Getting to Know You

Passementerie':  Trimming of gold or silver lace, braid, beads, etc.

Textiles can come in various forms - knitted, woven, braided.  Sometimes all three!  Narrow goods can be made on small looms, finger manipulated, crocheted, beaded.

Passementerie is a term most often associated with drapery these days, but the term can be used for any trim.

Robyn Spady will provide information on the various ways trims can be made, whetting your appetite for small projects that can be done with minimal equipment or woven on a loom.

Nalbinding:  An ancient technique that pre-dates knitting.  There are various ways to construct cloth and examples of nalbinding have been found in tomb goods, most recently a brightly coloured 'slipper' made for a child in an Egyptian tomb.  Elizabeth Schatz will introduce you to nalbinding, another way to create textiles.

Ceinture Fleche':  Sue Perron will talk about the sashes made popular by the voyageurs.  These sashes were originally finger woven using …

The Creative Passion

One of the things that units us is our desire to create.

Some of us do that intuitively, some of us need to learn some hints and tips for helping us bring what we visualize into concrete reality.

In addition to workshops on technique, we also offer:

Tien Chiu, who will provide information on how colour works in weaving in her two day workshop Fearless Colour.

Colour Explorations/Wild About Colour by Diana Twiss in her two day workshop geared towards spinners.

Bob Keates will present his workshop on using Fiberworks for Multi-shaft Weaving. 

And artist Maureen Faulkner will do a two day workshop on design fundamentals for textile artists.

Many of our instructors are well versed in many facets of the craft of creating textiles and in addition to the 18 pre-conference two day workshops there will be 76 seminar slots.  Most seminars will be two hours - plenty of time to get a 'taste' of the topic and find out if participants want to pursue that topic further.  We have scheduled s…

The Passion Continues...

...with cloth

There are many ways to make a textile - knitting, crocheting, weaving, nalbinding, braiding, etc.

Our workshops will look at some of those ways, and our seminars will look at others (more to come on the seminars in a future post).

Jane Stafford will take a close look at huck in her two day workshop.

Robyn Spady will introduce techniques for making a long warp interesting over its entire length.

Alison Irwin has a two day workshop called Let it Snow in which she will illustrate how to sprinkle snowflakes as a motif on various weave structures.

Elizabeth Schatz will introduce knitters to Fair Isle.

Syne Mitchell will make rigid heddle looms sing with woven shibori.

Janet Dawson's workshop Gamptastic will look at how a lot of information can be contained in one textile by altering threading, tie up and treadling sequences - all in the same cloth.

Our key note speaker, Abby Franquemont's workshop on Andean Backstrap Weaving, will show how those intricate textiles ar…

Passion For...


Last week I introduced some of our instructors and their topics.  Since several of those instructors will also be teaching spinning, what can you expect?

Michelle Boyd is 'technical' in her approach, appreciating the sciences involved in spinning. 

Coleen Nimetz will put silk under the microscope to discover the essential nature of the fibre and how to work with it in terms of creating a yarn from the filaments.

Kim McKenna will focus on using the distaff as she presents information on how to work flax and wool.

Sarah Wroot will hone in on how to create yarns to use in weaving.  If you've ever wanted to go from sheep's back to your back, this might be the workshop for you!

Diana Twiss's approach to creating yarn will be to explore how to create unique colours as the yarn is made.

While Mary Lessman (also an Olds College master spinner instructor) will delve into dyeing yarn with natural dyes.

One of the reasons we chose Confluences as our theme is how o…

A Passion For...


scanning electron photo of cotton fibres


merino wool

Before there can be yarn, there is fibre.
At our conference there will be an opportunity to learn about fibres in more detail.
Heide Kraus raises goats at her farm outside of Quesnel, BC for cashmere.  She will be sharing details of what makes cashmere, cashmere, and information on keeping a herd of goats and harvesting their undercoat for fibre.
Sue Perron has been exploring and experimenting with local plants that provide fibre that can be turned into cordage, etc.  She has been collecting plants from various sources and will have samples and techniques for harvesting the fibre to share.
Our spinning instructors will also be sharing information on various fibres:
Michelle Boyd, one of the Olds College master spinner instructors will present a two day workshop:  Four Fine Fibres, Four Fine Yarns.
Coleen Nimetz will take an in-depth look at silk in her two day workshop:  Silk:  the Empress.
Kim McKenna will explain h…

Preliminary Schedule

The preliminary schedule has been drawn up and published in the ANWG newsletter.  
We are accepting bookings from special interest groups for space to meet.  We have two rooms, one small one which can accommodate up to 20 people, one larger room for bigger groups.  
To book space, email with size of room required and preferred time.  If no time preference is indicated I will assign a time based on room availability.  

There may also be space in the lobby of the Civic Centre or the two hotels for info kiosks.

Thread by Thread, Pick by Pick

Crafting a conference isn't all that different from weaving, really.

There is the Grand Design, then all the little steps that go into getting the design into workable shape, the polishing, the finishing, and then hope it all comes together the way one had hoped it would.

The 'warp' of the conference is the roster of instructors.  They will each bring their unique experiences, perspectives and knowledge.  They will add colour and texture to the event. 

The registrants are the 'weft' and the intersection of the two coming together will create something that did not exist before.

The exhibits, vendor hall, keynote and smaller events will add to the whole. 

In terms of weaving, we are at the checking twice stage - confirming with the instructors what they will require in order to hopefully have everything go smoothly at the time. 

The more we get things 'right' at this stage, the more enjoyable the actual event will be - for everyone.

So stay tuned. 

(We alre…