A Passion For...
scanning electron photo of cotton fibres
Before there can be yarn, there is fibre.
At our conference there will be an opportunity to learn about fibres in more detail.
Heide Kraus raises goats at her farm outside of Quesnel, BC for cashmere. She will be sharing details of what makes cashmere, cashmere, and information on keeping a herd of goats and harvesting their undercoat for fibre.
Sue Perron has been exploring and experimenting with local plants that provide fibre that can be turned into cordage, etc. She has been collecting plants from various sources and will have samples and techniques for harvesting the fibre to share.
Our spinning instructors will also be sharing information on various fibres:
Michelle Boyd, one of the Olds College master spinner instructors will present a two day workshop: Four Fine Fibres, Four Fine Yarns.
Coleen Nimetz will take an in-depth look at silk in her two day workshop: Silk: the Empress.
Kim McKenna will explain how to use a distaff and discuss flax and other fibres that may benefit from the use of this tool in her two day workshop, The Distaff.
Sarah Wroot will be looking at fibre characteristics in terms of spinning yarn to weave in a two day workshop called Spinning to Weave.
And Diana Twiss will look at creating unique colours in her two day workshop Colour Explorations/Wild About Colour.
We are presently working on confirming details of the workshops and seminars with the instructors. As soon as all has been worked through, the intent is to post the complete conference offerings, both two day workshops and the various seminars, to our conference website.
Watch this space for information that we can share now.