As with many textile techniques, this natural printing process that I'm developing has proven to be very time consuming. All the more reason to love it, I say.
I'm pretty excited to be in a place to say that. When I started the textiles program at Capilano University four years ago I was very production minded. I wanted to find a way to make multiples of things in the most efficient way. That's also linked to the fact that I saw myself developing a product line of some sort. So, that's not to say I wouldn't want efficiency to be a factor if I do have a product based textile business one day. Today I'm just happy to be able enjoy the process of natural dyeing and printing and celebrate its richness.
This summer when Homecraft Importers on 4th ave closed their doors after 60 years, one of their employees, Glenda, saw an opportunity to fill the gap and opened her own shop at 2923 west 4th.
Glenda says "Owning a yarn store was something I've wanted to do for a long time, but never really thought seriously about it until recently. Up until about two years ago, I was planning to be a professor. I've always loved the idea of being able to make a career out of learning as much as you can about something, and then sharing that knowledge with other people - especially when its a subject that you're really interested in to begin with. I eventually decided against the academic career, but now I get to spend my days sharing knitting knowledge with others! :) "
I love a gal who follows her heart!
In addition to a carrying a bunch of the essential brands like Noro, Cascade and Diamond Luxury Collection, Glenda includes many locally-made lines in the shop including Indigo Moon Yarns, Drama Llama, RainCityKnits and Bully Wooly. Also, since they offer online shopping, nearly all their yarns are available to browse from their website.
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Janna Maria Vallee is a tapestry weaver, longtime knitter, and 2013 graduate of Concordia University's Fibres and Material Practices program. In her art practice Janna combines textiles and socially engaged media. She founded VY in 2008.