Tuesday, July 14, 2009

2nd Annual Linen Festival on August 8th -- update

Our 2nd Annual Linen Festival is shaping up to be a first class event.

Randy Cowan, from Crop Fibers Canada in Saskatchewan will be demonstrating flax breaking with a Doukhobor flax break. He'll also take one of the speaking slots and talk about what is happening in Sasketchewan in reclaiming the flax fiber from the oil seed flax plants -- whole plant useage, and some of the industrial uses of flax fiber and shive.

This year we've added an outdoor artisan market and so far have two linen clothing designers lined up as well as the Joybilee Farm studio. We were even contacted by Maggie of "Irish Linen" (from Ireland!). Maybe they will come next year. I'm already dreaming of a fashion show of linen garments for 2010.

There is room for more artisans so if you know of someone who weaves in Linen let them know about the linen festival. I would love to see some linen or cottolin tea towels, placemats or any handwovens at the festival. Or an artisan in handmade papers? Cost for vending is a nominal $50 -- to cover advertising and entertainment costs.

We're still trying to firm up the music plans. I'm looking for music that is more folk, fiddle, classical or gospel rather than the usual rock and country-rock or punk that seems to brand the music offerings in this region. Ian (our son) provided the music last year but he's on his honeymoon in Nicaragua, so I don't think he'll want to do music for us this year.

We have approached the "Twisted Tomato" to be our food vendor for the day with their pizza and wraps. Still waiting to hear if they will come. We will also have coffee, cookies and lemonade available. Visitors are welcome to bring their own bagged lunch.

We have advertisements on CBC radio, Articulate Magazine (Arts and Culture Magazine for the Kootenays), Rocky Mountain Visitors Magazine, as well as online at GoBC, HelloBC and on our website. This is an official year of natural fiber event and is also listed on naturalfibres.org

Local newspapers will also carry advertisements.

What's happening at the linen festival? Here's the tentative schedule:

10am Open -- view the artisan market, see the growing linen flax plot, visit with the fiber animals and have a cup of coffee. Live Music

10:30am Hands on harvest of the Flax Field

11am Farm Tour -- Linen Field, Natural Dye Garden, Grazing fiber animals

11:30am Talk -- Chris Dalziel -- Growing flax, flax culture, history of flax growing in the Boundary -- see examples of handspun, handwoven and embroidered Doukhobor textiles.

Noon: Hands On Flax Breaking, scutching, hackling, spinning or braiding

1pm: Farm Tour -- Linen Field, Natural Dye Garden, Grazing Fiber Animals

2pm Talk - Randy Cowan, Crop Fibers Canada

2:45pm -- Live Music -- visit the artisan market,

3:30pm Hands On Linen Spinning, and Weaving and Natural Dyeing

4pm -- Farm Tour -- Linen Field, Natural Dye Garden, Grazing Animals.

Artisan Market is open throughout the day, along with the food vendor.

The Riverbend B & B is offering a special rate for the weekend. Just mention Joybilee Farm when you reserve your room.

The Second Annual Linen Festival is sponsored by the Boundary Spinner and Weaver Guild and Joybilee Farm.


  1. Hi Chris,

    I can't come this year as I have students booked to come and learn, but perhaps next year?


  2. We'd love to see you at the Linen Festival next year, Laura. Your handwoven tea towels are beautiful...Chris