It's halloween and I was up until 2am putting the finishing touches on my son's Sonic the Hedgehog costume. He was thrilled to wake up to a finished 13-spike (that specific number is very important, apparently!) Sonic get-up. This is the second time Sam has been Sonic, the first was two years ago. He loves this one so much that right away he requested that I "never ever" give it to the thrift store (something about that makes me think he loved the first one more than I knew).
I'm very excited to announce that my School of SweetGeorgia workshop on tapestry weaving techniques has launched and the feedback has been amazing. My very first review begins, "You have inspired me to the core". I am flabbergasted and so grateful. All the hard work (by myself and the SOS team) is more than worth it when you get feedback like that.
Let's look at what other textile goings on are happening locally. There's a lot!
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Events Around Town
Be sure to check out our calendar from time to time. I add events as I hear about them.
Arne and Carlos are back TOMORROW! There are still seats left for their talk at the UBC Golf club hosted by Urban Yarns on November 1st.
88 Stitches in Langley have a couple of trunk shows scheduled for the upcoming months including Pip and Pin on November 9th from 11pm-4pm and Songbird Handmade on November 23rd from 11am-4pm.
If you're on the Sunshine Coast I have an Everlea Yarn pop-up at The Kube in Gibsons and a Tapestry Support night ata Sew Easy in Sechelt in November.
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This is a big day for me! I'm very excited to announce the release of my online tapestry weaving workshop with the School of SweetGeorgia.
When Felicia Lo of SweetGeorgia Yarns asked me if was interested in teaching a class for the School of SweetGeorgia I was both thrilled and a bit stunned. I deliberately didn't reply for a whole day, to take that time to relish in the fact that 1) she asked me and 2) it might actually happen. I know Felicia as someone who does everything with intention and professionalism, and she always delivers the most polished and exceptional products whether it be with her yarn, her podcast or her online school. So, when I thought I could be a part of that magic I had to pinch myself.
Once I replied and we got to talking about the possibilities things moved pretty quickly. That first email was send at the end of February 2019 and by June Felicia and Leah were in my studio on the Sunshine Coast filming the workshop. It's been a lot of fun working with Felicia and her team.
I worked very hard to make this online introductory tapestry weaving course comprehensive, so we cover a lot in three-hours.
What will you learn?
To start, you will learn about tapestry terms and then different tapestry loom options, from frame looms to floor looms, and the pros and cons of each as well as a tutorial on how to make a PVC loom with tension control for around $20. Then we make three projects which each focus on fundamental techniques that will set you up for success in creating your own woven artworks after the course is done. I also show you how to finish your warp and weft ends and how to mount your tapestries to a wall.
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Hi, I'm Janna. I'm the proprietor 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.
I created Vancouver Yarn in 2008 as a space to hold as much of the textile awesomeness that I could find in and around Vancouver. Here on the VY blog I mostly share about local events, pattern releases as well as share Community Highlights.
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