Sons of Lugh Living History

 The Sons of Lugh Viking era living history group have added colour and drama to our Festival every year. Visit their demonstration area to see ancient fibre crafts such as spindle spinning, nalbinding and tablet weaving. Thank you to Kathryn Drummond of Sons of Lugh for this story of the making of a linen shirt. [...]

Northern Lights Lacemakers

Introducing another of our volunteer groups who will be demonstrating their craft at the Manitoba Fibre Festival -- Northern Lights Lacemakers is a small lace group based in Winnipeg. The group began formally in 2007. After several years of teaching bobbin lace, Ewa Kurnicka, (of Needlepoint Place) met with students Rise Thompson and Jocelyn Froese [...]

Winnipeg Embroiderer’s Guild

The Manitoba Fibre Festival is greatly enriched by the presence of volunteer groups demonstrating their craft. They share their skills and techniques with our visitors with endless enthusiasm. We welcome the Winnipeg Embroiderer's Guild to the Festival for the first time in 2017. The Winnipeg Embroiderer’s Guild (WEG) is a group of people interested in [...]

Long Way Homestead

Today's profile is from Anna Hunter, Manitoba fibre farmer, Festival vendor, and volunteer. In the short time Anna and her family have lived in Manitoba they have added much to our community. We love her energy and vision, and look forward to seeing Anna's business grow. Long Way Homestead is a small family owned and [...]

Creating a Custom Colourway

Daria Rakowski of Cloud 9 Fiberworks discusses the process of creating our 2017 custom colourway yarn --- It was such a privilege to create the limited edition colourway for the 2017 Manitoba Fibre Festival. When Margaret asked me to write a little bit about the process of creating the yarn I happily agreed, not realizing [...]

Val Fiddler, Wool Judge and Fibre Farmer

Introducing Val Fiddler, in her own words: In the fall of 2004, a little flock of 20 Corriedale ewes and 2 rams came to us at Newland Ranch near Webb Saskatchewan. Life as we knew it would never be the same! The following spring after the first shearing, I wanted to keep the wool rather [...]

Morag Schonken – Artist, Curator, Teacher

Morag Schonken is an interdisciplinary artist, emerging curator & writer and environmental advocate whose interests include installation, sound, sculpture, weaving, homesteading, and community projects. Born in Zimbabwe, Morag has traveled most of her life, living, creating, and exhibiting in Toronto, Winnipeg, Halifax, Australia, England, Singapore, South Africa, and currently in Pierson, Manitoba. She has her [...]

Diana Twiss, Instructor

Diana is an experienced fibre arts instructor with a background in adult education and fine art. Passionate about fibre, fabric, colour and texture, she has introduced many beginners to the wonders of making yarn and has helped experienced spinners experiment with technique, colour, and fibre to take their spinning to a new level. She especially [...]

Community Partner: Chase the Chill Winnipeg

The mission statement for Chase the Chill Winnipeg is "Celebrating the art and beauty of knitting and crocheting, building community, generating positive interest in a location, and sharing with others." No wonder we love them so much! Those shared values and the smiling face of Valerie Paulley, the organizer of CTCW, are a winning combination. [...]

Susie Gourlay of “Knit Natural”

Susie has been with the Festival since the first year, so many of you will already know and appreciate her talents as a teacher, spinner, and designer. She lives in Regina, and we are lucky that she and her husband Jeremy travel to Manitoba regularly for our festival in the fall and the Blue Hills [...]

Wolseley Wool

Today we feature Wolseley Wool, the local yarn store owned by Mona Zaharia and Odessa Reichl. They have been great supporters of our Festival from the beginning, and continue to find new ways to add to our success. Thanks, ladies! What do you offer in your store? We sell yarn, fibre, books, magazines, needles, hooks, [...]

Imagine Yarn

Anel Meerholz, a first time vendor at the festival this year, tells us about her business Imagine Yarn. "Our line includes felted and crochet purses as well as exclusively designed kits which will allow you to create your own fabulous purse. I wanted to make it easy for anyone to create the purses that I [...]