Fibre Arts Festival & Sale 2017
Our 7th annual Fibre Arts Festival & Sale will take place at the Peterborough Sport and Wellness Centre, (located by Fleming College) 775 Brealey Drive, Peterborough, Ontario, on Saturday, March 18, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
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Peterborough Handweavers and Spinners Guild
Our Guild will have lots to offer at the festival.
Hands on activities include:
Tie dyeing … you can take your creations home with you.
Weaving … there will be a weaving play table, for all ages, where you can try out weaving on a simple box loom, or create fun stuff on other simple card looms. You can take home your creations.
Finger weaving … weave a bookmark to take home.
We will also have:
A sales table where you can purchase needle felted, hand woven, and handspun items, made by members of our guild.
Spinning and weaving demos.
So come and join the fun!
The Ontario Handweavers & Spinners
The Ontario Handweavers & Spinners is a vibrant organization that encourages, inspires, enables, and sustains the unique work of handweaving, spinning and related fibre arts.
The Ontario Handweavers and Spinners organized in 1956 to promote high standards in the fibre arts and arouse public interest in our craft. Today, the organization has members from all parts of Ontario, in other parts of Canada, and beyond our borders. We welcome all those interested in spinning, weaving, dyeing, basketry and other related fibre arts.
The OHS connects its members by providing networking opportunities through conferences, seminars, workshops, its magazine, Fibre Focus, and a website.
The Artisans Centre Peterborough
The Artisans Centre Peterborough is a non-profit organization formed by four artisan groups in the Peterborough area: The Canadian Gourd Society, Peterborough Handweavers’ and Spinners’ Guild, Kawartha Potters Guild, and Kawartha Woodturners Guild.
The purpose of Artisans Centre Peterborough is to establish and operate a permanent working and educational facility in order to:
* Provide readily available facilities for the use and training of the participating guild and association members
* Maintain and advance the state of the respective artisan disciplines
* Provide a central location within the Peterborough community for artisan crafts
* Learn new perspectives through association with other artisan guilds
* Provide a platform for sharing and promoting artisan skills through educational programs for all ages in the community
* Displaying and selling artisan products through a gallery/store for the purposes of educating and advancing the public’s understanding and appreciation of the artisans‘ art.
Visit us at the Fibre Arts Festival & Sale and sign up for one of our great classes or workshops.
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/artisanscentrepeterborough/?fref=ts
Bran View Kreations
Bran View Kreations is a small family company. They use only natural materials including virgin wool, organic cotton and linen. They knit, crochet and sew using only natural colours to create a soothing colour palette.
View Bran View Kreations at their facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/Bran-View-Kreations-117236995047854/
Anarkiti – for the love of all flora and fuzzy fauna – puppets, toys & botanical art. Artist, floral designer, puppeteer and Mum, Kristi is conscious of the environment and its effects on little ones. Anarkiti’s signature style puppets & toys are created with 100% wool which are first knit, then felted and hand sewn into lovable characters. Custom creations can be made from a wide variety of materials, ranging from foraged botanicals to recycled sweaters to plush faux fur.
Also available for both young and old alike are illustrated paper puppets with movable joints. They are printed on thick card stock in full-colour or black & white which can be coloured in. Puppets inspire & educate children through interactive play which aids in the development of imagination, storytelling and has been shown to improve hand/eye coordination.
Visit Anarkiti’s website at: http://www.anarkiti.com/
iag Orignals/ One Hundred Wears, Anna Luckai
Anna Luckai of iag Originals designs and hand makes women’s garments. She chooses only certified sustainable Tencel® (eucalyptus) fabric and dyes it with plants and healthful minerals, without using chemicals. In a marketplace of cheap, mass-produced fashion, Anna provides a modestly scaled line of consistent quality, unique designs and a connection to the earth. Iag Originals means It’s All Good.
You can visit iag Originals on the web at: https://iagoriginals.ca/
Wild Haliburton Elephant Weavers (WHEW Inc.) Darlene Bolahood and Chales Sylge
Darlene Bolahood and Chales Sylge, collectively known as the ‘Wild Haliburton Elephant Weavers’ are celebrating their ninth year in the production and promotion of their unique one of a kind kid mohair throws. Over the past few years they have expanded their line to include hand woven and hand knit mohair accessories.
Dar began weaving in college. After receiving her Masters of Fine Arts Degree she became instrumental in starting the Animation Program at Durham College and then became part of the Haliburton art community in 2007, now teaching as a full time professor for the ‘Visual and Creative Arts Diploma’ program at Haliburton School of the Arts, Fleming College.
Charly has progressed through many life experiences in the arts and fine woodworking before being introduced to weaving as a hobby by Dar in 2008.
After winning a coveted spot with the Eastern Ontario Group of Artists showing at the ‘One of a Kind’ Spring 2010 show ‘WHEW’ became a reality. The demand for WHEW’s mohair throws necessitated Charly resign his employment in carpentry to concentrate full time on weaving.
Today Dar, Charly and Wild Haliburton Elephant Weavers are selling internationally and their blankets have gained recognition as some of the most beautiful available worldwide. The experimental processes in painting with dyes while still keeping a balance with tradition have kept WHEW on the cutting edge of designing unique mohair throws.
Visit Wild Haliburton Elephant Weavers on the web at:http://www.wheweavers.ca/
Terra Axxessories – Maria Guadalupe Cervantes
Maria was born and raised in Mexico City, part of a family with generations of artisans. She completed a Business degree at the University of Mexico and started working in the Banking industry, but her passion was always for design. Moving to Puerto Vallarta, meeting her husband and immigrating to Canada started her new life which led her to follow her dream…..
of starting a design/crafting venture which began in her artisan’s workshop in Campbellville, Ontario in 2003 and which is now is a family business. Maria’s husband who retired last year and 2 women working part time help her with all the processes. Maria prides herself on working with quality, sustainable, vintage and organic eco-friendly products to produce her personally designed textiles mixing natural fabrics with contemporary elements. She loves working with different textures with a goal of creating organic and vintage products that are useful in everyday life.
Terra Axxessories strives to constantly create new designs and to feature quality, one-of-a-kind pieces that are sold at prestigious shows and festivals in Canada. Each piece is exclusively crafted and stamped with no two pieces the same because of the variations in shapes, colour and artistry, rustic irregularities are to be expected and lend an individuality to each creation.
Bags and accessories handcrafted with 100% organic jute, linen, cotton; vintage, recycled canvas & leather; pre-washed contemporary linens & jute; with handmade vintage treatment
You can see some of Maria’s creations in her Etsy shop at: https://www.etsy.com/nz/shop/TerraAxxessories
Kawartha Hooks and Needles Guild
Kawartha Hooks and Needles Guild was formed approximately 20 years ago in Peterborough. We are a group of knitters and crocheters with all levels of experience from beginner to expert – some members have published patterns.
The guild hosts workshops with outside guest speakers as well as member presenters who teach various knitting and crocheting techniques, how to understand patterns, ‘tools of the trade’, what type of yarn or wool to choose, plus much more. Members also choose 2 charities each year to make items they need. This is not mandatory for members. We also choose a work-along project to start in the fall and showcase in June. Every meeting we bring in our projects to ‘show off’ to the rest of the guild and enjoy each other’s company over a cup of coffee or tea.
Kawartha Hooks and Needles Guild meets the second and fourth Thursdays, September to June, from 7-9pm at Canterbury Gardens, lower level, entrance off Glenforest Avenue. There is a small annual/semi-annual membership fee, but you can come to 2 non-workshop meetings for free to check us out before joining. Workshops/presenters are $5/meeting. For more info or contact go to www.knittingguild.ca or www.ravelry.com/groups/kawartha-hooks-and-needles-guild
Needles in the Hay
Needles in the Hay has been Peterborough’s Local Yarn Store for six years. Under the new ownership of Deanna Guttman, the shop carries a wide selection of premium natural yarns, crochet and needle felting tools, and accessories for your projects such as handcrafted buttons and shawl pins. Needles in the hay also supports Canadian hand dyers including Gobstopper, Indigodragonfly, Sweet Georgia, Zen Yarn Garden, and Ambrosia Yarns. Join them on Tuesday evenings for their “Purlez-vous” knitting and crochet social, or sign up for one of their classes.
Prior to our Fibre Fest you can visit Needles in the Hay on the web at: http://needlesinthehay.ca/ or pop by their shop at 385 Water Street Peterborough.
Stitches Plus – Betty Ann Welsh
Betty Ann has been involved with sewing and needlework from a very young age starting with dress making and eventually evolving into quilting. She has taught quilting for Peterborough night school, Haliburton School of Fine Arts and various quilt shops where she has also worked. Betty Ann has been a member of the Embroiderers Guild of Peterborough in the past and is presently a member of the Millbrook Needlers Quilt Guild and the Lindsay Creative Quilt Guild of which she is one of the Founders. She has taken part in various local Craft Shows including Autumn Treasures for many years.
Carmen was born in Transylvania, Romania, a small town in the mountains, where she spent a happy childhood full of love, freedom, nature, books, creativity and dreams. She went on to become an aeronautical engineer, a career that led to her meeting her husband – who worked for Bombardier. Two children and much travel later, she values what she holds inside: mind and soul, memories and lost footprints, scars and echoes and continues to love humans, life, nature, science, math, literature, colors, art, music. She describes herself as practical and purposeful but romantic, creative, inventive, open minded and enthusiastic.
Having sewn since she was 5 years old, Carmen notes that in Romanian culture, sewing is a tradition which was well conserved and passed on allowing people to innovate and design, to explore prime materials and options and to improvise and repair. Carmen believes traditions exist because wisdom must be passed on to new generations. She notes sewing is a way to express herself, to give, to educate, to return good to the world, and that because she cannot paint, or sing at the same intensity she sews to express the need of beauty, colors, uniqueness, joy and ideas.
Carmen often uses recycled materials and seldom follows methods or procedures, making each piece unique.
You can see Carmen’s work on Instagram: carmen_nistor_caldwell
You can contact Carmen via Email: email@example.com or phone: 289 924 0921
Christianna Ferguson is an artist and educator living and working at her studio in Lakefield Ontario. For the past five years she has focused primarily on felt making. Through the felt making process of laying out wool roving, adding water, soap and friction, Christianna is able to create unique wearable pieces of art as well as sculptural and two dimensional art pieces.
Making textiles with simple natural raw materials allows her to play with colour, texture, pattern and form in an infinite number of ways. She also teaches workshops from her studio and at the Canadian Canoe Museum.
Haliburton School of Art and Design
Haliburton School of Art and Design is known for providing unique and flexible programs taught by professionals who have shaped art, craft and design in Canada. Learn at their beautiful campus that provides a one-of-a-kind, hands-on studio experience. They offer certificate, diploma, post-graduate and week-long summer programs to help you build a solid portfolio to take you to the next step – whether that’s continuing education, embarking on a career, or starting your own practice.
Enroll in a one-week summer course or a semester- long accelerated program, and challenge your perception of what can be created with textiles. Learn how fabric is made, how it behaves, and how to design, construct and manipulate it. Participate in the hands-on discovery of the science and techniques of fabric dyeing and pigmentation with some of Canada’a most respected fibre artists.
Prior to the show you can visit the Haliburton School of Art and Design via their website at: hsad.ca, their Facebook: Fleming College – Haliburton School of Art + Design, their instagram page at:
fleminghsad or Twitter: @flemingHSAD
Loomlust is joining us from Midland Ontario. Ronnie and Ben are weavers themselves and developed their shop to carry a variety of quality weaving yarns not readily available to the fibre arts community in Ontario. They offer a selection of cotton, linen and wool for weaving as well as tools and accessories. Loomlust carries yarns that are difficult to source in Ontario including those from: Venne, Bockens and JaggerSpun.
You can visit Loomlust’s website and online store at: loomlust.com
River of Yarn, Tracy Minnema
Tracy Minnema, began dabbling in the fibre arts when she was only five years old. Crocheting and knitting were her first foray into the fibre world, then came sewing, dressmaking, cross stitch and quilting. Tracy has a Fashion Arts Diploma, and an Education Certification in Technological Studies – Clothing and Fashion. She worked in the fashion industry for a few years, then went on to teach at the secondary level in Family Studies, for the past 23 years. Working with textiles has always been a part of her life.
Tracy is in the building stages of her new part-time venture, ‘A River of Yarn’. This is a studio and an online store specializing in luxury and affordable hand knitting and crochet yarns, patterns and accessories. Teaching makes up a large part of the business, as she offers lessons from beginner to advanced techniques in the studio. Tracy travels Ontario taking part in various fibre festivals. You can find her as a guest speaker at various guilds and shows, presenting seminars and hands-on workshops. Find out more about A River of Yarn at http://www.ariverofyarn.ca.
Coral Door Studio, Ruth Dyer
Ruth Dyer’s work includes traditional rug hooking and other fibre-related arts that pique her interest. In all her work, she is committed to using only recycled materials. Ruth is the founder of Christmas at the Marshland Centre which has since become a tradition in the village of Lakefield; and she is a member of the Lakefield Farmers Market.
You can visit Ruth at her web blog: http://coraldoorstudio.blogspot.ca/ or contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Alpaca Shop
The Alpaca Shop: Locally raised organic alpaca products
Kathy McConnell and Carol Saunders of Hubbert Farms and Donna Simmonds of Averegan Alpacas are located in the North End of Peterborough.What started 12 years ago as a love for the animals has developed more recently into a love for the luxurious fiber these wonderful creatures produce. Alpaca is a high end luxurious product that is six times warmer than wool, is hypo allergenic because of it’s lack of lanolin and is soft as cashmere. The Alpaca Shop offers a huge assortment of items made from their own animals including duvets, dryerballs, yarns, rugs, felted products and more. Looking to make your own creation, they offer raw fleece as well. “”
Three local ladies working hard to create high end products that showcase the outstanding properties of these adorable creates. Isn’t it time you discovered alpaca.
Check out the Alpaca shop on facebook @ The Alpaca Shop
studioloo, Cindy Cole
Cindy Cole Bennett of Studioloo has been an avid maker for most of her life, working in the arts since her early teens. Cindy has had the advantage to work in many mediums including wood, clay, fibre, textiles, sculpture and paint. Cindy began selling her work in 2000 and now focuses on working with clay, wood and fibre.
Cindy has taught workshops in many of the fibre arts. Cindy’s work is able to bridge gaps between art and craft, and has been featured in many productions, and publications.
The work sold at sales focuses on the fibre arts including handspun art yarn, handdyed yarns, dyed and blended fibres, handmade buttons and embellishments for use by creative fibre artists!
Cindy pulls inspiration for her work from nature, science, pop culture, history, and art. She is always trying to achieve exciting results working with new materials, found objects, experimental concepts and quality recycled materials.
You can visit Cindy at her website: studioloo.com/
The Kawartha Rug Hooking Guild
The Kawartha Rug Hooking Guild is one of a number of regional branches of the Ontario Hooking Craft Guild (OHCG) that promotes the traditional art of rug hooking.
For over 150 years, rug hookers have been pulling loops of wool strips or yarn through a fabric backing; initially to cover cold floors, but more recently to adorn their homes with creative works of art.
Come see a display of work created by our members as well as a demonstration of this wonderful branch of fibre art. You might even try your hand at pulling a loop or two.
To find out more about rughooking in Ontario visit the OHCG website:
or their facebook page at
The Olive Sparrow
The Olive Sparrow focuses on hard-to-find wet-felting and needle felting goods, as well as natural crafting items.
Most of these are exclusively available at the Olive Sparrow – 18, 21, 24 micron merino roving and batt, Swiss mountain sheep wool, WizPick felting needles, industrial felting needles, felting surfaces, 100% wool felt, extra-long locks (i.e. Teeswater from England). 100% wool felt in over 75 colours. Ball-brausers, felting-needle holders.
Beautiful sets of small amounts of colours as well as $5 (taxes included) bags of the different wool qualities will be available at the festival. There will also be wooden peg-figures for crafting with your children – as well as other Waldorf-inspired materials – Swiss doll skin, and super-clean stuffing roving and batt.
The Quilter’s Bolt: Kate DeKlerck
The Quilter’s Bolt is a brick and mortar shop for all fabric lovers! We opened our doors March 31, 2015, after a truly beautiful retail space in our small town, Millbrook, Ontario became available. For Kate, this was a way to contribute to her community and its downtown, while pursuing her own long term dream. After working in childcare for more than 10 years (and finding solace in my quilting all the while), Kate was ready for a change of pace and a new, exciting adventure! With the incredible support of my husband, young daughters, dad and our community, I dove in, fulfilling another passion, in my second, incredible career. Join me in my love of colour, pattern and fabric!
Prior to the show you can visit The Quilter’s Bolt at 30 King Street East, Millbrook or via the web at: thequiltersbolt.com or Facebook @katescustomquilts
Allsewalison, the Needle Nerd: Alison Gauthier
Alison is a designer and technician who starts with top quality materials, adds her very best skills and comes out with beautiful, super-functional products that will last. Available in a rainbow of feel-good colours you can easily co-ordinate one of her purses with one of her popovers to complete any outfit!
Grace Mahoney: Living in Colour
This is Grace’s second year showing at the Fibre Arts Festival. She is a mixed media artist who starts her art projects by just taking a thread for a walk. Inspired by colour and texture she weaves, felts and sculpts art pieces that often become reflections on natural and maternal themes. Her work has been featured in the magazine Cloth Paper Scissors.
Grace has just moved to new studio designed by her, at her home in Fifes Bay. She does provide workshops for individuals and small groups to learn her weaving, felting and wirework techniques. She can be contacted at email@example.com or follow her at facebook.com/livingincolourwithgrace.
Kathy moved to Norwood 14 years ago after retiring. She has hooked rugs for 40 years and is a certified teacher with the OHCG (Ontario Hooking Craft Guild). Kathy enjoys doing things that require fabric or yarn and has been a knitter and a sewer for most of her adult life. I . This year she started knitting fairies, dolls, and making doll clothes. Kathy is loving doing this and hopes you enjoys her creations.
Outside of the Fibre Arts Festival and Sale you can reach Kathy by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Valerie Carpentier, The Night Weaver, Fabric artist
Valerie has always enjoyed working with fabric – it makes her heart sing! Her mother taught her to sew at an early age and her father was an artist and architect so she feels she has married their talents with her own.
Valerie began creating for shows in 1980, as a stay-at-home mother of three, the night was her only time to get her woven wall hangings done, which is how she named her business The Night Weaver.
Since that time she has worked with many mediums including wool, stained glass, floral arranging, children’s clothing, mosaics, jewellery and wearable art. Staring in 2008 she began creating fabric art landscapes which have found homes in England, Indonesia and Canada. Valerie hopes you will enjoy viewing her art as much as she enjoys creating it.
Outside of the festival Valerie can be reached at email@example.com or (705) 743-8594
Evelyn’s involvement with fibre arts began early with the creation of cloths for her dolls made on a Singer treadle sewing machine. She progressed to sewing her own clothing, embroidering linens and knitting sweaters. As Evelyn’s environmental awareness increased, she began to repurpose old wool sweaters and other thrift store fabrics. Now, her upcycled creations such as hats, bags and cushions are available at a limited number of juried craft shows.
Outside of the Festival Evelyn can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at: 905-372-8521
Chris Barker works with fabric, making quilted wall-hangings and collages
some of which are further enhanced with embroidery and beading, added
upholstery fabric or netting. At our Fibre Arts Festival, Chris will also
have art cards of some of her work and simple kits. At her booth she will
be demonstrating her techniques of layering fabrics to form a landscape
Outside of our Festival, Chris can be contacted at
email@example.com or 705-740-0035.
The Embroiderers’ Guild of Peterborough
The Embroiderers’ Guild of Peterborough was founded in 1979, becoming the 10th Guild to join the Embroiderers’ Association of Canada Inc. (EAC), and a founding guild of the Ontario Network of Needleworkers (ONN) in 1983. We are a small group of dedicated needleworkers who meet monthly to discuss, share and learn more about the art of the threaded needle.
The Guild offers a diverse yearly program that features workshops, mini lessons and speakers on topics and techniques designed to broaden our knowledge and expertise. It has an extensive lending library for members’ use, including embroidery magazines from the UK and New Zealand. Visitors are welcome to come to two meetings before becoming a member.
Contact us through our website at www.egpstitch.ca for more information, then come and see what can be created with just a threaded needle and a good idea!
Shepherd’s Hill, Grace Clare
Shepherd’s Hill was started in 1997 as a birthday gift, of a Corriedale ewe and her two lambs, to one of our children. The flock has since grown to 30 adults, consisting of mainly long wool breeds. These include, Romney, Blue Face Leicesters and Border Leicesters.
Our aim is to produce clean, lustrous and easy to spin fleeces and fibre in an ethical and sustainable manner.
Our efforts have been recognized both locally and at the Royal Winter fair.
You can visit Shepherd’s Hill via Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Shepherds-Hill-Farm-1006229602801668/. Shepherd’s Hill is also part of the Upper Canada Fibreshed and can be found on their website at: https://uppercanadafibreshed.ca/local-producers/shepherds-hill-farm/
Grace can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Happenstance Books & Yarns
Happenstance Books & Yarns
Happenstance Books & Yarns is a welcoming store in Lakefield. They invite you to stop by their booth at the Fibre Arts Festival and Sale to see the latest in Spring yarns by Berroco and Rowan. They will also have a great selection of self-striping sock yarns by Opal and Regia, beautiful hand-made pottery yarn bowls by Thomas Aitken and Kate Hyde, luxurious Amano alpaca yarns, and interesting textile and pattern books.
Happenstance Books & Yarns has been a staple on Queen Street in Lakefield for over 35 years. If you’re passionate about yarns and books this is the store for you! We carry a wide selection of yarns with a particular fondness for alpaca yarns. You will find such brands as Amano, James C Brett, Berroco, Cascade, Debbie Bliss, Estelle, King Cole, Opal, Rowan, Patons, and Sirdar.
A great place for non-knitters too. Our book selection is carefully curated from new releases to classics and is sure to appeal to readers of all ages and interests.
Happenstance Books & Yarns, 44 Queen Street, Lakefield
You can visit their website http://bookmanager.com/happenstance Or Facebook: happenstancebooksandyarns
Or contact them by phone at: 705-652-7535 or email: email@example.com
Christina Pridie / Peterborough Yarn Shop
Christina Pridie / Peterborough Yarn Shop
Christina Pridie is a wife, mother of 4, and owner and operator of the Peterborough Yarn Shop. She is also a knitwear designer who specializes in seamless hand knits. With over 40 years of experience she instructs knitting and crocheting classes for beginner to advanced levels. She enjoys designing and teaching the skills of the trade as much or more than the exercise itself.
Visit the Peterborough Yarn Shop at http://www.peterboroughyarnshop.com/ or on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/ThePridieCollection/
Knitters and Crocheters find the Pridie Collection of patterns Christina has designed on Ravelry at: http://www.ravelry.com/designers/christina-pridie
Hooked on the Lake
Hooked on the Lake
Loretta Moore from Hooked on the Lake tells the Fibre Arts Festival and Sale the story of her fibre journey:
My passion for fibre arts developed at an early age. As a child I would sit in my mom’s sewing room and pick up scraps from her sewing projects and would make clothing for dolls. I never actually played with the dolls – I just wanted to make clothing for them and play with the fabrics. My mom was an experienced seamstress and knitter. I was introduced to knitting by the age of 6 and I remember making the never ending scarf because although my mom had taught me how to cast on – she forgot to teach me how to cast off. So I come by my love of fibre arts honestly.
As I grew up I developed my love of all things fibre through making my own clothing, knitting sweaters for myself and friends, learning to crochet – although none of those little doilies – bathroom curtains was my first project and learning to quilt. I would spend hours in quilt stores pulling bolts of fabrics off the shelves and imagining what I could make with them. Until the day I visited a wonderful quilt store in New Hampshire where I discovered a rughooking kit. I was intrigued but this was before internet was as widespread as it is today and I could not find anything to teach me how to hook – until my cousin came for a visit and showed me a project she was working on and introduced me to her teacher, Tony Latham .
I realised after the first few loops that I pulled that I had discovered a fibre art that appealed to every creative bone in my body. I loved the almost zenlike feel of pulling loops, loved playing with colour and developing my own colours through dyeing, loved the final product.
I wish I could say that I have an overall style like so many rughookers or fibre artists but I love to try new things so although my preferred style is primitive, antique looking wide cut rugs I like to play with new colours, alternative fibres and techniques. I am drawn to antiques – rugs and furniture – and like to incorporate some of my rugs into the antique pieces I have found (some off the side of the road!).
But one of my greatest passions is introducing others to rughooking – and patiently explaining that this is NOT latch hooking. That true rughooking dates back to the early 1800’s and uses strips of wool. That it is not a paint by number art form – it allows creativity in so many ways and can be as expensive or inexpensive as you could wish allowing anyone with any budget to become a rughooker. I demonstrate at shows where I vend, I teach classes and love meeting hookers and wannabe hookers and talking hooking! I take as many classes in varied aspects of rughooking as I can afford – both money and time wise. I belong to the Ontario Hooking Craft Guild and became a member of ATHA (Association of Traditional Rughooking Artists) a few years ago when one of my American friends showed me the amazing newsletter. I am not a certified teacher but I can and do teach what I know!
Visit Loretta’s website to be inspired by her blog and to get a peak at some of the designs and kits she will have for sale in her booth at the Fibre Arts Festival and Sale: https://hookedonthelake.wordpress.com
hand-dyed, colour-changing cakes
gobstopper is all about beautiful dappled gradients, hand-dyed on high quality,
natural fibre yarn. Dyer Marit Munson created the special gobstopper process
through several years of experiments, always asking “What would happen if…?”
The result is a set of special dyeing techniques that combine equal parts
inspiration and serendipity– every cake of yarn is its own unique blend of
colours, creating lively gradients that shift with every stitch.
Visit the gobstopper webpage to see Marit’s latest colourways and projects that show off the lovely colourways: https://gobstopperyarn.wordpress.com/
Cheryl Roberts of Fullin’ Woolens writes:
Tactile tendencies, as well as a love of colour and funk brought me to the world of fibre arts. A chance encounter online while looking for wool roving led me to traditional spinning. Shortly thereafter, I learned about felting, in particular, nunofelting – a gorgeous fusion of wool and silk, as well as art yarn spinning. I feel rather like a doula helping to birth amazing things from fibre. I am passionate about colour, and dye a lot of the fibres I use in my work. In this age of mass produced, disposable items, I am committed to maintaining these centuries old arts, while learning new ways to step outside of the box. Helping others in their creative arts journey is a big part of my mission, and as well as carrying supplies for spinners and felters, I also teach these arts.
You can visit Cheryl at Fullin’ Woolens new website: https://www.fullinwoolens.com
Or check out her facebook page https://www.facebook.com/fullinwoolens and instagram account:
the Black Lamb
If you haven’t already visited the Black Lamb at their new location in Port Hope (or even if you have), you will want to stop by their booth at our Fibre Festival. Black Lamb owner Laurie Goldiuk has long been known for her beautiful dyed yarns and now she is taking her business in new directions having built a fibre mill with felting capabilities at her new location which opened in the summer of 2015.
For all your felting needs you will find an array of high quality felting fibre from DHG – Italy, as well as custom needle felting backgrounds and pre run batts for nuno felting. Spinners will find hand dyed roving from Laurie’s Mill in merino, silk, tencel, cashmere and more, as well as spinning supplies from Ashford, Louet and Majacraft.
Visit the Black Lamb Website at theblacklamb.ca or their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/theblacklambcanada
Crazy for Socks
Crazy for Socks is Fred and Linda Curry. The Currys’ create socks that will remind you of those cozy hand-knitted socks that Grandmas made for loved family members! Fred Curry replicates these heirloom socks on an antique circular sock-knitting machine using traditional wool and nylon blends in many eye-catching colours. Fred is also a cancer survivor who learned sock knitting while recuperating from a stemcell transplant. The therapy from that cancer treatment has turned into a lifelong hobby of sock knitting.
Viewing the antique sock making machine in action was a popular stop at the 2016 Fibre Arts Festival and Sale and we expect people will enjoy watching it in action again this year.
Crazy for Socks doesn’t have a webpage, if you want to contact Fred and Linda outside of the Fibre Festival you can reach them at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Roxann Blazetich-Ozols, has worked with fibre and beads for over 15 years creating beaded jewellery then kits under the name of BEADADDICT. Recent beadwork collaborations with lampwork artists have given Roxann the opportunity to engineer unique wearable art pieces that have been included in US and Canadian publications, exhibitions and competitions. She is the designer of the dual lucet, DUCETTE ©, with which she teaches braiding from her own instructions using contemporary fibre and stringing materials. Roxann has discovered how to Abraid the braid, a technique which expands the scope of lucet braiding from creating simple cords to crafting hats, scarves and mats without sewing. New this year is her crochet patterns for fashion accessories. On site demonstrations are the main features of BEADADDICT’s alter ego, the ADUCETTE LADY©.
You can visit Roxann at her web sites: https://www.beadaddict.ca, https://www.ducette.com and https://www.facebook.com/ducettelady
John Boorman Rug Hooking Frames
John Boorman is an industrial designer who has come up with new and innovative ways to build rug hooking frames. Come by the booth and see John’s frames.
If you have any questions for John before the Fibre Arts Festival you can contact him by email at email@example.com
Lanes End Farm and Fibre
Lynn Hasson from Lanes End Farm and Fibre has been raising sheep for 42 years and now has a practical and effective system for maintaining optimum health while producing as natural a product as possible, she is also a spinner and is well known for her skill in spinning dog hair. For those that wish to craft their own creations Lynn will have fibre and yarn at her booth and for those who would rather leave the crafting to someone else Lynn will have a variety of articles made from her own wool including blankets, gloves and mittens. Lynn’s hemp hand cream is also a favourite of many members in the Guild.
If you want to contact Lynn, she does Farm Gate Sales 3143 Hwy 7 Reaboro, phone; 705-324-9413 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org