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 


2019

Our 2019 schedule will be updated in early January once all our instructors have a chance to catch their breath after the holidays. Workshops will resume in late January.

Workshops we are planning include:

Beginner knitting (various projects) will be offered every six to eight weeks throughout the year.

Beginner crochet: straight crochet, crocheting in the round, modern granny squares, and amigurumi (toy making)

Various intermediate knitting classes: learning to increase and decrease, shawl making, mittens, cable work.

Macrame! Yes it’s true – Tiffany from Macrame and Driftwood will join us in the new year to teach modern macrame.

Finger weaving with Tiffany – watch for more information soon!

Pussy Hat making – both knit and crochet.

Sock work workshops – a chance for those working on socks to join a workshop to help get through tricky parts and answer questions.February2019

 


Beginner Crochet ~ Simple ScarfIMG_1718

Wednesdays, February 27th and March 6th

$60.00 +HST plus materials (hook $14.00, yarn could be anything from $12-$30)

Instructor: Ashley Gibbons

Join Ashley in making a simple crochet scarf. This workshop will teach you to crochet a chain, the single crochet stitch, and the double crochet stitch to create a simple straight scarf.

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


Introduction to Knitting

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Beginner Knitting

REGISTRATION FOR THIS CLASS IS NOW FULL. PLEASE WATCH FOR FUTURE BEGINNER KNITTING CLASSES TO BE OFFERED AGAIN IN APRIL.

Thursdays, March 7th and 14th (both evenings)

6:00pm – 8:30pm

Instructor: Katie Britton

Project: TBA

$60.00 + HST plus materials (yarn and needles will be chosen from the shop during the first class).

Course Materials
Course materials will be chosen the first day of class

Techniques:

Knit & Purl
Learning to Cast on & Bind Off
Learning to Knit in the Round
Learning to Weave in Ends

Week 1: Cast on a gauge swatch and knit a 4 x 4 inch square. Cast on the main project.

Week 2: Work on the project and discuss finishing techniques.


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


Brioche Hat

Intermediate Knitting

Saturday, March 2nd 10:30am – 4:30pm

$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 (16” or longer for magic loop)

Combined 410 yds fingering weight yarn plus 110yds for pom pom

For example hat, Katie used approx:

320yds Leo & Roxy MCS Sock in Baby Doll

90yds Hilltop Oasis Alpaca Lace in Gray

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

Pattern: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/vanilla-fog


Thrummed Headband

Intermediate Knitting

Saturday, March 9th 10:30am – 4:30pm

Instructor: Margaret Duncan

$50.00 + HST plus materials (to be purchased in store on the day of the class)


Mittens with Marg

Intermediate Knitting

March 23rd

10:30am – 3:30pm

$60.00+HST plus Materials

This will be a simple, straight forward mitten knitting class for those who already knit but want to learn about attaching thumbs and forming mittens.


Needle Felted Hearts 

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Thursday, February 7th 6:00pm – 8:30pm

$80.00+HST all materials provided

Learn to needle felt!
These cute decorative hearts could be strung together as a Valentine’s Day garland, a wedding or anniversary gift, used as home decor, tied individually on gifts as a tag, made into ornaments, and countless other creative uses.
Introductory felting kits will include wool roving, two heart shaped cookie cutter moulds, felting needles, a foam work surface, leather finger protectors; with beads, needle and thread for decoration.
You will learn how to make a felted wool sculpture and techniques to create smooth surfaces, and sew on beads for added decoration.

Outlander Fingerless Gloves

Intermediate Knitting

Saturdays, February 16th and 23rd

11:00am – 1:00pm

$60.00 + HST plus materials

Instructor: Tiffany Miller

*student should know how to knit and purl*

Project: Claire’s Cabled Arm Warmers

Cabled Armwarmers by dorkchic blog.

Free Pattern on Ravelry: http://dorkchic.blogspot.com/2014/10/claire-arm-warmers.html

Course Materials
190m of any worsted weight wool, designer used Malabrigo

Needles: 5.0mm dpns or 16” circulars (or longer)
Cable Needle or spare dpn
Yarn Needle
Stitch Marker

Techniques:

Cabling
Picking up Stitches
Kitchener Stitch
Bind Off

Week 1: Work the Cable of the first mitten and learn kitchener stitch.

Week 2: Pick up and complete the rest of the arm warmer.


Pussy Hat Stitch-a-long

Saturdays, February 16th and 23rd

1:00pm – 5:00pm

Patterns will be made available, and materials will be available for purchase.

Join us for a couple of fun stitch-a-long afternoons working on knit and crochet pussy hats. Make your own in time for International Women’s Day and wear it proudly.


Needle Felted ChickadeeIMG_3844

February 28th

6:00pm – 8:30pm

Price: $80.00+HST materials included

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. In this class you’ll receive a full felting kit with a foam work surface, felting needles, leather finger protectors, beads, needles and thread for eyes, and enough wool to make two life sized birds (or multiple smaller ones). You’ll learn felting techniques to create both a round shape and a flat wing. We’ll discussing turning your bird into a mobile or an ornament, and using elements of nature (dry branches, driftwood, moss) to create to add to your project.

No experience necessary, all ages welcome.

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


PREVIOUS WORKSHOPS

TO BE OFFERED AGAIN SOON:

Crochet a Cactus

Will be offered again in late March 2019IMG_5096 (1)

$80.00+HST all materials included

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

to be offered again in the new year

$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.


Sock Knitting

Instructor: Margaret Duncan

$65.00 +HST plus materials (needles and yarn sets available Olives and Bananas)

Learn to make your own hand knit socks and discover what is so addictive about sock knitting! Turning heals and grafting toes will no longer be a mystery. Your basic knitting skills will improve and allow you to challenge yourself with more advanced patterns.


Build a Spindle and Learn to SpinIMG_0959

$65.00 + HST all materials included

Build a top whorl drop spindle and learn to spin on it!
Join Jen from Roses & Purls and build your own top whorl drop spindle, then learn how to use it to turn fibre into yarn! The spindle is yours to keep and use after the class to continue your spinning adventure. This is a great, budget-friendly way to learn a new craft.

Students will learn:
-how twist adds strength to fibre and transforms it into yarn
-categories and types of fibre and how to choose fibres for spinning, including examples to see and feel
-how to spin a single and ply a worsted 2 and 3 ply yarn, and what to do if you don’t want to ply!
-how to control the thickness of your yarns
-how to set and care for your yarns
-ideas for projects to make with your first yarns

Experience level: beginner (no experience necessary)

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


Knitting a Cabled Hat

$60.00  + HST & Materials

Instructor: Tiffany Miller

Project: Fern Field Hat – pattern by Pelykh Natalie

Student must buy the Pattern on Ravelry: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/fern-field $6.00USD

Course Materials

300 yards of DK or light worsted yarn.
Example of Yarns (Louet Gems, Berocco Vintage DK, Rowan Felted Tweed, Cascade 220)

Needles: 3.25mm & 3.5 mm circular needles or dpns

1 Cable Needle or DPN

Yarn Needle

Fur Pom Pom (optional)

Techniques:

Knit & Purl

Cables

Learning to Read a Pattern

Learning to follow a Chart

Before Lunch: Discuss Measurements, gauge and cast on the brim.

After Lunch: Work together on interpreting the pattern and commence working on the cabling technique.

Discuss a second tutorial with the students if necessary.


Cable Knitting

Instructor: Margaret Duncan

$40.00 +HST plus materials (Prices can vary by your choice, as you’re welcome to choose a different worsted weight wool in the shop. For this class Marg has chosen Cascade 220 Heathers ($12.95).

You’re welcome to bring your own needles, or purchase them at the shop: cable needles $3.95-$9.95, 4/4.5mm needles (straight or dpn) $12.98-$21.95 approximately)

Learn to create beautiful cables in your knitted projects. This simple introduction to cable knitting with have students create a fingerless glove with a cable, and encourage you to advance your knitting skills and pattern comprehension. Margaret has lined up a few projects at various skill levels for those interested in forwarding their experience.


Wonderful Wool


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Instructor: 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 using


Locks Unlocked

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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.


Dragonfly Wings Shawl

Saturdays November 17th and 24th (both days)

10:30am-1:30pm

Instructor: Margaret Duncan

$65.00 +HST plus materials (needles and yarn available Olives and Bananas)

Following the Dragonfly Wings shawl pattern by Boo Knits participants will be lead by Margaret Duncan to create this beautiful knit shawl.

“A versatile, wide, shallow, triangular shawl/wrap that can be worn in a variety of ways. A very quick to knit item that would make a stylish addition to your wardrobe or a wonderful gift for a friend.

The main body of this shawl is made up of stocking stitch with garter stitch ridges. The top down construction and wide increases create the wing-like dimensions and the lace border ensures the shawl has a very romantic and slightly Victorian feel. The option of adding beads (about 275) gives you the opportunity to make this as glamorous as you desire and yet is still easy enough for a relative beginner to enjoy.”


 

Adventures in Stash Diving

Rescheduled – date TBA

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

 


Introduction to Lacework

$60.00 + HST & MaterialsIMG_7222

Saturday March 3, March 17th, March 31st, 2018 from 10:30am to 12noon

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


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

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Will be offered again soon!

$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


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


Art Journal MakingArtJournal4

Watch for similar workshops with Yvette coming in October 2018!

With internationally published artist Yvette St. Amant

This workshop is designed for all who have an interest in journaling, from art, travel, family events, whatever it may be, or who simply want to come out and enjoy learning a new skill in a fun and creative environment.

Learn the basic art of bookbinding in this one of a kind workshop with special guest, and native to Thunder Bay, International Published artist Yvette St. Amant. She brings her knowledge and techniques of basic book construction & art journaling, learned by fellow artist, and Master Book Binder, Robyn McClendon @ Rarebirds.

Creatively engage in the construction of two different journals using the technique of the three hole pamphlet stitch. The first journal kit is an assemblage of pre-cut papers, cover, and delicious embellishments to fill the pages of your unique little pamphlet style journal with accordion insert. Second is the Tinker Journal, an inspired creation by Yvette which incorporates clips, pouches, and secret compartments creatively constructed from odds and ends, and brown paper bags, a place to tuck away all your eclectic treasures, from art and crafting supplies, notes, coupons, and more.

Once the technical book construction is complete the party begins when all the journaling goodies are made available for you to adorn and customize your art journals. All supplies and embellishments are included.

If you have your own awl, and/or bone folder you may bring to the class, but it is not necessary as we will have some available for use. You are also welcome to bring your own scrapbooking paper or journal goodies of your choice if you like a particular style, however all supplies will be provided.ArtJournal1


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, and gifts.


Previous workshops:

Chickadees at the Thunder Bay Art Gallery:

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