Anna Templeton Centre mini-fair

Anyone in the greater St. John’s area this weekend should really check out the Anna Templeton Centre Christmas Sale at the centre on Duckworth Street. The Anna Templeton Centre runs the most excellent Textile Studies Programme that has helped so many craftspeople learn the vagaries of the textile medium both for art and for craft….

Bloody addictive

Dyeing fabric is an addiction. Painting it is bad enough, but requires more work and drying space and is therefore self-limiting, in some respects. But low-water immersion dyeing? Fast, easy, accomplishes large volumes in a batch and seeing the results is incredibly inspiring. Two evenings’ work, spread out on the ironing board…. Now to chop…

Mailing list and news

I’m starting out a low-tech, low-volume email list for those who are interested in my new products, exhibits and such. If you wish to be notified regarding new shows, venues at which to purchase my wares, and new products that I have devised or might be carrying, please send an email to SeaStrands. If you…

The search for a second machine

I’ve written about my tribulations with my Bernina. Suffice it to say that they are ongoing, but this time it is the repair person and not the machine with which I have certain issues. The machine was improperly fixed and is now worse than it was when I first had problems. It is soon to…

Craft Fair Recap, part 2 (the display)

If you were thinking I had a table at a little flea market affair, you’ll need to adjust your vision a tad. This fair (held by the Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador) allocates booth space and bases the fees on a combination of on square footage, shape and location. Here’s the schedule of fees…

Craft Fair Recap, part 1 (the product)

I’m not quite sure how many parts this will turn out to be, but “one” seems like an appropriate place from which to start. The 33rd Annual Fine Craft and Design Fair was this past weekend. It’s a juried fair, which means that your product has to have passed certain standards of quality for you…

New toy

Much of my smaller work involves cutting squares, rectangles and strips of fabric, some of which is attached to stabiliser and some of which is not. I also produce my own tags, business cards and custom-fold and trim my brochures. Doing those things by hand, with a rotary cutter and straight edge is not difficult,…

Craft Fair chaos

I haven’t posted much in the last while. Mea maxima culpa, but I have an excuse reason. Since theshow opening, I’ve been getting things ready for the largest provincial Fine Craft Fair in mid-November. This means not only making more stock than is reasonable to make in a month, but also putting new things through…

Tip for hanging small wall quilts

It’s a logical assumption that, when you make a pieces of artwork, you will account for how to display it. In fact, if you’re at all canny, you keep this element firmly in mind and construct the piece with an eye to its eventual installation. One of the parts of designing my smaller, lower-priced quilts…

Show photos

Because many most of you who read this blog will not be spending thousands of dollars to fly to Newfoundland to see the show, I have taken some rather quick pictures of what’s in it and have made a blog page for them. At the time that these pictures were taken, we hadn’t adjusted the…