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Blending (and Spinning) Unusual and Upcycled Fibers

January 23 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

With Gigi Matthews

Think of all of the fibers there are to choose from, their histories and issues, and the creative inspiration of working with combinations of the materials!  Spinners, felters, or anyone with a broader love textiles who may have thought about taking up spinning, join us for an interactive lecture/demo with Gigi Matthews to blend and explore unusual and upcycled fibers.  Go beyond wool to cedar shavings, old blue jeans, and fabric and thread scraps.  Gigi will demo techniques and there will be time to blend along and spin samples.

Skill Level:  All levels – spinners, felters, or anyone interested in unique fibers

Supplies:  If you would like to blend and spin along, students will need: hand cards, blending board (or even dog brushes), various fibers, fabric scraps, thread clippings, etc, spinning wheel or spindle, scissors.  Download info on suggested fibers.

Cost:  $15 CVFG Members, $20 Non-members.

Sign up here:  cvfg.org/calendar/workshops-guild/blending-and-spinning-signup/

Questions:  Email programs@cvfg.org

About the artist:  Gigi’s interest in fibers and materials is a result of decades of world travel to over 30 countries. From the souks of Aleppo and Damascus to the Grand Bazaar of Istanbul, markets in the South of France to the sheep pastures of New Zealand and Australia, Gigi has gained a deep respect for textile traditions and creativity. She learned to spin while living in London, spoiled by access to UK rare breeds and Scandinavian fleece. As a herbalist she has a soft spot for plant fibers and natural dyeing, and her recent work focuses on reclaimed and recycled materials. Gigi has taught spinning in her native Canada, the UK, and the US. She is published in Ply Magazine (“Prepping Unusual Fiber Combinations” – the Prep Issue) and was thrilled to be awarded 2 ribbons for spinning at MAFA 2109. Follow Gigi on Instagram @brooklyncrafter.


January 23
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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