Booking Myself for 2015

Speaking Engagements


I’ve been offline the last couple of weeks as I’ve been tidying, and brainstorming, and sketching out some NEW (to be revealed next year) projects, which take a certain amount of quiet time alone to develop. Yesterday I finally cleaned up my linen closet, which sounds boring, but was actually a revelation for me. I received an advance notice of rent increase from my landlord last week, which reminded me that I’ve been in my current apartment for 10 months. It feels like I moved in about six weeks ago, so organizing the closet and getting rid of my last unpacked boxes really felt good. I’m looking forward to 2015 with less clutter and more time to make things without following a specific schedule.

Since making a dress from Sonya Philips’ 100 Acts of Sewing last month, I’ve been obsessed with the idea of making clothing again. I really love the idea of a uniform of one flattering dress made in a bunch of different fabrics. I adore clothes, but as I got older and my life becomes busier, what I really enjoy is not having to think too much about what to wear. My closet purge has me thinking a lot about simplicity and having less but better choices (which is somewhat ironic, as while I’ve really whittled down my personal possessions in the last few years, I actually made my first Black Friday purchase ever this year – a serger, to help me sew clothing). I’m intending to start sewing on a regular basis this year. I’m pretty excited that Colette Patterns has introduced a new magazine called Seamwork, that focuses on projects that can be sewn in 2-3 hours. I’ve been a big fan of their work for some time, I’m looking forward to see what else they come up with for projects.

And in book life, I’ve agreed to participate in a couple of events in 2015, including a new art and textile conference called Pieces: Celebrating Textiles, which will take place in Courtenay, BC this coming March.

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. I’ll be speaking on storytelling & textiles on March 29th. To register and learn more, visit the Pieces: Celebrating Textiles website.

Chat with me!

Artist Interviews, Speaking Engagements

Let’s talk about fibre, textiles, gender, craftivism, design, art, high-brow vs low-brow, and story-telling of all sorts!

This Sunday, October 26th, I will be the guest artist/author at FibreArts Now online chat FANFARE! I hope you’ll joining editor Cami Smith and I for a lively discussion, and I will be answering questions live via the internets.  The chat will start at 12 pm noon PST / 3 pm EST.


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. The host, Cami Smith, has been involved with Fiber Art Now since it first started. She has been building the FAN community and connecting with artists and authors for three years.

If you attended a stop on my recent book tour and have a question you didn’t get to ask then, please jump in! If you didn’t live in any of the cities we visited, I hope that we’ll meet online Sunday. During my recent book tour, I left each conversation in each city with ton of ideas that I wanted to hash out further, so I’m really excited to do this with Cami this weekend.


How to Participate

There are two ways you can enjoy FAN Fare: either by joining the live program or watching it later, at your convenience.

1. Attend the FAN Fare program. Watch live, and use the chat or question box to follow along with the conversation of the other viewers. You will be able to participate with questions or comments.
2. Watch the recorded episode. Check back here to see the archived episodes for topics of interest, and watch as many as you like. Archives will appear on the page.


For those of you who are looking for a recap of our MASSIVE East Coast tour, I promise that I will sit down this Saturday and provide one epic update of photos and stories. Jet-lag and catch-up at home has gotten the better of me, and I want to do it when I feel refreshed (aka not running off to my day job).


Upcoming Event: A Day of Knitting

Books, DIY, Events, Speaking Engagements, Workshop


This weekend I’ll be in West Vancouver  at the West Vancouver Memorial Library to talk about the origins of yarn bombing and teach eager yarn bombing newbies how to make ‘pom pom bombs’. It will be a fun couple hours of looking at different knit graffiti projects from around the world and sharing stories.

Here is the library’s official release – don’t miss events with Holli Yeoh or Knit Social! AND, the librarians have their own special literary ‘yarn storm’ planned for the building that day too.

West Vancouver Memorial Library to weave together an exciting celebration of fibre arts

Thursday, February 13, 2014, West Vancouver, B.C. – The walls and halls of West Vancouver Memorial Library are covered in fibre arts this month, inspired by the exhibition TEXTILES at the Library. The exhibition features the work of more than 20 Vancouver fibre artists, working in a variety of media and techniques, and showcases both the quality of work being done in the Lower Mainland and the infinite variety found in the fibre arts.

February 22 will be a day devoted to needles, yarn, backstitches and crotchets at West Vancouver Memorial Library’s Day of Knitting festivities. The celebration includes knitting workshops, authors, presentations, instruction, a knit-in, a Yarn Storm exhibition and much more.

The festivities kick-off at 10 a.m. with two exciting workshops. At Around and Around, attendees will learn how to create a one-of-a-kind coffee cozy from published Vancouver-based knitwear and designer Holli YeohThose interested in learning more about the growing trend in creating knit graffiti will love theYarn Bomb Primer and Pom-Pom Making Workshop hosted by author Leanne Prain, including a slideshow presentation exploring the global rise in knitting art for the public to enjoy.

From 1 – 2 p.m., knitters of all ages will gather in Welsh Hall for a Knit-In where they’ll work on their own projects or help produce “yarns bombs” to be placed in the Library.

Knit Social’s Cascadia includes a presentation from a new book devoted to knit-works inspired by our local landscape, and runs from 2:30 – 4 p.m. The authors have gathered from the region’s abundant design talent patterns for gorgeous sweaters, shawls, hats, socks and other fun-to-knit, beautiful-to-wear garments.

The fun continues the following week with Yarn Storm at the Library, an exhibition featuring knitted literary themed graffiti created by local crafters and Library staff, placed throughout the Library’s halls and stacks.

The TEXTILES exhibition is on display through March 11 with work from artists of the Greater Vancouver Weavers’ and Spinners’ Guild, The Vancouver Guild of Fibre Arts, The North Shore Needle Arts Guild, The Surface Design Association, The Coast Character Doll Group and FibreEssence.

For more details, including registration and additional information on the presenters, visit