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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

2014 Results from the International Back to Back Wool Challenge

1. Groenewond  Netherlands/Germany  Swalmen, The Netherlands  ~ 5 hours 26 minutes 31 seconds

2. Spinning Knitwits, Newcastle, Patterson, NSW, Australia  ~ 6 hours 6 minutes 37 seconds

3. Kurrajong Handspun Crafts, Mt. Tomah NSW, Australia ~ 8 hours 5 minutes 45 seconds

4. Poly Westers, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada ~ 8 hours 40 minutes 0 seconds Top Canadian Team

5. Toodyay Spinners Incorporated, Toodyay, Western Australia ~ 8 hours 49 minutes 4 seconds

6. Gumeracha Gumknutters, Lobethal, South Australia  ~ 8 hours 56 minutes 13 seconds

7. San Diego County Spinners, Bonita, California, USA ~ 10 hours 22 minutes 0 seconds

8. Maritime Gimmers, Gaspereau Valley, Nova Scotia, Canada ~ 10 hours 37 minutes 25 seconds

9. Sheep Thrills, Gaspereau Valley, Nova Scotia, Canada ~ 13 hours 30 minutes 0 seconds

10.  Shear Luck, Bloomfield, New Brunswick, Canada ~ 13 hours 36 minutes 45 seconds

11. Shear Delights, Lawrencetown,  Nova Scotia Canada  ~ 15 hours 19 minutes 54 seconds 

2013 Results from the International Back to Back Wool Challenge

1. Groenewoud  Netherlands/Germay  Swalmen, The Netherlands ~ 5 hours  32 minutes   37 seconds.

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 International winners
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



2011 Time

Best Time    

Toronto Spiders, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

5hr 53min 

5hr 52min
48sec 2010


Spinning Knitwits-Newcastle, Paterson NSW Australia

6hr 37min 37sec

 5hr 43min
26sec 2004

3 Hitsujikouboh Masako, Chibaken, Japan 6hr 53min 42sec

5hr 33min
46sec 2006


Kurrajong Handspun Crafts, NSW, Australia

7hr 19min 32sec

6hr 34min
19sec 2007


Gumeracha Gumknutters, Lobethal, South Australia

8hr 39min 19sec

7hrs 21min
59sec 2009

6 Sheep Thrills, Gospereau Valley, Nova Scotia, Canada 9hr 30min 00sec

9hr 59min
10sec 2009

7 Blemfontein Spinners Academy, Republic of South Africa 9hr 42min 28sec

8hr 13min
40sec 2010


Spinthrift Scotsville, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada

9hr 34min 38sec

15hr 30min
00sec 2010

9 Cotswold Woolgatherers, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, UK 10hr 31min 00sec

9hr 40min
13sec  2009

10 Poly Westers, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada 13hr 58min 00sec

10hr 50min
00sec 2009 

  Costwold Woolies, Meysey Hampton Gloucestershire, UK Unfinished

new team

  Shuswap Spinners & Weavers, Salmon Arm, BC, Canada Unfinished

new team

  Rhodes Tunners, Kurrajong, NSW, Australia Unfinished


Pembroke Merriwa Jumbucks, NSW, Australia  4hr 51min 14sec    ~    2004

2011 Awards:
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.