Fall Workshops at Villekulla Handmade!

This fall, Villekulla Handmade will be offering a variety of fun workshops in sewing, knitting and crochet. Learn the basics, Brush up on your existing skills, or try something new with one of our knowledgeable and friendly instructors. Several of our workshops include all the materials you will need. In workshops where materials must be purchased, students will receive a 15% discount on all materials for their course. Registrations are accepted by telephone or in person at the shop.

Space is limited in all workshops to provide a personalized learning experience so register today!  403-276-1100

(DOWNLOAD the complete list of workshops with more details.)

Beginner Brioche Knitting | September 2 (offered again November 14) | $80
Brioche knitting is
soft, warm, and fluffy just like the sweet buns it takes its name from! Knit a two-colour brioche shawl designed by your instructor Chantal (@knitpurldog) just for this class!

Herringbone Baby Quilt | September 10 | $75
This four hour class will show you how to cut out the strips for the quilt top and put it together, with special attention paid to dealing with the tricky bias cut edge.

Beginner Knitting | September 12 & 19 (offered again November 12 & 19)| $85
Knitting is a meditative creative outlet as well as a productive hobby.  Learn to knit and make a classic pair of cozy slippers to fit any size.

Seamless Top-Down Baby Cardigan | September 26 & October 3 | $85
This is a great class for those of you that have been knitting for a while and want to move on from knitting scarves and hats. The Baby Sophisticate is one adorably tiny cardigan that will knit up quickly while you learn some great knitting skills.

Introduction to Embroidery | September 24 | $65
This class will teach you five hand embroidery stitches that you will use to create anything from script to a bouquet of flowers. To avoid the dreaded “blank piece of paper” syndrome KT will start you out with a lovely black and white animal print on a white cotton background.

Macrame Elevated | September 30 | $65
Come and meet Diana from Unravelled Yarn (
www.letsgetunravelled.com), a zero-waste yarn company from right here in Calgary.  You will learn four basic macramé knots while making an elegant plant hanger using Unravelled’s t-shirt yarn.

Beginner Sewing | October 7 (offered again November 7) | $65
Learn to sew by making a stylish and handy drawstring backpack. Adele has drafted a skill building pattern that leaves you some room to get creative and personalize your backpack with different pocket options.

Amigurumi | October 17 & 24 | $75
Amigurumi is the Japanese craft of crocheting little stuffed anthropogenic animals and objects.  We will be making a doll in this class that you can personalize.  You will learn how to start your project with a magic ring, crochet in a spiral to make your work seamless, attach limbs, eyes and other body parts as well as safety eyes.  Along with your doll you will take home some patterns to help you make a wardrobe for your doll.

My First Pair of Socks | October 21 & 28 | $85
So you have been knitting for a while and you are ready for a bit of a challenge. This is the class for you. We have designed a patriotic beginner friendly sock. The Trade Blanket Socks (think Hudson’s Bay) are quick to work up in a worsted weight, easy care wool blend yarn. This fast knit will teach you a variety of handy knitting techniques.  They make a great Christmas gift knit, perfect for lounging around and reading some Can-Lit while sipping Red Rose tea.

Fair Isle Mittens | October 22, 29 & November 5 | $95
Learn techniques for Fair Isle knitting with this whimsical and warm pattern. The class is offered over three Sundays to ensure maximum support as you learn.

Beginner Crochet | November 4 & 11 | $65
Learn to knit a double crochet cowl in this beginner class.  We will do a brief overview of yarn weights, types of hooks, reading a pattern, and a general, intro to the craft of crochet.  You will leave the class with a good understanding of the basics and the ability for finish the project on your own at home.

Christmas Stocking | November 18 | $45
This roomy stocking has a contrast cuff that provides you with the perfect spot to hand embroider the recipient’s name. Santa will never be confused about who the stocking belongs to! Even if you are new to sewing you will be able to make an heirloom stocking.  You will take home your finished stocking and a pattern so that you can  keep sewing as many stockings as you like at home.

Lovikka Mittens | November 21 & 28 | $65
The first pair  of Lovikka mittens were knit by Erika Aittamaa in 1892.  The mittens were commissioned by a woodsman who wanted a pair of warm sturdy mittens that would last more than one winter.  Erika knit a pair of thick tightly knit mittens for her customer, however he thought she had ruined his good wool and refused to pay her for the mittens. Erika took the mittens home, washed and fulled them, then brushed them to make them extra warm.  The mittens became a popular item with all of her customers.  The mittens were named after the town in Northern Sweden where they were first made, they are still made today and are a popular item for tourists from all over the world. These durable, warm mittens knit up very quickly. Once fulled and embroidered (or not), they make great a great Christmas knit.

Beginner Sewing for Tweens | November 26 | $75
You will begin this two part class by getting to know your sewing machine and making a simple pillow case. The second half of the class will focus on making a pair of PJ pants. Students are encouraged to bring their own lunch.

(image courtesy @knitpurldog)