Monthly Archives: April 2018

Activities at Fibreshed Day – April 8, 2018

The Slow Fashion movement at the third annual Fibreshed Day … a contest to find Fibreshed garments – which fibres are they made from, what dyes have been used for colour, and who has created the final garment? The prize to the winner … a toque made with local fibre dyed by Heather, and spun & knit by Dorothy. Lots of fun.

Shirley was cozily wrapped in a shawl that had been dyed with mushrooms, spun, and woven by Deanna. Merrily was decked out head to toe in local, local, local!!!

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Lisa, a happy gardener with happy Japanese Indigo plants and dyers garden starter kits, was wearing an indigo dyed headband made by Merrily who used local sheep fibre.

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Andrew was becoming one with the electric carder in the cold as his antique spinning wheel awaited a turn. Blended batts of local fleece and colours were ready to be felted around small bars of locally made soap. Andrew was keeping his head warm with a knit toque made totally from local sheep fibre – spun, and dyed with indigo & local mushrooms by Merrily.

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Intrigued participants watched and interacted with various activities and demonstrators.

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Shepherdess Ann, from La Morna farm, wore a shoulder cowl made from various local sheep and llama fibres – some natural, others dyed with Indigo – processed, spun, and knit by Lynda. Lori, of Lorelee Lane farm, sported a shawl made from Ann’s baby doll sheep, “Sweetie Pie” – washed and combed by Joan Fletcher, spun by Merrily, and designed & knit by Verna.

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Ann Harmer displayed her Fibreshed shawl dyed with recipes from her mushroom dyeing book, “Magic in the Dyepot”. The collar around her neck was made from hair of her dog, Silas. Jeannie, in the background, was stirring a dyepot of local plants while sporting a jaunty hat made from local sheep fibre of natural shades – processed and knit by Janice.

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Lots of conversation … people want to know what we do, what we are wearing, and how can they get started?

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The magnificent community blanket was on display. The same blanket that was featured at last year’s Fibreshed Day for a waulking ceremony. The Sunshine Coast Spinners and Weavers Guild and the Fibreshed group had gathered local fleece, washed, picked, carded, spun and woven it as a group project. It became a teddy bear’s picnic blanket, along with knit bears, boats, bunnies, sheep, a mouse, and some ants – all part of the display booth at the ANWG 2017 Conference in Victoria, BC.

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Our Sunshine Coast Fibreshed display featured local fibre dyed with local colour (especially bright pokeberry pinks & indigo blues), and a woven reed basket by Ursula with Yvonne’s studio as a background.

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Fibre friend Troch along with Lynn viewed the sheep shearing. Lynn modeled a natural shawl made by Deanna who used local fibre from a sheep named “Olivia”.

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Locally grown flax waved from the pole as Lynn offered her stash for touch & tell!

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Mark of the Hand Studio, at FibreWorks, offered local fibre … and cookies.

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Yvonne was wearing a shawl made from local fibres that she dyed with walnuts, spun and knit. Marilyn displayed her creative needlework, all the way down to her shoes.

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Photos and story submitted by Lynda Daniells

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Sheep Shearing at Fibreshed Day – April 8, 2018

Thanks to Alexis Bach, who hosted this event at her FibreWorks Studio and Gallery in Madeira Park BC, it has been a successful third annual Fibreshed Day!

Paige, a trained sheep herding dog, gets attention from Reg.

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Mojo appears to be relaxing at the sheep spa … his top brown BFL coat almost off. Johanna has been the shearer for Mojo all his life, they have a bonding relationship.

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Rodney awaits his turn … little hands find warmth in his thick Romney coat.

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Mojo looking sleek and silver post shearing.

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A very happy Mojo receives a pat.

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Next Rodney is checked into the spa … he has only known Johanna as his shearer.

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Folk attending the third annual Sunshine Coast Fibreshed Day were enthralled by the shearing demo and to see where their clothes originate. Johanna discussed skirting the fleece, qualities and characteristics of a good fleece.

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It was a successful day deserving of big smiles and a cup of coffee for a job well done!

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Alexis is wearing a hap (shawl) made from local sheep – washed, picked, carded, spun, and knit by Doreen.

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Photos and story submitted by Lynda Daniells

Sheep Parade at Fibreshed Day – April 8, 2018

Rodney and Mojo arrive at the FibreWorks yurts in Madeira Park for the third annual Sunshine Coast Fibreshed Day …

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Once on solid terra, they take a moment to get grounded.

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Johanna, their shearer and Wendy, their shepherdess sheep whisper calming sounds.

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The parade begins with Wendy leading Mojo and Reg (wannabe shepherd) leading Rodney.

The “boys” are eager to arrive for haircuts and pedis.

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Rodney, a Romney breed, is ready to lighten his load – last year his fleece weighed 18 #’s. He happily enters his familiar pen.

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Johanna keeping an eye on the sheep before her job begins.

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Wendy reassures them all is well as folks start to gather around the pen to watch the show. It’s cold and amazingly it stays dry.

Mojo, the BFL (blue faced Leicester), makes eye contact for the camera.

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Photos and story by Lynda Daniells

Fun Fibreshed Day at the Yurts – April 8, 2018

The third annual Sunshine Coast Fibreshed Day, “Barn to Yarn”, held at Fibreworks Studio & Gallery in Madeira Park, BC had a grounded feeling for participants. They saw, from start to finish … 🐑 fleece being washed, picked, carded, spun into yarn or felted, dyed, and then created by knitting into garments … where the clothes we wear truly come from!

Tarps were up, the rain held off, and a fun time was enjoyed by all at Fibreshed Day 2018

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There were spinners, carders, felters, weavers, knitters, and dyers. All were wearing sheep badges asking participants to list the local fibre, the local dye, and the artisan who created the garment they were modeling. This slow fashion contest, ending with a draw and prize, engaged folk attending the annual Fibreshed Day to discover answers … to the slow fashion movement.

Mojo and Rodney, sheep from Wendy’s farm in Wilson Creek, arrived for shearing and pedis. Soon local shearer Johanna was in full swing demonstrating her craft of sheep shearing.

Local Fibreshed fibre producers, Lori of Lorelee Lane Farm in Roberts Creek and Ann of Lamorna Farm also in Roberts Creek, displayed their alpaca, llama, and sheep fleeces.

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There were local nibblies to graze on with Mary & Susan’s big smiles inviting all to enjoy.

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The Slow Fashion contest prize … a toque of local wool, dyed with local plants by Heather, and spun & knit by Dorothy … was won by a very happy Catherine Nicholls.

A big thank you to all the participants from Lynda & Merrily.

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Photos and story submitted by Lynda Daniells

Photos of Catherine Nicholls submitted by Merrily Corder