Christine Turnbull is a contemporary fibre artist specializing in woven tapestry as well as freeform woven knit, or crocheted pieces. She uses her own handspun yarns to add texture and uniqueness to her pieces whether they are wearable art pieces, hung tapestries or other art installations. Her studio, Turn Weft and Spin Too is part of the collaborative space at Carriageway Studios in beautiful downtown Almonte. As well as being her creative space, Christine also offers instruction in tapestry weaving, small loom weaving, crochet and freeform styles.
My grandmother had sixteen grandchildren. She used to knit us mittens for Christmas each year. I was fascinated by the process. Needles and yarn, cast on, knit and purl, make a thumb, decrease for the top and then bind off. When I was six, she taught me first, how to knit, and then how to crochet. This set in motion a lifetime love of fibre arts, making clothes for my dolls, Barbies, then knitting and crocheting for my own children.
After my children were in high school and with a background in teaching adults, I began to teach knitting and crocheting. In 2002, I realised a lifelong dream of learning how to spin. A year later I added weaving to my fibre art skills.
Now, spinning on my wheel or one of my collection of suspended or supported spindles, I incorporate my hand spun yarn into my weaving. I love to weave on small looms like my Rigid Heddle or Tapestry looms. In addition to teaching knitting and crochet, I enjoy teaching others to spin and to weave on small looms too.