Major Announcement!

keynote speaker Abby Franquemont, author of Respect the Spindle will participate in the author signing along with some of our other attending authors - if you want to participate, you don't have to be teaching, you just have to register so that we know how many authors will be there - link to sign up on the website

If you aren't on the conference mail update list, I'm pleased to direct you to the conference website for information on workshop/conference registration.
There are also links to Air Canada (and hopefully WestJet in a day or two) for booking your flights, the Coast Inn of the North and the Courtyard Marriott where we have block booked rooms.  Both hotels have parking for guests and you can share a room if you like or book for yourself at the conference rate. 

Preparing to Launch


The two hotels were conference events are taking place are also offering conference block booking.  The above link is to the original blog post last summer which will give more information.

With conference events taking place in both, they are the easiest places to stay, especially if arriving by air, but both also have parking.


Conference Workshops (2 Days) - June 12-13th, 2019 InstructorWorkshopMax # PeopleMichelle BoydFour Fine Fibres, Four Fine Yarns15Tien ChiuColor Courage: Color and Weave Structure15Janet DawsonGamptastic!20Maureen FaulknerElements of Design for Textile Artists10Abby FranquemontAndean Backstrap Weaving20Alison IrwinLet It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow12Bob KeatesFibreworks for Multi-Shaft Weaving24Mary LessmanColours from Nature12Kim McKennaThe Distaff10Syne MitchellWoven Shibori on the Rigid Heddle Loom12Coleen NimetzSilk: the Temptress Unraveled20Elizabeth SchatzFair Isle Knitting12Robyn SpadyExtreme Warp Makeover15Jane StaffordHuck of a Good Time12Laurie StefflerFelting a Nuno Scarf12Bernadette ThompsonShibori10Diana TwissColour Exploration12Sarah WrootSpinning to Weave12
If you are on the mailing list at the conference website you should be receiving an email update very soon letting you know that the schedule of workshops and seminars is now available on the website.
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Down to the Crunch

We are working furiously on getting the details of the conference nailed down as accurately as possible.

We hope to have the 'big reveal' shortly...


We have chosen our instructors from the textile community to share their passion with others.

Several are authors of articles and books.  Some are hosting on line classes.  Some are better known than others.  But each of them has a passion for fibre, yarn, cloth.

They individually come to textiles from various directions but all are eager to share their knowledge with others.

Seminars are tastes of their passion.  We hope that people take the seminars as a way to broaden their knowledge and perhaps find new and intriguing things to discover.

Many of us practice multiple crafts.  Some of us might like to add one or two more.  Or at least learn enough about something to point others in that direction when it is appropriate.

We have 24 instructors.  There are dyers, spinners, knitters, felters, weavers.  Some braid, harvest fibres, grow dye plants.  There is so much to learn, so little time to learn it.

Conferences can bring a wealth of information and help individuals make valuable con…

Textile Technology

drawdown from Fiberworks software
Working with textiles in the 21st century is enhanced by the technology available!

For weavers we have weaving software and Bob Keates has been one of the leading software developers since the 1980s.  Bob will lead a two day workshop plus seminars for Windows and Mac users.

With the rise of the Internet, textile artists can sell their work online.  Yoriko Oki will discuss setting up an Esty shop.

Laurie Steffler will look at modern approaches to felting and how things like a microwave and pool noodles will make it go more smoothly.

Tien Chiu will look at colour in weaving and accessing Internet tools.

Maureen Faulkner will have tools for developing designs for your textile ideas.

Leola McNie will discuss designing with intention.

Seminars are a 'taste' of the topic.  When you don't know how to do something, it's a good idea to find out what is available to help you get the results you desire.

Remember that some seminars are four hours …

Exploring Options

photo courtesy of Abby Franquemont
One of the things we wanted to explore was the confluence of cultures.  We have a number of seminars where people will be able to look at how culture and textiles go together and hopefully come away with a better understanding of how different people have used textiles.

Dr. Susan Pavel will bring a Salish loom and discuss stories of what textiles mean to various people.

Sue Perron will bring voyageur sashes to life.  These traditionally finger woven sashes were used for many things.

Maureen Faulkner has been traveling the world and will share some of the textiles she has collected in her exploration of our wonderful planet.

Alison Irwin will talk about Kumihimo and Pebble Weave.

And of course our keynote speaker, Abby Franquemont, will talk about Andean textiles.

Remember that seminars that have Part I and II in their description are four hours and to take Part II you have to also be in Part I.