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The Rag Lady

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Sometimes you meet someone and it’s love at first sight. Or at least it’s love at first conversation. That what happened when I met the Rag Lady. She was in a crowd at a workshop and she wore a coat out of fabric I couldn't identify. I was curious but it was the grace and confidence with which both she and the coat carried themselves that drew me in.

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Rebel Designer

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I think of myself as a bit of a radical. If I were to design a garment that expressed the inner rebel of my imagination it would be deep burnt and slightly tarnished reds, rusts, golds and oranges. It would have chaotic blocks of random shapes. It would be torn and repaired, gathered and stretched with a shredded fringe around the edges. It would flow around and over and between. It would be worn as a wrap, a scarf, harem pants, a blanket… And it would double as a flag for my politics and a sail for the days I...

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Ode to the skirt

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Salish Fusion still has a few skirts left. Mostly small and medium. Check them out at the open house next weekend 952 Stellys X Road.

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The diary of a fibre camp weekend

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Friday, September 9, 2016: A few dozen women, spinning machines, knitting needles and baskets of silk and merino and alpaca, hand woven tea towels, “Praise the Lord in the days of your youth” is painted over the door of the dining room at the Salvation Army Camp Sunrise in Gibsons, BC. It’s the Sunshine Coast Fibre Camp. I’m looking forward to a weekend of relaxing, communing, learning, touching and deeply feeling the beauty and energy of the women who work with wool and their stunning creations.      It didn’t start out as well as it promises to be. I...

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Green Knitters—making change with knitting needles since the French Revolution

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Update: The first hats are in! A shout out to Jean Simpson—she made four hats the first week. Four new knitters came on Wednesday night. The pattern is now free of glitches. The bundles of yarn are now the right weight. We are currently knitting outside on the Joni’s patio, which will work for a while but we’ll be finding a new home soon.  Thanks to Custom Woolen Mills in Carstairs Alberta for their great 2 ply Mule Spinner yarn and for making it Green! This week we’ll be setting up a system to sell at the Saanichton Fair this...

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