Tag Archives: Canada

Textile Postage Stamps Canada: stamps-canada

1999 – weaver’s shuttle
Canada shuttle stamp

1999
Canada textiles stamps

1999 – lacemaking
Canada lacemaking stamp

1993
textile postage stamp - Canada 1993

textile postage stamp - Canada 1993

textile postage stamp - Canada 1993

textile postage stamp - Canada 1993

textile postage stamp - Canada 1993

1953 – textiles, spinning wheel
Canada textiles stamp

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Craft Galleries Canada: galleriesca

Anansi Weavery
Terry ONeill trained at the Galashiels College of Textiles in Scotland and now specializes in handwoven tapestries, rugs and wall-hangings at her studio in Alert Bay, BC.

Fibreworks Gallery
The Fibre Works Gallery showcases textile artists on the west coast of British Columia.

Fibres de Piero
A Quebec site that features a delightful selection of spinnable animals, alpacas and colored angora rabbits.

Ewesful Creations
Jude Pilot shares her lovely hand-dyed and handspun projects with us.

Laura Fry
Laura Fry weaves mostly household textiles, but also accepts special commissions for ethnic dance costumes and yardage. She also has infinite knowledge about wet finishing for handwoven fabrics.

The Tartan Lady
Patricia Magee offers weaving lessons and a wonderful vacation at the same time at her B&B in Courtenay, BC.

Weavers Corner
Janet Wallace, of Weavers Corner, specializes in colourful prayer shawls and blankets of various sizes, as well as hats, bags, sweaters and vests.

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Craft Guilds Canada: guildsca

Guild of Canadian Weavers
The GCW administers a Master Weaver certificate program that is open to anyone wishing to pursue a study of handweaving.

Guild of Canadian Weavers
The GCW is a nation-wide guild that promotes the technical and artistic standards of handweaving through establishing tests based on various levels of ability.

Northwest Weavers
The Association of Northwest Weavers Guilds website lists many guilds in both Canada and the U.S.

Complex Weavers
Complex Weavers is open to anyone who wants to learn more about weaving that is exciting, challenging and has a curiosity to know and a willingness to share.

Handweavers Guild of America
The HGA is an international, nonprofit, member organization, dedicated to supporting and encouraging fibre arts and preserving our textile cultural heritage.

AB – Heritage Weavers & Spinners
The Heritage Weavers & Spinners meet monthly in Calgary, AB.

AB – Handweavers, Spinners and Dyers of Alberta
The HWSDA has 200-300 members serving as a catalyst for fibre enthusiats. The association hosts an annual 3 day conference in May.

BC – Coquitlam Weavers Guild
The Coquitlam guild meets monthly at the Place des Arts.

BC – Kamloops Arts and Crafts Club
The Kamloops Arts and Crafts Club meet weekly in Kamloops to spin, weave and share ideas with each other.

BC – Langley Weavers & Spinners Guild
The Langley Guild has on going workshop and programs through out the year.

NS – Atlantic Spinners and Handweavers
Weavers, spinners and dyers in the Halifax area have the opportunity to exchange ideas and learn new techniques.

ON – Niagara Handweavers and Spinners
The Guild has promoted the art of spinning and weaving for over 50 years, in the Niagara, Chippawa area.

ON – Sarnia Handweavers and Spinners Guild
The Sarnia guild exhibits their handspun yarns, Latvian vests, inkle bands and woven tea towels.

Trillium Handspinners & Weavers
Guild members meet monthly in Hunstville Ontario to exchange information and learn new techniques.

Guilds

Weavers Guilds – Canada
Weavers Guilds – Europe
Weavers Guilds – US
Weavers Guilds – Australia
Weavers Guilds Canada
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Craft Guilds – Coquitlam: uccoquitlambc

Coquitlam Weavers Guild

Where:

Place Des Arts
1120 Brunett Avenue
Coquitlam, BC
V3K 1G2

Map

When:
2nd Thursday of each month, Sept. to June

7:00 p.m.

Guild Contact:
Irene Weisner

Email: ireneweisner at shaw.ca

 

Monthly programs. Weaving magazines and books available in our library. Weaving and spinning equipment is available to rent. Show and Tell. New members and visitors are welcome. Dues are $20.00 per year.

Weaving, spinning and basketry classes are offered at Place des Arts.

Textile Galleries and Instructors

Textile Artist Galleries

Textile Instructors and Teachers

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Hemp Farm: aa103098

Growing Hemp in the Kootenays

Hemp used to be a crop that was grown in the Kootenay region of British Columbia. The Douhkobors and other settlers grew both hemp and flax and processed it for their clothing.
In a previous article, I have mentioned that in Canada, hemp is again legal to grow for commercial purposes. Recently, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to visit one of the new hemp farms in Grand Forks, BC. As farmers have not grown this crop for several decades, they are going through a learning curve, to know how best to grow and process this crop. With their combined efforts, it is hoped that we, as weavers, will soon be able to benefit and use their fiber crops. I visited with Lonnie Sagal as he showed me around his 30 acre crop of hemp. Unfortunately, I had technical difficulties with my camera, so don’t have photos of the field available.

The first crop was not as successful as hoped, due to a number of reasons. The Canadian government delayed in issuing the planting permits, causing the seed to be planted 3 weeks later than planned. Insufficient fertilizer was used and the seed was not sown closely enough for the stalks to grow as they should. The crop was grown for seed and the seed had been harvested when I visited in October. The cut stalks were laying on the ground, retting. I was fortunate in being able to obtain a handful of hemp stalk, to sample with. Thank you, Lonnie!

I learned that hemp that is grown for fiber use, should be picked in mid August, before the seed develops. The fiber is finer and more pliable. The samples I received are coarser and more suitable for rope than for fine weaving yarns. The retted stalks have now dried. The hemp fiber can be peeled off the stalks quite easily. I spun some of this fiber, and found it to be too coarse to use for fine weaving. I think it would be suitable for weaving baskets or mats, though. Next summer, I also hope to visit this farm a bit earlier in the season, and try again with finer quality hemp. For more info and places you can find hemp to spin or weave with, please check in our Library.

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Hemp Placemat

Warp: Hemp Yarn

Weft: I used the rough hemp hurds that I received from the Hemp farm that I visited.

Hemp Rya Rug
Hemp Tapestry Pillow
Hemp Rep Placemats
Hemp Towel
Hemp Crochet Water Bottle

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Doukhobor weaving: aa062198

>Living in the Kootenays in British Columbia, I am fortunate to have experienced some of the rich heritage that the Doukhobor community provides. The Doukhobors are a pacifist Christian sect originating in Russia in the 17th century. In 1899 about 7400 Doukhobors immigrated to Canada, settling in parts of Saskatchewan, the Northwest Territories and later moving to the Kootenay region of British Columbia.
They lived off the land, many still cultivating their farms and growing their own vegetables and fruits.

The Duokhobors grew flax and hemp, spinning the fiber and weaving their own cloth. Wonderful weaving treasures, old spinning wheels and looms can still be found in antique shops and the occasional garage sale.

There are several museums and cultural centres throughout the province, that have displays of Doukhobor handwork and craftsmanship.

skein winder

Kirilovka Doukhobor Village site The Doukhobor Collection is a great source of information, digital archives and images of the Doukhobor in Canada.

Be sure to visit the Doukhobor Village if you are in Castlegar. In the Grand Forks settlement as in other communities, they operated on a moneyless system, producing their own goods and trading as needed. A tannery, blacksmith shop, jam factory, sawmill and weaving all enabled them to be self sufficient.

Mabel Verigin Doukhobor Master Weaver

Traditional Doukhobor Weaving

Canadian Doukohobor Society

Tarasoff Collection – BC Archives
The Canadian Museum of Civilization
had an exhibit featuring the life of the Douhkobors called “The Spirit Wrestlers”.

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Hemp in Canada: aa042998

On February 26, 1998, Canada’s Health Minister, Allan Rock announced that hemp could be grown commercially in Canada for the first time in 60 years.
Because of hemp’s versatility of use, there is a quickly growing market for the product with farmers anxious to apply for licensing. For example, In Grand Forks, B.C. about 75 potential growers have expressed interest since this announcement.
Commercial Production of Industrial Hemp

FAQ – Industrial Hemp

The Government of Canada site lists the current licensees of hemp producers and provides information on licensing requirements. In Ontario, hemp has been grown experimentally for the past couple of years.

Kenex is a privately owned Canadian company actively working on research and processing of industrial hemp. Several other hemp cooperatives and associations throughout Canada are involved and are working on developing new processing and market opportunities for this fiber.

It is still not legal to grow hemp in the U.S. but it is a fiber that is of interest to textile producers.

If you’ve tried weaving or spinning hemp, or have other news about uses of industrial hemp in your area, we’d love to hear about them.

hemp Rya tapestry

Weaving with Hemp

A Visit to a Canadian Hemp Farm

Hemp Yarns

Paivatar
Handwovens using Hemp yarns.

Lanaknits
Hemp yarns and kits for knitters.

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