For NOVEMBER we are featuring
PLANT FIBRE Top/roving
at 25% OFF!
Flax Line Strick is not included in the sale.
Both IN-STORE and ONLINE
Though more traditionally used by spinners for making yarns, we probably now sell as much or more of these plant fibres to FELTERS. They make a wonderful surface embellishment for wet or Nuno felted projects, and when the base layers of wool felt and shrink, the plant fibres become wavy and add a unique and special textural effect, not to mention the many colour possibilities too! They will also work fine as an embellishment in needle felted projects.
Another way to wet felt with them is to blend with wool fibre, at a ratio of around 75% wool/25% plant fibres. The wool will trap the fibres and take them along for the ride just like happens with wool and silk blends.
Spinners, you might make use of the same blending trick to get your hands used to working with plant fibres. Blending them with wool will feel more familiar, and you can spin blends before moving on to 100% plant fibre, if you choose.
WHAT’S NEW at The FIBRE GARDEN?
November 1 – we saw many of you at the Woodstock Fleece Festival last month. It as a very busy and crazy day, so our apologies if we didn’t have much of a chance to chat. Though shows are a lot of fun, they are also exhausting and we’re glad they are done for us until next spring.
We are still patiently waiting for shipments of natural white 22- and 19.5-micron Merino, and hopefully they come in over the next few days. We’re still well stocked on natural white Corriedale, if that could work in your project. Other breeds to consider are Polwarth, BFL (Blue-faced Leicester), Finn, Coopworth and others listed on our Natural Rovings & Top<Wool page..
The shipment of gorgeous 8/2 Cotton and 22/2 Cottolin weaving yarns from BOCKENS has arrived and it’s out in the shop for your browsing pleasure. Unfortunately, Bockens does not supply photos so it’s going to take awhile for us to photograph the whole line and get it listed in our cart. Please call, if you’re interested in knowing what we have.
We took some of our FLAX LINE STRICK to Woodstock and it was an instant hit! Again, we need to photograph it before it hits the cart, so hopefully it’s listed within a couple of weeks. Flax spinners have been asking us for strick almost since the day we opened the shop six years ago. These are bundles of long natural brown flax fibres around 36 inches long, ready to be hung on your distaff and spun into linen yarn. Though flax is readily available as combed top/roving, diehard spinners like to work with the strick the same way it’s been done for centuries.
THE FIBRE GARDEN is owned and operated by Alan McLean and John Valleau and it lives in our historic home in Jordan Village, Ontario, Canada. We are in the heart of Niagara Wine Country and there are plenty of things to see and do in the village and surroundings.
The shop carries a very wide selection of natural breed-specific rovings, dyed rovings and top, weaving and knitting yarns (many dyed right here by THE DYEGUY), felting supplies, dyes, natural dyes & mordants, spinning wheels, drop spindles, and other fibre gadgets. We are thrilled to be Dealers for Majacraft, Louet and Ashford spinning wheels, looms and other products.
Our regular year-round Store Hours are:
- Thursday, Friday, Saturday — 11am to 5pm
- Sunday — 12 noon to 4pm
Our next SPIN-IN is TBA. Probably November, due to the Woodstock Fleece Festival.
Spin-ins are a fun way to meet and socialize with others that share your craft. Spinners at ALL levels are welcome, even absolute beginners. Spin-ins are FREE!!
THE FIBRE GARDEN is located at 3818 Main Street, Jordan, Ontario, Canada, L0R 1S0. firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone (905) 562-7750 NEW!! Toll-free phone 1-855-236-3829 (Canada and US lower 48)
For those in the area or within driving distance, we welcome you to visit our shop in person. Our friends from afar can now enjoy online shopping with us. Just click on the SHOP ONLINE! button on the top menu bar. We now have the majority of our fibres, books, DVDs, spinning wheels, spindles, gadgets and tools loaded for you to see. Please let us know if you don’t find what you are looking for!
We invite everyone to signup here for our free Fibre Garden Newsletter, e-mailed more-or-less monthly.
Thank you for visiting THE FIBRE GARDEN!
Alan & John