Visitors can feel the love at fibre arts festival
The ties that bind, in Joanne Hipwell’s world, are love and fibre, intertwined.
The London fibre artist will be among the artists showing their creations Friday through Sunday at Covent Garden Market for the Fibre Arts Festival and Sale.
But it’s one of Hipwell’s more recent creations that has a lot of love woven into it.
When Hipwell’s daughter, Kristen, met a young man a few years ago she told him her mother is a “hooker.”
The man, Aaron Bland, replied: “My grandmother’s a hooker, too.”
A hooker is someone who practises the art of rug hooking, a hobby Bland’s grandmother, Doreen, and Hipwell shared and about which their loved ones teased them.
The two hookers eventually met. When Doreen passed away a couple years ago, Hipwell was given her rug-making supplies, including a rug Doreen had not completed.
“She bought the rug, but never had a chance to start it,” said Hipwell, who took the pattern If you go What: Fibre Arts Festival and Sale When: Friday, 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.; Saturday, 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.; and, Sunday, 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Where: Covent Garden Market, mezzanine level, 130 King St.
Visit ldws.ca for more information. and made the rug, modernizing it with bright coloured wool she dyed herself.
The wall hanging, which took a year to complete and includes a decorative border of flower and swirls ,was given to the couple at their engagement party.
“Hopefully, this will help blend our families together,” said Hipwell.
The festival includes creations and demonstrations by members of the London District Weavers and Spinners, Simply Hooked and the Strathroy Pioneer Treadlers.
Festival organizer Pat Zanier said the guest artists “augment the textiles and other things we have that are hand made.”
“There are hands-on demonstrations which the visitors, especially the children, really enjoy, but also the one-of-a-kind, handmade textiles people can buy,” said Zanier.
“Fibre is part of our lives, our history, and it’s great to see where it comes from. These are traditional skills that are handed down from one generation to the next and modernized.”
Zanier said one of the more interesting demonstrations this year will be an artist who makes bobbin lace.
“This art is so unusual to see — traditional lace made by hand with all the tiny, fine details,” said Zanier.
The demonstrations and displays include weaving, felting, spinning, rug hooking, lace making, Japanese braid-making called kumihimo and basketry.
Joanne Hipwell shows the hooked rug pattern purchased by her son-in-law’s grandmother, which she finished and gave to the couple as a present.