The Nova Scotia Fibre Arts Festival is a 5 day celebration of all things fibre; knitting, quilting, rug hooking, and so much more. Featuring many creative workshops, exhibits, and hands-on demonstrations, the festival offers something for everyone! If you’re looking for a little fibre in your creative diet, then this is the festival for you!
Now in its 8th year this award winning festival features exciting creative workshops, stunning exhibits, hands-on demonstrations and some of the region’s most beautiful fibre work. This five day celebration of all things fibre: knitting, quilting, rug hooking, felting, weaving, crocheting, needle work and so much more!
Held in historic Amherst, beginning the Tuesday following Thanksgiving each year; the Fibre Arts Festival embraces all natural fibres and whether you are an experienced fibre artist, enthusiastic novice, or just appreciate fine quality arts and handwork, you will find something to enjoy among the wide range of activities and opportunities the Festival offers.
And check out these videos they have about the event!
Their fairly traded, handwoven silk fabrics are available by special order at 30% off listed prices! Visit their SHOP page to see what’s available. Contact them to arrange a private viewing if you’re in Nova Scotia.
Perfect for a range of sewing projects: from jackets, blouses, skirts and pants to cushion covers, table runners and more — get your creative juices flowing!
Organic silks are created by growing mulberry bushes organically, feeding these leaves to heritage varieties of mulberry silkworms, then hand-reeling their cocoons. You’ll notice beautiful textures in these handwoven fabrics.
The conventional silks are handwoven using machine-spun threads. They are smoother in texture than the hand-reeled silks and are lighter-weight.
All TAMMACHAT silk fabrics are coloured with natural dyes, made from barks, coconut husk, leaves, even insect resin. The undyed pieces (upper left) are stunning as is or can be easily dyed.
TAMMACHAT Natural Textiles 51 Main St. Mahone Bay,Nova Scotia B0J 2E0 Canada
This will be a class on what goes into your purse. There will be 3 possibilities, and you can pick which one you want to complete. All require the same techniques and can be personalized. The first option is a purse organizer pattern that the teacher, Nancy McKenzie, developed. She will email you that pattern if you like for a $5 donation to the Grandmothers to Grandmothers project. The other two options are organizer wallets that can be purchased on the internet. They are from PoldaPop.
This class is now full. Should a spot becomes open, Guild Members will be notified.
In this class you will be working with rain wear material. The pattern is McCall’s #6517. This will be an unlined rain jacket. Class will cover seam finishes, fabric types, making seams waterproof, and care of water proof garments.
This will be a half-day class of basic serger, so if you are new to serging or looking for a refresher course, this is the class for you. We will go over all the parts of the serger, threading for 4 thread basic serging, 3 thread wide, and 3 thread narrow. This will give you most of the basic threading you will need. If we cover this in time we can do a very simple project with our stitches. Questions and answers about what your serger can and can’t do and how to do it. Please bring your serger, in good working order, serger thread that matches the threading on your machine, (for example my machine has pink, yellow, green and blue) and 4 cones of whatever basic color you want to rethread your serger with before you go home so you are ready to sew when you get back to your sewing room. Also bring your serger manual and all accessories that go with your machine, pen and paper for taking notes, and some scissors.
This slim fitting pant is in all the fashion stores this year. Yoga pants are not just for exercise, they can be made in a variety of stretch fabrics to look like dress pants. It has a slim fitting look with a 2″ waist band. You should be able to complete this 3-piece yoga pants Silhouette Patterns, #3400 pattern in one class. It can be ordered online via the previous link for $14.00 US, plus shipping. The morning is for fitting and cutting, the afternoon is for construction.
For construction, a pant weight rayon knit is recommended. Peggy Sagers suggests a Ponte Roma.
Sew a fully-lined jacket the modern way, using fusible interfacing to shape and tailor the fabric instead of hand pad stitching. Armani constructs designer jackets this way, and so can you!
The pattern for the three day class is McCall’s 6172, The Perfect Jacket, from Palmer/Pletsch. It’s a close fitting, fully lined jacket featuring a notched collar, 2-piece sleeves, and welt or patch pockets. With three finished lengths — cropped, hip, and below hip — it’s a classic jacket. And because it’s a Palmer/Pletsch pattern, it’s been designed for success!
Tissue-fit pattern, fabric prep, cutting pattern from fabrics and interfacing, fusing interfacing.
Assemble outer shell of jacket including welt/patch pockets, buttonhole prep, sleeves
Assemble lining, attach lining and outer shell, finishing work
With a week in between classes, there is plenty of time for slower sewers to catch up. We want a happy sewing class, not a harried one!
Recommended fabrics: wool crepe, wool gabardine, wool blends, wool tweed. (Wool is a great fabric for tailoring!)
An optional notions package, including Palmer/Pletsch interfacing, and sleeve head interfacing, will be available if desired.