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Twist Fibre Festival

11 August 2023 - 13 August 2023

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Textile market opening hours:
Friday August 11: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday August 12: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday August 13: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Take a few minutes in your busy Twist schedule to stop and watch the four capsules we produced on the transmission of knowledge in the textile world in Quebec. Directed by Agnès Création, these short documentaries showcase the work of four seasoned and inspiring textile artists.

(at all times during the festival: food fair, kids activities, demonstrations, sheep dog herding demos, and much more!)

THURSDAY august 10 (workshops only)
Sewing: make your own posh bag
Spinning: turkish spindle spinning; spinning art yarn; spinning thick or thin
Wet felting a vessel
Crochet: brioche; tunisian crochet mosaic
Natural Dyeing: indigo and resists
Knitting: purse inspired by estonian techniques

FRIDAY august 11
Knitting: adjust your knitting to your silhouette (beginner and advanced); purse inspired by estonian techniques
Dyeing: lakes and pigments; introduction to acid dyes; ecoprint on sockblanks
Sewing: textile baskets FULL
Weaving: woven landscapes
Crochet: granny squares

La Boîte à Quilt: patchwork cushion cover
Presentation of the graduates of the Maison des Métiers d’art de Québec
Nerds with Needles: How to dye the Rainbow Love colorway

SATURDAY august 12
Basketry: leaves and bark basket FULL
Finger braiding (fléché)
Embroidery on knitting FULL
Spinning: discover the Diz; intro to natural plant fibre spinning
Sewing: mending 101; cotton canvas tote waxing, sewing hand-finishes

At noon, come lunch while listening to this fascinating conference: with our guests we will be discussing different alternative ways of using fibre in a sustainable manner. How can we give back value to wool surplus that would otherwise be sent to waste? This conference is presented by Big Blue Moma, official partner of the Festival!

1 p.m: Recording LIVE of the Threads of Sustainability podcast, with Bridget O’Flaherty (the Sustainable Quilter) and Karie Wylie (Big Blue Moma). Under the Gagnon Big Top.

Are you stuck in a knitting project and would need a little help from a friend to put it back on tracks? Come under the emerging artists tent, for Clo-Tricot’s knitting clinic! Reserve your spot with Claudia, and get all the support you need, directly in the Big Blue Moma airstream! Don’t forget: there is also a winding station available for you, under the emerging artists tent as well.

Cast-on night! From 4 to 6 p.m., come join us under the Big Top for happy hour! We invite you to cast on a new project using something from your Twist haul! Crochet, spinning, knitting, embroidery… Let’s create together whilst supporting the artists of the festival. Bonus: everyone will be able to taste our souvenir Twist 2023 beer: the Castonite!

Une maille à la fois: Presenting the Quechua Alpaca cooperative
Accrochet: a new taste on crochet
Sunflower Knit: Northern natural dye color palettes

SUNDAY august 13
Artisanal screenprinting
Needle felting
Spinning for socks
Embroidery: embellish your denim; satin stitch and maple leaf; 3D embroidery

Conference at 1 p.m. under the Big Top: overview of the specific qualities of unusual fibres: cellulosic fibers, qiviut, angora rabbit, etc. Open to everyone.

Relay Spin-o-thon! At 2 p.m., join us in the afternoon with your spinning wheels and spindles: we planned a most original activity. Like an ”exquisite corpse” concept, you’ll have three minutes to spin your fiber… Then you’ll pass it along to your neighbor! No need to register: to participate, just bring your favorite spinning tool and a minimum of 25gr of spinning fibre. Everyone will be leaving with a souvenir bobbin full of the colours and energy of Twist 2023! *This activity is more suited for spinners, but all other crafters are welcome.

Periwinkle Laine: Traditional rug hooking with a Twist
Yarnsomniacs: From raw fleece to rolags
Courtepointe Québec: sac à tricot façon courtepointe

We are excited to see you there!



11 August 2023
13 August 2023
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Whissell Complex
530 Rue Charles Auguste Montreuil‎
Saint-André-Avellin, Quebec J0V 1W0 Canada
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