Live Online Chats with Engaging Creators
Join us and some of your favourite designers and creators for a series of new online gatherings organized and hosted by our friends at Longmont Yarn Shoppe. They are called Fiberside Chats! The registration fee for each chat is $20 USD and the proceeds support the guests and participating yarn shops such as ours.
How to register: Join Barb, Cynthia and the River City Yarns group! Register on Longmont Yarn Shoppe's website and find River City Yarns in the drop down menu. Easy-peasy!
These gatherings, happening on Zoom, are one-hour online sessions with special guests, giving us a peek into their world. These designers and creators will discuss their unique path, creative processes, latest projects—or whatever is inspiring them now. There will also be a Q&A session, giveaways, and other fun surprises for those who join! Fiberside Chats are just one way to join in on an interactive and engaging online social gathering. We'll be there; we hope you'll come along too!
Sign up here and look for River City Yarns. As an affiliate of Fiberside Chats we earn a commission when you register through our shop and we thank you very much for your support!
Natalie Warner: Saturday, September 25th at 11:00am MDT
Natalie comes from a family involved with tailoring and needlecrafts, started sewing and knitting as a child, and has been making clothes since her early teens. In the decades that have passed, she has built on her family knowledge and formative influences by studying fashion design and pattern cutting and learning on the job, working alongside colleagues trained in textile design, tailoring, theatre costume and bridal couture. Whilst retraining at the London College of Fashion, Natalie focused on woven pattern cutting and knitwear construction and design.
In this Fiberside Chat, Natalie Warner will be joining us via zoom from London to share her approach to knitwear design – particularly surface pattern and tessellations. Tessellations refer to the geometric plan of the pattern as a whole and this leads to both texture and colour in knitwear patterns! Natalie will show us how she designs colourwork for knits through a live demonstration of creating tessellations using nothing but a pencil and squared paper. If you’ve ever wanted to design your own stranded colourwork designs, Natalie’s process shows you one way in which you can do it! We’ll get sneak peeks at upcoming patterns and see the development work behind one of them, the Parquet cowl. This will be a fun Chat that opens our eyes to creating with tessellations!
As a designer, Natalie is often drawn to early to mid-20th century fashion details and aims to create a strong, feminine and classic look that complements the wardrobes of contemporary women, is flattering to wear and easy to style. The slow process of knitting and the relative lack of time modern people have available for knitting prompts her to design clothing and accessories that strike a balance for those who enjoy the process of making, like a bit of technique to keep themselves stimulated, but do not necessarily want to labour over a project for too long. Colour, stitch patterning and “resting rows” that allow for breaks in concentration are typical of Natalie’s designs. Design portfolio: My Designs Instagram: NatalieStitches
Kim McBrien Evans: Saturday, October 2nd at 2:00pm MDT
Curiosity and exploration is the focus of Canadian knitwear designer and indie hand dyer, Kim McBrien Evans. A lifelong love of colour, texture, pattern, and shape prompted Kim to transition from working artist to textile maven. Her knitwear designs are known for their ability to turn an abstract idea into a wearable reality while simultaneously fitting and complimenting a wide range of bodies. She lives and works in the woods of Central Ontario, Canada.
Kim McBrien Evans designs clothes she loves and wants to wear, and wants to ensure you feel the same. It takes a combination of creativity, observation, a lot of careful planning, and just a touch of chaos to get from yarn to finished garment and a pattern that suits as many people as possible. How do you design for bodies that aren’t yours? And as makers, how can we feel more confident about the garments we make for ourselves, making a handmade wardrobe that fits our bodies and suits our personal style?
Join Kim as she talks about all of this and shows how she uses personal fashion illustration templates from mybodymodel.com to “try on” sweaters before she makes them. If you wish to play along, you can purchase a personal fashion illustration template based on your measurements at mybodymodel.com. Discount code for 10% off: INDIGODRAGONFLY [case sensitive]
Her yarn company, Indigodragonfly, is renowned for its vibrant colours, offbeat names, and ever expanding plan for world domination. She is co-author of Custom Shawls for the Curious and Creative Knitter (with Kate Atherley). Her work has appeared in Vogue Knitting, Knitscene, Knit.Wear, Knitting Magazine (UK), A Stash of One’s Own (ed. Clara Parkes), The Sewcialists, Digits & Threads, and Uppercase.
Sarah Solomon Featuring Harrisville Designs: Saturday, October 9th at 3pm MDT
In this Fiberside Chat Sarah will give us a sneak peek of her debut collection for Harrisville Designs, slated to release at the end of October. It takes a village to make a design collection, combining the skills of knitters, designers, technical specialists, photographers, models and many more; and in the case of Harrisville Designs it takes a literal village to make the yarn as well.
Sarah will share a little of the history of the mill and its modern operations and tell us about the yarn they make, ranging from the heirloom-quality Highland and Shetland lines they started 50 years ago to their newest and most contemporary-looking yarns, Daylights and Nightshades, made with American-raised Cormo wool. We’ll learn about the running of a mill and the building of the extraordinary 64-color palette and then take a look behind the scenes at the making of this latest pattern collection.
Read these helpful tips before you register:
- You should sign up early to get a seat.
- Registration fees must be paid in advance to hold your seat.
- Registrations will close 3 hours before the event starting time.
- You will receive an online invitation and meeting identification code that you will need, from Longmont Yarn Shoppe in order to enter the event. This invitation will come within 24 hours of the event.
- As this is an online event, you need to have Zoom downloaded on a computer, tablet or mobile device. If using a computer, make sure you also have a webcam and microphone built in or attached.
- Refunds? Sorry, there are no refunds if you forget to sign in or cannot attend.
- Date Changes or Cancellations: in the event the Fiberside Chat has to be cancelled due the the Guest not being able to attend, Longmont Fibers will make the best effort possible to immediately accommodate a new date. All participant registrations will be valid for the new date. In the event an alternative date is not available your registration will be refunded in full.
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