Fibreshed goes to Fibre Camp 2017

The Sunshine Coast Spinners and Weavers Guild’s Fibre Camp 2017 was held at Camp Sunrise on the Sunshine Coast of BC from Sept 7th to Sept 9th. Fifty fibre enthusiasts gathered to attend workshops, played with their fibre, shopped at vendor stalls, talked, ate and shared their stories.

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The Sunshine Coast Fibreshed display featured local fleece dyed with local pokeberries.

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The pokeberry was dyed using the solar method…aka…Sun Kissing.

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Jars of solar dyed marigolds and onion skins produce bright golds and soft yellows. When overdyed with Japanese Indigo, various shades of green are the result.

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On display at Fibre Camp was our Teddy Bears Picnic Blanket along with many items hand made by local artisans from local fleece, dyed with local plants…all invited to the picnic!

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This Community Blanket Project was a joint effort by the Sunshine Coast Fibreshed and the Sunshine Coast Spinners and Weavers Guild. We gathered fibre from the Sunshine Coast, washed, picked, carded, spun, wove and waulked a brilliant picnic blanket for our guild booth display at ANWG this past July in Victoria, B.C.

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After spending the day at Camp spinning, spindling, weaving, knitting we had an impromptu Tai Chi exercise session to limber up. Fun and relaxing.

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One of the Camp workshops by author of Magic in the Dyepot, Ann Harmer, featured dyeing with local mushrooms.

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The weekend offered Fibreshed ongoing opportunities to connect, share, learn and have fun with fibre folk from as far away as New York, across to Washington along the Pacific Coast, and within BC to Vancouver Island. Stay tuned for next year’s Fibre Camp on the Sunshine Coast, BC.

Submitted by Lynda Daniells,
Photos by Lynda and Merrily

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Botanical Garden’s Harvest Festival – Sept 3rd

Lots of interest today in the “Blanket Project”, Ursula’s magical tree weaving, and the Dyer’s Garden pokeberry display … Pokeberry pink is becoming the colour of the year!

1 Botanical Garden Display

Trees, grass, and Penny’s canopy helped to provide relief on this very hot September day.

2 Canopy vs Heat

Lynne mesmerizing the public with her beautiful silk rovings.

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Joan demonstrating spinning on her wheel and teaching how to use the drop spindle.

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The 12 year old boys loved the drum carder!   Lynda is showing how to blend her shades of indigo to produce a watery looking roving.

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Ursula and Ann discuss the intricacies of plant and tree weaving.

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Worldwide Knit in Public Day – June 10th

Kim Fenton hosted knitters along the sidewalk in front of her shop, Unwind, in Mollys Lane, Gibsons, B.C.

Fibreshed on Steps of Unwind

Several happy knitters joined Kim along with members of the Sunshine Coast Spinners and Weavers Guild, local Fibreshed folk and the curious public.

Knitter's on steps of Unwind

Interesting stories were told by each knitter remembering their first or most memorable knitting project. Lots of laughs, a little rain, some sun…and lots of fun. Thanks, Kim.

International Earth Day 2017

April 21, 2017, international Earth Day was celebrated in Roberts Creek, BC by our local Sunshine Coast Fibreshed. The day started out dry with sunshine, always windy at the pier. We set up our colourful Fibreshed display with locally dyed rovings, plants for a Dyers garden and local sheep fleece for garden mulch….
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We featured felting as a creative use of fleece. Ursula Bentz, master felter displayed her gorgeous felted pieces and then assisted folk to make something felted.
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Young folk were engaged with Ursula, the fleece, the soap, creating.
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This young fellow was very pleased with his felted flower and both children took home felting kits sold for $5.00.
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Another young Creeker put finishing touches on this felted mouse.
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Many children engaged in felting and let their creative spirit fly.
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Everyone got in the spirit of the day….kids of all ages.
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Fibreshed was displaying the dyeing  colours we can obtain by growing plants locally such as Pokeberry, Japanese Indigo, Marigolds, Onion Skins, also by gathering local mushrooms on the Coast. Merrily selling Dyers garden starters.
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It was a great day in the Creek until wind and rain started to ruin our display. We packed up early and have everything drying by the home fire now.
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Photos by Lynda Daniells & Merrily Corder,
Submitted by Lynda

Second Annual Fibreshed Day – Part 2

The Waulking Ceremony
 
Waulking is a traditional Scottish method used to full and soften fabric. The Sunshine Coast Spinners and Weavers have been gathering local fibre and working on a Community Blanket Project for the past year.

We started with La Braun of Happy Chick Farm, Gibsons, BC, here with  Shepherdess, Heidi.
FS YR2_W1Sheperdess Heidi with Le Braun

The woven blanket was carried by local Shepherdess, Wendy and many of the proud Artisans who worked on the blanket.
FS YR2_W2 Carrying Blanket to Waulking

The procession was led by piper, John Webb playing the Skye Boat Song.
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The blanket was dampened with water, a little soap and laid flat on the table.
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The waulking begins…with rhythmic beating and passing the blanket clockwise until, it is fulled and softened. The traditional waulkers sing Gaelic songs to create the beat. We sang the Skye Boat Song and the fiddlers played on!
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Local Shepherd, Lee from Happy Chick Farm completes the circle from Farm to Finished Product,  the Blanket Project….
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Fibreshed Team thanks our hosts for the day, everyone who attended and participated, SCWSG members, contributors to refreshments and especially our local Shepherds & Shepherdesses.

Photos by George Smith, Ann Harmer, Lynda Daniells, Merrily Corder and Janna Maria Vallee.

Submitted by Lynda & Merrily.

Second Annual Fibreshed Day – Part 1

From Shepherdess to Knitted Dress

The Second Annual Sunshine Coast Fibreshed Day was held April 9, 2017 at Fibreworks Studio and Gallery, Madeira Park, BC. The focus was on our local Shepherds & Shepherdesses to show off fibre from their sheep and the steps of shearing through to finished product.

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Wendy Gilbertson on her Wilson Creek farm with “Mojo”, a Blue Faced Leister breed.

FS YR2_2 Johanna Walker shearing Mojo
Wendy brought Mojo, and Rodney, a Romney breed to the event for shearing. Johanna Walker is shearing Mojo while Rodney, pictured here, waits his turn. Folks were very keen to watch.

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Mojo’s fleece laid out by Johanna, ready for skirting. The not so nice bits can be used in the garden for mulch.

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George Smith is talking with Wendy after Rodney and Mojo have had their haircuts.

FS YR2_5 Sheep Dog Paige on guard.
Paige the sheep herding dog guards Rodney and Mojo along with Reg.

FS YR2_6 Joan Reeves and Roberta Symons
Anna joined us for the day and took this Suffolk fleece to process for Joan Reeves and Roberta Symons, both spinners and knitters. In back is Lynne Sturm showing many other uses for fleece.

FS YR2_7 Picking Fleece Circle
If one doesn’t send raw fleece to a mill for processing then one begins washing, drying and picking by hand as portrayed in this picking circle. Picking removes bits of vegetable matter and opens up the locks to prepare for the next step. It’s a nice time to chat with friends or meet new ones.

FS YR2_7 Dorothy carding
Next step is to card the fleece using hand carders or a drum carder. Dorothy Thom is using an electric carder to make a batt for spinning or felting.

FS YR2_8 Pokeburry Pink Dying Kits
Dying with local mushrooms and plants can add brilliant colour such as the new hot colour of the season, Pokeberry Pink. Fibreshed was selling Dyers garden starter kits.

FS YR2_9 Rovings dyed locally and naturally
All these rovings come from local fibre which have been dyed by local artisans using local mushrooms and plants.

Dianne Lim is felting a sushi roll while Jean Pataky is felting a bird’s nest. What an animated conversation they seem to be having.

FS YR2_12 Muriel's Bears
Two teddy bears wearing their special KNITTED DRESSES; finished product by local artisan Muriel Prior using local fibre and natural dyes.

FS YR2_13 Doreen weaving
Doreen MacLauchlan is weaving a scarf with her homespun, hand processed yarn. Helene Nissle is talking about characteristics of various sheep breeds.

FS YR2_14 Yarn Display
Deanna Pilling displayed her hand spun, home processed Llama.  On the right is her Icelandic yarn and shawl made with ‘Katy’.

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Local Shepherdess Ann Fransblow of Roberts Creek, BC showing sheep characteristics and uses at the display table.

FS YR2_16 RefreshmentsFS YR2_17 Donated Quail Eggs

Local refreshments included homemade pickles, toasted kale chips, baked salmon, pesto cream cheese spread, local artisan breads, fresh local radishes and more…

Pat and Diane Walker of Christmas Road Farm donated quail eggs.