"Fibershed’s 2016 Wool Symposium panels and presentations will focus on regional breeding strategies, biological and mechanical technology, Climate Beneficial Wool, ‘prosumption,’ true cost of raising sheep and making a garment by hand, the history of sheep production in our region, and a special visit by a distant Fibershed Affiliate community organizer who will share how their community is cross pollinating urban and rural sectors." (www.fibershed.com)
Our Founder and Creative Director, Peggy Sue Deaven-Smiltnieks will be speaking on her work with the Upper Canada Fibreshed, an affiliate of Fibershed.com.
Discussing her unique concept of Farm-Fibre-Fashion, Peggy Sue Deaven-Smiltnieks will share her journey in creating the Peggy Sue Collection, a fashion house dedicated to using local fibres, supporting local farmers and employing local artisans.
When IMG announced it would no longer produce Toronto Fashion Week, the industry mourned. The landscape is shifting and fashion weeks are just one element that need a revisit. Not to be deterred, this EcoSessions will gather local industry leaders to discuss, (a la Frank Sinatra) if we can make it here, can we make it anywhere? Join us on Thursday, October 18 to hear from: Peggy Sue Deaven-Smiltnieks (Peggy Sue Collection), Kathy Cheng (WS & Company) and Julia Grieve (Preloved). Moderated by Kate Black (Magnifeco.com).
Our Creative Director, Peggy Sue Deaven-Smiltnieks, will be discussing the challenges and discoveries of designing local fashions within the Upper Canada Fibreshed with Ryerson's MA Fashion students.
*This is a private event hosted by FACTS
The Toronto Knitters Frolic is an annual event organized by the Toronto Knitters Guild under the direction of Joan Kass, Frolic Coordinator.
2016 will be the 19th annual Knitters Frolic. Admissions is $6
The Frolic focuses on a series of workshops over 2 days and is accompanied by a Saturday-only Marketplace event.
Ontario's largest Farm Fiber Festival! There will be examples of knitting, weaving, rug hooking, felting and spinning. There will be live fibre producing animal displays, demonstrations and 65+ vendors present!
Admissions is $6. Contact Catherine Stark if you want to exhibit: 519.458.8631 or email@example.com
This is a hands-on course that teaches the New Zealand Wool Board way of handling and shearing sheep. The course is aimed at preparing candidates for the advanced shearing course run by the Canadian Co-operative Wool Growers (CCWG) and is supported both by the CCWG and Ontario Sheep.
Class Fee and Pre-Registration Required. Contact Peter Kudelka for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Kitchener-Waterloo Knitters’ Fair is one of the largest all-knitting events in Canada. This Fair presents approximately 50 vendors offering the latest and greatest of knitting products.
- Admission is $7
- Fashion Show - 11 am
- Speaker - 1 pm
- Door Prizes
- Lunch Options
- Knitters' Spa
All Sorts Acre Farm's Jennifer Osborn will be shearing her flock so as to have beautiful lamb's wool lace yarn by Christmas! We are so very excited to be supporting her for this day's events. Videos and pictures of the shearing will be posted soon thereafter!
As a grant winner of the Starter Company Grant Program, we will be sharing our North American Farm Fiber clothing collection story with the Chamber Members of the Halton Region! Looking forward to sharing the fiber story and showing how the Halton Small Business Center helped to support our start!
Come see Upper Canada Fibershed's Becky Porlier and Jennifer Osborn make farm fiber into felt fabric and spun yarn! Then Peggy Sue will be draping garments from the felt fabric on the dress from to make a final garment. From farm fiber to fashion - a sample of the entire process.
Save the date!
Come to a natural dyes workshop taught by Kitt Fisher at the Freelton Fibre Mill and Alpaca Farm. You will learn to make dyes from natural dye plants, dye yarn and how to make those dyed products color-fast so they don't wash out!
Email email@example.com for cost and additional details.
This is a story about clothing. It’s about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing?
A day-long festival of all things alpaca fiber. Alpacas from Eighth and Mud Farm hosts a shearing event where all can come and see how alpaca shearing is done: the shearing teams who make it happen, the machines that clean, card and twist the fiber into yarns, the hand spinners who too draw down the cleaned fiber into yarn and all the 4H'ers who are learning how to handle the animals in a farm setting.
Hand Embroidery Class being taught @Needlework_Hamilton by @TheaHaines
Register with I love Needlework Shop in Hamilton, ON to begin learning the wonderful hand technique of embroidery with local Hamiltonian artist Thea Haines.
I love Needlework is a local Hamilton Shop that extolls all things hand-made. Co-owned by Kate Hunter and Liz Simpson.
Class Instructor Thea Haines is known for her work with the natural plant dyes and textiles.