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  • Glass & Metal work on display and for sale
  • Textiles on display and for sale
  • Decorative Ironwork
  • Forge work
  • Gallery Jewellery
  • Glass & Metal work on display and for sale
  • Felting at Eye of the Needle Studio

The Eye of the Needle Gallery and Studio is a cornucopia of beautiful designs and whismical inspiration.

The studio is at home in the yellow-brick former Salvation Army Church Building on 5th Street in the heart of Historic Downtown, across the street from the Fernie Museum and the Fernie Heritage Library, and just around the corner from the Miner's Walk, where you can see the Studio's metalwork sculptures when the gallery is closed.

On the first floor, the two owners and resident artists operate working studios. Sandra Barrett is a traditional blacksmith and fibre artist specialising in felting techniques. Sandra operates a traditional forge with her husband David in nearby Hosmer. David's family have been blacksmiths since 1893. At the studio, Sandra works as a fibre artist, incorporating felted pieces into her metalwork and creating wearable art.

Their daughter Flo May Barrett is the Leo-award winning costume designer of period biopic Eadweard. She has designed for the stage and screen and also works as a seamstress from the studio.

The first floor also has space for workshops - call to enquire.

On the lower floor is a series of galleries showcasing various artwork around Canada plus cast iron from the UK. Current artists include:


  • Fernie Forge (British Columbia)
  • Anvil Island Design (British Columbia)
  • Chinook Country Forge (Alberta)
  • K.D. Rooster (Ontario)
  • Kirkpatrick (UK)
  • Kootenay Forge (British Columbia)


  • Chaotic Fibres (British Columbia)
  • Flights of Fibre (Manitoba)
  • Robin Wiltse (British Columbia)


  • Fernie Mountain Honey (British Columbia)
  • Kootenay Candles (British Columbia)


  • The Jewelry Junkie (British Columbia)


  • Katherine Russell (British Columbia)
  • Kitras Art Glass (Ontario)

 Felting Classes are available on request. 

  • Contact Information
  • 250 423 2671
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  • 260 5th Street, Fernie, BC V0B 1M0
  • Details
  • Open
    Thurs from 10:00am to 5:00pm
    Fri from 10:00am to 5:00pm
    Sat from 11:30am to 5:30pm
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