Thank you, Fibres West! We had a very busy and successful time at Vancouver’s biggest fibre event, meeting many fibre enthusiasts from all over BC, including the Interior, Vancouver Island, Northern BC as well as Washington State, Alberta and Ontario. It was nice putting faces to the names of people we had spoken with or had emailed recently, and it was fun meeting other vendors and having brief moments to chat about their products, lives and future plans.
In our networking chats it was mentioned a few times that we should be looking at going to the Olds Fibre Week in mid June. The workshops for felting, spinning, dyeing and other fibre enterprises look so inviting, and the masters’ programs for spinning and weaving should draw great interest. We’ve made some preliminary inquiries to see how we could manage the logistics of getting ourselves and our products to Olds and will decide in the next few days. Love to do it if we can!
So, what was hot at Fibres West? The word spread quickly about our Rose Bush Fibre Top. It’s a new fibre, and, as far as we know, we were the only vendor selling it. People came up and tried to smell it and had to, of course, feel it. There’s no scent, but it feels like melting butter! Bonsai Sprayers sold out quickly, especially when Fiona Duthie told her felting workshop participants that we had them for sale. Again, we were the only vendor offering the product. Our new Mulberry Bark also kept us busy. It’s so versatile and has such great possibilities for feltmaking embellishment.
We had lots of questions about the source for many of our products like the Mulberry Bark (is it really bark?!), Silk Carrier Rods, Rose Bush Fibre and Banana Fibre, and most were amazed that many of these fibres have been used for beautiful garments for hundreds of years.
We learned lots, and we seemed to have introduced a few new ideas for people interested in fibres. If you visited our booth, chatted with us or made a purchase from Chaotic Fibres at Fibres West, thank you for making the weekend a successful and enjoyable one for us!