Festival Updates and Community Profiles

At the Ram’s Head

Introducing our fabulous 2019 custom colourway, a self-striping yarn dyed for the Festival by Allyson Schneider of "Dye for Ewe".  Allyson has named her creation "At the Ram's Head", as the colour inspiration is derived from our ram's head logo. This limited edition yarn will be for sale at the Festival merchandise table on September [...]

2019 Designs

2019 Designs

The 2019 Manitoba Fibre Festival once again has gathered together a delightful collection of patterns prepared by local designers who were inspired by the prairie sunrises and sunsets. These designs are one aspect of the 2019 Create Make Collaborate initiative. If you have not prepared your own creation, we hope these designs will further inspire [...]

2019 Fibre Art Show Featured Artist

The Textile and Fibre Artists of Manitoba have selected Helen Knockaert as their featured artist during the Festival, September 13 & 14. Helen's work will be on display as part of the TFAM curated fibre art show, "Circles and Spirals". Helen Knockaert comes from the prairies.  She grew up on a farm in Manitoba.  It [...]

Janet Carroll

Janet Carroll is a Winnipeg based artist who works primarily in paper marbling and book binding.  Carroll’s work has been exhibited in Canada and elsewhere.  She has been a recipient of a Manitoba Arts Council Grant and has been an Artist-In-Residence at the Minnesota Center Book For Arts. We are honoured to have Janet teaching [...]

Knit Green

Joanne Seiff is the author of "Knit Green: 20 Projects and Ideas for Sustainability". Knit Green offers information and ideas on how to be a more environmentally conscious knitter, from sourcing materials locally and using organic products, to supporting fair work and fair trade programs.  Since the book was written Joanne has continued to explore sustainability [...]

Big Oak Farm — Jennifer DeGroot

Big Oak Farm is near Morden, Manitoba. This is their first year as vendors at the Manitoba Fibre Festival, so Jennifer has written this introduction for us.   We sell Icelandic wool (Lopi yarn and raw) and pelts (lambskins) from our flock of 14 purebred Icelandic ewes and their offspring. In the future we will sell [...]

Queenston Crafts – Lynn Gibson

Lynn Gibson has always been driven to create.  Year-round she is sewing, knitting, and stitching. In the summer it’s common to find her making jam and jelly as well as woodworking.  Self-taught in virtually all crafts, Lynn always has multiple projects on the go. For the past five years, Lynn has specialized in repurposed wool projects, [...]

Yellow Door Art by Susan Hope

I am a fabric sculptor working with natural fibre fabrics to create whimsical pieces for both garden and home. Yes! I said garden! My pieces are uv and weather resistant and stand up to almost everything our Manitoba climate throws at it.  Frequently when I’m chatting with someone at a market I find myself looking [...]

Smash Knits

Smash Knits is a curated collected of handdyed yarns, sewn & embroidery embellished project totes/pouches for knitters, crocheters, needleworkers and more, as well as an assortment of stitch markers, shawl cuffs, written patterns, and other tools of the trade. Ashlee Snell answers some queries about her business for this Festival new vendor profile: How did [...]

Two Bees Handmade Creations

TWO BEES HANDMADE CREATIONS is one sewist creating project bags and pouches for knitters, crocheters, needlework artists, and anyone else who likes handcrafted containers for their “stuff.”   That sewist, Rhonda Beebe, has been sewing, crafting, and creating since she was a young teenager.  When she was a child in Saskatoon, the sewing machine was [...]