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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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Finger Weaving – Ceinture Flechees


1 Day (5 hour) Workshop Saturday, March 28, 2015            IMG_1855
10 a.m to 3:30 p.m.
Location: KAGS, 420 O’Connell Rd., Peterborough

Maximum of 6 students
Description: Finger-weaving is the traditional weave for the ceintures fléchées sashes of the voyageurs and the Métis. The sash was used by Voyageurs during the fur trade as an important part of their everyday clothing. They have become historical sashes for First Nations Peoples.

In this one day workshop you will learn the basics of finger weaving techniques and weave at least 2 sashes. The first sash will follow a basic technique and be suitable for a bookmark or bracelet. Subsequent sashes woven will further explore design, colour and technique.

For further information, please contact Jo Harris, 705-745-0869 or


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Peterborough Handweavers and Spinners Guild 2015 Courses


Beginning Weaving

6 Saturdays – Jan. 17 to Feb. 21, 10:00 am to 2 pm

Maximum of 6 students
By the end of this course, you will have experienced the basics of making cloth on a 4-harness loom. You will make a warp, dress a loom, weave simple patterns, learn about colour and various weaving tricks and techniques. Looms provided.

Beginning Spinning

6 Saturdays – Jan. 17 to Feb. 21, 10:00 am to 12 pm

Maximum of 6 students
This course will introduce you to the basics of spinning on a drop spindle, as well as a wheel. You’ll learn how to prepare raw fleece for spinning, as well as learning drafting and plying techniques and maintenance of a wheel, and how to choose a wheel.

Both courses will be held at the Kawartha Artists Gallery and Studio,
420 O’Connell Rd., Peterborough.
Please visit our website at
for a registration form.

Contact person – Lois Watson, 705-748-0758

PosterThe Peterborough Handweavers and Spinners Guild will have a booth at the annual Autumn Treasures Fine Artisan Show.  Our booth will have for sale luxurious handwoven items, fleece and felting of all kinds, and knitted and crocheted hand spun items.

At the Trentwinds Convention Centre, 264 Lansdowne St. East, Peterborough.

Fri.  Nov. 14,     4 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Sat. Nov. 15,  10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sun. Nov. 16,  11 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Our challenge, this year, was to create “Art Yarn” and use it in a project of our choice.

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