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Lavender
September 23rd, 2001, 10:18 PM
Does anyone know where I can buy handspun wool in Canada? I've searched on the net & haven't had much luck. I know there has to be some kind of guild or something but haven't been able to find their website.

Ilailea
September 24th, 2001, 08:06 PM
Hi, not sure exactly where you can buy handspun yarn. But places that process wool sometimes have handspun wool to sell. I found 2 web pages of spinning mills for you:


Custom Woolen Mills near Calgary:

http://www.lexicom.ab.ca/~woolenmill/

and Gulf Islands Spinning Mill in B.C.:

http://www.gulfislands.com/spinningmill/


The Fibre Guide:

http://free.prohosting.com/~srex/index.html

has some links that might be helpful.


The guilds are spinning guilds, handweaving and spinning guilds, or hand weaving, handspinning and hand dyeing guilds. There are different guilds depending on what part of Canada you are in, but if you type in spinning guild that should help you.



What do you need hand spun wool for?

Ilailea

Lavender
September 24th, 2001, 11:41 PM
Thanks! I'll check these out! I had found LOTS of places that sold handspun wool but they're mostly in Australia! :rolleyes: I've looked in the phone book here & no one knows. I've even email agriculture Canada to see if they know of anyone.

Maggie
September 25th, 2001, 01:20 AM
Originally posted by Ilailea
Hi, not sure exactly where you can buy handspun yarn. But places that process wool sometimes have handspun wool to sell. I found 2 web pages of spinning mills for you:


Custom Woolen Mills near Calgary:

http://www.lexicom.ab.ca/~woolenmill/

and Gulf Islands Spinning Mill in B.C.:

http://www.gulfislands.com/spinningmill/


The Fibre Guide:

http://free.prohosting.com/~srex/index.html

has some links that might be helpful.


The guilds are spinning guilds, handweaving and spinning guilds, or hand weaving, handspinning and hand dyeing guilds. There are different guilds depending on what part of Canada you are in, but if you type in spinning guild that should help you.



What do you need hand spun wool for?

Ilailea

Go for the guilds, they'll know how to tap into the network to find a source for you. It's not hard to learn to spin, why don't you give it a whirl? :D

Regards,

Maggie

Lavender
September 25th, 2001, 01:14 PM
I have 2 skeins left of the wool I spun last year. Considering how long it took me to do those, I thought I'd better find some already spun wool! :D

I've always wanted to learn how to spin. My DH bought me a kit from Patternworks that had a drop spindle, a book, & a big bag of roving. I would like to do more but haven't had much time. I've just started phoning around to find a local guild. I haven't had much luck tracking them down yet. Sheesh! With all the farms around here, someone must have wool for sale! :rolleyes:

Do you spin, Maggie? I've never tried a spinning wheel, just the spindle.

Ilailea
September 25th, 2001, 07:26 PM
I spin. It is easy to learn. And spinning on a spinning wheel is much faster than a drop spindle.

Another place to try would be stores that supply spinners with fibre, etc. The store where I used to go has closed now, but it occasionally had hand spun wool that somebody was trying to sell.

Ilailea

Emy
September 26th, 2001, 12:49 PM
I spin too, and it is easy and fun... I use a drop spindle, but since I only spin for fun, it doesn't worry me that it actually takes more time... :)

Maggie
September 26th, 2001, 12:53 PM
Originally posted by Wildchild
I have 2 skeins left of the wool I spun last year. Considering how long it took me to do those, I thought I'd better find some already spun wool! :D

I've always wanted to learn how to spin. My DH bought me a kit from Patternworks that had a drop spindle, a book, & a big bag of roving. I would like to do more but haven't had much time. I've just started phoning around to find a local guild. I haven't had much luck tracking them down yet. Sheesh! With all the farms around here, someone must have wool for sale! :rolleyes:

Do you spin, Maggie? I've never tried a spinning wheel, just the spindle.

I haven't gotten a wheel yet, but yes I spin with a drop spindle, low whorl type. I started learning last year, I don't always have much time to sit with it so it goes by fits and starts. I have been able to achieve a uniform thread with wool, at least to the point that I can use it in a project!!!!!!!!! I grew some flax this year just for fun, since it's in a (large) pot I may get enough to tie in a bow and hang on the door, but I wanted to try it. I am NOT giving up my sewing machine, commercial yarn, or anything else!!!!!!! but I like to know how things have been done and to try it myself. I haven't been able to join a guild because of time constraints, but actually seeing people do it and being able to try it with others watching is the easiest way to learn this skill--besides more fun than solo.

Regards,

Maggie

Sita
September 26th, 2001, 08:48 PM
heh. Theres a really neat store in Calgary that sells lots of handspun wool and many other materials for that stuff. Im pritty sure the name is 'Fiber Hut' but I would have to check.... Its been a while.....

Ilailea
September 27th, 2001, 06:57 PM
The Fibre Hut has closed down. That is where I learned to spin, but it shut down last march. :wah:

Ilailea

Sita
September 27th, 2001, 07:54 PM
It did?!? Bla! that just shows you how much i pay attention!:wah: Ack! :ack: Now were am I going to go?