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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, 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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