This Saturday We’ll Be At: …Chesterville!!

This Saturday, February 3rd, we’ll be at Chesterville Ontario at their 19th Spin-In, a place where spinners, weavers, knitters and crafters get together to share their love of fibre. It is open to the public (general admission is $5 per person) from 9am to 4pm. It is being held at the Royal Canadian Legion, 167…

Wheels On Fire: our first craft show of the year!!

This Saturday, January 20th, we’ll have a table at the first annual Spin-In Wheels on Fire (Les Rouets de Feu) in Gatineau (QC).   This event is open to the public (general admission is $5 per person) from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and is located at La Ferme Moore, 670 boulevard Alexandre-Taché, Gatineau, Quebec J9A 3G5.…

New Rovings Have Arrived!

Great news!! I received 2 big boxes from the fibre mill I sent my fleece to. They were filled with rovings and skeins of yarn!! I was so excited when I opened them, like a child with a big box of presents!! So, this week I will show our rovings to you, then next week…

Needle Felting, Part III

In Parts I and II of this series we introduced you to needle felting, and explained how to make one and two dimensional felted items such as pins and paintings. In Part III we are describing how to needle felt a sculpture. GIVEAWAY NOTE!: Time is running out! Enter to win either the flower pin…

Needle Felting Part II: Painting with Fibre!

In part I we covered the basics of needle felting and described the technique used to make a felted pin.    Painting with fibre is a lot like making a pin on a larger scale.       Selecting Your “Canvas”:   First, you will need a piece of fabric to perform the same function…

Needle Felting Part I: Making Felted Pins!

Introduction To Needle Felting The term needle felting encompasses a variety of fibre art techniques. However, all forms of needle felting are made using a sharp tool that comes in several sizes and with different shaped barbs and blades called a felting needle. From one dimensional designs made by applying a thin layer of fibre…

Felting Soap Tutorial

How To Felt Soap! Since Isabelle and I began collaborating one of our most popular products has been the felted soap we make. (I make the goat’s milk soap, she uses her gorgeous mohair and/or alpaca rovings to turn the plain bar into a fabulous exfoliating felted bar that people Love!) The process that transforms…

The Diamond Fibre! (Part II)

In part I we discussed mohair fleeces, and the characteristics of this extra insolating, light, lustrous, strong fibre. Now the fun part, … crafting with mohair! Mohair Yarn First the bad news, not all mohair yarn is created equal. For many reasons a yarn to be hand-knit, woven or crocheted is almost always a blend…

The Diamond Fibre! ( Part I)

Most crafters who enjoy working with natural fibres have some idea of what a sheep looks like before it is shorn, and what fleece is like after shearing and before processing. While I would not claim to have given it deep thought I used to think of an angora goat as a sort of woolly…