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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.


Sunday, August 23, 2009

DORINE

So when you sail across the ocean waters
And reach the other side safely
Could you smile a little smile for me
'cuz I'll be thinking about you
I'll be thinking about you
Jones-Ersahin

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

DIMINISHING RIB


My Sister left New Brunswick with my version of the "Diminishing Rib Cardigan " by Andrea Pomerantz for Interweave Knits. I used 100% Alpaca and found the pattern wonderful to knit (top down rules!). Buuut.... the i-cord edging draped much better through the ribbed portion of the sweater than the stockinette portion. Would I knit this sweater again? probably yes, paying extra attention to a loose edge.
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Friday, August 14, 2009

FIBRE ARTS FOR the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean

New Brunswick (Moncton) presents gifts to Canada's Governor General, her daughter and her husband today..... all made by my little hands:)

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Saturday, August 08, 2009

IN THE NATIONAL POST

London -Wul made it into the NATIONAL POST yesterday. Somehow Arnold was cited as co-owner of my business .... but I guess that's OK. He is my biggest Fan:)



The Insider's Guide: Arnold London and Heidi Wulfraat find the fun in Fundy

Locals call Moncton’s creative class its true natural wonder

Vanessa Packman, Weekend Post Published: Friday, August 07, 2009

Heidi Wulfraat at the Bay of Fundy with border collie Finn and Newfoundland Angus. Courtesy Heidi Wulfraat Heidi Wulfraat at the Bay of Fundy with border collie Finn and Newfoundland Angus.

Recession jitters will prompt many Canadians to stick close to home on their holidays this year. This is the ninth instalment of our summertime series of Insider's Guides to some of the country's top vacation destinations. This week: New Brunswick.

A river of chocolate? A hill where cars roll upward? Moncton, the Acadian city in the southeast corner of New Brunswick, has loads of attractions to engage the visitor, many of which Arnold London and Heidi Wulfraat, owners of the London-Wul store (thewoolworks.com), are pleased to share with out-of-towners who drop by.

Along with running one of the region's hottest fibre-arts stores and galleries, the Moncton couple are ambassadors for the city's growing reputation as a creative force. With its 126,500 residents, it is second only to Halifax as the Maritimes' fastest-growing community. Shipbuilding and farming launched the region in the early 1700s, but it's the culture and natural beauty that draw visitors to town today.

The Hub City has long been a transportation centre for the Maritimes, whether by land, air or water. First shipbuilding and later the railroad led to a century each of economic growth before their collapse. The loss of the CN Rail yards and other major employers 20 years ago forced the city to do some serious reinvention. After the initial shock, community leaders realized they had to expand the city's scope, so they built it into the vibrant cultural centre it is today.

Art is pervasive. Wulfraat and London delight in showing guests the work of local creative minds that adorns the walls of public places - either with colleagues from the Economuseum network (artisans­atwork.ca) or on more casual tours through the downtown galleries and halls. This might also include a stroll through the flower-laden parks that line the Petitcodiac River, a.k.a. Chocolate River (named for its muddy banks), which runs through Moncton.

To fuel up for these excursions, the couple recommend a stop at the Taj Mahal Flavour of India on Main Street. On Saturday mornings, they will indulge in Tony Holden's famous pastries from his Moncton City Market booth (marchemonctonmarket.ca) - Bill Gates and Lady Diana are among the celebrities this pastry artist has fed in the past.

"There is so much talent out there," Wulfraat says, "and there are many more places exhibiting it. You can find art in places you wouldn't have thought of."

Back in 1775, the Acadians living here were deported from the region by the British because they refused to take up arms against France during the Seven Years War. Later, they returned and, of course, now they're flourishing. Today, the Acadian sense of flair carries over to the food, outfits and joie de vivre of the city's festivals. And the Acadian flag, with its red, white and blue stripes and a gold star in the corner, adorns everything from buildings and costumes to the minutiae of daily life. There's a European flavour to a stroll among the many downtown shops, as you hear snatches of French conversation. The bilingual population reflects the New Brunswick personality, with one-third of citizens speaking French.

Starting this week, thousands of Acadians from around the globe will be here for the Acadian World Congress. The Aug. 7 to 23 celebration is a family reunion spanning New Brunswick's eastern shore. Descendants of the families who were originally expelled mix with their international cousins as they remember and reconnect during one of the province's largest parties of the summer.

The red carpet was also out in April for the annual Northrop Frye literary festival (frye.ca). It's a point of pride for Monctonians that the influential Canadian literary theorist was raised here.

On the western edge of the city, Magnetic Hill (magnetichill.com) is an irresistible draw for visitors. Thanks to an optical illusion, car passengers can't quite believe their eyes as their car, left in neutral, appears to coast uphill. The Hill is also a magnet for musical royalty. The 2005 Rolling Stones concert here is still much discussed, as are performances by Faith Hill, Tim McGraw and The Eagles. Bon Jovi performed here in June, and AC/DC, just yesterday, drew enormous crowds. Nearby, Magnetic Hill Zoo (moncton.org/zoo) and Magic Mountain water park (magicmountain.ca) make this a popular destination for families.

For a quieter getaway, Wulfraat and London like to take their guests on a 20 minute drive to the Bay of Fundy, Canada's only representative in the recent contest to choose seven wonders of the natural world. Nestled between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, its unique shape and tidal action make it a natural treasure. "It's beautiful," Wulfraat says, "and you sometimes forget just how great it is. The mud flats, the wildlife, it's really something. It's fun showing people the Bay for the first time and seeing their expressions."

A hike with their dogs on little-known Fundy trails is one of the couple's top ways to spend a day off. Watching friends discover the shores and tides makes this couple appreciate the area even more. Kayakers, sailors and divers are also regular sights in and around the water. As well as being an important breeding site for whales, the Bay of Fundy is home to the highest tides in the world and has recently been made a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve (fundy-biosphere.ca).

Returning home for dinner, Wulfraat and London will often pick up some fresh lobster from a local fisherman for a buttery feast. Savouring local fare while supporting neighbouring businesses is important for this couple. It's one small way they support a community that has been so good to them.

For more information on Moncton, visit go­moncton.ca

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Thursday, August 06, 2009

TOUR NEW BRUNSWICK

.... special thanks to New Brunswick tourism for noting London-Wul Fibre Arts, [Canada's Economusee (working museum) of Hand Spinning] as one of this province's best places to visit!

Check out http://www.tourismnewbrunswick.ca/ for your guide to the spectacular province of New Brunswick. You owe yourself a visit!

Here's what New Brunswick has to say about
London-Wul:

@ the Economuseum: London Wul – Feel the Warm Fuzzies…

Take those made-with-love woolen socks your Gran knit you. Add in a splash of modern technique, cross with an artist’s fine eye and sprinkle lightly with on-trend fashion. The result? Fibre arts from London Wul in Dieppe.

Much more than a simple shop, London Wul allows you the chance to visit a natural dye garden, spinning museum and gallery. You can even watch as the fibres are prepped, dyed and spun. Treat yourself to something cozy – or something pointy if hand-turned knitting needles are more your speed.

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Art for ART’S SAKE (A portrait of our galleries)

London-Wul Fibre Arts (HandSpinning Economuseum)

Heidi Wulfraat combines her passion for animals and her expertise in their care, to produce some of the finest quality fibers available today. From her sheep, goats, Angora rabbits and the picturesque London-Wul Farm, Heidi draws a source of creativity expressed in colour, texture and playful wool art.Join in the bustling fiber arts centre that is London-Wul. Visit the hand-spinning museum, working studio, natural-dye garden, boutique, and gallery. Watch as raw fibers are expertly prepared, dyed, and spun with traditional techniques to produce an outstanding collection of artisanal yarns, hand knits, hand wovens, and felted works. Let inspiration take hold.Treat yourself to one-of-a-kind woolen wears. Pick up a set of hand-turned knitting needles, an exquisite skein of yarn, or even your own spinning wheel.

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