Saturday, December 10, 2016

SDA ALBERTA blog closes

At the end of this year, 2016, this blog will remain, but nothing will any longer be posted on it.

With the "formal" structure of the Alberta artists involved in the SDA no longer in effect, no area Rep, and extremely rare notices or contributions by members sent to the blog administrator for items of interest, workshops, discussions, or news of any sort, and the imminent retirement of the Ambassador (arlee barr), it's pointless to keep the sporadic offerings going.

Luck to you all on your artistic and textile related adventures.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Claire Benn Workshop notice

SAVE THE DATE - Claire Benn is coming to Calgary

This is an advance notice of Claire Benn’s 2017 Calgary class. Please checkout the link to read about Claire:

Date: June 14 to 17, 2017  Set up will be in the afternoon and evening of June 13 so that we are ready to begin on the morning of the 14th.
Hours: 9 to 4 will be the hours of instruction. The facility will be available most evenings to work later.
Fee: $800
 First payment: January 15, 2017  $400 The first payment is non refundable . If life happens, and you are stuck your spot may be sold to someone else.
Second payment: : April 15, 2017  $400

If we have surplus funds, the remainder will be re-distributed back to the participants.
Class size: 12 to 14 maximum

To take full advantage of Claire’s class it is important that you have a working knowledge of working with Procion MX dyes. This class is not suitable for a beginner. Techniques will be demonstrated on an as need basis.

The final topic for the classes is yet to be determined but will either be Lines and Rows or TEXT-ile. There is a brief description of each at the bottom of the email. the topic chosen is the jumping off point for opening exercises in the workshop. It by no means limits the work that you might want to do. Claire has a wonderful ability to work with each student independently and guide them to success.

Please let us know if you are interested in the class and pass on the information to anyone else who may be interested.

Lynda Williamson and Lorraine Ross are arranging for Claire’s visit. There is no formal affiliation with any group, the SDA included.  Whilst a church basement is not ideal, there are 3 large sinks available for use and each person will have a table. There will be risers provided to make sure that the table is at a good height for you.

TEXT-ile. A workshop for anyone interested in using letterforms, texts, graphics, numbers and graffiti in their work. Methods will include block printing , thermofax ad screen printing, writing with a variety of different tools, stencilling and mono printing.

LINES and ROWS The aim of this workshop is to focus the power of the repetitive mark, building lines and rows to create cloth that has rhythm and simplicity. Using a variety of simple tools, participants will - through repetition:
-explore the possibilities of each tool
-work with repetition to create things in a row, lines of marks and /or grid structures
-develop ideas for selecting a key mark and how to manipulate it
develop ideas for intentional pieces in terms of colour, value, format and size

If you have a strong preference for either topic, please let us know.

Lynda Williamson
Lorraine Ross

please send correspondence to

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Contextural Christmas Artisan Sale

Contextural is a community of textile artists fostering a cooperative creative environment in support of the production of new artistic works.
This textile-centric sale provides the opportunity for the public to meet the makers of silk-screened, EcoPrinted and/or hand-dyed scarves, pillows and bags, 2D and 3D art pieces, items for dogs and babies, clothing, accessories, and home decor.

Information at

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Fibre Shindig call for vendors

Saturday October 15, 2016

Welcome to the Vendor Call for the Fall 2016 Fibre Shindig.

One Day Only - Saturday October 15, 2016
Set Up: 8 - 10am
Show:   10am - 5pm
Wrap:    5 - 6pm

Venue: Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association
1320 5 Ave NW, Calgary, T2N 0S2
Please Note: We have had a lot of requests for vendor spaces. We have a total of 36 spaces available. To be fair to all vendors, we will be accepting applications from current vendors first, prioritizing all others.

DEADLINE : We will hold spaces for existing vendors until July 29th.

FINAL DEADLINE: September 1st for all final applications.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

from Diane Krys

If anyone is interested in trying their hand at rug hooking I’m teaching a 1 day workshop at Red Deer College’s Series Summer Art Program on Saturday, July 16, 2016.  I’ll be presenting a more artistic approach perfect for using up bits of yarn and mixed fibre hanging around your stash!

Friday, March 11, 2016

Fibre Shindig--one day only!!!!!!!!!

Sat. April 16, 2016 – One Day Only!
Hillhurst/Sunnyside Community Centre
1320 5th Ave, NW, Calgary, AB T2N 0S2
Fibre for Spinning and Felting
Yarns – Lots of Hand Dyed and Hand Spun
Beads, Buttons, Spindles, Yarn Bowls, Wearables and Toys
Crochet, Felting, Cross Stitch, Embroidery, Fine Art and Jewellery
All By Local Alberta Artists and Artisans
Demonstrations by Vendors

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Martha Cole workshop - Hoping to fill the last 2 spots!!

Martha Cole 4-Day Workshop
Calgary, AB
May 16-19, 2016
Christ Church (3802-8th Street SW)

Up Close and Personal: Working with Digital Imagery

When working with the close-ups of natural organic forms (such as tree bark, water ripples, flower centres or leaf veins),  we have access to much more elaborate patterning and textures than we can see with just our eyes. These images can provide a springboard for exciting patterning, surprising colour combinations and textural explorations.  Using your own images as starting points, you will arrange to have 1-3 images enlarged and pre-printed using commercial printers.  In the workshop itself, you will focus on how to enhance the depth and colour of those images and enhance the “new” qualities that reveal themselves using transparent fabric paints and coloured pencils.  Then, using a wide range of stitching and quilting options, you will further explore and enhance the special qualities of each image that are now revealed.  Wondrous visual phenomena are often revealed and well worth celebrating!

Pre-Workshop Requirements 
Before attending the workshop, each participant must have a digital image printed onto specially treated cotton that has a paper backing.  The printed images should be at least 16-20” on the shortest side and at least 20” on the long side.   
Arrangements for this process will be organized by the co-ordinator of the workshop and you will need to have 1-3 possibilities ready to go before the workshop starts. 
The FINAL image should be no smaller than 16” (or 4800 pixels) on the shortest side. You can use Photoshop, Photoshop Elements or your camera software to resize your images. In Photoshop or Photoshop Elements you go to the Image tab – this is where you change the size and dpi (dots per inch).  Make sure the resample box at the bottom of the dialog box is checked. When you type in the 16”, the other dimension will fall where it may.  Images should be 300 dpi and saved as a Jpeg at the highest quality. You will end up with a large file size. It will likely be over 10mB. Start with as large a file as possible. This will help to ensure a good larger image. If you are familiar with any of the photo editing packages feel free to use those tools.  If in doubt, talk to someone who is more familiar with these procedures.
Leslie Barnes has arranged to have them printed and shipped to Calgary (LB: I am using Alice at Village Gallery, Sydney BC - Alice has printed for a number of Martha's classes; I have seen her work first hand and trust her to do a fabulous job!). Detailed information will be on the supply list including a list price for the printing. Supply lists are sent out after registration.If  you want to see some of Martha's images/final artworks, go to either or  On the MATA Gallery website, you will need to further click on the “Artists” tab and scroll down to “Cole”.  This is her latest work and the basis of this workshop.  


Workshop Fee:  $350.00
This fee includes class supplies of fabric paints & mediums.

NOTE: workshop fee does not include any of the costs associated with the pre-printed fabric requirements as outlined in the information documents. Registrants will be expected to order and pay for the images on their own. Martha (and also the Printer) will make themselves available to consult about the suitability of the images before printing.

Registration Process:
Registration will be by mail (cheque), in person or e-bank transfer
Payment must be for the full amount
Please make a copy of this form for your records.
Receipts will not be issued.
Classes are filled on a first come, first served basis (when payment is received).

Mail or scan & e-mail the completed information below, to:
Leslie Barnes
102 Arbour Ridge Close NW  Calgary T3G 4M5


Phone (H):

Phone (C):


Leslie Barnes, Workshop Coordinator

Wednesday, February 10, 2016


A biennial juried exhibition of Canadian fibre art
September 9 – November 13, 2016

Fall 2016 marks the 16th edition of Fibreworks, a popular biennial juried exhibition of contemporary Canadian fibre art. It is a showcase of the most current and versatile approaches to fibre as a medium. This exhibition is one of the largest group shows in Canada and serves as a survey of the artists currently working in the medium. As many as 35 artists participate in the exhibition. All works selected are eligible for the Juror’s award and may be purchased by Idea Exchange Art + Design (previously Cambridge Galleries) as part of its permanent collection dedicated exclusively to Canadian fibre art. The Fibreworks 2016 exhibition will take place at the Queen's Square Gallery from September 9 - November 13, 2016.

Note: this is open to CANADIAN artists only. Please share with your fellow country artists!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Contextural Summer Residency call

Friends and arts supporters,

We are currently accepting applications to be part of this dynamic and vital part of Calgary's cultural scene as participants in a self-directed summer residency and end of residency exhibition. Residency participants will have the option to work with the group to develop a community of fibre artists through workshops, critique sessions and exhibitions throughout the year.

We are seeking individuals who:
  • Are interested in working within a co-operative studio setting
  • Will be actively involved in, and contribute to, our community
  • Seek access to affordable studio space and specialized equipment
  • Are interested in sharing their knowledge and skills through teaching and collaboration
  • Appreciate and practice the diversity of textile arts and craft
  • Embrace an environmental approach to studio production
  • Are ready to commit a fee of $250 for a three-month, or $150 for one-month summer studio rental and access to equipment. 
  • Will contribute to the end of summer residency exhibition.
Please visit - for more information on our mission, vision, and values. 

Residency Dates
One-month residencies are May 29 – July 3 (with mandatory attendance for orientation & move-in Sunday, May 29 at 1:00pm) and July 24 - 
August 28 (with mandatory attendance for orientation & move-in on Sunday, July 24 at 1:00pm).
Three-month residency is May 29 - August 28 with mandatory attendance for orientation/move-in Sunday, May 29 at 1:00pm.

How To Apply - Please  visit Contextural members are only required to submit a statement of intent unless you would like to be considered for the scholarship. See the scholarship section below for details.
Deadline for submissions is Sunday, March 27th @ midnightIf accepted, residency fees are due with the acceptance form and supply order form by May 1st.
Again this year, Contextural will be offering the Contextural Summer Residency Scholarship to individuals or members applying for the three-month residency. The scholarship includes studio fees for the three-month summer residency ($250 value) and $250 for supplies. 
For questions regarding the Contextural Summer Residency, please direct them to us at

We would ask that you please forward this opportunity to your networks!

Contextural summer residency team   

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Felt-Feutre Canada News and Events-January 2016

We are excited to announce the creation of a non profit association for Canadian Feltmakers! The original vision of felt :: feutre 2013 was to connect feltmakers across this huge country, and promote Canadian feltmaking around the world. We made a good start and with this new organization in place,  we are now ready pick up this work to support feltmakers at all skill levels, as well as our fiber producers and retailers.

Membership information is available here.
Membership registration will open on February 1st, 2016.

felt :: feutre 2016 : contemporary felt symposium, is the premiere event of Canadian Felting Week.  felt :: feutre 2016 will take place in Penticton, British Columbia,  the heart of wine country, from September 21st to September 25th, 2016. We have an exciting event planned with 5 days of workshops, an exhibition of works from talented Canadian feltmakers including an exhibition catalogue, a stellar fashion show, fibre sale and much more.

We have an exceptional line-up of internationally acclaimed workshop instructors include Maria Friese from France, Charlotte Sehmisch from Germany, Jean Gauger, Katia Mokeyeva & Melissa Arnold from the US and Canada’s Fiona Duthie. The classes range between two, three and five days, covering felting techniques  including surface design, garment making, dyeing, shibori and sculptural forms.
felt :: feutre 2013 received such enthusiastic support from feltmakers, suppliers, arts organizations and fibre art publications. It was amazing! And we know 2016 will only build on that success.  Every week we are meeting more people in the Canadian Felting world, which is what this project is all about. Connecting people interested in feltmaking across the country and promoting Canadian feltmaking around the world. We'll be introducing many artists working in felt through our Artists Profiles, plus including interviews with fibre suppliers, farms and galleries in our news features.

Thank you all for your support!
I look forward to working with you through this year in felt!

Fiona Duthie
felt :: feutre canada  

FB page also.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

MAIWA sale!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sale Starts January 25th Online!
Enter the promotional code "2016" in the COUPON CODE for 10% off when you add a product to your cart at
If we sell it online, you can receive 10% off from Jan. 25th - Feb. 25th.

All prices in Canadian Dollars.
(For our U.S. customers it's like receiving a 30% discount!)

Discount is applied to items in the online store only.
Discount is applied before taxes and does not include shipping.
Cannot be combined with other offers.