Workshop Descriptions

Workshops 2014

Please note: Updates for 2014 workshops will be added regularly. 
Please check back often!

Simply Modern:  Celebrating Simplicity & Modern Design
Deanne Fitzpatrick & Friends

Time: 3 day workshop Wednesday, Thursday, Friday  Oct. 15, 16, 17, 2014
Beginning each day at 9:00 am
Where: Christ Church, 62 Victoria Street East
Cost: $495
 Tiny Treasures - Miniature Quilts
Linda Hubbard
This one day class would best be described as a “combo class” – it is both a skills/technique class and a project class. A fun filled day of “working small”, you will learn techniques to improve your piecing accuracy while producing a miniature quilt. Most tips and techniques are applicable to “normal sized” quilts as well. Students will decide “how small” they wish to work, and will choose their own quilt design (with guidance). This class is aimed at the Intermediate level and beyond. It is NOT a class for Beginners.

As well as improving your piecing accuracy, which is very important when working in miniature, you will also learn how to make very small precise Half Square Triangles with the use of Thangles, narrow flat pipings of 1/4”, 1/8” and less, and how to stitch a perfect 1/8” wide border – all techniques which can raise the “Wow factor” of normal sized quilts as well. If you wish to work really tiny, and already know how to paper-piece, that is another option.

Class fee covers the class, paper-piecing patterns, Thangles, and 10 pages of extensive notes, including diagrams and small quilting designs for blocks and borders. My miniatures can be viewed on my blog at on the sidebar under “Galleries”. Photos below are for inspiration only - you will be choosing your own design (with my guidance and suggestions). Further info is available upon request - contact info below.

This is a FUN class where you can challenge yourself as much or as little as you wish! You will learn lots of tips to improve your accuracy and precision, which you can apply to quilts of all sizes. Come and join me for a day of working small, but I must warn you, miniatures can be addictive!
When:  Saturday Oct 18, 2014
Time: 9:00a.m. – 4:00p.m.
Cost: $60.00 (class and kit)
Where: Adult Bridge Services, Station Street, Amherst

Register: Call Linda at 1-506-455-1825 or email
Magic Loop
Lou Harrington
Magic Loop is a technique for knitting in the round without using double pointed needles. It is a simple and elegant way to makes socks, mittens, sleeves – any small diameter tube. Participants will learn the Magic Loop method by making a fingerless mitt from a pattern supplied by the instructor. 
***If unsure of what needle to get or where to purchase needle, please contact instructor. This method will NOT work with Susan Bates, Aero, or H. A. Kidd needles.
Date: Friday Oct 17, 2014
Time: 9 am - 1 pm
Where: Amherst Fire Hall, Russell Hunter Room, 62 Albion Street
Cost: $30.00
Register:  (902) 895-6444
In the Bag
Lou Harrington
Most Knitting classes / workshops require participants to bring a basic tool kit to use duing the class. This lecture will discuss the various tool you have in your own kit.
Date: Thursday Oct 16, 2014
Time: 1:00 pm -2:00 pm
Where: Four Fathers Memorial Library, 21 Acadia Street
Cost: $10.00
Register:  (902) 895-6444
Ravelry: Facebook for Knitters
Lou Harrington
With over 4 million members, Ravelry is one of the most popular knitting / crocheting sites on the web. It can help you organize your projects and your stash and has a huge database of yarn and patterns. This lecture / demo will help you learn to navigate the various features of this amazing website. (Hint: thousands of free patterns!!)
Date: Thursday Oct. 16, 2014
Time: 10:30 am - 12:oo pm
Where:Four Fathers Memorial Library, 21 Acadia Street
Cost: $10.00
Register:  (902) 895-6444
Crazy Quilt
Vera McInnis
Learn to make and embellish quilt squares.
When:  Tuesday, October 14, 2014  
Time: 9:00 - 4:00
Where: Amherst, Fire Hall, Russell Hunter Room, 62 Albion Street
Cost: $50.00
Register: 902•667•8935
Patty Chassé

Register: contact Patty at (506) 536 0144 or

Paper Beads
Diann McDonald
Introduction to Paper Bead Making
Paper is a great fibre to work and create with. By participating in this workshop you will learn to create wonderful colourful beads from paper. Design and complete a beautiful interchangeable bracelet that will enhance your wardrobe. This class will leave you in awe that it was made from paper. All materials are included in the teacher supplied kit.

When:  Thursday, Oct 16, 2014
Time:  10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Where:  Cumberland County Museum, 150 Church Street
Cost:  $60.00  All materials included - Diann will supply kits 
To register:  902-861-4749/

Harmonic Convergence - Mary Farrow Sinclair
Original Harmonic Convergence Technique was accidentally discovered by Ricky Tims in 1987. Harmonic Convergence is an exercise in exploration & experimentation. It involves from 2 or more designs, cut into strips & merged together. There are no rules for convergence quilts, only guidelines to help create successful designs.
The cutting & sewing process for repositioning of strips is gradation (from smaller strips to larger strips). Squares sewn together are cut into gradated strips, repositioned & sewn back together. New piece is rotated so strips are horizontal. Vertical strips are cut (gradated) & sewn together. After vertical & horizontal convergences are complete, a complete Harmonic Convergence quilt top emerges. Borders & embellishments are added for a personal touch.

Ref: Ricky Tims’ Convergence Quilts, C&T Publishing, 2003. –

*This class is being offered twice, on two separate days.  Choose from:

When: Oct 14 Tuesday
Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM 
Cost: $65.00
Where: Amherst Stadium (up stairs) 185 Church St.
Register: 902 – 667 – 7401 /

When: Oct 18 Saturday
Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM Cost: $65.00
Where: Amherst Stadium (up stairs) 185 Church St.
Register: 902 – 667 – 7401 /

Beaded Moccasin Creation
Ali Squire
This course will teach participants how to make a pair of traditional beaded moccasin slippers, similar to those made and sold in Coastal Labrador and Northern Newfoundland. 
This will be a two day intensive workshop to learn the art of making fur trimmed moccasin slippers. The vamp is beaded in either original or traditional design, the slipper is lined with pile, and the final application of rabbit fur creates a beautiful, unique pair of slippers.

Materials for one pair will be supplied and instruction on all steps of the process will be taught. Students will also be given written instructions to take with them, templates for different shoe sizes, and information on where to access supplies for future work.
Time: Tuesday and Thursday  Oct 14 & 16th  10:00am - 4 pm
Where: Cumberland County Museum, 150 Church Street
Cost: $200.00 (supplies included)   
For more information or to register: 902•392•2089
Designing Wearable Art
Kathy Tidswell

Students will learn embellishment methods to produce one of a kind wearable art vests, capes or jackets. Design aspects including selecting patterns and batting, arranging appliqués, producing texture, making lace cutwork, bobbin work and trapunto will be covered. Samples will be produced using free motion embroidery on a regular zigzag sewing machine and some work on individual pieces will be started.

Date: Tuesday October 14, 2014
Time:  9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Where: Christ Church Board Room, 62 Victoria Street
Cost: $70.00
For Registration or more information contact Kathy Tidswell phone: 506-363-3560 or email:
Creating With Thread
Kathy Tidswell
Students will learn to use free motion embroidery on your regular zigzag sewing machine to create realistic images totally from thread. You can choose from any of the vibrant flowers or birds pictured below. Methods for using them in quilts, artworks, cards and wearable art will be demonstrated. Once learned the method can be used to create your own individual works.

Date: Wednesday October 15, 2014
Time:  9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Where: Christ Church Board Room, 62 Victoria Street
Cost: $70.00
For Registration or more information contact Kathy Tidswell phone: 506-363-3560 or email:
Quilting Arts, Fabric by Design
Jan Boiduk
Skill level: beginner to advanced
The project: A choice of one of three art quilts; Daisy, Brown-eyed Susan or Lupins.
Completed size: Approximately 100 Sq. inches
Materials: Will be provided
Material not provided: Black, or dark coloured thread.
Tools: Sewing machine, free motion foot, safety pins, scissors and 6”- 8” embroidery hoop.Suggestions: Full length apron to cover cloths

Morning session: 10 to 12, Lunch time: 12 to 1, Afternoon session: 1 to 3The Morning project will begin by students becoming familiar with the materials that are used to create the painted art quilt. All students will have the opportunity to try the gutta and dyes on silk before they begin their project. After choosing your design, you will transfer your design onto the silk and begin the process of painting on silk. If you can colour in a child's colouring book you can paint on silk. In the afternoon it will be time to bring out the sewing machines. Free motion quilting is ready to begin. The students that are not familiar with free motion quilting will have the opportunity to practice on a sample piece. Its fun! It’s free motion quilting and you are the driver.Upon completion you will prepare your piece for display on your wall.

Dyed Silk Art Quilt

When:  Friday, Oct 17, 2014
Time:  10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Cost:  $105.00 (class & materials)
Where:  Cumberland County Museum, 150 Church Street
To register:  902-667-6173

Edie Legere - Cole

Cost: $
Register: 902•667•9635


Cathia Finkel