IMG_9508Workshops at Olives and Bananas are taught by various instructors. Each brings a new approach, background, and special talent to the table. All ages are welcome to any workshop. Each workshop will include most materials with advance notice if any extra items are required.

Knitting workshops will cover everything from beginner to advanced, including sock making, mittens, Fair Isle (stranded) knitting, seasonal projects, and doll making.

Crochet workshops will specialize in amigurumi and doll making, and will also cover beginner basics to speciality stitches, seasonal crafts, and blanket squares and hexagons.

Needle felting workshops include projects such as birds (chickadees, robins, hummingbirds, owls, and nests), felt your own pet, create a felted sculpture of your child’s artwork, foxes, seasonal decorations, mobile making, wreaths, soaps, and felted reproductions of your favourite characters.

To register for workshops, or for more information please contact amy@olivesandbananas.com or through Facebook, Instagram message, or call the shop at 807-622-3358


Upcoming Workshops 


To register for workshops, or for more information please contact amy@olivesandbananas.com, through Facebook message, or call the shop at 807-622-3358


Drop In Needle Felting

Every Wednesday Afternoon 

1:00pm – 4:00pm

cost will vary depending on your project 

Learn to needle felt!
Needle felting is a dry felting technique using a single barbed needle pierced into wool roving, catching the fibres and matting them together. Sculptures can be created by shaping the wool and felting it in place.
These drop in sessions are designed to introduce you to needle felting. Various kits are available at the shop, some with all the tools and supplies, other just wool and needles. Bring your own tools if you have them!
The tools (foam work surface, leather finger protectors, felting needles) used will be available for purchase as separate supplies.

To register for workshops, or for more information please contact amy@olivesandbananas.com or through Facebook, Instagram message, or call the shop at 807-622-3358

Drop In Knitting & Crochet

Every Friday Afternoon 

1:00pm – 4:00pm

Drop in with your knitting projects and join Margaret Duncan and Amy Vervoort for


Brioche Knitting

Intermediate Knitting

Coming again in October!

$60.00 + HST plus materials (Materials will be chosen the day of the class.)

Instructor: Katie Britton

This class is for Intermediate knitters who know how to cast on, knit and purl in the round and decrease.

Skill you will learn include the german twisted cast on, brioche knit and brioche purl.

Materials Needed:

US 6/4mm DPN’s or circular (24” or longer for magic loop)

Combined 410 yds fingering weight yarn

Yarn will be held double so you can choose 1 colour for the whole cowl, 2 different colours held together for a full textured effect or 2/3 colours for a two toned hat.


Crochet Moss Stitch Shawl

Intermediate CrochetIMG_4339

Sunday, September ___

$60.00 + HST plus materials

Instructor: Ashley Gibbons

Join Ashley in making this beautiful crochet shawl!

The moss stitch is a simple, versatile stitch that could be used for countless projects. Make a gorgeous shawl for the spring and summer months and wow all your friends with your style and talent!


Crochet a Cactus

Kits coming soon!

In this introduction to crochet participants will learn the techniques used in amigurumi such as how to make a magic circle and crochet in the round, increase, use the invisible decrease stitch, add safety eyes, change colours, and create shapes.

Kits will be provided that will include: a crochet hook, a stitch marker, darning needle, green and brown yarn for the cactus and it’s soil, a small terracotta pot, some fibrefill stuffing, and a pair of safety eyes (for optional addition).

To register for workshops, or for more information please contact amy@olivesandbananas.com or through Facebook, Instagram message, or call the shop at 807-622-3358


Thrummed Mittens (fleece-lined mittens)IMG_3497

Coming in October 2019!

$50.00+HST plus materials

Instructor: Ruth Hamlin-Douglas

Everybody loves thrummed mittens! These cozy mittens are knit with weaved in roving, which lines the inside of the mitten with the warmest fleece. Ruth will guide you through the Thrummed Mitten Pattern by Tanis Fibre Arts. Make them for yourself to keep warm this winter, or give these beautiful and useful mittens as gifts this Christmas.


Wonderful Wool

IMG_1156Instructor: Jen Huhta of Roses & Purls

Price: $80 including materials and provide small samples.

Even non-spinners know that most yarn is made of wool, and that it comes from sheep. But did you know just how many types of sheep there are? Or how many ways you can prepare their fibre, and how it affects the final yarn? Have you ever wondered what’s involved in taking wool from the sheep to the sweater?

Join Jen from Roses & Purls for a hands-on class exploring wool in all its glory. We’ll explore the difference between long, fine, and medium wool classes by handling examining washed fibre samples of each. You’ll learn the different characteristics of each class, how they’re best spun, and what they’re best used for.

Wonder what the difference is between top, roving, batts, and rolags? We’ll talk about the different ways wool is prepared for spinning (from the lock, carded, and combed) and examine samples of each. We’ll discuss how the type of fibre preparation affects your choice of spinning technique and the finished yarn.

Curious about “spinning in the grease?” Find out what it is (and what it isn’t), why you might want to try it, and what the benefits are.

And of course, want to know how to get your hands on all of these fibre types? I’ll share my tips on how not to get fleeced buying spinning fibre.

Experience Level: Beginner to intermediate

Equipment needed: spindle or spinning wheel that you are comfortable

Build Your Own Spindle and Learn to Spin ~ ALL AGES

Will be offered again soon!IMG_0959

$65.00+HST (all materials included)

Build a top whorl drop spindle and learn to spin! (For children)

$60.00+HST materials included

Join us and learn how to build your own drop spindle, then use it to turn fibre into yarn!
Students will learn:

  • what spinning is and what yarn is used for
  • how twist adds strength to fibre and transforms it into yarn
  • where fibre comes from, and see and touch a variety of fibres used to create yarn.

Students will build a basic spindle from the materials supplied and will use it to create a single ply yarn.

Experience level: beginner
Prerequisites: none
Equipment needed:none
Limited to 4-6 students; parents may attend with their child to observe.
Please notify instructors of any allergies prior to class.

To register for workshops, or for more information please contact amy@olivesandbananas.com or through Facebook, Instagram message, or call the shop at 807-622-3358


Needle Felted FlowersIMG_3498

will be offered again in spring 2019

$80.00 +HST supplies included

Welcome summer with simple felted flowers. This introductory needle felting workshop will give you the skills to create your favourite flowers using wool roving. You’ll learn how to blend colours of roving to give texture to your blooms, and how to felt freestyle shapes for a more natural look. Make floral appliques for hats, sweaters, purses, or shawls. We will also create a flower on an armateur stem with foliage that could be used in a bouquet as decor, for weddings,