Organised by knitters, for knitters, The Kitchener-Waterloo Knitters’ Fair is one of the largest all-knitting events in Canada. The fair will be presenting a great guest speaker and over 70 vendors offering the latest and greatest of knitting products: yarn and fibre, books, patterns, buttons, tools and accessories. Continuing the tradition from last year, the Micro Market, a space to showcase smaller local designers and knitting-related businesses, will be returning. Other things to look forward to are the knitting fashion show, door prize, local food vendors and a Knitters’ Spa!
The Almonte Fibrefest takes place at two locations — the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum and the Almonte Arena. Visitors can discover demonstrations, vendors, and exhibits; local guilds will demonstrate spinning, knitting, weaving, rug hooking, lace making, smocking and quilting. Vendors and fibre artists from all over Ontario will include spinners, weavers, quilt shops, alpaca farms and more. The Ottawa Valley Button Club will also be selling and exhibiting their button collections. Each day of the festival ends with the Lamb Race, where hundreds of lambs will be thrown over the falls in downtown Almonte, and the owners of the first three to reach the finish line will win fabulous prizes.
Homemade refreshments will be available from The Friends of the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum.
This month we have Deborah Livingston-Lowe of Upper Canada Weaving presenting us with her collection of woven fabrics she has reproduced from traditional Ontario patterns. Deborah, who studied woven textiles at OCAD 30 years ago, has been weaving ever since. Working out of her attic studio she brings a unique design aesthetic to her work, drawing form a deep historical knowledge of Canadian textile design from the 19th Century. Her fabrics can be seen in the The Peggy Sue Collection, the fashion label of Peggy Sue Deaven-Smiltnieks – one of Toronto’s up and coming fashion designers who is a champion of the local fibre industry.
Textile artist and weaver Nieves Carrasco has been dyeing washi with shibori techniques for a number of years. More recently she has been making drawings and prints on washi and reconstructing them as woven notes. Join us this afternoon to see and hear just how she goes about it.
Call 416-538-9669 for more information.
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!