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Upcoming Event

Upcoming Event

Sunday, 10 September 2017

2017 Fibre Art Festival and Sale

Bet you didn't know London had its very own one-of-a-kind festival!  Now in its 6th year, 
it has a well-deserved reputation for a wonderful collection of unique hand made items.  
Shop early for best selection!

Thursday, 13 October 2016

2016 Fibre Art Festival and Sale

Bet you didn't know London had its very own one-of-a-kind festival!  Now in its 5th year, it has a well-deserved reputation for a wonderful collection of unique hand made items.  Shop early for best selection.


Rug Hooking



          11:00 – 2:00 BOBBIN LACE MAKING - Kathy Morgan 
          12:00 – 2:00 BACKSTRAP CARD WEAVING - Catharina Forbes


           8:30 – 10:30 WOOL APPLIQUÉ - Jane Van Arnhem 
          10:00 – 3:00 BOBBIN LACE MAKING - Kathy Morgan 
          10:00 – 3:00 WILLOW BASKETRY - Frances Thorn 
          11:00 – 1:00 RIGID HEDDLE WEAVING - Lynda King 


          11:00 – 1:00 KUMIHIMO - Virginia Herman 
          11:00 – 1:00 RIGID HEDDLE WEAVING - Lynda King 
          11:00 – 3:00 BOBBIN LACE MAKING - Kathy Morgan
          12:00 - 3:00    FELTING - Janice Wale

2016 Fibre Arts Festival & Sale Guest Artists

Roxann Blazetich-Ozols

Roxann has worked with fibre and beads for over 15 years creating beaded jewellery then kits under the name of BEADADDICT.  Recent beadwork collaborations with lampwork artists have given Roxann the opportunity to engineer unique wearable art pieces that have been included in US and Canadian publications, exhibitions and competitions.  She is the designer of the dual lucet, DUCETTE, with which she teaches braiding techniques from her own instructions using contemporary fibre and stringing materials.

Theresa English
Sashiko Boro Technique

Sashiko translates to "little stabs" and Boro to "tattered rags".  As a quilter and rug hooker who uses mainly recycled materials, this ancient technique designed out of necessity to reinforce and strengthen material really spoke to me.  Using small bits and pieces from my quilting scrap bag, I started layering them, hand tacked them all in place and then using cotton thread, a ring thimble and the traditional 3 inch long very sharp needle made a beautiful piece of "new fabric".  Since this is a Japanese art form dating back to the 1600s, I was inspired to take this fabric and fashion it into Japanese knot bags.

Rene Vandenbrink

Rene is a London based artist working primarily with textiles and printmaking.  Her process-based work explores collecting, interactions with nature, recycling, surface design and experimenting with handmade and DIY techniques in environmentally sustainable ways.  She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honors Specialization in Studio Art from Western University, an Art Studies Certificate in Vocational Art from BealArt and has attended various workshops, presentations and interest groups through the Canadian Embroiderers Guild, London and the Southwestern Ontario Chapter of Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild.  She has exhibited with The Westland Gallery, Forest City Gallery and Artlab Gallery in London, Graven Feather, the Japanese Paper Place and OCADU's Graduate Gallery in Toronto as well as Art Mur and the Centres des Arts Actuels Skol in Montreal.


Monday, 7 July 2014

Mood Indigo

On May 24 2014, Strathroy Pioneer Treadlers hosted the OHS Southwest Regional Seminar Mood Indigo featuring keynote speaker Harriet Boon.

In the afternoon there were 4 different workshops that covered indigo dyeing, weaving, spinning and basketmaking.  The seminar was very well attended and 7 guilds from the region participated in the guild displays, "Anything Blue".  We had ample opportunity to visit the vendors. 

Blue was the dominating colour all through the day but the mood was anything but blue.  Lots of chatter and laughter was heard all through the Strathroy Area Seniors' Centre.  New purchases were admired and tried out, new skills and projects just made were talked about and proudly shown.

It was a wonderful day.  A big Thank You goes to all who helped make Mood Indigo a success.

Keynote Speaker Harriet Boon's Indigo Display

Weaving Workshop - Pat Zannier

 Spindle Spinning - Joan Russell

Guild Displays - Anything Blue

Monday, 24 February 2014

More About Mood Indigo Workshops

BLUE:  How, Why, Where, When with Harriet Boon

Demo and hands-on session using a more organic approach to familiar indigo vats.

Material Fee $5.  Please bring gloves.  A baggie for your samples will be supplied.

Harriet Boon is a spinner, dyer and weaver.  She has been chasing Blue since the 70's and enjoys being an instructor as well as being a student.  Her most recent foray included studies in France.


Remove Your Obstacles to a Joyful Weaving Experience

A practical and inspirational talk plus demonstrations for weavers of all levels.  It will cover your weaving experience from start to finish, including:

- good warping practices and loom setup
- yarn choices:  a discussion of old favourites plus some nifty new yarns and how to use them effectively
- finishing techniques

SPINDLE SPINNING with Joan Russell

Spindle spinning is affordable, portable, fun and relaxing.  Expand your enjoyment of this spinning method as you are guided through the process of using a drop spindle to create your own hand spun yarn, explore tools available to spindlers and learn tips and tricks.  No experience is required.  Bring your own top or bottom whorl spindle.

Material Fee $4

HANG-A-BASKET with Wanda Haydt

      Sweet little basket designed to hang on your spinning wheel or anywhere useful.  Project is suitable for beginners.  

      Dimensions:  3" wooden base, height 6" and top diameter 5"

      Material fee - maximum $15

      Tools needed:  Small screwdriver or packer, small awl, towel and sharp scissors.

      Wanda Haydt has been exploring basketry for more than 20 years and instructing for 17.  Her personal preference is for baskets made in traditional style that are functional and useful as well as pleasing to the eye.  Over the years she has taught basket weaving in many locations throughout Ontario including Haliburton School of the Arts.  Wanda is an involved member of the active Southwestern Ontario Basketry Guild.