Its been a long hard road for all of us. More so for some. Our guild has been mostly on hold for almost two years. Fortunately emails, messenger, and phones have kept us in touch. Its been a long hard road for all of us. More so for some. Our guild has been mostly on hold for almost two years. Recently a notice of an upcoming fibre event circulated and everyone’s ears perked up. An outing!
The Hamilton Fibre Market was to hold its 2022 event at THE COTTON FACTORY.
The Cotton Factory is really a grouping of buildings which was home to the Imperial Cotton Company which was built in 1900. The main three story building housed the equipment where the cotton was made and the smaller out buildings were used for sorting, painting, finishing, shipping, waterproofing and warehousing. Its main product was heavy duct cotton which was used for main sails for boats and awnings. Historical records indicate that the Imperial Cotton Company made the sail cloth for the Canadian Bluenose schooner. The cotton company contributed economically towards making textiles, Hamilton’s second largest industry. Today, the building has been transformed into a creative space for workshops, artist studios and office space for creative professionals. It has also been used for film production for CBC’s hit TV program Murdoch Mysteries as well as many other programs.
Eager to see this collection of old buildings and of course the fibres for sale, a group of spinners got together and headed off.
There were 40 vendors displaying and selling their products. As you can see form the photos below the range of items for sale was extensive, covering everything from raw and spun fibres, basketry, spinning wheels, tapestry and assorted fun items.
Our spinners ended their fibre filled day with lunch at Kelseys.
Things are looking up. Days like this kick start everyone’s creative juices.