Textile Exploration with the Muskox; exquisite and rare, raw and surprising fibres!*


Friday, August 17
09:30 to 16:30 &
Saturday, August 18
09:30 to 16:30


195,00 $
85,00 $
280,00 $ (without taxes)

Spaces available


All workshop registrations are non-refundable, unless the class is cancelled by the Festival.

A weekend (3-day) pass to the festival is offered to participants taking a workshop. (limit one pass per person)


*This workshop is offered in collaboration with Culture Outaouais. Priority is given to Outaouais artists. For more information, e-mail us at marieanne@festivaltwist.org

Named the « Bearded One », the Muskox is king of the Artic! This truly practical course pushes our fibre diversity exploration as spinners.  It brings to light the muskox fibre in its whole;  making good use of the incredibly soft and rare under coat (qiviut) but also of the coarse 1 to 2 feet long hair.  This extreme polarity will come together in a final project  that includes sorting, preparing, spinning, knitting, felting and embroidery! An awesome adventure that unlocks your preconceived textile ideas, and opens up new spinning horizons!
Day 1 AM: The « Beast » presentation (history, way of life, particularities). Learning to effectively sort the fibres in different grades, for different uses.
Day 1 PM : Appropriate merino/qiviut blend preparation and spinning; totally « woolen »! Knitting and felting a sample that will be used as embroidery support.
Day 2 Am : Exploration of different preparations and spinning techniques for the first grade qiviut.
Day 2 PM : Play time with the long muskox hair to create one of a kind embroidery threads! Embroidery on felt inspired from different sources.

What to bring

2 towels or tea towels (1 dark, the other light color) A minimum of 50 g fine type wool or merino (not superwash) in a carded or combed state. Hand cards or drum carder, « fine type» if possible. Knitting needles Embroidery needles Apron Lunch (no time to go out!)

Material provided:

Qiviut fiber


Diane Gonthier
French and English
Friday, August 17 09:30 to 16:30 & Saturday, August 18 09:30 to 16:30

Know how to spin a continuous thread and know how to adjust your wheel.

Diane Gonthier Les ateliers d'un pas feutré

Diane Gonthier Les ateliers d'un pas feutré

Diane Gonthier, Master Spinner, has an active professional practice since 2003. She creates unique and contemporary large scale custom wool felt works, for and with different collectivity ( Artist at school, municipalities, specific clienteles or events...). Her personal research offers a truly renewed look of the wool medium. Just like individual wool fibres end up getting closer together in the felting process, her work aims to encouraged closer and warmer social gathering.


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