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Common Threads: May 2024

Common Threads: May 2024

Events and submission calls related to fibre and textile arts and crafts in Canada, including the inaugural Knit City Toronto over the May long weekend and a conference coming this fall on sustainable fibre arts.

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Learning Through a Lifetime

Learning Through a Lifetime

There are many ways to approach lifelong learning. Some instructors teach you new skills that make your craft stronger. Others encourage growth in your spiritual self—exploration of the very nature of your being. And then there are the teachers who give you enough...

Fibre Characteristics Deep Dive: Blends

Fibre Characteristics Deep Dive: Blends

Each of the fibres I’ve explored with you over the past year has its own unique set of characteristics that brings something special to our crafting. We tend to use each of these fibres on their own, but sometimes, to meet a specific project requirement, we need to...

The Journey of Canadian Wool

The Journey of Canadian Wool

I climb the narrow stairway to a small room that holds the general store and post office for Thetis Island, British Columbia, where I live. A strong smell of otters comes from under the building. It is Friday afternoon; the post office will not be receiving any more...

Stay Crafty! Part 2: Evaluating Sources

Stay Crafty! Part 2: Evaluating Sources

In Part One of this series, we learned the basics of crafting research. In Part Two, we dive a little deeper, into finding and evaluating sources. When people post questions in crafting forums, no matter the topic, the most frequent reply points the questioner to a...

February 2024 Studio Hours Recap: Helen Mawdsley

February 2024 Studio Hours Recap: Helen Mawdsley

For the February Studio Hours get-together, we were treated to a short introduction to appliqué from Alberta-based quilter and wood worker Helen Mawdsley. As is often the case with our presenters, Helen has recently written an article for D&T about the subject. As...

Circular by Design: Slow Fashion by Anne Mulaire

Circular by Design: Slow Fashion by Anne Mulaire

Anne Mulaire, owner of the Anne Mulaire Indigenous fashion brand based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, is part of an innovative and robust movement of clothiers. This young Anishinaabe/French Métis designer is meeting the challenges of climate change head on. She’s not a...

How to Spot Greenwashing: Strategies for Shoppers

How to Spot Greenwashing: Strategies for Shoppers

Consumers are right to be skeptical when retailers and manufacturers try to sell them something by making “green” claims—but there are legitimate options out there. If you’re willing to do the work, you can build your own value chain. Here are a few ways consumers can...

Embellishing Handknits

Embellishing Handknits

Hand embellishment techniques, especially embroidery stitches, can be a fun way to make a simple knit garment special and totally unique. They can be used in a variety of ways to add whimsical elements to projects, to highlight knitted-in patterning or, for a more...

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