Conference News

Now open. Late registration fee ($50) begins on March 17, 2017 12:00 AM PDT.

The Shows:
Time to submit your entry for any of the shows at the conference! Entry forms are online now. Prize money available! Get your entry in before the deadline.

Tea Towel Exchange:
Start planning your contribution to the Tea Towel Exchange! Don’t miss the tea towel display in the The Meeting Place (Village Greens) until the final banquet.

Conference Dates: Sat, July 1st & Sun, July 2nd 2017
Pre-conference Workshops: Wed to Fri, June 28-30, 2017
Location: University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada


Featured Workshops

We are honoured to host a variety of talented instructors at our conference. Why not try something new? Here are a selection of Pre-Conference Workshops that still have a place for you:

Polly Adams Sutton – Lidded Cedar Bark Pagoda
For those of you who love basketry, Polly Adams Sutton is offering a 3-day workshop titled Lidded Cedar Bark Pagoda with the end product being the cutest basket I have ever seen.

Polly works with Western Red Cedar she harvests herself from the forests around her home and prepares for her own and her students’ use. She is interested in the sculptural forms she can create with cedar bark.

Michele Boyd – Spinning Superior Socks
If you love knitting socks, Michele Boyd’s 3-day beginner workshop–Spinning Superior Socks–still has some spaces available. Michele has asked us to let you know that she is happy to accommodate any type of wheel— double drive, Scotch tension, and bobbin-led. So sign up, pack up your wheel and come to the conference.

Karen Selk – Silk Fusion
Karen Selk, textile designer and artist, original owner of TreenWay Silk and longtime weaving instructor, is looking forward to introducing you to a new medium—Silk Fusion. This unique technique uses a medium to bond silk fibers into a lustrous kind of “felt” which can be gossamer and transparent or thick and opaque as leather. Silk fusion is a perfect canvas for hand or machine stitching, printing, stamping, origami, quilting, jewellery, wearable art, book coverings, and collage. Participants will make numerous samples and then be provided with patterns for hats, bags, and boxes.

Dianne Totten –Crimp and Create
Learn how to weave fabric that that is permanently pleated even when washed; and those pleats can form a design of their own. Not only can you use this fabric to make an entire garment, you can use “crimp cloth” to replace knitted ribbing for a sweater or to add a knit look to the collar area of a jacket. This is an on-loom workshop using a variation of woven shibori for both warp and weft. Participants will draft, weave, and crimp their samples in class to discover the endless possibilities.

Gaye Vallance – Ancient Fibers: Eco-Yarns
Gayle uses colour and texture to create unique yarns, making the best use of dyes and fibres, as well as spinning, weaving, braiding and felting techniques. The characteristics of bast fibres–flax, bamboo bast, hemp, and ramie–will be discussed. Instruction will focus on spinning, finishing, and dyeing bast yarns for weaving. Bast fabric swatches will be dyed, printed, and discharged to further show the diverse possibilities of these fibres. Complex yarn structures will create cables, cords, and ropes suitable for garment embellishment and for strengthening straps, handles, and loops on purses and bags. Jewellery will be constructed to highlight the character of the complex bast yarns


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