Marilyn Bustard

I have been weaving for over 40 years, starting in the mid-1970's as a student of the New Brunswick Craft School in Fredericton. After many years of sewing and doing other needlecrafts and fibre arts as a young person, weaving was a natural progression. I love working with my hands, and the mathematical design process of weaving was very appealing to me.

Upon graduating, I was offered a position at the Craft School in Fundy National Park, a job instructing day-classes in weaving. I taught there for several summers, until the school closed. I enjoy teaching others to do what I enjoy most, and I continue to offer weaving classes at my current location in Sussex, NB.

Over the years, I have undertaken many interesting weaving projects. One of the projects that I enjoyed was a collaboration with two other craftspeople to create 17th Century garment examples for a museum display in Newfoundland.

I enjoy using a variety of weaving techniques, not just the basic ones such as tabby, twill, and overshot, but also variations such as double weave and all sorts of lace weaves. I like using many different fibres and weights of yarn, as well.

I am a proud member of the Guild of Canadian Weavers, a nation-wide organization that was created in 1947. It provides to its members a quarterly newsletter, access to the GCW library, a testing program, and awards and scholarships. I'm working on the Senior stage of their testing program with a goal of joining the select few in achieving my Master certificate. Visit the GCW website to learn more about them.