Workshop: Spin, Blend, Knit, Lace

by - Monday, May 24, 2010

2010 Maiwa Textile Workshops
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Spin, Blend, Knit, Lace
Venessa Bentley

$175 (Includes $65 Lab Fee) Two full days

October 20, 21 (Wed, Thu) 10 am - 4 pm
Maiwa Loft - Net Loft Granville Island, Vancouver, Canada
Class Limit 16

Registration Opens June 21, 2010

Beautiful lace work with intricate patterns will show off the best qualities of handspun yarns. The choice of fibres gives the artisan control over the feel and visual appearance of the finished piece.

This two-day workshop will explore spinning yarns and knitting lace work. Students will learn about equipment, the adjusting of the wheel, fibre choice, preparation, and spinning technique. We will spin a variety of exotic fibres such as alpaca, llama, merino, polwarth, camel, mohair, angora, silk, and more. These will be used to build a sampler of lace stitches that will be a wonderful reference for future projects.


Venessa Bentley grew up knitting and stitching and now works as an instructor, designer, and consultant in the needle, fibre, and textile arts. Venessa graduated from the Textile Arts Diploma Program at Capilano College. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree, a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Fine Arts Education, and a Professional Teaching Certificate from Simon Fraser University. She is currently working on her Master Spinner certificate through Olds College, Alberta. Venessa serves on the board of directors for Circle Craft and is a member of the Langley Weavers and Spinners Guild, the Canadian Guild of Knitters, the Westcoast Knitters, the Knitting Guild of America, and the Surface Design Association.

Student Supply List

Spinning wheel (scotch-tensioned, flyer-driven, well oiled, and in good working order)

At least 3 bobbins for the spinning wheel
A one yard niddy noddy (and a small sampler niddy noddy if available).
Mini wool combs (if available)
Cotton carders
A flick carder
Two lap cloths: one light colour, one dark colour
Spinning wheel oil and accessories
The Maiwa studio is stocked with knitting needles for student's use in the classroom. If you have your own needles, it is advisable to bring them so you can take unfinished work home on the needles to complete. The needles used in this class are 3mm Addi Lace circular needles, 3.25mm (US 3) Addi Lace circular needles, 4mm (US 6)) Addi Lace circular needles.

All other materials supplied.

The full course calendar is on the web. A print version will be available in June. Registration opens June 21, 2010.

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