Pieces 2017 Weekend Event!

banner_one Back to the Fibre

March 11th & 12th  2017

Florence Filberg Centre,   411 Anderton Ave., Courtenay, B.C.



A two day gathering to celebrate local fibre artists and small textile businesses from Vancouver Island, many of which work with indigenous fibres found on Vancouver Island and surrounding coastal areas. Too often the talented people close to home are relatively unknown. Pieces wants to celebrate them and the amazing fibres that grow here. Our program is still growing, so stay tune for some surprises!


Pieces is honoured to present Haida Elder and master weaver, Delores Churchill  joining us from Alaska where she currently lives. She will be accompanied by Ellen Frankenstein, the filmmaker who created, “Tracing Roots: A Weaver’s Journey.”

Delores Churchill and Ellen Frankenstein at Delores home in Ketchikan.

We are very excited that Isabel Rorick, will be coming over from her home on Hornby Island to join us on Sunday. Isabel, Delores Churchill’s niece, is considered one of the finest Haida weavers. She will be showing some of her process at the Round Table session that day. Take a peek at some of her story here.

Join in on Conversations with Artisans discussing:





Browse Textile Process and Handwork  Round Tables

From 10:30 – 2 on each day you will be invited to browse and join over a dozen Round Tables each day. The artist at each table will be offering skills, knowledge and sometimes a chance to try your hand working with a broad range of fibres, textiles and techniques. Pull up a chair and settle in for some fascinating new tips and techniques. Ask questions and network. Participants will be encouraged to visit several tables over the 10:30 – 2pm time-frame, have lunch and visit the upstairs vendor area.


Saturday Round Tables 10:30 –  1:50

  1. Joni Olsen – Salish Fusion – Wool work
  2. Nat Radwulf (Wolf and Faun) Self publishing your knit designs and growing your business through social media.
  3. Don McGregor – Weaving (Cedar bark)
  4. Donna Cranmer – Weaving (Chilkat)
  5. Doris Weislein – Moccasin making
  6. Shaunalee Yates (Altered Couture) Upcycling (show& tell)
  7. Janet Field – (Spinning wool) Learn to use a drop spindle
  8. Anna Running (Qualicum Bay Fibreworks) Only mill on Vancouver island processing wool and alpaca fibre
  9. Elaine Codling – Needle felting mends on sweaters
  10. Destanne Lundquist (Moss Grey) Love of Linen/ Slow Fashion
  11. Barb Drew – Block Printing
  12. Yvon and Evelyn Savoie – Button blanket from start to finish over the weekend!


Sunday Round Tables 10:30 – 1:50

  1. Delores Churchill – Weaving
  2. Tony Frank – Weaving
  3. Donna Cranmer – Weaving (Chilkat)
  4. Isabel Rorick – Weaving
  5. Jane Ireland – Indigo
  6. Anthony Hunt – Weaving
  7. Cynthia Minden – Cordage
  8. Amy Crook – Dyeing with locally found mushrooms
  9. Julia Joseph – Nitinnht Weaver – Seagrass
  10. Yvon and Evelyn Savoie – Button blanket from start to finish over the weekend!
  11. Lee Everson – Recovering Lost Regalia
  12.  Ellen Frankenstein, Barb Cramner with Chantal Solomon – Weaving stories on film.


Watch Films:

We are very pleased to have both the director, Barb Cranmer and her sister,  Chilkat and cedar weaver, Donna Cranmer to introduce and discuss Gwishalaayt – The Spirit Wraps Around You , on Saturday afternoon.

Our Sunday film, Tracing Roots: A Weaver’s Journey, will hopefully be introduced by Delores Churchill and Ellen Frankenstein, (the film maker) with a discussion to follow the Sunday morning screening. “Tracing Roots” is a heartfelt glimpse into Delores’s world,  a portrait infused with her passion and curiosity. It is a story that shares her dedication to learning, mastering and teaching the art of basket making and to linking the past to the present.


Enjoy and learn more about:

The Kumugwe Dancers are well known in the Comox Valley for, their welcoming dances, songs, regalia and preserving the ancient traditions of the K’omox First Nation.  Back to the Fibre takes place on the unceded territory of the K’omox First Nation. We are very grateful to Nicole Rempel,  who will be welcoming us to the territory. Pieces is honoured to celebrate indigenous textiles and fibres and for the opportunity to learn more about the traditions, culture and identity woven into them. The Kumugwe Dancers will perform on Saturday Morning. Andy Everson, of the Kumugwe Dancers will be talking about his self made regalia during the conversation on Regalia, Artistic Process and Identity on Sunday.


Visit the Eat, Make, Mend Café

Sweet snacks and refreshments will be provided by the Merville Grandmothers. There will be hands on activities or bring something along that you are working on. Over the lunch break you can bring a bagged lunch to ensure you don’t miss anything or take a break and visit any of the wonderful local eateries close by.


Visit the Artisan Market and Demonstrations (open to the public 10:30 – 2 both days  & open to the public for a small fee) In some of the demonstrations you will be invited to try your hand making something fun.


It is going to be a full program and a wonderful weekend of making and meeting makers. Click here for tickets.

Mark your calendar now and check back under Schedules for updates.

Check out the Volunteer, Vendor and Sponsor pages to find out how you can get involved.


Vendor sneak peek