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Finding Inspiration in Nature 

 What's happening . . . 

 Next Gift Shop sale May 5 & 6

Spring is  in the air and our next sale will be May 5 (10 to 5) and May 6 (noon to 5).  We can't wait for spring to actually get here, so our feature wall theme will be "Dy(e)ing for Spring" as we not only display uniquely hand-dyed fabrics, but all types of spring themed arts and crafts to celebrate the season.

Nature Sightings

We've really been enjoying all the deer that come to nibble at all the surplus seeds dropped under our feeders.  We also got a real kick out of watching a young moose that wandered right up to the house one morning to sample bits of dried leaves and stems before settling in to eat some poplar buds.  The Chickadees are also happily singing their "Springs Coming" call.

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.


Unveiling Canada 150 Window Athabasca ExtendicareUnveiling Canada 150 Window Athabasca ExtendicareCanada 150 Stained Glass Window - Thom RypienCanada 150 Stained Glass Window - Thom Rypien


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.