Workshops in traditional and contemporary fibre arts using materials and processes that protect our planet.

Artisanal products that support a sustainable natural fibre economy.

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 Mel, happy as a clam on her beloved Cape Breton Island.

Mel, happy as a clam on her beloved Cape Breton Island.

 

Mamie's Schoolhouse was founded by ecological fibre artist Mel Sweetnam, a juried member of the Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design, the South Haven Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers, and the Canadian Bookbinders & Book Artists Guild.

Mamie was Mel's Mother & her first fibre arts and conservation teacher.

Mel combines her life-long fibre arts studies & academic studies in biology to explore & teach a vast array of plant-based mordants & dyes, & an ecological stewardship approach to all fibre arts.

 
 Mamie (centre) with her siblings on their Wetaskiwin, Alberta area farm. The girls are wearing home-made dresses crafted from flour and feed sacks during The Great Depression.

Mamie (centre) with her siblings on their Wetaskiwin, Alberta area farm. The girls are wearing home-made dresses crafted from flour and feed sacks during The Great Depression.

 
 
 
 
It is a wholesome and necessary thing for us to turn again to the Earth and in the contemplation of her beauties to know the sense of wonder and humility.
— Rachel Carson
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Set amidst the rugged highlands and spectacular coastline of Cape Breton Island, Mamie’s Schoolhouse is for teachers and students who share a desire to tread as lightly as possible on the Earth while celebrating the ingenuity and beauty of natural and up-cycled fibre creations of every kind.

 
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