Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Workshop Series: Our Ecological Fibreshed

We are now offering an on-farm workshop series on our ecological fibreshed!

You will learn how we raise organic Icelandic wool on our farm and learn about our fibreshed and how you can support it. We are partnering with a team of master fibre artisans - in each workshop you will learn a new skill and take home something beautiful made by your own hands. Plus, enjoy delicious local food and new friendships.

Thanks to a grant from Achillea Endeavours, you will only pay for your materials and food cost! Each workshop has a minimum of 4 participants and a maximum of 8-12 so register early to guarantee your spot.

Learning to Knit: From Sheep to Cowl
with Anna Beaudet
1:00 - 5:00 pm
$ 55
This workshop offers an introductory lesson in the ancestral art of knitting, right here where your wool was raised! You will go home with an understanding of the craft and the foundations of a beautiful Infinity Cowl.

Natural Dyeing
with Amanda Carrigan
Saturday, September 24
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
$ 35
Learn to transform fibres into gorgeous colours from the materials all around you. You will work with natural dye materials such as walnut, loosestrife, blackberry, sumac, nettle, rudbeckia, goldenrod, coreopsis and indigo and go home with samples of wool that you have dyed.

How to Create a Wet-Felted Bird Pod
with Diane Lemire
Sunday, September 25
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
$ 40

A great simple hand-crafted project for the fun of it! Perhaps a little 'feathered friend' will take shelter there in the spring. Great as a gift for friends who love gardening. Wet felting offers countless possibilities.

Peg Loom Weaving: Bewildering to look at, simple to use!
with Susan Berlin
Saturday, October 15
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
$ 50
This workshop will introduce you to weaving on a peg loom. How can a simple row of pegs possibly produce gorgeous triangular patterns and round shapes? Once you see it demonstrated, you discover that it's about as simple to use as anything else in the fibre world. You will leave with an understanding of this traditional craft, your own new weaving, and your very own peg loom to use at home!

I have a raw fleece -- now what do I do? Preparing a Raw Fleece.
with Susan Berlin
Sunday, October 16
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
$ 30
If you are interested in working with local fibres but have never worked from a raw fleece before, this workshop is for you! There are hundreds of breeds of sheep -- each producing a particular type of fleece. How do you choose one? How do you assess it? Once you have it home, how do you skirt, sort, wash, and prepare it? And, what's the best use yarn to make from that particular fleece? We will also talk about where you can find different types of fibre in our region. If you spin, bring your wheel or spindle to try out your new fibre!

Traditional Padraig Slippers 
with Anna Beaudet
Saturday, October 29
1:00pm - 5:00 pm
$ 55
Create a pair of beautiful crocheted slippers with a fresh sheepskin sole using wool and skins from the farm. This workshop will cover a basic understanding of the art of crochet, and you will go home with the foundations of a pair of beautiful slippers to keep you or a loved one warm and cozy this winter!

What is a fibreshed? This term refers to all of the fibre products grown and produced within a geographic region. 

What can we find in our fibreshed? Alpaca, llama, several types of wool, kid mohair, angora rabbit and more!

What is meant by an 'ecological' fibreshed? This term refers to the fibreshed products produced through ecological agriculture. Just as people are becoming more concerned with how their food was produced, so too must we concern ourselves with how our fibres are produced. Ecological agriculture means healthy soils, better water quality, maintaining habitat for pollinators, birds, and wildlife, and a significant reduction in chemical agricultural inputs in the soil and in the animals. As a fibre enthusiast, you can help to support farmers in our region that are shifting towards more sustainable, ecological practices.

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