Sunday, March 27, 2011

Take a Course with Gunnel Hag

Gunnel is a fabulous fibre artist and teacher. She runs workshops in her studio in Toronto, Ontario CANADA. Here's a list of courses coming up:

Spring 2011 Workshops in the Colour Vie Studio 
(For detailed information and pictures of fabrics created in my workshops 
 visit and click on workshops)

April 2, 2011
“Irresistible Resists” with Gunnel Hag
$89 (+HST)

April 16 - 17, 2011
"The World of Indigo" (with Pam Woodward)
$175 (+HST)

April 30 - May 1, 2011
“Intensive Screen Printing on Fabric” with Gunnel Hag
$210 (+HST)

May 14, 2011
"Shining Surfaces" (with Pam Woodward)
$89 (+HST)

May 28, 2011
“The Power of Pattern” with Gunnel Hag
$89 (+HST)

June 4, 2011
“Leaf and Nature Printing” with Gunnel Hag
$89 (+HST)

June 11 - 12, 2011
"The World of Indigo 2" (with Pam Woodward)
$175 (+HST)
Call us early to reserve your space
416- 532-7435 (local calls) or 1-877-425-8379 (toll free) 
You can also reserve with Pam at 416-651-2922
or simply e-mail

For more information please visit

Saturday, March 26, 2011

The Zebras of Cirque de Soleil and Inspiration

I love being in the creative industry. Recently I attended a wholesale textile show in Las Vegas. While there I was fortunate enough to attend "O" the cirque de soleil show at the Bellagio. This show has been running since 1998 and still sells out nearly every performance. I had never seen a cirque show before and I had no expectations other than I had heard their shows were fabulous.

I have never seen such an incredible performance. From the time the curtain opened until it closed I was completely enthralled. And the costumes, oh the costumes! Now I am inspired to be a little more creative with my garment sewing and fabric choices.

If you ever get to Las Vegas, you must see it!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

It Takes a Man - The Crochet Crowd

Kenneth King, Ron Collins, Kaffe Fassett, Peter Lappin and now Michael Sellick. Whenever a man has the courage or even just the talent to enter the area of arts and crafts that women have dominated for centuries, they are welcomed with open arms. They are a novelty; they are admired, they are revered and even have fans that follow them faithfully. We are curious as to how they would even consider a public career in activities like sewing, knitting, crocheting and beading, things that women do in the privacy of their homes so people won't take them to be too feminine, not serious or bright enough to be leaders or of importance in their communities.

Michael Sellick of Walkerton, Ontario is the leader of The Crochet Crowd, an online community of hookers of the yarn kind. He has hundreds of thousands of fans. And he has put fun back into crochet with all his YouTube videos. Good for you Mickey!

I have crocheted since a very young age. I enjoyed it much more than knitting. I like the idea of only having to deal with one stitch at a time and being able to easily take back a few stitches to make a correction. But I never really liked the look of crochet as compared to knitting, so I don't do a lot of it anymore. That may all change.

You can catch Mikey at the Creativ Festival April 15 and 16, in Mississauga, Ontario; for details.

Monday, March 14, 2011

The Perfect Pants - Guaranteed! with Janet Pray

Due to popular demand, we are repeating this previously sold out class on June 1 and 2, 2011, in Oakville, Ontario. Renowned fibre artist and owner of Islander Sewing Systems, Janet Pray is your instructor. Invitations were sent out March 12 and already the class is half full. Size is limited to 12 students. Don't be disappointed. Email for details.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Take a Bonnie Glass Class or Workshop in Her Studio

The talented Canadian fibre artist, Bonnie Glass, is offering classes in her beautiful studio in the picturesque hamlet of Glen Williams, just 30 minutes northwest of Toronto.

Beginner Bias and Collage: This is a one-day hands-on workshop and is a prerequisite for all other classes. You will learn to make and sew bias for use in collaged garments and home decor projects. You will master the upside down Hong Kong finish that Bonnie edges her garments with.

Level 1 - Learning to design your own collaged garment (or pillow or bag):  a set of three two-hour classes with homework assigned in between. You will start with a vest in any length and you will learn how to apply simple methods of collage.

Level 2 - Taking the next step up to 'More': a set of three two-hour classes with homework assigned. You will step up to a jacket or coat and more design techniques.

Two new workshops coming up: Beauty for Ashes - recycling and reclaiming cloth into wearable art. Inspired Garments - taking something you find inspiring and interpreting it into a garment.

For dates, prices, more details and to register contact Bonnie at

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Canadian companies lag in developing female leaders: study

Canadian companies lag in developing female leaders: study
This Mercer study confirms what women who work in or have worked in the corporate world already know. Women are not wanted in positions of leadership. There's no glass ceiling; it's actually steel. Canada is a country where so many come to flee the inequities of their home country. Where do Canadian women flee to? No clear strategies to develop women in leadership they say. You have seen the articles posted here about how acting like a man will get you in the door. We may have come a long way "baby" (cringe) but make no mistake (a phrase the big boys like to repeat ad nauseum) at the end of the day (double cringe) the bottom line is (cringe, cringe, cringe) we would really like you to know your place and stay there.

Friday, March 4, 2011

The F Word: Who Wants to be a Feminist? - Doc Zone | CBC-TV

The F Word: Who Wants to be a Feminist? - Doc Zone CBC-TV
If you missed this documentary, it is playing again tonight. Tape it and watch it. It's a real eye-opener. I hope the young women of today find a way to continue to fight for their rights.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Bonnie Glass at Oakville Sewers Forum - March 15, 2011

Bonnie Glass will be the guest speaker at the Oakville Sewers Forum on March 15, 2011. Bonnie is an incredibly talented fibre artist who specializes in wearable art. Her style is distinctive and timeless and every garment is one-of-a-kind. If you own a Bonnie Glass, then you will never meet your garment anywhere on anyone else, ever!

Bonnie is also the instigator behind the hugely successful and wonderful Just for Us Originals wearable art show. Launched in 2007, the show is held in September at the Mississauga Living Arts Centre. Visit and learn more about it.

Bonnie will present a trunk show and speak about herself, her studio and her creative process. For a look at some of her amazing works, visit

For information on the Oakville Sewers Forum visit

My Sister's Stash - Etsy

My personal Etsy store is called "My Sister's Stash". This is where I will be selling off my own items that I have collected over the years. The prices are low and there are some nice finds for anyone who loves to sew. There may be the odd item from another hobby (or two or more) of mine (cross-stitching, knitting, beading, whatever...) or some interesting finds. I have just added several Vogue patterns, one vintage, some out-of-print and some recent ones. Many are uncut. I will gradually add items to the store when I have the time. All payments are accepted through PayPal.