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Circle Craft Christmas Market

Come join me for the 2012 39th Annual Circle Craft Christmas Market. Rosehip Hats (Shari, Kalisha) can be found at Booth # E4 along the East wall.

Wednesday thru Friday 10am-9pm
Saturday 10am-7pm
Sunday 10am-5pm

Vancouver Convention Centre West – see map
1055 Canada Place
Vancouver, BC V6C 0C3

Click the photo below for Ticket Information including online purchase DISCOUNTS.

Your initial ticket purchase entitles you to unlimited re-entry on any day of the 2012 show. Please pick up and validate your re-entry pass as you exit. (non-transferable)


About Circle Craft Christmas Market:

More than 300 artisans from coast to coast! Vancouver’s Circle Craft Christmas Market has been a local tradition since 1973. For 38 years, generations of Vancouverites, British Columbians, as well as tourists from near and far have been enjoying the Market, a place where they come face to face with fine BC and Canadian artisans and their work. Exhibitors include wood turners, glass blowers, sculptors and potters, clothing and jewellery designers, toy makers, leather and metal workers, and more. In addition, to round out the experience, visitors will find food vendors, entertainment by local dance groups, craft technique demonstrations, and other activities.

The Circle Craft Christmas Market attracts some 40,000 people eager to discover the creations of hundreds of Canadian artisans all of whom are jury-selected based on talent and diversity. This November, more artisans than ever, over 300 (many of whom are new to the Market!), will present their wares.

The Market offers additional special sights and artistic surprises for attendees and fun activities for families to enjoy:

Watch artists produce their work – Enjoy live pottery throwing, weaving, and woodturning demonstrations!

Totally Amazing Glass – Take in free glassblowing demonstrations by some of Canada’s top glass artists. Visit the display of gallery work located next to the stage.

Ballz of Fire Workshop – Try your hand at designing and creating a blown glass Christmas ornament.

The Entertainment Stage where fantastic local talent will shine, including youth community dance and music groups!

Student Art Exhibition – Circle Craft presents, for the sixth year, an exciting exhibit celebrating student creativity. Each secondary school featured offers a display of a wide variety of student artwork reflecting the quality and diversity of their visual arts programs. This show offers a snapshot of the many styles and media art students are practicing. Explorations in drawing, painting, mixed media, printmaking, collage, photography, woodworking, and felting will be on view. This exhibition is presented by Circle Craft Cooperative.

Great Prizes will be won. Since its inception in 1993, The Sharing Tree has become an integral part of the Circle Craft Christmas Market. A $2 charitable donation enters you to win a prize valued at $1,500. All proceeds go to charity.

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Filberg Festival in August

Comox BC:    The Filberg Festival – western Canada’s largest outdoor arts show – is celebrating its 30th Birthday this 2012 BC long weekend, and the Rosehip Hat team will be there (Shari, Kalisha). 

You’ll also find amazing fine art & craft, meet the artisans, enjoy live entertainment & music and sample tasty food under the trees in a most beautiful historic garden setting by the sea… come join the fun!


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Island Vogue on Granville Island

Several years ago the Net Loft on Granville Island showcased the work of Island artists with a fashion event called Island Vogue. Silk artist Heide Otto and I collaborated to create these outfits for the show.

Special projects like this are always a challenge as it pushes artists out of their ‘comfort zones’ into a new level of creative thinking and skill-testing.

We had a lot of fun with the process, and loved the results, especially seeing our designs get ‘worked’ by live models/dancers.

Outfit #1 – Tropical Seas

  • flowing dress in hand-painted silk with shibori texture 
  • colours of emerald, royal blue and turquoise 
  • coordinating sunhat & silk jewelry 

  Outfit #2 – WestCoast Seaside

  • flapper dress in handpainted silk with seashell motif 
  • colours of light blue and sandy beige 
  • adorned with silk seaweed and kelp 
  • coordinating sunhat 

 Dresses and jewelry by Heide Otto    / Hats by Shari Reid

 About the Artists:

Heide Otto was born in Europe and moved to Vancouver in 1963.  Through her studies abroad and locally she has enjoyed great success as a multi-media fibre artist.
For the past 18 years, Heide has been focusing her attention on silk painting and developing her own style and techniques which favour strong, bright colours.   Her work has been shown in juried craft shows in Victoria, Whistler, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver – including the Granville Island Public Market. Her work has been appreciated and purchased by visitors from all over the world.
Shari Reid was born in Ladner, BC, and has been designing and hand-crafting original hats in her home studio since 1993. In addition to selling at Granville Island Public Market, her collection is also sold at juried art markets such as Circle Craft Christmas Market (Vancouver, BC) and the Filberg Festival (Comox, BC). Shari studied Fashion Design with a major in Textiles at the University of the Fraser Valley.
Heide and Shari have enjoyed the opportunity to collaborate on these light-hearted and imaginative fashions.
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Circle Craft Christmas Market

The 2012 38th Annual Circle Craft Christmas Market is Vancouver’s most-anticipated event of the season and a tradition for holiday shoppers seeking original works of fine craft.

2011 marks a decade for RoseHip Hats as a Circle Craft exhibitor.  In these past weeks leading up to the show, I’ve been busy in the studio designing new hat styles, choosing a selection of seasonal fabrics & trims, cutting, sewing, pressing, handstitching … and then packing up the caravan with boxes of hats and booth display items for the trek to the show.

Look for Kalisha and me at Booth #422 under a brand new RoseHip sign – we’re looking forward to seeing you!

Circle Craft is held at the new Vancouver Convention Centre . Click here for map.

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Rosehip Hats on Granville Island (since 1997), Vancouver BC, CANADA

“Picture a place molded by a fascinating history, buzzing with a colourful artistic community. A living, breathing urban oasis filled with fine waterfront restaurants, theatres, galleries, studios, unique shops, cafes and the most spectacular fresh food market you’ve ever seen. Add a vibrant and diverse mix of people and activities, and you have a destination so dynamic, no visit to the city is complete without spending at least a day here. Just think of Granville Island as Vancouver’s Town Square. Where locals and visitors come together to be inspired, to be entertained or simply to breathe in some of its unique atmosphere …”  

You’ll find Rosehip Hats at the Public Market on Granville Island throughout the year, on a rotating schedule. Please check my Calendar here.

What a treat to spend time on the free & easy Vancouver waterfront in our very own urban oasis! So much to see and do and experience. Here’s just a sampling of special events, as well as year-round activities:


Find all Upcoming Event listings and Island highlights HERE

wooden boat fest
The Vancouver Wooden Boat Festival in August: Family boat-building, knot tying demonstrations, maritime music, boat races and an armada of wooden boats of all kinds to explore on the Granville Island public docks.

farmers marketGranville Island Farmer’s Market: Thursdays from June to October in Triangle Square just outside the Public Market. Come support your local growers and enjoy the big flavours and goodness of ‘fresh-picked’. The market features everything from seasonal produce to wine, local craft, artisan food products, and more.

deck on GIBest outdoor patios in Vancouver! – all summer long. Don’t forget the wooden decks along False Creek north of the Market – lots of tables & chairs to enjoy your meals, waterfront benches, seagulls (protect your french fries) and music (ps – buskers love tips!)


The Public Market Food Experience – all summer long.  My faves: try an amazing veggie burger with seasoned french-fries from the Market Grill, or a picnic of giant fresh castrelvetano olives, dolmades, ceci (seasoned garbanzos) and orzo salad from Zara’s Deli. So many temptations in the Market – you won’t go hungry!

309090_454401577914675_353903736_nGranville Island Artisans in the Market: Carefully selected from BC’s best, the Market day vendors are artisans, local farmers, and producers of specialty foods who create, grow or produce their own goods, with pride and passion. From fine jewelry to hand-made soap, from ceramics to gourmet treats, from cutting edge fashion to spectacular visual art – it’s all here to be discovered in the heart of the market.  Enjoy the bustling atmosphere and experience truly local shopping. It’s a fresh mix of vendors every day.

aquabusTravelers Tips: If you’re driving your vehicle onto Granville Island, you should know this: Parking is crazy on the weekends, and certain times on the weekdays as well. For the best chance of finding a spot, come very early and find free parking for 3 hours, or look for the Pay Lots around the Island. Parking update for 2019 – see below**  

Looking for transit alternatives? Find your way to Granville Island via aqua ferries from downtown, or by bus & taxi. Consider walking or biking (or rolling) the False Creek seawall – it’s a spectacular scenic route the whole family can enjoy. Lots of bike racks around the Island, including a secure bike lock-up. Mobi Bike rentals are also available around the seawall leading into the Island.

Hope to see you on Granville Island soon!

** Please Note: Year-round pay parking is coming into effect at Granville Island as of June 1, 2019. From May to September, parking from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. will cost $3 an hour. It will cost $2 an hour during the winter, from October to April. Parking will be free before 11 a.m. and after 6 p.m.