About FFAA

Baba And Beets by Cec Caswell, My Heritage competition 2016

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

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 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, Evergreen Spinners and Weavers Guild, Latchet Machine Knitters and individual members. Meeting times and dates for member guilds are listed on the events calendar page.

The 2020/21 FFAA Board members are:

President Vicki Robson EDQG Vice President Christine Wiggett ENG EDQG
Secretary Carmen Routhier EMQG Treasurer Gwen Loiselle EMQG
Past President & Workshops Arlene Tomnuk EWG Advertising, Newsletter & Website Editor Sharon Rubuliak EDQG
Competition Coordinator & Instagram Editor Deb Merriam ERHG Facebook Editor Catherine Challenger ENG
ACUA Guild Slavka Shulakewych BGQPG Guild rep Cyndi Wagner 
EDQG Guild rep Susan Mooney EMQG Guild rep Faye Sutherley
ENG Guild rep Scheri Manson ERHG Guild rep Deb Merriam
ESWG Guild rep Helen Wing EWG Guild rep Karen Cantwell
LMKC Guild rep Sheila Bosserts

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