Wool Day in Calabogie - theHumm June 2019
Wool Day in Calabogie - theHumm June 2019
By — Johnny Slack
The Calabogie Summer Market is having its first Wool Day on June 22 to raise awareness of the environmental benefits of using wool. This natural renewable fibre can be made into many products such as clothing, hats, boots, rugs, insulation and even dwellings. It’s warm when wet, is anti-microbial, odour-resistant, durable and completely biodegradable. As concern grows for the negative long-term effects on the environment of synthetic fabrics made from fossil fuels, wool is once again getting the respect and appreciation it deserves.
Calabogie Family Farm will be bringing some of their sheep that day. Family member Natalie Wimbauer, who has been a commercial sheep shearer, will be demonstrating her outstanding skills. She will be working with yearling ewes that will be sheared for the first time. Referred to as hogget, this fleece is highly prized and will be available to local spinners at the market. Watching a skilled shearer in action is very entertaining and educational as well.
There will also be a kids’ spinning workshop, as well as demonstrations of spinning, weaving and felting to show how wool goes from sheep to finished product. Carlene Paquette, a member of the Ottawa Valley Weavers and Spinners Guild (OVWSG), will be demonstrating spinning. Her first wheel (called a Ladybug) has a cheerful red bike wheel as the drive wheel. As a long-time crocheter and knitter, spinning seemed like a reasonable progression. It has since become a passion, and now she spins most days. She owns several more wheels, including ones with large bobbins for spinning large skeins of fat yarn. Her biggest skein to date weighs 826 grams and is made with beautiful alpaca fibre from a local farm near Ottawa.
Calabogie’s favourite fibre artist, Susan Allen, also of the OVWSG, will be demonstrating weaving. Susan has been weaving beautiful scarves, shawls, blankets and tea towels for many years. Janet Stanley and Wendy Chaytor will be showing visitors how to needle felt creatures and decorative items. At the Kid’s Corner, Stephanie Keon-Pinkerton of Silver Lake Fibre will show kids how to spin wool into yarn on a homemade drop spindle. The workshop will start at 11am and run until the market closes at 1pm. The kids will be able to try it themselves and take home a bit of yarn to use for crafts.
Special guest artisans will be showing their wool work, and a variety of wool products, yarns and roving will be available, along with the usual selection of local produce, foods, maple syrup and even award-winning Haico’s Hot Sauce from Ottawa. There will be live music with the Musical Mayhem Jam Band. It’s an open jam and open mic format hosted by local musicians who range from beginners to old hands. Anyone who wants to play, sing or just provide rhythm support is welcome to participate. Bring your acoustic instruments and favourite songs along and join in the fun! All music should be acoustic (we have limited access to power at the market) and appropriate for an all-ages event. The market runs from 9am to 1pm at the Calabogie Community Centre, located at 574 Mill Street in Calabogie. For more information please visit calabogiemarket.ca or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
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