About Us

Baba And Beets by Cec Caswell, My Heritage competition 2016

In February 1998 Focus on Fibre Art Association was incorporated as a not-for-profit association to provide a showcase for fibre artists. This action was taken in response to the decision of Edmonton’s long-standing summer fair in 1996 to discontinue its exhibition of arts and crafts.


To encourage, foster and develop, among the community,
 excellence and appreciation of fibre as an art form

In 1998 FFAA established a biennial competition and exhibition to provide an opportunity for fibre artists to test their ability and progress in their chosen fields, to receive feedback from respected teachers/judges and to exhibit their art to the public.

FFAA has sponsored 11 biennial competitions and exhibitions to showcase fibre art and artists:

1998 – no specific theme 2000 – Past and Future
2002 – From Hand to Hand 2004 – Healing with Fibre
2006 – Just for Fun 2008 – Wild Thing
2010 – Green 2012 – Spaces and Places
2014 – Prairies 2016 – My Heritage
2018 – Climate Change 2020 – 2020: Future in Focus

Bumper Crop by Karen King, My Heritage competition 2016

Several award winning artworks from the 1998-2012 competitions were featured in an FFAA retrospective as one third of a three-part exhibition called Western Threads: Contemporary Fibre Art at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton AB from April 12 – August 4, 2014.

In 2012 FFAA began offering fibre art workshops for members and the general public. These are made possible by volunteers fundraising with the Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannibus.

The board of directors of FFAA are volunteers drawn from the Edmonton-area fibre art community including Alberta Council of Ukrainian Arts, Black Gold Quilt Patch Guild, Edmonton & District Quilters Guild, Edmonton Modern Quilters Guild, Edmonton Needlecraft Guild, Edmonton Rug Hooking Guild, Edmonton Weavers Guild, Evergreen Spinners and Weavers Guild, Latchet Machine Knitters and individual members.

The 2020/21 FFAA Board members are:

President Vicki Robson EDQG Vice President Deborah Giles BGQPG
Secretary Carmen Routhier EMQG Treasurer Gwen Loiselle EMQG
Past President & Workshops Arlene Tomnuk EWG Website & Newsletter Sharon Rubuliak EDQG
Competition Coordinator & Instagram Editor Deb Merriam ERHG Facebook Editor Catherine Challenger ENG
ACUA Guild rep Brenda Philp BGQPG Guild rep Cyndi Wagner 
EDQG Guild rep Susan Mooney EMQG Guild rep Faye Sutherley
ENG Guild rep Sharon Williams ERHG Guild rep Deb Merriam
ESWG Guild rep Helen Wing EWG Guild rep Karen Cantwell
LMKC Guild rep Helen Wing

FFAA activities are supported by grants from AFA and from funds raised through AGLC .