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Cowichan Valley Fleece and Fibre Festival felt-feutre New fibres for felting and spinning

From Fantastical Felt Feutre to Charismatic Cowichan: Chaotic on the Road

What a week it was in Penticton! It was such an inspiring time having the chance to meet so many talented felt artists and see such amazing work, both in the gallery of professional works and in the wonderful pieces coming out of the many workshops.

felted fashion by Fiona Duthie at felt feutre canada Penticton

It’s possible that the next felt::feutre will again be held in Penticton in two years, but wherever it happens it will definitely be worth being involved! Kudos to Fiona Duthie, the coordinators and volunteers who made this such a successful event.

Our thanks to the many felting workshop participants and instructors who made us feel so welcome and appreciated. Business was brisk, but we had many opportunities to chat with visiting felters from all over Canada and abroad. Sharon had a chance to study many inspiring pieces, including fabulous jackets and scarves by Jean Gauger. She even managed to make a purchase and is now the proud owner of one of Jean’s exceptional scarves!

fishing fly with Chaotic Fibre angelina fibre by Richard WilbyWhile at felt::feutre, we discovered an innovative and another perfect use for Chaotic Fibres’ Angelina. Richard Wilby is an avid fly fisherman, owner of Forged Fly Fishing. He makes his own fishing flies, and he gave us two flies to show his use of the Angelina to create sparkle and attract fish.

The Cowichan Fleece and Fibre Festival is next on our list! This popular island event happens on Saturday, October 15th at the Cobble Hill Hall from 10am until 4pm. Come and see lots of local fibre and great products.

Sharon’s been busy ordering to restock and to add a few new items. New Felting Ball Brausers in 6 colours will be here soon after selling more than three dozen in Penticton! More of the Cape Merino that was so popular with felters at felt::feutre, needle felting pads – including some half-sized at 10cm by 15cm and 4 cm thick, some of the Merino/Tussah /Flax that created quite a buzz in Penticton – a similar buzz to the ultrasoft Merino/Alpaca/Camel/Silk that caught many an eye.

We’re also restocking prefelt, with 10 colours of Superlight Merino and more of the beautifully soft Merino/Silk 80 – 20 prefelt in Natural White and Storm. And more: Icelandic Top, Wool Nepps, the popular 19m Extra Fine Merino in a few new colours. We hope we will have some of these in time for Cowichan Fleece and Fibre! As always, if you want us to have anything specific on hand for the 15th, just email or call us. Hope to see you there.

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Chaotic Fibres at Fibrations this weekend!

Doing some final prep and product selection for this Sunday’s Fibrations event at Robert Porter Park behind Sir James Douglas School in Victoria’s fabulous Fairfield neighbourhood.

As has become the case, we have way too many fibres and products to be able to bring everything, but we hope to cover what local felters, spinners and other fibre lovers are expecting. We’ve had some special requests and a few orders are ready for customers to pick up at the fibre festival. Let us know if you’d like to see something special and we’ll set it aside for you. With Felt::Feutre2016 coming up in 4 weeks, we’ve some really neat, new fibres that we can show off this weekend.

Chaotic Fibres online specialty fibres, Victoria BCDon’t forget to get your tickets for the door prizes! Sharon has just carded these beauties – seven raging batts each with a blend of at least five luxury fibres, including merino, silk, ramie, alpaca and more!

Here’s a heads up of just a few products we’ll be taking to Fibrations. Let us know if you’d like something special or order ahead and we’ll have it ready for you on Sunday!

All things felting: prefelt in many colours, ball browsers (bonsai sprayers), felting pads for needle felters, acid dyes in brown, grey and violet, bamboo felting mats, needles. We’ve set aside loads of silk: cocoons, lap, sliver, pulled sari, mulberry and tussah. We’ll bring small quantities of wool roving from 22 breeds such as Merino, Corriedale, Polwarth, BFL. Lots more here if you want larger quantities!

Look for some specialty fibres like angelina (8 colours!), yak, mohair, baby alpaca, hemp, ramie, camel, as well as blends like our camel and tussah silk (yum!!), merino/suri alpaca. Have you tried bamboo? We now have 9 colours including the stunning Black Diamond.

The weather looks like it will be perfect for an outdoor event on Sunday. Hope to see you there!

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100 Mile Fleece and Fibre Festival in Coombs Fibre festival on Vancouver Island News from Chaotic Fibres, Victoria, BC

100 Mile Fleece and Fibre Coming Up!

Set your calendar for Sunday, May 29th!

The annual 100 Mile Fleece and Fibre Fair at the Bradley Centre in Coombs is one of Vancouver Island’s great fibre events, and it promises to be bigger and better than ever. Yes, Chaotic Fibres will be there and we’re stocked up with all kinds of wool, silk and other goodies for local spinners, felters and other fibre lovers.

Join the spinning circle and see the 4-H demonstrations and browse the product offerings of the many vendors. Stay for lunch at the local food truck. It will be parked by the entrance to the Board Room. Or, take a break and wander a little further west to the Coombs Country Market for an ice cream fix. The weather looks like it will be warm and dry so a perfect day for a short road trip and some fibre inspiration.

We’ve already had requests for our popular Sari Silk Sliver so that’s ready to roll. We’ll also make sure we have some Tussah Silk, specialty fibres like Yak, Mohair and some great Merino products such as Merino/Suri Alpaca, beautifully coloured Merino Striped 19 micron, Merino/Trilobal plus more. We have so much more we’d like to bring so, if you have your eye on something special, email us and we’ll bring it along!

We hope to see you in Coombs!

 

A final note: This event is organized by the Bradley Spinners and they put out a last minute call for volunteers to help with the event. If you can help, email Judith at jclotus@shaw.ca or call her at 250 586 5489 for more details.

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Felters’ stash now available at Chaotic Fibres

A riot of colour exploded in Sharon’s studio!

The skies were dull and she wanted to brighten up the day. What better way to cheer things up than make fibre become sunshine. Having her own fibre store and a great new studio space to spread out, all Sharon needed was a reason.

Chaotic Fibres Mini BattsHer recent felting projects have been so much fun as colours bounced and blended and played with each other. This would be her reason! Create a carload of crazy mini batts for like minded fibre fanatics. Away went the Pat Green Blender Carder and out came the Ashford Wild Carder and … magic happened.

Are you a felter or spinner looking for some fun colours to lift your winter spirits? We have just posted Sharon’s Chaotic Mini Swirl Batts on Chaotic’s Online Store. There are 14 mini batts in a collection, with a total of 230 grams for $45.00 plus tax and delivery. Each of the mini batts is a unique, playful mix of a few fibres like Merino, Angora, Alpaca, Bamboo, Pulled Sari Silk and Corriedale. They’re so much fun!

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Second Chaotic Fibres Stocking Stuffer!

It’s time for another Christmas Stocking Stuffer for you from Chaotic Fibres! Our West Coast storms delayed this post – we appreciate your patience!!

Grab a 20% discount on our Outrageous Chaotic Bags of Fibre until December 31st.

Have some outrageous chaotic fun with this wild compendium of fibre. Each bag of 100g may include such fibres as Merino, silk, alpaca, mohair, some wool nepps or a few slubs, silk ribbon, locks or perhaps even a smidgen of yak. Each Outrageous Chaotic Bag is unique and ready for some creative playfulness in your next spinning or felting adventure.

Use the Coupon Code HO HO TWO and receive this Chaotic Xmas Stocking Stuffer at 20% off the regular price of $15.00. Limit: 2 per person.

Remember, the Chaotic Xmas Elf will be returning one more time next Friday with our final Xmas special. Stay tuned!

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Going Batty at Chaotic Fibres!

Sharon has gone batty! We have just launched a series of numbered Chaotic Batts that are wild combinations created especially to feature colour and texture with some of our best, most unique fibres.

New Chaotic Batts
New Chaotic Batts

Being spoiled for choice is one of the benefits of being an importer of fibres from around the world. Sharon cards each batt individually using swatches of things like Perendale, Blue Faced Leicester or ultra soft Merino with our new and rare Rose Fibre, Angora, Kid Mohair, Silk, Bamboo or Alpaca. Wool Nepps or Slubs along with some sparkle through the use of Angelina or Glitter add extra texture and flash. The results are spectacular: beautifully soft and lustrous batts with scintillating colours and textures that are perfect for spinners, knitters and felters. It’s so much fun when you add an element of surprise … creating with Chaos!

Sharon is excited about the opportunities she sees for adding new, creative sparks to felted pieces for those eye popping embellishments or wild, untamed character to a knitted shawl or scarf. We are looking forward to introducing these at Spin In at the Saanich Fairgrounds next week and at Fibres West in Vancouver in March!

Chaotic Fibres batts
Chaotic Fibres batts for spinning, felting and knitting.
Chaotic Collection of Batts
Chaotic Collection of Batts
Merino, silk, mohair and more!
Merino, silk, mohair and more!
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Maori Wool, an Excellent Needle Felting Choice

Mirror, mirror on the wall … which wool is the fairest of them all?

So many to choose from and such a range in the characteristics that make each one unique. No witch hunt, spells or strange potions being mixed here!

Carded Saffron Maori wool with vibrant hues for needle felting.
Saffron Maori wool for needle felting.

Consider Maori for instance. Out of their stashes of likely candidates, our needle felters find our carded Maori wool perfect for their projects. For one thing, the colour range is incredible, and it’s a strong, stable, semi-soft fibre that holds its shape very nicely, a must for intricate, three-dimensional felting. I love the Maori word for sheep, “pirikahu” which also means frizzy hair to the Maori, in their testament to the qualities that make wool a perfect fibre for felting. One comment we loved hearing was that Maori almost felted itself, making the whole process so much more predictable and easy.

Our Maori comes to us from Italy’s famous Tuscany region, from a family enterprise that prides itself on superb quality fibre with spectacular colours produced in an environmentally sustainable way. Everything about the family and their long history in the textile business reveals their commitment, from choosing only fibres from ethically raised farms, to using dyes that are sensitive to the environment and even to restoring their centuries old building to green standards. Their base is a small, medieval, walled town where textiles have been the centre of their economy going back to the Etruscans and with the earliest settlement going back to the Stone Age. As Canadians, it’s a real shift in our thinking to imagine being part of a local industry with more than a thousand years of history! But, it’s the connections to their ancestors and the long-standing reputation of their community that makes their products exceptional.

Have you tried needle or dry felting with Maori? Have a look at the vibrant colours like mint, fire or cyclamen. We’re positive you will be amazed at the difference this Kiwi fibre makes. Order from us ONLINE for a quick and easy satisfaction guaranteed delivery.

Come out to see us at Fibres West in Vancouver on March 13, 14th or locally at Victoria Handweavers and Spinners Guild’s Spin In 2015 on February 21, 2015.

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Fibres West 2015 in Vancouver, BC

Fibres West is only a few weeks away and we’re busy collecting and preparing a great mass of fibre for the two day festival and trade show. The 7th annual fibre event is being held at the Cloverdale Exhibition’s Agriplex building on March 13th and 14th.

Spinners, knitters, feltmakers, weavers and a whole assortment of other fibre related enthusiasts will have a host of workshops to choose from, vendors, like ourselves, to help stock up their stash of fibre and an entire galaxy of fresh ideas to kickstart their 2015 creative adventures.

Great selections of wool blends and batts, terrific range of silk and some fascinating bits like slubbs, noil, hankies and throwster, Yak, alpaca, Dorset Horn and more! Hope to see you there!

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Starting 2015 with my favourite fibre!

Our best wishes to you and your loved ones for 2015!

Have I said I love working with Pulled Sari Silk?! It truly is my favourite fibre for spinning and felting at the moment. Our shipment from Europe the other day included more fabulous colours so we can now offer 21 terrific selections from Maize to Jasper and a luscious Azalea. Trust me … try carding some Pulled Sari Silk with Merino or any other fibre.

The other day, I carded some black Alpaca and white Cotswold to make a streaky grey then carded in some of our Hot Pink Pulled Sari Silk as a vibrant highlight. Here’s a photo of the hand spun yarn I made from the carding.

Pulled sari silk in yarn and felting
Pulled Sari Silk in hand spun with black Alpaca and white Cotswold.

The Pulled Sari Silk gives a nice visual punch when even a small amount is used in this way. It can also be spun on its own for a rustic but amazingly ‘silky’ yarn. Felters will love playing with this fibre in wet, needle and Nuno felting or as spectacular embellishments for other projects. It’s the shimmering qualities of silk and the softness of the fibre that creates magic. The shimmering effect is unique to silk and is due to the prism-like structure of the fibre which bounces back refracted colours with some variation to add to the luxurious appearance.

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Hand Dyed Hand Spun Yarn

Handspun Madness.

Here’s a chance to add some chaotic texture and kaleidoscopic colour to your freeform knitting projects with some fabulous hand spun yarn from Chaotic Fibres. We’ve loaded up our online store with skeins of Sharon’s OOAK hand dyed, hand spun, ranging from 100% wool, as you will find in Lime Twist and Pacific Sunset, to a custom cool 98 yards of blended merino, mohair, kid mohair, suffolk and angelina in the Starry Night hand spun. Like lots of blending? She uses all kinds of fibre in her top quality skeins, including silk, pulled sari silk, alpaca, angora, silk ribbon and, of course, all kinds of wool. Need a little? Want a lot? These are definitely OOAK (One of a Kind) skeins of yarn, as small as 11 yards ranging to a couple of hundred yards!

Freeform knitting yarns
Striped Impulse, 84 yards of hand dyed 100% yarn.
Hand spun yarn for knitting
Irish Skies, 62 yards of 100% wool.
wool, angora, alpaca hand spun yarn
Autumn Rose. 80% wool, 10% angora, 8% alpaca, 2% angelina. 50 yards. Hand dyed, hand spun by Chaotic Fibres.