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Knitting a Community

Do you enjoy knitting and/or crocheting with others, and making useful items from donated yarn for local charities? Join our weekly knitting group on Tuesday mornings. Knitters from beginners to experts are welcome.
Host: Lynne Dyment
Limited to 12 in-person participants, first-come first served.

Exploring Blends & Colours – A Spinning Adventure with Vanessa Bjerreskov

Spinning allows you to customize your yarn by blending both fibres and colours, and different ways of preparing and blending fibres create different effects in your spun yarn. Join Master Spinner Vanessa Bjerreskov for this full day class exploring blending and colour in your spinning. You will learn: the most common blending tools are and how they are used; how to evaluate and prepare different fibres for blending; different ways to blend and spin for texture, characteristics, colour, and repeatability; different fibre preparations and ways to spin them; and any other questions you have about the way fibres and colours come together in your yarn.

Skill Level – Beginner/intermediate
must be able to spin a consistent single on a spinning tool of student’s choice

Intro to Spinning with Vanessa Bjerreskov

Are you a new spinner who wants some more instruction on how to make yarn? Have you been wondering what the big deal is about spinning, but maybe don’t want to invest in a wheel just yet? This Slow Sunday at FibreWorks Studio and Gallery is just the ticket! Join Master Spinner Vanessa Bjerreskov for four hours of learning the basics of spinning, including: how twist works; the mechanics of different spinning tools; evaluating different fibres; different ways to approach learning to spin; and as many answers as you have questions!
If you have a wheel or spindle already, bring it with you to the class, but you will receive a quality hand-turned spindle as part of your materials package, and will be able to try out different wheels at the workshop.

Intro to Sun Printing with Margie Davidson

Adding colour to cloth is a joyful experience. This introduction to painting on fabric will focus on the “sunprint.” The layering of transparent textile paint and flat objects with or without the sun, can produce surprising and magical results. Join Margie for an afternoon of playful exploration with colour and cloth.

Forage: A Wild Garden Dyepot with Natalie Grambow

In this 2-day workshop, students will delve into a world of colour on cloth that will be created from using natural dye sources. We will learn how to source plants for dyes by ethically foraging wild plants and garden plants around us, and by exploring dyes from sustainable natural dye producers.

The journey will begin with how to best prepare our fibers/cloth (mordants and tannins) and will continue with how to extract and coax colour from each type of dyestuff. We will explore immersion dyeing, direct printing with foraged plants, simple fabric manipulation with bound resist (clamping and tying) to create interesting patterns, as well as overdyeing in an organic indigo vat. Be prepared to be wowed by luscious hues, and an incredibly diverse palette of colours, textures, and patterns.

Hackett Park Artisan Fair

The Hackett Park Artisan Fair is an annual gathering of local and regional vendors. The Fair has been an annual tradition on the Coast for 34 years, and attracts close to 5000 visitors seeking to discover the creations of artisans who are jury selected based on talent, originality, and the unique items they have to offer for sale. In keeping with our ongoing tradition, the fair will coincide with the popular Festival of the Written Arts (August 11th-14th, 2022, celebrating 40 years!)
This year’s Fair will take place in the lower field of Hackett Park and at the Arts Centre.
We will have live musicians in Hackett Park’s new amphitheatre and fun activities at the Arts Centre. There will be a large variety of artisans, artists, entertainers, and food vendors!
Entrance by donation!

Opening Reception: this place

Plus Virtual Artist Talk Aug 13, 2-3pm on FB.

3 textile artists from 3 different corners of the world explore what “this place” means to them. They explore the unique characteristics of where they live and work and their connection to these distinctive settings. @hedges.madeleine from Australia @edwinamackinnon from the UK, and Catherine Nicolls @ravensthread from Gibsons, Canada, each look at what connects them to their individual places, how they perceive and experience their environment and the emotional attachments of belonging to “this place”.

Slow Sundays drop in the Yurts

All but the ast Sunday of the month. Slow Sundays connect individuals in our community through the fibre arts.  It is a free, drop in social circle that is led by the individuals bringing their own crafting/hand projects. This is an opportunity to gather, socialize and share knowledge with others. No registration is needed for these, everyone is  welcome to join us with your projects of choice to work on in the circle.

Kids Camps: Exploring Textiles

July 18– 20, 2022 | Monday – Wednesday; 10 – 3pm

Ages: 8-13, Max 12 participants

Instructor: Natalie Grambow

Cost: $140/$180 (Member/Non-Member)

This year we are delighted to offer 3 kid’s summer workshops, each combining art making with outdoor exploration.  In the morning participants learn to weave, collage or paint led by a senior artist/teacher. In the afternoon, walks and discussions take over as we explore natural spaces near the Art Centre. Workshops run 10:00 – 3:00 each day, with a break provided for lunch. Participants must bring their own lunch, a water bottle and a mask if needed for any indoor activities.

The Contemplative Stitch: Boro with Wendy Drummond

Slowing down the production, reconnecting the creative – The Contemplative Stitch – Boro class introduces participants to a Japanese form of stitching and textiles that traditionally was referred to as “mended or patched cloth,” a skill that was necessary in keeping clothing functional and warm. Today, however, Boro has been elevated to an art form that can be functional, decorative and story-filled. You will enjoy the journey through the history and practice of Boro and its application of stitch.

Perfect for beginners or seasoned sewers, no sewing machines or technology required, just a curiosity and a desire to ‘slow things down’. Participants will have the opportunity to master the basics and explore the ‘revival’ of traditional stitch techniques, while applying them for functionality,

Art Exhibition: Mix it Up

A celebration of friendship, support, inspiration and motivation through the creation of work that stretches the boundaries of fibre art and showcases a range of techniques and materials. Come to Gather – Dale MacEwan, Lois McArthur, Patti Pitts, Nancy Riemersma, Lilly Thorne & Patt Wilson.

Intro to Slow Stitches with Catherine Nicholls

On this Sunday we will explore slow stitching through mending, patching and repair techniques. Using layers and patches of French linen and lots of stitching students will create a small decorative piece. You might like to make a heart shape or a square, maybe even a circle . . . whatever simple shape you chose can be turned into a large sachet or small project pouch. It might even be the beginnings of a larger panel.

Dogs, Dogs, Dogs . . . with Donna Goulette

I never understood all the fuss about dogs . . . that is until I inherited a wee Pomeranian nine years ago. Being a lifelong germaphobe, that “dog” was not even allowed into my bedroom. However, she worked her way into my heart until eventually she slept on my bed! I get it now.

I began making felted dogs, pure breeds and mutts, to showcase their individual beauty, personality, character. I would love to teach you my technique and all the tips and tricks I have discovered along the way. Choose a dog you would like to create. On the first day we will construct a wire armature on which we will needle felt the shape of the dog. Day two is for detailing to make your dog come alive!

FibreWorks provides a light lunch with each day of instruction
Maximum of 8 students for this class

Intro to Spinning with Vanessa Bjerreskov

Are you a new spinner who wants some more instruction on how to make yarn? Have you been wondering what the big deal is about spinning, but maybe don’t want to invest in a wheel just yet? This Slow Sunday at FibreWorks Studio and Gallery is just the ticket! Join Master Spinner Vanessa Bjerreskov for four hours of learning the basics of spinning, including: how twist works; the mechanics of different spinning tools; evaluating different fibres; different ways to approach learning to spin; and as many answers as you have questions!

If you have a wheel or spindle already, bring it with you to the class, but you will receive a quality hand-turned spindle as part of your materials package, and will be able to try out different wheels at the workshop.

Intro to Spinning with Vanessa Bjerreskov

Are you a new spinner who wants some more instruction on how to make yarn? Have you been wondering what the big deal is about spinning, but maybe don’t want to invest in a wheel just yet? This Slow Sunday at FibreWorks Studio and Gallery is just the ticket! Join Master Spinner Vanessa Bjerreskov for four hours of learning the basics of spinning, including: how twist works; the mechanics of different spinning tools; evaluating different fibres; different ways to approach learning to spin; and as many answers as you have questions!

If you have a wheel or spindle already, bring it with you to the class, but you will receive a quality hand-turned spindle as part of your materials package, and will be able to try out different wheels at the workshop.

The Art of Batik: Lines and Layers with Amber Friedman

In this hands-on workshop we will explore various techniques for making patterns and prints on silk using hot wax, hand painting with natural dye extracts and over dyeing in Indigo.

There are different traditional tools used in batik to transport the hot wax onto the fabric to paint and draw and we will experiment with them. Once some layers of wax are applied to the silk we will use Chinese ink brushes to paint on silk with natural dye extracts. Everyone will make their own batik art piece on silk. Please bring a notebook with you.

Workshop: Mending Matters

Mending Matters Workshop (In-Person) with Catherine Nicholls

May 11th, 2022 (Wednesday) 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Free/$25 (Members/Non-Members) Maximum number of students: 12

All participants must register individually.

About this workshop:

Mending can be so much more than just patching a hole! Mending Matters will introduce students to the simple, practical skills required to repair textiles and how to turn those simple stitches into an art form that is both decorative and functional.

All materials will be supplied to create a small mending resource book and participants are encouraged to bring along a favourite clean piece of clothing or household textile they would like to mend.

Art Exhibition: Slow Fashion + Climate Action

April 22 – May 14, 2022
In partnership with Sunshine Coast Fibreshed Society

This exhibition looks at rethinking our relationship to textiles in the context of a global climate crises. Over the last few decades, we have become increasingly reliant on disposable garments and textiles; an industry whose catastrophic effects are manifested in poor labour conditions, increasing non-recyclable waste and the production of toxins and chemicals that enter into our natural systems.
The project and exhibition empowers youth to interrupt the inevitability of these systems and processes. Working within a local context, what role do youth have in raising awareness of these problems, while learning practical skills that help them begin to manifest the change they imagine?

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