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hand-dyed stowe bag with winnipeg sews


  • Norberry Glenlee Community Centre 26 Molgat Avenue Winnipeg, MB, R2M 1X3 Canada (map)

with winnipeg sews

where: 124 arlington street, winnipeg (friday night) and 26 molgat avenue, winnipeg (tuesday night)

when: january 18, 2019, 6:00-9:00pm & january 22, 2019, 8:00-9:30pm

cost: $65**

more details: Join me and Katherine of Winnipeg Sews for a two part workshop that will leave you feeling amazed at how easy it can be to live the change you'd like to see. If you love organizing your projects, creating a more sustainable world and being mindful about your waste, this class is for you.

Come on a journey with us as Ash explains the dyeing process. They have over 5 years of experience dyeing different materials and is locally well known for their knitting patterns and hand-dyed yarn. They'll teach you about natural dyes, why it's a sustainable option and how you can find these plants even here in Manitoba. They'll have a couple different dye pots available so you can pick the colour that speaks best to you.

After having dyed our organic flannel in class on the Saturday at Ash's Tiny Coven workshop, we'll meet again on the Tuesday night to sew our project bag. The Grainline Studio Stowe bag is a great project to return to again and again. The pattern is drafted with fun details like bias binding, fold-over handles and a optional flat bottom. Made from midweight canvas, waxed canvas, or heavy denim, these bags can take a beating and keep on serving you for years to come. Our version in a midweight organic flannel will be perfect for less intense activities such as coddling your yarn, protecting and beautifying any gift or being a gathering space for small toys.

If you can sew a straight line, you can sew this bag. The pattern as written will be a fun challenge for an advanced beginner, but we can easily make some modifications for a beginner sewist. I will be there every step of the way, supporting your learning and providing tips. Since you get the pattern as part of this workshop, you can come back to it again and again and you'll enjoy seeing your progress as you work with different methods.

This class includes:

  1. Dyeing instruction by Ash Alberg from Sunflower Knit

  2. Two dye pots to choose from

  3. Midweight organic cotton flannel material – specifically chosen so that when your bag has been mended as much as you want, you can cut it into strips and compost your bag. The dyes will not harm the soil.

  4. Grainline Studio Stowe Bag pattern – This comes in two sizes, we'll be making the smaller one

  5. Sewing instruction by Katherine from Winnipeg Sews

  6. The opportunity to meet and hang out with like-minded people as we support your journey of slow living

skill level: beginner/confident beginner sewer

supplies: clothes that you wouldn't mind getting a bit of dye on to our Friday class, your sewing machine and cotton thread to the Tuesday class

**please note that katherine and i have made the decision to donate the equivalent of the pattern cost - $12 per student - to unist’ot’en camp in light of recent events.

Earlier Event: January 15
natural dyeing - sweater yarn
Later Event: January 19
natural dyeing - sock yarn