Monday, May 29, 2017

Yarn Bombing at Knit Stitch

This past weekend I had a fun time facilitating a yarn bombing of a bike at the Knit Stitch in London. I love that this type of activity can bring a community together and beautify!
In 2010 I facilitated a yarn bombing for the Textile Museum of Canada, got submissions from all over the world and we had several people volunteer to sew pieces together, again creating a wonderful community project.
The bike for Knit Stitch was created is for Gathering on the Green which is an arts festival that happens yearly in London.

Here are some pictures of the progress!

Monday, March 27, 2017

April Workshops at the Elora Centre for the Arts

I am so excited to be facilitating some workshops in the coming months at The Elora Centre for the Arts. I have two fun ones in April!

On April 13 from 7-9pm, I'll be teaching Absolute Beginner Knitting.
On April 22 from 10am - 1pm, it will be Creative Mending.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Toy Show at Meet Your Maker Gallery

Ten of my Animal Icons are currently in a show at Meet Your Maker Gallery and Gift Shop in Stratford. It's called, Show and Tell and will be up until the end of March. 
Gallery owner, Leigh Cooney wrote a lovely description of my work:

"Alisa McRonald is a fibre artist living and working in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. She has a certificate in jewelry design and has studied tapestry weaving under Ixchel Suarez, but it's her line of mixed media anthropomorphic art dolls that will be featured in this exhibition. Anyone who understand the nuances of neo-folk will fully appreciate the subtle genius conatined within each figure."

The opening was this past Saturday and I had a great time! Here is an article about the show and opening.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Toronto Knitter's Frolic 2017

I'm super excited to be teaching at the Toronto Knitter's Frolic again this year!
The workshop registrations open on March 1st! Come register for Weaving on a Cardboard Loom!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Fall 2016 Classes at Stitch Niche

I'm excited to be teaching some classes at The Stitch Niche this fall!

Fauxbius - an easy Moebius
During this class you will learn how to cast-on using the provisional method and how to graft together a seam.  We will be making a fun and funky Moebius out of a squishy chunky yarn.  A snuggly treat!  
Thurs. Sept. 22, 6 – 8pm. 

$20 plus materials and HST.

Creative Mending

Do you have a hole in your favourite sweater, or is the heel worn out of your socks? Don’t toss it! Transform the item into something unique!
Utilizing darning, embroidery and crochet – you will learn some fun techniques to repair and embellish your knitwear! In this workshop you will learn basic darning techniques, how to use patches, basic embroidery as well as how crochet can help turn that hole or tear into a design feature!

Please bring a few knit items to mend – these do not need to be hand-knit items and, at least one knitted square in stockinette stitch that is at least 5” by 5”. Bring scrap yarn of various weights and colours, a few small scraps of fabric, darning needles, scissors and a small crochet hook.

Thurs. Oct. 20, 6 - 9pm

$30 plus materials and HST.

Beginner Crochet – Little Fishy
Learn basic crochet stitches, how to read a pattern, increasing and decreasing. Participants will be working on a cute fish-shaped washcloth!
Sat. Oct. 22, 10 – 12pm.
$20 plus materials and HST.

For the Love of Grannies!!
This is a three-part class focusing on granny squares! Participants may take one, two, or all three classes. The first part will focus on a traditional granny square, the second a circular granny and, the third will be a triangular granny. This is a great and fun way to crochet shapes that anything from blankets to sweaters!
Thurs. Oct. 27, 6 - 8pm (Squares)
Thurs. Nov. 3, 6 - 8pm (Circles)
Thurs. Nov. 10, 6 - 8pm (Triangles)
$20 each class ($50 for all three) plus materials and HST.

Reversible Cable Scarf
Knitting using cables is very popular this season! “My Pet Scarf” is a luxurious, lofty scarf made out of wonderfully soft yarn and because the cable is reversible – there’s no right or wrong side.  You will want one in every colour!  Please know how to cast-on/off, knit and purl.
Sat. Oct. 29, 10-12pm
$20 plus materials and HST.

Stitch Niche
105-5 Gordon St Guelph

Registration Information:
Please register in advance either by coming into the shop, emailing or calling us at
(519) 546-2486

Payment in full for the class is due upon registration, please check your schedule and class description carefully, registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.  We also do not offer make up classes.

If you must cancel a class you have registered for, please notify us at least 48 hours in advance and we will issue you a credit toward another class.
If a class does not run due to low registration or extenuating circumstances, you will be refunded in full.

A 10% reduction on yarn costs is offered once you are registered.  You may select your materials anytime after registration. 

We also welcome suggestions for class ideas and offer one-on-one instruction as well as Knit and Crochet a-longs – just send us an email or give us a call! 


Our instructor Alisa McRonald is a self-professed fibre nerd. She maintains a studio 
practice and tries to incorporate as many textile related techniques as she
can into her artwork. She has an affinity for the quirky and a rather large
eyeglass collection.