While you have your new calendars handy, be sure to mark the dates for the fourth annual Manitoba Fibre Festival: Friday September 30 and Saturday October 1, at Red River Exhibition Place. See you there!
Meanwhile there is much crafting to be done and new skills to learn. The new year marks the beginning of many classes offered by yarn shops, guilds and talented individuals, so find a class and have fun.
The Winnipeg Art Gallery
kicks off the year with a Knit Night
as part of the Open Make series. Thursday January 7.
(Mentoring Artists for Women's Art) offers workshops and "crafternoons" in their studio on Main Street. January 9, learn the unusual craft of moose/caribou hair Tufting with Amy Malbeuf.
has a full slate of classes in knitting, crocheting, weaving, and spinning starting in early January. Find the details here
Ram Wools Yarn Co-op
offers classes in knitting, crocheting and felting, including beginner classes and private sessions at reasonable rates. Whatever your skill level, they can help you take the next steps. Find the class schedule here.
Both yarn shops run casual drop in sessions for people who just want to get together while working on their projects. Contact the stores to find out more about those.
The Manitoba Weavers and Fibre Artists
occasionally offer classes and study sessions. Check out their website for meeting dates and contact information.
The Norwood Naughty Knitters
are hosting their annual "Frolic with Fibre" on Sunday January 24. Everyone is welcome to bring a project or just drop in to enjoy the wool fumes. Classes scheduled for the afternoon include Needlefelting with Linda Glowacki
and Learn to Spin on a Drop Spindle with Joanne Seiff.
Register in advance for the classes through the Cloverleaf Art and Fibre website.
If you know of any other fibre-related gatherings or workshops please tell us so we can share with the Festival community.