2017 Program and Schedule

August 17-18-19-20: Textile workshops

 (Thursday through Sunday, must register in advance)

August 19-20

(Saturday and Sunday)

  • Ticket office opens at: 8 :00
  • Gate opens: 9:00
  • Gate closes: 17:00


  • Daily pass : 10$ taxes included
  • Weekend pass : 15$ taxes included
  • Free entry for kids UNDER 12 years.

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THURSDAY AUGUST 17TH  between 9 : 30 and 4 :30
FRIDAY AUGUST 18TH between 9 :30 and 4 :30

Saturday  AUGUST 19TH between 9 : 30 and 4 :30

Sunday AUGUST 20TH between 9 :30 and 4 :30


Register to a workshop and discover our teachers!

More than 50 workshops to choose from!

It is preferable to register in advance.

A weekend pass is included in your registration!




Saturday  between 9:00 and 5:00
Sunday between 9:00 and 5:00

Discover our vendors, that come from all over the country and beyond to inspire you!

Textile demonstrations

Textile demonstrations

Saturday  between 9:30 and 4:30
Sunday between 9:30 and 4:30

Presented by


  9:30  Painting with wool: needle felted landscape with Fibre Craft (ENGLISH)
10:30  Crochet and Tunisian crochet with ACCROchet (FRENCH)
11:30  Linen transformation with TapRootFibre (ENGLISH)
12:30  Continental knitting with The Wool Boutique (ENGLISH)
12:30  How to warp a Rigid Heddle loom with Wabi Sabi (Booth 43) (ENGLISH)
13:30  Pompom art: use up those odds, ends and leftovers ! with Stix and Stones (ENGLISH)
14:30  Circular sock machine with Mes baaas! (FRENCH)
15:30  Wool and silk embroidery with L’atelier de Pénélope (FRENCH)


  9:30  Circular weaving with Fibrez (FRENCH)
10:30  The Muskox Wonder with Diane Gonthier and Gilbert Lessard (ENGLISH)
11:00  Presentation of Cornouailles, a Pierre Perrault film (FRENCH)
12:00  The Muskox Wonder with Diane Gonthier and Gilbert Lessard (FRENCH)
12:30  How to warp a Rigid Heddle loom with Wabi Sabi (ARENA, Booth 43)
12:30  Wool felting (hot water method) with Kayes Creation (FRENCH)
13:30  Arrow sashes; patterns and effects with Etchiboy (FRENCH)
14:30  Sheep cheese making with Les Folies Bergères (BILINGUAL)

CONFERENCE : The Muskox Wonder

CONFERENCE : The Muskox Wonder

Sunday from 10 :30 to 12 :00

By Gilbert Lessard and Lorraine Weston from Cottage Craft Angora and Diane Gonthier from Les Ateliers d'un pas feutré.


30 minutes followed by a viewing of the film Les Cornouailles (Ice Warrior) by Pierre Perreault (50 minutes -  in French only)


The wild musk ox is the only mammal that can withstand the coldest climate of the highest up north Arctic; No wonder why its very fine and precious under coat fibre, the Qiviut ends up being one of the most insulating textile fibre! Come hear the story of the few attempts to use and market the musk ox fibre in Canada history, along with the challenges that these nearly prehistoric beasts have to face.

Come listen to the history of some initiatives, historical and recent, that aim to use and market this precious fibre...

The conference includes a hand spinning demonstration of Qiviut and the viewing of the film of the National Film Board "Cornouailles" (available in French only), depicting the beauty and fragility of the musk ox's way of life, a beast that is practically prehistoric !



Saturday and Sunday from 10 :00. to 4 :00

Animated by :

As part of the TWIST Festival, Ficelle will host a plethora of activities for kids of all ages !

The following activities will be offered:



10:00 Felted dance
11:00 Wooly animals
12:00 - break -
13:00 Rainbow yarn
14:00 Spool knitting
15:00 Yarn skipping rope


10:00 Introduction to Spinning
11:00 Wooly alphabet
12:00 - break -
13:00 Mini-weaving
14:00 Spool knitting
15:00 Yarn skipping rope

At all times:

Coloring for the little ones
A labyrinth of "electric" fibres
Discovering fibres

(children must be accompanied by an adult)


Social media's brunch

Social media brunch

Sunday, from 9:30 to 11:30



Twist is a huge party and the occasion to build ties with our virtual communities ! This year we suggest you take part at our Social media brunch hosted by Julie Desjardins from ACCROchet ! It will be the perfect occasion to meet your Facebook friends or your Ravelry colleagues to discuss your WIPs. Different group banners will be displayed to stimulate meetings around a good breakfast or a coffee ! It's the place to be to meet the administrators of the groups you follow and to attend the live recording podcasts of: 


To subscribe a group, to record a PODCAST live from the festival, or to register as a blogger, contact us at marieanne@festivaltwist.org.



Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 to 5:00

Presented by:

The farm Le moment présent will be on site all weekend with its fibre animals and available to answer the public's question. Come see and touch rabbits and alpacas and learn more about the breeding of these furry beasts !

Food fair and Beer Garden

Food fair and "Biergarten"

Saturday and Sunday from 9 :00. to 4 :00

Local products, ready-to-eat and fine foods from the region will be available at the festival's food fair. On site: pastries, coffee, teas, bubble teas, wines, beers, cheese, meat... and much more. 

Ferme Brylee

Boulangerie Nouvelle-France

Ferme du Ruisseau Noir

Fromagerie Les folies bergères

Boucherie de la Ferme

Verger Croque-Pomme

Clos Baillie

Bon Thé Divine

Yarnbombing participative exhibit, by Natacha Sansoz

Yarnbombing participative exhibit, by Natacha Sansoz

Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 9 :00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m

From Thursday August 17th, French artist Natacha Sansoz will assemble a Yarnbombing knitted artwork on the festival's site. She will offer a textile creation to visitors present on site. Festival-goers will see her at work and partake on this collective work throughout the festival. She will also offer an initiation to Yarnobombing workshop  on Saturday from 1 :30 p.m. to 4 :30 p.m. (must register in advance here)

The Bobbin Dance

Dog Demos (sheep herding demos)

Saturday 10:30 and 15:30 / Sunday 10:00 and 11:00

New this year : dog demos! A herding dog, also known as a working dog, is a type of pastoral dog that either has been trained in herding or is of a breed developed for herding. Their ability to be trained to act on the sound of a whistle or word command is renowned throughout the world. Border Collies, sheep and their shepherd will be on site to demonstrate their abilities. By La Bergerie De Falco

The Bobbin Dance

Fate, Destiny and Self-Determination

July 8th to AUGUST 27th

opening hours
tuesday to friday from 9am to 4pm
Sunday from 1pm to 4 pm

Fate, Destiny and Self-Determination, is an international tapestry project of the artist Line Dufour.

The expo is situated at the Centre d'action Culturel de Papineau

3, rue Principale, Saint-André-Avellin


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