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Online Fiber Art Supply Stores: Assisting An Emerging Art Form

By Alison Hudson

Fibre art (also spelled “fiber art”) is a type of fine art that uses natural and synthetic fibres and textiles to create works of art. Though it has roots in the past, it is also nascent in its current form. With fiber art, the materials used and the manual labour involved are intrinsic to the artistic significance of the works. Fiber art encompasses quilting, needlework, knitting, weaving and spinning, surface design, wearable art, papermaking, basketry, sculpture, and mixed-media pieces.

Fibre art pieces often have a functional use (think potholders, baskets, etc.), and because of this, they sometimes blur the line of what “art” is. Janet Koplos’ description of a key element in works of art helps elucidate a distinction: “Art is not just a concrete object; rather, it operates on a metaphoric level-the concrete object refers to other things, and the personal idea or image suggests a universal that can be shared. Art is never a simple or obvious statement; instead, there is always a depth to it that holds our interest and allows the art work to be reinterpreted over time.” In a sense, the aesthetic qualities must supercede the utility.

Fiber artists may have difficulty finding materials for their works, as fiber art is currently an emerging/resurrected art form. It is particularly challenging to acquire textile art supplies and fibre art supplies all in one store, and even art stores catering to niche arts like quilting are rare and not always conveniently located. As a result, onlines stores are becoming an ideal way for fibre artists to access supplies.

Stiches, a fibre arts store based on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada, is exemplary in also providing online shopping options. Stitches offers a multitude of fiber art supplies, quilting supplies, and quilting fabrics online, including art quilting books, fibre quilting books, art quilting tools, art quilting supplies, and quilting notions. In particular, Stitches carries products like yarns, silks, felts, nylon scarves, Angelina fibres, Crystalina fibres, cotton fibres, mohair locks, mayasine, metal shim, paints, and surface design mediums, to name just some of the items.

The biggest asset of an online store, such as Stitches, is that its abundant and esoteric stock make it a one-stop-shop, and the fact that it’s online makes it accessible, regardless of where you are residing. You simply place an order, and the desired items arrive on your doorstep! According to current customers, this is “heaven”!

If you live in the Salt Spring Island area, or if you are interested in online stores offering fibre art supplies, and quilting supplies, check out this article, which gives an overview of fibre art and which discusses how accesibility of arts supplies stands to usher in a renassiance of the art form.

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Hudson, Alison "Online Fiber Art Supply Stores: Assisting An Emerging Art Form." Online Fiber Art Supply Stores: Assisting An Emerging Art Form. 22 Jun. 2010. 26 Aug 2014 <>.

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