Our hats are off to Michelle, Leola and their team of volunteers for last weekend’s successful Cowichan Fleece and Fibre Festival in Cobble Hill. We had a terrific time and we look forward to returning next year for this annual, Vancouver Island event. It’s always interesting to look back at which fibres were most in demand at events like this. We found our Merino/Suri Alpaca Top and Merino 19m Top were definitely the best sellers, followed by Pulled Sari Silk and the always-fun Silk Carrier Rods for felters and jewelry makers.
Speaking of returning, we have just registered for Fibres West 2016 in Vancouver. This will be the eighth annual festival and our second time there as vendors. Fibres West will be at the Cloverdale Exhibition Grounds on March 18th and 19th.
Sharon has been busy restocking and updating inventory for our Online Store after the weekend’s sale. Orders have been placed and we have shipments arriving soon from Europe, Britain and across North America. We’re looking forward to some new items as well as popular fibres that have completely sold out.
For felters, our popular Bonsai Sprayers, Felting Needles and Felting Pads will arrive shortly. Sharon also ordered Merino/Silk Prefelt in white and black for our nuno felters. Have you been looking for white merino for dyeing? We’ll soon have more Italian Merino 19m in white. Other fibres coming soon include: Merino Gotland Fleece in blue grey; five new colours of Merino Top coming from South America and Australia; eight colours of Sharon’s favourite fibre, Pulled Sari Silk; and twelve colours of Tussah Silk Top. In addition to this bounty of lusciousness, she also just received a shipment of Silk Hankies, Thrown Silk in Sericin, Cocoon Strippings and Carded Mulberry Noil. Lots of goodies to tempt our spinners and feltmakers! Thank goodness we now have room to spare in Sharon’s studio and the Chaotic Fibres area of our new home!
For those who look forward to seeing us at fibre events, we’ll be at Fibres West in March and, hopefully, VHWSG’s Spin In on Saturday, February 27th.