Resources

The Resources page is in the process of being developed so please check back from time to time to find new additions.

British Columbia Sources of Fibre
Until we establish a good supply of quality fibre on the Sunshine Coast, Certified Artisan Producers can use fibre from British Columbia.
Black Mountain Farm
Registered CVM/Romeldale and Dorset Horn sheep.  Whole raw, skirted fleeces are available after shearing in May.  Pritchard, BC  www.blackmountainfarm.casarah@blackmountainfarm.ca.
Butterfly Fibres
Shetland sheep and alpacas.  Shetland yarn, Shetland rovings, Alpaca yarn, Alpaca rovings, wool batts from a blend of local fibres.  Fraser Valley, BC  www.butterflyfibres.cabutterflyfibres@yahoo.ca.
Fat Chance Ranch
Llama fleece.  Langley, BC  http://fatchanceranch.tripod.com. fatchanceranch@hotmail.com.
Handful of Hobbies
Icelandic sheep.  Fleece.  Chilliwack, BC http://ahandfulofhobbies.wix.com/farm.   https://www.facebook.com/A-Handful-of-Hobbies-373532089474790/.   handfulofhobbies@gmail.com.
Intriguing Designs
Michele Franklin sells fibre from happy, free range Angora rabbits.  http://www.intriguingdesigns.net.  intriguingd@gmail.com.
JMC Woolens
See letter. Merritt, BC petitter@uniserve.com (250) 378-0888
JMC Woolens Letter 2017
JMC Woolens Card w SamplesLeah Murray
Shetland sheep.  Surrey, BC, leah@leahmurray.ca.
Morning Star Woollen Farm
BFL sheep and angora goats.  Fleece.  Bowen Island, BC https://www.facebook.com/morningstarwoolenfarm/?rc=p.
Next Year Farm
Romney, BFLx, Romeldalex.  Fleece, roving, natural coloured yarn, naturally dyed yarn.  Langley, BC  ann_embra@telus.net.
(604) 534-9292.
Redeemer’s Garden
Cashmere goats, llamas.  Yarn, rovings, fleece.  Chilliwack, BC
www.redeemersgarden.com. redeemersgarden@gmail.com.
(604) 819-4339.
River House Farm
Gotland.  Romney x.  Wool ‘n Ewe Spinner’s Choice 2016 (Gotland fleece).  Surrey, BC smrussel@sfu.ca. (604) 589-2671.
Semiahmoo Suffolks
Suffolk, coloured Suffolk crosses, BFL/Merino.  Fleece, roving, batting, natural coloured yarn.  Surrey, BC  mhjsampson@gmail.com.
(604) 541-0425.
Shuswap Classic Wool
CVM, Merino.  Fleece, natural coloured yarn.  Wool ‘n Ewe Reserve Champion 2016 (Merino x Romney fleece).  Wool ‘n Ewe Spinner’s Choice 2014.  Salmon Arm, BC  oneofmypals1@hotmail.com.
(250) 832-6257.
Tideview Farm
Icelandic sheep.  Fleece, rovings, yarn.  (Fibre will be available next in the summer of 2016). http://www.tideviewfarm.net/index.html.  hutchjk@telus.net. (250) 642-3481.
West Coast Colour
Lynne and Chris Anderson.  CVM, CVMxBLF.  Fleece, roving, batting, natural coloured yarn. Tappen, BC  http://westcoastcolour.net.  info@westcoastcolour.net.
Wind’s Reach Farm
Clun Forest.  Fleece, roving, batting.  Langley, BC www.windsreachfarm.ca. bydenberg@gmail.com.
Windy Hill Farm
Shetland sheep. Fibre, roving, yarn.  Deroche, BC  johannaclark@rocketmail.com. (604) 751-6635.

Shearer
Johanna Walker
 cell (604) 329-7415, home (604) 888-4181, email johanna.walker@mytwu.ca

Mills and Processing
Qualicum Bay Fibre Works
offers custom wool, mohair, llama and alpaca fibre processing on Vancouver Island.  They do washing, picking, carding into rovings or batts, pindrafting and spinning.  Website: http://qbfw.ca, annarunn@qbfw.ca, (250) 757-8844.
Birkeland Bros. Wool will card your wool in their historic Birkeland Carding Machine, producing a fluffy batt.  They can also skirt, wash and pick the wool.  http://stores.birkelandwool.com. info@birkelandwool.com.  (604) 874-4734.

Sunshine Coast Spinners and Weavers Guild is a Guild of talented artists and artisans dedicated to the pursuit of the fibre arts such as spinning, weaving, felting, surface design, natural dyeing and the sharing of knowledge, skills and ideas.  scswg.wordpress.com.

Resources for Fibre Producers
Lower Mainland Sheep Producers Association (LMSPA)
 An organization that shares its knowledge about sheep through meetings, newsletters and their website.  Has a yearly event – the Wool’n Ewe A-Faire.
British Columbia Purebred Sheep Breeders’ Association’s offers information and resources about purebred sheep in British Columbia.
The Canadian Sheep Breeders’ Association is an organization of over 1000 breeders of purebred sheep across Canada, representing over 40 breeds of sheep.
Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Sheep
Grazing Sheep
Organic Pasture Management

Fibresheds
The California Fibershed
grew from a commitment in 2010 by its founder, Rebecca Burgess, to develop and wear a wardrobe whose dyes, fibres and labour were sourced from a region within 150 miles.  Today it’s a thriving non-profit organization with international affiliates.  Their website is an incredibly rich source of information and links.

Natural Dyeing
India Flint
has made an incredible contribution in developing and teaching an ecologically sound method of natural dyeing focusing on using local materials.  There is a wealth of information in her blog, Facebook page, website and her books “Eco Colour: botanical dyes for beautiful textiles” and “Second Skin: choosing and caring for textiles and clothing”.
Rebecca Burgess, founder of the California Fibershed, has also made a great contribution in the area of natural dyeing using local materials.  There’s a wealth of information on the California Fibershed website and in Rebecca’s book “Harvesting Color: How to Find Plants and Make Natural Dyes”.
“A Dyer’s Garden: From Plant to Pot Growing Dyes for Natural Fibers” by Rita Buchanan gives helpful information on both growing and dyeing with a number of dye plants.
Jenny Dean has a website and a number of books such as “Wild Color:  The Complete Guide to Making and Using Natural Dyes” that give a wealth of information on dye plants and natural dyeing.  While not all of them grow here on the Sunshine Coast, there are many that do.

Dye Plant Seeds
Salt Spring Seeds
 An organic, ecologically aware seed company on Salt Spring Island in British Columbia.  Dan Jason offers a number of seeds of plants that can be used for dyeing.  http://www.saltspringseeds.com

Mushroom Dyeing
Ann Harmer
is passionate and extremely knowledgeable about our Coast mushrooms and dyeing with them.  Ann’s blog offers a wealth of information as does her book “Magic in the Dyepot”.
“Mushrooms for Dyes, Paper, Pigment & MycoStix” by Miriam Rice is the definitive book on mushroom dyeing by the artist who first discovered the possibilities of dyeing with fungi and is available through fungiperfecti.com.

International Fungi & Fibre Symposium
Mushroom dyers gather from around the world every two years to spend a week playing with and learning about mushroom dyes. Madeira Park, British Columbia, was the go to destination for the 17th such gathering … October 17-22, 2016 was a glorious week spent discovering (or rediscovering) the magic of mushroom colours. The next such event will be held August of 2018 in Norway. Registration typically opens six months in advance; information will be posted at http://www.mushroomsforcolor.com/SYMPOSIA.htm

Responsible Choices in Clothing
The California Fibershed
grew from a commitment in 2010 by its founder, Rebecca Burgess, to develop and wear a wardrobe whose dyes, fibres and labour were sourced from a region within 150 miles.  Today it’s a thriving non-profit organization with international affiliates.  Their website is an incredibly rich source of information and links.
India Flint has been instrumental in increasing awareness about the impact that our clothing choices have on the environment.  There’s a wealth of information on her blog, Facebook page, website and in her book “Second Skin: choosing and caring for textiles and clothing”.

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