About Us

Digits & Threads is an independent, member-supported online magazine about Canadian fibre and textile arts, crafts and industry, published by Nine Ten Publications.

From the growing or raising of fibre, to its processing, to the crafters and artisans who work with it, to the objects we create and why and how, to what happens to those objects when we discard them, we are desperately excited to explore it all, and to do so with you.

We publish on a rolling basis, three to four times a month.

Do you have to be Canadian to enjoy what we do? Absolutely not. Fibre and textile arts have rich local histories and contemporary practices throughout the world. We love learning about them all, and we suspect you do, too. We hope you will enjoy exploring what’s being made in Canada by folks across this vast land – both those whose ancestors have been here all along and those who came during or after colonization.

Digits & Threads is supported by our paying members. It’s like a subscription, but it’s a little different, too. We like to hear from our members and we’re counting on you to let us know what you love, what you want to learn about and make, and what you think we can do better.

Some content will always be available to free members, but much will be exclusive to our paying members.

Values Statement

We are committed to and guided by a commitment to accessibility, inclusivity, diversity, environmental sustainability, and reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples. We believe in fostering sustainable business practices; nurturing strong relationships with our members, readers and community; and practicing radical transparency.

Who We Are

Photo of Kate Atherley: a white woman with brown hair and fringe, wearing glasses, a black top and an orange scarf.

Kate Atherley

Co-Founder & Editorial Director

Kate (she/her) is an internationally known knitting teacher, designer, author and editor. She has published nine books, and her focus in all her work is the empowerment of knitters, illuminating both the methods and mechanics of the craft. The combination of her university degree in mathematics, professional experience in software development, technical writing and usability, and training in garment and fashion design give her a unique perspective. She also works as an editor and technical editor, helping other designers and authors bring their work into the world. She lives in Toronto with her husband and their rescue dog Winnie.

Photo of Kim Werker: a white woman with greying dark-brown hair and glasses, wearing a black top and a scarf in blues and purples.

Kim Werker

Co-Founder & Publisher

Over her nineteen-year career in crafts and publishing Kim (she/her) has written or co-authored seven books and edited countless others; founded, run and eventually sold an online crochet magazine; served as editor of Interweave Crochet; and spoken and taught at conferences across North America. Eventually she realized that working in crafts publishing is her professional dream, with values of sustainability, equity, inclusion and diversity at the centre of her work. In 2020, Kim co-founded Nine Ten Publications and its flagship online magazine, Digits & Threads, with Kate Atherley. Kim lives in Vancouver, BC, where she weaves, explores natural pigments she forages around her neighbourhood, and takes photos of her family’s ridiculous dog.

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Michelle Woodvine

Contributing Editor

Michelle Woodvine (she/her) is a Toronto-based freelance writer and editor on a quest to never stop learning and making. When not wordsmithing for others, Michelle can usually be found working on her trilogy of speculative fiction novels, learning a new skill, or goofing around with her family (including her very own rocket scientist, two teenage boys, and one feisty ginger cat). Follow the weird, wonderful, and wordy adventures @woodvinewrites or visit www.woodvinewrites.com.

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Zoe Desborough

Sales & Marketing Coordinator

Taking on a new role in the fibre and textile world, Zoe (they/them) is excited to be working behind the scenes as Nine Ten Publications and Digits & Threads Sales & Marking Coordinator. Owner of Crochet & Co., a now-online boutique, and Woolerton Estate Yarns, and slowly renovating an almost 200-year-old house into a fibre retreat and bed & breakfast, Zoe has actively participated in multiple spheres of the fibre arts world. Their academic background in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and their activism for the LGBTQIAAP community has allowed them to work with several organizations and businesses to better their D.E.I. practices and policies, and they have been a guest speaker on a variety panels in the fibre community.

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