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Photo Gallery: Security Blanket Exhibition at Craft Ontario

Photo Gallery: Security Blanket Exhibition at Craft Ontario

From artist Jennifer Smith-Windsor: Security Blanket explores two notions of security. First, the security of the home—represented by antique, handmade domestic textiles such as doilies and lace. And second, the security of the state—represented by eight government-issue military blankets from Australia, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Switzerland and the United States. View a photo gallery of her textile-art pieces.

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Security Blanket: A Conversation with Textile Artist Jennifer Smith-Windsor

Security Blanket: A Conversation with Textile Artist Jennifer Smith-Windsor

“Being a textile artist places one in a curious place within the art world,” says Jennifer Smith-Windsor. “It is a very niche area and often hard to define. Am I an artist? A craftsperson? A craft-artist? An artistic craftsperson? It’s not always easy explaining what my work is about.” Read more of her interview about her work and her current exhibition, Security Blanket, at Craft Ontario.

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Stitching Together: How Indie Craft Shops Have Adapted in the COVID-19 Pandemic

Stitching Together: How Indie Craft Shops Have Adapted in the COVID-19 Pandemic

When COVID-19 restrictions went into effect in March, 2020, craft shops were hit hard. Owners scrambled to get products and classes online, working unimaginably long days, pivoting on the head of a pin to serve their customers, all while under pressure from shifting restrictions, growing demand, and the looming threat of supply-chain interruptions. As we approach the anniversary of the start of our collective pandemic experience, we caught up with shop owners from across Canada.

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Community Hub for a Solitary Pursuit: Running a Yarn Store in a Pandemic

Community Hub for a Solitary Pursuit: Running a Yarn Store in a Pandemic

“Holding up okay and doing well are rather different,” writes Yarns Untangled owner Amelia Lyon. “The truth is that lockdowns for this small business are a bit of a mixed bag. It is a boon that we are in the internet age and we can reach our customers through the wonders of online shopping, social media, and direct email campaigns. It was enlightening to discover just how much could be accomplished with a smart phone and an internet connection.”

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Visible Mending: How to Sew a Broken Backstitch

Visible Mending: How to Sew a Broken Backstitch

February is a great time for giving wool clothes a good look-over to check for areas of wear. Catching them early avoids having to pull things out of rotation to do more complicated mends down the line. Learn how to sew a modified (broken) backstitch mend to create an attractive seed pattern and a sturdy reinforcement.

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