Archive | September, 2015

NeedleArts Fair, 3 October

30 Sep

Sweater weather is here! Shop the Purlin’ J’s yarn truck on Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 10am to 3pm at the Senior’s Centre, 56 Francis Street, in Kingston, Ontario.

Hosted by the Cataraqui Guild of Needle Arts, the Needle Arts Fair is a needlework exhibition and sale featuring embroidery supplies, rug hooking, quilting, threads, books, yarn (!!), beading, embellishments, wool and more! Admission is $5.

The yarn truck will be in the parking lot! (No admission required.)

Culture Days at The Tett!

24 Sep

Just announced! Shop Purlin’ J’s Roving Yarn Co. on Saturday, September 26 at The Tett! The yarntruck will be open from 10 am until 5pm in the parking lot of The Tett Centre, 370 King Street West, Kingston, Ontario.

This weekend is Culture Days, and The Tett is offering a variety of FREE programs, including life drawing, urban illustration, and other drop-in activities. Local artist Barb Danielowski also invites you to stop by Creative Studio A for Craft Academy, an interactive project that asks “What values inform the work of local artists and crafters?”

There’s lots going on downtown Kingston on Saturday! After your visit to The Tett, why not also check out Etsy: Made in Canada Craft Show (Grant Hall, University Ave), Chilifest (Confederation Park), or the Kingston WritersFest (Holiday Inn, 2 Princess Street).


Shop Purlin’ J’s at the Kingston Dragonboat Festival, 19 September!

17 Sep

I hope to see you on Saturday on the grounds of the Woollen Mill at 1 Cataraqui Street in Kingston for the 16th Annual Kingston Dragonboat Festival! Purlin’ J’s yarn truck will be open from 10am to 5pm.

From “Dragon Boat racing began on the southern shores of China with the rowing of ceremonial boats to supplicate the God of Water, bring good fortune and defend against disaster. In time the tradition blended with the rural custom of punting on the Mi Lo River in remembrance of the search for the drowned body of the 4th Century B.C poet and imperial advisor, Chu Yuan.

A race has the different teams driving their boats to the beat of large drums. A team is declared winner when they are the first to grab the flag at the end of the course. Victory and defeat may be separated by a fraction of a second. It is a thrilling sport for contestants and spectators alike. Dragon boating is gaining in popularity with every year and is now practised around the world as a sport, a family spectacle, and a celebration.”


Fundraising efforts from the Festival will shared with the Partners In Mission Foodbank, Ryandale Shelter For The Homeless, Martha’s Table, and the Kingston Humane Society.

The Smokin’ Carnivore food truck will be on-site!

Almonte FibreFest 12/13 September

9 Sep

This weekend of September 12th and 13 is the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum’s 20th annual Fibrefest. At two locations—the Museum and the Almonte Arena—visitors will find demonstrations, vendors, and exhibits—a full two-day festival of fibre arts! 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, alpaca farms, and a vintage clothing show/sale. Purlin’ J’s Roving Yarn Co. will be outside the Almonte Arena both days. Admission to Fibrefest is $5.00 per day, which includes access to all sites.


An Alpaca Fleece Sort-A-Thon and Show takes place on September 12th, plus sheep-shearing demonstrations, and the ever-popular Lamb Race! At 4 pm on September 13th, 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 well ahead of the event.

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

The Museum’s second floor features 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.


Purlin' J's

"One of the coolest 'yarn stores' I've ever seen" --Vogue Knitting magazine, Holiday 2013

Sue Schlabach

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

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