Instructors

The Nova Scotia Fibre Arts Festival is thrilled to have the following talented instructors share their skills for our 2014 event!
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Lou Harrington grew up watching her mother knit, sew and quilt and learned by osmosis. She took a break from fibre arts when she went to Dalhousie University to study to be a Pharmacist. A few years later she returned to Dal for her second degree – this time in Costume Studies, where she renewed her love with all things fibre. As a community pharmacist, Lou knows a great deal about drugs and is convinced that there is no better anti-depressant than a ball of nice wool and some needles.
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Linda Kelly Hubbard has long enjoyed a high fibre diet, growing up in a home where her mother always had knitting, rug-hooking and needlework projects on the go. Linda learned to sew at age 12 and hasn’t stopped; bitten by the “quilting bug” while living in Kitchener-Waterloo for a short while, she is not seeking treatment or a remedy! She is a trained teacher with 10 years’ experience in the public school system and over 20 years of teaching quilting classes for numerous Guilds in the Maritimes and at four Quilt Shops. While she enjoys many areas of quilting, making miniature quilts is a particular passion.

Linda enjoys pursuing other interests as well – photography, gardening, music, reading, stitching and blogging, among others! Her miniature quilts can be viewed in a Gallery on the sidebar of her blog, Stitch Lines, at www.linda-hubbard.blogspot.ca. She confesses her favourite spot in the world is her own studio, where she is always accompanied by her Maine Coon cat Oliver (and a stash of dark chocolate).

Linda brings a high level of professionalism and energy to her teaching. Her enthusiasm and love of teaching are evident in her fun-filled classes. She loves meeting new students and passing on her love of quilting, helping each student to improve their skills and accuracy, whether in full size or miniature mode.


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Cathia Finkel lives and works in St. John’s, Newfoundland as practising textile and visual artist. She studied the textile program at The Collage of the North Atlantic; Craft, Apparel & Design, from which she graduated in 2010. She also received an Emerging Artist Award from the Royal Bank of Canada following her studies and participated in the One of a Kind Show in Toronto, Ontario. Cathia has taught art to children and adults, workshops, and educational information sessions for portfolio development for students of the textile program. She has taught watercolour, bookmaking, and drawing. Cathia presently has a studio in the newly established Quidi Vidi Village Plantation Incubator for emerging crafts people in St. John’s, where she makes original art cards, wall hangings, table runners, and scarves. Each piece is uniquely embellished with free hand machine embroidery, on hand dyed fabric.
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Phyllis Cameron grew up in a household where there was always a quilt on a frame being quilted by her mother and aunts. Over the years she always found time to continue this quilting tradition while raising a family, maintaining a large home, volunteering in the community, and working in her career as a teacher and educational administrator. Phyllis has taught classes in quilting, crocheting, knitting and tatting. In recent years she has expanded her knowledge of colour use by exploring different techniques that help in the choosing of colours for quilts.


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Patty Chassé is an accomplished weaver specializing in fine silk and bamboo scarves and shawls. She also creates table linens, towels and other items for the home. She creates all her own designs translating her artistic vision into weave structures. She enjoys making each scarf special. Her hand done hemstitching and beaded fringe add a luxurious finish to each scarf. She is a juried member of the New Brunswick Craft Council, a member of the Atlantic Spinners and Handweavers and the Ontario Handweavers and Spinners. She is also the representative for the Maritimes for both the Handweavers Guild of America and Complex Weavers. From her initiation into weaving on the floor looms at The Burlington Art Centre in Ontario she has combined courses, studying with other accomplished weavers, self-study from her extensive weaving library, participation in study groups, and experimentation to further develop her repertoire of structure and technique. Every year she seeks to expand her knowledge with a new structure, technique or experiment. Although she started to weave as an adult she’s been fascinated with fibre and craft her whole life. As a child she taught herself to knit and crochet from a “Learn How” book and has since progressed through many crafts such as embroidery, needlepoint, beading, fine sewing and tailoring. Today she brings all these disciplines to bear on her work. She takes great joy in teaching either new weavers or those wishing to expand their repertoire. Each person brings something special to the craft and Patty loves to help each one realize this special talent.
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Edie Legere-Cole has taught many needle art classes in the past 30+ years, including miniature needle punch. She loves learning and teaching anything that involves thread, yarn, fabric. 

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A hike through one of Nova Scotia’s Provincial Parks, Cape Chignecto, is one of Jan Boiduk’s favorite things to do in the spring. Wild flowers are abundant and Jan takes the opportunity to sketch and photograph as many wild flora as she can. The images provide wonderful inspiration for her art quilts. Wild flowers make great starter images for those beginning the adventure in fabric painting and dying. The additional embellishment of free motion quilting completes the art piece. When finished one has a beautiful art quilt to hang proudly on any wall.
Jan became involved with the quilting arts when her grandmother handed her a needle, and thimble; at the age of 4. Her first projects was to cut, hand stitch and hand quilt a Dresden plate quilt for her doll bed, one block was enough. Today, many years later she applies her skills as a graphic designer/artist to her quilted creations. Always adventuring into different methods and ways to create a picture with fibre. One of Jan’s art quilts can be viewed at Mrs. Pugsley’s Emporium, Victoria St. Amherst, NS. A Sample of the, Brown-eyed Susan, project can also be viewed at the Emporium.

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Ali Squire lived and worked in Labrador for 13 years but learned her moccasin making skills in P.E.I. from a relative from Labrador.  She joins the Nova Scotia Fibre Arts Festival this year to offer instruction on making a pair of traditional beaded moccasin slippers, similar to those made and sold in coastal Labrador and northern Newfoundland.  Alie says that for creative and crafty folk this course will be a joy!
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Mary Farrow Sinclair is a Creative Stitchery Artist who has spent many years in Montreal. While there she taught creative stitchery, quilting and embroidery. Recently returning to her home town of Amherst, N. S. she continues to teach stitchery and quilting techniques to individuals and small groups. For many years Mary has been a member of the Lakeshore Creative Stitchery Guild, the West Island Quilters and the Quebec Quilters Association. Presently she is a member of the Embroidery Association of Canada and the Canadian Quilters Association. Mary has participated in several seminars presented by the EAC.

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Kathy Tidswell combines painting on fabric with free motion embroidery to produce works of art. Her pieces have been juried into Canadian Quilters' Association National Juried Shows, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery Grand National Exhibitions and Ontario Network of Needleworkers Threadworks. In 1999 she won the CQA/ACC Award of Excellence in Wearable Art and in 2005 received Honourable Mention. She is a juried member of the New Brunswick Crafts Council selling her work in art galleries and seasonal art and craft shows. Kathy loves teaching and since 1993 has been sharing her knowledge teaching and delivering slide/trunk shows from coast to coast for guilds, Quilt Canada conventions, fibre art festivals, and retreats. In 2005, she was honoured with the CQA/ACC Teacher of the Year Award. Her workshops are sewing machine based and include traditional topics such as appliqué, and trapunto as well as her specialities, painting on fabric, free motion embroidery and three dimensional thread appliqués. Kathy's website: kathytidswell.com
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Diann McDonald
Diann is an avid crafter who lives in a small village right here in Nova Scotia. She is a wife and mother of two terrific grown daughters. She has spent the greater part of her life working with various forms of fibre. Knitting, quilting, cross stitching, felting, scrap booking, paper mache and jewelry making are some of her crafting interests. She recently retired as an EPA for the local school board where she couldn't stop crafting, even at work, by running after school workshops for the students in puppetry and paper mache art. She also presented evening workshops for adults to create paper cards and jewelry. As an instructor she is supportive, fun and enthusiastic.
Currently, she enjoys creating beads from paper to use in her jewelry. This is a fun and relaxing hobby. Paper is a great fibre to work with as there are so many wonderful colors and types of paper to choose from. The possibilities are truly endless and the results are beautiful.


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Carol Oram describes herself as a lifelong learner and teacher.  She has been knitting for as long as she can remember.  Although other fibre arts such as rug hooking, sewing, and crocheting have held her interest for varying periods of time, she always returns to her favourite knitting.  Carol writes, "introducing people to a skill that they can practise on whatever level they choose is very exciting for me."
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Helen Dyer has been spinning (both wheel and spindle) for seven years.  She has taught workshps in Tilting, Fogo Island, NL, as well as offered spinning demonstrations at the Fogo Island Patridgeberry Festival.  Helen spins wool, silk, mohair and qiviut using various techniques.  
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