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 tea
"Lady of Marrakesh", Winner in the
Artistic Design section of the Crochet
Guild Of America's 2011 design competition.
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 had a design for a purse published by Annie's Attic, as well as articles and patterns in Crochet Fantasy (Fall 2005) and A Needle Pulling Thread (Summer 2006).