Thursday, 31 December 2015

Thank You 2015, Hello 2016!

There are so many different memories of 2015 for each of us, and so many good wishes going around for 2016. I have to thank 2015 for being so good to me personally, which originated largely through family and friends. Cariboo Handwoven had a very good year, too. Highlights included:

  • Being accepted as a supplier to the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George, BC for their VIP gifting program,
  • Continuing as an Artwalk artist in both Merritt and Williams Lake this summer,
  • Hosting a booth for my fourth year as a vendor in the Williams Lake Medieval Market, and  
  • Seeing numerous visitors in my studio.

Cariboo Handwoven saw 91 blankets and 227 towels go to new homes around the world, along with a few more of each provided as donations for fundraisers or event sponsorship.

Alison, Elsie and Doug were key for me in Ottawa with all their promotion and sales at craft fairs, events and at home - thank you so much.

The Station House Gallery, Bloom 'N' Gifts and Dandelion Living in Williams Lake all hosted my work and did really well for me - thank you.

And special thanks to each of you who came to see my work in my studio, especially those who tracked me down and we first met at the door.

Some of my favourites for me in 2015 included numerous shipments to Ottawa:

And a big order of Shetland wool blankets that went to Vancouver in December:

Other wool blankets that really thrilled me this year were:

"Canada's Forests in Winter" for the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George, BC 

Sold in Collingwood, ON to local buyer

Sold at Station House Gallery in Williams Lake, BC

Sold in Ottawa and headed to New Zealand

Sold from studio for wedding gift in Vancouver

Sold from studio and shipped to Toronto for a wedding in the United States

SH141 - available

SH142 - available

SH143 - available

SH144 - available

Cotton blankets were my "thing" through the hot summer months, and I made many.

Displayed at Williams Lake Artwalk and sold in December from studio

Sold in Ottawa

Displayed in Merritt Artwalk and available in Jane's studo

I wove way over 200 towels and enjoyed designing each one, often very spontaneously, testing ideas for blankets, and also seeing my older work in the homes of many friends when I visited.

Georgian Bay towels

And what's up for 2016? My second loom will be set up soon, I think I have a new weaver to help along in my studio, and I look forward to more fun and fulfillment with fibres, yarns and friends.