2018 Grandmother’s Fabric Sale

Just part of the line up to get into the 2015 Grandmother's fabric sale

Just part of the line up to get into the 2015 Grandmother’s fabric sale

Today is the first day of the 2-day Grandmother’s Fabric Sale for 2018! Who will I see down at 5010 Spruce Drive S.W. in Calgary today or tomorrow?

I love this annual fabric and yarn sale, first because the prices are great, the selection is always unique and interesting, and the proceeds go to the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

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Spiral naalbound hat

Selfie wearing my new spiral-striped red and blue naalbound hat. The hat was made using the Oslo stitch.

Selfie wearing my new spiral-striped red and blue naalbound hat.

When I took a class at the SCA Twelfth Night event on nålbinding, I asked the instructor about the spiral design I’ve seen by a few other textile artists. While the instructor didn’t have advice, since she hasn’t used that design yet, I was still inspired to give it a whirl myself all the same.

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York stitch nålbound hat

Selfie in a blue wool naalbound hat. I used the York Stitch for this hat.

Selfie in a blue wool naalbound hat.

When I took a class at the SCA Twelfth Night event on nålbinding, the instructor taught us the York Stitch. I ended up not quite following her directions, but adapted what she taught to a technique that felt more natural to me.

The stitch is the same, it’s only how I treat the working yarn that is different than her instruction. Her instruction was perfect though for someone new to naalbinding – to keep the steps clear.

In the class I was working on a hat, but the stitches were very inconsistent as I was learning the stitch. When I got home, I decided to put that project aside (since I only had the yarn from class, nothing that matched at home) and start a new project using the York Stitch.

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November Naalbinding

November's naalbound hat (and me being super-goofy)

November’s naalbound hat (and me being super-goofy)

Quick post today – just to show off the new naalbound hat I made, finished off in November.

It’s purchased 100% wool yarn, a dark grey heather made of Icelandic Lopi yarn. (The wool I brought back a year earlier from my trip to Iceland!) This is the alafosslopi.

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Grandmother’s fabric sale – Saskatoon

Direct link from Grandmother's website

Direct link from Grandmother’s website

I don’t know if I have any readers in Saskatoon, but if you are (or if you can get there easily) you really should consider going to the Grandmother’s Fabric Sale on October 15th. (And drop-off your donations on the 13th!)

I go to this sale annually in Calgary, and it’s a great deal – basically people donate fabric, notions, yarn, and sewing equipment, and then the organization sells it off for pretty much dirt-cheap. All of the funds go to the non-profit organization, to support African grandmothers raising their grandchildren,when their own children are unable to care for them due to HIV/AIDS.

When I say dirt-cheap… I mean it… most fabric is approximately $1.00/meter, and they have quilting fabrics, fashion fabrics, knits, upholstery, home decorating, fleece, wool suiting, and fancy fabrics like brocades, velvets, and silks… It all depends on what was donated. I have had some amazing finds there… and I get a LOT of cool fabric for costumes there.

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To see my posts from previous sales in Calgary (and Red Deer once too!) click the “Grandmother’s” tag!


In the past the sale was in Regina at the end of October… I don’t see anything about it on their website at the time of writing, but if you’re in Regina, check out their website to see if they’re hosting one this year too!


Coming up soon is the Lethbridge sale as well, on October 29!