The 8th Annual Saskatchewan Stitches Conference was held at the St. Peter’s Abbey in Muenster, Saskatchewan from May 29 – June 6, 2010.
The Conference is organized each year by the Haus of Stitches under the direction of Wendy Toye, owner. It offers creative classes with internationally renowned fibre and needle work artists and attracts participants from across Canada and the United States who love to sew, quilt, knit and rug hook.
The relaxing atmosphere of St. Peter’s Abbey is the perfect setting for learning, sharing and creating. Participants come for a day or as long as a week. Besides the regularly scheduled classes, the talented instructors hold demonstrations and special presentations throughout the week. Home cooked meals, abbey tours, lots of laughs, great friends, and a never ending supply of the best cookies ever made the stay complete.
One of the most popular classes was Bra Making with Beverly Johnson, owner of Bra Makers Supply in Hamilton, Ontario. Hundreds of happy women who have taken the course over the past few years will confirm that yes, you can make a bra that actually fits you. As well as the beginner course, Beverly taught many other classes including advanced bra making and swimwear. Ron Collins taught garment making and shared his many quick and easy techniques on construction and fit. Jan Bones gave classes in pattern drafting and making your own bodyform for fitting. Liz Thompson, Western educator for Janome and Elna, shared her machine expertise.
Fibre artists Bonny Voice and Jackie Van Fossen offer new and exciting creative projects each year. Chi Chi Raduik, known for her stunning designs, unveils her latest at the Saskatchewan Stitching Conference each year. Her ‘made easy’ designs and many practical tips and techniques are regularly sought by conference delegates.
Read more in our Spring 2011 issue.
Article by Wendy Toye