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 :

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:

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:          

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: 

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


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:

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 


Maggie’s Place

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 

Lawrence Street

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.

The class will include discussion about the colour wheel and a look at colour theory. We will discuss different ways of dyeing fibres as well but we will be doing the dye method in the microwave using wash fast acid dyes. The cost includes a dye kit to take home with 2 skeins as well as their own dye powders. Other fibres and yarns will be provided for the process during the class.


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 

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: 

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.)

This table topper is my original design, and the class fee includes the pattern and enough foundations to make the Maritime Beauty. Students will supply their own fabrics. Prior to the class, templates will be sent to each participant so that the centre blocks may be cut out ahead of time. Doing this means some will finish the piecing of the Maritime Beauty in class.


Wool Applique Class: Location: Arts & Entertainment Centre 142 South Albion St. Amherst.

Instructor: Chris McCarthy Cost: $50.00 (includes supplies) Register:
Wool Appliqué Workshop“ My Friend Wilbur”, design by Darlene D’eon
Finished size 9” x 14”.



Cross stitch Class: Location: Arts & Entertainment Centre 142 South Albion St Amherst. Instructor: Darlene D'Eon Cost: $50.00 (includes supplies). Register : 

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 

Loom spinning