Thursday, February 26, 2015

Next meeting info, Canada Council news, major SDA exhibit call

March approaches - lion or lamb?  Today I would say in like a lion but this is Calgary and much can happen in a few hours/days, weather-wise!

Please join us March 10th, 7 p.m., at the Louise Riley Library 1904 - 14 Ave NW. 
Directly across from the Lions Park platform of the C-train; west of the North Hill Mall (lots of free parking at the library!) We will meet in the library annex, just north of the "proper" library for our next SDA meeting.  Lots to discuss re: 2016 workshop plans (yes, really 2016!), update and news on local venues for the touring Edge of the Forest exhibit, our own SDA CHALLENGE!!!

If that weren't enough to make you grab some stitching and your car keys and head to the Library on the 10th ... It will also be 'popcorn-and-a-movie' nite!!!  No Hollywood schlock for us ... Art/textile themed flick!

AND ... Please bring a friend!!!

BYO coffee/tea/water ... We will supply the popcorn!!!


 Change is a Coming - to the Canada Council

As you may have heard, there are big changes coming to the Canada Council for the Arts. The organization is in the process of evaluating the cross-country consultation sessions conducted earlier this year (which the CCF/FCMA took part in), and looking at restructuring the means of application and the programs themselves. There is, as of yet, no solid news on what the changes will look like and nothing official has been announced for the current or coming year, but a few key messages are being shared: programs will be restructured and the number of different programs will be drastically reduced. However, there will be no reduction in available funding, peer jury evaluation will be maintained and improved, and the general intention of changes are to make applications easier. The CCF/FCMA, along with our partners at the Visual Arts Alliance, will be keeping a close eye on the changes as they are structured and announced, and we'll be sure to keep you in the loop on the changes to come. For more information, read this recent article with Simon Brault, Director and CEO of the Canada Council.


 1 Call-for-Entries NOW = 2 opportunities. SDA members are invited to submit work for a juried catalog from which works will be selected for Materialities: Contemporary Textile Arts, SDA's 1st International Juried Members' exhibition at Arrowmont's Sandra J. Blain Galleries, August 27 - October 31, 2015. Namita Gupta Wiggers is juror.

View Submission Guidelines here. Call-for-Entries is NOW OPEN until April 15 via CaFE
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Monday, February 16, 2015

Edge of the Forest: Mahira Murad

 Journey on the Loom

‘Journey on the loom’ is really about my journey that started out with a close up shot of flowers that my husband got me. I was super excited with   different raging ideas and thoughts on how to develop my piece. But as time flew by and I worked through the piece my ideas and notions for my piece started to fall apart. I changed and modified my ideas, combined with other fibers and fabrics and finally arrived at some process where it started to make more sense to me. For me ‘Journey on the loom is still looking back at me and talking to me where it can go from here and I plan to venture into it.

Materials: Silk, Silk chiffon, mercerized cotton yarn, Merino wool rovings, polyester thread, cotton thread, Acid dyes, batting and Terial magic starch.
 Techniques: Needle felting, Oxaca weave (Extension of double weave), Shibori and hand-dyeing, Machine stitching and hand embroidery.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Stitch Combo Extreme: local workshop coming soon

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Edge of the Forest: Janet Scruggs

Thinking about the theme, I began to realize that Canada has many types of borders, political, geographical, and cultural. Having been able to visit many parts of this country, I have always been interested in the variety of foliage and geographical features and how they differ across the land. These borders have been obstacles historically, and are representative of other borders within our society. Despite these natural borders, we have unified our Canadian society.

I am currently loving handwork, so I decided to create the background entirely with hand embroidery. The natural ecological regions of Canada are represented in thread:  Arctic/Taiga, Pacific/Mountains, Central Plains, Boreal Shield, Mixed Wood Plains and Atlantic Region.  The machine embroidered maple leaves were added to symbolize our unity as a country and culture.

"Far and Wide"

Friday, February 6, 2015

Edge of the Forest: Leslie Barnes

My inspiration for "Enchanted" are the beautiful forests of BC. With family on Vancouver Island we have spent many an enjoyable vacation hiking through these great majestic forests.  The light  twinkling through the boughs gives a magical, ethereal feel. I have used layers of sheer fabric, dotted with French knots of 'dancing light' to create my own enchanted forest.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Critical thinking, clean ups and classes

Margie Davidson from Edmonton, Alberta is offering surface design workshops at Quilt Canada in Lethbridge, Alberta from June 4 to 6, 2015:

Painting with the Colour Wheel - a one day class on June 4

Paint and Piece -  a two day class on June 5 and 6 

If you know anyone who might be interested in attending Quilt Canada this year, please pass this along to them.  If they have any questions about the courses they can contact Margie directly by email at or check out her website

Here is the link for Quilt Canada 2015 where there is even more information..