We love Fibre Arts!

Welcome to Fredericton's Fibre Arts Network

Caroline Simpson
Churchill Garden Designs

My fascination with fibre arts dates back to early childhood when I first learned to sew,
embroider, and knit. I began by creating original designs for doll's clothing and soft furnishings
when I was seven, and moved on to creating clothing for myself and others as I grew older.
Shortly after moving to Fredericton in the late 1980s, I was introduced to the craft of traditional
rug hooking and fell in love with the medium. Since then, I have been honing my skills in
designing patterns, dyeing wool, and hooking contemporary versions of a time-honoured craft
that embodies creativity, beauty, practicality, and an inherent concern for the environment
through recycling.

Kimberly Bent
Bent Threads

Jackie Bourque

Lois McDonald-Layden
Tuckamoor Wildcrafts

Anna Mathis
Ploome Fiber Arts

Trish Hirschkorn
Trish Raine Felting

Karen Leblanc



Karen LeBlanc started weaving as a child. She attended the NB Craft School and completed a Bachelor of Arts (Honours Sociology) and a Masters of Education (Adult Education) as a single mother and mature student. As a weaver for over 40 years, Karen’s creative designs and products evolve from her tactile love of texture, colour, fibre and patterns. Karen explores various 4-harness and 8-harness weaving techniques including overshot, double weave, twill and many other styles of weaving. In 2015, Karen secured a 60-inch 4-harness loom for the Fibre Arts Network (FAN), weaving a beautiful overshot coverlet for the donor. Members of FAN use the loom for various projects. Karen wove a second coverlet that was exhibited at the 2016 World of Threads Festival.


In 2005, Karen discovered Jacquard weaving through the renowned Louise Lemieux Bérubé, which provided her with advanced design and weaving techniques in Photoshop and Pointcarré. Karen received two artsnb creation grants, and exhibits her work locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.  She has also coordinated several Fibre Art exhibitions in New Brunswick.


Karen is a juried member and Past-President of the NB Crafts Council, the President of the Fibre Arts Network, a board member of ArtsLink NB, and is a member of the Guild of Canadian Weavers, Handweavers Guild of America and Complex Weavers. She is employed as the Senior Project Manager at the Joint Economic Development Initiative (JEDI), a provincial Indigenous organization.

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