Friday, February 1, 2013


Fate Destiny and Self Determination international tapestry project has been sent another shape recently completed by Katia Wittock ( from Antwerp, Belgium. She employed a twill tapestry technique.  To date, 98 people worldwide, from 15 different countries are participating to create a total of 140 shapes. The numbers continue to rise. The gobelin loom at the Toronto Weaving School  is almost ready to start another phase of this international tapestry project. At this location, anyone can come to weave on the tapestry and employ whatever weaving technique they like. To that end, I invited Ixchel Suarez to give a three hour workshop on different textural techniques employed in tapestry weaving.
 Ixchel is shown here at the very back demonstrating and talking to the participants in the workshop. About 9 people participated and I was thrilled that there was excitement about tapestry.

According to Ralph Waldo Emerson  "Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm,"  . The word Enthusiasm first appeared in English in 1603  meaning "possession by a god." The source of the word is the Greek enthousiasmos, which  comes from the adjective entheos, "having the god within". The participants eagerness and inspiration was palpable in the room. It was great to see these feelings stirred up for tapestry!

Ixchel brought some of her textural samples.

Some of the workshop participants results from the workshop....this one by Susan Middleton, herself an accomplished and polished tapestry weaver and artist.

This workshop aroused Julia Pelenyi's excitement about tapestry and got her wanting to do more.

The Dufferin County Museum  is pleased to once again be presenting the exhibition Stitches across Time, in 2014. Continuing the theme of the first Stitches across Time exhibit in 2011, the exhibition will celebrate the tradition and history of textile arts.

The DCMA invites submissions for a national juried exhibition of fibre art works inspired by a new selection of six historical pieces from the museum’s extensive collection of textile artifacts. The Call for Entry is attached and may also be found on the stitches website  or by clinking this direct link Stitches Call for Entry . Works submitted can include any textile/fibre medium or technique. We welcome both two and three dimensional contemporary works from across Canada for this unique exhibition to be launched in the fall of 2014. Images of the six historical pieces may be found on the Stitches across Time website under Photos for inspiration<>..

For further details, be sure to visit our website  If you have any questions or require additional information, please feel free to contact me.

Ruby Qureshi
Events & Marketing Co-ordinator
Dufferin County Museum & Archives
P.O. Box 120, 936029 Airport Rd
Rosemont, ON  L0N 1R0
Tel: 705-435-1881 or Toll Free: 1-877-941-7787 ext. 22

A tapestry weaver, Lynn Hart, recently completed a huge tapestry. Check it out at

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