Common Threads: Volume 3, April 2021

21 April 2021

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A round-up of goings-on in fibre and textile arts and crafts across Canada.

Image description: Four hands parting sheep's wool to expose the full length of the wool.

Image courtesy of Victoria Spinners and Weavers Guild.

Victoria Handweavers & Spinners Guild is hosting a virtual Sheep to Shawl event this summer. Registrations are open now, until July 1st. “Sheep to Shawl” is a team event, bringing together spinners and weavers. The challenge is to begin with a newly shorn and skirted fleece and end up with a finished shawl, under a deadline. For this event, all fleeces come from flocks raised on Vancouver Island. For more details, follow the link

Beading is medicine” – a piece about an incredible beaded map of North America created by Indigenous beading artists.

Image description: Many vertically aligned spindles, with the words "Critical Issues Speaker Series" overlaid.

Farmer, activist and friend-of-the-magazine Anna Hunter of Long Way Homestead has launched an online lecture series on the challenges and opportunities for regenerative, sustainable textile production within our regional and national landbase(s). The first two events are scheduled for May. On May 2nd, five Canadian fibre farmers are gathering to speak about marketing farm yarn and wool products. On May 16th, Anna will speak on “The True Cost of Wool: Transparency and Traceability in the Canadian Wool Industry”—a deep dive into the Canadian wool industry and focus on the land, animals, labourers, mills and transport of our wool.

Image description: A map of Canada rendered in white lace on a red background.

Image from the Lace Gazette website, copyright Canadian Lacemaker Gazette. 

The Canadian Lacemaker Gazette is creating a registry of all Canadian lacemakers. To promote their initiative, they are using the image of a map of Canada rendered in handmade lace.

Cover of Custom-Fit Hats ebook, by Kate Atherley

Our own Kate and her ebook, Custom-Fit Hats, are featured in this Globe and Mail article about the rise of DIY book publishing here in Canada. [Article available to Globe subscribers.]

Purchase Custom-Fit Hats right here at Digits & Threads!

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