The Memory Lane Fibre Arts Festival will celebrate the many ways we connect with ourselves and our community through the use of fibre for livelihood, creative expression, and heritage. From hands-on demonstrations of rug hooking, knitting, spinning, quilting, tatting, and needle felting to local vendors and artists, come and enjoy the fellowship of fibre friends!
Tickets will be available at the door but we urge attendees to pre-purchase a ticket if you would like to include a Cookhouse Lunch with your visit to help us predict lunch numbers. The Wine & Cheese gathering is pre-reservation only. (See schedule below for details)
The Memory Lane Fibre Arts Festival runs from 10am to 4pm and is rain or shine, so come on out no matter the weather.
Choose your Fibre Festival ticket type!
Please Note: Both ticket types have the option to include a Cookhouse Lunch and/or the Wine and Cheese Gathering.
Tickets for fibre folks who just want to browse the vendor tables and watch the demonstrations.
Tickets for fibre folks who want to stay for the day and take part in the Crafter Circles.
Please Note: Proof of vaccination must be presented at the entrance to attend this event as per Phase 5 regulations of the Nova Scotia Re-opening Plan.
Creator Circles in the Clam Factory (All Day) - Work on your project while surrounded by other fibre enthusiasts! Share, learn, make, and collaborate with people of all skill levels and fibre forms from knitting and spinning to quilting, hooking, and crochet. Pre-registration is required if you want to be part of the creator circle due to limited seating.
Displays and Vendors (All Day) - Wander throughout the unique 1940s Heritage Village setting and discover vendors and displays set up in the different buildings. Check out the Heritage Village costume sewing room with Kristy Sanders. Get your Fibre Passport stamped by all the vendors and enter your name for a prize draw!
Cookhouse Lunch (11am - 1:30pm) - Purchase your lunch as part of your pre-registration, or pick up a ticket when you arrive. Feel free to bring your lunch and eat it in the Cookhouse.
Special Guest Presentation: Sharon M.H. MacDonald, Ph.D. (2pm) - Sharon is a founding member of the Halifax Women’s History Society, the organization that created the monument to women’s volunteerism during wartime. She is the co-author of the book Old Nova Scotian Quilts and a co-founder of the Nova Scotia Heritage Quilt Project. She has also done extensive research on hooked mats. Her M.A. thesis, “Hidden Costs, Hidden Labours: Women in Nova Scotia during Two World Wars,” explored the relief work of women volunteers, particularly focussing on women’s production of quilts, knitted goods, bandages and clothing.
Heritage Cardigan Project Presentation (3pm, time TBC) - Learn about the fascinating fibre journey of accurately recreating authentic 1940s cardigans. From yarn sourcing to sizing and scaling, this project was full of surprising hurdles and learning opportunities for all the artists involved.
Wine & Cheese Gathering (4pm-5pm) - Pre-registration required. Select your ticket type above and choose the wine & cheese add-on.
Botanical Fibres - “I'm Emma Doucette! BFA 2014, lover of fibre since birth. The combination of growing up with craft, then having my hobbies nurtured into passions at NSCAD Universty, and my dislike of the throwaway culture of the textile industry have all led me to this exciting venture.”
Quilts By The Bay - "Hello, my name is Debra Howard, and I own and operate a quilt shop/ fabric store just outside of Digby (8779 highway 101). I started this small business by turning my two car garage into a quilt shop, which quickly expanded into my house as a fabric store."
River House Rug Hooking - Jane Steele studied textile marketing in England, and worked with many European mills supplying the UK garment industry. Moving to Nova Scotia in 2010 Jane started to plan a way to put her knowledge and love of colour, fabric and design into a business. She learned how to hook and quickly became “hooked”.
Salty Hag Studio - Jan Foley is a needle felter and draws inspiration from the natural world that surrounds her here on the Eastern Shore.
Shades of Ewe - Lorna Ash from Shades of Ewe offers beautifully dyed wool braids, as well as various types of art batts and rolags, and unique fibre blends. Shades of Ewe Fibreworks makes hand-dyed, wool-based fibre arts supplies for makers and fibre artists to use in their spinning, felting, and rug hooking.
Sisterhood Fibres - Faith Drinnan founded Sisterhood Fibres to celebrate the love of fibre, the animals it comes from, and the sisterhood it creates around the world. Sisterhood Fibres carries a variety of spinning, weaving, and felting supplies including wheels, looms, and other handy items. Also on offer are many different fibres in natural and dyed colours, as well as unique knitting kits and an eclectic mix of hand spun and hand dyed yarn, felting kits, and rug hooking kits.
Surfing Mermaid Art - “I am Kathy Keays and I am a wool loving enthusiast who began my journey in felting by chance. I have been a knitter since I was a child, and discovered needle felting when I moved to Nova Scotia. I began with felting mermaids, to houses and scenes and am now focusing on flora and fauna, all in a fun folk artist style! I work with wool and silk and continue to try to incorporate new ideas into my work.”
Time: 10am to 4pm
Cookhouse Lunch ($10) - please pre-register at the link above if you are planning on getting a Cookhouse Lunch to help us prepare for lunch numbers. Attendees are free to bring a bagged lunch as well.
Choice of Tomato Vegetable Soup or Chicken Vegetable Soup, comes with a slice of bread, a ginger cookie and a beverage.