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Producer Profiles: Jennifer Osborn of All Sorts Acre

Jennifer is the Co-Founder of the Upper Canada Fibreshed. She is the most knowledgeable person I know regarding all things sheep, farming, wool, natural plant dyes and a great many other topics as well. She is a permaculturist and a very talented artist, who’s wool felted products for the home are so cozy and inviting. This Fibreshed would not exist without her and continues to steadily grow as a result of her efforts. Thank you Jennifer for all you do, and for sharing your wisdom. Visit her at All Sorts Acre or on Etsy at Hair Farmer.

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50 Shades of Fibre

Perhaps it isn’t quite 50 shades, but at least 5 shades of fibre that is all certified Upper Canada Fibreshed wool!

 

Fibreshed roving in a selection of colours.

Fibreshed roving in a selection of colours.

Rural White – Finn: This wool if from Homer’s Mum. She was a messy finn sheep with a lovely fleece. It is soft, and felts brilliantly. It’s shrinkage rate tested at around 1.3. More info about this wool.

Light Grey – Shetland/Romney: This is a great wool. Strong and felts easily. It’s shrinkage rate tested at around 1.1. More info about this wool.

Soft Brown – Shetland/ Blue Faced Leicester: This is a lovely wool that is soft and incredibly versatile. It’s shrinkage rate tested at around 1.3. More info about this wool.

Chestnut Brown –  Shetland/ Blue Faced Leicester: This is a lovely wool that is soft and incredibly versatile. It’s shrinkage rate tested at around 1.3. More info about this wool.

Natural Black- Shetland/Romney: This is a great wool. Strong and felts easily. It’s shrinkage rate tested at around 1.17. More info about this wool.

Please consider buying wool that has been raised and processed close to home. Support your local frames and entrepreneurs!

Wool Origins

All Sorts Acre, a local lamb and wool producer.This wool is from All Sorts Acres, a farm based in just outside of Toronto specializing in both felting wool and European style lamb. They are in the process of becoming certified organic. Their sheep are pastured and they use rotational grazing practices. Sjepherdess Jennifer is an avid felter, and also co-founder of the UCFS.

 

Ute with some of her alpacas.

Ute with some of her alpacas.


Freelton Fibre Mill, in Freelton, Ontario
 was where all the wool was processed. Ute Zell is the proprietor of the mill. She is an experienced weaver, spinner, and fibre artist. She raises alpacas. Ute is a big believer in maintaining good eco-practices; before opening a fibre mill she was a naturopathic doctor, and had a certified organic milking goat dairy.