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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.


Thursday, December 27, 2007

SCHOOL'S IN!


Chunky Cabled Hat, with Tanya;
Ready to branch out from scarves? This project is for you!
This is a fast knit that can be made with or without cables. Noro "Iro" gives a luxurious wool silk finish- warm and wonderful!
You will learn: the long tail cast on, knitting in the round with circular needles, knitting in the round with double pointed needles, cable knitting and decreasing.
Date: Sunday, Jan 6, 1-4pm,
$30.00 plus HST and supplies. * remember to come early to choose your colour and wind your yarn* Call Sherri, Linda or Heidi, 506.382.6990
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Friday, December 14, 2007

I LOVE OUR NEW BABY LOCKS!

Well we had an amazing 3 days with Jeannie of baby Lock Canada. We've officially launched our new line of Baby Lock equipment, eaten cake, drawn prize winners, sewn serged and felted! I'm just now lifting my head from pouring over all of the new machines in the shop! I simply can't tell all in a single post so I'll start by introducing you to my new BabyLock Embellisher. Isn't she a beauty!!


On day #1 with my new studio addition I set out to fashion a wee present for my soon to be baby niece. ...a bit of mohair, wool fabric, wool roving , ribbon for fastening and there you have it. Did I mention that I love my new Embellisher?

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Wednesday, December 05, 2007

HE'S BACK!....ALMOST


After a loooong time at home recovering from knee surgery (TPLO on both knees, should your dog be experiencing difficulty and you'd like to speak to someone who has gone with this procedure) Angus wanted to walk up to the shop to visit with his mom (that's me, I'm so proud of him!). Here he is frothing with excitement to be out and about (OK ,so he drools all the time, whatever, it becomes endearing, trust me). He is coming along extremely well and is feeling the benefits of solid knees beneath him with a whole new vigour. Armed with his no-slip boots he's a force to be reckoned with. We have only to install no-slip mats along the length of the shop and through the studio (we have had great success but are not taking ANY chances) and he shall return, the shop dog that we all know and love!
...thanks a million to all who have asked about Angus, wished him well, brought him biscuits and sent happy thoughts. All have been much appreciated and well received!
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Monday, November 26, 2007

YOU'RE INVITED !

.......to our Festive Baby Lock "sew, serge, felt" party
including demonstrations, door prizes and super savings!

WHERE: London-Wul Fibre Arts, 1937 Melanson Rd, Lakeburn, NB
506.382.6990

DATE: Fri, Sat, Sun December 7, 8, 9, 2007

Time: 10am - 5pm

...... join us in a three day celebration of Baby Lock's arrival at London-Wul! Meet special guest Jeanne Campeau of Baby Lock Canada. Explore the full line of Baby Lock's supreme sewing, serging and felting equipment.
.... inspiration, entertainment AND amazing savings on our new line of Baby Lock equipment!


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Thursday, November 15, 2007

BIG NEWS !

LONDON - WUL HAS JOINED
THE baby lock FAMILY!

"For over 40 years, Baby Lock has been dedicated to the love of sewing by creating machines for sewing, embroidery, quilting and serging * all with ease-of-use, high quality and a touch of elegance. "

Now available at London-Wul, the full Line of Baby Lock sewing, quilting, embroidery, felting and surface design equipment to enable the fibre artist in you!

.....sign up now for our exclusive baby lock demo day - lots of fun, inspiration and Huge savings on baby lock equipment, call 506-382-6990, Linda, Sherri or Heidi
I've been longing to add a felting machine to the studio. After deciding that this was definitely a must (for both felting and embellishment) I set out to do my homework in choosing just the right product. This quest for the be-all, end-all in surface design equipement led me straight to the Baby Lock Embellisher . .....but then there's the quilting machines, sergers and embroidery machines, in the end I decided to take them all home ! ;)
Cheers, Heidi

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Thursday, November 08, 2007

BAGS WITH BLANKETS KNIT- ALONG!

Hi All,
We are having a ball with our November knit clinics! London-Wul couldn't be a happier place with so many new knitters, old friends, laughter, support and encouragement. A special thanks to all of the wonderful instructors who have come out to "spread the knitting love".

there are still two or three seats available as not all students have been able to join us for each clinic.
Be sure to call in and book a seat for Saturday November 10th and Saturday November 17th 1pm-4pm. ........ clinics are free of charge.

Brand new knitters are welcome. We also have a sock knitting station and a mitt knitting station for those who would like to explore knitting on double pointed needles, colour knitting etc.


Which leads us to the next point of anticipation.....
Our winter knit-Along is about to begin!!
Prompted by two amazingly tempting books as well as the new London-Wul Luxury lap Blanket kits, our KAL gang has been divided between a yen to knit a funky new bag or a cozy winter cover. Being a diplomatic, if not overly sensitive group we have decided to take on the title of "Bags with Blankets" in honour of this year's London-Wul winter Knit Along.
(two great starting points for the KAL are the new "Bag Styles" and the classic "Little Box of Knitted Throws" we have several copies in stock ....will call in more orders if you need a copy of either)



(Our new "Luxury Lap Blanket" Kits combine handspun, hand dyed and novelty yarns for a "design your own" project. I have been having as much fun putting them together, often to match someone's living room decor, as I am knitting up samples. I'm not keen on repetition so these ever changing combinations are just my cup of tea!)

The Bags with Blankets KAL starts Sunday January 6th/08 from 1pm-4pm an will continue each Sunday from 1-4 through to the end of February.
For more information or to book a seat call: 506-382-6990


(this is my "worry bag" I started it when Angus went in for his first knee surgery. It was meant to felt to shape but, after knitting, it turned out to be a huge sack that I could actually fit my body into! needless to say it required some serious felting after which I cut and sewed with much felt fabric left over. The leather handles were actually the inspiration. I am higely impressed with their attachment and durablility. The bag has been carrying some hefty loads with pattern books etc...there are still a few left and we have re-ordered handles in a great selection of colours ... will keep you posted re: their arrival. As I have just finished this project I am now trying to decide on which throw to do for the Knit Along....hmmmm.... )


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Thursday, October 25, 2007

IT'S JUST TOO SCARY

Before a quick update on what's been happening lately a quick message to all of our sock walkers, sock talkers and sock students: As our next gathering falls on the evening of October 31 it has been unanimously decided that we'll skip this month due to the fact that it's just too scary a night !! :) Happy Halloween everyone....


Well I'm back from the Artful Rughookers Symposium which was a magical event. Thank you Deanne. I did manage to present a talk without falling over which was wonderful . For those of you who may have been there. Here is a photo of our beautiful "Baahby". For those of you who may not have been there isn't Baahby gorgeous?

Our London-Wul gang is back from the Maritime Spinners retreat with wonderful stories to tell. I am bitterly disappointed to have missed it however my boy Angus is still in recovery from recent orthopedic surgery and, well, he needed his mom. (here he is lamenting over his empty dish).
I have pounds and pounds of fibre headed for the dye pot. After taking some time out to finish a few personal projects I'm back in the routine once again.


Here is a series of felted/embroidered panels now completed. It was a big project that I worked on over the past year (45" x 108").

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Wednesday, October 03, 2007

YARN HARVEST!


...... Just a reminder that our amazing
Yarn Harvest Sale is coming up
this Sunday Oct 7th 10am - 5pm.
up to 50% savings on fibres, yarns and other sundries........

Friday, September 21, 2007

MORE HANDSPUN










... more handspun on the go.... can't stop.....
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Friday, September 14, 2007

EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES !

YARN HARVEST, Sunday October 7 10am - 5pm : in celebration of the Harvest season we will be holding a "Yarn Harvest Sale" featuring store wide specials with up to 50% savings on fibres, yarns and other such treasures!

HATS OFF TO YOU!, in appreciation of tremendous community support for London-Wul
we would like to invite one and all to join us in a series of FREE knitting clinics "From Head to Toe", Saturdays November 3, 10, 17 , 1pm-4pm. Learn to knit your choice of Hat, Mitts, Scarf or Socks, work at your own pace over a period of 3weeks. Instruction, problem solving and a creative group dynamic are offered as our gift to you! Spaces are limited please call ahead for bookings and details.

LEARN TO SPIN: Sunday November 25/07 1pm-4pm
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

SOCK WALKERS:our sock walkers group will continue to delve into the frontiers of sock anatomy. We meet on the Last Wednesday of each month to work on all things "sock".
7pm - 9pm. For all ye "walkers" our last pre-knitting walk will be this Wednesday September 26th at 6pm. Come out and enjoy the Fall foliage and a brisk walk before an evening knit-together!

Reminder: be sure to collect your sock walker stamps for the year 2007 in order to receive free sock yarn!


LACE KNIT-ALONG: Our Lace Knit Along continues with some knitters having completed their project, others making considerable progress, some just starting out and some (Ok , me)not quite having made it off of the launching pad - YET! Lace will remain the focus for the first Wed night in November, then....stay tuned for our
......... next KAL project, to be announced!


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Wednesday, September 05, 2007

OPEN FOR BUSINESS

Hi All,
...just a quick note to let you know about our NEW EXTENDED HOURS OF OPERATION:

OPEN 10am - 5 pm YEAR ROUND, TUESDAY through SUNDAY, closed Monday


easy to remember ;)

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

WHATS NEW?

........ Lots and Lots!

....... baby llama/silk blend * wool/silk/cashmere tweed * baby alpaca/silk/cashmere * new ribbons and so soft to touch novelty yarns * all new felting fusion paper : an excellent new technique for landscape felters * new "knitters loom" now in 20" warp width * felted cushion kits * glass bead jewelry knit kits * beaded silk shawl kit * all new sock yarn colours *sweet sweet baby knit kits galore! * new "design your" own sweater kits *new London-Wul Luxury Lap blanket colour selection * New handspun selection including new super textured "painted locks" yarn by London-Wul.


Up and coming:
.....I'll be teaching another full day of spinning on Sunday September 9th.
.....We'll be at the 7th annual Maritime Spinners retreat at the Rodd Mill River Resort on PEI this coming October 12, 13, 14.
..... I will be speaking at "The Artful Rug Hooker" A symposium on art, creativity, and rug hooking by Deanne Fitzpatrick on October 18 and 19, 2007 in Amherst , Nova Scotia

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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

OH CANADA

A Special thanks to wives, family and guests of the Canadian Premiers who visited while our Provincial leaders met in Moncton. It was with great pleasure that we shared the London-Wul experience with this distinct group.


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Tuesday, August 07, 2007

LILLY MODELS LONDON-WUL


...she's contagious isn't she? Little Lilly's visit has inspired all new London-Wul wearables - miniature style!
Sherri and I are both working to put together these Handspun, Hand Dyed sets.
...oooh La La Lilly!
Yarns available in shop, On-Line (Click Here) or by mail.
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Wednesday, August 01, 2007

HECTIC AND HANDSPINNING


...been spinning lots...no time to write! above is new handdyed, handspun polwarth.
and speaking of spinning , REMINDER (3 spaces left):
MINI WORKSHOPS : SPIN FOR THE DAY (take one or both as you choose).
Hi All,I have decided to pair up my two beginner spinning classes as so many students find drop spindling such a great introduction to spinning on the wheel. You may wish to register for just one class or bring a lunch and stay for both. With a full day of spinning instruction you'll leave having a solid foundation and the technical skills needed to build upon your spinning repertoire ....
Learn to Drop Spindle:NEXT OFFERED: Sunday August 12/07 9AM-12pm
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.
Learn to Spin:NEXT OFFERED: Sunday August 12/07 1pm-4pm
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
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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

CHECK LIST

Well, we have finished packaging the new Natural Dyed Mohair kits. ...had a chance to check something off the list!! That's always a good feeling. On the flip side there are lots of new projects on the go, thus the list keeps getting bigger:)

These guys are now available on our "one click shopping" site. Hope you enjoy!
Watch for our new Luxurious Lap Blanket kit. Each, one of a kind, including Hand dyed, Handspun and novelty accent yarns. These are dream kits for me to put together! Lots of colour-play, carding, spinning and blending! (Pictured here in colour "Beach Pebbles")

Sock knit-A-Long tonight! It looks like beautiful walking weather for those who wish to come early for our "SockWalkers" outing. I have yet another Handspun pair of socks that need to be grafted tonight then on to a new pair.


Lace Knit-A-Long next week. ...... can't wait to see how everyone is doing. I've had a few sneek previews through the month. Wow! ...am I ever looking forward to finishing my swatch:)

Some of the gang have actually finished their projects and are onto the next. I shall try to collect some pics to post.


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Friday, July 13, 2007

NATURAL KNIT KIT

Back to the blog with much to report ..... The newest addition to our London-Wul family of "knitables" has sprouted! I've been working on natural dyeing kid mohair for the past two years. I charged on to produce copious amounts of soft "garden colored" skeins (I am of the opinion that one cannot really go wrong with kid mohair. You can't have too much can you?).

Sooo... now the time has come to offer a suggested pattern for these guys!
Sherri, Linda and I have just finished putting together a fun little kit aptly named "Garden Pinwheel" for your knitting pleasure.
I have not yet listed these kits on
http://www.thewoolworks.com/ ,
but should you be interested they are indeed ready to go to good homes!
e-mail
info@thewoolworks.com

$13.95/kit - makes one "Garden Pinwheel" scarf - new colours naturally occurring daily!


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Friday, June 29, 2007

24 HOURS IS JUST NOT ENOUGH !


Wow! How quickly we forget the frantic pace of summer!

I have three large felting panels on the go - no where near finished. This summer's rug (my handsome yet cantankerous goose whisperer "Finn") is nearly finished - as you can see. Lots and lots of dye pots and handspun on the go. Woven pieces as well (I'm as surprised to be weaving as anyone else)! Sherri, Linda, Karen, Odette, Josette and myself have been busy hosting tour groups of all sorts. We have some fantastic new group programs available now and into the Fall season. For Ontario Hand Weavers and Knitters, I understand that London-Wul has been featured in the most recent issue of Fibre Focus Magazine. I haven't seen the article yet...looking forward to it.
Our Lace Knit-A-Long is proving to be lots of fun, many laughs most at my expense:) True, I have not yet finished a swatch on this project, it's not for lack of enthusiasm (more due to the fact that we are painting in the house right now, building a deck and fencing new pasture).


This weeks sock walkers group was much appreciated (or finally sitting down to knit that is)after our fearless leader (me) turned down the path less taken on the pre-knitting sock walk. We persevered through a lovely freshwater bog, didn't we Tanya? Hmm, once we got back from our adventurous trek we were greeted by a well rested, dry and cozy group of not so adventurous (read smarter) sock knitters.


NEW AND UPCOMING IN THE SHOP:
A hat, mitt and "Heidi's Lumpy Warm Mittens Pattern" are now available free of charge with purchase of our Handspun Hand dyed wool slub.

Check out our London-Wul hand turned Shawl pins in exotic woods
London-Wul hand turned knitting needles now available in a larger range of sizes

Great selection of London-Wul Hand dyed Dorr swatches for Rug Hooking
Full stock of Majic Carpet dye kits and primary packs also Gaywool and Ashford dyes.
Premium Scottish Burlap and Canadian Maple hoops.

Addi Lace needles are in stock, super selection of new sock *new colors*, bamboo sock yarn and Fleece Artist sea wool sock kits.

Sari Ribbon and leather handles for your hand made bags are on their way in a great selection of colors. Too Cool!!

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Sunday, June 24, 2007

IN THE GALLERY




London-Wul Fibre Arts is pleased to host the fibre-based works of Moncton native Joanna Close. The exhibit features a series of panels that explore geography and landscape.

Close is an artist living in Ammon, New Brunswick. She defines her work in the context of fine art, using fabric and thread to illustrate her ideas.

She completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major in Textiles in 2004 at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. She earned her Master of Arts in Textile and Fibre Art in the United Kingdom in 2006.

Close's work has involved landscape images through hand-dyed and woven blankets and hangings. Most recently, her work has taken a more conceptual turn, still looking at landscapes and geography, but in a more critical way. Through this research, she defines her identity as a Canadian. Her work considers the proximity of the urban environment to the rural environment as a defining factor in Canadian culture, as well as the rural community's sense of intuition and literacy for the land.


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Friday, June 15, 2007

MINI WORKSHOPS : SPIN FOR THE DAY

Hi All,
I have decided to pair up my two beginner spinning classes as so many students find drop spindling such a great introduction to spinning on the wheel. You may wish to register for just one class or bring a lunch and stay for both. With a full day of spinning instruction you'll leave having a solid foundation and the technical skills needed to build upon your spinning repertoire .... 3 dates to choose from:


Offered Sunday July 15/07 , Sunday August 12/07 and Sunday September 9/07
9AM-12pm
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.




Offered Sunday July 15/07, Sunday August 12/07 and Sunday September 9/07
1pm-4pm
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


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

Monday, June 11, 2007

WHEEEWH

Wheewh, I'm back. What a week! our Lace knit along was extremely productive -for some. I, on the other hand, provided a great deal of entertainment as I desperately tried to get through my swatch! That's right I have yet to make it through one full repeat of the Alpine Lace pattern. Oh well, I'm sure it will come together when the planets are lined up!
How are all of our "away" knitters doing?
The sheep were shorn this week and I have some beautiful fleece to work with. Yay! I just love when the girls are all fresh, cool and comfortable for the summer. For those of you who are in and around the shop this week I shall let you have your choice should you wish to purchase from our flock (in the grease). After that I'll "get 'ta washin' ":)
And, thanks to some encouragement from the gals at knit2together as well as to Karen (my orangizational guru) I have launched a new on-line venue!
For those who wish to purchase my hand crafted work with one click, you are now able to do so via our new ETSY shop, check it out HERE.
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Thursday, May 31, 2007

SOCK WALKERS CLUB

Well the last Wednesday in May rolled around quickly didn't it?
We had another amazing "Sock Walk" last night. Here's Line leading Louie (or is Louie leading Line ?) along with some more of the sock walker crew following behind.
Despite the threat of rain earlier on in the day it was a perfect night. We were indeed accompanied by our mohair bearing mascot, Louie, who was a perfect gentleman throughout. What a proud mom I was!
Along the way we saw our newly fledged raven babies with mom on close watch, moose tracks, deer tracks, raccoon tracks, some coyote er, remnants and a porcupine! ..... and a great walk was had by all.
P.S. Line, tell your daughter I want those pink boots!
Upon returning to the shop we were joined by more of the Sock walker contingency including Dorine who has just returned from an out-of -this -world knitting tour through England and France. To top off a perfect sock knitting evening we were thoroughly entertained by a slide presentation journaling her amazing trip hosted by knitting tour operator Joyce James.
Wow, I had a good sleep last night!
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Sunday, May 20, 2007

CHICKEN POOP


I decided to over dye a few cones of commercial yarn who's original colour was less than attractive. Even wearing a heavy duty dye mask this is not chalking up to be a pleasant experience. The best way to describe the smell of this pot is that of chicken s#*t. Ask me how I know. I once worked in a poultry research lab, video taping laying hens playing with dangling cat toys, but that's another story. It's ALL coming back to me today!
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HANDSPUN FEELS LIKE HOME


Here's one for all of you spinners out there. Most people don't really "get it", right? Ahh..... but the true fibre aficionado can appreciate the body, the essence, the life within a handspun yarn. I decided that my handspun skeins in the shop were becoming overwhelmed by their industrial counterparts - that is commercial yarn. Fresh new labels and a place of prominence have refreshed the scenery and once again I am home!


I've been spinning on my Schacht in the studio, working mostly on heavy, textured, one-ply using a lumbering 4:1 ratio, or the angora/wool blend pictured below. At home, in the evenings, my heart belongs to the tiny Louet Victoria who is delicately churning out ultra fine silk blends. Such a great little wheel!


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Thursday, May 10, 2007

EARLY HAPPY BIRTHDAY


Arnold's Birthday daffodils are putting on a better show than ever this year. Seven years ago, I planted 400 bulbs (true love) along the woods across from our pond. They were scheduled to bloom as a birthday surprise for my husband who was born in late May. Here they are today bidding Arn an early happy birthday, spreading themselves along a wooded path which, as it turns out, is the route Arnold now walks each day to get to his newly built woodworking shop and warehouse. Who knew?
I can also see them from here, at the wool shop which sits perched above the farm. They take me away from my work (in a good way). Maybe they'll be worked into a felted panel some day?

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Sunday, May 06, 2007

SPRING WEAVING

..... finally got around to washing and finishing some of the summer shawls that I've been weaving. As per usual once the intrigue of the project was satisfied the 1/2 hr of finishing work became monumental and dragged into days. Happy to see them hanging at last!

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LACE K A L

I have to say that I have made no progress whatsoever regarding our lace KAL project (I chose Alpine Lace page 34-37).
...also knitting "Alpine Lace", Anne sais, "I had a wonderful time at the Victorian lace evening. I have started my project 3 times and may have to go for a 4th. I am having problems so I may bring it along this coming Wednesday and just horn in on the fun if you don't mind."
I look forward to seeing you Anne as I seem to be the Princess of false starts on this one. Together, maybe we can come to a conclusion ....
Cheers to Chantelle on PEI who is knitting along with us ;
"Hi Heidi, just thought I'd let you know that I started my project yesterday along with the rest of you. I decided to make the first project in the book (my first time doing lace) with a natural grey wool and little black glass beads. I did take a little creative licence and changed the edging a bit. I thought the picots were a little messy looking so I left them out. I'll send you a photo of my finished project. Happy Knitting."
...looking forward to posting pictures. How's everyone else doing?
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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

HOMESPUN


...or is that back home and HandSpun?

...great to be back in this space and on my REPAIRED computer! Whew!

So, we had an excellent launch to the sock walkers group. I was able to graft these little gems just in time for the first night. I must say, this has been the first year ever that I have actually knit much myself. These were spun from Lolly's (one of my sheep, pictured on a summer "Tour de Fleece" post) fleece along with mohair. After having made several pairs of socks from this yarn I don't think want to wear any other sock - ever!

...but I digress.

This Wednesday night will be our first Victorian Lace KAL night.
...I have picked out my pattern with which I will be making linen curtains for our kitchen.
Yay!
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Friday, April 20, 2007

HAPPY RETURNS

....whew, I'm happy to be returning to the blog space after having difficulties with my computer this past week. Well, actually I'm still having difficulties with the machine in question, but I believe I'm handling the situation with minimal melt down for which I am quite proud.

What's been going on? Well we've had some great students over the past two weeks with spinning, felting and dyeing classes up and coming. The Sock walkers group meets for the first time this wednesday evening (for those who are actually doing the walk before sitting to knit ah, you might want to bring your "billy boots").
We have a WONDERFUL exhibit in the gallery space at the moment; hooked rugs by our very own Moncton group "Past Time Matters". Lots of new fibres in stock as well as yet another shipment of Fleece Artist "Odd Lot" yarns at 50-70%off.

The Happiest return of all is that of our resident Newfoundland Angus, who has undergone knee surgery at the Atlantic Veterinary College on PEI. He is doing very well. Thanks to all that have asked about him. He will be at home in recovery for the next two months after which he will indeed be joining us in the shop once again.
I've been working from home as his attendant while the girls hold down the shop (I don't think he minds the attention:)
My current rug is coming along seemingly on schedule (yes it's true I have schedules for such things). I have also been weaving a great many summer shawls... finding it hard to stop actually!

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Thursday, April 05, 2007

THE WHISPERER IN WOOL


...well Arnold and I have a big pot of chicken soup and a box of cookies to nest with this holiday weekend. I've been picking out yarn and fabric colours for the background in the hooked version of Finn (our little goose whisperer). The weather is cold and wet. The fire place is fully engaged and I'm planning to be a shut-in rug hooker all day tomorrow :)


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Tuesday, April 03, 2007

WE DID IT!

We had a wee gathering of Einsteins on Sunday. Excellent work everyone!
Lots of great coats, some finished, some in progress and some new projects on the go!


Here's Cathy and I showing off our rears (as usual right Cathy?)
Cathy used hadspun Jacob (Pheona to be exact) for a beautiful blend of brown and white.
I decided to add a bit of texture to the bottom panel, (expanded upon) collar and cuffs.
Next stop.... sock walkers group and Victorian lace KAL!
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Thursday, March 29, 2007

WHAT'S HAPPENING

Hi All... There has been some back and forthing re: which nights to meet, all of which I have discussed in several groups here at the shop so just to clarify all of the dates for classes, gatherings and such here's our immediate schedule:

* if in doubt this and ongoing schedules are posted at www.thewoolworks.com

TUESDAY AFTERNOON/ YEAR ROUND, 2PM-5PM: SPINNERS/WEAVERS/DYERS STUDY GROUP
This group often embarks on specific study projects or discussions. Participants are encouraged to bring current projects to work on....drop-in visitors are welcomed... a great opportunity for those who are curious about fibre arts to come and see what this group is up to. FREE OF COST
FIRST WEDNESDAY EVENING of each month, 7:00PM - 9:30PM, VICTORIAN LACE KNIT-A-LONG BEGINS!
Follow along, this summer (Wednesday May 2/07 through September), with the London-Wul Gang either here in person or there, virtually. Create your choice of lace work from Jane Sowerby's VICTORIAN LACE TODAY.
SPECIAL OFFER: purchase this book along with your lace yarn at London-Wul and receive a 15% discount on both.

2nd and 3rd WEDNESDAY EVENING of each month/ YEAR ROUND, 7:00PM - 9:30 PM: ADVANCED KNITTERS/SPINNERS GROUP
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 formal teaching, a "just for fun" night. FREE OF COST
LAST WEDNESDAY EVENING of each month, 7:00PM - 9:30PM: SOCK WALKERS Knitting Group
The Sock Walkers project works on three levels:
1) come into the shop and pick up a London-Wul 'Sock Walkers" card. Your card yields a special sock yarn offer! Can't make it out for our knit gatherings? That's OK you can use your card anytime you visit London-Wul.
2) A Sock walkers knitting group will meet at 7 pm - 9:30 pm on the LAST Wednesday night of each month (starts Wednesday April 25/07). Bring your current sock project, aspirations of your next sock project or come to learn how to knit a sock! Double pointed, toe up, two needles, the engineering of socks will be our focus.
3) You are invited to meet Heidi (and Finn, and Angus) one hour earlier, at 6pm on the LAST Wednesday night of each month to join in a rejuvenating walk down our woods lane and into the heart of London-Wul Farm (starts Wednesday April 25/07). Easy walking, bring a change of footwear (rubber boots) .We'll venture past the sheep pastures, take note of the developing dye plants, take a deep breath, enjoy good company and return in time to take a seat in the Sock walkers knitting circle.
No solo walkers, sorry, (as this is a private work road).

SUNDAY APRIL 1/07, 2PM - 5 PM: ENDING EINSTEIN
a fun wrap up get-together for all who have participated in the Einstein KAL! Don't worry if you haven't finished, all the better to get tips from those who have!For those of you who have not knit this coat, why not bring your knitting and drop in anyway, we may just sweep you up with our next Knit-A-Long starting in May! FREE OF COST
SUNDAY APRIL 15/07, 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! COST:$45.00 plus tax, includes instruction, workbook, drop spindle and fibre to take home.
SUNDAY APRIL 22/07, 2PM - 5PM: LEARN TO SPIN
Want to give a spinning wheel a whorl? take the opportunity to discover the world of Hand Spinning. Explore the magical properties of fibre, how they have been prepared and how to spin a yarn! You'll be suprised at what you can accomplish in one afternoon! COST: $45 plus tax, equipment available or bring your own wheel.
SUNDAY APRIL 29/07, 10AM - 5PM: SCULPTURAL NEEDLE FELTING
Learn to needle felt and create your own whimsical sculpture from wool! You will form a lively, expressive character, clothing and accessories. INSTRUCTOR: Heidi Wulfraat COST: $95 plus tax, includes materials..... don't forget to pack a lunch. We'll be picnicking with our felted freinds.
.SATURDAY MAY 12/07, 1PM - 5PM: MULTI-TECHNIQUE DYE CLASS
WHO: Instructor Joanna Close A fine arts post graduate, textile artist Joanna Close works as a professional weaver, spinner and dyer. Joanna has spent several years hand-dyeing wool for Rug Hooking artist Deanne Fitzpatrick. She has compiled substantial research in natural dye techniques and has developed a signature body of one of a kind hand dyed, hand woven landscape designs.
WHAT: This class will encompass a number of dye theories and techniques including: - colour theory - dyeing proteins, cellulose and synthetic fibres - safety precautions when dyeing - dyeing for striped knitting - dyeing solid colours - dyeing mottled coulours (space dyeing) - dyeing for a warp and weft - dyeing techniques for hooking with demonstrations in : - dyeing wool, mohair and silk and hand-on instruction in - dyeing your choice of wool fleece, wool skeins or wool fabric
WHERE: London-Wul Fibre Arts
WHEN: 1PM-5PM
• The cost of this class is $75.00 plus tax, materials included. • class maximum applies • Students are registered on payment. • PLEASE BRING A PAIR OF RUBBER GLOVES • Inquire at London-Wul Fibre Arts info@thewoolworks.com


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Wednesday, March 14, 2007

PLANNING A TRIP?



Planning a trip to Atlantic Canada in 2007 ?

Here are some interesting on-line resources that list London-Wul Fibre Arts as well as a myriad of other recommended destinations. I also found some nifty travel sites in French, Japanese and German that suggest London-Wul as a great place to visit! Wow!
Canadas East Coast ,
Tourism New brunswick ,
Fundy Coastal Drive
TIAC National Tourism Award Winners ,
Cross Culture Journeys,
Collette Vacations,
Group Tour Planner

In Japanese:
は伝統的な石鹸作りの歴史と発展にあなたの五感を開放します。London-Wul はアンゴラウサギ、羊、ヤギを飼育し、カナダの最高級ウールを生産しています。

In German:
London Wul Farm Economuseum®: Das einzige Textilkunstzentrum-Economuseum® in Kanada – Besuchen Sie ein Spinnereimuseum, eine aktive Werkstatt, den Garten, in dem die Pflanzenfarben wachsen, die Galerie und eine Boutique – alles unter einem Dach in New Brunswick. Sehen Sie zu, wie die rohen Fasern fachkundig in traditioneller Arbeitsweise vorbereitet, gefärbt und gesponnen werden und wie eine außergewöhnliche Kollektion von Garnen, Handgestricktem, Handgewebtem und Gefilztem entsteht. Verwöhnen Sie sich mit einzigartiger Wollmode. Nehmen Sie ein Paar handgefertigte Stricknadeln, feines Garn oder sogar ein Spinnrad mit nach Hause. Inhaberin Heidi Wulfraat produziert von der Wolle eigener Schafe, Ziegen und Angora Hasen einige der feinsten Qualtitätsfasern, die es heute zu kaufen gibt.

...................... Neat Eh?

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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

SOCK WALKERS


One of the projects that Arnold and I have been working on this winter is the development of a two mile woods road that meanders through the farm along our back pastures and beyond to woodland that, in the past, had been inaccessible. The road is a very special place for us. It is a space for walking, thinking and spending time with the farm itself.
One of the projects that we have been working on in the shop this winter has been to develop a "Sock Walkers" group. What's the connection?
The Sock Walkers project works on three levels:
1) come into the shop and pick up a London-Wul 'Sock Walkers" card. Your card yields a special sock yarn offer! Can't make it out for our knit gatherings? That's OK you can use your card anytime you visit London-Wul.
2) A Sock walkers knitting group will meet at 7 pm - 9:30 pm on the LAST Wednesday night of each month (starts Wednesday April 25/07). Bring your current sock project, aspirations of your next sock project or come to learn how to knit a sock! Double pointed, toe up, two needles, the engineering of socks will be our focus.
3) You are invited to meet me (and Finn, and Angus) one hour earlier, at 6pm on the LAST Wednesday night of each month to join in a rejuvenating walk down our woods lane and into the heart of London-Wul Farm (starts Wednesday April 25/07). Easy walking, bring a change of footwear (rubber boots) .We'll venture past the sheep pastures, take note of the developing dye plants, take a deep breath, enjoy good company and return in time to take a seat in the Sock walkers knitting circle.
No solo walkers, sorry, (as this is a private work road).
also of note: our summer Lace Knit-A-Long will meet on the FIRST Wednesday night of each month 7-9:30 starts Wednesday May 2/07!
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Wednesday, March 07, 2007

EINSTEIN REPORT


...well the Einstein's are in full swing and for some like Alison and Patty, seen here, Einstein is in use! Cheers to Renee, Alison, Patty, Geraldine and Judianne who have completed their project! Oh, and I'm done as well. Congrats, also, to Nadine who despite a late start has aspirations of skipping all work and or chore related activities in order to pursue Einstein - that's the spirit! To all of our local K - alongers, we WILL meet again on the first Sunday of April ...then on to the Lace KAL!

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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

BEAUTIFUL BABY

...lots of beautiful Debbie Bliss baby cashmerino in stock .
Also dropped off by the stork as of late: new kidlin colours, gorgeous stitch markers, Briggs and Little "Anniversary Twist" (buy any two skeins of regular Briggs and Little and get one of these special edition yarns for $1.50!), and loads of new sock yarn.
... new from London-Wul, hand dyed polwarth along with hand spun Alpaca/wool tweed.

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Monday, February 26, 2007

INNA GADDA DA VITA


...hey, here she is! I created this throw back Diva wanna-be just in time for our upcoming sculptural felting class. She'll be there with bells (bottoms that is) on.

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Friday, February 23, 2007

CLASS TO DYE FOR


MULTI-TECHNIQUE DYE CLASS

WHO:
Instructor: Joanna Close
A fine arts post graduate, textile artist Joanna Close works as a professional weaver, spinner and dyer. Joanna has spent several years hand-dyeing wool for Rug Hooking artist Deanne Fitzpatrick. She has compiled substantial research in natural dye techniques and has developed a signature body of one of a kind hand dyed, hand woven landscape designs.

WHAT:
This class will encompass a number of dye theories and techniques including:

- colour theory
- dyeing proteins, cellulose and synthetic fibres
- safety precautions when dyeing
- dyeing for striped knitting
- dyeing solid colours
- dyeing mottled coulours (space dyeing)
- dyeing for a warp and weft
- dyeing techniques for hooking

with demonstrations in :
- dyeing wool, mohair and silk

and hand-on instruction in
- dyeing your choice of wool fleece, wool skeins or wool fabric


WHERE: London-Wul Fibre Arts
1937 Melanson Rd, Lakeburn, NB

www.thewoolworks.com
info@thewoolworks.com
1-506-382-6990

WHEN: Saturday May 12/07, 1PM-5PM


The cost of this class is $75.00 plus tax, materials are included in this cost.
class maximum applies
Students are registered on payment.
Inquire at London-Wul Fibre Arts
info@thewoolworks.com
Please bring a pair of rubber gloves.

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Thursday, February 15, 2007

WORKING HARD


...been working hard in the dye studio,

Well, one of us has been working. Angus is more inclined to supervise (in comfort).

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