Hello!  You are welcome here.

I love to share the stories and techniques that inspire my work and the work of designers I follow. The craftsmanship, the tools, the maker’s day-to-day life, the work ethic, the respect for raw materials and their origin, are all a piece of the design story that I want to know and share. 
Thank you for coming here.  I hope that you will feel excited to join in and that you will find some peace, all kinds of joy, and a feeling of being understood, through my classes and through my website.  I can’t wait to hear your story!

About Venessa

I am a practicing artisan, fibre arts instructor, and a full time primary teacher in a fully integrated Intensive Arts Education Program.  Programs that I teach are focused on the creative process, building confidence in technique, and joy in the handwork.  A variety of fibre arts programs are taught year round in my home studio, and through festivals and yarn shops.


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knitting with Icelandic wool

  Plötulopi is made from the fleece of Icelandic Sheep.  These are double-coated sheep with the long outercoat (tog), and the shorter, soft undercoat (thel) both used in Icelandic wool yarns; Lopi as an example. The two coats create a yarn with loft, warmth, and...

Snow on the ground, flowers on my needles

Open It Up! My Birkin Pullover Conversion A Fibres West Program Converting a beautiful colour work pullover design into a steeked cardigan can increase its wearability, and make it a more flexible piece in your wardrobe. Making this happen involves only a few...

Joy comes in many colours . . .

just a little thankyou. . Before Instagram, I blogged more often - something you may have noticed if you look here now and then. Thank you for reading my sporadic posts. Please also follow me on instagram and ravelry if you'd like to. I am workinghandstudio in both...