Culture & Events — 13 March 2012
Nice threads: Dryden Museum hosts fibre-arts showcase

Autumn Aspens, by Penny Milton. One example of a diverse collection of fibre arts in Threadworks, now on display at Dryden Museum.

By Chris Marchand

Some of the most impressive examples of creative needlework in the nation will call Dryden District Museum home until April 14.

The travelling juried exhibition features a varied collection of pieces sure to interest anyone involved in crafts or visual arts.

From meticulously rendered three-dimensional scenes resembling painted work to traditional stitching and mixed media pieces, the exhibition is an eye opening display of what is possible with a needle and thread.

Dryden District Museum’s Leah Gardner says the exhibit is a must see for members of the local arts community, or even anyone who can appreciate the complexity of a knitted scarf.

“I think it’s important that people come in and see it,” says Gardner. “It’s a beautiful exhibit that travels nationally. I think there will be something that everyone will like.”

Threadworks is a special project of the Ontario Network of Needleworkers, representing approximately 20 guilds and close to 1,000 members across the province.

“They put a call out — right across the country — and members of different needleworking networks submit their works. There are many different categories and the works are juried and a show is put together.”



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Chris Marchand is a native of Dryden, Ontario. He served his first newspaper internship at The Dryden Observer in 1998 while attending journalism studies at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops B.C. He's worked desks as both reporter and editor at the Fernie Free Press as well as filled the role of sports editor at the Cranbrook Daily Townsman. Marchand was named editor of the Dryden Observer in Aug. 2009.

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