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