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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

 

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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


LANDMADE


LandMade Upper Canada Fibreshed

The Upper Canada Fibreshed is bringing farm-fresh yarn, roving and fleece to the urban maker.

12-4 pm, February 5th, 2017

Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St W, Toronto, ON

@uppercanadfibreshed #landmade #uppercanadafibreshed


LandMade brings local fibre farmers to the Gladstone Hotel, giving urban knitters, spinners, crocheters, weavers, felters, makers and artists the chance to discover fleeces, rovings and yarns direct from the farm.  

Eight farms that raise sheep, alpacas and mohair will be available to talk all things fibre, and to provide locally and sustainably raised materials to the natural fibre enthusiast.  

Be sure to bring a long your needles, hooks, spindles and wheels. Making and conversation is highly encouraged over coffee, tea or wine in the Melody Bar or Cafe.


Meet the Farmers

LandMade is the perfect opportunity to meet your local UCFS farmers, learn more about ethically and sustainably-raised sheep, alpaca and mohair and purchase fleece, roving and yarn fresh from the farm.

Participating Producers:

All Sorts Acres

Circle R Farm

Freelton Fibre Mill

Lickety Spit Farm

Rampart Wool & Mill

The Common Good

The Alpaca Stop/Stone Spindle

Twin Oaks Farm

With Special Guest the Peggy Sue Collection


Fibershed Knitalong Upper Canada Fibreshed

Start Making

LandMade is the perfect opportunity to join in with Fibershed’s Knitalong.

Fibershed’s Knitalong encourages local makers to engage with their local producers through a simple knitting project. Radiata, the Knitalong pattern created by Emily Cunetto, is available for purchase on Ravelry or via Emily’s website.

Are you a new fibre enthusiast? You are very welcome to join our knitting circle at LandMade for some intro-level knitting instruction to get you started on your very own Radiata.

Fibershed Knitalong Upper Canada Fibreshed

Share Your Project

Tell the world about your project and the gorgeous local materials you used to make it! Be sure to document your project’s progress via social media using #landmade, #FibershedKAL  and #uppercanadafibreshed.

Post your pictures and send us your thoughts on making with local materials. After 4 weeks we’ll compile everyone’s images and thoughts into a final blog reflecting on the process of creating your very own LandMade project.

Please help us spread the word about the beautiful local fibres available in our fibreshed. Remember to tag us (@uppercanadafibreshed) and your local fibre producer in your posts!

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About Fibershed’s Knitalong

A “knitalong” is a way of knitting in community despite distance, a way that we can support strategic geographies around the world in coming together around a knitting pattern and theme.

Working with yarns from your local ‘fibershed,’ including small-batch yarns direct from local farms or unique handspun fiber combinations, often means that you are making adaptations to patterns written for a specific type of yarn. Here, we present a pattern that is designed specifically to highlight the unique qualities of locally-sourced yarn.

These are yarns that tell a story — of the land they come from, the breeds or varieties of plants and animals that produce the fiber, the dyestuff gathered or grown in your region, and the management and care that has gone into each step in getting the yarn into your hands.

Knitting your own local garment is also an act of prosumption — a way of engaging dialogue between producer and consumer. By nourishing the relationship between who grows and who makes our clothing, we can move beyond the barriers of strictly producing and consuming materials.

We hope you will be inspired by the 2016 Knitalong to choose a new yarn or fiber from your area, and to connect in a deeper way with the people, plants, animals, and land-base that are producing these fibers in your region.

(From Fibershed)


The Common Good

The Common Good Upper Canada Fibreshed

On the corner of the Cockshutt Road and the 11th Concession just outside of Waterford in Norfold County, The Common Good is part slow fashion marketplace and fibre arts creative space, part social enterprise tea-room and part faith-based farm community.

Conceived of and built by Rita Stratford, The Common Good combines “farm, fellowship and faith”. Inside the large creative space within the barn-like house, complete with gorgeous wrap-around porch, women are encouraged to explore the fibre arts by learning from one another and participating in classes that range from natural dyeing to weaving.

The Common Good Upper Canada Fibreshed

The space also houses a cooperatively run tea-room and a local-based marketplace that focuses on promoting slow-fashion and slow-craft.

Rita, an advocate for the “slow goods” movement, seeks to encourage a cultural shift towards slowing down and being responsible with our collective resources, supporting our local economy, creating community through trust and relationships, nurturing our creative souls and connecting with the makers of our goods.

The Common Good Upper Canada Fibreshed

In keeping with this philosophy, Rita raises a small flock of sheep on The Common Good farm.  Cotswold, Gotland and Polworth sheep produce her range of raw fleeces, yarns, rovings and batts.

The Common Good is not your average local yarn store, local marketplace or fibre farm. While it may always defy definition as it continues to grow as a self-sustaining and living entity, it certainly offers a space where the fibre arts are seen as an opportunity to recharge the soul and seek a spiritual journey.

In Rita’s words, “The Common Good may be hard to define but it is simple to experience”.

 

 

The Common Good

946 Concession 11 Townsend Road in Waterford, ON

tcgshepherd@icloud.com |  519-428-8894

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Lickety Spit Fibre Farm

Lickety Spit Farm Logo

 

Lickety Spit Fibre Farm, home to sheep, alpaca, ducks and chickens, is a new breed of farm.

Rather than a traditional family, this farm is run by two friends, Melinda Ramsay and Michelle Bain. Instead of focusing on one fibre animal, this farm keeps sheep and alpaca together in one flock. And, of course, rather than pushing for land-use intensity this farm works to maintain a space that benefits not only the humans but the animals and the plants.

In the words of Melinda and Michelle, “We try to keep our (hoof)prints small”.

Melinda and Michelle come from very different backgrounds. Melinda, who also works on the television program Mayday, is a former Torontonian. Michelle, a former commercial sheep farmer, was born and bred in rural Ontario. Together, these two perspectives are building a farm based on organic husbandry and happy animals.

Sheep on pasture at Lickety Spit Farm

Lickety Spit’s flock includes Romney, Icelandic sheep and Blue Faced Leicester cross sheep, as well as Huacaya alpacas. Environmental integrity and ethical treatment of their animals informs the entirety of the farm’s operations.

All the creatures enjoy the luxury of pasture and barn protection, including the chickens with their chicken tractor and the ducks with their own pond. The farm’s manure is composted and used to support the soil and additional feed for the alpacas and sheep is locally-sourced and GMO-free.

Sheep and Guardian Dog in pasture at Lickety Spit Farm

This effort and dedication to environmental and ethical integrity is clearly seen in the high quality of the farm’s fibre. Lickety Spit Fibre Farm produces a beautiful range of naturally coloured alpaca, wool and blended yarns, all milled locally.

Additional fibre products, such as Alpaca Socks and Insoles, Felt-Your-Own-Soap kits, Laundry Balls and Goat’s Milk Soaps are either made on-farm or via producers that share the farm’s ethics.

When asked why they joined the Upper Canada Fibreshed, Melinda is quick to respond “I think that philosophically it’s really a part of [our] belief system[s]. We have to support and foster these skills if we want to survive.”

You can find Lickety Spit Farm and their Etsy shop at www.licketyspitfarm.ca