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 [...]

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 [...]

Dragon Fibre Bags

Today we meet Rebecca Misseghers and her Winnipeg based business, Dragon Fibre Bags. "I have been sewing since I was four years old and it's always been a large part of my creative life.  Two years ago, I decided to sew myself some project bags and received a couple request.  From there Dragon Fibre Bags [...]

North Sun Studio

Let's step away from fibre for a moment and look at the work of Janine Bergamot, at North Sun Studio in Hadashville, Manitoba. Her handmade artisan jewellery incorporates fibre art techniques in a very different media. Using a variety of metals she creates necklaces, bracelets, earrings, knit-safe pins, and stitch markers. This is Janine's second year [...]

Cloud 9 Fiberworks

Daria Rakowski of Cloud 9 Fiberworks answers our questions today. This is her fourth year as a vendor and volunteer with the Manitoba Fibre Festival, and we are glad to have her. Tell us about your business. My business is called Cloud 9 Fiberworks and I make and sell hand dyed yarns and fibres, mostly [...]