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Tuesday, 22 April 2008
Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day!

Here's a tip of the hat to Atlantic Canadian fibre artists who use their creativity and frugalness to help their environment! There are few as inventive as a stitcher to recycle material and supplies. From our quilting foremothers and those who could hook real beauty from simple string and burlap, to today's cutting edge designers, we salute everyone who does their part. Even the trail ends are not wasted. Scrap yarn and fabric help stuff pillows and toys, or are shared with birds as nest building material.

 Congratulations to all green-minded stitchers, and Happy Spring!  

Posted by needleworknb at 4:40 PM EDT
Thursday, 20 March 2008
Happy Birthday, Needlework New Brunswick!

Happy Birthday, Needlework New Brunswick! Here's a glass raised to the wonderful stitchers, knitters, weavers, spinners and fibre fans all who make up New Brunswick's fibre community. Your creativity, talent and enthusiasm is amazing!

What started out as a few shared notes on the Web four years ago, has grown into a fun and inspiring network. Together, we share ideas, resources and a common thread of community. However we choose to express our creativity, it's a pleasure to see how simple fibres are combined to build something wonderful.

To mark this special occasion, Needlework New Brunswick has launched its first Supplies and Services directory. Dedicated to the first lady of New Brunswick weaving, Enid Inch, it brings together the places and people where you can obtain materials for your next project. You can download your copy from the NNB site. Enid's passing was a great loss to our community and New Brunswick in general, and she will be sorely missed. Thank you for all you have done for our province, Enid, and we hope this directory serves as a small token of our respect and admiration.

In a second tribute to New Brunswick history and to encourage more people to pick up the needle, NNB has launched two new prizes this year. Partnering with the 110-year-old Kings County Agricultural Fair in Sussex, we are offering the Golden Needle prize and the General Excellence Prize. The first is for the person who earns the highest overall rankings for fibre arts in the August 19-21 event. The second goes to the person who enters the most different types of needlework. Anyone can enter Canada's oldest continuous fair. Class lists are available at the Celebrate Sussex web site,

Thank you for making this such a memorable year, and here's looking forward to even more great things in the year ahead. Happy stitching!


Posted by needleworknb at 9:06 AM EDT
Thursday, 21 February 2008
Needlework New Brunswick map available
This snowy winter has encouraged alot of us to stay home and stitch. But now that the ground is starting to reappear, it's time to hit the road again. You'll find a new resource to help you plan your spring and summer road trips with the newly created Needlework New Brunswick map. Fibre art stores, galleries and studios, (not to mention Frenchy's outlets!) are all included. You'll find the link to this Google reference on the NNB web site. Have a look, top up the gas tank and happy traveling!

Posted by needleworknb at 3:12 PM EST
Updated: Thursday, 21 February 2008 3:14 PM EST
Monday, 31 December 2007
Fibre arts community loses pillar member
It's with heavy hearts we announce the Dec 29 passing of legendary New Brunswick weaver Enid Marian Inch of Gagetown. Enid was the driving force behind the Loomcrofters, a business which has left its mark on many provincial events and landmarks, including creating the New Brunswick Tartan.
She was with Loomcrofters for approximately 67 years, and took over the management of the business following the passing of Patricia Jenkins. Ms. Inch was 87.
Among her many fibre arts accomplishments, she was named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Club of Gagetown. She was also active within the Church of the Good Shepherd, Cambridge, was part of the Queens County Historical Society, the BGCHA, as well as the Gagetown Chamber of Commerce.
Enid is resting at the Oromocto Select Community Funeral Home with visitation on Wednesday, Jan. 2, and Thursday, Jan. 3, between 2 and 4 pm and 7 and 9 pm.
A celebration of her life will be held at the Mill Cove Church of God on Friday, Jan. 4, at 2 pm. A reception will be held after the service at the Jemseg Lions Club. Interment will be in the spring.
For those who wish, memorial gifts may be made to the building fund of the Anglican Church of the Good Shepherd, Cambridge-Narrows, or the NB Lung Association.
I would personally like to say it was because of the dedication, artistry and talent of people like Enid that Needlework New Brunswick was formed. Her inspiration from her vantage point on the St. John River was a shining example of the quality of fibre arts done in the Picture Province. Thank you, Enid, for everything you've done and the example you have made.

Posted by needleworknb at 1:10 PM EST
Updated: Monday, 31 December 2007 1:16 PM EST
Wednesday, 17 October 2007
What are your thoughts?

Needlework Nw Brunswick continues to grow as it serves our provincial fibre arts community. We are developing in exciting ways as we pay tribute to those who have created in the past while paving the way for those stitching today.

This website is meant to keep you up to date on fibre arts events and trends here in New Brunswick and elsewhere. It is also a resource of material to help you research projects and people who enjoy fibre arts, as well.

I appreciate all comments on the site, and would like to know what you would like to see more of in the future. Please share your ideas and thoughts as we grow your organization into an even more vibrant group! Looking forward to hearing from you.

Posted by needleworknb at 3:39 PM EDT

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