Workshop and Event Description The workshop list for 2023 is not available at this time. Check back in May 2023
Tuesday August 2, 2022
Knitting for Beginners Tuesday. Aug 2, 6-8:30 pm /Thu, Aug 4, 6-8:30 pm -Arts&Entertainment Centre Amherst Mall.
Instructor Chantelle Taylor Cost $50.00 Register : email@example.com
Chantelle is a lover of mittens, shawls and cashmere. She has been knitting almost every day since 1996. WE have included a photo as a sample of the kind of things Chantelle creates with her needles.
This two-part class will have you knitting up a storm in no time, and you even get to knit a dishcloth as you learn! Basics covered include casting on, knit stitch, purl stitch, basic pattern reading, casting off and more – all in 5 hours of instruction. No previous knitting experience necessary. Students will need to bring 4.5 or 5 mm knitting needles and a skein of cotton yarn (approx. 80 yards).
Wednesday August 3
Sew In - Arts & Entertainment Centre Amherst Centre Mall 9 -4:30 pm (full)
Sewing in the Sunroom - Paper Piecing technique Level Beginner Wednesday Aug 3, 9-11:30 am. (This class is filled) A second class has been added Wednesday 1:30 - 4 pm. 1205 Hwy 6 Warren.
Instructor: Joy Rector - Cost $25.00 Register: 902 694 2151
Joy has been on the quilting scene for over 12 years now and enjoys every minute of it! She has mastered many quilting techniques but two of her specialties are bargello and foundation paper piecing. For this year’s fibre arts festival she will be leading a class on foundation paper piecing with a Hummingbird pattern designed by Shaley. The class is sponsored by Sunrise Trail Quiltery Joy, a retired RN, when not quilting, enjoys her other favourite pastimes, baking, family and her Springers.
Students are responsible for their fabrics, thread, sewing machine , tools etc. A pressing station will be set up, A few rulers, cutters etc. will be available if you forget a piece of your equipment. Coffee , tea and possibly muffins will be offered. Class size is 6.
Macrame Plant Hanger for Parent (Child Care available)
Maggie’s Place Wed Aug 3 9:30 am-11 am Will be held outside in the park weather permitting
Snacks provided for participants and children
Cost :Free: All supplies provided
Pre registration required Max number 10
Phone 902 667 7250
Spinning with a Drop Spindle Wednesday 1.30-3 pm Maggie's Place 11 Elmwood Drive
Instructor: Denyse Hiscock (a.k.a Spinderella) Cost $65.00 Register: firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn how to spin your own yarn or thread with a Drop Spindle! In this class we discuss the very beginnings of spinning thread, and how it was first done by primitive peoples thousands of years ago, and how many people still enjoy spinning their own yarn today. Instructor Denyse Milliken, aka "Spinderella" will show you how its done, and help you begin your own journey in creating your own yarn.
Students should bring an apron to wear. Spindles and carded wool will be provided by the instructor. Class limit 8
Spinderella's Adventures in Fiberland
Deanne Fitzpatrick Studio
Wednesday August 3rd through Saturday August 6th
We Come Together: A show of hooked rugs by studio staff. Come see the various hooked rugs by Deanne Fitzpatrick and also a variety of rugs created by her studio staff. The shop at 33 Church Street Amherst, NS is open 9 - 5. Drop by for an oatcake and a view.
Fibre Arts Exhibition Artists Reception "For The Birds: A Girls Eye View"
Location: Tidnish Bridge Art Gallery. 3654 Hwy 366 Tidnish Bridge Artists : Gwen Dixon, Carol McCall, & Kate Sharpe
This exhibit will be on display from Aug 1-8. Open hrs. are10 am - 5 pm daily
Exhibit of hooked pieces by Halina Bienkowski Wednesday Aug3, 6-9 pm. Location: 158 Robert Angus Drive, Suite 100, Amherst.
Halina Bienkowski MD is a self employed family physician practicing in Amherst for more than 25 years.
Many ask how she finds the time for rug hooking. Perfecting time management is essential for successfully training and becoming a family doctor. The rules of time apply to all of us. As Michael Altshuler stated - "The bad news is time flies. The good news is you're the pilot."
Halina is frequently asked why she rug hooks. The answer is simple: Pleasure! Marianne Williamson caught the essence well , saying, "The highest prize we can receive for creative work is the joy of being creative.? Halina has been rug hooking since 2003. She participates in the annual Fibre Arts Festival held
in Amherst, NS and her work has received recognition in several journals.
Cost: No charge.
Twisted Sisters Fibre drop in group Location: Four Fathers Memorial Library 21 Acadia St. Amherst .Wednesday Aug 3, from 6 - 8 pm. No Charge. Bring your own work in progress. Sit and chat while you enjoy a display of hand embroidery on exhibit from Aug 1 - 6 during library hours.
Thursday August 4
Beginners Quilt Class : Basket Weave pattern 9:30 am - 3:30 pm Arts & Entertainment Centre 142 South Albion St. Amherst
Instructor : Sandra Ward Cost $50.00 Register: email@example.com
Fabrics speak to me. Their colours and textures each have something different to say, and when they come together, they tell a beautiful story. I love seeing those tales unfold as I work on a new quilt and I love sharing them with people like you. Because of that, I put extra care into each piece I make to make sure they're just right.
Have you always wanted to make a quilt? This class is your opportunity! In this class you will learn the basic steps to make a quilt, and you will gain confidence in the process
You will need to bring :Sewing Machine, Fabric,Thread, Rotary Cutter
Whether you want to make a bed quilt or a small wall hanging this class will take you through everything you need to know to get started quilting!. Sandra will be teaching Beginner Weave pattern that can be made as big or as small as you wish. A basic understanding of your sewing machine is all that is required to start quilting. Learn all the basics of making your first quilt from start to finish. In this workshop you will also learn about fabric, thread and batting choices as well as how to use your rotary cutter to cut your fabric. You will work on accurate piecing, cutting, and pressing for a simple quilt top.
Back to Spool Quilting class : This thread-based quilting class is for quilters comfortable with free motion quilting
Thu Aug 4 9:30am - 3:30pm Cost $85.00 Location: First Baptist Church Christie Room , 90 Victoria St. Amherst
Instructor Karen Neary . Register: firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen Neary has had a life-long love affair with all things quilting… so much so that she left a career in teaching so she could spend more time with her beloved sewing machine. Over the years she has designed countless quilts, exhibited her work around the world, written articles for magazines, and authored a couple of books. Upcoming for Karen is a quilt juried into the AQS show in Michigan in August, and a project in Quilter’s World magazine this September. Occasionally, Karen leaves her sewing room long enough to teach a workshop or two, and at this year’s Nova Scotia Fibre Arts Festival Karen is presenting a class on a New York Beauty table topper, as well as a free motion machine embroidery class. Karen lives in Amherst, Nova Scotia with her husband Jamie, and a cat named Polly. Karen invites you to visit her website at sewkarenlycreated.com.
Crochet for Beginners: 9 am - 12 Noon Arts & Entertainment Centre 142 South Albion St. Amherst
Instructor: Jean Schiefer Cost: By Donation Class number 8 Register: email@example.com
You will learn a number of stitches and start working on a small project in this class. Learning to crochet is fun, and this craft is totally portable.
Deanne Fitzpatrick Studio - 33 Church St , Amherst 1- 3 pm
Outside Hook-In - Hangout
We have spots for eight individuals to participate in a Hook-In Hangout session just outside our store. Chairs, oatcake and tea will be provided to the participating hookers. We asked that a $10 free will contribution be made to the Fibre Festival at that time. Please call the studio at 1 800 328 7756 to register.
Fibre Fun for Kids ages 8 - 14 Cost - Free Location: Four Fathers Memorial Library 21 Acadia St. Amherst.
Call the library to preregister at : 902- 6677 -2549
Thursday Aug 4, 9:30 - 11 am
PomPom Hot Plate Holder (Trivet) Outside
Parent and child together
Free: All supplies provided
Appropriate for age 5 and up
For additional information phone (902) 667 7250
Thursday August 4,
Cumberland Co. Youth Development Centre
Friendship bracelets from 3-5 PM
Grades 4 -6
All supplies provided
This is a drop in program. No pre registration required
For more information ph 902 667 5659
Cumberland Co. Youth Development Centre Lawrence St
Felting from 6 - 8 pm Grades 7 - 12
All supplies provided
This is a drop in program. No pre registration required
For more information ph 902 667 5659
Part Two - Knitting for Beginners- A two part workshop with Chantelle Taylor guiding you through the basics of knitting. Location Arts & Entertainment Centre.
Part two hours are from 6 - 8:30 pm Thursday August 4.
Friday August 5, 2022
Wool Dyeing Workshop 9 am - 12 -30 pm Cumberland County Museum a& Archives, 150 Church St. Amherst.
All Levels Cost: $160.00 (all supplies included) Instructors: Mallory Thompson and Sandi Waygood. Register: Mallory Thompson (902) 397 3255 - phone or text.Participants will receive confirmation from Mallory after receiving payment.
Hand Embroidery for Beginners 9 am - 12:30 pm Arts & Entertainment Centre 142 South Albion St. Amherst. This event is cancelled
Instructor Peggy Stevens. Cost: $35.00 ( includes all supplies) Register: (902) 447- 3339 , or firstname.lastname@example.org
This workshop will focus on learning and practicing several basic embroidery stitches. Since it is satisfying to apply new learning to make something, we will work on a simple design on a square piece of cotton to create what could become a centre block for a small table centre or a cushion. The aim of the workshop is to complete one design. If we have time we will perhaps come up with other ideas for using the design piece or even work on a second square of the same design. The $35.00 workshop fee includes a kit containing everything participants will need for the class.
Maritime Beauty Table Topper Quilting Class Level: Intermediate
Location: First Baptist Church, Christie Room 90 Victoria St. Amherst.
Instructor: Karen Neary Cost: $85.00 Register: email@example.com
In this workshop, students will make a table topper with New York Beauty blocks. The Maritime Beauty pattern is a great learning piece, as it encompasses so many techniques in a do-able sized project: sewing curves, piecing sharp spikes, and making and applying bias binding to a curved edge. There are also 4 inside corners to turn when binding. Instead of regular foundation piecing, we will do paperless paper-piecing (also known as freezer paper piecing) which results in perfect points with no messy paper to remove afterwards. Students will be shown a quick and easy way to make multiple copies of the foundation for future projects without tracing or photocopying. This will be a full day class; the bias binding application will be a demonstration only, providing students with instruction on how to proceed once the project is quilted at home. This is not a difficult piece, but best suited to those with some quilting experience (i.e., mastery of the 1/4” seam allowance.)
Wool Applique Class: Location: Arts & Entertainment Centre 142 South Albion St. Amherst.
Cross stitch Class: Location: Arts & Entertainment Centre 142 South Albion St Amherst. Instructor: Darlene D'Eon Cost: $50.00 (includes supplies). Register : firstname.lastname@example.org
Darlene will be teaching this sweet original pattern (Walter),in the cross stitch class during the festival. The kit is included in the cost of $50.00 for the full day workshop. You may want to bring a hoop to work in. It is entirely up to you. Contact Darlene to discuss your questions.
Cumberland County Quilt Guild show and sale Aug. 5, 10 am - 5 pm.
Cost: Donation. Location: First Baptist Church 90 Victoria St. Amherst
There will be a guild table with gently used quilting supplies for sale.
Long arm quilting demonstrations: 10 am- 3 pm hourly. at The Sunrise Quiltery 1205 Hwy 6, Warren.
Cost: FREE Call 902-694- 2151 for half hour appointments. Bruce will be happy to answer questions about the preparation for and process of long arm quilting.
Saturday August 6, 2022
Beginner's Rug Hooking Class at 10 am, Location: Deanne Fitzpatrick Studio 33 Church St Amherst, Saturday Aug 6
Deanne Fitzpatrick Studio will be hosting a small beginner's class for 5 people maximum. The cost of the in-person course is $49.95. Participants will be able to select a beginner kit (comes with the hook, pattern, materials, and a beginner hoop) plus a free one-hour beginner course (for refreshing the skills you will learn at the studio). Bookings must be made directly with Deanne Fitzpatrick studios at 1 800 328 7756 and payment made at that time.
Zonta Fibre Arts Bazaar. Location Amherst Curling Club, 45 Prince Arthur St. Amherst. Admission $2.00
A treasure trove for the fibre enthusiast, this bazaar if full of beautiful handmade items, and artisan supplies. The Zonta cafe will be serving lunch as well.
Maritime Mosaic Victoria St. Amherst