Archive | September, 2014

Purlin’ J’s Stops at Anwyn Studio This Weekend!

25 Sep

Visit Lil Dorothy, Purlin’ J’s yarn truck, this weekend at Anwyn Studio (105 Mowat, Kingston). Needlefelting kits from Fancy Tiger are back on-board, plus the new Flatter spray from SOAK! The yarn truck is open 10 – 3 on Saturday 27 Sept, and 11 – 3 Sunday 28 Sept.

Autumn is now upon us, and if you are anything like me, the distinctive scent of the crisp autumn air sets off my desire to settle in with my knitting. Have you planned your holiday gift knitting yet? A quick review of the calendar shows me that there are only thirteen weekends until Christmas! This year I want to make a knitted tie for a friend, at least two pairs of socks for the men in my life, a pair of leg warmers with some special yarn I bought for myself, and a poncho! I had better get started!

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First Annual Sculpture Park Folk & Arts Festival, Gananoque

15 Sep

This weekend you can shop the Purlin’ J’s yarn truck, Lil Dorothy, at the first annual Sculpture Park Folk & Arts Festival! Lil Dorothy will be in attendance Saturday and Sunday, 20/21 September. The Festival features three stages to accommodate the many performances and workshops, plus an artisan corridor and demonstrations for all ages. FREE for all, in Gananoque’s beautiful Confederation Park!
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Enjoy some Bluegrass with Bob Burtch, Fiddle & Step with Andrew Vanhorne, Irish dancers, a Songwriters Circle with Rob Carnegie, Jenica Rayne, Jeff Callery and Jeff J Gaulton, Latin music with Mauricio and last but not least, my favourite choir, Georgette Fry’s “Shout Sister” on Sunday afternoon!

There’ll be Songs and Stories from the Road with Michael George and Cliff Edwards, sprinkled with some Paint & Play, Young Peoples Theatre, a puppet show and more!

The Sculpture Park is Canada’s largest outdoor contemporary art exhibit.

This park sits on what was once an industrial site that occupied both sides of the Gananoque River. When the Jones Shovel Company ceased operation in the 1960’s, the Rotary Club and the Chamber of Commerce developed a park which was dedicated on July 1, 1967. Over time, the Rotary Club added walks, lighting, ponds and a beautiful fountain in the centre of the river. During the 1990’s members of the Rotary Club approached the Art Bank in Ottawa, and in due course, a number of sculptures were leased from the Art Bank.

The plan is to gradually return the Art Bank pieces to the Art Bank and commission local artists to create replacement pieces to reflect either the history or the environment of Gananoque and area. The sculpture committee has commissioned the first piece, the flying Blue Heron by Bruce Mellon, and the following year the standing Blue Heron, also by Bruce Mellon of Wolfe Island. Last year it commissioned and installed the Pitch Pine, the official tree of Gananoque, by Rick Lapointe, of Kingston.

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Shop Purlin’ J’s in Almonte This Weekend!

11 Sep

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This weekend Lil Dorothy is returning to her roots in Lanark County for the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum’s 19th annual Fibrefest in historic Almonte. Whether you are interested in art, history, clothing, or textiles or are just looking for a great day out, Fibrefest will have something for you.

This two-day celebration of textiles and fibre arts spans three locations: the Museum, the Almonte Arena (182 Bridge St., where you’ll find Purlin’ J’s Roving Yarn Co.), and the Almonte Curling Club. Local guilds will demonstrate spinning, knitting, weaving, rug hooking, lacemaking, smocking and quilting. Vendors include spinners, weavers, and fibre artists from across the province, as well as quilt shops and alpaca farms.

“That’s My Style,” vintage clothing show and sale will have a large number of vintage clothing dealers, giving you the opportunity to enjoy and purchase a huge variety of vintage fashions in one location. “Button Mania” returns to Fibrefest this year, with displays of WW I era military and fashion buttons, alongside button vendors. Members of the Ottawa Valley Button Club will be present to identify your special buttons!

New this year will be a “Sort-a-Thon” presented by Alpaca Ontario. If you are curious about this wonderful animal, here is your chance to meet and greet them and to familiarize yourself with alpaca fibre and the products made with it. Alpaca farmers will have their fleece at the Sort-a-Thon, where it will be assessed, sorted and batched ready for the mill. Come and check out this fascinating process and see what the buzz is all about! Edited 12 Sept to add: The Sort-a-thon has been cancelled.

And finally, the Lamb Race! At 4 pm on September 14th, hundreds of wooden lambs will be thrown over the main falls in downtown Almonte, and the owners of the first three lambs to reach the finish line will win fabulous prizes! Tickets for the race will be on sale at the Museum ahead of the event.

The Museum is featuring two artists: Frances Taylor and Reiko Sudo, and on the second floor is the permanent history exhibit “Fabric of a Small Town,” which interprets how a piece of wool becomes a piece of finished cloth and the industrial machines used throughout the process.

The Friends of the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum will again be running a tea room, featuring homemade goodies, beverages and sandwiches all available at a reasonable price.

Admission to Fibrefest is $5.00 per day, which includes access to all sites.

Create and Donate! September 6

3 Sep

Create and Donate! On Sept 6, Purlin’ J’s Roving Yarn Company will be at The Royale (2485 Princess Street) for a charity Knit-a-Thon in support of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at KGH. You can register by calling 613-634-5900. Bonus: live music and refreshments!
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Sue Schlabach

Artist, photographer and upcycler living in Vermont. Viewer of the world through eyes and lens.

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