Come talk to the shepherds that grow the fleece, the artists that use them, and what makes a good fleece.
Many different types of breeds will be represented including: Gotland and Finnsheep, Cotswold, Shetland, Icelandic, Tunis, North Country Cheviot, Jacob as well as some Alpaca and Angora fleece.
The Glengarry Pioneer Village is in Dunvegan ON ~ half way between Ottawa and Montreal just off the 417. There is a map on the museum’s web site. http://www.glengarrypioneermuseum.ca/gpm/
St.Isidore Farm, formerly Sheepish Green, is 200 acres of pasture and forest near Yarker, Ontario. We have primarily raised Lincoln Longwool sheep for the past twenty years, transforming their lustrous fleece into beautiful products. This endangered breed of sheep is raised humanely in an ecologically sustainable manner with cattle and chickens.
Leslie and Bob have been farmers, collectively for over forty-five years. Bob, along with his family, cash crop 1300 acres and raise beef cattle. Leslie was involved in the equine industry, breeding and raising Canadian horses. Canadian horses are a light draft and Canada’s national breed. In 2003 Leslie made a very good trade and acquired 37 registered alpacas for 6 registered Canadian horses. From that point on, a career change took place and Canadian Comfort Alpacas took off running.
Our farm is nestled in the Southwestern Ontario countryside near the village of Thorndale and close to London. We specialize in 100% Canadian Alpaca Products made from the fibre of our own alpacas. Our products include luxurious alpaca yarn, warm alpaca insoles, alpaca socks, alpaca fibre for hand spinning & felting, wool dryer balls, hand knit accessories and bird nesting materials.
During this day-long workshop you will learn how to make a pair of felted wool slippers. The entire process will be explored and examined, including different techniques of laying out wool, shrinkage tests, using a resist and fulling and finishing techniques. Many examples of different felting methods and wools will be on hand to examine and compare. You will leave with a unique pair of slippers and a record of your felting experiments. The wool being used for the class will be from local farms in the Upper Canada Fibreshed.