When the kids head back to school and the first hint of autumn is on the air, Almonte starts gearing up for its favourite fall festival: Fibrefest! This year’s event — the 22nd annual celebration of the fibre arts — takes place on the weekend of September 9th and 10th at two locations in town. For the low admission price of $5 per day, visitors will find demonstrations, vendors, and exhibits at both the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum and the Almonte Arena.

Local guilds will demonstrate spinning, knitting, weaving, rug hooking, lacemaking, smocking and quilting. Vendors include spinners, weavers, and fibre artists from across the province, as well as quilt shops and alpaca farms. And at 4pm on September 10, hundreds of felted lambs will be spun in a bingo spinner at the arena, and the owners of the first three lambs to come out of the spinner will win fabulous prizes. Tickets for the spin will be on sale during Fibrefest at the at the arena.
During the two-day festival the Friends of the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum will offer their popular tea room services featuring homemade goodies, beverages and sandwiches at very reasonable prices. At the museum, explore the permanent history exhibit Fabric of a Small Town, which interprets how a piece of wool becomes a piece of finished cloth and includes industrial machines used throughout the process. Also on display this year is the featured exhibit A Life Inspired, a retrospective of works by William Hodge. Mr. Hodge is a retired teacher from the textile faculty of the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto. His extraordinary works of beaded portraits and woven tapestries are in permanent collections of institutions across the world

Fibrefest Events You Don't Want to Miss!

For the first time, several hands-on workshops will be taking place in conjunction with Fibrefest. This is your chance to roll up your sleeves and get felting, weaving or hooking with talented fibre artists and vendors.

For more details, and to reserve your place please contact the MVTM at

The Mississippi Valley Textile Museum is privileged to host this significant quilt during our celebratory festival of all things textile, our 22nd Fibrefest event.

Following a day of workshops, on Sept 8, the quilt will be displayed upstairs at the Almonte Arena for an evening lecture followed by a Q & A session. The lecture will examine this socially charged textile exploration of a dark chapter in the lives of so many from a vulnerable sector in our society.

Join Pam Hart as she discusses each panel. Learn about the journey from pain to healing that expressive quilting has provided for these individuals and its universal relevance. Even those among us who have been fortunate enough to be untouched by violence, abuse, depression and suicide may find that the tactile experience that all forms of fibre art delivers can be cathartic.

Tickets are $10. Light refreshments will be available. Proceeds to benefit the MVTM and the Kawartha group.

Please visit the MVTV website for all events and special showings!  and once you are there click on Fibrefest for details

An intimate Evening at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum

The Mississippi Valley Textile Museum is both proud and pleased to announce that the renowned textile artist William Hodge will attend Fibrefest 2017 to be part of our textile festival. On the evening of Saturday, September 9 at 7pm at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum in the Nora Rosamund Hughes Gallery, William will conduct a small and select tour through his exhibition.

William C. G. Hodge is a talented artist and a well spoken educator who teaches with passion and brings a rich depth of experience to all his lectures and workshops.
A selection of his works is currently on display at the Museum until September 16. These pieces represent a smattering of the enormous contribution made by this Canadian artist to the textile art world and are prime examples of the scope of his talent. In this intimate setting, he will guide attendees through each of his pieces being exhibited; teaching, inspiring and fostering creativity.
Only a small group of 30 attendees can be welcomed. This lucky group will enjoy the celebratory evening of wine, cheese, and art. Tickets are $20 and available at the Museum.
Please note that the artist will also be on hand at the gallery during the afternoon of Sunday, Sept. 10, from 1-2 pm to answer questions from those who wish to view this exhibit before it closes the following weekend.

Point of interest


 This is a exhibit you don't want to miss..
A richly hued portrait of the human family, Quilt of Belonging is a 120 foot (36 metres) long collaborative textile art project. Its 263 blocks portray the rich cultural legacies of all the First Peoples in Canada and every nation of the world at the dawn of the new Millennium.

Follow the link below to see the exhibition highlights


The Ottawa Valley Quilters Guild proudly presents “Festival of Quilts 2017” May 12th-14th, 2017, at the RA Centre Curling Rink in Ottawa. This Quilt Show is a great opportunity to visit Ottawa and celebrate Canada 150!

There will be a historical quilt display, a trunk show with quilts from various quilt guilds in our area, as well as our popular Viewer’s Challenge which this year will feature a look at each of the 15 decades in Canadian History. We hope to have over 150 quilts in the show, in both traditional and artistic categories. We’ve brought back the touch quilts and youth quilts categories, and this year we’ll have scavenger hunts for any children visiting.

Help us choose our “Best of Show” by submitting Viewer’s Choice ballots on Friday or Saturday, and see the ribbons on Sunday! We will also be featuring four artists in residence over the weekend, and with over 20 vendors all in one room you’re sure to find that perfect fabric to spark your next quilting project. Did we mention there are door prizes, too? Be inspired by the art, bring someone who’s never quilted before, and join us in Ottawa this Mother’s Day Weekend!

More information about OVQG and the “Festival of Quilts 2017” can be found on the web at , or on social media @ottawaquilts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram).