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Allison Brown became a farmer to raise animals mainly for fibre instead of meat. Her first Angora goats arrived at the farm in 1987 in the height of the export market boom. A friend lent her a spinning wheel for the winter, and she taught herself how to spin using her own mohair (it’s not recommended.)
The next year, an exceptional flock of imported purebred registered Rambouillet sheep were purchased. However, there were (and still are not) fibre mills locally that could handle the really fine wool. Undeterred, Allison began a breeding program crossing three purebred sheep – the result is the Norbouillet. (The third sheep breed is a farm secret!) Allison has breeding records dating back to 1988.
Allison’s highly sought after yarns and roving are processed at Wellington Fibres and are available by appointment at her form in Norwood Ontario, mail order, or if you’re lucky enough to be in the area, at a few local shows: Spin in October, in Cambellford and The Gathering in Port Hope in April. You can follow her on Facebook at Norbouillet Wool.
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 http://www.lincfarm.com/wool
- plus lamb, lavender, honey and other seasonal produce
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.
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!
All Photos Credited to Sarah Jean Harrison of Peace Flag House