The Fibre Garden : Fibres
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We try to carry as wide a selection as we can get our hands on, in both natural-coloured and dyed fibres. You’ll find it in roving or top, some as batts, locks or even fleece. Our customers use our fibre for spinning, felting, doll making, thrum mittens and in some preparations even for direct knitting.
One of our goals is to carry as many natural sheep breeds as we can find, but you’ll also find animal fibres from alpaca, llama, camel, angora and cashmere goats, angora rabbit, bison, musk-ox and even yak! We have silk as well, and various plant and man-made fibres such as cotton, soy, ramie, bamboo, flax, nylon and rayon.
We’ve tried to group our fibres together here in a sensible way to help you find what you are searching for. If you’re after something we don’t list please drop us a line and we can start looking for a source.
For a few years we carried New Zealand raised raw fleeces from Ashford, and they were gorgeous. Unfortunately the farm certification and export documentation and inspection hurdles were numerous and expensive, so Ashford discontinued supplying these in 2015. We do not currently have the time to run around to individual farms selecting beautiful fleeces, and we will not purchase them without seeing them in person. We suggest contacting some of the professional sheep associations (Provincial, Federal as well as breed associations) as they usually maintain lists of farmers across Canada that raise specific breeds, along with the contact information. Shows such as the Woodstock Fleece Festival are also good places to find farmers selling their fleeces, raw or washed or even processed into rovings.