WINTER 2017/18

Happy Holidays to everyone.  The snow is gently falling and I'm reminded of Gordon LIghtfoot's "Song for a Winter's Night". 

The new 2018 workshop schedule for LaHave Weaving Studio is out and although I'm still making a few changes to the website, please have a look.
I'm excited to have added some new workshops ranging from Nancy Price helping students develop their own print pattern for fabric or wallpaper,
Kate Delmage exploring a variety of embellishing techniques for clothing or accessories, a series of 2-Day Workshops including intro to spinning
with Sharon Orpin, our 4-day Textile Study Tour: the South Shore, as well as learning tapestry weaving on a frame loom and a variety of weaving workshops.
Join us in beautiful Lunenburg for learning new skills or pushing boundaries, making new friends, and exploring the South Shore of Nova Scotia.
Contact or check out the website LaHave Weaving Studio

On the LaHave Weaving Studio site watch for our "Textile Conversations" which are short presentations or mini-workshops held throughout the summer that are free and open to
the public.  That schedule will be coming out in the New Year.

I'll be on Main Street, Wolfville at Larchwood Designs for a pop-up show on Saturday and Sunday, January 20 & 21, 2018. Come on by and say hello.
Bonne Annee!





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. <>






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
or call 902-220-5430.  LaHave Weaving Studio







What a great summer! This past spring was busy getting LaHave Weaving Studio up and running on the second floor of the Lunenburg Foundry building.  I loved the enthusiastic and talented students that I taught this summer at the Studio.  Thanks to all of the folks who popped into the Studio to check it out and say hi.  Added to the teaching was the never-ending harbourfront action outside the studio windows with yachts, kayaks, motor boats, tall ships, and sailboats coming and going.  Being beside a working waterfront operation like the Foundry is an additional treat for me and I continue to appreciate all that John Kinley at the Foundry is doing to improve the building.  We even have WiFi now which is a huge bonus.  Fall brings the slow-down in the Studio (with no insulation) and I'll be draping of all of the looms for the winter shortly. The Summer 2018 LaHave Weaving Studio schedule should be out by mid-November.
Fall is usually the time for filling shop orders for Armstrong Textiles with the biggest shipment by far going to the Art Gallery of Ontario Shop in Toronto.  I'm in their Holiday Catalgoue so we'll see what that brings.  For Nova Scotians, remember to stop in at the The Designer Craft Shop (Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council) on Marginal Road (where the cruise ships hang out)--their new large shop is really lovely. The only show I'm doing this fall is a small craft fair on the South Shore, "Christmas in Petite", at Petite Riviere Vineyards, Nov. 18 & 19. Happy Fall to you!





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.






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.

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.

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.





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





Nova Scotia Weaver Sandra Brownlee Wins Governor General’s Award





How To Stay Stylish in the Slush!

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






Armstrong Textiles’ scarves featured at Zilliotto, Toronto

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





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 ?

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.

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.