Winter Solstice 2017: Reflections

A few images from our busy fall, 2017: Land & Sea, Wild Salmon Caravan, Salmon Leather, Sheepskin Tanning, Willow Weaving Sampler, Abeego Woven Food Wrap Research Guild, Fibre Blending Guild, Everett Crowley Weavers Group, Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival, and FORAGE!

Fibre Blending Research Guild – FULL

…from the wild and woolly to the tamed or grown 6 sessions, Mondays 6:30-9pm October 16-November 20 @ Maclean Park Fieldhouse, 710 Keefer St, Vancouver $125 Sorry, class filled! Max 10 Looking at clothing labels often shows that our contemporary clothes are blends of various fibres. And, we have likely been wearing blended fibre combinations…

Salmon Leather

Making leather from fish skins has been done in cultures all over the world, from Asia to Europe to Turtle Island; it was done commercially in Europe and North America during hard times in the early 20th Century, and is now practiced by small tanneries in Europe and Australia serving the artisanal and luxury goods…

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…

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…

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…

February Hide Tanning Circle

Accepting and using animal hides, bone and other parts is a keystone of ancestral life ways from all over the world. EartHand Gleaners Society is mainly ‘vegetarian’ in our materials, but as we move deeper into our relationship with the land, ancestral skills, and with First Nations, we recognize the importance of knowing more about working…