Spinners, Weavers & Knitters
Getting Wooly in the Woods: Spinning Weekend Retreat
Friday, September 26 to Sunday, September 28
Are you a spinner, or curious about wool spinning in general? Participants with a working knowledge of wheel or spindle spinning will enjoy this retreat; beginners are also welcome.
During this relaxing weekend retreat, you will have the opportunity to discover new spinning and fibre preparation techniques, and rediscover some of the familiar ones as well.
Bring your spinning wheel, combs, hand carders, and fibre and gather together for a weekend of creativity, idea sharing, camaraderie, and soft, fluffy, wool in a beautiful natural setting.
Twist Fibre Festival | Festival de la fibre
TWIST is an annual event that serves as a showcase of the fibre world and is intended for the general public, enthusiasts, fibre producers, fleece animal breeders, transformers, artists, artisans, professionals and semiprofessionals.
Mississippi Valley Textile Museum hosts the annual Fibrefest in Almonte, ON featuring local artists, exhibitors and retailers.
Mid Sept in Almonte, just west of Ottawa. Look for the Real Wool Shop booth!
Trailing of the Sheep Festival
Hailey, Idaho, USA - http://trailingofthesheep.org
Fibre Festival, Sheepherder's Ball, Sheep Folklife Fair, Storytelling, Sheep Parade
International Back to Back
A challenge to all Canadian Spinners
There is an International Back to Back Wool Challenge spinning competition held every year around the world in countries such as New Zealand, Australia, Scotland, Japan, USA and Canada. The event may be held in a public location of the team's choice, during the months of May and June, and the rules are the same for everyone. A team consists of 7 handspinners and knitters and 1 blade shearer. The objective is to complete a sweater following the same pattern within 8 hours. Some teams use the event to raise funds for charity, and all teams are interested in promoting the wool industry locally and in establishing a world wide network among the participants.
Teams from across Canada have participated in this challenge and have had various degrees of success completing a sweater. Congratulations go to the Toronto Spiders Team from Greater Toronto area for having the best Canadian time in 2005, 2006 & 2009 and best international time in 2007, 2008 & 2010. Their names have been added to the trophy donated by the Canadian Co-operative Wool Growers Limited. This year the challenge was taken up by 5 Canadian teams, and hopefully even more will enter in 2011.
It is a lot of fun, as well as being a great way to promote the wool industry and to raise money for Cancer Research. The following website will provide the original story, rules, past results and entry forms.
International Back to Back Wool Challenge
P.O. Box 34, Birregurra Victoria 3242 Australia www.facebook.com/woolbacktoback
Annual Challenge (June)
Promoting Wool World Wide & Fund Raising for Cancer Research
Tel: +(03) 5233 6241 Fax: +(03) 5233 6338
2013 Results from the International Back to Back Wool Challenge
1. Groenewoud Netherlands/Germay Swalmen, The Netherlands ~ 5 hours 32 minutes 37 seconds.
NEW MAINLAND EUROPE RECORD ~ NEW THE NETHERLANDS RECORD.
2. Knitwits, Tocal Agricultural College, Paterson, NSW, Australia ~ 6 hours 37 minutes 37 seconds
3. Hitsujikouboh Masako, Chiba-ken, Japan ~ 7 hours 47 minutes 53 seconds. JAPANESE RECORD
4. Spinthrift Scotsville Cape Brenton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada ~ 8hr 33 min 09 sec
5. Poly Westers, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada ~ 8hr 35min 27sec
6. Sheep Thrills, Gaspereau Valley, Nova Scotia, Canada ~ 9hr 8min 22sec
7. Toodyay Spinners Incorporated, Toodyay, Western Australia, Australia ~ 9hrs 16min 59.3sec
8. San Diego County Spinners, Bonita, California, USA ~ 10 hr 30 min 00sec
9. Shear Delights, Bridgetown, Nova Scotia, Canada ~ 11 hr 58 min 59 sec
2012 - Results from the 18th International Back to Back Wool Challenge
1. Groenewond, Netherlands/Germany, 6hr 03min 28sec. (new mainland European record)
2. Spinning Knitwits-Newcastle, Australia, 6hr 25min 32sec
3. Hitsujikouboh Masako, Japan, 6hr 28min 22sec
4. Kurrajong Handspun Crafts, Australia, 7hr 48min 53sec
5. Gumeracha Gumknutters, Australia, 9hr 06min 15sec
6. Bloemfontein Spinners Academy, Republic of South Africa, 9hr 27min 22sec
7. Sheep Thrills, Canada, 9hr 46min 37sec
8. Spinthrift Scotsville, Canada, 9hr 48min 10sec
9. Cotswold Woolgatherers, United Kingdom, 10hr 15min 00sec
10. San Diego County Spinners, USA, 11 hr 39 min 15 sec
11. Poly Westers, Canada, Unfinished
2011 Canadian Winners of the International Back to Back Wool Challenge
Toronto Spiders - 2011 Internatinal Winners
FRONT: Barb Aikman, Karen Richens, Bob Comfort (shearer) with Gumdrop, Lorraine Smith, Judy Pergau (with finished sweater)
BACK: Wannietta Prescod, Denise Powell, Julia Lee
Toronto Spiders, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Spinning Knitwits-Newcastle, Paterson NSW Australia
6hr 37min 37sec
|3||Hitsujikouboh Masako, Chibaken, Japan||6hr 53min 42sec||
Kurrajong Handspun Crafts, NSW, Australia
|7hr 19min 32sec||
Gumeracha Gumknutters, Lobethal, South Australia
8hr 39min 19sec
|6||Sheep Thrills, Gospereau Valley, Nova Scotia, Canada||9hr 30min 00sec||
|7||Blemfontein Spinners Academy, Republic of South Africa||9hr 42min 28sec||
Spinthrift Scotsville, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada
9hr 34min 38sec
|9||Cotswold Woolgatherers, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, UK||10hr 31min 00sec||
|10||Poly Westers, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada||13hr 58min 00sec||
|Costwold Woolies, Meysey Hampton Gloucestershire, UK||Unfinished||
|Shuswap Spinners & Weavers, Salmon Arm, BC, Canada||Unfinished||
|Rhodes Tunners, Kurrajong, NSW, Australia||Unfinished||
Guinness WORLD RECORD
Pembroke Merriwa Jumbucks, NSW, Australia 4hr 51min 14sec ~ 2004
Scottish Wool Centre - The winning team worldwide
Toronto Spiders, Greenwood, Ontario, Canada 5hr 53min 34sec
City of Geelong - Winning Australian team
Spinning Knitwits (Newcastle), Patterson, NSW, Australia
Shipway Trophy - For the winning New South Wales, Australia, team
Spinning Knitwits (Newcastle), Patterson, NSW, Australia
Canadian Cooperative Wool Growers Ltd Trophy - for the winning Canadian team
Toronto Spiders, Greenwood, Ontario, Canada
Brigadoon Trophy - The team with the greatest donation to charity
Results to be announced when all the results are in.