All registrations are on a first come first serve basis.
The Felt Makers SeriesDate: Weds, February 3, 10, 17 & 24th
Participants will receive an introduction to wet felting with using wool, water, soap, agitation and imagination. Denise will guide participants as they explore the medium of wool and the creative voyage of felting. All basic supplies will be provided by the instructor. Take any or all in the series.
Series 1: February 3 : Introduction to Basic Felting Techniques. The class will also cover additional techniques of making prefelts, Nuno felting, and embellishments, as much as we have time for. Series 2: February 10: Vessel. Introduction to the use of a resist to design and produce a vessel. Introduction to different fibres (such as silk, bamboo, hemp and yarn) to create unique designs. Series 3: February 17 & 24: Seamless Mittens. Building on the skills of the previous series, participants will learn to do a thin layout mitten or fingerless glove that will be functional and warm. Denise Oyelese – With the motto of “let’s just try it” the love of all felty things has inspired Denise to continue to create with wool and use the medium exclusively in her studio. Continuing the journey of felting has led Denise to seek instructors both Nationally and Internationally to further her practice of felting. Please join her as she shares her love of felt and its continuing creative possibilities.
Price:Each series is $75 for members or $85 for non-members; all materials included. Bring a bucket and a few large towels. Instructor: Denise Oyelese Time: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm Room: Studio 204 Covid 19 Guidelines Apply. Class size is restricted to allow for physical distancing. Mask required as appropriate. To register, contact Diane at email@example.com
Learn To Spin Learn to Spin is a beginners class which will cover the basics techniques for spinning wool into yarn. Over four 2 hour sessions, learn how the spinning wheel works, the process of preparing wool for spinning, and how to spin wool or wool blended fibres. Come and join the magic! Maximum 3 Participants
Jody Atkinson – Jody has been immersed in all things fibre for many years. In addition to spinning, weaving, quilling and dying, Jody produces her own fibre at her farm in South East Kelowna. She is a skilled teacher for this practiced art.
Price: $125 for Guild members or $135 for non-member Instructor: Jody Atkinson Day : Sundays, April 11, 18, 25, May 2 - FULL Time: 1:00 - 3:00 Location: Rotary Centre for the Arts Studio 204
Weave A Scarf in a Day: Rigid Heddle Yes, it can be done! Turn your chosen yarn into a beautiful and unique scarf in one day using a versatile Rigid Heddle loom. Join us for the day to learn the basics of weaving, play with colour, meet new friends and create a one of a kind scarf. The class will inspire you to learn more about weaving and you will leave with your completed scarf The Guild will supply Rigid Heddle looms. The instructor will email you 2 or 3 weeks prior to the workshop with specific information about the yarn you should bring for the class and parking.
Instructor: Kirsti Jarrett - A weaver for over 20 years, Kirsti enjoys creating scarves, shawls, blankets and tea towels for gifts or for sale. She enjoys playing with colour and design in her weaving and is always looking to learn new things. Price: $90 members; $100 non-members Dates: Saturday, February 27 FULL or March 13, 2021 -March dates FULL! Time: 9:30 - 4:00 Location: Rotary Centre for the Arts Studio 204
The Kim McKenna Spinning Series These workshops are part of the Exploration and Discovery Series: a series developed to help spinners understand the tenets of spinning while assisting them to improve their spinning skillset. Each workshop is designed so that students need not to have attended the previous workshop. Suitable for all skill levels. Students must have a good working knowledge of their wheel and be able to confidently spin a continuous yarn. Wool Combing Part of May’s online workshop is an overview of wool combing. On April 6th, Kim will present a slide show and short demonstration on woolcombs and woolcombing. This program is open to everyone in our Guild whether they are registered for Kim’s other workshops or not.
Tuesday, 6:30 - 8:30 pm, April 6, 2021: Online Price: There is no cost to attend and it is an excellent opportunity to understand how to prepare beautifully combed fibre for spinning or felting.
SPHERE, QUAIL OR HEART WEAVING WORKSHOP ANNABEL STANLEY, NATURAL SCULPTOR
Annabel Stanley was born and brought up in England in the late 60’s. She has had a career in Horticulture, Viticulture and Floristry. She lived in the Wairarapa in New Zealand for 12 years and during this time she began weaving with the local willow, dog wood, moss, grape vines and other fibres to give a vibrant and natural effect. Annabel, Grant and their son Francis relocated to the Okanagan in 2003. They purchased their own vineyard in 2005 which is the source for Annabel’s weaving materials and she has continued with her art, when not working in the vineyard. Annabel weaves sculptures, baskets and many other designs for commissions and retail sales. She teaches workshops so she can share her many years of experience with adults and children.
At this workshop you will have the opportunity to make
A wire Armature Heart, Quail or Sphere with locally harvested materials to create a Garden sculpture.
With these newfound talents you will look at your gardens and local surroundings with a new appreciation to the abundance that the Okanagan offers us and what we can create.
DATES: April 10, 2021 (rain or shine – bundle up – we will be working outside) TIME: 10 am to 2 pm COST: $60 members and $70 non-members - all materials and tools supplied. Please bring a light lunch, beverage and weather-related protection since we will be working outside. LOCATION: 1915 Bartley Road, West Kelowna TO REGISTER: Contact Diane Goossens, firstname.lastname@example.org indicating your preference for whether you wish to make a sphere, quail or heart. COVID 19 guidelines will be applied and if this course is not permitted, the course will be rescheduled.
Syilx Guided Native Plant Tour and Sustainable Harvesting
Krystal Withakay is a Silyx First Nations Artist working with cloth, pine needles, bone and hides. Date: Saturday, April 24, 2021 Time: 1230 – 330 pm Price: $15 for guild members and $20 for non-members Location: Rose Valley Regional Park, West Kelowna. Meet at the parking lot in front of Rose Valley Elementary School, 1680 Westlake Rd, West Kelowna.
Krystal will take us on a guided nature tour to learn about native plants, their medicinal and fibre uses and sustainable harvesting. The tour will also be set in the context of pre-contact, contact, and current context.
There will be a moderate level of activity – please wear comfortable clothing and footwear suitable for rain or shine and bring a light snack and water. Covid 19 Guidelines Apply. Tour size is restricted to allow for physical distancing. Mask required as appropriate. To register, contact Diane at email@example.com
Backward Worsted Draft Twist and Plying In this online workshop the two main principles explored are the Backward Worsted Draft Twist and Plying. As well as honing this draft twist technique, students will explore several ply techniques for 2 and 3 yarns. HOMEWORK: Please note there is spinning homework in this workshop. Approximately 60 grams of singles yarn will need to be spun between classes for the plying exercises presented in Parts II-a and II-b.
Part I (2-2.5 hours) - Backward Worsted Draft Twist and its nuances [Need 3 weeks between Part 1 and Part II-a] Date: May 4, 2021, 6:00pm – 8:30/9:00pm
Part II-a (2-2.5 hours) - 2 ply yarns [Need 1 week between Part II-a and Part II-b] Date: May 25, 2021, 6:00pm – 8:30/9:00pm
Part II-b (2-2.5 hours) - 3 ply yarns Date: June 1, 2021, 6:00pm – 8:30/9:00pm
Price: $ 110 Guild members; $120, non-members, fee includes $40.00 of materials to be mailed to participants in advance of workshop. An equipment list will be forwarded 3 months prior to the workshop.
Blending Workshop Date: June 26, 2021 Time: 9:30 – 3:30 (If Covid issues do not allow an in person class of 8, the course will be offered as a 4-hour on-line lecture with a demonstration, starting at 9:30 on the same day) Location: Studio 204, Rotary Centre for the Arts, 421 Cawston Avenue, Kelowna Price: $110 Guild members; $120 non-members. (If this class reverts to online the fee will be reduced to $50 Guild members; $60, non-members). An Equipment List and a Spinning Wheel Maintenance Sheet will be emailed to participants 1 month prior to the workshop.