laurafryA Good Yarn, Laura Fry. Fri. March 17 @ 10:30 a.m.

Yarn companies do not set out to make ‘bad’ yarn but sometimes we make ‘bad’ choices.  Learning more about the materials we use will help us make good choices.  This Power Point presentation will give an overview of the most commonly used natural fibres and will discuss how yarn is spun and why knowing something about the preparation of fibres and how they are made into yarn will make good choices easier.







karieTravels in Ghana, Karie Wylie. Fri., March 17 @11:45 a.m.

Join Karie as she talks about her experiences working in Ghana.

Big Blue Moma is a Canadian artisan company. The inspiration and most of the raw materials for their handmade items come from the West African country of Ghana. They purchase their beads, fabrics and baskets directly from the country’s artists and artisans and pay fair market prices. They are a fair-trade company, of course, but believe in making conscious business choices, both in Ghana and Canada. Big Blue Moma are proud to carry a selection of Ghanaian Market Baskets, jewelery, cloth napkins and table linens made in Canada with an African influence. www.bigbluemoma.com







DSC_0511HARRIS TWEED, Judith Glibbery. Sat., March 18 @ 10:30 a.m.

Clò Mòr  (The Big Cloth)

The Outer Hebrides, the beautiful archipelago chain of islands off the west coast of Scotland, is the home of Harris Tweed.  “Harris Tweed” is the only handwoven textile in the world that has a legal guardian and an Act of Parliament to protect it.  The big cloth still remains handwoven by the islanders today.


Come and listen to Judith’s talk about her travels to the Outer Hebrides, the beautiful handwoven cloth, its history, the islands, and their people.    Learn about the enduring and fascinating success story of the cloth, first handwoven out of necessity hundreds of years ago by island people, to the handwoven cloth today, which has experienced amazing success and occupies the most prestigious fashion houses in our modern textile world.  








MOAclothLayers of Influence: Unfolding Cloth Across Cultures. Sat., March 18 @ 11:45 a.m.

An exhibit at UBC’s Museum of Anthropology

From birth to death, humans are wrapped in cloth worn for survival, but more importantly, wear clothing as an external expression of their spiritual belief system, social status and political identity. This stunning exhibition explores clothing’s inherent evidence of human ingenuity, creativity and skill, drawing from MOA’s textile collection — the largest collection in Western Canada — to display a global range of materials, production techniques and adornments across different cultures and time frames.

This presentation will discuss some of the pieces featured in the exhibition, including Japanese kimonos, Indian saris, Indonesian sarongs, West African adinkra, adire and kente cloth, South Pacific barkcloth, Chinese Qing dynasty robes, Indigenous Northwest coast blankets, Maori feather cloaks and more.

A sumptuous feast for the eyes, the exhibition is an aesthetic and affective examination of humanity’s multifaceted and complex history with cloth and its ability to amplify the social, political and spiritual influence of the wearer as a functional expression of self-identity.

The Layers of Influence: Unfolding Cloth Across Cultures exhibit is on at MOA until April 9th, 2017.

This talk will be presented by Arlee Gale and Marilyn Bild, the co-chairs of MOA’s volunteer Textile Committee.


kimSliver, Roving or Top?, Kim McKenna. Sat., March 18 @ 1:30 p.m.

Ever wondered about the various fibre preparations and why one is called sliver and others roving or top?  Kim will clarify the terminology during her demonstration of woollen and worsted fibre preparation methods.