Julia Bryant has been a part-time textile artist for as long as she can remember. The crafts she uses include crocheting, knitting, tapestry weaving and counted cross-stitch.
She became fascinated with Afghan/Tunisian crochet about twenty-five years ago, and has been developing and perfecting her skills using the colour inlay technique ever since. Her work is often embellished with beads, bobbles and embroidery, and she creates all her own designs.
In 2008 Julia co-led a craft tour to Morocco, which included teaching Tunisian crochet and filet crochet, and provided exposure to local artisans. This was her sixth visit to Morocco.
In the summer of 2008 Julia was awarded first prize in a design contest held by the Crochet Guild of America for one of her wall hangings.
She has had several exhibitions in Toronto, and has taught at weekend craft seminars, the Creative Needlework Festival, two Crochet Guild of America/Knitters’ Guild of America conferences in the United States, and various Knitters’ Guilds across Canada.
Julia works as a volunteer at the Textile Museum of Canada in the education program, and sits on the volunteer committee.
Julia is a founding member and co-president of a Toronto Knitters’ Guild, a member of the Toronto Hookups, a member of the Knitters’ Guild of America, and a professional member of the Crochet Guild of America.
Some of her garments were shown at the Seattle Knit and Fiber Expo in 2000. She has articles and patterns in Crochet Fantasy (Fall 2005) and A Needle Pulling Thread (Summer 2006).
"Lady of Marrakesh", Winner in the
Artistic Design section of the Crochet
Guild Of America's 2011 design competition.
Julia has designs published in...
Crochet Master Class by Jean Leihauser and Rita Weiss, Potter Craft New York.
Toronto Knit and Crochet Guilds
Rocks Guild - Regal Order of Crocheters and Knitters - meets on the first Thursday of the month at the Loblaws at Don Mills & Eglinton, Toronto, ON (Classroom) at 7.30 p.m.
Downtown Knit Collective meets on the third Wednesday of the month at
Innis College, 2 Sussex Avenue, Toronto at 7.30.
Mary Maxim, carries all sizes of afghan/Tunisian crochet hooks. (Also available by mail order) Yonge Eglinton Centre, 2300 Yonge Street, Toronto
Soo Ling Beads, a great resource for all types of beads including the lovely wooden ones appropriate for embellishments.
1162 Dundas Street W., Toronto. 416-588-1994
She has a passion for colour and she loves to teach!