workshops

Additional Information

 With the COVID-19 Pandemic and the uncertainty of what it will look like this fall, we are continuing to plan the 2020 Festival.  We had our vendors signed up before the quarantine and social distancing was mandated.  We will continue to monitor the provincial and local recommendations and guidelines through the summer.  At this time we are posting workshops for this year's festival.  If we are not able to gather on October 17th, 2020 for the festival, all workshops will be refunded less the fees that the credit card and paypal e-comerence platforms keep for processing fees.  If the festival is permitted to run, then workshop fees will be non-refundable.  In the notes some of the teachers are willing to offer their workshop as a virtual workshop but not all.  If you are interested in a virtual workshop, please add that in the comments section of your registration.  The virtual workshops will ONLY be run if we not permitted to gather. 

designing & making a wet-felted cowl

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Instructor - Zoe Lianga

 Zoë Lianga has spent the last 7 years working as a felt maker (wet felting) and instructor. She makes functional objects, accessories and clothing from custom designed and handmade felt. Her work showcases diverse local fibres and milling practices. Being a part of Ontario’s Upper Canada Fibreshed has allowed Zoë to source materials close to home and build relationships with the farmers raising these animals. Many of her pieces are made from fibres that she dyes in small batches; brewed from plants found in the forest, her gardens and compost bin. This year she is angling her focus towards bags, vests and vessels. Zoë is also a member of Felt/Feutre Canada, Fiber Art Now and the International Feltmakers Association. She carries out her passions in felting, farming and preserving traditional crafts in Perth, ON where she is also the owner and operator of the Cordwood Studio. Find her Fibre Art at www.instagram.com/zoe.emily.designs Find her Studio & Folk School at www.thecordwoodstudio.com 

Designing & Making a Wet-Felted Cowl

In this full day workshop you will, step-by-step, learn the principles and techniques of wet felting. Over the

course of the day you will become familiar with the unique qualities of fibres that allow them to interlock into

felted fabric, and how these qualities differ from fibre to fibre and animal to animal. You will learn how to

effectively place fibres, bit-by-bit, into uniform layers to achieve a fine, but strong, fabric; how to physically

manipulate them into a felted fabric; and how to join the cowl to form a circle with a felted seem. This class

will pay homage to the beautiful fibres that come from our Ontario fibreshed - cashmere, Rambouillet (french)

merino and cria alpaca. There will also be available qiviut from the Northwest Territories. These fibres are

much softer than the common New Zealand merino that most felters use in similar projects. Supporting a

local, sustainable system within her craft is very important to Zoë. Participants will have the choice of using

local, hand-dyed fibres (dyed with foraged plants, cultivated plants and kitchen waste) or commercially dyed

fibres. There will also be a range of other natural fibres and materials for use in embellishing your cowl.

Wet felting is tactile, soapy, physical, and, yes, wet. Dating back as far as 4000 BC, it is one of the oldest forms

or fibre art and its underlying principles have remained unchanged. Come learn this ancient craft and feel the

satisfaction of building a beautifully soft and light cowl with your own unique flare.

Note: you will be on your feet for the duration of the class and physically working the fibres and felt.


Skill level:  All Levels


If we are not permitted to gather in October, this workshop will be offered as a virtual workshop.

Time and Location

This workshop will be held on FRIDAY OCTOBER 16TH at the Fair Board Office at the Woodstock Fair Grounds, you must be able to navigate stairs as some of the workshops will be upstairs.  This workshop starts at 10 am and goes to 4 pm, it is suggested that you bring a lunch with you.

Cost

This workshop is $115.00 canadian currency.

What you will need to bring

 Just your self

Kit Fee

Kit Fee is $40 which is payable to the instructor at the beginning of the workshop in cash.


List of items in the kit:

● Fibres/rovings (cashmere, qiviut, alpaca, and merino)

● Embellishments (silks rovings, noil and hankies)

● Detailed handout describing the steps in designing and making a wet-felted

cowl


needle felt a winter scene 'painting'

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Instructor - Cathy Disbrow

Cathy was a graphic designer for many years, and in 2013, she discovered needle felting on a studio tour.  Cathy loved it so much that she started teaching in 2016.  Cathy creates unique needle felt creations out of wool.  She likes to experiment with all types of sheep and alpaca wool and for the past year has been working with fibres from local Ontario farms.  Cathy also needle felts wool 'paintings' by stabbing wool into a pre-felted sheet and spending more time wet felting jewelry and art.  Cathy enjoys spreading the love of needle felting through workshops and DIY kits.

Needle Felt a Winter Scene 'Painting'

In this workshop, Cathy will teach you how to needle felt a Winter scene onto a 4"x 6" wool felt sheet.  You will learn various 2-D needle felting techniques to create a beautiful wool painting.  This is a very relaxed project and great to do with friends.  The 4" x 6" size is perfect for framing.


Skill level:  Beginner


 If we are not permitted to gather in October, this workshop will be offered as a virtual workshop. 

Time and Location

This workshop will be held on FRIDAY OCTOBER 16TH at the Fair Board Office at the Woodstock Fair Grounds, you must be able to navigate stairs as some of the workshops will be upstairs.  This workshop starts at 1 pm and goes to 4 pm.

Cost

The cost for this workshop is $45 per participant.

What you will need to bring

If you have a foam pad to work on, please bring it.  If not one will be provided for use with the option to purchase

Kit Fee

The kit fee is $15 per participant payable to the instructor by cash at the beginning of the workshop.

 

List of items in the kit:

  • 2 felting needles (38 star, 38 spiral)
  • felt sheet with scene drawn on it
  • wool used for painting
  • Print copy of project


**Foam pad is NOT included in the kit cost but will be available to use during the workshop.


oodles and boodles of beads

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Instructor - Lyn Harris

Lyn Harris lives in Bemus Point, New York. Her fiber career is a second career

for her. She has been a NY licensed therapist for over 30 years and taught for 25

years at a small college in western NY. She is the owner of Lyn Harris Designs

and has had fiber pieces sold and exhibited in Chautauqua Institution, Rochester

NY, Pawleys Island, SC and several western NY galleries. She has taught

several years at the Woodstock Fiber Fair, the Maryland Sheep and Wool

Festival, Southeastern Animal and Fiber Fair, the Great Lakes Fiber Festival,

Finger Lakes Fiber Festival, the New England Fiber Festival and adult education

programs of various western New York galleries.

Oodles and Boodles of Beads

Wow! For two hours let's just have fun making bags full of one of a kind paper and fabric beads!

Using unique papers, fabrics, lace, tulle, yarns, beads and wire, you will have fun making

tubular, pandora, pillow, and saucer paper and fabric beads. There's more! We will also

embellish your creations with ribbons, wire, eyelets and decorative threads and beads.

Your beads can then be glazed and taken home where you can combine them with felted, metal and

ceramic beads to create truly unique pieces of wearable art. A no fail class!


Skill Level:  All Levels

Time & Location

 This workshop will be held on FRIDAY OCTOBER 16TH at the Fair Board Office at the Woodstock Fair Grounds, you must be able to navigate stairs as some of the workshops will be upstairs.  This workshop starts at 12:30 pm and goes to 2:30 pm   

Cost

Cost for this workshop is $40 per participant payable in cash to the instructors at the beginning of the workshop.

What you will need to bring

Scissors and if you have any favourite embellishments you may with to incorporate with this workshop.

Kit Fee

Kit fee for this workshop is $15 per participant payable in cash at the beginning of the workshop


Kit Supplies Include:

  • high quality papers and fabrics
  • bead roller
  • selection of beads, wires and threads
  • Glazes and adhesives

Students are encouraged to bring any particular embellishments they wish to use.

2d landscape painting trees and water

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Instructor - Kelly McLeod

Kelly is a self-taught, life-long drawing and painting artist, in addition to being an avid third generation gardener. I was very pleased to have even a brief opportunity to learn from the renowned fibre artist from Scotland, Moy MacKay, at her October, 2018 tutorial held at Orangeville, Ontario.


Kelly mostly landscapes in a variety of pigment media.  In 2015, I was introduced to wet and dry felting manipulations to create landscape "paintings" which exhibit depth and contrasting textures within a two-dimensional canvas.


2D Landscape Painting Trees and Water

This three hour workshop explores painting trees and water using a two dimensional wool technique created by Kelly.  Participants will create their own unique landscape painting using dry and wet felting techniques.  Whether you are experience or just want to "Give it a try", this fun relaxing workshop will not disappoint.


Skill Level: All Levels

Time & Location

 This workshop will be held on FRIDAY OCTOBER 16TH at the Fair Board Office at the Woodstock Fair Grounds, you must be able to navigate stairs as some of the workshops will be upstairs.  This workshop starts at 1 pm and goes to 4 pm  

Cost

Cost for this workshop is $80 per participant.

What you will need to bring

Just yourself

Kit Fee

Kit fee for this workshop is $20 payable in cash to the instructor at the beginning of the workshop.


Kit fee includes:

  • Canvas
  • Wool
  • Styrofoam sheet
  • Needles
  • Mats to wet felt

needle felted cuff

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Instructor - Lyn Harris

 

Lyn Harris lives in Bemus Point, New York. Her fiber career is a second career

for her. She has been a NY licensed therapist for over 30 years and taught for 25

years at a small college in western NY. She is the owner of Lyn Harris Designs

and has had fiber pieces sold and exhibited in Chautauqua Institution, Rochester

NY, Pawleys Island, SC and several western NY galleries. She has taught

several years at the Woodstock Fiber Fair, the Maryland Sheep and Wool

Festival, Southeastern Animal and Fiber Fair, the Great Lakes Fiber Festival,

Finger Lakes Fiber Festival, the New England Fiber Festival and adult education

programs of various western New York galleries.

Needle Felted Cuff

Eager to learn or refresh your needle felting skills by punching out a life sized pumpkin seems overwhelming? Come learn the basics of needle felting as you design and embellish a beautiful wool cuff. Using templates, stencils, wool locks, ribbons and beads, you will create a unique piece of wearable art! You will not need to wet felt the cuff itself.


Skill Level:  All Levels

Time and Location

 

This workshop will be held on FRIDAY OCTOBER 16TH at the Fair Board Office at the Woodstock Fair Grounds, you must be able to navigate stairs as some of the workshops will be upstairs.  This workshop starts at 3 pm and goes to 5 pm    

Cost

Cost for this workshop is $35 per participant payable in cash at the beginning of the workshop.

What you will need to bring

Scissors and if you have any favourite embellishments you may want to incorporate into your project.

Kit Fee

Kit fee for this workshop is $15 per participant payable in cash to the instructor at the beginning of the workshop


Kit includes:

  • Wool cuffs
  • High quality merino wools
  • Wool locks
  • Use of needle felting supplies
  • Decorative threads
  • Wire and beads

Students are encouraged to bring any particular embellishments they wish to use.

blending board basics 101

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Instructor - Candice Chartrand

Candice was introduced to blending and took off from there! She has created

hundreds of rolags, and would love to share her experience and enthusiasm with

you!

Blending Board Basics 101

Do you own a blending board, but aren’t quite sure

where to start? This Workshop will cover some of the basics for using your

blending board to create beautiful rolags at home.


Blending board required.


Skill Level:  Beginner


  If we are not permitted to gather in October, this workshop will be offered as a virtual workshop.  

Time & Location

This workshop will be held on FRIDAY OCTOBER 16TH at the Fair Board Office at the Woodstock Fair Grounds, you must be able to navigate stairs as some of the workshops will be upstairs.  This workshop starts at 1 pm and goes to 3 pm 

Cost

Cost for this workshop is $55 per participant.

What you will need to bring

You will need to bring a blending board, brush and dowels.  If you have a keel to attach to your board to attach to the table, you can bring that along.

Kit Fee

Kit fee is $20 per participant payable in cash to the instructor at the beginning of the workshop.


Kit includes:

  • various wools to learn how to blend a gradient
  • There will also be available to use a wide
  • selection of wool for your use for the workshop.

All wool is supplied in your kit, but you can feel free to bring your own.

create a fabulous sheepish frunde bag

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Instructor - Wendo Van Essen

Wendo has been needle felting for almost 20 years and has never grown tired of it.  She began teaching needle felting just after she started doing this herself. Wendo considers this craft easy with instant results!

Create a fabulous sheepish Frunde Bag with a felting needle

 

In this workshop you will needle felt a bunch of sheep bursting off a stylish black felt bag.  The bag is large enough to hold your knitting, craft supplies or gardening supplies.  This piece will finish in class.

Skill Level:  Beginner
 If we are not permitted to gather in October, this workshop will be offered as a virtual workshop. 

Time & Location

 

 This workshop will be held on FRIDAY OCTOBER 16TH at the Fair Board Office at the Woodstock Fair Grounds, you must be able to navigate stairs as some of the workshops will be upstairs.  This workshop starts at 1 pm and goes to 5 pm  

Cost

Cost for this workshop is $55 per participant.

What you will need to bring

Scissors

Kit Fee

Kit fee for this workshop is $100 payable in cash to the instructor at the beginning of the workshop.


Kits include:

  • Fibre
  • Felting needle
  • Upholstery foam to work on
  • Sturdy felt bag measuring 18`x12`x8`that comfortably hands from your shoulder

beginner spinning on a spinning wheel

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Instructor - Will Elliott

Will has been spinning for about 7 years.  He enjoys teaching `newbies` this skill.

Beginner Spinning on a Spinning Wheel

In this workshop you will need to bring a functional spinning wheel to spin on.  You will be taught smooth treadling, how to draft from roving and create a single ply yarn. If you have a spinning wheel and have been trying to learn to spin on your own but just don`t quite have it, this class is also for you!


Skill Level:  Beginner

Time and Location

 

 This workshop will be held on FRIDAY OCTOBER 16TH at the Fair Board Office at the Woodstock Fair Grounds, you must be able to navigate stairs as some of the workshops will be upstairs.  This workshop starts at 1 pm and goes to 4 pm 

Cost

Cost for this workshop is $60 per participant.

What you will need to bring

You will need to bring a working spinning wheel.

Kit Fee

Kit fee is $20 per participant payable in cash at the beginning of the workshop


Kit includes

  • 8 oz of roving 

3-D bunnies

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Instructor - Renee LaBute

Renee is a fibre artist from Windsor.  She started needle felting in 2013 and has been teaching for the last three years.  Renee is currently teaching at Fusion Fiber Arts in Sho Studios, Windsor.

Needle Felt a 3-D Bunny

Students will learn a variety of techniques and tips to make a 3-D felted bunny sculputure.


Skill Level:  All Levels


If we are not permitted to gather in October, this workshop will be offered as a virtual workshop.  

Time and Location

This workshop will be held on SATURDAY OCTOBER 17TH at the Fair Board Office at the Woodstock Fair Grounds, you must be able to navigate stairs as some of the workshops will be upstairs.  This workshop starts at 10 am and goes to 1 pm  

Cost

Cost for this workshop is $45 per participant.

What you will need to bring

Just yourself

Kit Fee

Kit fee of $25 is payable in cash to the instructor at the beginning of the workshop.


Kit includes:

  • 2 felting needles (medium and fine gauge)
  • felting surface
  • template
  • 10g core wool
  • 10g coloured roving (white, brown or grey)

Miniature punch needle

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Instructor - Loretta Moore

Loretta began rug hooking about 24 years ago and punch needle - the mini version - about 15 years ago.  Loretta spends most days hooking, punching, dyeing wool, making kits and teaching.  Loretta loves the creativity and almost zen like feel of pulling or punching a loop.

Miniature Punch Needle

In this class you will work on a miniature materpiece using a needle and Perle cotton threads.


Skill Level:  All Levels


 If we are not permitted to gather in October, this workshop will be offered as a virtual workshop. 

Time and Location

This workshop will be held on SATURDAY OCTOBER 17TH at the Fair Board Office at the Woodstock Fair Grounds, you must be able to navigate stairs as some of the workshops will be upstairs.  This workshop starts at 2 pm am and goes to 4:30 pm 


Cost

The cost for this workshop is $40 per participant.

What you need to bring

Bring a pair of scissors, preferable small and sharp.

Kit Fee

The punching needle will cost $42 and the hoop will cost $29.  Kits range between $60 to $100 depending on the number of threads and include the pattern drawn on weavers cloth and beautiful valdani threads to punch the entire piece.  Students should order their kit from the online store at https://hookedonthelake.wordpress.com/ via email at hookedonthelake@kingston.net

rocks and things

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Instructor - Kelly McLeod

 

Kelly is a self-taught, life-long drawing and painting artist, in addition to being an avid third generation gardener. I was very pleased to have even a brief opportunity to learn from the renowned fibre artist from Scotland, Moy MacKay, at her October, 2018 tutorial held at Orangeville, Ontario.

Kelly mostly landscapes in a variety of pigment media.  In 2015, I was introduced to wet and dry felting manipulations to create landscape "paintings" which exhibit depth and contrasting textures within a two-dimensional canvas.

Rocks and Things

 This three hour workshop will continue the exploration of two dimensional felting with an emphasis on creating sheets of semi-felted wool, rocks for painting and using other mix medium materials such as beads, natural materials to enhance our landscape paintings. 


Skill Level: All Levels

Time and Location

 

 This workshop will be held on SATURDAY OCTOBER 17TH at the Fair Board Office at the Woodstock Fair Grounds, you must be able to navigate stairs as some of the workshops will be upstairs.  This workshop starts at 9am and goes to 1 pm 

Cost

Cost for this workshop is $80 per participant

What you will need to bring

Kit Fee

Kit fee is $25 per participant payable in cash at the beginning of the workshop to the instructor.


Kit includes:

  • wool
  • felting needles
  • beads
  • natural materials
  • canvas
  • mat to roll wool

Hanky panky

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Instructors - Lyn Harris

 

Lyn Harris lives in Bemus Point, New York. Her fiber career is a second career

for her. She has been a NY licensed therapist for over 30 years and taught for 25

years at a small college in western NY. She is the owner of Lyn Harris Designs

and has had fiber pieces sold and exhibited in Chautauqua Institution, Rochester

NY, Pawleys Island, SC and several western NY galleries. She has taught

several years at the Woodstock Fiber Fair, the Maryland Sheep and Wool

Festival, Southeastern Animal and Fiber Fair, the Great Lakes Fiber Festival,

Finger Lakes Fiber Festival, the New England Fiber Festival and adult education

programs of various western New York galleries.

Hanky Panky! Knitted Scarf with Silk Hankies

What to do with those gorgeous silk hankies you couldn't resist? Knit them! With no felting or sewing needed, these hankies knit up to create the softest, most elegant scarf you've ever worn! Basic knitting stitches are required (cast on, knit, purl)


Skill Level:  All Levels

Time and Location


This workshop will be held on SATURDAY OCTOBER 17TH at the Fair Board Office at the Woodstock Fair Grounds, you must be able to navigate stairs as some of the workshops will be upstairs.  This workshop starts at 10am and goes to  11 am 

Cost

Cost for this workshop is $30 per participant.

What you will need to bring

Students are asked to bring US 8,9 or 10 knitting needles - Bamboo needles would work best for this workshop

Kit Fee

Kit fee is $18 payable in cash to the instructor at the beginning of the workshop


Kit includes:

  • 2 oz of high quality ivory matwa - 100% silk handies
  • detailed, illustrated instructions

needle felt a sheep puff

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Instructor - Cathy Disbrow

 Cathy was a graphic designer for many years, and in 2013, she discovered needle felting on a studio tour.  Cathy loved it so much that she started teaching in 2016.  Cathy creates unique needle felt creations out of wool.  She likes to experiment with all types of sheep and alpaca wool and for the past year has been working with fibres from local Ontario farms.  Cathy also needle felts wool 'paintings' by stabbing wool into a pre-felted sheet and spending more time wet felting jewelry and art.  Cathy enjoys spreading the love of needle felting through workshops and DIY kits 

Needle Felt a Sheep Puff

Learn to needle felt this cute sheep puff figure by creating a core ball shape and adding the head, ears and facial features.  Then learn to properly apply locks for your sheep's warm fleece coat.  You can also make a little chewing cheek with leaves or a carrot sticking out.  Cathy will also show students how to turn their sheep into an ornament


Skill Level: Beginner


 If we are not permitted to gather in October, this workshop will be offered as a virtual workshop. 

Time and Location

 This workshop will be held on SATURDAY OCTOBER 17TH at the Fair Board Office at the Woodstock Fair Grounds, you must be able to navigate stairs as some of the workshops will be upstairs.  This workshop starts at 10am and goes to  12:30 pm  


Cost

Cost for this workshop is $40 per participant.

What you will need to bring

.Foam pad for felting on.  If you do not have a foam pad, the instructor will have foam pads for use during the workshop.

Kit Fee

Kit fee is $15 payable in cash payable to the instructor at the beginning of the workshop.


Kit includes:

  • 2 felting needles (36 triange, 38 spiral)
  • core wool
  • locks
  • coloured wool for accents

Star bright

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Linda Burwell - Eugenia Culp

Linda has been teaching rug hooking at the fleece festival for the past three years.  Linda started rug hooking when she was young and do many of her own designs.

Bright Star - Rug Hooking

In this workshop you will be doing basic rug hooking using a star pattern.  Teaching outlining and fillinf in.  How to start a point and how to hid tails.


Skill Level:  All Levels


  If we are not permitted to gather in October, this workshop will be offered as a virtual workshop.  

Time and Location

  This workshop will be held on SATURDAY OCTOBER 17TH at the Fair Board Office at the Woodstock Fair Grounds, you must be able to navigate stairs as some of the workshops will be upstairs.  This workshop starts at 1 pm and goes to  5 pm   

Cost

Cost for this workshop is $50 per participant.

What you need to bring

Scissors.  Hooks and hoops will be provided for the workshop and available for sale at the end of the workshop.

Kit Fee

Kit fee is $20 payable in cash to the instructor at the beginning of the workshop.


Kit included:

  • Star pattern on linen
  • wool strips to complete project
  • fancy yarns
  • backing for finished piece
  • instruction sheet

blue soap

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Instructor - Lyn Harris

 

Lyn Harris lives in Bemus Point, New York. Her fiber career is a second career

for her. She has been a NY licensed therapist for over 30 years and taught for 25

years at a small college in western NY. She is the owner of Lyn Harris Designs

and has had fiber pieces sold and exhibited in Chautauqua Institution, Rochester

NY, Pawleys Island, SC and several western NY galleries. She has taught

several years at the Woodstock Fiber Fair, the Maryland Sheep and Wool

Festival, Southeastern Animal and Fiber Fair, the Great Lakes Fiber Festival,

Finger Lakes Fiber Festival, the New England Fiber Festival and adult education

programs of various western New York galleries.

Blue Soap

Soaps that look like a rock are fun, but sometimes a snazzier version of a felted soap is needed!

Students will learn the basics of needle and wet felting, producing a one of a kind

attractive—and functional—piece of art! Easy and quick to make, this soap is ideal for hostess

gifts, stocking stuffers or for your own personal use.

Time and Location

This workshop will be held on SATURDAY OCTOBER 17TH at the Fair Board Office at the Woodstock Fair Grounds, you must be able to navigate stairs as some of the workshops will be upstairs.  This workshop starts at 11 am and goes to  12:30 pm 

Cost

Cost for this workshop is $35

What you need to bring

Towel

Kit Fee

Kit fee is $15 payable in cash to the instructor at the beginning of the workshop.


Kit includes

  • bar of soap
  • wool to cover and embellish your soap