Fiberside Chats


 

Bazaar Girls has teamed up with Longmont Yarn Shoppe in Colorado and other shops across the country to present Fiberside Chats with famous designers. Register at Longmont Yarn Shoppe and scroll down to find the Bazaar Girls sign-up. It’s a great way to support yarn shops, and designers and have some fun too!

 

 

May 19

Francoise Danoy

Cultural Craft – Melding Traditions with Creativity

We are thrilled to invite you to an enriching Fiberside Chat with Francoise Danoy! This lecture takes attendees on a journey through the crossroads of cultural preservation and artistic innovation, using Maaori art forms as a lens. The world of fiber arts is vast, with an intricate tapestry of traditions and techniques passed down through generations. But how do we ensure that these traditions are preserved while allowing space for personal creativity? Register now and weave your thread into the ongoing tapestry of fiber arts.

BIO:
Francoise Danoy (Ngaati Porou), is a Franco-Maaori American Australian fiber artist and creative business coach who lives in San Antonio, Texas. Françoise’s work as a knitwear designer and punch needle artist are most noted for their intricate designs, use of color, texture, and pattern. Her designs often tell deeply personal stories of her experiences as a diaspora Maaori that resonate and connect with audiences worldwide.
As a creative business coach, Françoise is known for her ability to help others unlock their creative potential and achieve their artistic goals. With her keen eye for detail, extensive knowledge of the design process and of creative entrepreneurship, and warm, supportive approach, Françoise is a skilled mentor and coach who inspires and empowers others to achieve their best work. She is highly sought after as a teacher and speaker, sharing her wisdom and expertise with others in the fiber arts community.

This is a live Zoom Event on Sunday, May 19th at 1:00 pm Eastern, noon Central, 11:00 am Mountain, 10:00 am Pacific

This Fiberside Chat will be recorded – a link to the recording will be available for one week and shared with registered attendees only.

Register Here

 

June 2, 2024

Yumiko Alexander

 

Experience the Graceful World of DanDoh

Join us this spring as we welcome Yumiko Alexander, the innovative mind behind DanDoh. Discover the story of her journey to becoming a renowned designer and the inspiration behind her exclusive line of Japanese-crafted yarns. Yumiko’s designs are a harmonious blend of simple shapes, rich textures, and unique stitch patterns that cater to all body types. Each piece from DanDoh will become your go-to signature wardrobe garment that effortlessly combines simplicity and elegance. Yumiko’s creativity doesn’t stop there – she aims to unite the knitting community through knit-alongs and intimate retreats, transforming each crafting experience into an enriching artistic journey for all participants. Join us in celebrating artistry, creativity, and community with Yumiko of DanDoh.

BIO:
I am Yumiko Alexander, founder of DanDoh. I was born and raised in Japan.  I got married and moved to America in my late 20’s.  I have really enjoyed my time in the US and I am so happy I have been able to share my knitting and crochet designs through individual patterns and books. I have enjoyed communicating with people and expressing myself through my design work, and I have met many wonderful friends through knitting and crochet.  Knitting and crochet have made my life in the U.S. very beautiful.

This is a live Zoom Event on Sunday, June 2nd at 1:00 pm Eastern, noon Central, 11:00 am Mountain, 10:00 am Pacific

This Fiberside Chat will be recorded – a link to the recording will be available for one week and shared with registered attendees only. 

Register Here

 

June 30

 


Jennifer Daley

 

Fair Isle Knitting!
Join Jennifer Daley on an extraordinary adventure through the textile history and color of Fair Isle knitting. Jennifer will discuss her journey to Fair Isle, Scotland, the historic birthplace of Fair Isle knitting. She will unveil the evolution of Fair Isle knitting, Shetland wool, historic motifs or patterns, color theory, and knitting techniques specific to Fair Isle knitting. This fun and informative Fiberside Chat will integrate traditional Fair Isle knitted fisherman’s keps, designed by Jennifer as Knitting Jenny. Fisherman’s keps are caps or hats of conical shape and colourful design that were once considered a necessity for survival at sea for fishermen and sailors. Today they are an entertaining and interesting way to display the knitter’s skill for design and color. Please join us for this special presentation of Fair Isle knitting!

BIO:
Dr. Jennifer Daley is a university professor, textile historian, and knitwear designer. Since 2005, Jennifer has been sharing her knitting journey at www.KnittingJenny.com. In April 2022, she moved to the Shetland Islands, Scotland, to continue her research into the history of Shetland wool and Fair Isle knitting. In the Shetland capital of Lerwick, Jennifer managed the day-to-day operations of the Shetland Textile Museum, where she also researched the history of the Shetland knitting industry, handknitting techniques, and tools specific to Shetland. In November 2022, Jennifer moved to the remote Scottish island of Fair Isle, the historic birthplace of Fair Isle knitting. In 2023, from her knitting design studio there, Jennifer launched The Knitting Jenny Pattern Series, celebrating creativity and colorful wool projects inspired by Fair Isle of the Shetland Islands, Scotland.

This is a live Zoom Event on Sunday, June 30th at 1:00 pm Eastern, noon Central, 11:00 am Mountain, 10:00 am Pacific

This Fiberside Chat will be recorded – a link to the recording will be available for one week and shared with registered attendees only. 

Register Here