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Flaxen Dreams: Growing Flax for Linen in the Mountains of BC

Flaxen Dreams: Growing Flax for Linen in the Mountains of BC

Not long after we launched Digits & Threads, I started off my column in these pages with an introduction to our family’s hay farm. I promised updates about foraging and natural dyeing, and maybe eventually growing flax or indigo. Re-reading that column today, I...

Common Threads: Volume 14, August 2022

Common Threads: Volume 14, August 2022

Hamilton, Ontario, artist Hitoko Okada is a growing cotton and indigo in her backyard. She cultivates the indigo plants to create dyes using traditional Japanese methods for use in her weaving and fibre art practice. On September 25th she is leading a workshop on...

Thanks to Our July, 2022 Advertisers!

Thanks to Our July, 2022 Advertisers!

A big thank-you to the Canadian fibre and textile businesses that have supported Digits & Threads this month by advertising with us: Mawdsley Fibre Arts Mississippi Valley Textile Museum We hope you enjoyed learning about them! Advertising from Canadian businesses...

Getting Started Weaving: What You Need as a Beginner

Getting Started Weaving: What You Need as a Beginner

One of my greatest joys in craft is introducing other makers to weaving. As someone who came to weaving after being a knitter, dyer, and spinner, I absolutely love that weaving draws upon all the skills and knowledge I’ve acquired from the various fibre arts and...

Bookbinding Tutorial: How to Make a Vintage-Style Needle Book

Bookbinding Tutorial: How to Make a Vintage-Style Needle Book

In this tutorial, we will make a small sewing-needle book in a style that combines features of antique and vintage needle books, using materials commonly found in our homes. Although bookbinding uses a specific set of standard hand tools and equipment, we will...

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