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Earth Day at Roberts Creek

On April 26th Earth Day was celebrated at the Roberts Creek mandala for the 26th year in a row. This is an event that celebrates the Earth and the vibrant Sunshine Coast community and offers an opportunity for local environmental and community groups to share their message. We set off at 8:30 to put up […]

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Coast Colours – Dandelion Flowers

Despised by many as pesky ‘weeds’, dandelions (Taraxacum officinale) have long been appreciated by herbalists for their valuable healing properties.  The 17th century herbalist Nicholas Culpepper proclaimed, “You see here what virtues this common herb hath, and that is the reason the French and Dutch so often eat them in the spring.”  And indeed, dandelion […]

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The Three Circles – The Spinning Circle

Over the past years our Sunshine Coast Spinners and Weavers Guild and its project the Sunshine Coast Fibreshed have brought together some special gatherings/circles of women deeply connected by their love of fibre.  The Fibreshed search for local fleece, local dyes and the artisans who transform them into products of special quality and design has […]

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Seedy Saturday 2015

On March 28 the One Straw Society and the Sunshine Coast Seed Collective held the 11th annual Seedy Saturday at the Roberts Creek Hall. It was a wonderful day for gardeners and other members of the community to buy and exchange seeds and live plants.  There were a number of interesting workshops and a farmers […]

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Coast Colours – Apple Bark

The apple (Malus domestica) was brought to North America in the 17th century by colonists.  At one time there were thousands of varieties of apples with greatly differing sizes, shapes, colours and markings.  There were early, midseason and late varieties for fresh eating, varieties for winter storage and others for baking, drying and cider.  Sadly, […]

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Coast Colours – Arbutus Bark

The beautiful arbutus tree (Arbutus menziesii) is one of the distinctive features of the Sunshine Coast.  Canada’s only native broadleaf evergreen grows in areas where the soil is rocky and drains rapidly and is often found along rocky shorelines.  It can also be found growing in residential areas.  The flowers, which open in April and […]

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Coast Colours – Alder Bark

The plants and mushrooms from our gardens and wild spaces on the Sunshine Coast offer us many beautiful colours for dyeing fabric and fibre.  This blog is the beginning of a series which will explore and document dyeing with local plants and mushrooms.  I hope that other local dyers will add their dyeing experiences. Alders […]

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Fibre Circle Video

The raw fleeces sheared from the Icelandic sheep (see blog November 10) became the focus of a newly formed Fibre Circle hosted and facilitated by Yvonne Stowell at the FibreWorks Studio and Gallery.  We met for two days to learn how to skirt, wash, comb, card and spin this beautiful fibre.  (See the upcoming blog […]

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