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Shetland Wool Adventure with Lauren Sharpe

Ever since I started knitting, I have wanted to go to Shetland to see where the magic happens!  It seems to me that it is the place where sheep, wool, history, beautiful landscapes and amazing knitters all combine forces.

One day I will get to Shetland Wool Week, but since it is in the fall and harvest time here on the farm, it isn’t possible yet. But early this fall I did manage to embark on my first Shetland Wool Adventure.

I first learned about Shetland Wool Adventures on Instagram.  Misa Hay is the organizer of this grand adventure (she is also instrumental in the organization of Shetland Wool Week!).  The posts looked fantastic, so I suggested to my friend and mom that we three should go.

We have all been knitting for less than 5 years each and the classes seemed manageable, though the lace and hap classes had intimidating homework!

After two flights we arrived in Sumbrugh and were picked up and driven over some beautiful countryside to the main city Lerwick, where we would stay at the lovely Alder Lodge for our time in Shetland.

Laura Sharpe of Twin Oaks Fiber Farm on the left, with Donna Smith (centre) and Robin Reid Burke (right).

Deborah Lamb was our tour guide as we travelled around the island and she shared with us the great history of the islands.  The landscape and seascape in Shetland is truly awe-inspiring. Oh, and the food, its fantastic, all of it, and there is a lot of it!!! We were treated to many great classes from Donna Smith, Wilma Malcolmson and Elizabeth Johnston.  These are ladies whom I have followed on Instagram and always admired their work.

They are amazing, kind, gifted teachers who managed to take a rank amateur knitter to one who is confident enough to tackle a traditional hap and Shetland lace and who looks at colour work with a new perspective.

One of the things that inspired me in Shetland is how passionate the knitters and designers are about their own local Shetland wool.  The great Oliver Henry almost had us in tears as he spoke about his fight to keep Shetland wool and its traditions alive in the ever changing global market.

Both of the mills, Jamieson’s of Shetland and Jamieson & Smith (The Wool Brokers), have and continue to advocate for the crofter and farmer to be sure the producer gets a fair price for their wool.  Everyone is interconnected and understands the whole circle of production.

It is indeed a magical place.

 

~ Written by Laura Sharpe of Twin Oaks Fiber Farm

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Producer Profile: T&K Fibres and More!

T&K Fibres and more upper canada fibreshed

We are Will and Jane, the proud owners of T&K Fibres and More! We are a husband and wife team who not only spin our own fibre from our many sheep and alpacas, but also specialize in small, custom orders from customers across Canada. No order is too small or too big for us to handle!

 We are different from other mills across the country by offering small, batch services, and working with each individual customer to ensure your needs are met. We also blend fibres into batts or rovings.

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Workshop Alert: Felted Flowers & Beads

 

Felted Beads Upper Canada Fibreshed

 

HOW TO MAKE FELTED FLOWERS AND BEADS

 

 

In this workshop you will learn how to design and make  unique felted flowers and beads using the wet felting technique.

Learning this technique allows you to create not only flowers but has unlimited possibilities.

Alpaca fibre will be used since I am an alpaca farmer and accents supplied may be wool or silk.

Workshop includes all materials, no experience required, but bring your own towel.

felted flower Upper Canada Fibreshed

Presenter: Gail Franklin-Hawes of Gn’R Alpaca Farm.  A weaving and textile graduate and fibre artist who loves raising her own alpacas.

Date: Sunday June 4, 2017

Time: 10 – 12pm and offered again 1 – 3pm

Fee: $25

At: Gn’R Alpaca Farm, 8561 Main St. Lisle, ON.   416-526-0503 to register

 


Cabin Boy Knits

Cabin Boy Knits Upper Canada Fibreshed

 

Christopher Walker is a Fibre Artist, Knitwear Designer, and founder of the label CabinBoyKnits.

Outside of the corporate world Christopher splits his time between Toronto and his log cabin in the arboreous Oak Hills of Stirling, Ontario. His unconventional work is influenced by the environment around him, whether it be from the rugged Canadian landscape, to the vivid colours and graphic designs in Toronto’s tattoo parlors…more


Bree Zorel – Fibre Artist

Bree Zorel Fibre Artist Upper Canada Fibreshed

Share with us a bit of your story. How did you get started in your art form?
I went to art school at ACAD and NSCAD for drawing and loved every minute of it. I
had learned knitting and sewing skills as a child, but it wasn’t until I got out of school
and found it difficult to maintain a messy drawing practice that I got seriously into textile
arts. These art forms are more portable and less messy than large scale ink drawings…more