PEI Fibre Festival

October event features a marketplace, workshops and more

The first annual PEI Fibre Festival will be held October 5–7 at the Delta Prince Edward in Charlottetown. Celebrate the Island’s wool industry and the crafts people who work with wool and fibres through knitting, crocheting, felting and rug hooking. 

Up to 2000 participants are expected to attend the marketplace, featuring over 30 vendors from across Canada, with yarns made from wool and other natural fibres, many hand-dyed with natural products, tools of the trade and more.

The festival includes over 50 workshops by local and international instructors. Of note, Patty Lyons is offering five workshops. She is an internationally recognized knitting teacher and technique expert who is known for teaching the why, not just the how, in her pursuit of training the mindful knitter. Specializing in sweater design and sharing her love of the gauge and blocking, Lyons’ designs and knitting skill articles have been published in many popular publications. In Modern Daily Knitting, she writes a knitter’s advice column called, Ask Patty, and she is a repeat guest on PBS’s Knitting Daily TV.

Sue Maton from The Mercerie (UK) is hosting four workshops. Maton creates crochet projects designed to be used and loved. The Mercerie’s unique online crochet courses enable crafters to connect with people all over the world and work playfully, intuitively and mindfully. Learning with her is not just about making a product—it is about colour theory, design and aesthetics, confidence building, mindfulness, and being part of a dynamic global craft community.

Kristin Drysdale (Uta) is an independent knitwear designer, instructor, and author of The Nordic Knitting Primer. Inspired by her heritage, she specializes in Scandinavian colourwork and design. Drysdale has self-published over 100 patterns, her designs have been published in magazines, and she has designed for Harrisville Designs and Brown Sheep Company.

Workshop instructor cyber educator Michael Sellick, established as The Crochet Crowd based out of Nova Scotia, is prolific in creating resources for crocheters in real-time speed, from delivering advice and stitch tips to full-on projects and anecdote storytelling.

Local felting artist Lisa Freeman will offer two workshops. Lisa and her husband moved to PEI from Ontario in 2016. In 2017, Messy Crow Studio was hatched, a quaint seasonal studio on their property in Souris, PEI.

Rounding out the program is a social event at Trailside Music Hall where participants can meet some of the celebrities of the knitting world and get books signed.