Fibreshed Meet-up: Mapping the Lower Mainland and beyond

April 6, 2015 1 comments Call for Participants, fibreshed, meet-up

(photo via designboom)

Are you interested in exploring local textile production in Vancouver?  Do you want to meet fellow fibre-enthusiasts in the city to share ideas and explore new projects? Do you know any communities, farms or resources exist within 150 miles?

The focus of this meet-up is on aggregating data on what fibre resouces exist locally, and then creating an accesible community map, which will be shared with you after the session.

In the meet-up, we will address the following questions:

  • Do you know of any farms for sheep? Alpacas? Llamas? Flax? Cotton? Any other kinds of fibres?
  • What mills currently exist within 150 miles? Where do most farmers send their fibre for processing?
  • Who are the local makers, and maker groups? (IE: weavers, spinners, knitters, crocheters, sewers)
  • Do you know of any places you can go to learn more about textile arts?
  • What are the innovative projects taking place at the intersection of art, garments and community?
    Who in the community is interested in social justice garments?
The event is happening Thursday, April 16th at Groundswell. Please RSVP on the eventbrite page here
The total radius of the fibreshed project is within 150 miles.
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We are still looking for volunteers and facilitators. If you are interested in contribution, email Bea at

Everyone is welcome to come, learn, contribute and socialize. Donations go towards space rental and snacks for the evening.

We had our first fibreshed meet-up back in November.

Check out some photos from the meet-up below:

Sharon Kallis shares her East Van Tartan and her new book, “Common Threads“.


Stephanie Symns speaks on behalf of the Textile Arts Department


Ruth discusses the Jacquard Loom as it relates to the history of computing.


Don’t forget to RSVP for the meet-up that’s happening on Thursday, April 16th!


  • Barbara J Johnstone February 15, 2018 at 8:40 am |

    Great job! Any information on the mills? I found a map with the farms, but what about the other aspects?
    How is it going with the fibreshed?

    I am a sheep producer on Pender Island.

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