Last week I tidied my studio and mounted some tapestries for a visit from Felicia Lo and Leah (@thecraftycolon) of the School of SweetGeorgia (SOS). My friend Sheleigh assisted us all day and got us black tea when we were parched and tired. We spent a whole day filming an introductory tapestry weaving workshop that SOS will be releasing in the fall. To say I'm excited is an understatement, and honoured would be a more accurate word to describe how I feel about being included in the SOS family.
Between now and then I'm going to be doing my best to help prepare any of you out there who want to learn the art of tapestry weaving online with me with options for looms, yarn and tools at a variety of price points that you can begin to collect between now and then. Join my Everlea Yarn mailing list for monthly updates so you don't miss anything.
In the meantime check out this 2015 video of me showing you how to make a PVC loom and this Vancouver Yarn blog post from American Tapestry Alliances first blog tour where I illustrate how to warp up and manage the warps as you weave.
Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions leading up to the launch of the online class in the fall.
PS. Thanks for using this link if you are signing up for the School of SweetGeorgia. It is my teacher affiliate link and is in-part how I am compensated.
Come together with other knitting enthusiasts for a variety of workshops led by local and visiting instructors. Nestled in a cozy, ocean-level room at the end of an active surge channel, you will learn the secrets of brioche knitting and create lofty, squishy, and reversible fabric, make hand knit slippers in the round with a cute cable detail, and explore all about wool, sampling a variety of yarns from Vancouver Island sheep. You’ll also have a chance to try your hand at spinning sheep fleece and weaving with locally-sourced cedar, stretch your legs and learn about coastal rainforests while taking in spectacular views from the Wild Pacific Trail, and enjoy a west coast feast at Heartwood Kitchen.
Full details and to register: https://www.westcoastnest.org/courses/west-coast-knitting-retreat-november-2019
Here's a link to a Story from last year's retreat:
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!
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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
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Hi, I'm Janna. I'm the owner and natural dyer at Everlea Yarn and the tapestry instructor at The School of SweetGeorgia. I am a tapestry weaver, longtime knitter and 2013 graduate of Concordia University's Fibres and Material Practices program.
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