Welcome, Fibre Junkies!
Are you a weaver, spinner, knitter, quilter, rug hooker, felter, dyer, crocheter, yarnaholic, textile junkie... or someone who'd like to be one of those things but hasn't gotten around to it yet, or even just someone with a passing interest in the fibre arts on Cape Breton Island? Then this is the place for you!*
This site was created as a way for all the fibre folks around Cape Breton (and Nova Scotia? maybe even the Maritimes!) to get and stay in touch. I'm hoping it'll be a way to find out who's doing what and where - both events that are open to the public and also individually - so that I and others who might be interested can invite ourselves along, or join the cheering section, or just be nosy in general.
On this site, you will find (and can add to!) the all the following good stuff:
Cleverly disguised as a blog (so that there's an RSS feed you can subscribe to - how cool is that?), these are announcements about events, exhibits, sales and other activities of interest to fibre-focused folks. This is also where you'll find us tooting our own and one another's horns about things like articles published in magazines, awards won, grants received, books published, milestone birthdays reached and other such newsworthy events.
A list of textile groups in the region - everything from informal groups that get together now and then to registered guilds - and contact info so you can get in touch with those in your region, or in a region you're planning to visit. Fibre junkies, REPRESENT!
A calendar of festivals, classes, workshops, meetings, and other scheduled events.
Links to local craft & textile organizations, blogs maintained by local fibre folks, artisans' websites, links to great online resources for fibre junkies of all stripes, and even links to some national and internationa guilds that might be of interest.
Short and snappy listings for goods for sale, classes and services offered, want ads, lost & found, upcoming events, and other miscellanea.
These are sites dedicated to individual guilds. Some bits, like guild libraries and schedules of meetings open to the public, might be public, whereas other bits like members' contact list and guild-specific announcements and calendars have access restricted only to guild members.
* If, on the other hand, you're on a health kick and looking for more fibre in your diet, you're in the wrong spot.