Wow … wow … wow! Fibres West 2016 was a blaze of activity and an incredible weekend. It was great to see vendors we had met either at last year’s Fibres West or at other fibre events, and it was terrific to chat with Chaotic customers who had made purchases previously. We had wonderful feedback and such a good time!
Popular items? Some surprises like Rose Bush fibre sold very well (just as it did last year) and our Bonsai Sprayers for wet felting sold out in the first few minutes of the sale. The Rose Bush fibre is so incredibly soft and luxuriant that it seems to put a spell on anyone who handles it. Speaking of soft, our Yak Top flew off the table!
With this being our second year at Fibres West, more spinners and felters knew to expect lots of varieties of undyed, natural wools. So many of those, like our Polwarth, Gotland, BFL and white Merino, sold quickly. Mulberry, Tussah and Bamboo rovings were popular. Of course, the colour explosion with Merino and Corriedale thrilled a lot of people. No wonder! Our Extra Fine Merino comes in over 35 colours, plus we have the regular Merino Top at 23 micron, the Sugar Candy and Super Fine Merino!
Looking for colour? Our Space-Dyed Roving drew lots of attention. And, it’s still on sale at 25% off the regular price of $10.00 per 100g until the end of the month. Earth, Mercury, Neptune and Saturn – great colours that spin up nicely!
The 100 Mile Fleece and Fibre Festival in Coombs comes up next. It’s on Sunday, May 29th from 9:30 – 3:30 at the Bradley Centre. We had to miss this one last year so we are looking forward to seeing our Mid-Island customers … and finding some new ones. We’ve heard very good things about this event!
So, Sharon is busy placing orders with our suppliers and stock will be arriving starting next week. Watch our New Arrivals page in our online store for new products like the exciting, Lightning Merino with a dash of Rainbow Trilobal Nylon!
Have you tried felting? We keep learning more about feltmaking and have just launched a new page on The Story of Felting. Early Chinese boats made of felt, feltmakers of Pompeii, the origin of needle felting as an artform. It’s an amazing story! Have you read it? What did you think?