Updates from the Peterborough Handweavers’ and Spinners’ Guild



FAFS 2016 update:

As we have grown out of the Library auditorium we are delighted to have found a new venue for our 2016 Fibre Arts Festival and Sale, on Saturday March 19, 2016, 10AM-4PM,  at the Peterborough Wellness Centre, 775 Brealey Drive, beside Fleming College.  It is a bright, friendly, fully accessible venue with lots of parking and a bus stop at the front door.

After finding the new venue one of our members put together an appealing ad card that surely will help to promote the festival.

We have visited shows throughout the summer, and will visit others still to come, continuing to distribute our ad cards, and approach new vendors and artisans. We aim to add as many new different kinds of vendors and artisans as possible to make the experience even more fun and inspiring for our visitors.The registration form is now available and is being sent out to previous participants and new prospective vendors and registrations are coming in. If you are interested in participating, contact Neta at a.j.knauer@gmail.com

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On August 26 Lois and Neta held a morning weaving workshop for kids at The Lutheran Church on Highland Road in Peterborough.
Lois began by reading a book about a shepherd boy who needed a new coat and what he had to do to get it – a quick and fun lesson in the steps from sheep to cloth!
Lois prepared paper weaving, and styrofoam tray weaving for the younger ones. She also brought the box loom from the guild, already warped, so the kids could see how the shafts work and try weaving a couple of rows.

For the older kids, Neta had prepared for making necklaces, from an article in the summer issue of Handwoven. It was fun to see the different results.

Neta was very thankful that Lois had offered to help. Thanks to her it was a success. 19 elementary school children attended and it was definitely not a one woman job, even if we had helpers. Everyone had fun.









On Saturday, August 15, a ribbon cutting ceremony took place at the S. W. Lowry Weaver Shop and Jacqurd Loom Interpretive Centre at Lang Pioneer Village Museum.






The ceremonial “stomp” by assistant warden of Peterborough County and member of the Lang board










Members of the Jacquard team – Audrey Caryi, Faye Jacobs, Wendy Cooper, Lois Watson










Lois Watson speaking on the life of Samuel Wallace Lowry












Faye Jacobs explaining how the loom was rigged













Punched pattern cards at top of loom












Wendy Cooper explains how the Jacquard works












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Visitors listening to explanations










Judy Bryan and Delores Rutherford, great-granddaughters of Samuel Lowry’s sister, Mary

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2015 Spring Issue of Fibre Focus, reproduced with permission, copyright Ontario Handweavers & Spinners.

Visit our Fibre Arts Festival Facebook Page

The 2016 Festival will take place, Saturday, March 19, 2016

10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Fleming Sports and Wellness Centre

775 Brealey Drive, Peterborough


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2015 Fibre Arts Festival

Our Fibre Arts Festival (that took place in the main library auditorium at 345 Aylmer Street, on Saturday March 21, 2015), was a wonderful success, and a fun day was had by all who attended.
There were demonstrations and some hands on activities for adults and children.

There were also many beautiful and unique craft items available for purchase, as well as fibre, yarn and supplies for those who want to create their own special items.

Our door prizes were made up of fibre and related items donated by the vendors/demonstrators in attendance.

Kawartha Hooks & Needles Guild / Embroiderers’ Guild of Peterborough, won by Pam Pilkington

Rags to Riches / Warped & Twisted Designs / Lanesend Farm & Fibre, won by Renée Paul

Indigodragonfly Yarns / Fabric Art Pictures – Christine Barker, won by Erinn Burke

Pridie Collection / Stoddart Farms, won by Kim Dyck

Suzanne Towns, fibre artist / The Alpaca Shop, won by Janice Gravel

Kawartha Rug Hooking Guild / Sandi McNeil, basketry, won by Jeanette Arminio

Fullin’ Woolens / Ptbo Handweavers and Spinners Guild, won by Shelley King

Happenstance Yarns & Books / P’tula Original Haberdashery, won by Mayah Sevink

Needles in The Hay / Elise Harris, felt artist, won by Evelyn Andrews

Hooked Goods / Ptbo Handweavers and Spinners Guild, won by B. Wright


Thank you to everyone who helped to make this a special day and to all of the people who attended.
We are looking forward to next year’s festival.

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