5 Counties 2012 - Saturday, September 22


Vendor set-up: 6:00 - 8:30

Guild display set-up: 7:30 - 8:30

Registration/Shopping: 8:30 - 10:00

Speaker: Judith Bowden, Shaw Festival Theatre costume designer 10:00 - 11:30

Topic: The creative process in bringing a historical period to life through textiles.

Our key note speaker this year is Judith Bowden, Shaw costume designer. She has an undergraduate degree in Clothing and Textile Design from the University of Manitoba and a Masters in Theatre Design from the University of Alberta. Her work has been seen at the Shaw Festival for the past seven seasons; including the 2011 production of My Fair Lady. Judith is the recipient of the Virginia and Myrtle Award in Costume design and was short listed for the Siminovitch Prize in Theatre in 2006.

President's meeting 12:00

Lunch/Shopping/Demos 11:30 - 2:30

Bring your mug and a lunch
Welcome coffee and snacks will be provided.

Guild members will be providing displays or demonstrating techniques at each vendor location relative to that vendor's product.

Wrap up/Awards/Prizes: 2:30 - 3:30


Holy Rosary Parish Hall

35 Queen Street South,

Thorold, Ontario

L2V 3M7


Registration deadlines:

Early-Bird registration draw - cutoff date, July 1.
Guild members -register before July 30 to qualify for member rate.
Non-guild members may register from July 15 - August 15.

August 15 Registration closes. Subsequent registrations will be taken at the door if seats available.

Bring your mug and a lunch - welcome coffee and snacks will be provided.

Vendor Registration Information

Five Counties 2012:  Back to the Future
Vendor Information and Registration


Q; What, When and Where is Five Counties?Five Counties is an annual one day conference which pulls together guilds and fiber lovers from Ontario’s GTA and Golden Horseshoe. This year is will be held on Saturday September 22 at Holy Rosary Parish Hall in Thorold, Ontario – easily accessed off of the 406 highway.

Q: Is it only open to guild members? No – this year for the first time, we will be inviting the general public of fiber enthusiasts to come as well. This will give fiber enthusiasts a chance to see the guild’s work and shop at our great vendor market.

Q: How many people will be in attendance? We estimate about 75 – 100 Guild members and about another 50 – 100 fiber enthusiasts from the general public.

Q: Where will the vendors be placed? In a large room where the attendees will be sitting and the speaker will be speaking. The vendors will be around the perimeter so they’ll be able to hear the key note speaker and the attendees will be able to see the vendors at all times.

Q: What is the agenda? Will there be lots of time for attendees to shop? Registration / shopping: 8:30 – 10:00 *Speaker 10:00 – 11:30 Lunch/Shopping/Demonstrations: 11:30 – 2:30 Wrap up, awards and prizes: 2:30 – 3:30 *We are in the final stages of securing a Shaw Festival costume designer. She is well known for a very popular recent production. She will speak on the creative process when designing a historically correct piece that is still updated for today.

Q: What are the demonstrations? Guild members and other volunteers will be each assigned to a vendor to stand beside the display and demonstrate a technique that supports the products you are selling. Spindling, basket making, triangle weaving are some of the techniques we’re considering. We will post further details on our website when they’re confirmed.

Q: How will the event be advertised? • Full page colour advertisements in the Spring and Summer issues of Fibre Focus Magazine. • Ravelry on our guild group and banner ads targeting GTA attendees • OHS Website • Facebook • Local yarn stores and libraries.

Q: What type of fiber enthusiast will be there? Weavers, Spinners, Felters, Crocheters, Knitters primarily. There is a lot of cross over between disciplines these days as fiber artists explore other related crafts.

Q: What is the cost and how much space will I have to display my goods? Approximately 10’ X 8’ space (includes 1 – 2 ½ ‘ X 8’ rectangle or 5’ circular table & chair) $20 Maximum of 3 spaces available per vendor

Q: Is there room to park and unload/load and what time can I start setting up? Yes, the parking lot is generous and the hall is on one floor for easy access. Vendors can start setting up at 6:00 am on the 22nd.

Q: Will there be on site support? Each vendor will be assigned a guild member to act as a liaison should they have questions or concerns during set up and tear down.

Q: Will there be access to food? We will provide beverages, treats and fruit for vendors.

Q: Where can I find information as it’s updated? On our website: http://nhws.ca/counties.html will be updated regularly or you can contact:

Five Counties 2012

For this year's challenge, your guild needs to pick a decade and build your display around that decade. It could be the roaring 1920's, the disco 1970's, the Victorian age, ancient Greece or Rome, even 2000 BC!

Your creations can be reproductions of items from that time period -- and/or -- you can use that time period as your inspiration for creating a modern-day item.

You may use any materials, colours, or style, as long as there is a tie in to your decade. Knitted and crocheted items must be from handspun yarn. Woven items may be from handspun or commercial yarns. Your project does not have to be a garment. It could be towels, trivets, handbags, hats, blankets, slippers, anything really (yes, tea towels, too).

Now a really silly example - The Spinnerets Guild chooses the Middle Ages as their decade. OK, I realize that the Middle Ages is a lot longer than one decade - you can also go with a historical period.

Hope you get the idea. When your display comes together, we want you to tell all the stories about how the items fit into your theme period. Please let me know if you have more questions when you get into it. Thank You, Anna.

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