Knit City 2019 workshops were announced today along with two new AWESOME initiatives:
The Featured Maker initiative // Knit City is giving away a free booth at the Knit City marketplace to a Coast Salish maker. Learn more about it HERE.
Knit City Very Important Crafter // Knit City is giving away a Knit City prize pack including a workshop and evening event tickets to someone who would otherwise not be able to afford to take part. Nominate your friend HERE
Artist and author Jen Hewett has put a call out for crafters of colour in the US and Canada for her second book with Roost Books provisionally titled, "The Craft Community: Conversations with Crafters of Color"
In her Instagram post she says,
[The book] will highlight women of color who actively engage in fiber arts and crafts. The book will feature the voices of women of color of all ages and skill levels, from beginning hobbyists to established professionals.
If your interested take part take Jen's survey
image and text used with permission
Acid Dyeing Yarn
In this hands-on workshop, youâll learn the basics of acid dyeing on fingering weight superwash yarn. The workshop will start with some colour theory, before launching into the basics that a beginning dyer needs to know. Chantel will show you the equipment youâll need, the safety precautions you should be taking, the chemicals youâll need to use and how to use them safely, how to mix dye solutions accurately, some cool methods for applying dye to yarn, and finally, how to rinse and prepare your final skein. At the end of three hours, youâll be taking home one full speckle dyed skein plus a solid dyed matching mini, enough yarn to knit a pair of socks or a small shawl.
Morning workshop 9am to 12pm
Afternoon workshop 1pm to 4pm
$225 (includes materials)
Join in on the Grotine-along (GAL) and knit or crochet the Grotine shawl with designer Caroline Dick.
The Grotine-along is on Instagram only. In order to join you need to use the hashtag #grotine on a post that includes a picture of your Grotine between March 26 and April 30th. Go Caroline's Instagram page to follow her and follow along with the GAL to learn more about prizes and such.
âThe GAL started on March 26th and ends Tuesday, April 30th - and it's not too late to join in.
100% of the sales of the knit Grotine Pattern go to True North Aid.
100% of the sales of the crochet Grotine Pattern by @funkycatcrochet go to Native American Rights Fund
On Instagram stories local author and knit designer Andrea Rangel shares outfits that she has made by hand. She recently shared this beauty and since she did it in collaboration with local artists I wanted to share it here. Andrea self drafted the dress in fabric which was handwoven at Wovenwares, a weaving studio in Victoria, and then had it eco printed by local artist Caitlin ffrench. She knit the Docklight pullover in Brooklyn Tweed Shelter. Isn't this the perfect early spring outfit?
Join Andrea's newsletter HERE
PS. Want to knit this sweater? Use our search engine to find out which local yarn shops carry Brooklyn Tweed yarn.
Ana Isabel has a number of weaving 101 and weaving 102 workshops lined up in Vancouver this spring! Check them out at the link below...
Learn the process of felting with Eszter! She will teach you how to process ( wash and card ) raw Icelandic fiber and where to source it from locally. Learn about the history of felting practices from Mongolia to industrial felting, and complete and take home two samples of a wet felted textile and a sculptural textile object. You will be supplied with felting needles, wool, felting pad, bubble wrap, and a dowel with two ties. We will be using local Icelandic fleece from Tideview Farm. You get to keep and take home all the ingredients above!
In the past two months there have been in depth conversations about inclusivity (or lack thereof) in the craft community which includes a call to action by black, indigenous and people of colour for businesses in the craft community to each create a statement of inclusivity. I have since created an FAQ page which includes our inclusivity statement and reads as follows...
Vancouver Yarn is an inclusive space - everyone is welcome to be included in our resource lists regardless of race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, age or ability. However, if it is found that someone has engaged in racism, bigotry or similar harmful, exclusive behaviour their information will be removed from Vancouver Yarn.
This call to action took place on Instagram where @su.krita, @thecolormustard, @astitchtowear, and @ocean_bythesea have largely contributed to the conversation. Responding to the call to action and creating an inclusivity statement for your business is a small gesture of inclusivity which all white-run craft businesses should have no problem taking part in if you are a business which holds space for marginalized people. I'm looking forward to seeing all your websites updated with yours soon!