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Spinners, Weavers, Knitters & Fibre Enthusiasts

For all your spinning & weaving equipment contact: 

Valley Livestock Supplies in Maple Ridge, BC 

Nancy Mallinson:

She knows what you need!



Manitoba Fibre Festival

Gathering our community of farmers and artisans to share resources, skills, and the joys of creating with fibre. Join us!

Mark your calendars, friends. The Third Annual Manitoba Fibre Festival has a new date and a new venue! Friday evening October 2, 5:00 - 9:00 pm  and Saturday October 3, 2015, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm at the Red River Exhibition Park 3977 Portage Avenue.

The fleece competition turned into a national event, with 29 entries from as far east as Nova Scotia, and included Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Some very unusual fleeces were also shown including Tunis, Soay, Black Welsh Mountain, Lincoln, Icelandic and Wensleydale, and both white and coloured. Judge for the event was Susie Gourlay from Regina, SK.

Judge: Susie Gourlay

Fine Wool:

Champion - Brian Greaves, Miniota, MB - Targhee
2nd - Graham Rannie, Binscarth, MB - Rambouillet
3rd - Bernadette Doakes, Piapot, SK - Targhee

Long Wool: White

Champion - Gerry Oliver, Carberry, MB - Wensleydale X lamb
2nd - Gerry Oliver, Carberry, MB - Wensleydale
3rd - Gerry Oliver, Carberry, MB - Wensleydale

Long Wool: Coloured

Champion - Gerry Oliver, Carberry, MB- Wensleydale X
2nd - Gerry Oliver, Carberry, MB- Wensleydale/Romney
3rd - Gerry Oliver, Carberry, MB- Romney

Medium Wool: White

Champion - Kaitlin Hamill, Wawanesa, MB - Rideau Arcott X
2nd - Elwood Quinn, Quebec - Horned Dorset x Shetland
3rd - Mark Comfort, Brockville, ON - Tunis

Medium Wool: Coloured

Champion- Bernadette Doakes, Piapot, SK - Black Welsh Mountain

Specialty Wool:

Champion- Linda Glowacki, Beausejour, MB - Shetland
2nd - Garry James, Brandon, MB - Icelandic
3rd - Adam Mastine-Frost, Kingsey Falls, QC - Soay

Supreme Champion: Gerry Oliver, Carberry, MB - Coloured Wensleydale X

Reserve Champion: Gerry Oliver, Carberry, MB - Coloured Romney

Spinners Choice: White Wool - Kaitlin Hamill, Wawanesa, MB - Targhee X 

Long Wool - Gerry Oliver, Carberry, MB - Wensleydale X

Prize money for the fleece classes was donated by the Canadian Cooperative Wool Growers and the Spinners Choice prizes were donated by Susie Gourlay. Thank you to all who competed and congratulations to the winners.



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.


MVTM Fibrefest
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!

Check out the Real Wool Shops blog about last years event


Trailing of the Sheep Festival

Hailey, Idaho, USA -
Fibre Festival, Sheepherder's Ball, Sheep Folklife Fair, Storytelling, Sheep Parade


International Back to Back

Wool Challenge 

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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 next year!

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
Annual Challenge (June)
Promoting Wool World Wide & Fund Raising for Cancer Research
Tel: +(03) 5233 6241 Fax: +(03) 5233 6338

link to the International Back to Back wool challenge Results from the International Back to Back Wool Challenge