Design Excellence in Japanese Daily Life

January 13-March 24, 2012

About Tenugui:
It’s the original multi-purpose textile. While tenugui literally means ‘hand towel’ in Japanese, these colourful cotton cloths are also used as headbands or scarves, for cleaning, for wrapping gifts, and even for advertising. Tenugui have been used in Japan over the last 1000 years. The invention of Chusen, an innovative stencil and dye-pouring technique, increased the number of tenugui readily available and allowed designers to incorporate multiple colours and sensitive shading. With over 200 cloths on display, visitors to this special exhibit will be dazzled by the rich colours and endless variety of patterns found in this unique art form.

Tenugui: Design Excellence in Japanese Daily Life is on exhibit at the Japanese Canadian National Museum in Burnaby, BC from January 13 until March 24, 2012. The exhibit is co-produced by the Museum and the Japan Foundation, in association with Kamawanu Co. Ltd., Tokyo. Local supporters include the Deux Mille Foundation, Kikori Japanese Furnishings and the Listel Hotel.

National Nikkei Museum & Heritage Centre
6688 Southoaks Crescent
Burnaby, BC
V5E 4M7

GVWSG Memorial Lecture

GVWSG 2012 Memorial Lecture

Keep this date free for our annual Memorial Lecture March 5.
Judith Mackenzie will be talking about the “Tinkuy Conference” (Andean Textile Arts).
Guests are welcome and admission is free. All members are asked to bring sweet or savory finger food.

Location is the same as last year – 7055 Blake Street, Vancouver

So You Think You Can Teach?


We have officially opened submissions for teaching proposals for Knit City 2012.

Do you have a great idea for a class, workshop, demonstration or lecture? We want to hear from you! We are looking for fibre related classes of all types from spinning, dyeing, knitting and crocheting to socks, shawls, sweaters and steeks.

We do have a limited number of slots available, so get your applications in soon! Instructor application forms can be found here. Application deadline is March 1, 2012.

Not interested in teaching, but want to give your two cents worth on what type of classes Knit City will offer? Leave a comment on this post and tell us what you want to see.

At Surrey Museum

17710-56A Avenue




Surrey Museum – Unique artifacts, images and interactive displays in a stunning and modern space that highlights Surrey’s history. Attractive space for programs, 42-seat orientation theatre, changing exhibits. 17710-56A Avenue, Surrey, B.C.  604-592-6956.  Hours: Tuesdays-Fridays, 9:30am-5:30pm, Saturdays: 10:00am-5:00pm. 2012 admission sponsored by Friends Society.


(a) Seasonal closure Dec 24, 2011-Feb 6, 2012

(b) New web address. Please check any listings you roll over for old web address. Please ensure you use this address in your listings:  www.surrey.ca/heritage

Kids Can Knit: Beginners – In just four easy classes, kids will be delighted with their new skills, as they learn to knit bookmarks and small bags. Must pre-register at 604-592-6956.

Wednesday, February 15      4:00pm-5:30pm                         4 sessions $39 (8-12yrs)

Kids Can Sew: Hand Sewing – Learn basic hand sewing techniques in this fun class while you make a sampler of sewing stitches and a small stuffed animal. Must pre-register at 604-592-6956.

Thursday, February 16           4:00pm-6:00pm                         5 sessions $35 (8-12yrs)

Shibori Silk Scarf–New Techniques – Join local artist Deanna Welters and learn to develop texture and pattern on dyed silk as you explore Shibori patterns and surface design techniques like printmaking, in this expanded class. Supply fee $15. Must pre-register at 604-592-6956.

Saturday, February 18           1:00pm-4:00pm                         2 sessions $40 (16+yrs)

Kids Can Weave – Weaving is a fun and creative activity! Make unique and beautiful hand-woven bookmarks or belts on small easy-to-use inkle looms. Must pre-register at 604-592-6956.

Saturday, February 25          10:30am-12:30pm                3 sessions $39 (8-12yrs)


Call for Entry

Dear fiber friends,

Are you proud of your fiber work and want to show it off?  Do you have an interest in educating the public about  the exciting avenues pursued by fiber artists?

We, of the Blue Ridge Fiber Show planning committee have just such goals and hope you will let us exhibit your best work.  The Show includes both amateurs and professionals and there are categories for weaving, felting and spinning.  The entries are not juried. All entries following the guidelines in the prospectus are exhibited;  however, they will be judged to award the prizes.


The show is sponsored by the Western North Carolina Fiber/Handweavers Guild.   In 2010,  we held the show for the first time in a  beautiful gallery in the  Education Center of the North Carolina Arboretum.  We had a very successful show, much admired by the general public.  The Arboretum staff was enthusiastic about it, as well.

Several enhancements made the show very successful in 2010 and will be continued.

  • We coordinated many educational events. Fiber arts professionals taught several classes in the Arboretum’s facilities during the time of the show.
  •  For the duration of the show, we also rand demonstrations on a weekly basis.  A loom from the 1800’s was lovingly restored to function and we encouraged the public to weave on it.  Many children were thrilled to be given the chance to use that huge piece of equipment!

Since many tourists visit the mountains in the fall, and the western NC audience is both wide and sophisticated in its appreciation of hand crafts, sales beat previous records.  So there is that possibility for you, also, if you wish to offer your entry for sale.

Registrations and fees are due on or before August 10, 2012.  (Don’t wait until the last moment, please.)

Entries, themselves, are due on  September 21, 2012.

The show runs from October 2, 2012 to January 2, 2013.

For all the details, please visit www.wncfhg.org and click on “Blue Ridge Fiber Show” to find copies of the prospectus and entry forms.

If you have questions, please email us at brfs2012@yahoo.com.

Hoping to hear from you,

Teena Tuenge- BRFS 2012 coordinator

Spinning, Weaving, Felting, Knitting CLASSES!!

Where: Fibres West, AgRec Bldg, 32470 Haida Drive, Abbotsford Exhibition Park
When: Friday, March 16 (9:30-6) & Saturday, March 17, (9:30-5) 2012
What: Teachers from BC and Alberta, Spinning technique including drafting, Drop Spindling, Spinning for Socks. Warping Tips, Entrelac, Mosaic, Cowichan and Sock knitting. Nuno Felting, 3-D felting and more….
Full details including the registration form on the show website – www.fibreswest.com. Class registration deadline, February 29, 2012. Free admission with class registration. Free parking on site.

January Meeting

Hi everyone and Happy New Year,
The January Guild meeting scheduled for January 17th is cancelled.  I am sorry to say but Father Winter has put a damper on our plans to gather tomorrow night.  I was going to wait to see the weather conditions for tomorrow, but weather report says there is more coming down, and cold temperatures will continue so there will be no melting.  I don’t want anyone to risk their health trying to get to the meeting tomorrow.  Everything we had planned for tomorrow can wait until the February meeting, and we will keep you well informed via our wonderful newsletter.
So take care all.  Watch the hockey game tomorrow and enjoy the snow.
Bye for now,