The Completion of the Weaving Wagon

We sat around Sharon’s table in November and talked about this; we wrote it in our books and scheduled around it for months; and then we discussed logistics for weeks ahead of time. And yet… it still seemed unbelievable that we were going to go away to a beautiful place to study weaving with a…

Summer at Trillium: Open Studio Weaving Circles

If doing more weaving is on your summer bucket list (you have to practice, after all, if you want to be able to make yourself an awesome hat like us) then check in with our Calendar — we’ll be hosting free drop-in Open Studio Weaving Circles starting June 20, 6-8:30pm. Bring your own projects, supplies…

Weaving Wagon Chassis Fabrication

Steel or aluminum? What kind of wheels? brakes? feet? hitch? bottom panel? We want it to be “visually stunning”, but we also need it to be light, and durable, and safe, and reasonable to take out in the rain, and be able to hold tools and materials, and what will happen when we load it…

FORAGE April: Yellow Flag Iris

The FORAGE April: Yellow Flag Iris (Iris pseudacorus) workshop could have been billed as ‘underwater basket weaving’ – but man did we have fun!! Thanks to the 12 brave souls who came and cut back invasive yellow flag iris and harvested roots for dye. And special thanks to Kari and Stanley Park Ecology Society, and Vancouver…

FORAGE March: English Ivy

Twelve hearty and brave souls came to work with us for our first FORAGE: Seasonal Fibre Series date on March 8, and had the bonus of an indoor space last minute! (Little did we know at the time that March rainfall would break records…) The day included harvesting English ivy, splitting, debarking, making rope and a quick…

“a ring of willow woven in the ends of their nets”

Skipper Otto’s Community Supported Fishery is one of our partners for the Land & Sea project; Sonia Strobel, co-founder and Managing Director, recently forwarded this to us, an excerpt from Nick Claxton’s writing about his community’s successful reef net fishery revival: The WSÁNEC people successfully governed their traditional fisheries for thousands of years, prior to contact.  This…

Cold Hands, Warm Hearts

Cold raw skin… icky, slimy, smelly. But warmed with careful hands and a heartfelt gratitude for the animals’ lives, and for the heritage and wisdom of our ancestors and those who shared their knowledge with us, that same flesh is both transformed, and transformative. Thanks to Karen for providing us with the fish skins, waste from a…

Linen Growers’ Club: March

What brought you here? Are you a gardener or a spinner already, or are you new to it? Where are you going to grow your flax? Turns out that we’re a mix of growers and makers, and will be growing our flax at sites all over Coast Salish Territory and beyond; we’ll have a tremendous diversity…

A Little History on Flax to Linen

Almost thirty years ago in 1989, Mavis Atton’s book Flax Culture: from flower to fabric was published by Ginger Press, a chronicle of Atton’s experiments growing and producing hand spun flax in Georgian Bay, Ontario. A few years later, Linda Heinrich of Vancouver Island wrote The Magic of Linen, a result of the extensive research she…

The Weaving Wagon: Concept & Early Design

Last summer I got back from the Yukon and Sharon and I were having our more-or-less weekly work meeting. We had a conversation that went something like this: -“I want to weave BIG. I’m going to ask Alastair if he’ll teach me. I want to weave a bike trailer.” – “Do you want to do…

Creative Reuse: Textile Waste and Contemporary Design

Oh, to be able to fly to New York for the weekend for this TSA event! Wonder when they’ll start putting these things out as live-stream webinars? For the meantime, I’ll have to satisfy myself with digging up the links to the designers and exhibits they mention: Green Eileen  The eco-advocate arm of vertically-integrated retailer Eileen…