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  • January 2022 members’ meeting
    19:00 -20:00
    2022/01/12

    We look forward to a presentation by Matthew Rowe about his role in promoting the use of Canadian wool.

    Matthew J. Rowe is the CEO of The Campaign for Wool in Canada and its parent organization, The Canadian Wool Council. Matthew is a graduate of Mount Allison University and is a recipient of The Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals. In 2021, he was invested as a member of the Worshipful Company of Woolmen in the United Kingdom and was given the Freedom of the City of London for his services to wool.

    The Campaign for Wool was launched in Canada by TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall in Pictou, Nova Scotia during their 2014 May Royal Tour. The Campaign is The Prince’s global endeavour to raise awareness of the unique, natural, and sustainable benefits of wool, and currently runs across the world in 13 different countries.

    As official implementing partner for the Campaign for Wool, the Canadian Wool Council (CWC) aligns stakeholders to revive the Canadian wool value chain for the benefit of creators, rural communities, and all Canadians. The CWC engages with and connects farmers, designers, manufacturers, government, academia, industry associations and the public. Through proactive media outreach, the Campaign works to raise awareness of the benefits of wool, the challenges facing producers, and opportunities for development.

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REGULAR MEETINGS

MONTHLY GUILD MEETINGS – CURRENTLY HELD VIRTUALLY DURING COVID-19
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, mostly on the Zoom platform.
When: 2nd Wednesday of the month, 7.00pm – 9.00pm
Where: In the cloud! Invitations are sent to Guild members a week before each meeting.

SPINNING AND KNITTING DROP IN – on hold until next year!
An invitation for spinners and knitters to meet up in Riverdale Park, near the gates of Riverdale Farm, to socialize, work on their own projects, and talk to members of the public about our crafts. Feel free to join us anytime – it’s totally free to come along!
When: Tuesdays, 2pm – 3:30pm throughout September 2021
Where: Riverdale Park West, near the gates of Riverdale Farm, Winchester Street.

IN THE COMMUNITY

The Guild generally participates in the following events each year where we demonstrate fibre processing, spinning and weaving to the public. We look forward to resuming these events when restrictions on social gatherings are lifted.

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! Also cancelled for 2021.

FAMILY DAY
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. We will post updates regarding the 2022 event as plans become clearer.

SHEEP CELEBRATION
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!

More information on Riverdale Farm