Thursday, January 31, 2013

Colours and activities to keep you warm these winter months

Carla Duncan painted warp scarf in a 3/1 twill. Dark one side (less warp visible) and brighter on the other where more of the painted warp is visible. Last spring Carla participated in our painted warp workshop and painted this warp with dyes and recently finished weaving it.

Flo Sherbanowski worked with me to design this doubleweave blanket (a total of 90" wide woven on a 45" loom) using MacAuslands 3 ply yarn. The design was modified from the original, so that the vertical (weft) stripes gradate from green to blue, across the field of earth tones.

Jane Richmond's first project: a scarf using a merino boucle yarn with a novelty yarn.

 Alex Avdichuk created this scarf by combining two different space dyed skeins of I think bamboo (perhaps silk). She was intrigued and surprised with the way the two interacted.
For her next project she is designing a tartan. She used a website called to help her create the designs for her tartan projects. It's easy to use with a palette of colours and a number of tools to enable you to design a stunning array of plaids, checks and tartans. Alex is the Supervisor of the City of Toronto's Collections and Conservation department. She is a wealth of information on many topics and gladly for us, on fibres.
Part of a double weave sampler woven by Jane Tucker, here showing the Brooks Bouquet, and other leno and hand manipulated techniques. These designs could have application for baby blankets, place matts, and cushion covers.
Woven by Bonnie Thorne, this overshot runner in 2/8 cotton and wool in white on white. It's so subtle that it is hard to take a good picture of it.  Sorry it's not better.

This week, I invited Ixchel Suarez to give us a three hour workshop on textural tapestry techniques. We had a good showing with about 9 people participating. Ixchel is a passionate and enthusiastic  tapestry weaver and fibre artist.

Other resources, workshops and call for entry
Chair caning classes are available over the winter months. Click on the link below to view the schedule:

Laura de Vrij writes sends a link to a funny video about weaving:

Call for entry for fibre artists and craftspeople:
The Dufferin<> County Museum & Archives<>, (DCMA) is pleased to once again be presenting the exhibition Stitches across Time, in 2014. Continuing the theme of the first Stitches across Time exhibit in 2011, the exhibition will celebrate the tradition and history of textile arts.

The DCMA invites submissions for a national juried exhibition of fibre art works inspired by a new selection of six historical pieces from the museum’s extensive collection of textile artifacts. The Call for Entry is attached and may also be found on the stitches website<>  or by clinking this direct link Stitches Call for Entry<>. Works submitted can include any textile/fibre medium or technique. We welcome both two and three dimensional contemporary works from across Canada for this unique exhibition to be launched in the fall of 2014. Images of the six historical pieces may be found on the Stitches across Time website under Photos for inspiration<>.

We would greatly appreciate it if you could please forward this email onto other fibre/textile artists and encourage them to enter the 2014 Stitches across Time National Juried Textile Show.

For further details, be sure to visit our website<>.  If you have any questions or require additional information, please feel free to contact me. My contact information is listed below.


Ruby Qureshi
Events & Marketing Co-ordinator
Dufferin County Museum & Archives
P.O. Box 120, 936029 Airport Rd
Rosemont, ON  L0N 1R0
Tel: 705-435-1881 or Toll Free: 1-877-941-7787 ext. 22

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