The Fibre Garden

 For JULY our feature is
by Dyeing House Gallery
25% OFF!


This beautiful, soft 19-micron Merino wool has become a customer favourite around our place, especially so with felters! The colour range is great, and for against-the-skin projects such as scarves or shawls you can’t beat it whether you felt or spin and knit or crochet. Fine Merino also felts quickly compared to coarser wool fibres, and makes a terrific base for adding whatever embellishments you might think of.

A couple of carryover specials from last month include two discontinued fibres from Ashland Bay: streaky Colour Fusion Merino and also their semi-solid colourways of Merino/Silk. We are sad to see these vanish as they were nice additions to our lines.


July 2 – Alan learned a ton of weaving techniques and tricks during his intensive lessons last month with Jetta Vandermeiden, so he is all gung-ho to put these into practice now. He’s going to be shopping for some new suppliers for weaving yarns, if we can figure out where the heck to display them — look for some of those to appear in early fall. He’s going to be running the shop solo for a week or two as John is off to visit family in Alberta. Web orders and shipping will continue as usual.

Our next vending show is in August, our second year at the TWIST FIBRE FESTIVAL in Quebec, August 22 & 23. This year we will have a more spacious double booth. The little village where the festival is held is about half way between Ottawa and Montreal on the north side of the Ottawa River, so if you live in driving distance it’s well worth a day trip. If you hate crowds, plan to go on the Sunday morning.

Summer is the time when many people do natural dyeing, often working outdoors with their kettles and vats. We are well stocked on dyes and mordants right now. If you come in the shop, check out the selection located in the antique architect drawers, they are all packed and ready to go! If you want to move beyond the world of dried exotic dye powders and work with plants from your garden or roadsides, we highly recommend “Spectrum: Dye Plants of Ontario” as a resource for getting started. The Burr House Spinners & Weavers created this book years ago, and don’t let the Ontario focus put you off if you live elsewhere. It is stuffed full of recipes for dyeing with plants commonly found in gardens and roadsides coast to coast.


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 MajacraftLouet 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 SPIN-INS are going back to SUNDAYS!
The next one will be on Sunday, July 19 with two sittings: 10am and 1pm. No need to book a chair, just bring your wheel or spindle and come on over!
Our Spin-ins moved for awhile to every Saturday but it was a disaster and hardly anybody ever came, so we hope that going back to Sundays and less frequently will bring more people out.

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. info@fibregarden.ca
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