Spinning a Good Yarn: All About the TWIST Fibre Festival!

Spinning a Good Yarn: All About the TWIST Fibre Festival | Saint-André-Avellin, Quebec, Canada | August 17th-20th 2017 | Flourish & Knot

You guys know that I love everything to do with fabric and textiles, right? I’ve always been fascinated by artisanal textiles, and one of my favourite things to do on vacation is find some locally-made fabrics or fibres to take home. I’ve bought embroidery in Mexico, yarn in Scotland, weaving in Newfoundland, hand-died fabric in India… it’s all such fun to work with and admire in our home! I’ve done some sewing projects here on Flourish & Knot over the years (find them here), but I’ve always been curious about the production side of things. How are natural fibres harvested, processed, and then turned into the raw materials for DIY projects? Well, when I was approached by the TWIST Fibre Festival, I jumped at the chance to have exactly these questions answered, and to learn more about the many faces of textile art.

Spinning a Good Yarn: All About the TWIST Fibre Festival | Saint-André-Avellin, Quebec, Canada | August 17th-20th 2017 | Flourish & Knot

This post was sponsored by the TWIST Fibre Festival. All opinions are my own. For more information, please see my Policies page.

With four days of programming (two days devoted just to workshops, and two days of the full festival), Twist is the largest fibre and textile art festival in Canada. It takes place in the charming Quebec village of Saint-André-Avellin, which is just about 40 minutes north of Ottawa, two hours from Montreal, and two hours from the US border! The area is home to some of the best outdoor activities around, including Parc Oméga wildlife park and Montebello.  Click here to continue reading…

10-Minute Back-to-School Photo Prop | Spectacular Summer Blog Hop #20

The return to school is very much on our minds these days. Our daughter is starting her first week of daycare on Monday (yikes!) and I return to teaching after my year of maternity leave in just two weeks. It’s a bittersweet time in our home: we know that K will love daycare and socializing with other children her age, and I am beyond excited to go back to work, but I will definitely miss my days at home with her. Still, change is inevitable and it is most often followed by new adventures. Today’s Spectacular Summer Blog Hop post from The No-Pressure Life celebrates just that: the excitement and freshness of a new school year. Laura will show you how to make a simple back-to-school photo prop that you can make in just a few minutes. 

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Cottage-Inspired (mini) Deck Makeover | Colourful Vintage Cottage Style

Vintage Cottage Style | Cottage-Inspired Mini Deck Makeover | Milkshakes n Sunshine Fabric | Flourish & Knot

There’s nothing quite like a beautiful, glimmering lake surrounded by towering green pines to say “summer”. Throughout most of my childhood, we spent many summer days at a good friend’s cottage in Ontario and they are some of my happiest memories. It’s no wonder, then, that when the time came to give our deck a little refresh, I pulled inspiration from vintage cottage style! We knew that this would be the summer the deck got repainted, so I jumped at the chance to add some new decorative touches to the space. I was thrilled to partner with Milkshakes ‘n Sunshine Fabrics to create some charming fabric accents for our newly re-painted deck. The best part is that we will get to enjoy them out on the deck for years to come!

Vintage Cottage Style | Cottage-Inspired Mini Deck Makeover | Milkshakes n Sunshine Fabric | Flourish & Knot Fabric used in this post was provided by Milkshakes ‘n Sunshine Fabrics. All opinions are my own. For more information, please see my policies. Thank you for supporting the brands that partner with Flourish & Knot. 

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