Spring Natural Dye Workshop with ash alberg

ash alberg natural dyes

Learn how to dye yarn with natural dyer ash alberg using materials from the Upper Canada Fibreshed. Using locally foraged plants and dorset wool from Circle R Farm, we’ll spend the day learning everything from how to forage ethically and responsibly and how not to shock your fibres. Students will choose between multiple dye pots and/or eco-printing (make your own speckled yarn with environmentally friendly practices!). Leave the workshop with enough naturally dyed yarn to make a project for yourself or a loved one.

*Please bring a lunch, a pair of rubber or latex gloves, and wear clothes that you can get messy in.

Sunday May 20, 2018


$95 +HST

Additional $45 kit fee payable to instructor on day of class

Hosted in partnership with the Elora Centre for the Arts – REGISTER HERE


Kai-liis McInnes – Alpacas

Kai-Liis with alpaca

Kai-Liis teaches creative, imaginative workshops in watercolour and mixed media. She has taught in Ontario, at the Haliburton School of Arts, and in Southampton. She does workshops as far-flung as new Brunswick, Nova Scotia and PEI. She also did a demonstration in the Niagara Frontier Watercolour Society in the U.S.A.

Memberships include the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour, the Colour and Form Society, and the Toronto Watercolour Society.

With all four daughters off on their own, Kai-Liis now divides her time between painting, teaching, running her alpaca farm in the Mulmur Hills, north of Toronto, riding her Icelandic horses, and playing with her collie puppy, Spirit – Emily.

To learn more about her Alpacas and Art, visit the website

Kimber Valley Farms

Farming in Beaver Valley Ontario, our first venture into Shepherding began with 2, three day old lambs that were rejected by their moms. Bottle feeding these little darlings day and night sparked a desire in us to raise many more of these incredible animals. Our foundation flock of Icelandic Sheep came two short years later.

Check whats happening at the farm on their facebook page 

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Dianne Kennedy Cruttenden – Weaver

Dianne Kennedy Cruttenden has been creating woven tapestries and clothing since 1970. She has honed her skills over the decades; often carding, dying and spinning her own yarn. Dianne uses only the highest quality materials in her creations. Her hand dyed yarn achieves a level of vibrancy and saturation that speaks for itself. Dianne has taught her weaving skills over the years throughout North America from the Canadian Arctic to the United States. After spending the last decade working out of her studio “Sheepish Grin”on Manitoulin Island Dianne and her husband Scott recently relocated to the charming little town of Fergus, Ontario. Dianne continues to create wonderful Art to Wear as well as unique tapestries to embellish the home and add vibrancy to any space.

Dianne first studied weaving at Sheridan School of Design in Toronto and apprenticed to Master weaver Robert L Kidd in Michigan during the 1970’s. In February of 2015 Dianne completed an internship with world renowned tapestry artist Maximo Laura.

A lifetime of weaving; Dianne’s work has been shown and collected throughout North America in venues such as: The Detroit Institute of Arts, Nuit Blanche 2013 in Ottawa,  The Gore Bay Museum in Gore Bay, The Textile Museum of Canada and for many years at their own galleries The Brick Room Gallery in St. Catharines and The Queen Street Gallery in Niagara on the Lake.

Visit Her Website

Workshop Alert: Humane and Organic Care of Sheep at the Guelph Organic Conference

JANUARY 27, 2018 3:45 PM – 5:00 PM

Guelph Organic Conference

The presentation will focus on the cost-effective relationship between organic methods and problem prevention.

Topics will include:

  • techniques to strengthen the sheep immune system
  • control of parasites
  • lambing assistance
  • the judicious use anti-biotics
  • veterinary intervention
  • an underlying theme is the humane treatment of sheep

From birth to transportation to the abattoir, the balance between animal-care costs and humane treatment needs to be clearly articulated.

Sheep Farming Collage St. Isodore Farm

This workshop will be of interest to small and large sheep producers as well as non-farmers interested in organic food and fibre production.

Kate Michalska at St. Isodore Farm


Kate MichalskaKate Michalska, St.Isodore Farm

Upper Canada Fibreshed Producer Member

Kate Michalska and her husband have raised Lincoln Longwools for 20 years at St. Isidore Farm, 150 acres of forest and 54 acres of arable land northwest of Kingston, Ontario.

To raise her flock of 20 sheep, she has focussed on ethically and organically raising the sheep through rotational grazing.

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Guelph Organic Conference