Upcoming Events

I do not have any upcoming public lectures booked at the moment, but I am accepting invitations to speak. To find out more about me and the types of speaking engagements that I do, visit my Work With Me page.


March 2015

North Vancouver Public Library

March 25, 2015

NVCL Local Author Series: Leanne Prain and Pasha Parvaneh Hashemi

Pieces – Celebrating Textiles (Courtenay, BC)
March 28th (Courtenay, BC)

Pieces: Celebrating Textiles is an event that focuses on the creativity involved in hand work, new ways of using materials and Slow Fashion. Pieces offers a tapestry of lively discussions, demonstrations, fashion show offs and vendors, complemented by makers, musings, mending, food, and more on March 28th, 2015 at the Florence Filberg Centre in Courtenay on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. To find out more, visit the Pieces website.

November 2014

Radical Reading Series, Canzine Vancouver
Saturday November 8, 2014, 5 pm (Canzine runs 1-7 pm)
SFU’S Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings St.


FAN Fare is a free, online, interactive, web show devoted to inspiring and connecting the fiber arts community. Every month, FAN Fare will give viewers the opportunity to actively participate in the program and ask questions while watching the live show.

Webchat through FAN Fare with Leanne Prain, hosted by Cami Smith
Sunday, October 26th 3 pm EST (1 pm PST). The archived talk can be accessed here.

October 2014


October 23rd, 7:00 PM Hot Talks, Hot Art, Wet City Vancouver

A one hour talk titled Sewing Our Stories: Stitched Narratives, with an audience Q&A. Click here to see the archived talk. 

Make Your Voice Heard Book Tour: October 2014
Make Your Voice Heard: The Intersection of Craft, Creativity, and Activism

A book tour with authors Betsy Greer, Kim Werker, and Leanne Prain: Betsy Greer will tour in support of Craftivism: The Art & Craft of Activism (Published May 2014). Leanne Prain will share Strange Material: Storytelling Through Textiles (October 2014). Kim Werker will tour in support of Make it Mighty Ugly: Exercises and Advice for Getting Creative Even When It Ain’t Pretty (September 2014).

East Coast:


Tuesday, October 14th, 5:30 pm
Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto, CA
Moderated conversation with Amy Singer
RSVP via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1455098004764325/


Wednesday, October 15th, 7:30 pm
University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA,
Moderated conversation with Garth Johnson 


Thursday, October 16th, 7pm
Institute of Contemporary Arts, Art Lab, Boston, MA
Discussion with Meighan O’Toole, Q&A, and signing
RSVP on Facebook


Friday, October 17th, 6:30pm
Brooklyn Craft Company, New York NY
Moderated conversation with Sabrina Gschwandtner
RSVP on Facebook


Saturday, October 18th, 1pm
MakeShift Society, Brooklyn, New York, NY
Hands-on workshop (Get tickets here!)


Monday, October 20th, 5:30pm
Smithsonian American Art Museum, MacMillan Education Center, Washington, DC
Moderated conversation with Lloyd Herman Curator of Craft, Nora Atkinson

Event link: http://americanart.si.edu/calendar/event.cfm?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D111184388

Advance registration for this event is here:


October 2014

West Coast Tour of Make Your Voice Heard: The Intersection of Craft, Creativity, and Activism with authors Kim Werker and Betsy Greer:

Wednesday, October 1st, 7:30pm
Booksmith, San Francisco, CA
Moderated conversation with Rena Tom

Thursday, October 2nd, 7pm
Diesel Bookstore, Oakland, CA
Moderated conversation with Lisa Congdon

Friday, October 3rd, 6:30pm
MakeShift Society, San Francisco, CA
Hands-on Workshop (Get tickets here!)


Sunday, October 5, 2014 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM (PDT)
Creative Round Robin: Make / Mend / Reflect Hands-on Workshop. Purchase tickets here.
Hosted by Maker’s Nation

Sunday, October 5th, 7:30pm
Powell’s City of Books, Portland, OR, (Part of Design Week Portland)
Moderated conversation with Kate Bingaman-Burt
RSVP on Facebook

Monday, October 6th, Time 6:00pm
Seattle Creative Arts Center
Moderated conversation with Marlo Miyashiro
RSVP on Facebook

Tuesday, October 7th, Time 7:30 pm
Hot Wet Art City, Vancouver, BC
Short talks by each author, followed by a celebratory meet-and greet and book signings
RSVP on Facebook

September 2014

SchoolHouseCraftSchool House Craft – Subversive Craft Class and Closing Party, Book Signing & Craft Session- September 28, 2014

Sunset Hill Community Club in Ballard
3003 NW 66th Street, Seattle, Washington, 98117


December 2013

DIY or Die logoLeanne taught a Beginner’s Embroidery Class at Bird on A Wire, Vancouver
One class offered from 1-3 PM on Saturday, December 7th or Sunday, December 15th.

Not your grandma’s embroidery! Well, unless good ol’ Gran is exceptionally hip. Learn basic embroidery techniques and grab some ideas for applying this ancient art to the modern world. Hosted by Leanne Prain (author of Hoopla: The Art of Unexpected Embroidery, co-author of Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti) at Bird On A Wire Creations. $45 includes all materials and use of tools.
Click here for more information

May 2013

pink-circle1FictionKNITstas Vancouver
Tuesday, May 28th, 2013 | 7:30pm
Featuring authors Cathy Ace, Stella Harvey, Gillian Campbell, and Nicole Dixon
Hosted by Leanne Prain
People’s Co-op Bookstore, 1391 Commercial Drive

FICTIONistas is a unique reading series conceived in 2006 under the leadership of Coteau Books. It’s a collaborative project among independent publishers to bring together Canadian women writers for events with a difference.

April 2013

 Free public sewing workshop at Got Craft – Spring 2013
April 27th & 28th, 10-12 each day

Make a Spring Showers Stowaway

Everyone needs to sock something away for a rainy day – whether it be secret notes, glitter, or mad money. Join author Leanne Prain for a stitching workshop, and learn how to create your own drizzly day stowaway. Using basting techniques and the running stitch on craft felt and ribbon, participants can choose to make their clouds look light and fluffy, or dark and stormy. And, whatever you choose to store in your finished cloud pocket is up to you!

This project is suitable for ages 8 and up.

January 2013

Unexpected Embroidery with Leanne Prain at Plush Workshops DIY OR DIE
January 30, 2013. 6:30-8:30 PM

A beginner embroidery skills workshop. Participants will embellish a cotton tea towel using Sublime Stitching patterns.

Cost: $35 (includes all mate­ri­als and use of tools). Register in advance by phone (604 708 5199), in per­son at Plush (4296 Main Street
Van­cou­ver) or book online at PlushOnMain.com

Facebook event

This workshop is appropriate for ages ten and up.

December 2012

Got Craft
Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 9, 2012
Croatian Cultural Centre, Vancouver
Offering drop-in embroidery on cardstock lessons on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am – 12 pm

Photo credit: Mary Alice Elcock


The North Shore Embroidery Guild – North Vancouver
Subversive Embroidery Lecture
November 8, 1012 | 10 AM – 12 PM
St. George’s Church, North Vancouver

September 2012

Kamloops Art Gallery
September 29, 2012
1-3 PM
Yarn Bombing Kamloops
Information and Knitting Workshop

July 2012

Gather Pop Up Shop
Beginner embroidery class instruction.

June 2012

Mini MakerFaire Vancouver
June 23 and 24th, 2012
All day at the P.N.E.
Participating Maker

Leanne ran a community embroidery table.

Website: http://vancouver.makerfaire.ca

April 2012

April 12, 2012 | 7-9 PM
‘Yarn Bombing 101’
LuLu Series: Art in the City
Richmond City Hall, Council Chambers

December 2011

December 1, 2011
Burnaby Public Library – McGill Branch
4595 Albert St.,
Burnaby, BC
7:00–8:00 pm
Book signing and author talk on unexpected embroidery.

December 10, 2011
One of a Kind Show, Vancouver
1:00 -2:00 pm
Subversive craft talk and embroidery-on-paper demo

December 17, 2011
Gibsons & District Public Library
1:00-3:00 pm
Book signing and author talk on unexpected embroidery and yarn bombing.

November 2011

November 7, 2011
Vancouver Public Library
Central Library, 350 W. Georgia St.,
Alma VanDusen & Peter Kaye Rooms
7:00–9:30 pm

Craft demo and visual talk on Hoopla: The Art of Unexpected Embroidery

November 23, 2011
Eco-Salon with Joy Kogawa House for the Arts Alliance of Vancouver
Roundhouse Community Art and Recreation Centre
7:00–9:30 pm

A case analysis of a community yarn bombing of the cherry tree at Joy Kogawa House. Participants will also knit and crochet of cherry blossoms!

November 26, 2011
Courtenay Branch, Vancouver Island Regional Library
300-6th Street
Courtenay, BC
2:00–3:00 pm
Author talk and book signing. Yarn Bombing and Hoopla event.

October 2011

October 6, 2011
Craft Bar, Museum of Craft and Folk Art
San Francisco, California

Craft Bar and Book Launch
Time: 6 – 8 pm
Tickets: $5 at the door

Download the San Francisco Craft Bar event poster.

October 8, 2011
Yarn Bombing and Hoopla Presentation and Book Signing
Nine Rubies
San Mateo, California

5 pm – 7 pm

October 10, 2011
Hoopla Book Signing
In Other Words

Portland, Oregon
6 pm – 8 pm

October 11, 2011
Assemble Gallery and Studio
Seattle, Washington
Yarn Bombing & Hoopla Book Launch and Craft Workshop
6-8 pm

Download the Assemble Launch in Seattle event poster.

October 22, 2011
Bowen Island, BC
Hoopla Talk with Artist Sarah Haxby

The Gallery at Artisan Square

September 2011

September 19, 2011
Hoopla Presentation & Book Signing
White Rock Public Library

15342 Buena Ave Vista
White Rock, BC V4B 1Y6
7 pm

Download the White Rock Event Poster here.

September 22, 2011
Spool of Thread
Vancouver, BC

Hoopla Book Launch, 7 pm

Come help Leanne and contributing artists celebrate the release of her new book Hoopla: The Art of Unexpected Embroidery.

Facebook RSVP link

September 27, 2011
Hoopla Presentation and Book Signing
Type Books

Queen Street West
Toronto, Ontario
6-8 pm

Download the Type Books in Toronto event poster.

September 29, 2011
Hoopla Roundtable with contributing artists, book launch, and craft
Textile Arts

Brooklyn, New York
6 – 8pm

Download the Textile Arts event poster.

October 2011

October 2, 2011
Presentation, book signing, and stitch and bitch with special guest Takashi Iwasaki.
McNally Robinson
Winnipeg, Manitoba
2 pm

June 2011

Mini MakerFaire Vancouver
Vancouver, BC
June 25, 2011

Leanne gave a presentation on the wonders of Yarn Bombing,which included many Vancouver-centric installations.

March 2011

Yarn Bombing Talk and Book Signing
New Westminster, BC
The New Westminster Public Library
March 15, 2011, 7 pm

Yarn Bombing the Cherry Tree at Historic Joy Kogawa House
Vancouver, BC
Public yarn bombing March 6th, 2011 2-3:30pm.

Leanne Prain and Mandy Moore, along with hundreds of volunteers and local firefighters, decorated the beloved cherry tree at Historic Joy Kogawa House. Canadian literati June Hutton, Nancy Lee, Zsuzsi Gartner, Maggie De Vries, and Mary Novik gave literary readings during the event.

February 2011

Yarn Bombing at Christianne’s Lyceum of Art and Literature
Leanne and her Yarn Bombing co-author Mandy Moore visited Christianne’s Lyceum for Valentine’s day. They talked about yarn bombing and knit up cherry blossoms for Joy Kogawa House.

Yarn Bombing at Historic Joy Kogawa House Knit In
Vancouver, BC
Historic Joy Kogawa House, 1450 West 64th Avenue
Leanne and Mandy held a public knit-in: Saturday – February 5th 2-3:30 pm

Leanne and Mandy entertained stitchers with daring tales of yarn bombing feats from around the world.

More details here and pattern suggestions here.

Yarn Bombers took over City Hall
A Yarn Bombing Event to Raise Awareness for Historic Joy Kogawa House
Monday, February 28, 7 to 9pm
Council Chambers, Vancouver City Hall, 453 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver

November 2010

Guest Speaker at Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Leanne spoke to a class of second-year Communication Design students about the design of Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti, and the role she had as an author has within the book design process.

October 2010

The Vancouver Fibre Guild
October 14th, 7:30pm
The West Point Grey Community Centre

Leanne and Mandy presented on the topic of knit graffiti at the Vancouver Fibre Guild’s Annual General Meeting

Interesting Vancouver
October 8th
The Vancouver Rowing Club in Coal Harbour

Leanne spoke about the interesting world of subversive craft at this multi-disciplinary conference. Granville Online published a nice recap of the evening here.

The Burnaby Public Library

October 7th 8:30 pm

Leanne Prain was a guest author at the Burnaby Public Library.

May 2010

Christianne’s Lyceum of Literature and Art
May 31, 2010

Leanne was a guest author at the teen book club of Christianne’s Lyceum of Literature and Art. She helped the teen book club yarnbomb the tree and a bicycle rack in front of the school. If you are in Kitsilano, drop on by to see their work at West 8th and Alma!

April 2010

Richmond Quilters and Lacemakers Group
April 27, 2010 7 pm

Leanne spoke to the Richmond Quilters and Lacemakers about the world and craft of Yarn Bombing!

February 2010

W2 Writers Series
February 24th at 7 pm
W2 Community Media Arts Centre (Woodwards Building)
112 W. Hastings Street, Vancouver BC

Mandy and Leanne read an excerpt from Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti at the Real Vancouver Writers Series on February 24th at the W2 Community Arts Centre. Hosted by Hal Wake – the evening also featured Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, Steven Galloway, Timothy Taylor, Rhonda Waterfall, Weldon Hunter, McKinley M Hellenes, Alex Leslie, kc dyer, Leilah Nadir, Caroline Adderson, and Brad Cran.

More details at: http://realvancouverwriters.com

January 2010

A Night of Social Crafting

DIY at MOV posterCome celebrate the creativity and community of the growing DIY craft, art and design movement in Vancouver. Mandy and Leanne signed books at the Vancouver Museum.

October 2009

Surrey International Writers Conference
Leanne took part in Blue Pencil Sessions and a panel on new media at SIWC: Traditional Publishing-Make Over: How Social Media is Rocking The Writing World.

Moderators: Darren Barefoot, Monique Trottier
Panel: Lorraine Murphy, Susan Safyan, Kirk LaPointe, Sean Cranbury, Leanne Prain


September 2009

Word on the Street

Leanne and Nardwuar at Word on the StreetSeptember 27th, 2009
Library Square
Alice MacKay Room
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Mandy Moore and Leanne Prain provided tips from the international knit graffiti community, demonstrated how to put up a tag and offered revealing information on how to create your own yarn graffiti crew. They also covered an BMX bike in yarn!


A yarn bombed BMX bike

National Post Excerpt
September 19th, 2009

Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti excerpted in the National Post . http://www.nationalpost.com/todays-paper/story.html?id=2010315

Yarn Bombing Book Launch
September 17, 2009

Leanne and Mandy celebrated the release of their new book!

Three Bags Full Knit Shop
4458 Main Street
Vancouver, BC
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm


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