The Weaving Cultural Identities is a multipart project by the Vancouver Biennale that brings together Indigenous and Islamic communities in a collaborative exploration of weaving traditions and histories, thereby unpacking uneasy issues of belonging, displacement, diaspora, the land and identity. Through collective ‘making’ and dialogue, Weaving Cultural Identities has lent a platform and safe space for these uneasy conversations, whilst also providing an opportunity for learning about the ‘other’.
The project is a visual manifest of prominent, national dialogues surrounding the reconciliation of heritage, and the sharing and celebration of cultural knowledge, symbolism, and self-identification through textile traditions.
Funded by Canada Council for the Arts, Heritage BC, Government of Canada, Celebrate Canada, Buschlen Mowatt Nichols Foundation, Gearbase Vancouver
Partners: Museum of Vancouver, Canadian Sweater Co.
Stitching Ceremony at Museum of Vancouver, Gallery 11
June 24th to June 27th, 2019 from 10 am till 5 pm daily
Unveiling at ‘Paradise Has Many Gates’, Vanier Park
June 27th, 2019 at 6 pm
Hi friends, are you looking forward to summer? It's only a couple of weeks away!
After my trunk show at 88 Stitches last month (above) Sue became my first Everlea Yarn retailer! I am beyond thrilled. If online shopping is not your forte and you want to see these lovely naturally dyed colourways in person, 88 Stitches in Langley is the place to go for a variety of colourways in our Organic Merino Sport base.
I'll have a booth at Fibrations in Victoria on August 18th and then I'll be at Knit City again in October. So, it's going to be a busy summer of dyeing for me here on the Sunshine Coast.
Local folk have been busy...
Inese Sang released the Silverfall shawl (above top far left)
Sweetgeorgia released the Confections mini collection by Tabetha Hendrick (top - second from left)
Andrea Rangel released the Gilwell cardigan (top - third from left)
Kim Werker published an ebook of a collection of Friday newsletters from 2014 which she dubbed, "...a huge year of creative adventuring." It's called 12 Months of Fridays and is only $3.49 on Kindle. Check it out!
Episode 2 of It Takes Balls to Knit is up and Steve interviews the lovely Langley couple behind Black Cat Custom Yarn in Chilliwack. Check it out!
SweetGeorgia Yarns released a Youtube preview of their seasonal yarn process and the new fall colouways (they are delicious!) Watch it here.
The School of SweetGeorgia has been releasing Basic Rigid Heddle weaving in parts and the last part went up this week. Sign up to watch it and all the other workshops available.
Be sure to check out our calendar from time to time. I add events as I hear about them.
Ancient Women in Textile: The Jacquard Weaving of Ruth Scheuing is open until June 15th at the Italian Cultural Centre. Don't miss it!
Knit City workshop, lecture and event registration opens on June 15th at 7pm.
Fibrations in Victoria has grown to be quite the event! They recently announced their over 75 vendors for 2019! Don't miss this one-day event on Sunday August 18th.
Movers and Shakers
If you didn't already know, former owner of Baaad Anna's, Anna Hunter, is now just outside of Winnipeg running a fibre farm, Longway Homestead. She just announced a new yarn club that I'm drooling over: Breed-Specific Knitting for a Year!!
Reminders from past newsletters...
Fibre Camp registration is open! Fibre Camp is an affordable weekend of fibre workshops, activities and fun on the Sunshine Coast (within walking distance from the Langdale ferry).
Escape with SweetGeorgia to Brew Creek BC. Registration for their first-ever retreat is open!
And Maiwa fall workshop registration opens on June 17th!
Know of a local design, event or other listings that I can include in an upcoming newsletter? Email me or just hit reply to this newsletter.
Just popping in to remind you about our newsletter! Sometimes I get it out once a month, sometimes (a lot) less frequently. Local textile folk are always keeping busy and I never have a shortage of things to share, but there's always room for more. Please do reach out and let me know about your textile event, new pattern release or what-have-you so I can help you promote it! It's free!
HERE IS APRIL'S NEWSLETTER:
AND MAY'S IS HERE:
The above image show local designs that I've pinned to our 'local designers' board on Pinterest. From top left is: Sunlight and Shadow by Aliza Nevarie, Lovenote by Tin Can Knits, Grand Manches pullover by Amanda Kaffka, Honeydew Cloche by Abbye Dhal, Merrit by Natalie V, Winston pullover by Jane Richmond, Talamh by Sylvia McFadden, Intium shawl by Caroline Dick, Light and Warmth cowl by Jenny Faifel
I had such lovely day at 88 Stitches last weekend and at the end of the day Sue became my first retailer! 88 Stitches is now carrying Everlea Yarn's naturally dyed Organic Merino Sport! I'm thrilled to be in such a beautiful shop run by such awesome people. 88 Stitches is also the only yarn shop that carries Sweet Fiber Yarns, and they also have locally made Yarn Boler pom poms, so you have no excuse to not go now, haha.
You may remember Steve Malcolm's (AKA Mr.Hugzzz) knitting show It Takes Balls to Knit show from five years ago. Well, it's back! Check it out and don't forget to subscribe to his Youtube channel!
Imagine carding wool, spinning yarn and then weaving a shawl - all in one day!
Cheer on local spinning and weaving teams at the Surrey Museum on Saturday as flying fingers spin and ply sheep’s wool into yarn, then weave a beautiful shawl. Watch sheep being sheared and try your hand at weaving and spinning. Wooly crafts will also be on hand for the kids.
Museum of Surrey, 17710 56a Ave
Date & Time:
May 4, 2019
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM