Tools & Resources

The National Association of Handweavers (click to link) is a non-profit organization for everyone interested in weaving. Our purpose is to preserve and develop handweaving traditions.  ….. Our website presents a wide range of information in Swedish, including regional activities and calendars, courses and travel, and links. Although our draft of the month feature, Månadens Väv, (click to link), is also in Swedish, non-Swedish speakers might find it interesting.

WeaveZine — This is where you can find the archived articles from WeaveZine, the one-time online magazine for weavers. WeaveZine is no longer in production, but as weaving is timeless, so is the content within this archive.

Selvedge, British magazine, bi-monthly publication for interior textile and fashion designers. Bookshop. List of stockists. Links to related sites.

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Guilds

Complex Weavers’ GuildSite dedicated to expanding the boundaries of handweaving.

Griswold On-line Digital Archive of Documents on Weaving and Related TopicsSite is an on-line digital archive of documents on weaving, basketry, lace and related subjects.

Handweavers’ Guild of America, dedicated to encouraging excellence, inspiring creativity, and preserving fibre traditions through education.

Most Worshipful Company of Weavers (UK) Presents a glossary of textile terms.

Spinning & Weaving Group, SWG is a collective of independent retail and wholesale business owners, teachers, designers, and other professionals that support spinners and weavers everywhere! SWG is a product segment group of The National NeedleArts Association, a trade association for the needlearts of knitting, crochet, stitching, spinning, and weaving. SWG is the organizing body of Spinzilla, an international spinning event that occurs the first full week of October.

SweetGeorgia Showpodcast that explores the sweet spot between colour, craft, and creativity. The podcast is hosted by Felicia Lo, founder and creative director of SweetGeorgia Yarns.

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GVWSG Members’ Fibre-Related Blogs

Louisa Chadwick  Dancing in that grey area somewhere between middle and old age. Enjoying the journey. Lost in fibres.

Michele Feist  warpandwoofknittng is named for something a wise person said to me once. Its about how our lives intersect in ordinary ways, like the warp and the woof of weaving. As a fibre enthusiast, knitter, spinner, very beginner weaver the blog is a way to put my projects out there, as well as record my walks and random thoughts.

Dale Friend Fibres Plus sells equipment and supplies for weaving, spinning and basket weaving, both new and pre-loved. We feature Ashford, Leclerc, Lendrum, Louet, Merlin Tree Hitch Hiker, Schacht and Brassard cottons and Tencel.  You will find all manner of quirky, fun things, both vintage and new while playing in our little shop

Carly Hulse  The work I create is informed by my fascination with colour, graphic pattern and bold geometry. Whether printed, dyed or woven, my textiles always develop with a foundation of these basic design principles. Bright colour is the fuel of my existence. Bold colour combinations and a graphic aesthetic catch my eye; I am compelled to explore colour aesthetic potential everyday, dive into its depths and create.  I am particularly inspired by visual representations of mathematical patterns, overt and hidden codes and how cultures around the world use basic visual principles to create compelling craft. I draw on my experiences and observations as an wide-eyed traveller moving through unfamiliar places and challenge myself to see the world around me with a receptive and open gaze. Curiosity drives my creativity, inspiring unlikely connections and stoking my imagination.

Elizabeth Murdoch In her textile practice Elizabeth Murdoch stands in the corridor between past and future; learning old, enduring skills to apply in traditional ways or translate into current perspectives. Textile techniques offer Elizabeth a wide-ranging medium to make wearables, illustrate stories or communicate important issues.

Jay Rudolph is a local artist and owner/designer/fabricator of Pear Shaped Designs; created with the idea of merging modern design with traditional craft techniques. A graduate of the Textile Arts program at Capilano University, Jay’s focus is tapestry and woven shibori fabric. She also studies bobbin lace, has the recognition of her peers in that field and now gives workshops privately, through community centres and at conferences.

Dawn M. Russell  The hand woven and surface-designed, one of a kind textiles I create are earth inspired and sourced. My label, Della Terra Designs, translates from Italian as ‘of the earth.’  I enjoy exploring ways to imitate textures and patterns from Nature to create unexpected textiles using natural fibres, plant material and earth pigments.

Jo Skinner  Sanjo Silk brings you silk yarn and silk blends from around the world. For weaving, knitting, felting, spinning, when you want the best quality yarns and fibres, Sanjo has what you need in natural and ready-to-dye yarns and fibre.

Wendy Van Riesen  Many things inspire me. The ones that stick, that beckon me to reinterpret and transform them, are transitory in nature. I delight in and hold a tight fisted fear of evolution; embracing change but fearing the absolutes that accompany it: life/death, value/inconsequence, messy/clean, beautiful/ugly. My theatre background houses this process as an ongoing quest, a splash between the brackets, where I endeavour to live life as it reveals itself to me and continues its spin into the world.

Diana Sanderson  The Silk Weaving Studio is a working studio and retail shop on Granville Island where several weavers produce and sell hand-dyed silk garments. We also sell: scarves, shawls, hats, lingerie, jewelry, yarns and fibers.

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Textile Museums (oh-la-la!)

McCord Museum, Montreal, Quebec — The McCord Museum actively enriches its collections through donations of objects, photographs and documents, illustrating life in Montreal, Quebec and Canada.  on-line collections

Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC — Exhibits, collections, calendars, and programs from the museum specializing in First Nations culture.  on-line collection

Textile Museum of Canada (Toronto) is the only museum in Canada that explores ideas and builds cultural understanding through the universally relevant media of textiles. Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, the Museum’s permanent collection spans nearly 2,000 years and consists of more than 13,000 artifacts. A leader in the digitization of collections and interactive environments, the TMC has been recognized the world over for innovation in the development of landmark educational, research and creative initiatives.

 

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