Where [are] your stitches at?

There is one more week remaining in August. Inquiring minds want to know how your Challenge projects are progressing. What is still on the needles/hooks/wheel/loom? What is an FO? What needs the final step? Feel free to mark it as a finished object before blocking ūüôā¬† We are looking for the projects that use our [...]

Spin Me a Winner

Every skein of handspun yarn is a winner in my books.  I knit up all my first yarns. They provided delightful texture to simple projects.  Even now, after years of spinning, I wouldn't assert my spinning to be great. I have uneven parts. Those are the sections that remind me this yarn was made by [...]

Spinning Ahead

Spring has sprung. Yarns will be spun. When do you find time to spin?  What is your current project(s)? What are you planning to spin? What has been catching your eye in your fibre stash (however big or small)? Or have the local fibre folk been tempting you with their wares? Most importantly what are [...]

The Sheep-ish Spinner

Suzanne Budlong of Winnipeg answers our new vendor questions today  -  Hi!  My name is Suzanne and my business is The Sheep-Ish Spinner and I sell handspun yarn.  Quite a bit of my yarn is hand dyed using either plant material or food colouring, but I also have a lot of stock that is acid [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

Tour de Fleece?

Yes, it's that time of year again when wheels are spinning all over the world in sync with the classic bike race, the Tour de France. Here's an explanation,  from the Interweave Press blog entry, June 15, 2016: "In 2006, spinner and knitwear designer Star Athena inspired us with a new challenge: Tour de Fleece. [...]

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 [...]

Prairie’s Edge Wool Farm

Barb Mulock from Prairie's Edge Wool Farm, Kleefeld Manitoba answers our questions this morning. What do you produce and make? I raise Shetland sheep and Angora goats.  I sell raw and processed fibre from my animals, including washed fleece and angora locks, batts and rovings of various fibre blends (wool, mohair, alpaca). While I also [...]

Wild Wind Naturals

Vendor Susan Sydor lives near Brandon, Manitoba. Here is her story about her business, Wild Wind Naturals: My addiction to fibre happened when I attended an event called the Honey Garlic Festival in a small town in Manitoba. I was making bath and body products, but had always had an interest in alpaca. Baloun Alpaca Acres was [...]

Manjusha

An interview today with fibre producer, dyer and spinner Tammy Ivanco of Manjusha Farm, near Lorette Manitoba. What is your business, and what fibre items do you sell or produce?  We go by the name Manjusha for our small hobby farm and kennel.  It means box of jewels and totally describes our life.  Manjusha has [...]