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
The cool days of fall are upon us, and although it may be lovely right now,
many of us have mixed feelings about what is to come. There are, however, ways
to deal with winter’s woeful weather. My friend, Judy, found one way when she
took Ali Squire’s course on making beaded moccasins this past spring. She loved
the textures of the materials, the brilliant colours, the beaded patterns, but most
of all, she loved the final product - functional and beautiful slippers to keep her tootsies warm all winter. Judy is enthusiastic by nature, but I’ve never
seen her take to a craft the way she has to this one. When not golfing this
spring and summer, she made moccasins. Her focused energies yielded a gorgeous
array of hand-made treasures, the loveliest slippers ever.
Moccasins made by Judy after taking Ali Squire's Course in spring, 2013
Those of us lucky enough to receive a pair as gifts waggle our cozy tootsies
and feel coddled and cared for, knowing that even in the worst of winter’s
weather, our beaded moccasins offer warmth and beauty, a fine treat for the
feet and a respite from Arctic air.
A Really Great Gift!
Judy says if Ali could teach her to
make moccasins, she can teach anyone. So, be inspired – take Ali Squire’s two
day course ‘Beaded Moccasin Creation’ at the 2013 Nova Scotia Fibre Arts Festival.
Learn to make a pair of traditional beaded moccasin slippers similar to those
made in Coastal Labrador and Northern Newfoundland.
Ali will supply materials for one pair of slippers and will teach all steps in the
process. She will also provide written instructions, templates for different
shoe sizes, and information on where to access necessary supplies. This
intensive two-day workshop will be offered at CFTA, 141 Victoria St.
East, Amherst, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on October 15 and October 17. The
cost is $200 and that includes the materials for one pair of moccasins as well
as shoe size templates and written instructions.
For more information or to
register, call Ali Squire at 902•392•2089 or