  • Skill level: Intermediate
  • Date: Saturday, 30 Jan, 2:00 – 500 pm (1 session, 3 hours)
  • Instructor: Cristina Simionovici
  • Cost: $35 + HST

In this class the participants will learn to create a “two sided” fabric, using two different colour yarns and the brioche stitch.

The two-colour brioche stitch is knitted on circular or double pointed needles. All rows are worked twice, once in the leading colour yarn, and once in the contrasting colour yarn.

Twisted Stitch Cowl (Postponed)

  • Skill level: IntermediateEH_Lierne_Cowl
  • Dates: Saturdays, 20 Feb & 5 Mar, 2:00 – 4:00 pm (2 sessions, 4 hours total)
  • Instructor: Elizabeth Hilton
  • Cost: $45 + HST + materials

The Lierne Cowl is a lovely example of Twisted stitch knitting. This project includes many technical elements such as: provisional cast on, knitting in the round, picking up live stitches, changing gauge through the use of needle changes, simple lace stitches, using a cable needle and blocking. This class would be ideal for knitters already comfortable with knit and purl stitches to increase their knowledge of some of the finer elements to make a spectacular garment.

Crocheted Cowl (Finished)

  • SB_granny cowlSkill level: Adventurous Beginner
  • Dates: Saturdays, 19 Nov & 3 Dec, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm (2 sessions, 4 hours total)
  • Instructor: Sherri Bondy
  • Cost: $53 + HST + Materials (Note: pattern is included in class price)
Cowls are fabulous projects for that last minute gift! This project is a twist on the traditional granny square – turning it on its side and into a fashion forward accessory.

All About Top Down Socks (Postponed)

Skill level: Beginner/IntermediateTop_Down_Socks1
Dates: Saturdays 26 Nov – 10 Dec, 2:00 – 4:30pm (3 sessions, 7.5 hours total)
Instructor: Mairi McKissock
Cost: $95 + HST + materials

This is a comprehensive class that teaches all you need to know to create socks of any size, using a classic, cuff-down sock structure.

Modular Diamond Vest (Finished)

  • Skill level: IntermediateEvent Image
  • Dates: Saturdays, 17 Sep, 2:00 – 5:00 pm, 24 Sep, 8 & 22 Oct, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm (4 sessions, 9 hours total)
  • Instructor: Elizabeth Hilton
  • Cost: $113 + HST + materials

Using a modular technique, we will create a multicoloured vest incorporating 3 solid colours and 1 variegated yarn. Fingering/sock weight yarn results in an easy to wear and versatile garment. Personal colour choice will ultimately decide the flare of the finished vest. From dramatic to subtle, the choice is yours. Pattern is provided. The classes are scheduled to allow time for you to complete the vest and finish it in the final class. This class is suitable for anyone comfortable with garter stitch.

Mosaic Cowl (Finished)

  • Skill level: Advanced beginnerEH_mosiac_cowl_II
  • Dates: Thursday, 20 Oct, 6:30 – 8:30 pm (1 session, 2 hours total)
  • Instructor: Elizabeth Hilton
  • Cost: $29 + HST + materials


Mosaic Knitting is a term coined by Barbara Walker to describe slip stitch knitting using 2 colours. This simple, yet effective technique can be used to create stunning designs without having to work with more than 1 yarn at a time. This class will focus on how to read Mosaic patterns and how to use the technique. We will work on a series of patterns to make a”Sampler” that can be joined and made into a cowl, or continued into a scarf

Oddball Design (Postponed)

  • MP_Odd-Ball-designSkill level: Easy
  • Date: Saturday, 4 Jun, 2:00 – 5:00 pm (1 session, 3 hours)
  • Instructor: Michelle Porter
  • Cost: $41 + HST

This is the ultimate class for stash-busting creativity!   Enjoy creative experimentation with a variety of yarn textures and colours, combining them to create a new fabric.  Explore random stripes, doubling up yarns (and sometimes a bit of planning) with all your odd balls and leftovers.

We will swatch to get ideas and then discuss some easy garment construction to utilizing these techniques.

How to Read Charted Crochet Patterns (Finished)

  • Event ImageSkill level: Intermediate
  • Dates: Saturday, 26 Mar, 10:30 am – 1:30 pm (1 session, 3 hours)
  • Instructor: Sherri Bondy
  • Cost: $35 + HST + materials

Have you always wanted to learn how to do charted patterns but couldn’t figure out what all the squiggles on the page meant?

Come join us as we demystify the squiggles, work through a sample chart, and give you the skills you need to read charted patterns written in any language