Workshops 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.


Upcoming Workshops 

Introduction to Needle Felting: Needle Felted Hearts

All ages welcome.

Date: January 27th 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Instructor: Amy Vervoort

Course Materials:

Each Felted Hearts kit includes a foam work surface, two heart shaped cookie cutter moulds, leather finger protectors, three felting needles, two oz of mixed red and pink wool roving, a small bag of assorted beads, one beading needle and some red thread.

Cost: $70+HST/person: kit $45, 3 hours of instruction $25

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In this introductory class we will discuss the uses of different gauges of felting needles, learn to needle felt using a moulded shape, learn techniques to create soft felt finishes, and how to bead on a felted surface.

To register for workshops, or for more information please contact amy@olivesandbananas.com or through Facebook, Instagram message, or call the shop at 807-629-7926


Introduction to Knitting 

$40.00 + HST & Materials ($20)

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10:00am – 1:00pm

Instructor: Tiffany Miller

Projects: Basic Knit Dishcloth by Bernat & Flower Power Dish Cloth

http://www.yarnspirations.com/patterns/basic-knit-dishcloth.html

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http://www.canadianliving.com/home-and-garden/knitting-and-crochet/article/knitted-fl
ower-washcloth

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Course Materials
2 – 100g Balls of either cotton, linen or hemp from Olives and Bananas Fibre Art (kits available)
Needles: 4.5mm straight needles (min. 9’ needles)
Needles: 4mm circular needles 22”
Techniques:
Learning to Cast on & Bind Off
Learning to Knit, k2tog, kfb, M1,
Learning to Weave in Ends

Week 1: Learn to Cast on, learning the basic knit stitch and learning to make an increase.

Week 2: Learning to knit on circular needles, learning to join in the round and learning to knit in the round.

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


Introduction to Lacework

$60.00 + HST & Materials

Saturday March 3, March 17th, March 31st, 2018 from 10am to 1pm

With tutoring on March 10th and 24th, 2018 from 1pm to 3pm.

Instructor: Tiffany Miller

Project: Hanami Stole by Melaine Gibbons

Techniques used: Knit, purl, ssk, knit 2 tog, gauge s
watching, beaded cast on, adding beads with a crochet hook, how to read a chart.

Materials Needed:
Pattern: http://pinklemontwist.blogspot.ca/2007/02/hanami.html – $6.99USD
● 840 yards of fingering from Olives and Bananas Fibre Art (kits available)
● 3.75mm – 12” straights or 30 – 32” circulars
● A yarn needle
Optional Materials
● Size 8 glass beads
● Small crochet hook for adding on beads

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 Hoops

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Saturday, February 17th 5:30pm-8:30pm

$70.00+HST materials included

In this individualised workshop you’ll create two needle felted hoops with images that you choose. This will require participants to contact the shop prior to the class with the image and desired colours. In the workshop we will learn techniques of felting on a flat surface, uses of different gauge felting needles, creating relief, fibre texture, and wool colour blending.

Materials included:

two embroidery hoops, 2oz of wool roving in a variety of colours to create your project. (Though not included, beading and embroidery will be discussed and participants are welcome to bring in their own supplies.)


Adventures in Stash Diving

Saturday, February 24th 10:00am-1:00pm

Instructor:Jennifer Huhta

$80.00 materials included

Experience level: novice to advanced

Did you make a resolution to “spin the bin” or “shop your stash?”

Dive into a fibre stash provided by Olives and Bananas, and learn how to combine seemingly mismatched fibre to create cohesive yarns in order to maximize your own fibre stash and create enough yarn to complete larger projects.

Whether it’s those single braids of beautiful hand painted top we seem to collect, bits and pieces left over from projects, or fibre where the colours just aren’t quite right, you’ll learn techniques to use what you have to create a set of complimentary yarns with enough combined yardage to create a weaving, knitting, or crochet project. The techniques learned will help you shop your own stash to create spinning projects with enough yardage for sweaters, large shawls etc. You will also learn how to ply from a centre pull ball and a plying bracelet, perfect for sampling your spinning.

Equipment needed:

  • Wheel or spindle any style

Optional equipment:

  • hand cards, combs, and/or blending board
  • additional bobbins and lazy kate

Prerequisites

You should know how to use your equipment to spin fibre into a single and ply two singles together

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


Build Your Own Spindle and Learn to Spin ~ for Children (and parents too!)

Saturday, March 10th 10:30am – 12:00pm

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


Locks Unlocked

Saturday, March 24th 10:00am-1:00pm

Instructor: Jennifer Huhta

Experience level: novice/intermediate to advanced

Jump into the exciting world of working with locks! In this course you will learn to:

-spin a variety of traditional and textured yarns directly from the lock (lock spun, tail spun, from the cloud, extreme tailspun, coreless core)

  • learn how to modify the yarns by plying
  • gather ideas on what to make with textured yarns and how to work with them
  • learn tips on how to source, buy, wash, and separate locks

Equipment needed:

  • spinning wheel
  • jumbo or art flyer if you have it (you can do most of the course without it but parts will be difficult)
  • spare bobbins
  • lazy kate

Prerequisites

Be comfortable spinning and plying on your wheel.

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


Crochet Cacti

Date TBA

Instructor: Amy Vervoort

Course Materials:

3.75mm or 4mm crochet hook, stitch marker, darning needle, yarn kits – included are five different specialty yarns in green and one in brown.

More information coming soon…..

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Previous workshops:

Needle Felted Nests with Eggs and Robin

We’ll be using this sweet nest with eggs kit in the workshop. You’ll also receive an extra wool kit to make two felted robins. The bird is an in-class project that we will work on together. I’ll guide you step by step through the process I use to create my needle felted birds. You’ll learn about felting needles, different wool and fibres, and techniques and tips for felting with super fine wool. The nest with egg kit includes your foam work surface, three felting needles, and leather finger protectors along with wool and instructions to make multiple nests with eggs.

(This nest and eggs kit is available at any time for $45.00.)


Previous workshops:

Chickadees at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery:

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