|Diane Gonthier in action at SOAR last October. She will be teaching felt lace at the Ontario Handweavers and Spinners Conference in 2013. Photo: Amy Clarke Moore.
first five days of May, 2013, the Ontario
Handweavers and Spinners Guild
will hold its biennial
in Cornwall, Ontario, Canada. "Supporting tradition;
embracing innovation" is the vision statement that this province-wide
guild uses to continue broadening the experiences of its members. The 2013 conference theme is Fiber Optics. The
local guilds that participate in the OHS conference have been challenged to
create optical illusions in any fiber medium to display at the event. Workshops
range from the history of hair work
grant writing to corespinning.
speaker Diane Gonthier will be teaching felt lace workshops. I had a chance to
get to know Diane at SOAR (Spin-Off Autumn Retreat) this year when we attended
as mentors. She is a lovely person and does exquisite felt work. Louise Lemieux Bérubé, also a keynote
speaker at the conference, is known for her work in Jacquard weaving and
computerized embroidery. Her workshop Jacquard Weaving with Photoshop looks
great! The event also has a Facebook page.
Handweavers and Spinners Guild has been active since 1956 and supports its
members through spinning and weaving certificate programs, scholarships, and by
connecting local guilds throughout the region.