Pleased to meet you, I love fibre

Pleased to meet you, I love fibre

Thank you Ruth and Ann for the invitation to the group. My name is Bernadette and fibre has been part of my life for a very long time. I started spinning and weaving in my late teens at the University of Regina. Since the pandemic there has been a lot of time available to really enjoy more indepth experiments with fiber.

There must always be purple! It’s my favourite colour and how I start every dye session.






I searched my stash and found loads of unwashed fleeces from so many different vendors and shepherds. There was mohair and silk, cotton, alpaca, linen, the list is pretty complete. Wool alone has so many breeds. They fascinate me with the variability of colour, texture, and spin characteristics within a breed and even within a single fleece. These past months allowed me or rather forced me to wash, sort, and dye several fleece from my stash. So with hand on heart I made the solemn promise that “I will not buy another fleece until these are all done”. I lied.

This rambouillett comes from Hutterite colonies in Alberta. These are extremely good farmers and the fleece shows it.

So I washed, dried, and dyed as many fleece as possible over the summer, Then as the weather cooled down, the wool has been either left in locks or hand processed into roving from wool combs, hand carders or from the drum carder. I’m starting to experiment with blending wool and other fibre. Over the summer I joined Jan and several other guild members in the Flax Project. Friends and family were worried there would not be enough raw material available for me and gave me fleeces, or sent me information on great resources for interesting materials. It was a gong show to say the least. I will be sharing the final results of the pandemic experience as the year progresses.

Writing and sharing my experiences is very new for me, so I hope over the next eleven months I can show you what my near geekery looks like. Being called a fiber geek no longer bothers me, its who I am. If there is any one thing that specifically interests you please let me know and I’ll do my best to help you.



12 thoughts on “Pleased to meet you, I love fibre

  1. Hi Bernadette it was lovely to meet you at the weekend. Really looking forward to hearing about your deep fleece adventures over the coming months. Ps I adore purple too – my go to colour these days (possibly since I read the purple poem) 😉

  2. There’s nothing wrong with being a fibre geek in my opinion.
    I freely admit that I have a fibre fetish! (I don’t mean the sort where I spend my time smelling and stroking it – – – or do I?)
    I’ve gone backwards from crochet to weaving to spinning to felting and on the journey I have become convinced that its fibres that are best. To me a beautiful fibre loses something when it’s spun; a fantastic yarn loses much more once it’s knitted, crocheted or woven – so the only way not to lose the beauty of a fibre is to felt it – or just spread it out and stroke it!

    1. I think I agree with you. I definitely agree when it comes to silk. Silk roving, hankies, and caps are so luxurious, but the final product loses something. I wonder if the popularity of lock spinning is a reflection of this shared perspective.

    1. I used to sell my finished yarn, along with prepared batts and some hand combed roving at fiber festivals in the region. Along with everyone else I’ve had to adapt. So, I’m learning how to weave again and will use as much of my hand spun for personal usage. I’ll still do batts for local crafts people. And like everyone else I’ll keep fingers crossed that we can celebrate the end of lock-downs with a massive spin-in and fiber event!

  3. Hi Bernadette! I’m really looking forward to reading about your fiber adventures. I would love to see all the steps from fleece to whatever the end product might be. Your dyed colors are delicious. Welcome to our little tribe of fiber geeks! 😉

    1. Thank you Ruth for the kind welcome. I’ll start on my next post, which I think will be about fleece to finished yarn. Better get the camera out; pictures explain better than words any day.

  4. Fleeces (forgetting the initial dirt) always look soooo tempting that promises made ‘I will NOT buy another fleece’ go straight out of the window. We fibre geeks are all the same with temptation & somehow put up with the work of cleaning & carding, or storage of yet another yarn etc 🤪

    Your colours are luscious Bernadette & I’m looking forward to seeing what you create with your fibres.

  5. Hi Bernadette. You are my complete Geek companion. I like the idea of sheep, fleeces and everything but I’m in love with prepared wool that I can make into pictures and objects. Oh the smell of of a some lovely fresh, clean carded wool makes me unutterably happy. I love that all the breeds smell so different, even at that stage. Please keep doing what you do and I will enjoy what you produce.

    1. Oh, we’re going to have a good time together, looking forward to you thoughts on my post about washing and prepping fleece

  6. Hi, Bernadette! Loving your woolly geeky attitude, it makes us all feel we’re not alone 😀

    As for the “I promised myself I wouldn’t… I lied” – Ha, again, so glad I’m not the only one!

    Looking forward to seeing more of your experiments, and colours 🙂

  7. Hi Bernette and welcome to the rest of us fiber geeks! I look forward to seeing your adventures taking shape. But I have to admit I find an inventory of fleeces a bit overwhelming. I’m glad you have the energy and time to clean, sort and work with them, have fun!

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