Past Threads: Present Place-Winter Ancestral Cloth Intensive with Sharon Kallis

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Date(s) - 23/11/2021 - 08/02/2022
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


This monthly program has been such a successful and powerful way for individuals to gather and share research and stories this year Sharon decided to keep it going in a condensed version for winter with a weekly virtual gathering. New and continuing guild members are welcome, the small group size is still the same so register soon to avoid disappointment.


Tuesday evenings PST

10 sessions Nov 23 – Feb. 8 ( winter break Dec 21 and 28)

$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 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. 

 The three predominant lines of inquiry we will be exploring and weaving together include:

Relationships to the places we stand, our personal ancestral clothing research and technical aspirations for fibre processing including fibre processing, dying, spinning and weaving or mending, knitting, stitching. Everyone of us is at a different place on each of these inquiry lines. This Guild is an opportunity to gather virtually with like minded individuals in a supportive environment and take our work forward in each of these directions.


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 be focused.

 For those with no fibre experience this will be a very intensive learning curve and you will want to commit several hours each week 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 raw fleece from Barnston island in small amounts.


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.


This event is fully booked.