About FFAA

Eternal Recurrence by Deborah Giles (detail), 2020 Future in Focus competition, 1st place – Modern Quilting

OUR MISSION STATEMENT: To encourage, foster and develop excellence and appreciation of fibre as an art form among the community. 


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

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

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

Birth Mother by Fern Facette (detail), 2020 Future in Focus competition, Best in Category – Weaving

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 volunteer fundraising with the Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis.


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, Latchet Machine Knitters and individual members. Meeting times and dates for member guilds are listed at Member Groups of FFAA.

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