2015 Victoria, BC

The Inn at Laurel Point, Laurel Wing and pond
The Inn at Laurel Point, Laurel Wing and pond

The 8th Triennial was held
October 4th to 7th 2015 at The Inn at Laurel Point, Victoria, BC, Canada.

Events included our General Meeting, theme exhibits, workshops, panels, demonstrations, friendship, meals, excursions to museums, and friends



Panels 2015 topics for discussion:   Professionalism; Talking about Art/Craft;  The Design Process; What is your regional technique?
Workshops 2015 – 19 half day sessions – opportunities to learn new skills or create small projects
Theme Exhibits – Exchange mats and Back to Nature Open to Members
Excursions – Victoria and Fibre tours, Museums and Galleries

8th Triennial HIGHLIGHTS

Sunday, October 4: Registration; Wine & Cheese welcome. Rug display featuring Emily Carr and “Back to Nature” projects.

Panel: Defining Professionalism
Excursion: Historic Victoria Guided Walking Tour
Workshops: Seaside Postcards, Peg Irish; Playing Hooky NW Style, Diane Learmonth;
9-Loop Braided Flower, Kris McDermet; William Morris Nature, Doris Norman; Wonderscapes, Brigitta Phy
Lunch with speaker
Panel:  Shaping the Conversation
Excursion: Royal British Columbia Museum
Workshops: Flat Needle Sachet, Gail Becker; Composition in Hooking Plein Air, Lori LaBerge; Zentangle Inspired Art, Lynne Powell; Wild Ombre in Geometrics, Lynn Roth; Proddy Flowers, Gene Shepherd

Panel: Working through a Design
Excursion: Victoria Fibre Tour
Workshops: Emily Carr in Nature, Wendy Halsall; Punch Hook Nature, Sara Judith; Beautiful Jewelry, Jennifer Manuell; Floral Applique’, Michele Wise
LUNCHEON, key-note address Michelle Sirois-Silver from Vancouver, B.C.,
General Meeting; exchange of Friendship Mats (Back to Nature theme 5″ x 7″ size)
EVENING presentation on Colour by Gene Shepherd

Excursion: Victoria Fibre Tour
Discussion lead by Past-President Miriam Miller, Australia: what is your rugmaking technique?
Workshops: Eco Basket, Judith Stephens/Jo Franco; Stellar Jay Hooked Case, Sheila Mitchell; Collaboration-Connecting Ideas, Michelle Sirois-Silver; Playing with Plaids, Laurie Wiles
LUNCHEON with speaker
AFTERNOON Fibre Demonstrations

EVENING EVENT Gala Dinner with featured speaker artist Robert Bateman

International session leaders: Gail Becker (USA);  Susan Feller (USA);  Wendy Halsall (Canada), Peg Irish (USA), Sara Judith (Canada), Karen Kaiser (Canada), Lori LaBerge (USA), Diane Learmonth (USA), Jennifer Manuell (Canada), Kris McDermet (USA), Sheila Mitchell, (Canada); Doris Norman (Canada), Brigitta Phy (USA),  Lynne Powell (USA), Lynn Roth (Canada), Gene Shepherd (USA), Michelle Sirois-Silver (Canada), Judith Stephens and Jo Franco (Australia), Laurie Wiles (Canada), Michele Wise (USA), Kathy Wright (USA)

The fee for member registration included some meals, the opportunity to participate in any panel, excursion and at least two workshops/demonstrations within the four sessions and exhibits of members’ theme pieces. A guest fee was available allowing the guest to attend the Meet and Greet, some meals, the panels and Fibre Demos and excursions (paying additional fees, if required).

Post-conference workshops were developed. Conducted by Blue Heron Rug Hooking Studio they included Expressive Punch Hooking (Sara Judith), Wide Cut Rug Hooking (Gene Shepherd), Beautiful Braiding (Dianne Tobias). http://www.blueheronstudio.ca