Fibre Week

Fibre Week

Fibre Week 2018 is complete - it was an incredible experience! Check the information below for the kind of event that it was, and check back here for information about 2019 as soon as it's available!

What can you expect from this event?

Fibre Week is an annual, week long celebration of the fibre arts at Olds College. Every year in June, the campus and amazing community members are immersed in activities and events related to fibre. Our event include workshops, programs, a public market, fleece shows and sales and social events.  

It couldn't happen without an incredible team and fantastic support from this industry. Please take a moment to visit our Sponsors and their webpages, and to meet the team of instructors and volunteers that make Fibre Week amazing. If you'd like to be one of our supporters, whether as a business in the industry or as a fibre enthusiast, we invite you to contact us.

Ways to contribute include sponsorship, silent auction donations, instructing and volunteering.

Fibre Week Class Confirmation List2018 Fibre Week Brochure

What will you experience?


Short Workshops

We currently offer 1/2 day, 1 & 2 day workshops offered Friday, June 15 - Sunday, June 17. 

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Master Spinner & Master Weaver Certificates

The Master Weaver & Master Spinner certificates are classroom & independent studies involving skill development, research studies and project assignments. Both certificates are offered in progressive levels. Spinner courses provide instruction in the areas of hand spinning of all major types of fibres, yarns and the end use of the spun yarns. Weaving courses will provide instruction on a comprehensive set of hand weaving skills.

Master Spinner   Master Weaver 


Merchant Mall Public Market

The Merchant Mall is Open to the Public!

Friday, June 15 @ Noon - 6 pm
Saturday, June 16 - Sunday, June 17 @ 10 am - 6 pm

New this year, in the evenings (5 pm – 6 pm) in the Merchant Mall, we’ll be featuring one of our Master Spinner graduates doing demos and/or answering your questions. If you have a spinning question, be sure to drop by.

List of 2018 vendors

A&B Fibre Works

Alberta Yarn Project

Aubusson House

Big Blue Moma

Celeigh Wool

Custom Woolen Mills

Danware

Fibre Goddess

Flock Fibre Studio

Gingersnap

Heart West Haven

HWSDA

Jo's Yarn Garden

Legacy Studio

Michelle Houston

Mo.Go.Po.Mo.

Nature's Knit-ch

Poppy Yarn and Fibre

Pottery By Heather

Princess Farms

Rabbit Works

Recreated Textiles

Sarah Elizabeth Fibre Works

Sarah's Fibre Arts

Spin It

Twisted Barn

Unwind Knit and Fibre

Weasel Works

Weavers Atelier

West Coast Colour

Wool Is not Enough


Fleece Shows & Sales

Fleece Shows have long been a part of Fibre Week.  This year, we'll be hosting the Llama Canada Llama Fleece Show, and the Custom Woolen Mills Wool Fleece Show. Click Learn More below to learn about the shows, see last years' results, and this year's rules for entry!

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Evening & Social Events

In addition to workshops and programs, Fibre Week includes a number of events. This year's events include a Fibre-In Social, a Celebrate Fibre Arts - Social, Fashion Show, silent auction and a Mystery Box Fundraising Challenge. 

After enjoying the Merchant Mall, Fleece Shows, and your favorite workshops, come enjoy a relaxed atmosphere and the company of fellow fibre artists.

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Event at a glance

Fibre Week 2018 Class Confirmation List

Event Dates: June 15 - 21

Program Length: 1/2 day, 1 day & 2 days workshops | 5 day certificates

Delivery: Olds Campus

Registration Opens: March 1

Costs & Fees: Vary per workshop

Course Confirmations: Every course offered must meet minimum requirements before we can confirm that they will run. As many of our participants come from across Canada and the US, it is important to confirm that your classes will be running before making any non-refundable travel plans. The link above indicates the courses that have been confirmed, to be updated weekly. Classes fill up fast, so be sure to register if you haven't already to secure a spot in your favorite workshop. 

Final course confirmations are made as soon as sufficient enrolment is met, or on May 14th, whichever is first. Updates will be made bi-weekly.

Required Materials & Supplies: Taking a workshop? Make sure you come prepared. Workshop participants are expected to bring supplies. Check back for our 2018 Workshop supply list.

Master Spinner and Weaver participants have their own lists, found on the Master Spinner and Weaver pages.

Become a Vendor | Vendor Information

Vendor Registration Information

Interested in becoming a vendor at Fibre Week? Below is a list of information you need to determine if our event is for you. If you're interested in registering for 2018, please be sure to call or register online.

Registration & Fees: Vendor Sponsors in the Silver category and above will have a space reserved for them and will be asked to confirm by April 1. Other vendors must register by phoning our registration line, or registering online.

Registration: $200 + GST per booth

Location: The Merchant Mall this year is located in the W.J Elliot Building (or the Trades Building. Around campus staff may also refer to this as the “Ag Mech” building). Building #10 on the Olds College Campus Map.

Everyone is welcome to drop by and take a look at the many vendors that have come out for this event.

Booth Size: Booth Size is 10' x 8'. Multiple booths can be purchased for additional space. Each booth comes with up to 2 large rectangular tables at the request of the vendor upon registration. Please note, no half-booths or alternate tables are available.

Vendor Set Up:
Thursday, June 14 @ Noon – 6 pm 
Friday, June 15 @ 8:30 am - 12 pm

Merchant Mall Open: 
Friday, June 15 @ Noon - 6 pm
Saturday, June 16 - Sunday, June 17 @ 10 am – 6 pm

Security: The Organizers will make every effort to ensure that there is a person present during mall hours to assist with security. Please bring cloths to cover your booth when you leave it unattended.

Sales: The Fibre Week organizers wish you a profitable and successful week; however, we cannot guarantee sales.

Accommodations & Meals On Campus

Accommodations: 

Olds College has a number of on campus housing options available, including our College Courts townhouses, state of the art Centennial Village housing facility as well as the Pomeroy Inn & Suites at Olds College (an on-campus hotel).

More on Campus Accommodations

Fibre Week Housing Details (PDF)  Fibre Week Housing FAQ's (PDF)

Book a Room in Centennial Village Book a College Court Town House


Meals:

If you would like to pre-purchase coupons for meals in Elements Dining Café, you can do so by emailing conferenceservices@oldscollege.ca.

You can also pay for your meal upon entering Elements Dining Café. Each meal is a flat fee per person and includes a soup/salad bar, sub/sandwich bar, a daily variety of hot entrees, desserts, beverages, and an assortment of healthy selections.

Travel Arrangements | How To Get Here

Calgary-Olds Airport Shuttle Bus: 

A shuttle from the Calgary Airport will be available for registered participants of our workshops and programs for a small $65/trip fee. Once your classes are confirmed as per the main page of the Fibre Week website, please register for the shuttle with your flight number. Please note the only shuttle times currently available are:

  • Thursday June 14
    Calgary Airport Pick Up: 3pm (leaves airport)

  • Saturday, June 16
    Calgary Airport Pick Up: 3pm (leaves airport)

  • Monday, June 18
    Return to Calgary Airport: 9am (leaves Olds College. Estimated arrival at Calgary Airport 10am)

  • Friday, June 22
    Return to Calgary Airport: 9am (leaves Olds College. Estimated arrival at Calgary Airport 10am)

Driving

If you are driving from the airport, the following is a set of travel instructions:

Please ensure that your class is going ahead before making uninsured air travel arrangements. Course status will be posted on the Fibre Week home page as an enrollment update with a note indicating if there is sufficient enrollment to proceed.

Meet the Team | Fibre Week Instructors

Every year we are lucky to invite a myriad of fibre artists from spinning, weaving, felting, dyeing, knitting and other assorted topics. This year, we're very excited to include these instructors among our workshop list. Be sure to check out their associated websites and biographies to learn more about them. If you see an instructor you like, sign up for their class quickly! There is limited space to share some time learning from these incredible artists.

View 2018's Instructors

Sponsorship

Contact Zach Webster for Sponsorship Information:  

Phone: 403.556.8368

Email: zwebster@oldscollege.ca

Silent Auction

Donations to this fundraiser are gratefully accepted. You will receive a tax-deductible or business expense receipt. Please let us know if you would like to donate to Fibre Week and your items can be brought when you come.

Keep Informed & Get Involved

Join our email list to receive additional information about Fibre Week. When you subscribe, please make sure to click on the box marked "Fibre Arts".

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We are currently accepting 2018 workshop proposals, sponsorships, silent auction items, entertainment/musician proposals, and volunteers. We would love to have you help make 2018 a success. 



Fibre Week Is Proudly Presented By:

Every year, members of the fibre arts industry step up to make sure Fibre Week is an incredible event. Taking the form of partnerships, material contributions and financial contributions, these sponsors are essential to the event's success.


2018 Platinum Sponsor 

Hand Weavers, Spinners & Dyers of Alberta logo

Hand Weavers, Spinners & Dyers of Alberta

As one of Canada’s most significant provincial fibre arts guilds, HWSDA exists to foster and promote the development of fine craft in the Province of Alberta for both amateur and professional craftspeople.  Implicit in this objective is an active involvement in government, social, economic and educational issues as they affect the Arts in Alberta, and to distribute information on available scholarships, material sources, exhibitions, shows and workshops to all interested parties.

HWSDA has grown into one of Canada’s most significant provincial fibre arts guilds. Members of HWSDA enjoy the following benefits: Annual Conference which includes a Juried Show, Fibre Fair, workshops, seminars and commercial marketplace: Library Loan Program, Master Weaver Program, Scholarships to Individuals, Financial Assistance to member groups and a quarterly newsletter, Running Threads.  Their website above has more information on this wonderful guild.


Silver Sponsors: 


Fleece Show Partners