Last week I tidied my studio and mounted some tapestries for a visit from Felicia Lo and Leah (@thecraftycolon) of the School of SweetGeorgia (SOS). My friend Sheleigh assisted us all day and got us black tea when we were parched and tired. We spent a whole day filming an introductory tapestry weaving workshop that SOS will be releasing in the fall. To say I'm excited is an understatement, and honoured would be a more accurate word to describe how I feel about being included in the SOS family.
Between now and then I'm going to be doing my best to help prepare any of you out there who want to learn the art of tapestry weaving online with me with options for looms, yarn and tools at a variety of price points that you can begin to collect between now and then. Join my Everlea Yarn mailing list for monthly updates so you don't miss anything.
In the meantime check out this 2015 video of me showing you how to make a PVC loom and this Vancouver Yarn blog post from American Tapestry Alliances first blog tour where I illustrate how to warp up and manage the warps as you weave.
Donât hesitate to contact me if you have any questions leading up to the launch of the online class in the fall.
PS. Thanks for using this link if youâre signing up for the School of Sweetgeorgia. It is my teacher affiliate link and is in-part how I am compensated.
Thank you so much to all of you who visited my (Janna) pop-up in Davis Bay. It was the perfect opportunity to flush out some ideas. I am no longer in the Davis Bay space and am focusing primarily on online and wholesale sales of my naturally dyed organic and Canadian farm-sourced yarns. I would love it if you visit my shop online and join my mailing list for updates about my goings on over there. I'm having so much fun!
I can't believe it's here! The time has finally arrived to launch Everlea Yarn!
The advent of Everlea Yarn was completely universe-driven long before its inception. From its roots with Everlea Textiles, where Katie Earle and I have been intuitively following our individual artistic paths alongside each other, to finding an accessible brick and mortar space in Davis Bay BC to house our collection, pursuing this dream has felt as if I'm following a path that has been carved specifically for me.
I've learned that new ventures can be scary! I have a newfound commitment to support people in my community who are encountering new things in their lives because I most definitely could not have arrived here without my own community. Even the smallest words of encouragement can go a long way to thwarting the ever-looming, party-pooping fear-monster that is negative self-talk. Every single success, be it big or small, can be traced back to camaraderie and support that I have received from people along the way. Any time I thought I couldn't or shouldn't move forward with Everlea Yarn someone invested in my idea. Thank you, friends!
It's been a long-time coming! For the past 10 years, I have been wondering where I was being led in my textile pursuits. I have always been entrepreneurial, but the timing was never right. So, I faithfully followed a winding path that took me from Capilano University's Textile Art Program in North Vancouver to Concordia University's Fibres and Material Practices program in Montreal, to three years of raising my son and enjoying the galleries of New York City, and finally a homecoming in 2016 to the Sunshine Coast. I wish I had known that whole time that when the right plan presents itself it will not only feel right, it will be super exciting and life-giving! Because, that's exactly what it's like, beginning Everlea Yarn back in my home peninsula - and does it ever feel like home.
Everlea Yarn is heart-centred, which for me means our products are ethical, earth-conscious and community conscious. I am working with Canadian companies and mills to bring in yarns that I'm am over-the-moon excited to share with you. I lovingly hand dye each skein with plant matter - a process I have been using in my art practice since 2009.
This summer we have lots of Canadian Wool to weave on our tapestry looms - perfect for the beach! Or if you are like me and knit with wool through the summer, knitting for the colder months, Canadian Wool is perfect for sweaters, hats and mitts alike. I also have the MOST lovely hemp on the way which I will be dyeing in my favourite natural dye colourway - indigo blue!
I am SO EXCITED about the yarns that I'm launching in the fall, so stay tuned for that, too! Sign up for our mailing list to stay in the loop.
Big news! Janna is opening a pop-up shop in beautiful Davis Bay, British Columbia!
We'll be offering handcrafted wooden tapestry looms, a gorgeous selection of yarns for both weaving and knitting and of course woven artwork by us ladies here at EVERLEA.
Our space is at Mosaic Emporium right across the street from the Sunshine Coast's sandiest beach, Davis Bay Beach (although the sand is on the other end of the beach), and sandwiched between Wheatberries Cafe and The Wobbly Canoe restaurant. It's a lovely location, to say the least.
Officially we move in next week, but we're still waiting for some (a lot) of stuff to arrive in the mail, so it won't be fully stocked until May 1st.
So, come visit at 4780 Sunshine Coast Hwy after May 1st! I'll be there a few days a month, so if I'm not there and you have a question feel free to text or call me at 604-741-7911.
I can't wait to get set up and share more with you!
For materials, students have the choice between:
1) $40 materials fee which includes warp and weft yarn and a 14-page workbook and requires students to bring their own loom (a $20 PVC loom can be made by following Janna’s video instructions
2) $110 materials fee which includes all the supplies in option one plus a 12" X 18" handcrafted wooden tapestry loom pictured above.