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Harvest Festival

It was a beautiful sunny September day for the Sunshine Coast Botanical Garden’s Harvest Festival.  Visitors enjoyed the abundant fruits, flowers and veggies.   The Beekeepers represented a vital part of the garden cycle. There was music by Brothers in Farms for listening, dancing and clapping to. A number of community groups participated in sharing […]

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Fibre Camp

There are three necessary elements for a strong, vibrant fibreshed.  One is a source of quality fibre and the knowledge of how to process and use it appropriately.  Another is a knowledge of local dye plants and mushrooms and how to use them.  The third is a vibrant artisan community with the skill, experience and […]

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Milling for the ANWG Blanket Project

For three Tuesdays, members of our Sunshine Coast Spinners and Weavers Guild gathered at Dorothy’s to process and spin local fibre for the ANWG 2017 Blanket Project. The first step is opening up the fleece with the Patrick Green picker in preparation for carding. We also tried out Dorothy’s new picker for the first time. […]

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LMSPA’S Wool‘n Ewe A-Fair

Each year the Lower Mainland Sheep Producers Association (LMSPA) holds the Wool’n Ewe A-Fair, an event that features hand shearing, spinning, weaving, felting and sheep to shawl demonstrations  It’s an opportunity to meet local sheep producers and artists, see how a fleece is judged, bid on award winning fleeces at a live auction and learn […]

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More Milling in the Fibrehood

Another fleece donated by Happy Chick Farm hit the tub in Merrily’s backyard. Merrily and Lynda separated out the darker coloured fleece and washed it separately. All hanging to dry now. A few days later, the fibrehoodies gathered at Dorothy’s to pick and card, pick and card.  Andrew and Lynda are putting the recently washed […]

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Milling in the Fibrehood

Recently I visited Happy Chick Farm on Highland Road in Gibsons.  Johanna had sheared the sheep the previous week and the fleeces were hanging on the fence. I came home with three bags full of the fleeces which Heidi and Lee generously donated to the Fibreshed.  They were delighted that the wool from their sheep […]

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Earth Day 2016

On April 24th, Roberts Creek, lovingly known as the “Gumboot Nation” of the Sunshine Coast of B.C., hosted its 27th Earth Day Festival.  It was a great day of music, tasty local food, raffles, petitions and information on environmental initiatives. Our environmentally aware community created over 55 displays. There was live music with dancing on […]

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Grown and Sewn Close to Home

April 10th was a beautiful sunny day for the Sunshine Coast Fibreshed’s “Grown and Sewn Close to Home” event at the FibreWorks Studio & Gallery in Madeira Park.  Fibre farmers and processors, artists, teachers and fibre art enthusiasts gathered together to meet, network and learn from each other. There were displays of local fibres and […]

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Seedy Saturday 2016

Every March the One Straw Society and the Sunshine Coast Seed Collective hold Seedy Saturday at the Roberts Creek Hall.  Once again the Sunshine Coast Fibreshed was invited to participate and this year we were busy in the weeks ahead making small items to sell as fund raisers. Lynda, Merrily and Dorothy felted local fibres […]

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