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Featured NQ Artists

Nunavut Qiviut features artists that create with Nunavut Qiviut yarns.

Uyagaqi from Ottawa

Gayle Uyagaqi Kabloona is Ukkusiksalingmiut and currently lives in Ottawa. Gayle is an interdisciplinary artist and aspiring knitwear designer: her focus is primarily on ceramics, printmaking, and fibre. She learned how to knit from YouTube in 2016 and fell in love with making her own garments while living in Iqaluit, Nunavut. Gayle believes in the healing power and meditative qualities of craft and uses art therapy techniques to teach knitting at the Mamisarvik Healing Centre in Ottawa.

  Uyugaqi modelling the Celes lace qiviut scarf.  Hand knit by Uyugaqi. Nunavut Qiviut Yarn: 100% Qiviut (Natural Colour), 2 ply,190 yards/oz, 3.5 ounces.  Design: 'Celes' by Brooklyn Tweed. (Photo Credit: Uyugaqi).

Uyagaqi modelling the Celes lace qiviut scarf that she hand knit. Nunavut Qiviut Yarn: 100% Qiviut (Natural Colour), 2 ply,190 yards/oz, 3.5 ounces.  Design: 'Celes' by Brooklyn Tweed. (Photo Credit: Uyagaqi).


 Kilikvak modelling the Rock Island lace shall hand knit by Uyugaqi. Nunavut Qiviut Yarn: 100% Qiviut (Natural Colour), 2 ply, 190 yards/oz, 3.5 ounces.  Design: 'Rock Island' by Brooklyn Tweed. (Photo Credit:  Uyugaqi).

Kilikvak modelling the Rock Island lace shall hand knit by Uyagaqi. Nunavut Qiviut Yarn: 100% Qiviut (Natural Colour), 2 ply,190 yards/oz, 3.6 ounces.  Design: 'Rock Island' by Brooklyn Tweed. (Photo Credit:  Uyugaqi).


 Nunavut kids modelling a hat and Greenlandic muff hand knit by Uyugaqi. Nunavut Qiviut Yarn: 100% Qiviut (Natural Colour), 2 ply, 190 yards/oz, 1.5 ounces each.  Design: Contact Uyugaqi for pattern. (Photo Credit:  Uyugaqi).

Nunavut children modelling a Double-brimmed hat and Greenlandic muff hand knit by Uyugaqi. Nunavut Qiviut Yarn: 100% Qiviut (Natural Colour), 2 ply, 190 yards/oz. 1.2 and 1.0  oz of yarn for the Double-brimmed hat and Greenlandic muff, respectively.  Design: Contact Uyugaqi for pattern. (Photo Credit:  Uyugaqi).


 

Bara from Kugluktuk

Bara has lived in the small community of Kugluktuk, Nunavut for over thirty years and finds knitting a relaxing activity during the long winter nights.  She uses a variety of Nunavut Qiviut yarn depending on the project.  Bara finds Nunavut Qivuit yarn both luxurious and soft to knit.  She enjoys producing cozy, light and extremely warm items for you or a that special someone. She kindly developed and donated a hat pattern to Nunavut Qiviut.  Some examples of Bara's knit work are below.


 Hat with a traditional Inuit design made from Nunavut Qiviut's 100% qiviut in natural and midnight colour. 1.2 oz total. Right: Hat made with Nunavut Qiviut's 100% qiviut and 50/40/10 qiviut/superfine merino/silk blend (both indigo colour) and Arctic Hare yarn. 1.2 oz total. Nunavut Qiviut Yarn: All yarns used are 2 ply, 190 yards/oz.  Design: Pattern credit: Bee. (Photo Credit: Nunavut Qiviut)

Mr. Muskox bedazzled by Bara's knit hats. Left: Hat with a traditional Inuit design made from Nunavut Qiviut's 100% qiviut in natural and midnight colour. 1.2 oz total. Right: Hat made with Nunavut Qiviut's 100% qiviut and 50/40/10 qiviut/superfine merino/silk blend (both indigo colour) and Arctic Hare yarn. 1.2 oz total. Nunavut Qiviut Yarn: All yarns used are 2 ply, 190 yards/oz.  Design: Pattern credit: Bara. (Photo Credit: Nunavut Qiviut).


 Kilikvak modelling the Rock Island lace shall hand knit by Uyugaqi. Nunavut Qiviut Yarn: 100% Qiviut (Natural Colour), 2 ply, 190 yards/oz, 3.5 ounces.  Design: 'Rock Island' by Brooklyn Tweed. (Photo Credit:  Uyugaqi).

Mr. Muskox loves Bara's Nirumiktuq hat design. Nunavut Qiviut Yarn: 50/40/10 Qiviut/superfine merino/silk (ruby colour) and Arctic Fox yarn, 2 ply,190 yards/oz, 1.25 oz.  Design credit: Bara. (Photo Credits: Nunavut Qiviut).


Mr. Muskox admiring Bara's knit lace scarves. Left: Lace scarf (oz) and hat (oz) made from 100% qiviut in ruby colour. Right: Lace scarf in 100% qiviut in indigo colour (oz) and Arctic Fox yarn (oz). Nunavut Qiviut Yarn: All yarns used are 2 ply, 190 yards/oz. Design: Pattern credit: Bara. (Photo Credit: Nunavut Qiviut).

 

Bara Donates Nirumiktuq Hat Design for Nunavut Qiviut Knitters

Bara has created and graciously donated this "Checkerboard Warmth" Nirumiktuq hat design. Nirumiktuq means 'soft and warm' in Inuktut. The Qiviut Blend and Arctic Fox Yarn by Nunavut Qiviut that includes superfine merino works well for hats as it has the elasticity required to retain its shape. The qiviut and Arctic fox (or Arctic Hare - you choose!) in this design increases the softness and warmth and develops a soft halo over time. Thank You Bara! We love you!