.

London-Wul is a fibre farm in New Brunswick Canada where animals are neither destroyed nor sold without exception. Also a national award winning shop and studio, London-Wul is home to textile artist Heidi Wulfraat.


Saturday, December 30, 2006

HAPPY HAPPY



















Happy New Year!
Be Sure to celebrate with the ones you love.
(yes that is none other than our "Baahby" Isn't she remarkably beautiful??)


Note on Knit-A-Long: Hey Knit-A-Longers we're almost ready to roll! Be sure to check out The Crochet cast on that Sally writes about in "The Knit Stitch". Used to achieve the same border on cast on and cast off edges the Crochet cast on is where we'll begin.


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Thursday, December 21, 2006

HOME AGAIN












....... picking, carding and next spinning a friend's Finn/Arcott lamb's fleece.
What joy to be back on the Equipment! Feels like Home.


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Tuesday, December 19, 2006

WRAP IT UP


...Finished this set to be wrapped up for a certain baby's first Christmas! The yarn is handspun and the wee cap was knit using a Bev Galeskas pattern. .... Just a little more custom spun to prepare and then on to take care of my own holiday preparations .... What's the date today???


Custom Einstein Update: welcome to all who have recently joined in. We'll be watching those blogs indicated by member names (see right margin). Hope all of your swatching is going well. Or for those who are on my track, perhaps you have yet to even think about swatching!

Hint: You should note that throughout "The Knit Stitch" Sally indicates patterns that should be knit to gauge "GET GAUGE" vs "GET CLOSE". She makes the distinction between knitting to gauge as opposed to merely getting gauge on your swatch (and never achieving that gauge again during the project). Oh- to have only had to knit hubby's sweater once last Christmas - this year socks. Check out your Einstein pattern - you need to GET GAUGE!
...And if you don't have your pattern book yet CALL US!!

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Friday, December 15, 2006

SWATCHY SWATCH

Time to start swatching Einstein knitters! We are fortunate to have all of the experience of those who have Einsteined before us. I plan to add tips and tidbits to aid in the planning and execution of our collective project as we progress.
To start, here is a great link to an Einstein Q and A as addressed by non other than Sally herself:
http://www.ample-knitters.com/einstein_hints.html.

Tip: knit up a good size swatch using your yarn and or yarn combinations - wash - block and then measure.

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Saturday, December 09, 2006

WHAT A NICE DAY

...had a beautiful lunch at the invitation of the Lieutenant Governor and Tourism NB. What a tremendous opportunity to enter
"Old Government House" in Fredericton NB - spectacular! I was incredibly fortunate, also, to dine with Mary Majka who was being honored, nationally, as Volunteer of the year. Now just in case you're not familiar with Mary:

"Mary Majka is synonymous with natural, cultural and heritage preservation in New Brunswick. Her ongoing volunteer involvement in conservation and heritage protection started when she immigrated from Poland in 1951 and spans half a century. Among other projects, she wrote a book about Fundy National Park, founded the Albert Country Heritage Trust, co-founded several stewardship-related organizations, was instrumental in the creation of the Machias Seal Island Bird Sanctuary and the Mary's Point Shorebird Reserve, and saved from demolition and restored several heritage sites that are now important tourism sites. Mary Majka has devoted her life to sharing her love and passion for Canada and the East Coast."

As you may or may not know, both Arnold and I have been involved in wildlife rehabilitation for many years. How pleasurable to spend an afternoon seated with this incredibly delightful, accomplished and passionate woman, as well as our distinguished hosts!

Aside from being treated like royalty on a very rare occasion away from London-Wul I (or should I say London-Wul) was presented with this beautiful award as selected by the Tourism Industry Association of Canada. Whew, what a nice day.

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Wednesday, December 06, 2006

OFF TO BELGIUM



Well, Tis' the season! Busy, busy, busy.
The past 2 weeks have been filled with classes, gatherings, unpacking goodies coming in, packing up goodies going out, general "shop stuff" with a "Fine Arts and Crafts Salon" thrown in. This was a very nice show. I'll try to post some pics once I figure out how to down load from my new camera.

In the meantime here is an "old camera" pic of a London-Wul Shawl heading out (with the Atlantic Ballet) to be presented to the Belgium Consulate. I knit this piece using a variety of mohair, wool, silk, and a touch of novelty using a pattern written by, and with the permission of our very own Catherine Vardy. Thank you Catherine - very much a joint effort!


Einstein Update: More names added to the list! Lots of Lopi Coats up and coming, several mohair/wool/alpaca combinations, some in hand spun and some using the "Not So Warm " version of the pattern. Counting down to a Jan 7 start........

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Tuesday, November 21, 2006

HOOKED




...well, we had a wee gathering of Hookers this weekend. What a wonderful time!
Thanks to everyone who came to hook from near and far.

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Thursday, November 16, 2006

CUSTOM EINSTEIN


I have finally picked out the yarn that I plan on using for my knit-a-long project.
I've decided to base the Einstein coat on Lopi as suggested by Sally (Melville in "The Knit Stitch", that is) but will use brushed mohair and alpaca boucle to add some element of texture. That all being very vague, as I have no plans as to how these will be incorporated.

For those of you who are planning to join in have you decided on your yarn of choice yet??
.................planning on a custom coat??
The whole project seems mighty appealing now that I have this beautiful bundle set aside.

...so here's to our knit-a-long gang thus far:
Peg in Vancouver, Cathy, Manon, Dorine, Sherri, Linda, Pat, Patty, Renee, Gerry, Brenda, Anne, Gwen in Montreal, Inga in Vermont, Tanya
Am I missing anyone? Anyone care to join in? Have any pics of your own bundle of joy??

Custom Einstein Knit-a-Long begins January 7th !



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RESCHEDULED

Due to somewhat of a scheduling glitch our Sculptural felting class has been rescheduled. This class will now be offered on Sunday March 11th 2007.... hope to see you there!

Sculptural Needle Felting
Learn to needle felt and create your own whimsical sculpture from wool! You will form a lively and expressive character, clothing and accessories. $95 includes materials
…. don’t forget to pack a lunch. We’ll be picnicking with our felted friends.
Sunday March 11th 2007 10 am - 5 pm

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Monday, November 06, 2006

SPINDLE 'TIL YOU DROP

whew, I'm back.
...Life's been a bit of a whorl wind lately BUT we're back in the groove and feelin' good!
After a very brief (movie night) personal Celebration of London-Wul's recent recognition Arn and I took a rare opportunity to do a little bit of traveling. We're back now, just in time for New Brunswick's first dusting of snow!

First on the agenda is to announce that our Drop Spindling class in October was a wonderful success. Due to further requests we have opened up a second Drop Spindle 101 to be held on
Saturday January 27 2-5 pm.

"Drop Spindle 101" Saturday Jan. 27 2-5pm.
: Create your own yarns using this ancient technique. Learn to understand how different fibres function, how to spin, ply and set your handspun skein of yarn. You'll be spinning up a storm in no time!
$40.00 includes instruction, workbook, spindle and fibre to take home.

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Tuesday, October 24, 2006

IN THE NEWS

www.tiac-aitc.ca
Tourism Industry Association of Canada

PRESS RELEASE

National awards recognize tourism excellence
Fourteen organizations and individuals from across Canada—recipients of the 2006 TIAC National Awards for Tourism Excellence presented by The Globe and Mail—have been recognized for their outstanding contributions to the Canadian tourism industry:

AIR CANADA BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD – SINGLE-UNIT
Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre (Interlake, Manitoba)
APR MEDIA LTD. BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD – MULTIPLE-UNIT
Niagara Parks Commission (Niagara Falls, Ontario)
THE BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT BANK OF CANADA NEW BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD
London-Wul Fibre Arts (Lakeburn, N.B.)
AIR MILES® REWARD PROGRAM INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR AWARD
Ottawa Tourism (Ottawa, Ontario)
STARWOOD HOTELS AND RESORTS WORLDWIDE INC. CORPORATE PARTNER OF THE YEAR
AWARD
Canada AM
THE GLOBE AND MAIL TRAVEL MEDIA AWARD
Travelscope (California, USA)
VIA RAIL CANADA VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD
Mary Majka (Mary’s Point, N.B.)
FAIRMONT HOTELS & RESORTS MARKETING CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR AWARD
Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto, Ontario)
METRO TORONTO CONVENTION CENTRE EVENT OF THE YEAR AWARD
Rock the Fort 2005 (Fort William Historical Park, Ontario)
CTHRC AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN HUMAN RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT – SINGLE-UNIT BUSINESS
The Great George (Charlottetown, P.E.I.)
CTHRC AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN HUMAN RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT – MULTIPLE-UNIT BUSINESS
Delta Barrington and Delta Halifax (Halifax, N.S.)
DELTA HOTELS LIMITED EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR AWARD
Andreas Haun, Kingsbrae Garden (St. Andrews, N.B.)

PARKS CANADA SUSTAINABLE TOURISM AWARD
Bay of FundyTourism Partnership (New Brunswick and Nova Scotia)

CANADIAN TRAVEL PRESS LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Hans Gmoser

The awards were presented yesterday evening at a gala dinner during Canada’s Tourism Leadership Summit 2006 at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge in Jasper, Alberta.
The TIAC National Awards for Tourism Excellence presented by The Globe and Mail were developed in 2003 by the Tourism Industry Association of Canada, the national private-sector advocate for Canada’s $62.7billion tourism industry.

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Sunday, October 22, 2006

ON LONDON-WUL AND LIFE

Well, here I am back from the NS Rug Hookers AGM where I gave a wee talk at their luncheon.
It went just like this...


When first asked to speak with you today I was at odds as to what I might impart on such an established body of craftspeople who gracefully respect tradition, technique and training.

As an artist I am essentially self-taught and heedless to technicalities. Some might say sensitive yet rough.

As a business woman I am essentially self-taught, heedless to conformity. Some might say idealistic yet persistent.

And so, what I’m left with, perhaps the thing that I am most honestly able to speak about is following your instinct, being true to your heart and breaking the rules from time to time.

For better and for worse this abandon has been my experience. It permeates my art, my animal care practices, my business, my life.

My background is in animal science, moreover in animal care. I came to the profession with the sincerity and devotion that youth has to offer. I quickly learned that passion and protocol are not necessarily a good marriage and on occasion, many occasions if the truth be known, I opted to follow my passion and break the rules.

The resulting conflict between a heartfelt dedication and a rigid corporate framework led me to the creation of London-Wul Fibre Arts
.... and for that I am thankful.

London-Wul is a business that intimately exposes a passion for community, art, animals and land. It is home to my own studio, a hand spinning museum, a gallery featuring Atlantic Canadian fibre artists, a retail fibre arts supply shop and a no-kill fibre farm.

In June 2005 I celebrated London-Wul’s newly developed Fibre Art Gallery with a hooked rug exhibition featuring the accomplished Doris Eaton.

An opening address was delivered by Deanne Fitzpatrick. The event was hugely attended and with these two strong and compelling artists in our presence I felt as though London-Wul had truly come to fruition.

In July 2005 London-Wul was named Canada’s Economusee (translated Artisans at work); interpretive centre of Hand spinning.

For the year 2005 and in this year 2006 London-Wul has been named one of Canada’s top emerging businesses in the tourism industry. London-Wul has welcomed visitors from all corners of the world to see first hand the preservation of a traditional trade.

The transition from security to the unknown was not a seamless one. There was hesitation and second guessing to be sure.

There were frantic computer breakdowns, late night lambings, mail orders gone missing, accounting woes, and no time for art.

I have, however, been very fortunate in my ignorance. In the not knowing of it all I was able to proceed as though this must normal. In the not knowing I began to create London-Wul.
And in the creation people began to respond.

London-Wul became its’ own being. It stood on its’ own. It fostered its’ own community. It followed its own path. Each person who embraced it did so from their own vantage.
It became my most accomplished work to date as it allowed me to continue to create.
It allowed me to view fibre art in the same light, to make art through intuition, trial and error, tradition and abandon, failure and successes.

London-Wul has taught me that sometimes less is more and that from play evolves great work.

I learned that a plan is only a suggestion as to the outcome.

I learned to cherish my hands, to care for them and protect them so that they may pull loop after loop and form stitch after stitch.

London-Wul taught me to respect my body for the physical work that it’s capable of.

I learned always to trust a Border Collies instinct and that the very best fleece has a name and character attached.

I learned that a circle of craftspeople who honor and inspire one another is far greater than the sum of its parts.

I learned that the best dye pots do not involve measurement and that Goldenrod is only a weed if you don’t appreciate the rich golden green wool that it affords.

I learned that great strength comes from admitting to weakness and you need only to be true to yourself in your art.

I learned that that teaching is one of the greatest gifts a person can give.

I learned that a person’s best work comes from the heart and is led by intuition.

….and all of this through one simple leap of faith.

One leap of faith, be it shifting your entire career path or ordering the intriguingly unknown entrée while at dinner tonight. One leap of faith big or small can lead to the most joyfully unexpected.

One of the pieces that I brought with me today is the first hooked rug that I ever produced. It was designed in the memory of my dog Farmer who is no longer. As I worked on it I was pained by the loss of a dear friend and at the same time thankful for every minute I was able to spend in its making.

Live in your work, love your work and when faced, in your work, with a leap of faith .... don’t hesitate.


Thank you.



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Saturday, October 21, 2006

WHILE I WAS OUT

In answer to my recent blogging reprieve I must say that I have been working through a long suffering cold these past weeks. Enough of that...better now.
I'm off to Fredericton today to speak at the NS Rug Hooking Association AGM luncheon.
...... more to tell as soon as I return.

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Friday, October 06, 2006

SAFE SEX


Last month I sheared the Angora goats leaving long flowing beards on the boys and soft smooth chins on the girls. A good looking group if I do say so myself. Recently I was asked how it is that we operate a no-kill farm. Is it really possible? It occurs to me that this is a very good question with a very simple answer. All of the Rams and Bucks at London-Wul have been altered/castrated/neutered - take your pick. When we wish to add to the farm we purchase pregnant ewes in the Fall so that they can give birth the following spring and settle their family into the fold at that time. Alternately, we have purchased several young animals, already weaned. As we process all of the fibre that we produce plus some, all of the animals living here are contributing members of the farm - simple.

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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

HONORS


AS RELEASED BY THE TOURISM INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION OF CANADA:

"The finalists for each of 13 awards were chosen by a judging panel of tourism industry leaders and announced today by Tourism Industry Association of Canada President and CEO Randy Williams. The recipient of a 14th award, the Canadian Travel Press Lifetime Achievement Award, will be decided by the association's Board of Directors. All of the awards will be presented at a gala dinner on October 23, 2006, at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, in Jasper, Alberta, during Canada's Tourism Leadership Summit. "

THE BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT BANK OF CANADA NEW BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD
"Recently transformed from London-Wul Farm, a supplier of high-quality fibres for textile production, London-Wul Fibre Arts of Lakeburn, New Brunswick, is a tourism and cultural centre comprising the Economusee of Handspinning, a working studio, natural dye garden, boutique, public documentation centre, hands-on interpretive centre, and a gallery showcasing Atlantic Canadian fibre artists. Visitors can watch fibres being expertly prepared, dyed and spun to produce an outstanding collection of artistic yarns, hand-woven and felted works, take custom guided tours, and participate in workshops and study groups. Artisan Heidi Wulfraat's creative approach to community-building has produced unique, home-grown tourism and cultural experiences presented with professionalism, artistry and authenticity."

... pretty nifty eh? A HUGE HONOR for this "wear your heart on your sleeve" business that is London-Wul. Thanks to everyone, for your love and support...and you know who you are :)

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Sunday, September 17, 2006

CLASSES AND GATHERINGS

London-Wul Fibre Arts Fall/Winter 2006/2007 CLASSES and GATHERINGS
Yay! the schedule's out!…time once again to gather for a full venue of fibre events. All are welcome for a great learning adventure, camaraderie and good cheer.

For sake of ease I'm posting the schedule here, on the blog. It will also be posted on the London-Wul website at www.thewoolworks.com.

General Information: Call 506-382-6990, Sherri, Linda or Heidi
e-mail: info@thewoolworks.com

www.thewoolworks.com
http://thewoolworks.blogspot.com

Registration for classes (where required) consists of a $10.00 deposit, made in person or by phone (cash or credit card). Your deposit will be applied to the cost of the class. Refunds are issued up to 7 days in advance of the class in the form of a store credit.
In the case of adverse weather conditions please call ahead for confirmation of the class. In this event, cancelled classes will be rescheduled.

Please note that further WORKSHOPS and SPECIAL EVENTS will be posted as the year progresses.

Tuesdays /2pm-5pm/Year Round
Spinners-Weavers-Dyers Advanced Study Group

This group often embarks on specific study projects and discussions. Participants are encouraged to bring current projects to work on.
… drop in visitors are welcome.
…a great day for those who are curious about the fibre arts to come and see what this group is up to.

Wednesdays/7:30pm-10:00pm/Year Round
Advanced Knitters and Spinners


This is a group of knitters who enjoy challenging projects and knitwear design, also for those who are spinning for such projects.
…. A relaxing get together for like minded fibre enthusiasts.….lots of knitting but no teaching, a “just for fun” night!

OCTOBER 2006
Sunday Oct 1
2pm-5pm
Knitters Drop In
The perfect opportunity to get some assistance with those small problems that are holding back your project, help others or just sit, knit and chat awhile.
….also check out our monthly drop–in Demos!
Knit-a-Long Project :The Einstein Coat
The Einstein Coat is so named because you feel like a ‘genius’ when it is done.
The pattern can be found in Canadian author Sally Melville’s book “The Knitting Experience –Book 1-The Knit Stitch”. A definite ‘go to’ resource book which contains many terrific patterns using only the garter stitch.
Join us one Sunday each month as we knit our coat – sharing stories, tips, and techniques.
Experience: Very Easy; Lots of Knitting; minimal finishing
No instruction fee: preparations begin now for a Jan 7 start. Come to purchase Book with pattern and your choice of yarn available at London-Wul.

Drop-in Demo: Navajo plying
The “drop in” is scheduled on the first Sunday of each month. Those who wish can join in our Einstein Knit along!
Notes: all are welcome. Now’s the time to come in and choose your materials for the Knit along!

Sun Oct 8
2pm-5pm
Learn to Drop Spindle
Create your own yarns using this ancient technique. Learn to understand how different fibres function, how to spin, ply and set your handspun skein of yarn. You’ll be spinning up a storm in no time!
$40 includes instruction as well as a drop spindle and fibre to take home.

Sun Oct 15
2pm-5pm
Learn to Knit
…..for the true beginner part 1:
Choose your yarn and needles… you’ll have a scarf knit long before Christmas!
In part one of this class you will learn the knit stitch, the purl stitch, how to cast on and to cast off....you’ll also get started on your new scarf project
$ 45 includes both classes part 1 and 2 (6 hours total) plus instruction materials.
(yarn and needles for scarf project sold separately)

Sun Oct 22
2pm-5pm
Learn to Knit
…..for the true beginner part 2:
In part two of this class you’ll learn how to follow a simple pattern, read a swatch, increase, decrease and correct mistakes....you’ll also be working on the finishing touches of your scarf project.
$ 45 includes both classes part 1 and 2 (6 hours total) plus instruction materials.
(yarn and needles for scarf project sold separately)

Sun Oct 29
3pm-5pm
Now Showing:
“Spinning Cotton, Silk and Flax” –Video by Patsy Z.
Join us for a cozy Sunday Matinee featuring patsy Zawistoski
no charge, ….please call ahead for seating, Bring your wheel if you like!

NOVEMBER 2006

Sun Nov 5
2pm-5pm
Knitters Drop In
The perfect opportunity to get some assistance with those small problems that are holding back your project, help others or just sit, knit and chat awhile.
Knit-a-Long Project – The Einstein Coat
The Einstein Coat is so named because you feel like a ‘genius’ when it is done.
The pattern can be found in Canadian author Sally Melville’s book “The Knitting Experience –Book 1-The Knit Stitch”. A definite ‘go to’ resource book which contains many terrific patterns using only the garter stitch.
Join us one Sunday each month as we knit our coat – sharing stories, tips, and techniques.
Experience: Very Easy; Lots of Knitting; minimal finishing
No instruction fee:
preparations begin now for a Jan 7 start. Come to purchase Book with pattern and your choice of yarn, all available at London-Wul

Drop-in Demo: Knitting Cables
The “drop in” is scheduled on the first Sunday of each month.
Those who wish can join in our Einstein Knit along!
Notes: No instruction fees, all are welcome. Now’s the time to come in and choose your materials for the Knit along!

Sun Nov 12
3pm-5pm
Now Showing:
“Fibre Preparation and Blending Techniques” –Video by Deb Menz
Join us for a cozy Sunday Matinee featuring Deb Menz
no charge, ….please call ahead for seating. Bring your wheel if you like!

Sun Nov 19
1pm-5pm
London-Wul “HOOK IN”
A cordial invitation to rug hookers far and wide to meet and greet while working on your current creations.… all are welcome

Sun Nov 26
2pm-5pm
Learn to Spin
Want to give a spinning wheel a whorl?
Take the opportunity to discover the world of hand spinning. Discover the magical properties of fibre, how they have been prepared and how to spin a yarn! – you’ll be surprised what you can accomplish in one afternoon!
$45.00 instruction fees, students will be registered upon payment.
Equipment available or bring your own wheel

DECEMBER 2006

Sun Dec 3
2pm-5pm
Knitters Drop In
The perfect opportunity to get some assistance with those small problems that are holding back your project, help others or just sit, knit and chat awhile.
Knit-a-Long Project – The Einstein Coat
Join us one Sunday each month as we knit our coat – sharing stories, tips, and techniques.
No instruction fee – Still some time to pick out your yarn for a Jan 7 start. Come to purchase Book with pattern and your choice of yarn, all available at London-Wul.

Drop-in Demo: Simple Embroidered Embellishment for your Felted Knits
The “drop in” is scheduled on the first Sunday of each month.
Those who wish can join in our Einstein Knit along!

Sun Dec 10
10am-5pm
Sculptural Needle Felting
Learn to needle felt and create your own whimsical sculpture from wool! You will form a lively and expressive character, clothing and accessories.
Instructor: Heidi Wulfraat
$95 includes materials
…. don’t forget to pack a lunch. We’ll be picnicking with our felted friends.

JANUARY 2007

Sun Jan 7
2pm-5pm
Knitters Drop In
The perfect opportunity to get some assistance with those small problems that are holding back your project, help others or just sit, knit and chat awhile.
Knit-a-Long Project:The Einstein Coat Starts Today!

Drop-in Demo: using a Nostepinne to make a centre-pull ball
The “drop in” is scheduled on the first Sunday of each month. Those who wish can join in our Einstein Knit along!

Sun Jan 14
2pm-5pm
Learn to Knit
…..for the true beginner part 1:

Choose your yarn and needles… you’ll have a scarf knit long before Christmas!
In part one of this class you will learn the knit stitch, the purl stitch, how to cast on and to cast off....you’ll also get started on your new scarf project
$ 45 includes both classes part 1 and 2 (6 hours total) plus instruction materials.
(yarn and needles for scarf project sold separately)

Sun Jan 21
2pm-5pm
Learn to Knit …..for the true beginner part 2:
In part two of this class you’ll learn how to follow a simple pattern, read a swatch, increase, decrease and correct mistakes.
...you’ll also be working on the finishing touches of your scarf project
$ 45 includes classes part 1 and 2 (6 hours total) plus instruction materials.
(yarn and needles for scarf project sold separately)

Sun Jan 28
3pm-5pm
Now Showing
“Spinning Exotic Fibres & Novelty Yarns” - Video by Judith Mackenzie
Join us for a cozy Sunday Matinee featuring Judith Mackenzie
no charge, ….please call ahead for seating. Bring your wheel if you like!

FEBRUARY 2007

Sun Feb 4
2pm-5pm
Knitters Drop In
The perfect opportunity to get some assistance with those small problems that are holding back your project, help others or just sit, knit and chat awhile.
Knit-a-Long Project – The Einstein Coat
Drop-in Demo: Adding Beads to Your Knits
No instruction fee. All are welcome.
The Einstein Knit along continues…

Sun Feb 11
1pm-5pm
London-Wul “HOOK IN”
A cordial invitation to rug hookers far and wide to meet and greet while working on your current creations.… all are welcomed

Sun Feb 18
2pm-5pm
Thrummed Mitts or Socks
Experience the delight of thrumming (adding tufts of unspun wool to your knitting project). You’ll have hand-dyed fleece lined woolens like no others!
This class will set you on your way so that thrumming will become a favorite part of your knitting repertoire. (basic knitting skills required)
$35.00 includes your choice of fleece artist thrum mitt or thrum sock kit of your choice.

Sun Feb 25
2pm-5pm
Learn to Spin
Want to give a spinning wheel a whorl?
Take the opportunity to discover the world of hand spinning. Discover the magical properties of fibre, how they have been prepared and how to spin a yarn! You’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish in one afternoon!
$45.00 instruction fees, students will be registered upon payment.
Equipment available or bring your own wheel

MARCH 2007

Sun March 4
2pm – 5pm
Knitters Drop In
The perfect opportunity to get some assistance with those small problems that are holding back your project, help others or just sit, knit and chat awhile.
Einstein Wrap-Up Party!
Drop-in Demo: Felted Bracelets
Celebrate the close of our Einstein Knit along!



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Friday, September 15, 2006

LADIES NIGHT

I spent a wonderful afternoon teaching a felting "short course" this week.
All of my students were visiting in conjunction with a Canadian Judges Conference. To add a little touch of Maritime fun to the agenda, our group worked on felting these lovely ladies, all set to go for a night on the town. Good work everyone! It was delightful having you:)



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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

PACAFIESTA


This weekend we brought our wares to "Pacafiesta" in Halifax, NS.
I had so much fun! The show was a wonderful venue open to North American Fibre producers.
There were on-going seminars, Alpaca judging and Alpaca auctions as well. Here's our booth. we brought our own fibres, yarns, felting, London-Wul needles and knits. Best of all I was able to shop at the sheep supply booth across from us! Lots of great sheep and goat books, herding videos, bloat-out, hoof trimmers etc, etc..... what more could a girl want??


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WAKEY WAKEY


Here's what I woke up to this morning.

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Tuesday, September 05, 2006

YOU MISSED IT !

For anyone who has ever been to the shop and met Angus I want you to know that on Saturday September 2nd he had a "real" bath. This was not the routine, under the garden hose suds up.
This boy was in the tub, soaked, soaped and polished. What I need you to know is that HE SMELLED GREAT! Now on this Tuesday September the 5th, regrettably, he is somewhat stinky again. If you haven't spoken to Angus in the past 3 days - YOU MiSSED IT! So if you notice a hint of "je ne sais quoi" in the air emanating from behind the counter it's not me - REALLY!!


......... oh but he is soo lovable though. What can I say? it's part of his charm;)

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Friday, September 01, 2006

KNIT ALONG!

Wow, it's been busy around here lately! Not least of all we've been working out our Fall and Winter schedule for classes, workshops and special events. This year is going to be really fun. We've added all sorts of "little extras" to the venue. The current list of activities will be posted in the next week as there are still some small tweaks to take care of.
Today, however, I am able to officially invite you to join in our upcoming knitting circle where you might choose to knit Sally Melville's Einstein Coat along with us. All of the girls in the shop, including myself are game. We're perusing the shelves and trying to decide on which yarn, colour, texture will be employed in the making of our own special coat. Isn't the planning always the best part of any project?

So, here's the whole picture. It speaks to those who are coming in to "physically" join the group and who enjoy London-Wul as their LYS however I'd like to encourage anyone who wants to "virtually" knit along with us to jump right in. Send us your messages and photos. Perhaps your blog address where you are logging your progress? You'll note that we have given loads of time for the preparation and planning stages of this project. We'll commence to stitch immediately following the craziness of December. You'll have lots of time to visit your LYS or order the PERFECT supplies and begin knitting FOR YOURSELF come January.

Knitters Drop In
(first Sunday of every Month Oct-May 2-5 pm)

The perfect opportunity to get some assistance with those small problems that are holding back your project, help others or just sit, knit and chat awhile.

…Also check out our monthly drop–in Demos where you'll learn new tips and tricks with each visit.

Knit-a-Long Project – The Einstein Coat

The Einstein Coat is so named because you feel like a ‘genius’ when it is done.
The pattern is from Canadian author Sally Melville’s book “The Knitting Experience –Book 1-The Knit Stitch”. A definite ‘go to’ resource book which contains many terrific patterns using only the garter stitch.

Join us one Sunday each month as we knit our coat – sharing stories, tips, and techniques.

Experience: Very Easy; Lots of Knitting; minimal finishing

No instruction fee - preparations begin now for a Jan 7 start . Come early to purchase Book with pattern and your choice of yarn available at London-Wul.


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Thursday, August 24, 2006

HARVESTING COLOUR


...... yesterday's harvest was Goldenrod, which the farm has in abundance. This is a good thing as beautiful yellow-greens (dyed on kid mohair in this case) are the result.


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Thursday, August 17, 2006

INTERLUDE


.....Please excuse my recent blogging interlude.
At the moment our time is being devoured by, well, running the business. Welcoming our visitors, ordering and preparing for the Holiday Season, putting together our Fall/Winter events schedule, maintaining the barns and gardens and making product.
Not least of all, the dogs, sheep, goats and rabbits need their chin scratching. Just ask Baahby.


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Thursday, August 10, 2006

ON WEATHER AND CREATIVITY

...More dye pots on the go today. The heat has lifted with the coming of August. I am so relieved. With the drop in temperature I'm back to a mad pace in the garden, the barns and the studio. I feel the shift in the weather like the lifting of a migraine headache. Euphoria! I am definitely a "Fall person". I love physical work
it feeds my mind and builds anticipation to get back into the studio and create (not "working out" mind you, I can't see the point of expending all that energy and not getting a job done:)

I have been asked to speak at a Creativity Symposium in October 2007. I'm really excited about it, and have been thinking about the creative process, how to inspire ideas and how to choose from your ideas, which to nurture, invest in and carry through to a finished piece of work.

On this note I have started a small creativity corner (see upper right margin) issuing a small challenge or food for thought. A starting place from which ideas may stem?? I hope that you join in and "create" something of your own!



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Saturday, August 05, 2006

DYE GARDEN


I have added a sample dye garden beside the studio with labeled plants and naturally dyed yarns. Over time my dye plant collection, including wild plants, has become strewn over 140 acres of farm land. This contained version of the same gives our guests an opportunity to connect dye source to end result minus the backpacking!

The pots are on full steam today and I am hoping to continue dyeing steadily for the next two weeks. I made up an interesting grass and violet petals pot yesterday.... will simmer again today and add yarn on Sunday.

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Saturday, July 29, 2006

NOW SHOWING



Our gallery is currently showing Then There Was a Star Danced , hooked rugs by Joan James .

At home in Riverport Nova Scotia, Joan James creates rugs with both commitment and abandon. Respectful of fine technique and intelligent in its humorous twist Joan's work is sure to evoke admiration and a mischievous smile.

Treat yourself to a viewing of this wonderful collection; London-Wul Fibre Arts, Lakeburn, NB Canada, August through September 2006.

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RESULTS


Here are some of the skeins ( mohair) out of the Rudebeckia pots that I was working on recently. Some have used Logwood as well as Rudebeckia. All have used Alum as a mordant.


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GOOOD PICK'IN


OK, for those of you who are visiting our shop - virtually, I thought I'd give you a little sense of being here. These are some of our favorite "mood setting" CD's playing in the background at any given time. Go ahead throw one on at home or in the car, we'll be thinking of you:

.....anything by Eva Cassidy, Etta James (particularly "Time after Time"), Buena Vista Social Club, Triplets of Bellville, Huun Huur Tu (Tuvan throat singing), Gypsy Kings ("Este Mundo"), Jane Moheit, Nora Jones, Van Morrison (particularly "Poetic Champions Compose"), The Cheftains ("The Long Black Veil) , Vivaldi ("The Four Seasons"), Yann Tiersen ("Amelie), Diana Krall, Muddy Waters, BB King (particularly, "Why I Sing The Blues"), Koko Taylor, Miles Davis, Arturo Sanoval
............. and Joe Grass. Joe is, or once was, a "local boy". If you're interested in something a little folk, a little blues, alot of super smooth vocals and guitar check Joe out at
www.joegrass.com . You'll definitely be glad you did.

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BON VOYAGE

...Here is one of my little felted sheep on his way to the State of Texas. Bon Voyage little guy!
If you'd like to try one for yourself, I have prepared "Fabulous Felted Sheep Kits" with all of the materials and instructions included. ($32.00 CAD at info@thewoolworks.com) Happy felting!

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Friday, July 28, 2006

MINE, MINE, MINE !


















I knit these up using a Jacob/mohair blend as a trial pair of socks before spinning Lolly's fleece. As it turns out they seemed too heavy for most warm blooded sock wearer's but just right for me! (feel free to draw your own conclusions). So this is my new pair of handspun wool(from my own girls)/mo socks ready for those frosty days ahead. I'm almost looking forward to winter. They are sooo comfy. They spun at 11 wraps per inch. I decided to spin Lolly's fleece at about 13 wraps per inch for a lighter sock.... now have to tweak the stitch count to match.


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FIN du TOUR


Well, I am starting to get some of the feeling back in the tip of my goat bitten finger and have completed the Tour de Fleece challenge just on deadline. Here is the aftermath. The fruits of Lolly's fleece, a pyramid of Lincoln x Romney x Shetland wool/mohair blend. The blend was prepared on a Pat Green Supercard (a beautiful machine) and spun on a Schacht (my new love). ..... and a great time was had by all.

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Thursday, July 20, 2006

DOWN BUT NOT OUT







We had a little incident in the barn yesterday. The tip of my finger is now precariously attatched and for a fleeting instant I thought that the "tour de Fleece" spinning challenge was over for me. Alas all is well and I am back on the wheel. Roughly 5 lbs into lolly's fleece (with yarn pictured behind injury), I'm almost there!

The story goes something like this:

Alison the goat had a little bloat......... :)

While holding Alison between my legs, placing a stick on her pallet to encourage her to chew and plunging a syringe full of oil and baking soda down her throat. The objective being to have Alison belch thus releasing gas (you can't make this stuff up folks). All limbs and digits engaged at this point I managed to (brilliantly) place my finger between her back teeth. Oh the blood!

After a brief scuffle to get past Finn (Border Collie keeping everyone in place, always a big help) and Angus (Newfoundland taking advantage of Border Collie's preoccupation and using the opportunity to bear-hug said Border Collie) I made it to the house, called hubby, wrapped, iced and nurtured the offended finger in order to maintaining spinning condition. On with the challenge!


Alison, by the way, is feeling fine.

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Thursday, July 13, 2006

WHAT'S HAPP'NIN ?













What's Not happening ??
Well, I'm not getting enough sleep due to ritual late night summer mystery reading, but I digress...
Whew, how did mid July get here so fast?
Long time no post?... here's why:

The Dye Pots are on full tilt..... both natural and otherwise.
(Here are some of the Black-Eyed Susans that I had saved (frozen) from last years crop. They are in day #2 of simmering.)
We have a great new selection of London-Wul dyed Polwarth Top and wool locks.

Our newest Dye Garden is in bloom and we have added interpretive labels and dyed yarn samples for visitors to peruse.

Our Angora Fibre has gone off to the mill and will return as the fabulous London-Wul "Dream Come True" Angora/ Alpaca blend that we all know and love...... ahh feel the love.


We have implemented a new equipment rental program for those of you who are interested in trying out a spinning wheel, drum carder or rigid heddle loom.

I am almost finished carding/blending and 1/2 way through spinning Lolly's (7lb yikes!) fleece for "Le Tour de Fleece".

The studio is a buzz with custom orders (lots of dog hair spinning on cue !) and wearable art production!


We are booking fast for this Fall's continuation of our Trade Convention guest Program. If you should happen to have a convention up and coming in the greater Moncton region be sure to check out the entertaining (and educational) hands-on program that we offer to participant's guests. We had so much fun with this program last year that we have been planning excitedly to continue on with even more surprises!

Most of all we have been unbelievably fortunate to have had so many of the world's best visitors to London-Wul this year! A special thanks to all of those who have spent time with us this summer and a warm welcome to all who wish to come!

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Thursday, July 06, 2006

LOLLY-LOU ON Le TOUR de FLEECE

So I did indeed set myself a spinning
challenge in the spirit of
Le tour de Fleece 2006.
I had decided to card blend

and spin Lolly (see a picture
of her highness in previous
post).
What I have underestimated is

the sheer "ampleness" of Lolly's
assets. Her lovely fleece, you see,
has weighed in (washed)
at 7lbs ... gulp.
I know, stop being such a

baby and get on with it right?
Well, here is how the challenge
is unfolding thus far:

(Lolly's fleece, carding along
with mohair, carded batts,
spinning on a Schacht Matchless)




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Saturday, July 01, 2006

WE HAVE A WINNER!

Congratulations to Natalie of Cincinnati, Ohio!
You ARE a London-Wuller!

your London-Wul gift package including.....
*1Hand dyed, London-Wul merino/angora yarn *1 Hand dyed, London-Wul alpaca/angora yarn *1 Pair of hand turned London-Wul knitting needles *1 Hand dyed, custom blend wool/angora/silk/mohair and sparkle fibre pack *1 drop spindle, and *1 Lantern Moon, silk knit bag1 Lantern Moon, silk needle case.... is on it's way!

Stayed tuned everyone for our latest contest and new "I'm a London-Wuller" blog button.

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Wednesday, June 28, 2006

YOU KNOW YOU WAANNA



hmm... Le Tour de Fleece , come on, join in. You KNOW you WAANNA......

Ok I'm game. After all this seems like a much more civilized challenge than actually powering the "pedal" variety wheel for a month straight! Since I am in the throws of picking and washing fleece at the moment my goal will be to card (blending with mohair) and spin "Lolly's" fleece (in it's entirety). The end product - super soft sock yarn. Oh, who's Lolly? As seen above Lolly is a founding member of the London-Wul family flock. An adventurer, member of the homestead jet set, a marvel in mixed company, at ease with sheep and goats alike. Undeniably attractive, of prestigious Lincoln, Romney and Shetland heritage, she remains always a lady. Though now somewhat more grey than in this picture, she is aging gracefully.

......... let the games begin!

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Thursday, June 22, 2006

FODDER FOR FELTING?





Lately I am wanting to piece together (like patchwork quilts) the images that I am contemplating for felted panels. I have a large landscape felt in the works now. It represents a Fall field. I have been toying with the idea of segmenting it.
While walking one of the local beaches this week images like these ones reaffirmed the idea.

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SEAFARING HOUNDS



After their annual vet exam Angus and Finn spent a leisurely afternoon by the seashore.
(and for those of you who are following his adolescent progress Angus weighed in at 163lbs this week though he is still handsomely trim as you can see).

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Thursday, June 15, 2006

AFTER A LONG DAY


Five of us worked the shop today. Well, eight if you count Osira, Finn and Angus.
We had such fantastic people visiting, some by coach tour and some on their own steam.
At the end of the day we sat, exhausted yet revelling in the energy that had come back to us through the enthusiasm of others. Everyone excitedly chatted about their own unique encounters.


Once in a while I need to be reminded to relax and take it all in rather than running at full tilt. Today I took it all in. Thanks for the reminder Odette.
... I took this picture of Finn who was taking a deep breath along with us as we recapped.
He's resting in front of our Museum panels which depict the tradition of hand spinning and textile production (how fitting).
Here he lays, after a long day, in front of Mrs. Penny and her Flax breaker (Clara Dennis collection, courtesy of the NS Archives).

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Friday, June 09, 2006

SPIN SOFTLY

Lately I have been working with the book Spinning for Softness and Speed by Paula Simmons.
Partly because I have been spinning allot of gorgeous polwarth from NZ and it would be a shame to loose it's super soft handle. Also because I am always interested to read what Paula Simmons has to say (Storey's Guide to raising Sheep by Paula is an excellent book as well).

There has been ALLOT of rain in New Brunswick as of late. Visitors to the shop are pouring in with umbrellas folding. Rain makes for a nice day in a wool shop. A nice day to chat with friends and to meet new faces. A nice day to sit and spin softly in this crazy world. - Thanks for the book mom, I'm really enjoying it.

Saturday, June 03, 2006

GOOSE WHISPERER


Ah yes, one of Finn's many and varied talents.
In between the twice daily goat trek from upper to lower pasture and home again Finn hones his skills on "September" and "Lainey" our resident goose duo (leading them down the garden path as it were). Oh, and the stick he carries? Think of it as the ultimate Border Collie stress ball, suggesting authority and relieving tension brought on by a world that moves in painfully slow motion.


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Monday, May 29, 2006

SEDUCED


...Boy do I love these needles.
Strange because I'm truly a wooden needle kind of gal but who could resist those little Pony Pearl comfort colours? I started by plucking just one pair off of the shop rack. Of course I'm my own best customer. I have to support my own shop. Ok maybe I'm defeating the purpose but lets chalk it up to product research.
Short version of the story, I now have every size of Pony dp's in my trusty needle case. They are just the perfect length, almost weightless, they don't bend and bow under the strain of brow beading sock production, they have just the perfect amount of "click", oh and again, those cheerful colours lulling me into a false sense of "just one pair will do".


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Saturday, May 27, 2006

THE PILGRIMAGE


This is a wool story. Trust me.
Each year we feed a group of wild Mallards (and black ducks, wood ducks, ring necks, Canada geese etc.) that fly in to summer on our pond. This because, at the same time, our property serves as one of several slow release sites for our regional wildlife rescue group.

Ok, the wool part;
Returning mallard mom's teach their newly hatched babes to take the daily pilgrimage from the pond, across the field, past the house, through the fence and into the SHEEP PEN (the wool component) to munch on any residuals in and around the barn. These little squirts will grow up, fly away, return and teach their own babes to hop on the same meal train next year. How great is this to look forward to seeing every spring?


PS... Sorry about the poor quality pic.....Had to take it out the bathroom window through the screen so as not to disturb Mrs. Mallard. ... And yes, if you've thought this through that means that you can practically reach out and touch the sheep while visiting the Loo at the london-Wul homestead. Ain't life grand?

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