For April, we're featuring
BAST FIBRE TOP
at 25% OFF
So, what the heck are bast fibres??
These strong and long fibres come from the stems of certain plants, the best-known being flax and hemp.
Ramie also fits in this category, made from a shorter tropical plant from eastern Asia. The newest addition to the group for us is Bast Bamboo, which is from the bamboo stem rather than being extruded like the more common rayon/viscose type bamboo.
Felters: don't feel left out! All of these plant fibres (and others) can be used as embellishments in your felting projects. So long as you have a wool foundation, these will adhere during wet, Nuno and even needle felting. A bit of wool on top here and there will help to sandwich or tack down the plant fibres into place. In wet felting the wool base will shrink but the plant fibres won't, giving a really nifty curly look almost like mohair locks!
Both IN-STORE and ONLINE
Continuing clearance specials include:
GAYWOOL DYES now at 50% OFF
John will soon be packaging his own line of DYEGUY
acid dyes, hopefully available later in March!
Remaining Prairie Blizzard roving blends at 50% OFF
WHAT'S NEW at The FIBRE GARDEN?
April 2 - We've finally resigned ourselves to the fact the exchange rate is not going to get any better anytime soon. John's just ordered a bunch of juicy luxury fibres which will hit the cart shortly. There are some gorgeous new 19-micron streaky Merino blends and Merino/Silk blends coming in from Ashland Bay, for starters. Look too for an incredible 50/50 Fine Merino/Cultivated Silk blend that we think is the best thing out on the market for a wool/silk combination. Links will be here in a few days once the product comes in.
That trucker's strike out in Vancouver affected our Ashford Canada shipments. There is one waiting to be unloaded now and we hope to receive new product in a week or two. Included on that boat are 8 of the ASHFORD BLENDING BOARDS so fingers crossed these will arrive by mid-month. We have the cart setup to accept orders now. Lastly, those of you that have been in the shop lately may have noticed our selection of Dyeguy yarns was down to hardly anything. John is back at the dye kettles once again now that his musical theatre production are nearly over. Socky-Talky is first, then on to some new Worsted yarn bases!
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, Schacht, 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 will be SUNDAY, APRIL 27 with a morning group at 10am and afternoon group at 1pm.
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. We only have room for six spinners at each spin-in, so please call the shop (905) 562-7750 or e-mail us so we can book you a chair. Spin-ins are FREE!! firstname.lastname@example.org
THE FIBRE GARDEN is located at 3818 Main Street, Jordan, Ontario, Canada, L0R 1S0.
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 sporadically.
Thank you for visiting THE FIBRE GARDEN!
Alan & John