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FFAA Member Newsletter
May/June 2022

Next Board Meeting May 15, 2022 at 7 pm

All FFAA members are welcome to attend. Our next Board meeting will be on the third Sunday, May 15th, via Zoom. The online meeting will begin at 7:00 pm.

The Zoom meeting and agenda links will be posted on the home page of the website one week prior to the meeting:

You can also request that the agenda and meeting links be sent to you by email. Please contact Vicki at to make this request.

Note that only Board members are entitled to vote at Board meetings.

Welcome to FFAA's newest board member!

Welcome to Loraine Villeneuve, our new website administrator. After an extensive search we are grateful to have Loraine in place and taking care of the FFAA website.

Thanks, as always, for the ongoing support and commitment of all our board members. See the full Board of Directors listing at the bottom of the newsletter. 

Sailors Take Warning by Sharon Rubuliak (Gloria Loughman workshop)
FFAA Studio Day - May 28, 9:30-4 

Focus on Fibre Art sponsors open studio days for FFAA members (all members of member guilds AND Individual Members) on the fourth Saturday of every month. On these days any FFAA member may book a table in the Studio to work on personal projects. All FFAA members are eligible to register and welcome to attend; advance registration is required. Please contact to register.

There are 12 individual work spaces for sewing machines or handwork, with access to a cutting table, irons, and ironing boards. There is a small kitchen and a washroom as well. Current Covid-19 guidelines, as adopted by ACUA must be followed:  As with any studio time, end-of-day clean-up is a group responsibility. Please remember to pitch in with general clean-up of the studio before leaving. 

FFAA Studio - Group use and booking
For groups wanting to book Studio time, please email: Studio information can be found here on our website:

There are 12 tables set up and a raised cutting table with room for 14 tables if needed. You can change the set up to whatever your group requires. Tables and chairs need to be returned to the original set-up at the end of each group session.

Ironing boards and irons are available; they are stored in the furnace room.

At the end of each studio session, groups need to take 10 minutes to empty the garbage cans, sweep the floor, disinfect the table tops, give the bathroom and kitchen a wipe down, and wipe up any spills or spots if you have had a messy-project day. Cleaning supplies for the Studio are under the sink in the kitchen. Bathroom cleaning and supplies are in the bathroom cabinet.

If the heat needs to be adjusted, please ask any staff at ACUA, and they will be happy to turn it up or down. It is on a schedule that doesn't necessarily align with studio times which can be uncomfortable during the winter.

When you arrive for a studio day, please park in one of the spots at the back of the building. If you are dropping things off at the front, please enter through the FFAA studio door, 9532 (south of the ACUA door) 87 Street, Edmonton. Current Covid-19 guidelines, as adopted by ACUA must be followed:

FFAA Membership Benefits

Why become a Focus on Fibre Art member? So many reasons!
  • Access to a wide variety of FFAA fibre art workshops with preferred fees
  • Access to the FFA Studio for fibre art activities
  • Advance notification of FFAA events as well as FFAA member guild events
  • Voting privileges at our annual general meeting
  • Eligibility to serve on the FFAA board of directors
  • Opportunities to show your work at FFAA biennial exhibitions. These competitions/exhibitions are judged (optional), and feedback is provided to entrants; competitions/exhibitions are open to all members.
More information is available on the FFAA website:
Golden Years Together by Janet Mireault (Gloria Loughman workshop)
Change to membership terms and fees

Effective January 1, 2022, FFAA membership is a one-year term from January 1 to December 31 (Article 3.2.4 of the revised Bylaws registered February 2021) with an annual membership fee of $10 for Individual members and $5 for Junior members. These rates remain the same regardless of when application for membership is made during the year. (Individual memberships for the 2021-2022 term will continue, as before, to December 31, 2022.) For more information visit Membership under "About FFAA" on our website: If you have questions about membership contact

Seeking a Competition Chair
Currently FFAA is  looking for a coordinator (or 2 co-coordinators) for a proposed fibre art exhibition in 2023. The coordinator(s) will direct those who have already volunteered to help to organize an exhibition. Read more about the Competition Chair/Coordinator position.

For more information and to volunteer contact Vicki at

FFAA Communications

The most reliable and expedient way to get FFAA news releases is to receive email notices directly to your inbox. FFAA sends out email notices of upcoming workshops, exhibitions, and events as well as handy links to Zoom meetings so you don’t have to go searching. Also available to non-members! It’s the easiest way to stay in the loop. 

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Water's Edge by Deborah Giles (Gloria Loughman workshop)
FFAA Policy and Procedures document

Our new bylaws have been approved by Alberta Corporate Registries and are now in effect! Now we have this approval, we have begun the process of updating our Policy and Procedures Manual. Anyone interested is welcome to join the committee. Contact for more information. 

Program and Education committee

What's happening in Programs? The Committee has some exciting plans to share with you.

  • First, we are working on a series of lectures/demonstrations we are calling our Presentation Series.  The lectures will be approximately 3 hours in length and may be in person or via Zoom, to be determined.  Our first series of 3 sessions will focus on taking an idea or spark of inspiration, expanding the idea into a project plan, and finally getting to a finished piece.  We have 3 local teachers who will be presenting and sharing their creative process.  Watch the FFAA website for more information. Registration will be separate for each workshop so you will have the opportunity to pick and choose, or attend all three sessions.
  • Our second planned event will be an indigo dyeing workshop.  Keep keen eyes on the website where details will be posted as soon as they are available; we hope this session will take place in early summer.
  • Finally, we are working hard on Fall plans which will be announced as soon as we have firm details to share. 

Get current workshop info on the website. As details become available they will be posted here:

We really want to know what you want to learn. Can you suggest a topic or an instructor? Let us know by filling out THIS FORM, emailing the committee at, or talking to your guild representative. It is your input that makes our program successful.

Thank you to everyone who has made suggestions and participated in our recent workshops. 

Member Guilds - Upcoming Workshops & Events

FFAA is pleased to welcome a new member group!

Edmonton Needlecraft Guild

Virtual Spring Fling, June 4-5, 2022

ENG still has some spots available for the Virtual Spring Fling June 4 and 5, 2022.  There will be  guest speakers, pop up shops, a mystery project and more!  Please visit for more information.
 Guest Speakers:

  • Michele Carragher, British costume embroiderer for film and television productions  including Game of Thrones and The Crown.
  • Anne Brooke, Yorkshire artist and teacher who interprets the world around her and life's  journeys in collage and stitch.
  • Cecilia Charlton, London based American artist who creates embroideries that engage with the  formal history of abstraction to explore a broad range of themes.
  • Susan Purney Mark, Pender Island, BC textile artist who explores the wonderful world of surface design.
The Edmonton Needlecraft Guild Meetings -- Guest Speakers

May 10th - Takashi Iwasaki - Embroidery Artist
June 14th - Natasha Narayan - Storytelling with Kanthas

Sign into Zoom at 6:30 for visiting and stitching.  A short business meeting begins at 7:30 followed by our guest speaker, show & tell, and more visiting.  Guests may attend two meetings for free or purchase a membership to come to them all.  Contact us at for the Zoom link and membership requests.
EMQG and Black Gold Quilt Guild Quiltfest 2022
Edmonton and District Quilters' Guild
Save the date for two upcoming events!
Fall EDQG Retreat
Sept 23-25 at Camp HeHoHa
"What happens at Retreat, stays at Retreat!!!"
Check here for additional information as these dates get closer:
EDQG Festival of Quilts – it’s back after a 4 year break!
June 3-4, 2023
Sharing the heART of Quilting
Quilt Show, Vendor Market Mall, Prairie Rose Challenge and Featured Quilter

Consult the Member Guild social media sites for updated information about online guild meetings and workshops:

External Workshops, Events, and News
Sandra Sawatzky at the Nickle Galleries
University of Calgary

Exhibit: The Age of Uncertainty
January 17 - May 20, 2022

Spring Reception Thursday, May 12, 6:30-8:00pm.

The Age of Uncertainty is the latest project from Calgary artist, Sandra Sawatzky. Sawatzky is a storyteller, visual artist, and embroiderer who "explores big ideas with a very small needle and miles of thread." Her installation, consisting of 12 large hand-embroidered panels, is Sawatzky’s response to these times. It offers a satiric commentary on the madness of the modern world as well as the pressing political, economic, and environmental issues keeping us awake at night.

Learn more here:
AGA online seminar: How to photograph your artwork

MAY 31, 2022
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
free Zoom presentation followed by Q&A

Join professional photographer Blaine Campbell  for this free program by on How to Photograph your Artwork, presented by the AGA with CARFAC Alberta. 

Blaine will discuss various points about documenting artwork, including location and lighting considerations, equipment needs, image preparation and improvisational tips. Have some photography and documentation questions answered and learn how to take better photographs of your artwork.

Please register in advance. For more information and to register visit:

Quilt Canada 2022 "Reconnected"

Quilt Canada takes place in Vancouver this year!

June 15-18 2022
Vancouver Convention Centre East

See full details here:

FFAA Board of Directors

President Vicki Robson
Vice President Wendy Cooper
Secretary Dorothy Johansen
Treasurer BJ Passmore
Program & Education Sandra Hamilton
Facility Gwen Loiselle
Membership Debbie Bykowski
Website Loraine Villeneuve
Advertising & Publicity Sheila Jones
Newsletter Editor Deborah Giles
Social Media Catherine Challenger
2023 Exhibition (vacant)
ACUA rep Slavka Shulakewych
BGQPG rep Deborah Giles
EDQG rep Judy Schofield
EMQG rep Faye Sutherley
ENG rep Beth DeBlock

ERHG rep Marney Mustard
EWG rep Carol Drasak
LMKC rep Sheila Bossert/Trudy Hamilton

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