Our 2019 Vendors
A River of Yarn • Aberdeen’s Wool Co. • Alpaca Tracks T(h)read Lightly • Crazy Dog Yarns • Créations Mirdi • Dolphina • Farm To Cable Yarns • Fortune Hill Farm • Hooked On The Lake • Karberry Farm • Kinnaird Farm • L’Atelier Weaving Studio • Les Belles Bouclettes • Log House Cottage Yarn • Luna Spinning • Moosehill Woodworks • Northern Bay Fibres • Pretty String Yarn Co. • Purlin’ J’s Roving Yarn Co. • Raised By Wools • Renard Et Fleur • Riverside Studio • Sheeps Ahoy • Shirley Brian Yarn • Van Dijk Designs • Weaving by Janet Whittam • Wool Interrupted
A River of Yarn
A River of Yarn is a studio and an online business specializing in luxury and affordable hand knitting/crochet yarns, patterns and accessories.
Owned and operated part-time by Tracy Minnema since 2015. A River of Yarn is a Canadian distributor of the NEKO curved double point knitting needles from Germany. Teaching classes makes up a large part of the business. Tracy offers lessons from beginner to advanced techniques in the studio. She travels Ontario taking part in various fibre festivals.
You can find Tracy as a guest speaker at various guilds and shows, presenting seminars and hands-on workshops.
Find out more about A River of Yarn here.
Aberdeen's Wool Company
We are Kawartha Lakes longest running brick and mortar local yarn shop. Located on Kent Street in Lindsay Ontario. We opened our door December 2012, and have seen our little company grow to include some fantastic developments.
We have our own in house, indie dyed yarn line called “Tangled Poets” It’s inspired by free spirited knitting and my love of music and road trips. During the summer months, you will often find Amanda and I rambling around at various fibre festivals through Ontario, and usually one out of province festival a year. (Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or twitter) to see our next location.
Our shop is open 7 days a week, with the exception of summers (we close on Sunday’s to enjoy time with our families)
Alpaca Tracks T(h)read Lightly
Corinne Côté and Kathy Enright raise alpacas at their Alpaca Tracks T(h)read Lightly farm near Oxford Station. In addition to their 45 alpacas, they also have 2 llamas, 3 angora goats and 2 baby doll sheep. Corinne is a qualified sorter and classer of alpaca fibre so once she has batched the yearly harvest, with Kathy, they decide what the best end uses are for each of the grades and lengths of wool. This helps to insure the best quality end products.
After sorting and classing, the wool is sent to various mini-mills to be washed and spun into yarn and carded into rovings and batts. Alpaca Wool comes in 22 different natural shades. All the products come back from the mill in their natural shades. Kathy hand paints some of the yarns. She also washes and dyes mohair locks.
Kathy & Corinne’s love of the fibre arts has taken them down many different roads. Their current passion is turning various fibres including alpaca, merino and silk into nuno felted scarves, decorative houseware, frameable art, felted soaps, practical eco-friendly dryer balls and upcycled scarves. In addition to alpaca, they sell merino, silk, angelina. prefelts, silk hankies and much more. Kathy and Corinne also enjoy sharing their love of the fibre arts by offering all types of courses at their farm.
Crazy Dog Yarns
I also like the uniformity of self striping yarn can bring to socks, as the yarn can create identical pairs.
I am passionate about colour and enjoy the challenge of creating new colourways.
We started recycling dead wood in 2006 and all our wood is dryed naturally. We only use ecological products to finish our products.
We started by making natural wooden butttons, then coloured buttons, pin sets, scarf buckles, crochets hooks and broaches. We have always worked with the fibre industry and we are serving customers throughout the country with our online web site.
Lately, we started producing wooden badges that are mainly used to put on linen bags which are used to store wool and other fibre material. Each boutique has its own logo printed on wood, metal or plastic.
It’s also fun fibre related accessories, special finds and also provide the Chiaogoo needles and tools.
Farm To Cable Yarns
Farm to Cable Yarns is an online natural yarn shop based in Ontario which carries natural yarns made by small producers and independent dyers largely from the United Kingdom and other parts of Europe – including Hillesvag (Norway), Tukuwool (Finland), Retrosaria (Portuga)l, The Little Grey Sheep and Daughter of a Shepherd (UK) and Rauwek (Germany).
Farm to Cable Yarns is proud to support farmers and other makers who are committed to eco-friendly, ethical and sustainable practices.
We also carry a small selection of independently produced book (Laine and Pom Pom) and knitting accessories.
Fortune Hill Farm
Fortune Hill Farm sells fleece from their own flock of Romney/Bluefaced Leicester cross sheep, specializing in natural colours, particularly greys. We have prepared rovings and roving blends in wool, wool/alpaca, and wool/mohair/silk blends utilizing local Ontario alpaca and mohair, as well as millspun yarns and sheepskins.
Elaine is a handspinner, natural dyer, knitter and weaver. Our philosophy is to raise and care for our animals in as humane and natural a way as possible, ensuring that each animal has the best life we can give it. This results in happy animals and top quality fleece!
Hooked On The Lake
Loretta Moore – HOOKED ON THE LAKE
I have been a primitive rughooker for about 20 years. Using wool fabric which I hand dye and then cut into wide strips, I make floor mats, wall hangings, chair pads, purses, table runners etc. I prefer the older more primitive style of rughooking – more simplistic, naif designs and more aged colours – similar to rugs that might have been made at the turn of the last century. I also teach primitive rughooking, dyeing and design.
I love being part of this resurgence of an old traditional art form and love introducing people to it by doing shows and demonstrating and teaching. My studio is full of new as is and hand dyed wool fabrics, patterns by myself and others, kits for beginners, backing etc. as well as threads, patterns, hoops and needles for miniature punch needle (another of my passions) and is open to the public on an appointment basis. My blogspot hookedonthelake.wordpress.com lists the events I participate in as well as the classes I will be teaching either in my home studio or at one of a number of shops or shows.
I am thrilled to be part of a wonderful, creative community of rughookers and belong to the Rideau Valley Boots and Baskets and Ottawa Olde Forge rughooking branches of the Ontario Hooking Craft Guild. I also belong to ATHA – the Association of Traditional Hooking Artists for which I am the regional rep for Ontario and Quebec.
Kinnaird Farm is located in the Frontenac Arch Biosphere in the township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands. We produce grass fed lamb, wool fibre and lambskin rugs.
Wool fibre is available in a variety of forms: raw from the sheep; processed into various roving; or, milllspun yarn.
L'Atelier Weaving Studio
L’Atelier Weaving Studio Tissage, from Almonte, sells weaving supplies and equipment. We are a dealer for Louet, Ashford. Schacht, Harrisville and Mirrix products.
L’Atelier Weaving Studio Tissage se spécialise en fournitures et outils pour le tissage à la main. Ouvert sur rendez-vous.
Les Belles Bouclettes
Log House Cottage Yarn
The humble beginnings came from a frustrated maker, not able to find yarns with the colors and textures needed to create the finished knits, crochet or woven items I envisioned. With naked yarn and dye in hand I found a new form of creative expression and a way to achieve the color and texture needed to satisfy the maker in me.
Now I have the privilege of working in a log studio with a view that never ceases to inspire. I spend my days testing new techniques, combining different colors and jumping in with both feet, throwing caution to the wind to create something new each day.
Sharing the yarns that result with other makers and watching it transform into a finished work of art is like icing on the cake.
Thank you for joining us on the road to inspire, encourage, educate and create.
Wood turner – art yarn items Wooden yarn bowls, crochet set, shawl pins, buttons One of a kind Handwoven, hand felted and knitted items Luna.Spinning@gmail.com
Tourneur de bois – pièces laines artisanales Bol à laine en bois, ensemble de crochet, broche pour châle, boutons Pièces unique fait à la main de tissage, feutré et tricot Luna.Spinning@gmail.com
Northern Bay Fibres
Pretty String Yarn Co.
Purlin' J's Roving Yarn Co.
Raised By Wools
Raised by Wools is a home based dye studio creating beautiful yarns on luxurious bases. Knitters, spinners and weavers will find a wide assortment of hand dyed fibres that will ignite the imagination and inspire creativity.
Renard Et Fleur
Renard Et Fleur: colours from backyard, field and forest. We source Canadian-milled, Canadian-farmed yarns and dye them with plants grown in our own dye garden, foraged from our natural surroundings and imported from cultures with a rich heritage of natural dyeing.
We also offer plant-dyed sashiko embroidery threads and sashiko sewing tools, dyed boro patchwork fabrics, and finished goods such as needle cases and project bags, all hand-sewn using our dyed and embroidered textiles.
Riverside Studio is a small owner operated hand-dyed yarn business.The dye studio is located in a cooperative artist studio in the Gatineau hills, Quebec.
Small batches of Canadian spun yarns are patiently and lovingly dyed in a rich palette of sophisticated colours. The dyers Kathryn, Julie and Annie are dedicated knitters always busy testing new colours and bases.
Shirley Brian Yarn
Van Dijk Designs
Based in Prince Edward County, Van Dijk Designs creates a variety of one-of-a-kind project bags, totes and unique knitting notions for all of your project needs.
With a background in design, Carolyn sources premium designer fabrics, mixing textures, colours and patterns to create her custom styles. Drawing inspiration from her passion to knit and sew, each piece is carefully made for function and style.
Weaving by Janet Whittam
So excited to be back at the Extravaganza this autumn! Last year was memorable.
I was so touched that people responded to my work and I am determined to have some new products this year. I love to weave cloth and baskets using some unexpected elements. Colour alone is a huge element to me. The way colours work with each other using the warp and weft always creates surprises for me, even after all these years. Weaving is a dynamic exercise.
Looking forward to catching up with my friends in the Fibre World and neighbours and clients at a show in my own backyard for a change.
Thanks to Brenda Ward and her helpers for giving us a venue so meticulously planned and realized. Looking forward to it.