Category Archives: Artists and Artisans

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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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

Fibreshed at the Annual Fibres Plus Sale 2017 – November 24th & 25th

Halls are decked with decorations resembling Christmas and after a long day of set-up, the Fibreshed team is ready for the public to peruse its display.

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Local fibre is carded and hand-dyed with pokeberry, Japanese indigo, and other local plants giving a lovely variety of colours including yellows, greens, blues, brilliant pinks, and luscious burgundy shades to the rovings.

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The rovings are spun into yarn which is then processed into a variety of saleable products by weaving, knitting, and or felting. All items are juried and only items made with local fibre, and hand-dyed with dyes made from local plants are qualified to receive certified Fibreshed tags.

It has been a successful year and even the ANWG bears are happy to be on display for sale.

 

TREADLE Lightly – ANWG 2017, NW Weavers’ Conference

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Well the big weekend has finally arrived!

ANWG 2017, July 3 at the University of Victoria!

The “Teddy Bear Picnic Blanket Project” is about to be put on display for all the world to see, and Lynda, in her special indigo bonnet, can hardly wait to get started with setting up our Guild booth display.

 

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The set up crew…Barby, Lynda, Marjorie Ann, Doreen and Merrily ( taking the picture) is soon in full swing sorting, arranging, rearranging, hanging and rehanging all the beautiful items made from Sunshine Coast Fibreshed animals by members of the Sunshine Coast Spinners & Weavers Guild.

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The Teddy Bear Picnic Blanket in all its glory!

 

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Gorgeous hand spun, woven, felted, hooked, dyed, and knit items, all with Fibreshed materials, were the order of the day!

 

 

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Doreen’s Fibreshed  wrap was  exhibited in the juried show.

 

 

 

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A wonderful,  happy  way to celebrate the end of a year of fibre fun,  and coming together!

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.
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The woven blanket was carried by local Shepherdess, Wendy and many of the proud Artisans who worked on the blanket.
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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.

Fibreshed at the Spinners & Weavers 2016 Fibre Plus Sale

Sunshine Coast Fibreshed set up an educational display at the Spinners & Weavers Fibre Plus Sale this past weekend, Nov 25 & 26 at the Sechelt Arts Centre. Creative minds of Caroline and Danielle setting the stage.

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We asked, what is a Fibreshed? Examples of our Langdale to Lund producers, resources and vendors.

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More information about what Fibreshed promotes.

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The Dyers Garden was the start of our display showing Japanese Indigo grown on the Coast with shades of blue, solar dyeing of marigolds showing golds and solar dyed poke berries obtaining pinks to purples.

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Local Sunshine Coast Fibre was featured in the Community Blanket Project.

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Two local artisans, Heather and Penny happy to hang out together at the FS display.

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The wreaths and garlands which encircled the room added to the Christmas spirit and set a festive background to the FS display.

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Andrew carded up a storm and engaged folks with his enthusiasm.

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It was a fantastic event on the Sunshine Coast…see SCSWG site for more photos.