Where [are] your stitches at?

There is one more week remaining in August.


Inquiring minds want to know how your Challenge projects are progressing.

What is still on the needles/hooks/wheel/loom?

What is an FO? What needs the final step? Feel free to mark it as a finished object before blocking ūüôā¬† We are looking for the projects that use our design challenge patterns as well as all projects inspired by our Challenge.

We want to see the WIPs and FOs so that we can update the list on our Ravelry group.¬† That way we can add you to our prize draws. Tag them with #mbff2018challenge on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook – make sure they are set to “public” so we can see your posts. Or send us a note regarding your Ravelry page.

Rita St. Amant – Fibre and Mixed Media Art

Saskatchewan artist Rita St. Amant joins the Manitoba Fibre Festival market for the first time this year. Rita’s booth at the Festival will feature pieces in wool felt, cotton and silk.
The arts have always played a large role in Rita’s life. ¬† Born and raised in southern Saskatchewan, she is a self-taught, grassroots artist whose proud surroundings are reÔ¨āected in her works.
Rita draws inspiration from the prairie skies and landscapes.  From the Shield to the Badlands, nature brings a strong sense of awe with its ever changing interplay of colour and textures.
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Rita is¬†presently working with mixed media, fibre, felt and assorted textiles. She was introduced to textiles by Martha Cole’s elevator series through OSAC.¬† Rita incorporates painting techniques into textile art by applying drawings, paint, ¬†and dyes to fabric, taking it to another level.

Imagine Yarn

Anel Meerholz, a first time vendor at the festival this year, tells us about her business Imagine Yarn.

“Our line includes felted and crochet purses as well as exclusively designed kits which will allow you to create your own fabulous purse. I wanted to make it easy for anyone to create the purses that I love and so I developed patterns, sourced the components from across the globe, and assembled amazing kits.”

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My love for natural fibers was nurtured while growing up in beautiful, wild South Africa.  There is a creative high when I felt a purse, and that process is what inspires me. Working with raw materials and seeing how a beautiful purses is born is an amazing feeling.

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My favourite purse is one made for a good friend’s special occasion. ¬†I found the ¬†Malabrigo yarn on a road trip to the United States and used a vintage looking frame to create this Stephanie purse. ¬†Join me at the fabulous fibre festival and share in ¬†this creative event!

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