Out of the Box - Fibre Artists
Out of the Box - Fibre Artists
Out of the Box - Fibre Artists
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About OOTB


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We hope new and returning visitors to the web site will find inspiration in what they see and read. For those visitors living in the Ottawa area, we invite you to attend some of our meetings and to consider joining a fascinating group of very creative people!

The monthly programs will provide inspiration on a number of fronts. There will be guest artists, demonstrations of new and exciting techniques, educational programs to spur artistic growth, and professional programs to help one prepare for exhibiting and selling. Not all details are finalized so donít forget to check the website for updates.

We hope you take some time to browse around our website. On our home page, look at the interesting examples of the art our members have produced. Here you can see the variety of art that is being created by our members and learn more about some of the artists who belong to our organization. Our web site also provides up-to-date information about our meetings and activities.

Who We Are

The Out of the Box group of artists is passionate about creating innovative and thought-provoking works of art with fibre, our preferred medium. Our membership includes machine and/or hand embroiderers, art quilters, weavers, felters, doll makers, embellishers, silk painters, appraisers, dyers as well as other needle workers and mixed media and fine artists. We are a co-op organization and therefore we place strong emphasis on activities that share expertise for the continuing artistic development of all. Our focus in meetings is on sharing art techniques, design ideas, artistic processes and inspiration, as well as our thoughts on the business and critiquing of our art. We come from all walks of life, but are drawn together by our love for texture, colour, and creation in an atmosphere of mutual support and camaraderie. We meet once a month to share ideas, techniques and inspiration, and from time to time host fibre art workshops, artistic challenges for our members and mount exhibitions in the community.


Is OOTB right for you?

  • Do you produce original fibre works not from a pattern?
  • Are you looking to grow as an artist?
  • Are you willing to share your work with the group and participate in the critiquing process?
  • Are you interested in encouraging and building up others, and do you have a sense of humour?
  • Are you willing and content to work cooperatively with other members in group projects?

If you answered Yes to all of the above, we hope you’ll consider joining OOTB to meet fellow fibre artists.

The annual membership fee to join OOTB for 2015-2016 is $35/year. If you are interested in attending a meeting, you are welcome as a visitor (visitor fee of $5 - or $10 if we have an outside speaker) You may just decide to join. Our membership year is from September 1 to August 31 and membership fees due in September of each year, although new members may join at any time. For a copy of our Membership Form /(Renewal) - Word document (.docx)

Volunteers are essential to successfully run and enrich our organization. Our tradition is to rely on members to provide program content and artistic support so we actively encourage participation from each and every member. Some of the volunteer opportunities are listed on the Volunteer Form - Word document (.docx)

Please contact MaryAnne Toonders, Membership Coordinator


Meetings are held on the third Monday of each month, from 7pm to 9 pm at the Ottawa Citizen Main Floor Board Room, Baxter Road, Ottawa.


Out of the Box has again organized three members' Playdates for the fall and winter of 2017/18. The dates, topics and leader member(s):


Framing Play date with Marie Anzai

Framing Play date
Have you ever wanted to make a frame to fit your art rather than having to go and buy the size off the shelf?

Try your hand at making your own frames and/or refurbish the ones you already have. Marie will have mitres, saws and clamps so that you can make your own small frame. Learn a quick, efficient way of stretching your canvas on this new frame. We will also experiment with paints, tissue paper and PVA glue to re-use your old frames. An opportunity to play – and have your pieces always finis.


Make felt bowls using the balloon method. With Lynn Keeler


Art knitting & crochetting with Lorie Schinko

This is a course for learning the basic principles of wool width, according to needle size, measurements and creative combinations of yarns. The knitting is only knit and purl-the yarn does the work of making textures and visual stimulation to make one of a kind items. We will learn a formula of various yarn combinations and needle size, and how many stitches per inch in order than persons can make a successful customised pattern for cardis,hats skirts and capes. We will discuss including crocheting with knitting for 1 garment,using the formula she will give out to the participants.

What is a Playdate?

A Playdate is a date with your artistic self. It is an opportunity for our members to gather, practice art and share ideas. Each Playdate starts with a practice exercise led by an OOTB member. The exercise consists of design, creativity and techniques that the Playdate leader uses in his or her art. Playdate participants can choose to participate in the exercises, or work on their own projects.

Where, How Many,Time and Cost

Playdates take place at the Kitchissippi United Church Hall, located at 630 Island Park Drive in Ottawa. There is free parking in designated areas and members can bring a lunch to eat in a communal kitchen. Coffee, tea and milk are provided throughout the day.

  • Playdate days start at 9:30 am and finish at 3:30pm
  • The cost of each session is $10.00 per Playdate or $25.00 for three. The Playdate leaders donate their time and expertise and allow us to use their materials; therefore, there maybe a small material fee between $5 and $10 to replace any materials Playdate participants use.
  • OOTB policy is that fees are non-refundable but members may find another member or non-member to take their place.

You can register for Playdates at the monthly members meeting or by emailing Veronique Lapierre at verolapierre1205@gmail.com

OOTB Program and Workshops


AUGUST 21, 2017

  • TBD
  • Members show and tell.

SEPTEMBER 18, 2017

  • Guest speaker, Gunnel Hag, Toronto, Ont. Printer, dyer and colour artist and teacher.
    Registration is now open for non- members.
  • Members show and tell.

OCTOBER 16, 2017

  • Members show and tell.

NOVEMBER 20, 2017

  • TBA
  • Members show and tell.




The second workshop in our 20th Anniversary celebration. We are very lucky to spend two full days with Gunnel in a beautiful parkland atmosphere. We will learn how to design cloth by manipulating texture and colour with the goal of establishing our own unique designs.

Description : Colour Vie, two day workshop using Colour Vie pigments. Participants will learn techniques to create personal unique designs on fabric. Each day will consist of six hours of instruction and time for students to practice. Our water based pigments are ideal for creating any fabrics by stamping, block printing, painting, stenciling, sponging and spraying and dyeing are just a few techniques. Gunnel Hag studied textile design in Sweden and England. She taught in the Textile Studio at Sheridan College for 12 years and has been a visiting lecturer at the National Institute of Design in Ahmadabad, India. Her fabrics have been represented at International Design exhibitions and she has received many grants and awards for her work.

Gunnel has published two books: Creating Texture and Creating Texture: Soft Texture.
See more on her web site and her new work on her blog. www.colourvie.com & http://gunnelhag.blogspot.ca

Saturday and Sunday, September 16-17th. 9:30 - 4:00 pm
Richelieu-Vanier Community Centre,
300 des Peres-Blancs Ave,

Maximum 15 participants.
Cost: $175.00 Registration starts at Monday, June 19th meeting. Pay be cheque or cash.
More info, contact Lynn Keeler at anottawagirlATyahoo.ca



Visitor admission is $5, except for special guest presentations, when it is $10. Please check our News page to see which meetings have speakers.

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