March Meeting

2018/03/14 19:30 - 2018/03/14 21:30
The Meeting House, Riverdale Farm
201 Winchester Street, Toronto, Ontario, M4X 1B8

This month we’ll be hearing from Guild member Ruth Hepburn, who recently spent 6 weeks in Ethiopia working with traditional weavers. After winning a design competition, she was given the opportunity to design a capsule collection of fashion accessories for a German fashion brand in partnership with Sabahar, a successful producer of traditional handwoven textiles in Addis Ababa. She will give us an insight into the design process, the delights and challenges of cross-cultural design, and share some of the stunning traditional weaving techniques that are intrinsic to Ethiopian culture.

Related upcoming events

  • 2018/01/16 18:00 - 2018/01/16 21:00

    Exhibition runs 15th - 26th January. The venue is open 8am - 8pm everyday.

    As part of the Toronto Design Offsite Festival, this exhibition by weaver Dani Ortman Complexities & Cloth looks at the detailed process involved in crafting woven textiles, while opening a dialogue with the fabrics of our time. Using natural and organic yarns she encourages the viewer to revaluate the value of cloth.

    Through the lens of hand weaving you are invited to take a closer look into the process of making cloth.  Where each thread is calculated to bend over and under one another, creating the structural bonds that form our fabrics.  Observing that within these bends of interwoven lines, lays the potential for delicate pattern work.

    For more information visit the Facebook event

  • 2018/01/18 13:00 - 2018/01/18 15:00

    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!

  • 2018/01/25 13:00 - 2018/01/25 15:00

    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!

  • 2018/01/28 14:00 - 2018/01/28 16:33

    Nourish to Flourish is an exhibition of works by the instructors who teach at the Neilson Park Creative Centre in Etobicoke, spanning a wide range of mediums and disciplines. Join the exhibitors at this opening reception to celebrate their skills and hard work in passing on those skills to others.

    The exhibition runs from the 8th January - 4th February and is open at the following times:
    Monday - Saturday: 9am - 4pm
    Tuesday Evening: 7pm - 9pm
    Sunday: 12pm - 4pm

    For more information: neilsonparkcreativecentre.com

    Our very own spinner/knitter extraordinaire, Diane Martin, is displaying some pieces - do go and support her!

  • 2018/02/01 13:00 - 2018/02/01 15:00

    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!

  • 2018/02/04 10:00 - 2018/02/04 16:00

    The Upper Canada Fibreshed is excited to present LandMade, a one-day event bringing local fibre farmers to the Gladstone Hotel and giving urban knitters, spinners, crocheters, weavers, felters, makers and artists the chance to discover fleeces, rovings and yarns direct from the farm. Farms that raise sheep, alpacas and mohair will be available to talk all things fibre, and to provide locally and sustainably raised materials to the natural fibre enthusiast. Join our knitting circle and start your very own Fibreshed Knitalong project. Or bring your needles, hooks, spindles and wheels and enjoy conversation and making over coffee, tea or wine at the Gladstone Hotel!

    @ucfibreshed #landmade

  • 2018/02/08 13:00 - 2018/02/08 15:00

    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!

  • 2018/02/14 19:30 - 2018/02/14 21:30

    More information is on the way...

  • 2018/02/15 13:00 - 2018/02/15 15:00

    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!

  • 2018/02/22 13:00 - 2018/02/22 15:00

    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!

  • 2018/03/01 13:00 - 2018/03/01 15:00

    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!

  • 2018/03/08 13:00 - 2018/03/08 15:00

    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!

  • 2018/04/11 19:30 - 2018/04/11 21:30

    More information is on the way...

  • 2018/05/09 19:30 - 2018/05/09 21:30

    More information is on the way...

  • 2018/05/11 - 2018/05/13 All day

    Windows to Creativity’ and ‘Honouring our Past: Envisioning our Future

    The WASOON 2018 conference promises participants the opportunity to enhance their knowledge of fibre arts through workshops, lectures, silent auction and vendors marketplace.

    Keynote Speaker – Deborah Livingston-Lowe, “Canadian Textiles Come Full Circle”, an overview of non-indigenous textile production in Eastern Canada from the 18th century to the current Fibreshed Movement from a handloom weaver’s perspective.

    Opening Reception – Friday evening, Timmins Museum National Exhibition Centre

    Workshops  weaving, spinning, beading, dyeing, felting, sewing, basket making, textile printing, and much more

    Banquet &Keynote Speaker – Saturday evening at the Senator Hotel with a PHSG Fashion Show

    Come & experience Northern Ontario hospitality!

  • 2018/06/13 19:30 - 2018/06/13 21:30

    This will be our final meeting of the year, and to celebrate we enjoy a dessert pot luck together and have an auction of yarn, fibre and equipment to boost the goodies in your stash as well as raise some money for the Guild.

    Things to bring:

    • Dessert offering (including list of ingredients please)
    • Any yarn/fibre/equipment that you wish to sell in the auction
    • Cash to make your own purchases!
    • As always we will have some time for show and tell, so do bring any of your recent creations to show the group