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Finding Inspiration in Nature 

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Clymont Hall Christmas Craft Sale - Sat, Nov 24 from 10 am to 5 pm and Sun, Nov 25 from 10 am to 4 pm

We will once again have a booth at this local craft sale along with over 40 other artisans.  Hope to see you there!

Sanctuary Craft Studio Show and 'Starry Christmas' Sale - Sat, Dec 8 from 10 am to 5 pm and Sun, Dec 9 from noon to 5 pm

We are featuring a Starry Christmas  theme on our seasonal display wall and will of course have related products and much more for sale in our gift shop.  Tasty treats will be served so don't miss out!

Nature Sightings

Since the snow arrived we have had several surprise sightings.  The first has been a Great-horned owl which we think has been looking for mice or voles around the feeders.  The second is a Northern Shrike that no doubt is interested in our smaller song birds that frequent the feeders too.

News from the Sanctuary Craft Studio

Canada 150 Stained Glass donation to Athabasca Extendicare - as both a celebration of Canada's 150 birthday and in memory of Thom's mother and grandfather, Thom designed and created an amazing stained glass window to donate to the nursing home where both his mother and grandfather spend their final years.  The window depicts two Gray Jays (Canada's unofficial bird) and a Maple Tree with 15 red leaves to represent each decade in Canada's rich history.  The window was unveiled at a ceremony on September 8, 2017 that celebrated the 50th anniversary of the home.


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Recreating the Past with a Rep Weave Rag Rug - in honour of his grandmother who was a contract weaver in her native Sweden, Glenn has recreated the pattern of one of her vintage rugs.  This pattern is a spaced rep weave rag rug that is fun to weave and quite easy to modify based on your choice of warp and weft colours.  To order a copy of the directions and pattern contact us for more information.



Natural Dyeing Made Easy article Published - dyeing yarn using garden plants and "weeds" is a safe and satisfying way to add colour to your weaving or knitting.  To learn more you can request to view a digital copy of an article we published in the Ashford Wheels and Looms 2016 edition of their magazine The Wheel.

Article on Snow Dyeing Published - the members of the Studio were very pleased that Ashford Wheels and Looms published their article about Snow Dyeing in the 2015 edition of The Wheel.  This internationally distributed fibre magazine is seen by spinners, weavers, felters and dyers throughout the world.  If you would like to view a digital copy of the article please contact us.