Knit a Vest of Your Choice with Sylvia Olsen
Be inspired by Coast Salish style knitting and learn Salish Fusion knitting methods along with Sylvia's favourite techniques from around the world.
This three-day intensive workshop, limited to 15 participants, explores knitting techniques Sylvia calls Salish Fusion—inspired by Coast Salish knitters and fused with her own favourite knitting methods. While the class knits together, participants will learn the colourwork method made popular by the Cowichan sweater and Sylvia will demonstrate seams without sewing, knitting on collars, installing zippers, and inserting pockets after the fact. The kit for the class (purchased separately) includes a pattern (child or adult) for a vest and yarn from Custom Woolen Mills. The kit will be mailed to participants beforehand and will need to be worked up to the first colourwork band so everyone is ready to start together. Sylvia is a knitting story-teller so be ready for an enriching three days of fusion and fun.
Friday, September 30 - Sunday, October 2, 2016
Level of Experience:
Workshops will be held at the Chateau Victoria, in a luxury penthouse suite offering panoramic ocean and city views of beautiful Victoria, British Columbia. Parking is available for $15 per day.
Accommodation fees are separate. The Chateau Victoria has limited special room rates available for workshop registrants if booked before August 30. With a special code provided with your registration details, Traditional Rooms with two queen beds or one king bed are $122 + tax per night, and One Bedroom Suites (perfect for sharing) are $150 + tax per night. Please note: Because off-season rates start October 1, Friday September 30 special room rates are: $206 + tax for Traditional and $263 + tax for Suites. Chateau Victoria is a CAA/AAA 3 diamond award winning full-service hotel located in the heart of downtown Victoria, BC. The hotel houses Vista 18 Westcoast Grill & Wine Bar on the 18th floor, Clive’s Classic Lounge off the lobby, a pool, whirlpool and exercise room. For more information please visit: www.chateauvictoria.com
$325 per person + additional fee for a vest kit of your choice. This rate covers the class and activities, a dvd or video download of the techniques taught by Sylvia, a goodie-bag filled with special items for each participant, plus snacks, beverages, and meals as outlined below, which will be served in the penthouse buffet-style. We'll do our best to accommodate special food requirements if notified in advance on the registration form that will be emailed to participants.
Workshop fees are non-refundable unless we can fill your spot from our waitlist, or you find a replacement yourself. Vest kits are non-refundable.
About Sylvia Olsen:
Sylvia Olsen is a master storyteller, historian, knitter, designer, award-winning author, and Cowichan sweater expert. She spent fifteen years buying and selling Cowichan sweaters in a shop behind her home on the Tsartlip Reserve outside of Victoria, BC.
Workshop registrants must buy a vest kit along with their registration.