Unwind Lace Shawlette knit-along
It was a day to remember last year at Unwind, so of course we are doing it again. The Indigo Dyeing workshop is back baby!
Three silk scarves are provided, but students can bring their own silk, cotton or wool fabric/clothing to the workshop to be dyed.*
It's a one day workshop on Saturday August 18th
$75 plus $40 for the supplies which includes products for your own at-home indigo vat and 3 silk scarves.
Additional silk scarves will be available to purchase at the workshop for $7 each.
Call Unwind to sign up
604 886 1418
*we will try, but It is not guaranteed that we will have enough time or dye to dye all the extra fibre you bring. Please wash your fabric/clothing before the workshop to prep it for dyeing.
As part of the natural dye workshop at Unwind we will be dyeing at least 5 silk scarves per student as well as producing a lot of samples which students can make beautiful sample books with. Creating and having sample books is one of those things that makes me happy. They are beautiful, original objects to have and flip through at your leisure (love doing this AMAP), and with the right info inside (with which you think you might be able to duplicate the results) they are invaluable tools. Check out these beautiful natural dye sample books for some inspiration.
If you're interested in taking this natural dye and print workshop call unwind to register. (604) 886 1418
Natural dyeing and printing
FUN FUN FUN
Three Tuesday evenings from 5:30 pm-8:30 pm
August 7th, 14th & 21st
$99 (not including $58 materials fee)
materials fee includes 5 silk scarves and a selection of natural dyes and mordants to take home. There will be an opportunity to buy additional silk scarves at the workshop for $7 each.
1161 Sunshine Coast Hwy.
604 886 1418
To register phone the store to reserve your space! And if you're from out of town Kim at Unwind will pick you up and drop you off at the Langdale ferry terminal. We've already got some out-of-towners signed up!
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Paper 'rug' weaving for beginners
Lace Knitting at Unwind
On my last evening in Ulukhaktok Suzie and Julia took me to the old town where they all used to live before the community needed more space. Every once and a while I'd turn my back to the wind to keep my face from freezing off. But I stuck to the plan, braved the cold and we had a tea party in a blizzard. The next morning they told me that they thought that maybe I was turning around in longing for my warm home. hehe.
This is us (less Cora and Diane) right before I left for my flight on the last day. I'm wearing my atikaluk (a-tee-ka-look), a gift Mary made me, and the quiviuk hat the ladies made me on the knitting machine. Some of the ladies in the picture are wearing the hats I made them for the awards ceremony we had had the day before. Ada (far left) was the program coordinator. She often picked me up in the mornings and took me to work on her snow mobile. Even though it was only two blocks away, I was very thankful, especially on cold windy mornings. Sometimes it was as cold as -45 with the wind chill, brrrrrr.
Indigo at Unwind
The best part about teaching indigo dyeing is the pure excitement of the students as they witness the magic of indigo for the first time, when they pull their fabric out of the vat and see it change from green to blue before their eyes.
Here are a few pictures from the day including one where a few of us sang to the vat; Indigo vats can be temperamental and ours was looking a bit dismal, so we thought the indigo gods would appreciate a song (The Little Mermaid song - the one where she gets her voice back - as per CapU '09 tradition). Fun times!
I'll add photos to this album as I receive them from students (thanks Kim and Franca for these ones).
Above are photos of some of the products on display at the open house. I was constantly being impressed with their work ethic but was still blown away when I counted over over 50 hats on display.
I still have a few Ulu moments that I'd like to share once I get my pictures off my camera. Stay tuned. Also, here is the website I made for the program where you can see photos and details of the full fifteen week program.
Beginner Lace knitting: Shawlette
Sadly my brand new camera has died which means I cannot post any pictures of my sample shawlettes at this time, but the one above by cashsmith is similar (but larger).
Silk, cotton and linen yarns would all be lovely to use for the season and available at Unwind for purchase
Beginner Lace Knitting
two part class, June 15 & 22
6pm - 9pm
Unwind Knit & Fibre Lounge
Call for pricing:
604 886 1418
I'm also having a dye day in a yarn shop while I'm there! So I'd like to invite any of you who are interested in learning about the magical process of indigo dyeing to join me at Unwind Knit & Fibre Lounge where I'm holding a one-day workshop on Sunday June19th. Participants will leave the workshop with the knowledge AND materials/supplies to begin their own in-home indigo vat. We will also be exploring the fascinating Japanese art of shibori which will achieve beautiful texture and design on your indigo-dyed cloth.
Intro to Indigo and Shibori
instructor Janna Maria Vallee
Sunday June 19th, 2011
Unwind Knit & Fibre Lounge
1161 Sunshine Coast Hwy
604 886 1418
The ladies weave belts...
Below Mable wears her first handwoven belt.
As you can see they have already begun creating designs, like muskox and roses, using both the electronic and punch card machines. Pretty amazing!
One down, one to go
knitting slippers with hand-spun
It was a busy day to say the least, so I wasn't able to take pictures until after the students left. Here are everyone's slippers in progress. They are using the hand-spun that they made a few weeks back. This is their first spinning and they learned how to dye the fleece in their spinning workshop too.
A few of the ladies
Today was day three of beginner hand knitting and most of the ladies have already done stockinette, moss stitch and basket weave. I've been adapting my lesson plan based on the fact that they are such fast learners, and knitters. Many of them are already able to catch mistakes and fix them without my help. Amazing!
I've loved every minute, these ladies are a blast; we laugh a lot! I expected that I'd learn a lot from them too, but I had no clue, they are so generous! They have already begun introducing me to their language and are constantly telling stories. Today I heard about the first time the older ladies saw a muskox. Apparently muskox left the area for a couple decades and returned in the 70's, so they were literally in disbelief when people claimed to have seen them.
All the ladies have amazing skills in various media like printing, embroidery, beading and sewing, and they all make their own winter parkas. Mary's fur collar is made with wolverine fur and includes the claws! It is amazing. I'll post a picture of it at some point.
Mid day we all gathered at the window to watch the local rangers and junior rangers prepare for a 200 km trek. They meet rangers from Kuglutuk who also travel 200km to meet them half way. This journey is meant to prepare the junior rangers with outside survival skills. They are gone until the end of the week. Below are some pictures of them leaving, the group pic only shows about 1/3 of the rangers who left. Some of the people in the pic are family members saying goodbye.
I was able to drop off my suitcase of 'tools' at the arts center when I got here. Seeing all of the supplies that I ordered in one place made me so happy, as did seeing all the AMAZING hand-spun yarn that the ladies have spun since their spinning workshop a couple of weeks ago. They are obviously a talented bunch. I'll share pictures of the hand-spun next week when I begin teaching.
So, I'm leaving tomorrow morning for my NWT adventure!!!! Danny and I have already accepted the fact that neither of us will be getting much sleep tonight - too much excitement (and sadly he is not coming). If you're haven't been following my regular blog, links to my older posts about this particular adventure are here and here. I've decided to begin this separate workshop blog as a way to separate my art posts and my teaching ones for the sake of continuity, and what better way to begin a new blog than with a trip to the NWT to teach fibres!
Tomorrow I fly from Montreal to Calgary and then to Yellowknife where I'm staying with a dear friend Catherine from back in my Katimavik days (2002). She was my team leader in New Brunswick and we've been in touch ever since with visits here and there. Now she's in YK, so I'm excited to have a good visit with her on my overnight layover. On Saturday I go from Yellowknife to Kugluktuk and finally to Ulukhaktok, arriving at 4pm.
Above is a picture of the new arts center in Ulukhaktok where I'll be teaching. Check out the link below the picture to see Suzie and Julia, a couple of the ladies I'll be teaching.
We'll see how good I am at blogging while I'm up there. I'm not sure what kind of internet access I'll have or if I'll even be in the mood to blog. I did however just get myself a new camera for my upcoming 30th birthday, so I will have some great pictures to share when I do an update.