Fibre Arts Festival & Sale 2016
Our 6th annual Fibre Arts Festival & Sale took place at the Peterborough Sport and Wellness Centre, (located by Fleming College) 775 Brealey Drive, Peterborough, Ontario, on Saturday, March 19, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. $3.00 entrance fee. Children 10 and under enter free if accompanied by an adult.
A message from Neta
I cannot believe that it is soon two months since our festival on March 19!
We were so delighted to see it turn out to be such a success, and that everyone seemed to thoroughly enjoy themselves, both visitors and vendors. We want it to be a fun and rewarding event for all, and it seems that indeed it was. It was wonderful to see not only women visiting, but men as well who seemed to enjoy themselves just as much! As always our draw prizes were a big hit, and quite a few were actually won by men!
I want to thank our vendors for their great displays and cheerful interactions with the public. And of course I must thank our own guild members that made the whole thing possible, both during the months of planning and at the event.
For next year we have decided to forego the two separate areas and keep it all in the large gym rooms area, (which will be 3 times as large as the one gym we had this year) as we were told that some visitors seemed to have overlooked the wonderful activity and sales area in the multi purpose rooms, in spite of signs. We really do not want anyone to miss any of the fun! Well, it was a learning experience, as it always is when one is starting something somewhere new.
I also want to thank the vendors for taking the time to fill in their feedback forms – it is a big help in the planning for next year’s festival! With your help we also have some additional interesting names on our vendor contact list!
Of course we hope that both our visitors and vendors are looking forward to the next festival! It will take place on Saturday March 18, 2017, again at the Peterborough Sports and Wellness Centre. So go ahead, mark it on your calendar!
As for now, have a lovely summer!
p.s. Scroll down to see what you missed if you were not there – photos from the event and vendor profiles.
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For further vendor profiles and photos go to the Fibre Arts Festival & Sale Facebook page,
where we will have updates and information on the vendors who will will be at the festival.
Peterborough Handweavers and Spinners Guild
Peterborough Handweavers and Spinners Guild will as usual have lots to offer at the festival, such as hands-on tie dyeing where you can take your creations with you home, a weaving play table for all ages, where for example you can try out weaving on a simple box loom, or create fun stuff on other simple card looms with a result you can take home as well. Our finger weaving member will have something for kids, or kids at heart, to try out, maybe resulting in a bookmark to take home.
We will have a sales table where you can find needle felted, handwoven, and handspun items. This year we also have a Challenge display table with items made by our members, the inspiration being our 60th – diamond – anniversary as a guild.
And naturally we will have spinning demos and weaving demos on different looms going on. So come and join the fun!
Our upcoming Fibre Arts Festival & Sale is at the Peterborough Sport & Wellness Centre on 19 March. Doors open at 10am. Admission fee $3, children 10 and under free when accompanied with an adult. See you there !!!
Quilt Arts Peterborough
We are looking forward to seeing what beautiful work they will have this year. To get an idea of what they can do see the photos from last year’s Festival.
The Alpaca Shop
For the second year The Alpaca Shop will join the Festival. This will again give us the opportunity to purchase wonderful, soft items for chilly and cold days.
Did you know that Alpaca is the warmest ‘wool’ available! While similar to sheep’s wool, it is warmer, not prickly, and bears no lanolin, which makes it hypoallergenic. It is also soft and luxurious. In physical structure, alpaca fiber is somewhat akin to hair, being very glossy. Alpaca fiber is also flame-resistant. Photos are from last year’s festival.
Hooked Goods – Margot Innes (owner and creator)
Margot is a return exhibitor to Fibre Fest. She offers Rug-hooking supplies and products, including simple do-it-yourself kits for beginners and more. She will have new kits at our festival this year and as well as demonstrating rug hooking, she will have a start your own coaster option available for people.
Outside of the festival you can find Hooked Goods on the web at hookedgoods.storenvy.com
on Facebook at : https://m.facebook.com/NewfoundlanderatHeart/
on instagram at: @newfoundlanderatheart
and you can contact Margot by email at email@example.com
Living in Colour
Living in Colour is Grace Mahoney a Peterborough experimental artist who is a knitting ninja, crochet queen, heartfelt felter, wire wizard, crazy quilter, busy bead and buttoner and is willing to try all art forms to expand her creativity.
If you are from Peterborough you may have seen Grace’s work at Gallery in the Attic or at Art in the Garden.
At the Peterborough Fibre Arts Festival, Grace will be showing a number of her works inspired by nature and the people in her life. Grace loves to collaborate with people on commissioned work and she also offers workshops.
You can find out more about Grace by visiting her website www.gracemahoney.ca or her facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Living-In-Colour-221885247837898/
Kawartha Hooks and Needles Guild
The Kawartha Hooks and Needles Guild is a group open to knitters and crocheters of all abilities age 16 and older. They meet twice a month from 7-9 pm on the 2nd and 4th Thursday from September to June at Canterbury Gardens. Meetings often feature guest speakers and members are welcome to bring their own projects or work on the charity projects the guild has picked.
Stop by their booth at our Fibre Festival – they will have needles and wool if you would like to try knitting.
To contact the Kawartha Hooks and Needles Guild you can view their website at: http://www.knittingguild.ca/ or contact Veronica van Zyl’s by phone at: (705)749-1327.
The Embroiderers’ Guild of Peterborough (EGP).
The Embroiderers’ Guild of Peterborough (EGP) is a small group of dedicated needleworkers who meet monthly to discuss, share and learn more about the art of the threaded needle.
Founded more than 35 years ago, they are members of the national Embroiderers’ Association of Canada Inc. (EAC) and a founding guild of the Ontario Network of Needleworkers (ONN). EGP holds regular meetings and workshops throughout the year, and has an extensive lending library.
Stop by their booth at our Fibre Arts Festival to put a stitch or two on their community doodle cloth, find out more about joining and see some of the wonderful things that can be made with just a threaded needle and a good idea. “Everyone is welcome…we will teach you what you want to learn!”
Visit the Guild’s Webpage at: http://egpstitch.ca
Anna Luckai is the creator of iag Originals. Anna’s work blazes the trail into the possibility of hand crafting garments in contemporary styles using the most ecologically conscious and certified sustainable materials and then infusing them with colour and healing qualities in the ways of our foremothers.
Visit iag Originals on the web at iagoriginals.ca or on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/iag.originals
Haliburton School of Art + Design
Haliburton School of Art + Design – Fleming College, is known for providing unique and flexible programs taught by professionals who have shaped art, craft, and design in Canada.
Among their outstanding diploma, certificate and continuing education programs in art and design are specific opportunities for education in fibre arts. Complete a 15-week Fibre Arts certificate or spend a number of years participating in the OHS Spinners certificate program, which is a series of 6 courses one taught each summer at Haliburton. Or participate in one of the over 30 courses and workshops in fibre arts during the summer and fall to learn a new skill or technique or hone your experience.
Stop by the Haliburton School of Art + Design Fleming College booth to pick up information about their programs, or to see a needle-felting demonstration.
Facebook: Fleming College – Haliburton School of Art + Design
Marilyn is a lifelong resident of Oshawa who was inspired by her grandmother and mother to embellish fabric through embroidery. Inspired by nature she uses her embroidery skills to add a third dimension to hand painted silk using silk ribbon, threads and silk fusion. Her work has won awards from the Station Gallery in Whitby. Marilyn studied watercolour, silk painting , silk dying and tapestry weaving at Haliburton School of the Arts, and in England. Her work has appeared in the Canadian fibre magazine “A Needle Pulling Thread”. Marilyn has coordinated the Annual Oshawa Fibre Art Show for the past three years and been a participant for six years, and she has also promoted fibre arts, by recently curating a fibre art show at the McLaughlin Gallery. Marilyn has also taught silk fusion, silk painting and silk ribbon embroidery throughout Ontario. Her goal and enjoyment is to encourage young peoples’ creativity through the ancient arts of silk fabric.
Marilyn can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
A knitter for 50 years, Helen enjoys creating for warmth and fashion. She
particularly likes to work with interesting patterns and a variety of
natural and man-made yarns to create items to wear and for the home. At her
booth you will find baskets bursting with fun and intricately patterned
socks, several weights and styles of mittens as well as bracelets and a
variety of hats. Because Helen likes to play with texture, you will also
find soft baby and children’s items along with densely felted handbags,hats
and slippers in a wide palette of colours. Helen will be sure to have a pair
of needles, or maybe a crochet hook, in her hands at the festival.
Outside of the festival Helen can be contacted at 705-653-0899 or at
Bear With Me
Gobstopper Yarn and Needles in the Hay
Marit Munson is the colour-obsessed brain behind gobstopper’s luxury gradient yarn, hand-dyed for knitters with equal parts inspiration and happy accident. Each cake is its own unique blend of colours, creating dappled gradients that shift with every stitch. Based in Peterborough, gobstopper yarn is available at Needles in the Hay or on-line at www.gobstopperyarn.com. Stop by Bridget and Marit’s booth to treat yourself to your favourite yarn, learn a bit about the dyeing process, or check out shawls and other samples from gobstopper and Needles in the Hay.
Wild and Woolly Dolls
Marg Lake lives in cottage country where winters are long and neighbours are few. So knitting as a creative pastime fills many a quiet evening. She began
as a child knitting the usual sweaters and toys but recently took a creative leap designing her own unique and slightly funky ladies. Each one of a kind
doll is made with natural fibres emphasizing a variety of bright colours and textures and is “dolled up” with makeup, eyelashes and jewellery. They are
suitable for children as well as adults who love a bit of fun! Marg is also a watercolour artist, and her interest in colour is obvious in her dolls.
You will also be able to experience Marg’s creative mind in making the dolls as she will display the steps she goes through in making them.
Marg can be reached at email@example.com or by phone at 705 657 1091
Happenstance Books & Yarns
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, Katia, 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 can be found at 44 Queen Street, Lakefield
They can also be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at: 705-652-7535
A River of Yarn is focused on providing quality knitting and crochet yarns, kits, and accessories, always with a look towards fashion and affordability. The showroom is stocked with fabulous yarns such as alpaca, wool, cotton, flax, acrylics and specialty yarns. There are many patterns, books and accessories to choose from. A River of Yarn’s studio is located only 15 minutes south of Peterborough, and also offers a web store and free delivery to Peterborough. Stop by Tracy’s booth at our Fibre Festival to see a great sampling of both knitting and crochet kits, and try out the new NEKO curved double point needles!
Visit A River of Yarn at http://www.ariverofyarn.ca/
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. They will have a small four shaft loom set up in their booth for those that would like to stop by and give weaving a try or who wish to see some of the yarns they offer being woven.
You can visit Loomlust’s website and online store at: loomlust.com
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, DUCETTE7, with which she teaches braiding techniques from her own instructions using contemporary fibre and stringing materials. Come by Roxann’s table during the show to see her demonstrating the various forms of crochet or DUCETTE7 braiding.
Roxann creates beaded jewellery, teaches beadwork, and creates crochet patterns and beading kits. She is also the designer of the dual lucet, the Ducette®. Lucets are tools that are believed to date back to the Viking days and are used to create cords. Lucets come in two styles and Roxann has created the Ducette® which incorporates each style into the tool, allowing crafters to easily pick the style that is best for their project. Come by Roxann’s table during the show to see her demonstrating the various forms of crochet or lucet braiding.
You can find out more about Ducette’s and Roxann’s other creative work by visiting her websites:
Suzanne Towns articulates her connection to our environment by felting wool fibres to create sculptures, wall hangings and wearable art. Some pieces reflect a realistic representation of our world, other express an abstract impression of nature’s art.
Suzanne Towns can be contacted at 705-653-1049
Silvia Stoddart will again be offering her fleeces as well as batts and yarns in lovely colours at our festival. She has downsized to a more manageable size of flock, and is returning to wool and fibre as an enjoyable hobby.
Earth and Vines
Lanes End Farm and fibre
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.
Crazy for Socks
Fred and Linda Curry from “Crazy for Socks”, are from Woodstock Ontario. They offer socks made on antique circular sock knitting machines and this winter will be introducing a new product – boot toppers! Sock knitting machines were developed in the late 1800s and women often used them to make and sell socks to supplement their income. Many of these machines were manufactured in Ontario and Fred has two machines from Georgetown and one from Toronto as well as one from Pennsylvania. New machines were sold by manufacturers to women for about $10 and then the manufacturer purchased back the socks she made for about $1 per dozen pairs of socks.
Stop by Fred and Linda’s booth to see a sock knitting machine in action, and to buy warm socks or fashionable boot toppers. Fred makes these special to honour the love and energy put forth by generations of sock-knitters.
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
Fullin’ Woolens is a home based studio operated by Cheryl Roberts. Cheryl is an artist and teacher producing unique handspun yarns and felted creations. Fullin’ Woolens offers a quality selection of fibres and tools for all your spinning and felting needs, including hand dyed top and locks and art batts for spinning or felting, as well as signature handspun yarns for knitting or weaving. Additionally, Fullin’ Woolens is an exclusive agent for Greener Shades Dyes, Louet and Schacht spinning/weaving equipment, and DHG fibre from Italy.
Warped and Twisted Designs
Penny Boyd is the Fibre Artist behind Warped and Twisted Designs.
Penny is a multi-talented artist who works in a variety of mediums including weaving, spinning and painting.
At Penny’s booth, you will find a variety of pieces including handwoven rag rugs, up-cycled pillows, bags and wrist cuffs. Visitors concerned about environmental impact will also be excited to know that many of Penny’s pieces use reclaimed materials.
Penny’s work can be viewed on her facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Warped-and-Twisted-Designs-1411557… or visit her website at: www.warpedandtwisteddesigns.weebly.com
Hooked on the Lake
Loretta Moore gave up all other crafting after discovering rug hooking 19 years ago! She loves to share her passion by teaching beginner, primitive and textural rughooking classes. Realizing quickly how difficult it is to find supplies, patterns and kits in Canada she started her business Hooked on the Lake to enable people to find these locally. Her studio is open to the public by appointment.
Visit Loretta’s Website at https://hookedonthelake.wordpress.com
The black lamb
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 at the Peterborough Sport & Wellness Centre, 19th March.
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. Hand dyed roving from our Mill – merino, silk, tencel, cashmere and more, spinning supplies from Ashford, Louet and Majacraft.
Evelyn Haskell grew up in a home full of knitting needles, buttons, fabrics, and yarns, and so, from a very early age has been knitting, sewing, embroidering and playing with fabric. That interest combined with a commitment to recycling, led to a craft business based on the reusing of vintage fabrics and yarns. She especially likes working with old wool sweaters which, after the felting process, are turned into a variety of unique useful and decorative items.
At our Fibre Arts Festival Evelyn, will have lots of cozy and comfy products including hats, mittens, slippers, bags, catnip mice and felted pillows.
Outside of the Festival Evelyn can be contacted by email at email@example.com or via phone at: 905-372-8521
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
2015 Fibre Arts Festival
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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Saturday March 19, 2016, 10AM-4PM, at the Peterborough Sport and Wellness Centre, 775 Brealey Drive.
Entrance fee is $3.00, children 10 and under admitted free with an accompanying adult.
We are filled to capacity and now even have a waiting list!
Faye and Carole did a lovely job of arranging our Mug Challenge display at the Peterborough Public Library. On display this week.
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.
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
Peterborough Guild members
Visitors listening to explanations
Judy Bryan and Delores Rutherford, great-granddaughters of Samuel Lowry’s sister, Mary