Thursday, 11 October 2012

Cathy Crowell : Label Making Demonstration

This afternoon at Festival Headquarters Cathy Crowell demonstrated her method of making beautiful labels for quilts or mats. 
The labels look hand painted.
Cathy used the simplest of supplies with great effect.  The crowd of onlookers was wowed when she hauled out her cheese grater to speckle the background.  Fabulous!

Fibre Arts Festival Tote Bags

This year to mark the 5th anniversary, these special canvas tote bags are available for purchase at Festival Headquarters.  Made in Nova Scotia, these roomy bags are perfect for class projects.  

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

The Clock Tower Building at 50 Victoria Street is Festival Headquarters.  There are all kinds of things to see...

 ...demonstrations to watch, such as this binding and border one by Sheila Hopper... well as things to buy.
It's fun to leaf through photo albums from past festivals.  You might see yourself in one of the pictures!
 Be sure to check out the Festival Photos tab at the top of this page to see pictures from some of this week's events.

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Let The Festival Begin!

Doors open at Festival Headquarters, 50 Victoria Street Amherst, N.S. at 10 am today.
Remember to check the Daily Events page on this blog to see all the activities taking place.

Friday, 5 October 2012

Accidental Landscapes Quilting Workshop

Projects that include machine quilting & handwork embellishments are promoting increased interest at the 5th Annual Nova Scotia Fibre Arts Festival.

If you always felt you had a landscape inside waiting to be expressed, you will have  opportunity to learn a simple technique of layered topstitching to feed your muse.

Mary Farrow Sinclair instructs students in the unique approach to designing landscapes which evolves from choosing a focus material & expanding on its color theme
to develop realistic or imaginary landscapes.  “Creativity just outside the box”. 

The Accidental Landscape workshop is being held on Tues. October 9, 2012,
from 9 am – 3 pm at the Masonic Hall, Amherst. 

Cost of workshop is $60.  To register call (902) 667-7401 or e-mail Mary

Northumberland:  Mary's entry in the 2012 Trend Tex Challenge at Quilt Canada

The Hills are alive........


Thursday, 4 October 2012

Fibre Art Walking Tour

Feature Festival Event:
                Fibre Art Walking Tour

                             By: Joan Beswick


Downtown Amherst is ready for the Nova Scotia Fibre Arts Festival. Festival flags fly all over town, and windows display festival signs.

Businesses and offices are also participating in the Fibre Art Walking Tour - their windows are adorned with the work of regional fibre artists.

A donation of $5 to the festival will give you a walking tour ‘passport’. This passport is your guide to all of the featured fibre art. It includes brief biographies of the artists, descriptions of their work, and a map showing locations.  Your name will also be entered on a ballot which gives you the opportunity to win one of several festival bags, a piece of fibre art,  
                                                                  Festival Bag
Beaded Infinity Scarf by Phyllis Cameron

 Quilted Bag by Karen Neary

or the grand prize basket filled with fibre art supplies from Deanne Fitzpatrick’s studio.

Come to the festival headquarters. Make a $5 donation and receive your Fibre Art Walking Tour Passport.

Relax and enjoy  ....  walk around beautiful downtown Amherst, stop and view our artisans’ creations, and savour this visual feast. You can do this walking tour anytime during the week ... you may even want to do it several times just to get your fill of fibre.

And keep your fingers crossed ... you might just walk away with a wonderful prize as well.

Cathedral Windows Workshop

Quilting is one of the many fibre art disciplines at the Nova Scotia Fibre Arts Festival and there are workshops offered which appeal to both hand and machine quilters.  Phyllis Cameron’s Cathedral Windows Workshop is unique in that it is designed to accommodate both.   Phyllis gives her students instruction on three methods of creating this traditional block: totally hand sewn, some machine and hand work, or totally machine done.  The beautiful quilt below is an example of machine piecing:
This pillow is made partially by machine, partially with hand stitches.
The Cathedral Windows workshop is being offered on Friday, October 12, 2012 from 9am - 3 pm at the First Baptist Church, Amherst.  Cost of the workshop is $45.00  To register call (902) 667-0876 or email Jennifer

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

 Only a few days left ...

the Nova Scotia Fibre Arts Festival begins on Tuesday, October 9th and continues through Saturday, October 13th.

 If you haven’t registered for festival events, now is the time.

Register by calling or e-mailing - use the contact information in the festival brochure.

And don’t forget the ‘Dinner and Exhibit at Bella’s Cafe’ on Thursday, October 11.  Call now to reserve and plan to attend the exhibit and presentation by Joanna Close as well.

Check out Bella's menu for this festival dinner.

Nova Scotia Fibre Arts Festival Dinner

Thursday, October 11, 2012

6:00 pm 

Bella’s Café and Bistro

           117 Victoria Street East

          Amherst, N.S.


Fancy Greens served with Toasted Walnuts, Goat Cheese and a HomeMade Raspberry Vinaigrette


Roast Pork Loin Stuffed with an Apple Corn Bread with Sauce Robert


Grilled Salmon with a Fresh Basil and Lobster Butter


Black Forest Cake

Price: Thirty Five Dollars Plus Tax Per Person

Reserve your Seat Now