Spinners, Weavers, Knitters & Fibre Enthusiasts

For all your spinning & weaving equipment contact: 

Valley Livestock Supplies
2362 Chardonnay Lane
Abbotsford, BC V4X 0A6

Nancy Mallinson:  nancyken@shaw.ca


She knows what you need!


Looking for good quality fleeces?

Check out our Premium Fleece Division or some of the Fleece Competitions in your area.



Ontario Handspinners



The 54th  Seminar
2018: A Spinning Odysse
y  -  od·ys·sey  n. an eventful journey filled with adventure

The Seminar travels west to the city of London and returns to Western University (UWO), June 8 to 10, 2018. Join us as we explore our love of spinning and return back to our roots of using academic spaces for a weekend of learning, sharing and fun! 




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 for the Annual Manitoba Fibre Festival. 

Location: Red River Exhibition Grounds 3977 Portage Avenue in Winnipeg

Dates: Sept 14-15, 2017 - Wool Judging Courses
Dates: Sept 15-16, 2017 - MB Fibre Festival

Contact: Jerry Oliver - gerry@spiritsands.ca

The Manitoba Fibre Festival and Canadian Cooperative Wool Growers are sponsoring a wool judging course this year, dovetailing in with the MB Fibre Festival.  

The planning is underway and it will run for two days, Sept. 14-15.  This will include both Levels 1 and 2 Canadian Wool Judging Certification courses. 

This course will be of interest to those wanting to learn more about wool or wanting to be wool judges.  

Also, there will be the annual Wool Competition and auction, Hall of Breeds (a live display of various sheep breeds, including rare breeds) and shearing demonstrations along with all the classes, demos, juried fibre art show and sale products of the Festival.

The Festival is a delightful gathering of all things fibre related, including vendors, workshops, and demonstrations. We have a great community in this province of fibre producers, spinners, knitters, weavers, and felters, not to mention the sheep, alpacas, llamas and more. Our goal is to strengthen these connections while drawing ever more people into the wonderful world of fibre. What better reason for a gathering!

Admission is free to the festival market, demonstrations, and spinning circles. There is a registration fee for the workshops. Our partnership with The Red River Exhibition Association is a very exciting development in the short history of the Manitoba Fibre Festival.  A non-profit Agricultural society, the Red River Exhibition Association includes in its objectives the promotion of agricultural fairs and exhibitions. This is a perfect fit for the Fibre Festival, as we are rooted in the strengths of our local farmers and our talented artisans.

Prize money for the fleece classes is donated by the Canadian Cooperative Wool Growers. For a list of other sponsors please check out their website.



Twist Fibre Festival  |  Festival de la fibre

www.festivaltwist.org/en/   |    www.festivaltwist.org

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 -  http://trailingofthesheep.org
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   www.facebook.com/woolbacktoback
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