Our 2018 Vendors
• Aberdeen Wool Company • Alpaca Tracks • A River of Yarn • Aura Escapes • Baa Baa Bundles • Cottage Craft Angora • Crazy Dog Yarn • Créations Mirdi • Dolphina • Farm To Cable Yarns • Foxprint Fibers • Handweaving by Janet Whittam • Hilltop Boutique • Hooked On The Lake • Karberry Farm • Kinnaird Farm • Log House • Moosehill Woodworks • Muskoka Yarn Box • Northern Bay Fibers • Pretty String • Purlin’ J’s Roving Yarn Company • Raised by Wools • Riverside Studio • Sheeps Ahoy • Shepherds Spring Farm • Shirley Brian Yarn • Stella Bedard • Stix & Stones • Van Dijk Designs • WeeZee’s
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Alpaca Tracks T(h)read Lightly is the home of 45 alpacas, 2 llamas, 3 angora goats, 2 Baby Doll Sheep and 20 free range laying hens. We are utilizing our home grown annual harvest and incorporating traditional local skills and knowledge in producing all kinds of items from rovings, yarn, socks to duvets and pillows. We are great advocators of slow fashion rather then a mass produced highly disposable product.
As time went on, our love of the fibre arts just continued to grow. We expanded our business to offer all kinds of felting courses and with our interest in all things fibre related, we added a nice variety of artisanal textile supplies to our home-grown collection. We offer dyed merino, silk, sari ribbon, art batts, pre-felts, Angelina, silk fabric (ideal for nuno felting) and even pieces of fabric created on our FeltLoom.
“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” – Maya Angelou
We enjoy working with raw fibers prep. to finishes products. Weaving, needle crafts, sculpture, dying and painted surfaces. Mud to handmade pottery.
Cottage Craft Angora
Baa Baa Bundles
Cathy Ivory learned rug hooking from a friend in 2010 and she was hooked! She continues to learn rug hooking techniques through courses at St. Lawrence College.
She’s been a member of RVBB (Rideau Valley Boots & Baskets) Rug Hooking Branch since 2012. She was also President in 2015/16 and 2016/17. RVBB members provide great inspiration as well as workshops furthering Cathy’s learning and expertise.
Cathy currently teaches beginner classes in her home. She also has upcoming classes on creating (1) Proddy Flower Pincushions and (2) Hooking With Alternate Fibres.
A century ago, rug hooked mats were often made with worn out garments. Nothing was wasted. Most of the fabrics Cathy uses are previously loved garments or blankets. She enjoys experimenting with different fabrics and textures in wool as well as alternate
fibres such as yarns/rovings, silk ribbon, stretch velvets, pantyhose and other stretch synthetics.
She is the creator and owner of BaaBaaBundles: a home-based rug hooking supply shop in Merrickville, Ontario. She and her husband have called Merrickville ‘home’ since 2004 and LOVE the life they have created there. It is a vibrant village filled with artists,
artisans and musicians. Visit her and she will take the time to help you select colours and/or textures to create your own masterpiece.
Since 2006, we create accessories made with recycled wood for the fibre world.
We use products that are ecological because we want to contribute to the planet’s welfare. We offer the following products:
- Natural buttons or dyed buttons with or without a specific shape;
- pin sets for knits;
- buckles or loops for scarves or shawls;
- shawl’s pins; and
All of our products are waterproof and are machine washable.
Dolphina is a passion, a dream and a therapy.
The adventure started in 2013 when she started making box bags intended for small knitting projects. Since then 2 more sizes were added to the collection and more surprises are on the drawing board for 2018!
Farm To Cable Yarns
Farm to Cable Yarns is an independent yarn shop based in Ontario, which carries natural yarns from small UK and European farmers and producers who are committed to natural, sustainable and eco-friendly practices.
Each of these yarns has a unique story, from the breeding and caring of the flocks, to the cleaning, sorting and spinning of the fleeces, through to dyeing the yarns in colour palettes that are influenced by their surroundings.
Some of the yarns we carry include The Little Grey Sheep, Daughter of a Shepherd, Hey Mama Wolf, Tukuwool, Rosa Pomar and Uist Wool. We also carry a small selection of knitting books and magazine from independent publishers, including Laine Magazine and Pom Pom Quarterly.
Foxprint Fibres paints the colours of nature on yarn and fabric. I use dyes derived from plant materials harvested from my own landscape combined with natural dye materials from other cultural textile traditions to dye wool, mohair and silk yarns and cotton, linen and silk fabrics.
Dyeing with plant materials is a long process that begins with the scouring and mordanting of the fibres, then the extraction of a dye from foraged plant parts (stems, leaves, cones, seeds, roots, bark, berries, blossoms, etc.) through simmering in water, followed by the immersion of the fibres in the heated and strained dyebath.
The results are colours that always surprise, yet truly reflect the forests, fields and gardens around me.
Handweaving by Janet Whittam
My grandmother was a weaver from Finland, and I am sure I inherited some genes from her as I really relate to the Scandinavian approach, with natural fibres and strong colour choices.
I also love working on rugs using recycled cloth, just as they do in Scandinavia. I weave baskets, household linens and clothing.
I pay a lot of attention to finishing my weaving, so that my pieces will last a lifetime and, hopefully, be handed down to the next generation as well.
Hilltop Wool is a small beautiful yarn shop in the country that supports local yarn dyers and local small businesses.
We currently support 4 local hand dyers, H’ewephoria (Ganaoque), Raised by Wools (Prescott, ON), Trailhead Yarns (Ottawa) and Crazy Dog Yarns. ( Ottawa). We also have local seamstress that makes our project bags and other items for us.
We carry the famous Kollage Knitting Needles (Squares, Sonix, DPN and MPN) as well as the Kollage Crochet Hooks.
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.
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.
Karberry Farm, located in Mountain Ontario is home to several Shetland sheep in an array of natural colors.
Some sheep are registered with North American Shetland Sheepbreeders Association and some are not. These small primitive sheep provide beautiful soft wool suitable for many needle arts.
The farm also provides eggs, chicken and turkey, preserves and a few other seasonal items.
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, batts.
Visit our website at www.KinnairdFarm.ca or send us an email at KinnairdFarm@gmail.com.
The cottage studio where we create our hand dyed yarn is nestled in the countryside of rural Ontario, Canada, just south of the city of Ottawa. Surrounded by trees, horses grazing in the pasture and cats playing in the wood pile. The log house studio is where a kaleidoscope of colors come together to meet fabulous fibers.
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.
Moosehill Woodworks creates high quality gear for knitters, spinners and fibre artists, from found and foraged Canadian hardwoods.
Our products are designed to last, with a tactual and aesthetic appeal that enhances enjoyment and engagement with knitting and spinning activities.
Each product is unique. Items ordered may differ slightly from website pictures depending on selected woods. Top quality design and workmanship are guaranteed.
Muskoka Yarn Box
With over 130 subscribers, the Muskoka Yarn Box is a subscription club for yarn and fibre lovers. We are the Canadian Yarn Enablers, featuring handdyed yarn, curated fibres and Canadian extras each and every month, we deliver right to your door for $3 Canada Wide!
Northern Bay Fibers
Northern Bay Fibres is a online yarn and fibre shop located in Burks Falls, Ontario, just north of Muskoka. Featuring over 50 rovings, real fur pom poms, handdyed yarn and Greener Shades Dyes, they will have something for everyone – pop by and see Emma and Mike during your visit.
Pretty String Yarn Co. was born out of a love for fiber arts and colour in a small kitchen in Ontario.
With inspiration drawn from nature, art, pop culture and plain old life in the making Karin, the owner dyer and sole doer of all the things, creates colourways with depth of colour and meaning.
Purlin' J's Roving Yarn Company
Purlin’ J’s Roving Yarn Company is the first and only mobile yarn shop serving Kingston and Eastern Ontario.
Think gourmet food truck, only selling yarn instead! Purlin’ J’s Roving Yarn Co.’s truck, nicknamed “Lil Dorothy”, features yarn and fascinating fibre paraphernalia for the modern fibrecrafter.
Raised by Wools
Kathryn Drysdale founded Riverside Studio 6 years ago. A knitting obsession and a desire to work with superior materials lead her to start dyeing yarn. The Canadian spun yarns are dyed in a rich palette of sophisticated colours.
The dye studio is located in a cooperative artist studio in Farrellton, Quebec, Canada. Kathryn is also visual artist, (drawer and painter) and art educator. Her artwork can be found in private and public art collections in Canada and abroad.
Julie Nandorfy joined Riverside Studio 2015. She is an ex government employee who spent all her spare time knitting and thinking about knitting.
Riverside Studio yarns can be found at stores across Canada, USA, Europe, and West Australia.
The yarns can also be purchased directly at the studio, various local fibre festivals and from the Etsy shop, katsriversidestudio.etsy.com
100% wool yarn (primarily Shetland wool), pattern support (Schoolhouse Press, Natalie Servant, etc.), knitting books (Kate Davies, Schoolhouse Press, etc.), some knitting tools, kits especially for fair isle work projects, lots of smiles, support and technical help.
Shepherds Spring Farm
Shirley Brian Yarns
Stella Bedard was born and raised in London, England.
A lifetime artist/crafter and professional knitter, Stella discovered felting 16 years ago and has been making hats ever since. She designs, knits and boiled-wool felts each hat individually.
Every hat is an original creation with its own decorative design.
Stix and Stones
Stix and Stones from North Bay, ON is a full service knitting store specializing in quality natural fibres from Canadian sources and small independent dyers.
We carry a wide variety of knitting and crocheting yarns and fibres as well as accessories, needles, soak wash, project bags and much more! Be sure to stop by our booth to see our selection!
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.
Lise Lalonde-Matte of WeeZee’s, is a crafter, a quilter, a goddess-doll-maker, a primitive décor artis and lately, a project bag maker.
Lise is definitely a self-proclaimed fabric-aholic. She has a preference for bright, bold colours, for working with funky fabrics, as well as all things whimsical. Her project bags come in different sizes and shapes (some have round bottoms, some have square).
The fabrics she uses range from alpaca and sheep designs, to wine bottles, music notes and sugar skulls. There are fabrics to appeal to everyone. You can also add a tag or detachable/wearable knitting-themed button to your bag.
You can reach Lise at firstname.lastname@example.org, and soon at her Facebook page, WeeZee’s.