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SPRING 2018

A new year stretching out in front of us--hope for change always on the horizon.  On the Armstrong Textiles homefront, I have bought a used stove for my garage studio at home.  Heat is a comin'!  This will allow me to do some "serious playing" (otherwise known as designing) on a couple of looms in there during the winter months.

On the LaHave Weaving Studio homefront, in a renovated old Lunenburg Foundry building in Lunenburg, the hand looms are covered in white sheets waiting for spring and the start of the summer workshops.  Please check out the LaHave Weaving Studio 2018 Workshop Schedule http://www.lahaveweavingstudio.ca/schedule-loom-use/  and you'll see new workshops and visiting instructors. This summer take a Textiles Discoveries Tour of the South Shore trying your hand at rug hooking, weaving, museum visits, and basket-making.  You can "Unfold the Mysteries of Pattern" with Nancy Price and develop your own repeat pattern step-by-step, with Nancy's help. Sharon Orpin will teach you about the joys of spinning your own yarn at a weekend workshop.  Enrich your wardrobe or furnishings with Kate Delmage at the "Embellish!" workshop--stitching, folding, beading,cutting onto a bag, a hat, a cushion, a sweater. Learn to weave during a variety of workshops, including a weekend Weave a Driftwood Hanging.  Contact Lesley 902-220-5430 or lesley@lahaveweavingstudio.ca

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July 2017

The LaHave Weaving Studio is up and running.  It was wonderful to see so many friends, new and old, at the Opening in June.  The space is full of light and weathered wooden beams and floors.  There are still spaces in the upcoming workshops: Introduction to Weaving, Intermediate level, 2-Day Weave Your Own Scarf, Weave a Rag Rug or Wall Hanging, and Weave a Wool Throw & Pillow. I am working on two looms myself--hemp towels and a large linen wall hanging.  Two big events are happening in Lunenburg shortly--Tall Ships and the Folk Harbour Festival. Happy Weaving. <lesley@lahaveweavingstudio.ca>

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JUNE 2017

All of the attention this spring has been focused on the new studio and workshop space in Lunenburg.
Please come to the Opening of LaHave Weaving Studio Saturday, June 10, 2017 from 1:00-4:00 p.m.
We have been busy renovating the old Lunenburg Foundry Garage into a studio--come and see what
we have done.  Enter a draw for a free summer weaving workshop, try your hand at weaving a small
tapestry, and enjoy some refreshments.  35 Falkland St. (second floor), Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.
Contact Lesley Armstrong lesley@lahaveweavingstudio.ca
or call 902-220-5430.  LaHave Weaving Studio
 

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WINTER 2017

News on the Armstrong Textiles studio front is that I'm installing a stove in the two-storey garage at home.  Yeah!  There should be heat soon which will allow me to work both on the old Hattersley loom for production work and do some prototyping
on a small Leclerc loom on the second floor.  I'm assuming that the heat will rise! 

On the LaHave Weaving Studio front, in Lunenburg, the hand looms are covered in white sheets waiting for spring.  The 2018 Workshop Schedule is out with a great variety of workshops being offered with visiting instructors.  If you've ever wanted to adorn or refresh a plain handbag, apron, hat, sweater, dress Kate Delmage will show you show with the 5-day workshop called "Embellish!".  Nancy Price will "Unfold the Mysteries of Pattern" taking you on a path through developing your own pattern ending up with a finished repeat pattern. Have you ever wanted to learn how to spin or need to refresh your spinning technique, Sharon Orpin will help you every step of the way in a weekend spinning workshop. Anke Fox is offering her Introduction to Tapestry with a packed workshop full of learning--experimenting with colour, texture, and techniques.  Lesley will be teaching a range of weaving workshops, from 2-day projects (the loom is set up for you) to 5-day workshops in Intro/Refresher Weaving and Rug Weaving for intermediate weavers.  Contact Lesley for more info <lesley@lahaveweavingstudio.ca> or call 902-220-5430

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Local Wishlist

Check out the Local Traveller's 5th Annual Local Wishlist for some holiday gifts.  Armstrong Textiles is featuring its two best-sellers this fall, the BARK Scarf and the Cropped Poncho.

 

 

 

 

FALL/WINTER 2016

LOCAL WISHLIST
Check out the Local Wishlist items on the Local Travellers site.  Armstrong Textiles has featured its best-selling pieces this fall, our signature BARK Scarf and the Cropped Poncho.
http://halifaxbloggers.ca/thelocaltraveler/the-local-wishlist-clothing-accessories/

AUTUMN ORDERS
This fall, after showing at the NYNOW Show in August, Lesley was busy filling store orders.  The Hattersley Domestic loom was chugging along with the usual little bumps and idiosyncricies that come with a 70-year old loom.  With help from our wonderful friend and mechanic, Didier, long-suffering husband John, and myself doing some jurying-rigging here and there, the Hattersley loom reigns victorious. Didier is convinced that we can get the older, second Hattersley Domestic Loom (foot-pedal-powered) and the accompanying winder up and running.  Stay tuned for that video!  Now with just re-orders coming in but life is back to normal now.

RE-COMMENCEMENT OF LAHAVE WEAVING WORKSHOPS
The summer of 2017 will see LaHave Textile Workshops start up again! From 2002-2004 LaHave Weaving Workshops were held in the wonderful and charming LaHave Bakery--well worth a visit! Now that we have permanently moved to the LaHave River area, Lesley is thrilled to be planning workshops again, this time in a different location. Lesley will offer introductory/refresher and more advanced levels of weaving workshops, as well as specific project workshops (such as "Weave a Rag Rug" and "Weave a Throw"). From time to time, visiting teachers will be conducting additional workshops in other textile areas. Please watch here for the announcement of the new location and the 2017 LaHave Textile Workshop schedule.  Email  Lesley and ask to be notified when the 2017 schedule comes out.
lesley@armstrongtextiles.ca

 

 

 

 

Anke Fox, former business partner, teaches med students about “tactile knowledge”.

http://thechronicleherald.ca/artslife/1180944-fox-shares-a-tapestry-of-touch

 

 

 

 

Nova Scotia Weaver Sandra Brownlee Wins Governor General’s Award

http://thechronicleherald.ca/artslife/1191133-dartmouth-artist-sandra-brownlee-wins-gg-award

 

 

 

 

How To Stay Stylish in the Slush!

Jennifer Durand in her Weekly Stylefix shows the Armstrong Textiles' LOOP with Ziliotto's cashmere dress.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvLb5ryNfLM

 

 

 

 

 

Armstrong Textiles’ scarves featured at Zilliotto, Toronto

Jennifer Durrand of Zilliotto, Toronto talks about great gift ideas featuring Armstrong Textiles' LOOP and BARK Scarves.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RM4Jq2YbpcI

 

 

 

 

Lesley Armstrong shows work in “Change Ahead” Exhibition

September 26 – November 3, 2013  
"Change Ahead".  Members of the Nova Scotia Designer Craft Council address the theme of change –  in social context, in the use of technology or technique, in the evolution of their own work. What comes next ?
http://www.craft-design.ns.ca/exhibits/current-exhibition

Lesley Armstrong has a piece in this exhibition that is titled "Body Bag Series: Afghanistan" which looks at the war in Afghanistan through woven, video, and audio work.

Mary E. Black Gallery
Nova Scotia Centre for Craft & Design
1061 Marginal Road (beside Pier 21 Museum)
Halifax, NS

 

 

 

 

Sow to Sew Conference at NSCAD

NSCAD University Textile & Fashion Dept. faculty have organized a conference about localized sustainable textiles and fashion industries.  Armstrong Textiles owner and part-time NSCAD faculty, Lesley Armstrong, will be one of the speakers.  Go to the website for more info.  http://www.sowtosew.com

Textile industry stakeholders ranging from agriculturalists, craft persons, textile and fashion designers, retailers to consumers are situated to challenge the status quo, by once again thinking locally.  The public presentations will be held on  Friday, Sept. 27, 2013 in the  Bell Auditorium, NSCAD U, 5163 Duke Street, Halifax, NS.