Welcome to the blog of the Nova Scotia Fibre Arts Festival. This Festival is a 5 day celebration of all things fibre: knitting, quilting, rug hooking, and so much more. Featuring many creative workshops, exhibits, and hands-on demonstrations, the festival offers something for everyone! If you’re looking for a little fibre in your creative diet, then this is the festival for you! October 11-15, 2016
title is catchy and the words rhyme, a number of people have told us they don’t
really know what the session involves. So to prevent a great idea from being
consigned to the dustbin of obscurity, we talked with the people involved to
find out what it’s all about.
behind this session are Deanne Fitzpatrick, hooker extraordinaire, and Denise
Corey, Deputy Chief Librarian of Cumberland Public Libraries.
noticed that people like to ‘hang out’ in the studio, to talk with other fibre
artists, to explore materials and share ideas.
noticed there is great demand for fibre arts DVDs, videos, and books in this
fibre obsessed community.
So they put
their heads together and came up with the idea of ‘Stitch and Knit for Lit’, a
festival event with two components.
all, it’s basically a ‘stitchers’ bee’ or a ‘knitting bee’ or a ‘fibre art
bee’, hence the ‘Stitch and Knit’ portion of the title. As such, this session
is an opportunity for fibre artists of any stripe - stitchers, knitters,
crocheters, hookers, embroiderers, etc. – to come together during the festival,
to chat, to have a mug of tea or coffee, to share their stories and their art.
the demand is high and the funds are limited, the $20 fee participants pay for
the session will be donated to Cumberland Public Libraries to help them expand
their collection of fibre arts literature, hence the ‘lit’ component of the
out’ for this event is Deanne Fitzpatrick’s studio at 33 Church Street, an
emporium of ecstasy for fibre addicts.
Between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Saturday,
October 13, participants can gather, relax, stitch, knit, sip, chat and
enjoy, while also having the added pleasure of knowing they are enriching the
resources available for fibre artists in this region. Denisesays there is great demand for Karen
Neary’s quilting book and for Lucy Neatby’s DVD; the library will use the funds
from this session to purchase more of these types of materials with particular
attention to those developed by artists from the Nova Scotia Fibre Arts
Festival. And she mentioned an added bonus – since the library is a registered
charity, participants can request a tax receipt for their donation.
and Knit for Lit” sounds like a delightful day shared with old and new
friends - fibre artists of all stripes from all over. You can register by contacting Deanne’s studio at 902 – 660- 3220. Thanks to Deanne and
Denise for this great idea!