Producer News: Where to find Linc Farm @ Southbrook Products this Fall


Linc Farm @ Southbrook  are offering many opportunities to find their beautiful, natural, local wool products this fall.

October 13 – Juliet will be presenting at the Georgetown Heritage Hand Weavers and Spinners Guild 

October 15 – Woodstock Fleece Festival (Look for freshly sheared lambs wool!)

Every Saturday after October 15th at the  St. Catherines Farmers Market

You can also find them online at

Products Available 

  • yarn
  • roving
  • sheepskins
  • plus lamb, lavender, honey and other seasonal produce

Producer News: UCFS Co-Founder’s local wool felted art accepted into juried shows this fall.

Producer Member and UCFS Co-Founder Jennifer Osborn  was accepted into two prestigious juried art shows recently with her felted work using UCFS wools. She is also being represented by the Main Market Collective, a new local arts initiative in Georgetown Ontario. Main Market Collective will be featuring Jennifer’s felted work, all of which is made from UCFS fibres, as well as upcycled and organic materials. Jennifer’s work focuses on using wools that are more suited to home decor and accessories. This enables her to use all the types of wool hers, and other’s flocks produce.


Jennifer’s piece “No going back #2 – Accepting the outcome” made from Shetland/Blue Faced Leicester wool from her own flock was accepted into Migration Canadian Contemporary Felt Exhibition at the Shatford Centre/Okanagan School of the Arts, for Canadian Felting Week. Located at 760 Main Street, Penticton, BC, from September 21 – October 16, 2016

“Chrysalis” was accepted into the 20th Anniversary Headwaters Arts Festival at the Alton Mill in Caledon that runs from September 16th to October 10th, 2016, at Alton Mill Arts Centre, 1402 Queen Street, Suite 100, Alton Village, Caledon, ON.


Upper Canada Fibreshed’ers at TWIST

Written by: Sarah Jean Harrison

Fibre festival season is quickly approaching. As the summer winds down and we all start thinking about cooler temperatures and cosy fibres our minds collectively turn to the fun and excitement of fibre festivals. These festivals are a wonderful way to discover local fibre producers, connect with farmers, discover makers and artisans and generally strengthen our fibreshed community.

Last weekend a few of our members made the trip to St Andre Avellin, Quebec to experience Twist, Canada’s only bi-lingual fibre festival.

Below are some highlights from the weekend!


Wellington Fibres Booth

Visitors to Chassagne Farm

Visitors to Chassagne Farm

Donna Hancock of Wellington Fibres (left) and Barb Ross (right)

Donna Hancock of Wellington Fibres (left) and Barb Ross (right)

Peggy Sue working with roving.

Peggy Sue working with roving.

All Photos Credited to Sarah Jean Harrison of Peace Flag House

The Gift of Perspective: Peggy Sue Collection Wins TFI New Label Award

GUEST POST: Sarah Jean Harrison 

How often to you ponder the intricacies of the fashion world? Do this season’s heel heights wake you up at night? Can changing silhouettes send your mind reeling?

I didn’t think so.

For many of us the world of fashion has about as much relevance on our daily lives as say, the planet Mars. We know it exists somewhere between us and the Sun, but the details of its composition are a mystery that we are content to ignore.

Allow me to suggest that while you can safely go on ignoring Mars, it’s time to pay attention to fashion, particularly Canadian fashion.


Peggy Sue Collection Inc. at the TFI New Label’s award night. Credit: Peggy Sue Collection Inc.

In May of this year Peggy Sue Smeltniks-Deavon, creator of the Peggy Sue Collection, won the Toronto Fashion Incubator’s (TFI) New Labels Award. Why, you may be asking, does this pertain to you? Because Peggy Sue, who is a member of the Upper Canada Fibreshed, won with a runway collection made exclusively from local materials.

Yes, you read that correctly. A runway collection, worn by very tall and lanky models, composed entirely of local alpaca, wool, mohair and cashmere with a little natural-drop antler thrown in.


Designer Peggy Sue skirting fleece at Allison Brown’s farm. 

While this is undoubtedly a phenomenal accomplishment for Peggy Sue, and we must all celebrate her achievement, I want to draw your attention to the bigger story behind this success. Peggy Sue hasn’t just won a prestigious award. She has given us, the Upper Canada Fibreshed, an incredible gift: the gift of a renewed perspective.


The designer and Upper Canada Fibreshed member Grace Claire with her flock. 

Until now we have, perhaps unconsciously, accepted that fashion happens somewhere else, somewhere that is not Canada, somewhere that is far away from sheep manure and shearing day. Peggy Sue has confronted this perspective, our perspective, by revealing and celebrating the relationship between farms and fashion.

She has disrupted our assumption that fashion happens elsewhere by presenting Ontario’s fibre landscape in the form of sumptuous coats, sweaters and dresses. Watching her pieces come down the runway is unnerving; we can, perhaps for the first time, see our home reflected in haute couture. And, here’s the biggest revelation of all, it’s beautiful.


Not surprisingly, Peggy Sue isn’t from the Upper Canada Fibreshed. In fact, she’s not even from Canada. She hails from the most opposite of climate realities: Los Angeles, California. Perhaps this is why when she moved to Milton, Ontario with her Canadian husband she saw what all of us natives had ceased to notice: an abundance of textile resources just waiting to be utilized.


Designer Peggy Sue and Allison Brown skirting fleece.

Winning the TFI New Label Award is truly a major accomplishment for Peggy Sue but I think the most important aspect of this award has to do more with us than with her. Peggy Sue is giving us the opportunity to take ourselves seriously as textile producers and to truly see the abundance of resources being cultivated in our very own fibreshed

There is beauty, abundance, and dare we say fashion, growing right here at home.


Peggy Sue Collection Inc. at the TFI New Label awards night. Photo Credit: Peggy Sue Collection Inc.

All Photos Credited to Sarah Jean Harrison unless stated otherwise.


The 50 Mile Coat Project

Gust Post Written By: Sarah Jean Harrison 


The 50 Mile Coat on display during the closing celebrations.

To the untrained eye The 50 Mile Coat looks like an average coat. Perhaps one with a very arresting felted collar, but a coat nonetheless. It isn’t until closer inspection that its secret is revealed: this Coat is the Upper Canada Fibreshed crafted into wearable art.


Yvonne Lane of EHS at the Inkle Loom.

The 50 Mile Coat was an art installation presented by the Etobicoke Handweavers and Spinners Guildthis spring. From April 23 to May 15, Guild members worked in the gallery of Neilson Park Creative Centre, making a coat from raw fibre to finished product. All materials and skill came from within 50 miles, (yes, even the buttons and thread), and the public was able to watch the multiple processes and skill sets that were required. This ambitious project was part of EHS’ 50 th Anniversary celebrations,culminating with a well-attended Closing Celebration on May 15 th .


Rosemarie Carroll, Carole Gay and Elizabeth Evans spinning warp yarn.

Fibreshed’ers know that simply acknowledging our homegrown resources is an important aspect of building successful local fibre-based economies. In our globalized fibre world it’s very easy to look half way around the world for those metaphorical greener pastures. Need to do some felting? Buy some Australian merino. Need to dye your yarns? Pick up some acid dyes online. Need some neon pink BFL combed top? Order a little from New Zealand. With so much material available via a single Google search it’s easy to forget what’s in our own backyard.


Soft grey cloth on the bolt after fulling.

The 50 Mile Coat was an exercise in remembering. The gray warp was spun from Dover Farm’s Gotland ewe Brandy and the weft from Linc Farm’s Rambouillet ewe Sleepy. Decorative inkle bands used alpaca from Alpaca Avenue and llama from the High Park Zoo in Toronto. The felted cuffs and collar were dyed with madder, tansey and marigold all grown in the EHS Dye Garden and harvested last fall. Finally, the buttons were Black Walnut gathered from a Guild member’s backyard.


All of the sewing was done with hand spun thread from Dover Farm’s Gotland ewe Brandy.

The 50 Mile Coat has quietly issued us a challenge. Rather than immediately reaching out to the global market for your next yarn purchase, look around the Upper Canada Fibreshed first and get creative. The number of excellent fibre farmers, millers, spinners and dyers producing astounding fleeces, rovings and yarns is growing steadily.


Felted collar using natural dyes from the EHS Dye Garden

If EHS can make a whole Coat from within 50 miles, the possibilities for the rest of us are truly endless.

All Photo Credits: Sarah Jean Harrison.