Leah Blackwood and Susan Hellard take a spin on the wheel at the 2014 Fibrations Festival. This year’s Fibrations takes place at Fairfield Gonzales Community Place.

New location for Fibrations Fest

The annual Fibrations Festival is back and better than ever with up to 60 vendors expected in its new location.

The annual Fibrations Festival is back and better than ever with up to 60 vendors expected in its new location.

“That’s the big news,” says Ryan Davis, co-owner of Knotty By Nature and co-organizer of the event. “Unfortunately, we could not continue at Saint Ann’s due to multiple issues. The good news is the new location will be better and we have room to grow Fibrations – and Fibrations has been growing.”

In addition to the beautiful Gary Oak Room of Fairfield Gonzales Community Place, 1330 Fairfield Rd., Fibrations will be held in the adjacent, picturesque Porter Park on Aug. 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

It’s a community-based celebration of fibre with vendors sharing their knowledge and enthusiasm through demonstrations and hands-on-activities.

All of the organization is done by volunteers with a focus on making it artist friendly and widely inclusive. Costs for vendors are kept low and all the money raised, aside from money earned by the vendors, goes right back into the event.

“We’re able to have better programming with the added indoor space,” says Davis. “It’s still an outdoor event, but the Fairfield Gonzales Community Centre has a great room with a built in PA system where we can have lectures and workshops, actually, more than ever before.”

Woven, knit, needle felted and other finished products will be in abundance. This includes practical items such as scarves and hats, but also more creative display works.

Supplies will also be plentiful. Wool, knitting yarn, tools and all the other items needed for fibre art will be for sale. Local hand-dyed knitting yarn producers will be there selling products and food vendors will also be on site.

There will also be representation from five non profits and a variety of guilds including embroidery and quilting.

“Workshops are the bigger trend in the burgeoning industry,” says Davis. His wife, and Knotty By Nature co-owner, Stephanie Papik, has branched out to a new venture called Moonrise Creative which will be hosting two workshops on Aug. 15, the day before Fibrations.

“There’s a charge for that but on Sunday at Fibrations, 100 per cent of the lectures are free. There will be lots of demos all day long,” says Davis.

Go to fibrationsvic.wordpress.com and moonrisecreative.ca for more information.

 

 

Just Posted

Early indications say allergy season could be milder this spring

The Aerobiology Lab collects pollen samples from across Canada to help make predictions

Colwood, Esquimalt mayors support potential passenger commuter ferry

Mayors Rob Martin and Barb Desjardins hopeful study will continue

Victoria street repatriated with proper spelling after a century-long mistake

‘Penwill Street’ was named after a Victoria man, but mistakenly spelled ‘Penwell Street’

Short-term accommodations in Canada generated an estimated $2.8 billion in 2018

British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec generated almost 90 per cent of total revenue

The sun streak continues with a high of 16 C today

Showers expected this weekend so enjoy it while it lasts

Five highlights in the 2019 federal budget

Latest budget includes a sprinkling of money for voters across a wide spectrum

Greater Victoria Wanted List for the week of March 19

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: When do you think the next major earthquake will hit Vancouver Island?

According to seismologists, Vancouver Island is overdue for a magnitude 7 earthquake.… Continue reading

Facebook to overhaul ad targeting to prevent discrimination

The company is also paying about $5 million to cover plaintiffs’ legal fees and other costs

B.C. mosque part of open-house effort launched in wake of New Zealand shootings

The ‘Visit a Mosque’ campaign aims to combat Islamophobia

‘That’s a load of crap’: Dog poop conspiracy spreads in White Rock

Allegation picked up steam through a Facebook page run by a city councillor

Explosives unit brought in after suspicious boxes left at B.C. RCMP detachment

Nanaimo RCMP issues all clear after packages were found on lawn earlier in the day

2019 BUDGET: As deficit grows, feds spend on job retraining, home incentives

Stronger economy last year delivered unexpected revenue bump of an extra $27.8 billion over six years

Newfoundland man caught after posting photo of himself drinking and driving

The 19-year-old took a photo of himself holding a beer bottle and cigarette while at the wheel

Most Read