Category Archives: SCSWG’s Blanket Project (ANWG 2017)

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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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!

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

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.

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.

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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.

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Paige the sheep herding dog guards Rodney and Mojo along with Reg.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

Fibreshed at SCSAWG’s February Spin-in

There was lots of activity at Yvonnes’s Fibreworks Studio in the Yurts today. It was the Sunshine Coast Spinners and Weavers Guild’s monthly potluck and spin-in.

Here, experienced blanket weavers Marjorie Ann and Barby are working hard on the Blanket Project as penny keeps a watchful eye.img_3592

Deanna is preparing to spin her luxurious Shetland Fibreshed fleece while Mechthild crochets and Pat enjoys her third visit to the Yurts. img_3593

Marie Claire is taking a break from her designer weaving project to enjoy some peaceful moments with her spinning wheel. img_3594

Dianne and Shirley are happily working on their fibre projects. img_3598

Muriel, our Fibreshed Teddy Bear Fibre Artist, mushroom dyer, master spinner, weaver and knitter, takes time away from the Teddy Bear Picnic Blanket Project to work on her stash while Doreen, Dianne, Shirley and Joan laugh over a fibre story.img_3595

Doreen is spinning her Fibreshed GKW (god knows what) fibre on her electric wheel. img_3600

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Happy Fibreshed/SCSAWG Blanket Project weavers!img_3602