Shannon Nelson

Shannon Nelson

(she/her)

Master Weaver Designation from Olds College 2022

Shannon Nelson (left) teaches workshops and offers tutoring through Gather Textiles. She is pictured with Kalea working on the Parkland Blanket Wool project. Along with her two nieces, Shannon is part of The North Side Girls weaving collective, whose work has been featured at the Royal Bison and other local markets. Shannon specializes in teaching weavers how to make rugs, tea towels, and overshot designs. Her strong eye for detail and expert knowledge of weaving techniques make her an invaluable part of the Gather team.

Barb Rahal

Barb Rahal

(she/her)

Barb is our newest Gather team member and we couldn't be more lucky to have her! A lover of arts, animals, nature and all things fibre. Barb has been a professional photographer for the past 26 years and has fallen in love with the magic of knot tying and hand weaving. Barb teaches macrame classes, helps around the studio and brings a ton of fun energy!

Ali Hurlburt

Ali Hurlburt

(they/them)

Ali Hurlburt (right) is a handweaver and weaving instructor who only feels truly relaxed when sitting at a loom. At Gather they are the expert in rigid heddle looms: small, simple looms with lots of potential. They also teach four shaft weaving and writes content for the Gather blog, troubleshooting series, and online learning. They sell their weaving under the name Booj Wovens, as well as exploring sacred weaving and inter-faith textile projects. They are passionate about welcoming new weavers to the craft and about bringing weaving into community spaces.

Angela Kelly

Angela Kelly

(she/her)

Angela Kelly is co-owner of Gather Textiles and an expert sewist specializing in contemporary garments.  She graduated from the Art Institute of Vancouver in Fashion Design & Marketing and has been teaching in Edmonton for 10 years.  Angela is passionate about using traditional sewing techniques in new and exciting ways.  When she isn’t sewing, Angela is likely doing embroidery, punch needle, weaving or dreaming up her next project.

Kim McCollum

Kim McCollum

(she/her)

Master Weaver Designation from Olds College 2022

Kim McCollum is co-owner of Gather Textiles. There are many strands to her weaving practice. As a workshop instructor, she has taught hundreds of new weavers how to create cloth and design woven pieces. She has travelled to Morocco, India, and across the United States and Canada to learn about and teach weaving. Kim is also a working visual artist who earned an MFA from the University of Alberta in 2020. Her paintings and textile art explore the intersection of craft traditions and contemporary art through the structure of the grid. As a designer, she leads Gather’s pattern development and creative direction. Kim is constantly on the lookout for ways to grow communities around craft.