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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…