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November 2017

Threadworks 2016 FLASHBACK!

November 9, 2017 - February 25, 2018
Scugog Shores Heritage Centre & Archives, 1655 Reach Street
Port Perry, K9V 0C5
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$2 - $5

Threadworks 2016 FLASHBACK is a juried exhibition of 38 pieces of stitched textile art, sponsored by the Wellington County Museum and Archives. When Threadworks began in 1987, stitched textile art was not commonly seen in galleries.  The goal of the Wellington County Museum staff was to give fibre artists an opportunity to offer their work to a jury, to see it hung and displayed in a large space and then to offer the exhibit to galleries at a distance. The…

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December 2017

11th Annual Fibre Arts Competition

December 6, 2017 - March 28, 2018

The 11th Annual Fibre Arts Competition at the Alpaca Ontario Spring Show is inviting you to participate in this event.  There are 6 categories that you can enter handknitting, handspinning, crochet, weaving, felting and novelty.  This show is encouraging the use of alpaca and as such, blends must contain a minimum of 50% Alpaca fibre.  All classes are open to naturally coloured or dyed yarn/fibre.  Entry forms and identification tags can be found under the Fibre tab on the Alpaca Ontario website.…

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January 2018

Spinning Techniques – Second Sunday of the Month Workshops

January 14 - June 10
Artisans Centre Peterboroough, 993 Talwood Drive
Peterborough, K9J 7R8
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$37.50

Instructor: Anne Gallant Prerequisite: Beginners Spinning Course This series of spinning classes provide a great opportunity for spinners to learn more about spinning. The time allotted (1 pm to 3:30) will give you time to practice new skills in class. Participants are encouraged to bring any tools they may have. (eg. hand cards, combs, lazy kate, etc.) Jan. 14: Spinning Woolen – How, When, and Why Feb. 11: Spinning Worsted – How, When, and Why March 11: Plying Tools and Techniques –…

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Complexities of Cloth

January 15 @ 8:00 am - February 23 @ 5:00 pm
Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw St
Toronto, M6J 2W5
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Through the lens of hand weaving you are invited to take a closer look into the process of making cloth.  Where each thread is calculated to bend over and under one another, creating the structural bonds that form our fabrics.  Observing that within these bends of interwoven lines, lays the potential for delicate pattern work. Let your eyes indulge in the elegant subtleties of hand woven cloth, while your mind considers the complexities of how it was made. Designer and…

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February 2018

Felted Purse

February 16 @ 12:00 pm - April 25 @ 4:00 pm
$60.00

Instructor: Christianna Ferguson We are pleased to have Christianna teach this workshop. You will have a great afternoon with her. In this class you will be making a small wet-felted purse. You will learn how to use a resist to create a three – dimensional seamless form out of merino wool. Silk pre-felts will be used to create your own unique surface designs. TO BRING: A couple of old towels.

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Weaving – A Next Project for Beginners

February 17 - February 24
ArtisansCentre Peterborough, 993 Talwood Drive
Peterborough, ON K9J 7R8 Canada
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$102 - $120

Instructor: Penny Boyd Prerequisite: Beginners Weaving Course; Maximum 6 student This should be a fun experience and help you feel more familiar with weaving. In this two-day class you will finish a project. Penny will choose a project that will be using colours to create an interesting weave structure. You will have a choice of 2/8 cotton or a wool or synthetic fiber of the same weight (e.g. orlec). You will arrive at the workshop with the warp on your…

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Call for Proposals*OHS Conference 2019

February 28

CALL FOR PROPOSALS * OHS CONFERENCE 2019  MAKEOVER “Transform – Remodel – Overhaul – Improve  – Reshape – Refashion  -- Rebuild”  To be held in Woodstock, Ontario October 18 – 20,  2019 Requesting submissions from leaders for 2-day, 1-day and 2 hour workshops and seminars. Presentations should encompass topics relating to working with fibre And can include the MAKEOVER theme! Deadline for submissions:  February 28, 2018 Send proposals and CV to Pat Zannier, 43 Shawna Rd., London ON  N5X 3G9 patzannier@rogers.com (519)…

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March 2018

8th Annual Peterborough Fibre Arts Festival and Sale

March 17 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Peterborough Sports and Wellness Centre, 775 Brealy Dr.
Peterborough, Ontario Canada
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$5.00

Please join us for our 8th Annual show celebrating everything Fibre!  Meet local artisans, enjoy hands on activities and demonstrations. Visit the sales booths to buy unique hand made items. Visit vendors to buy a wide selection of fibres and related items.

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Weaving – Rigid Heddle

March 24
Burr House Spinners & Weavers Guild, 530 Carrville Road
Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4C 6E6
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$15 - $50

Similar to the children’s looms you might have had growing up a rigid heddle loom offers you the option of learning very basic weaving while still creating work you will be proud to show off. In this one day beginning workshop you will become familiar with the loom and weaving terminology, learn direct warping, practice basic weaving skills, and weave a table runner. A material fee of $15 will apply. No experience necessary.

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April 2018

Weekend of weaving with Jette Vandermeiden

April 7 - April 8
Ottawa Vally Weavers Guild, 400 McArthur Ave
Ottawa, ON K1K 1G8 Canada
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The Ottawa Valley Weavers and Spinners is offering 3 courses with Jetta Vandermeiden. The courses are as follows: Yarn Identification  held on Saturday April 7 ,course#1875 9:00am to 12:00 Linen Weaving held on Sunday April 8, course #1876 9:00 to 12:00 Drafting in the tie-up held on Sunday April 8 course#1877 1:00 to 4:00

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Basket Weaving for Beginners

April 7
Burr House Spinners & Weavers Guild, 530 Carrville Road
Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4C 6E6
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$20 - $60

Learn the basic art of basketry in this course for beginners. Historically, any basket with a flat bottom, either square or rectangular has been broadly classified as a market basket. You will be guided step by step through each stage of the basket-making process while creating a market basket measuring approximately 7' x 10', using rattan reed. You will learn various weaving techniques that will help you gain the knowledge needed to continue with this craft. A $20 material fee will…

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Rag Scatter Rug

April 7 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
ArtisansCentre Peterborough, 993 Talwood Drive
Peterborough, ON K9J 7R8 Canada
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$55.00

Instructor: Penny Boyd   Using a traditional Scandinavian method, and rag strips, make a lovely scatter rug. No loom required. Rags will be supplied. This method is not difficult but is somewhat time consuming and can be a little hard on one’s back as you are bending over a table. We have table risers which raise the table to a comfortable standing height. In class you will learn the technique and start your rug. You will then take it home…

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Simple Reed Basket

April 14 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Artisans Centre Peterboroough, 993 Talwood Drive
Peterborough, K9J 7R8
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$51 - $60

Instructor Christine Muir will show you how to create a small basket that can be hung on your door or wall. The construction is simple using flat reed. You may bring some decorative objects - buttons, ribbons and charms - to incorporate into the basket for a personal touch. TO BRING: Apron, sharp garden shears, half dozen clothes pegs, wash tub to soak the reed and an old towel. Material Fee: $12.00 (payable to the instructor). Please check the website for…

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Weaving for Beginners #1

April 17 @ 6:30 pm - April 26 @ 9:30 pm
Burr House Spinners & Weavers Guild, 530 Carrville Road
Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4C 6E6
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$10 - $120

If you would like to learn how to weave but do not have weekends free, then this introductory class is for you. From winding the warp to setting up your own 4 shaft table loom and exploring different weave structures, you will create your own small samples, 'mug rugs,' to take home. A $10 materials fee will be collected at the first class. All equipment and materials are provided. Learn how to weave in 4 evenings over 2 weeks. Classes will…

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Toronto Knitters Frolic

April 28 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, 6 Garamond Court
Toronto, M3C 1Z5
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$8

The Knitters Frolic Marketplace is a fabulous one-day fibre lovers’ extravaganza. About 52 vendors from Canada and the U.S. offer yarn, fibre, and related goodies and notions. Meet with other fibre enthusiasts and be inspired!

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