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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.


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

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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.


back to the London-Wul Homepage: www.thewoolworks.com
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