Past Threads: Present Place- Research Guild with Sharon Kallis

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Date(s) - 11/04/2021
10:00 am - 11:30 am


Sundays 10-11.30am PST

10 sessions over 7 months (with summer break)


$210, materials not included


What might your ancestors have been wearing 1000 years ago? 

 Virtual gatherings include discussion time for sharing what we individually are learning in our research followed with short, supportive tutorials into spinning, dying and weaving using materials locally available to where we each now live. Each step we discuss what we might already know about our personal ancestral connections to those materials or discover what would be the place-specific equivalent. 


What sort of a personal research journey into the clothing of your ancestors can you envision?

Personal research and maker tangents are encouraged that we can bring back to share with the group. Acknowledging we each have our own stories of disconnect or dislocation tied to  colonization, migration and industrialization, this group will  move forward in a gentle and supportive way. It all comes back to the land as a way to better understand the plants and animals that clothe us now and that clothed our ancestors.

It is recommended that guild members have  at least a limited amount of experience in one of the skills of spinning, weaving or dying as a starting point, and an idea what part(s) of the world to which your own work will  focus.

 For those with no fibre experience this will be a very intensive learning curve and you will want to commit several hours each month for self guided learning to keep up.

Materials are not provided, everyone will be accessing materials in their own environments. Those living in the lower mainland area of BC will have an opportunity to purchase wool and various plant fibres and dye plant seeds through EartHand’s Spring Market.


Looms may be as simple as old picture frames! Each person will be problem solving the steps towards cloth  in their own way – and to their own capacity –  with help in collectively troubleshooting and conceptualizing simple solutions based on the type of looms our various ancestors used.

Sessions are twice a month with August as a holiday.

April 11, 25, May 16,30 (Fibres and Spinning)

June 13, 27, July 11, 25 (Dyes: plants and colour)

Sept 12,26 ( Loom)

Oct 17, 31, Nov 14,28 (Weaving)

Community and Project Commitment:

This is not a class that will be recorded for missed sessions. Please think of this as a group you are meeting with twice a month to share and learn alongside and to whom you make a commitment to do your best to schedule attending these sessions. For dates that do need to be missed, the tutorial  part of a session can be recorded with group agreement.


This event is fully booked.