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fun in the sun

August 19, 2019

yesterday was the annual “Fibrations” – all things fibrey in the park

it was a beautiful day

in the North-east of the province they had snow, in August! can you believe it?

my first stop – Deep Blue Dyeworks, from Salt Spring Is., had a wonderful selection of indigo scarves blowing in the breeze

the selection of knitting yarns was extensive with every colour imaginable

the tent where local flax is being processed always draws a crowd

and the lady weaving kelp baskets – she weaves the kelp while wet

(sorry, I wrote down people’s names but now can’t find the piece of paper)

when dry the baskets take wonderful, natural shapes

needle felting is popular – foxes and raccoons, bears, sheep and a very cheeky monkey

I wanted to bring him home but resisted – now I wish I hadn’t!

(click on photo to enlarge)

a booth with old Swedish equipment – including a loom, a wheel and bamboo reeds

should have bought one of the reeds, too

a walking wheel – not tempted – but…

I’m researching this charkha on the internet

the spinner was happy to talk, she cards her own punis (little cotton fibre rolls)

but she was spinning raw cotton bolls – I was so fascinated and impressed

I’ve never been sure I could spin on one but it all packs up in the little box and can go traveling

oh dear! I’m seriously lusting after one but the price may dampen that ardor

 an update on the walnut bark dye

sitting outside in the sun the walnut (on the left) is fermenting

solar dyed the wool felt square is a beautiful colour

I’ll simmer it at the end of the month

the birch bark hasn’t changed at all

this leaf skeleton, picked up yesterday, is the same warm colour

Autumn is on the way


4 Comments leave one →
  1. August 20, 2019 3:23 am

    I’m with Kate–VERY envious that you have such a community of fiber artists in your region. There is almost nothing here. You showed a lot of restraint, leaving goodies behind!


    • August 20, 2019 8:07 am

      Kerry – guess the internet is better than no fibre community at all. All I bought at Fibrations was some lovely wool to spin and dye.


  2. August 19, 2019 2:28 pm

    What a wonderful event! I’m deeply envious, because we have nothing at all like this within a thousand miles… That wool square is a gorgeous colour, like cinnamon.


    • August 19, 2019 3:13 pm

      Kate – the local weaving/yarn shop started this a few years back and it has just grown and gotten better. It is all run with volunteers and paid for with a silent auction, vendors pay for their space by donating something for the auction and tickets cost $2 Can. each. It was busy all day, parking was a bit of a nightmare but it is so good nobody minds. Everybody runs into people they know and it is a social event too. Really, really great.

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