Monday, August 18, 2014

Exploring New Directions in Weaving

Woven shibori sample

Many of you let me know that you were busy enjoying your weaving activities and sent me updates. I certainly enjoyed my summer as well learning more about weaving. It started with a wonderful Woven Shibori Workshop that Toronto Weaving School organziaed and it took place at Burr House (weavers and Spinners Guild) in Richmond Hill,  given by Kathleen Morris and the results were very exciting. Here are some samples done by participants. Apologies for not recording who did them!

woven shibori sample

woven shibori sample

Helen Skelton at her newly acquired Countermarche loom weaving her rag rug summer projects. 

Close up of Helen's countermarche loom. 

Jenny Gilbert wove this cotton blanket for her new baby born in June 2014. 

Week one students for Jacquard Weaving with instructor Leila Palumbo on the right. 

I went to Montreal to take 2 one week courses in Jacquard Weaving: Beginner taught by Leila Palumbo and Intermediate taught by Louise Lemiuex Berube. at the Centre des textile Contemporains de Montreal (  In the first week, fellow students included Joanna Schleimer, Kathleen Morris and Jolie Bird. 

Louise Lemieux Berube in centre, looking over a double weave created by one of the participants.

The whole group from the second week with the jacquard weaver, Isabel at the loom. 

Isabel weaving on the jacquard loom. 

Louise and I (Line Dufour)

These 2 books you can purchase. The one below is only in French. 

This summer I also attended the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition and saw 2 faboulous fibre artists who use weaving as their technique and media: 
Joanna Schleimer
Sayward Johnson


 Mackenzine Kelly-Frere:

The latest issue of fibreQuarterly is online in which an article I wrote on Erin Lewis' work is featured among the many other interesting articles on fibre art. Joe Lewis tries to feature Canadian artists so please support his endeavours by subscribing. 

Wednesday September 10 2014, at 7:30 pm I will be giving a talk at the Toronto Weavers and Spinners at Riverdale Farm on the international tapestry installation Fate, Destiny and Self Determination/le sort, le destin et l'auto determination. 

Thursday September 18 2014 opening reception for Fate, Destiny and Self  Determination at: 
Craft Ontario
990 Queen Street West
Toronto Ontario
Exhibition runs from September 18 - October 5 2014. 

FLORENCE June 8-12. 2015: One week course at the Fondazione arte Della Seta Lisio.
We have one more spot left to participate in this one week course and textile museum visits. A deposit for $250. is required asap to reserve your spot.Total amount is $1500 for the course and accommodation only. For more information contact Line Dufour at 

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