Other Events

2018 Annual Cowichan Valley Fleece and Fibre Festival

Saturday October 27 from 10:00am to 4:00 pm
Cobble Hill, BC

Every year fibre artists, hobbiests, wool producers, vendors and others join together in an atmosphere of appreciation, learning and camaraderie.

There are knitting and spinning vendors and exhibitors who will be selling everything from raw fibre to beautifully made goods that make fantastic gifts.

Come for the day and stay for lunch!
For more info: https://www.cowichanfleeceandfibrefestival.com/

8th Annual Fiber Fusion Northwest

Fiber Arts Exposition
Saturday, October 20, 2018 – 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday, October 21, 2018- 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Free Admission, Free Parking
Evergreen State Fairgrounds
14405 179th Avenue SE, Monroe, WA 98272

Denman Island Creative Threads Conspiracy

Denman Island BC
October 12-14 2018

Felting, weaving, knitting, quilting classes and more.
For more info, go to http://www.creativethreadsconspiracy.com/

Fiber Mania

October 27-29, 2018
Fiber Mania, Grants Pass, OR

FibreWorks Studio & Gallery – Workshops

Upcoming workshop: see website for details http://www.fibreworksgallery.com/

Row, Row, Row Your Boat: Sculptural Boat Forms with Wax Elements – Shannon Weber
September 30–October 2
Come explore the ever expanding vocabulary of the mixed media woven vessel while combining sculptural concepts of layering, with encaustic medium applied to fiber.

Mixed Media Basketry – Shannon Weber
October 3 & 4
Students will embrace the freedom of seeing and using materials of all kinds in new and exciting ways. This process focused workshop will explore random weave basketry using layering and stitched options from various materials collected from nature and domestic debris.

Tapestry Weaving – Janna Marie Vallee
October 13 & 14
In this two-day workshop students learn the fundamentals of the art of traditional french tapestry and gain a solid understanding of the process of warping up and weaving with multiple techniques like shape building, colour blending and textural techniques.

One of a Kind: Mono-printing on a Gel Plate & Collage with Jennifer Love
October 29–31
Learn how to make quick and beautiful prints on paper using a gel plate.

Sculptured Needle Felting: Mushrooms – Donna Goulette
November 3
No experience is necessary to enjoy this one day class. Get a taste of the technique of sculptural needle felting. Transform soft airy wool fibres into a finished quirky mushroom.

Creative Atelier: Exploring your Inner Artist Workshop© with Natalie Grambow
November 22-25
In this workshop, students will explore creativity in every sense: discovering how to develop an idea by being guided through the elements and principles of design as well as colour theory and studies as they relate to visual art.

FibreWorks Studio & Gallery
12887-12889 Sunshine Coast Highway, Madeira Park, BC
For more info http://www.fibreworksgallery.com/


Vancouver, BC.
Sept 29-30

KnitCity will take place Sept 29 – 30 See https://www.knitsocial.ca/ for more info. Workshops and lots of vendors selling yarn.

knot another fiber festival

The Dalles, Oregon
October 26-28 2018


For more info, visit https://columbiagorgefiberfestival.com/

Native Traditional Weaving with Northwest Plant Fibers

October 27, 2018
High Desert Museum, Bend OR

Study traditional Pacific Northwest Native American plant fiber weaving techniques under the guidance of renowned Wasco weaver Pat Courtney Gold. Pat will share information about Native Northwest history and culture throughout the workshop. Participants will need to bring a spray bottle and an awl or nail. All other tools and materials will be supplied. For ages 18 and older.

10:00 am — 4:00 pm
$85, Members receive 20% discount (includes $20 materials fee)
Registration and pre-payment required.

For more information, see https://www.highdesertmuseum.org/events/weaving/

Olds Master Weaver Program – March 2019 – FibreWorks Studio

FibreWorks Studio & Gallery is pleased to announce that it will be a satellite campus for the Olds College Master Weaver Program commencing spring of 2019

The Master Weaver Program is consists of five progressive levels of classroom and independent study involving skill development, research studies and project assignments. It provides an educational environment in which an individual can acquire the skill to become an independent weaver.

Each level includes 5 consecutive days (30 hours) of a face-to-face workshop, followed by 125-175 hours of independent study on homework assignments. The face-to-face workshop will take place at FibreWorks Studio & Gallery, and the homework assignments are due a year after the workshop is completed. This allows students to then enrol in the next level in the following year.

MARCH 20th – 24th, 2019: Master Weaver Level 1: Students should be experienced weavers, and are expected to be able to warp a loom independently at the outset of the class, and be conversant with basic weaving language and tools. Independent weaving experience is essential. Bring your own loom and equipment if possible.


Email the gallery for more info.

Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival

September 22-23, 2018
Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival, Clackamas County Fairgrounds, Canby, OR

Portland Textile Month – October 2018

The goal of the first Textile Month is to bring together the Portland textile community for a month long series of learning, sharing, events/celebrations, and cross pollination among enthusiasts, artists, businesses and institutions. We hope to provide an open platform to engage and share ideas, history, knowledge, experiences, practices across cultures, viewpoints and generations. We draw our inspiration for PDX Textile Month from Textile Month in NYC and Design Week Portland.

What is it?

A series of open houses and events self hosted and open to anyone. Portland Textile Month may also include one central event/meetup where the textile community can gather together. Self organized and minimally produced for this first year to keep things simple.

Who can participate?

Anyone. Events will be posted/hosted on Eventbrite and can be posted free or paid by the organizers.

For more info: http://www.portlandtextilemonth.com/

Textile Society of America Conference events on Granville Island Sept 2018

Come and enjoy two textile related events on Granville Island in conjunction with the Textile Society of America Conference in Vancouver​

Textile Walking Tour Sept 17-30, 2018

To show how dynamic our textile community is we’ve developed a self guided walking tour highlighting 24 locations on Granville Island that will display the full range of creative textiles being made in our backyard. Many pieces have been produced to pair thematically with the businesses and studios hosting them.

For map and more info go to https://www.silkweavingstudio.com/textile-society-of-america-conference-events-on-granville-island.html

Ocean Art Works- 1531 Johnston Street Sept 19-23, 2018
Award winning environmental and performance artist Nicole Dextras will be featuring one of her innovative costumes made specifically for this event from yucca bark and other sustainable materials. “Chronos” has arrived from a future time when climate changes have made it necessary to rediscover lost techniques for creating clothing.
A performer will wear the costume and engage with the public about organic materials and textiles.
Nicole will also demonstrate how to process yucca fibres and other aspects of her practice.

Marina Szijarto will oversee a large scale public engagement weaving project using local and
​recycled materials.

Sophena Kwon of Maiwa handprints will demonstrate the fascinating process of dyeing with indigo.

Textile Society of America’s 16th Biennial Symposium

The Social Fabric: Deep Local to Pan Global
Textile Society of America’s 16th Biennial Symposium
Vancouver, BC, Canada; September 19 – 23, 2018

The 2018 Textile Society of America Symposium will take place in Vancouver, BC, Canada, at the Sheraton Wall Centre. To maximize scholarly interchange, the Symposium will consist of multiple, concurrent sessions, plenary and keynote speakers, a poster session, “Warp Speed” presentations, and exhibitions that intersect with the scholarly program (see call for submissions below). In addition to the Symposium sessions and exhibitions, there will be a series of stimulating pre- and post-conference workshops and study tours to local and regional art institutions and sites, receptions, special programs, and an awards ceremony.

See the Workshops & Tours section of the website for more information about pre- and post-Symposium program fees.
Website: https://textilesocietyofamerica.org

Weaving Cultural Identities Exhibition


VANCOUVER: As a direct result of conversations arising from the 2018-2020 installation, Paradise Has Many Gates, the Vancouver Biennale presents a special exhibition addressing the topic of belonging and intercultural collaborations exploring diverse global experiences of spirituality. The Weaving Cultural Identities exhibition is a visual manifest of local dialogues surrounding the reconciliation of lost heritage, and the sharing and celebration of cultural knowledge, symbolism and self-identification through textile traditions.

Over several months, multicultural, creative members of the community engaged with both Muslim and First Nations groups through a month-long series of workshops. Drawing inspiration from prayer rugs and other woven and textile traditions, the participants began the creative process of unpacking their own experiences and histories to create a series of woven works and narratives aimed at celebrating the historical and sacred significance of textile arts and Indigenous and migrant experiences. The products of these collaborations, resulted in ten unique images and tapestries including Coast Salish weaving, Eastern-Canada rug hooking, Qalamkar (Iranian printmaking), digitally operated jacquard weaving, and more. These diverse works will be on display along with their original design, as well as a video projection of the artist reflecting on their experiences of the collaborative process and personal connections to textile art.

Featured Textile artists:
Angela George, Chief Janice George and Buddy Joseph, Dawn Livera and Adrienne Neufeld, Krista Point, Nadia Sajjad, Ruth Scheuing and Mary Lou Trinkwon, Shamina Senaratne, Michelle Sirois Silver, Debra Sparrow, Robyn Sparrow

Featured Graphic artists:
Doaa Jamal, Damian John, Sholeh Mahlouji, Michelle Nahanee, Kit Walton

Through the looking hole of spiritual textiles and prayer rugs, this also becomes an exploration of the multiple storylines of Vancouver, developed through the telling of diverse multicultural perspectives. This exhibition goes a short way to developing a platform and process for community dialogue through arts-based discussions around uneasy issues of belonging, displacement, diaspora, and honoring land presently shared by several groups.

The exhibition will be on hosted in collaboration with the Museum of Vancouver from September 23-26, 2018, in the Studio Exhibition space (1100 Chestnut Street) from 10 AM to 5 PM daily.

Events and Panels:
1) Exhibition walkthrough and meet the Artists | September 23rd from 3-5 PM, Museum of Vancouver
2) Artist Panel – Weaving Relations: Developing platforms for Reconciliation | September 25th from 6-7 PM, Museum of Vancouver
3) Artist Tour – Discussion of evolving practices in the global textile community | September 26th from 3:30-4:30 PM, Museum of Vancouver

Yarn Sale – Proceeds to support families of children with cancer

Vancouver, BC 10 AM to 3 PM
23 September 2018.
Van Dusen Gardens 5151 Oak Street

Enormous yarn /weaving cone sale

All the proceeds from the sale will go to support families of children who have cancer – BCCCPA.ORG. We did a yarn sale in February and raised over $32,000 for this wonderful charity and hope to do so again in September 23. This will be our last sale.

We have received 55-60 large boxes of yarn cones from Zonda Nellis Designs (www.zondanellis.com) and are reaching out to all the weaving groups in BC to see if any of your members are able to attend. We realize that many of you are not in Vancouver and probably will not be able to make it. If you cannot make it on the day and are interested in purchasing any yarn cones that might be left over, we would certainly entertain the co-ordination of that for you after the event. The cones range from $5-$20 with a few that are a bit more expensive.

Contact Moira for more info.