This a new, monthly social event is for fibre-loving folk to enjoy an afternoon of mingling, crafting, and discovering local wools and yarns. Each month local farms will be showcasing their fleeces, rovings, and yarns, and coffee/tea/wine/dessert will be available for purchase. We believe that when creative people are brought together great ideas are born, collaborations started, and inspirations turn into reality.
DON’T FORGET: Your project, spinning wheel, spindle, knitting, crocheting, etc
Venue capacity is limited – please RSVP and find out more at woolguild.com
Dr Sarah Fee, Curator of Eastern Hemisphere Textiles and Fashions at the Royal Ontario Museum, will be giving us a sneak preview of the conference coming up in November – ‘Cloth Cultures: Future Legacies of Dorothy Burnham’ – and opening up a conversation with us about it too! Dr Fee’s latest book, ‘An Ocean of Cloth: Textile Trades and Consumer Cultures in the Indian Ocean’ will be out later this year.
TWIST is an annual fibre festival in Quebec to showcase the world of fibre. Every year they also organise a retreat to create space for some creative hibernation; to share, discover and perfect any fibre related technique.
Cost: $350 + tax – includes board and lodging, 2 workshops (3 hours), 2 mini workshops (1 hour), some materials
Presented by Peterborough Handweavers and Spinners Guild, this is the 8th annual Fibre Arts Festival & Sale. A great opportunity to engage with other fibre artisans, enjoy hands on activities, browse fibre supplies and fibre artwork. Easily accessible by public transit, and plenty of parking available.
Presented by Peterborough Handweavers and Spinners Guild, this is the 7th annual Fibre Arts Festival & Sale. A greta opportunity to engage with other fibre artisans, enjoy hands on activities, browse fibre supplies and fibre artwork. Easily accessible by public transit, and plenty of parking available.
MONTHLY GUILD MEETINGS
If you are interested in spinning or weaving, you are welcome to join us at one of our monthly meetings! We do a variety of things together When: 2nd Wednesday of the month, 7.30pm – 9.30pm Where: The Meeting House at Riverdale Farm (201 Winchester Street, Toronto, M4X 1B8)
SPINNING AND KNITTING DROP IN
An open session for spinners and knitters to socialise and work on their own projects. Feel free to join us anytime – it’s totally free to come along! When: Thursdays, 1pm – 3pm (please check the calendar for current dates) Where: The Meeting House at Riverdale Farm
IN THE COMMUNITY
The Guild generally participates in the following events each year where we demonstrate fibre processing, spinning and weaving to the public. These are subject to confirmation.
FALL FESTIVALS See the Guild in action on the second weekend in September at the Riverdale Farm Fall Festival, and at the Cabbagetown Festival too!
Riverdale Farm is a great place to spend Family Day, with lots of fun activities taking place, including weaving and spinning that the whole family can enjoy.
Riverdale Farm opens its doors with the farm’s popular spring festival where Guild members use the fleece shorn from the farm sheep to demonstrate the old skills needed to make yarn, dye it and weave it into cloth. Come and see sheep shearing, basic wool preparation, spinning and weaving in action!