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  • Fulling vs Felting

    Fulling vs Felting

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    Sometimes these two terms get mixed up and can get confusing.  So in a nutshell; felting is when wool fibres are joined together using soap, water and friction (wet felting) or barbed needles stabbed repeatedly into the fibres (dry felting or needle felting).  Fulling, is when wool is spun into a thread or yarn, then knit or woven into a cloth- that is then shrunk.   Sometime this shrinking process is on purpose and results in a strong, thicker, more water/wind resistant fabric- think of a “boiled wool” coat.  Sometimes the shrinking is by accident and results in a lovely...

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  • Carmen Ditzler | Fly in the Fibre | Creston BC

    Local Artists are Worth Supporting

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    Outsourcing has become a “norm” for small business artists. There are many reasons this practice takes place such as keeping up with demand or having smaller tasks performed by others. The decision to outsource is, I am sure, not one people would take lightly. The decision to purchase outsourced products should not be taken lightly either.There are many pros and cons to this practice that could provide a healthy debate but I would like to focus on the support and payment of our local Canadian artists. By paying artists the money they ask it shows them that we support their...

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  • Building a Creative Hub in Creston

    Building a Creative Hub in Creston

    The dream is to have a place to gather people of all levels with interests in yarn, fibre, and creativity. Meet Fly in the Fibre. There is a great benefit in meeting with people with common interests and creating alongside others. Knowledge can grow and inspirational ideas sprout and spread when there is a healthy sharing of hopes and dreams of projects past and present.“The acquisition of skills is not an end in itself. They are things to be put to use, and that use is their contribution to a common and shared life” John DeweyI don’t think people ever...

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  • Alpaca Love

    Alpaca Love

    Alpaca Love  What is it about Alpaca's with their ever interesting faces, big eyes, lovely eyelashes and such curiosity emanating from their expressions. Then there is the fibre. Lucious and fragrant, warm and super cozy. With all these qualities, plus the fact that there is no lanolin in Alpaca fleece making it hypoallergenic, the benefits of working with this fibre are remarkable.                                                                       Grizzly Basin Ranch & Skimmerhorn...

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