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Handweaving by Janet Whittam
I started weaving in 1972 after a few classes from Robert Cawood in Toronto. In the autumn of that year I moved to the countryside south of Ottawa and since then have been refining my skills and re-defining my products.
In my work, I have developed weaves that are sturdy but drape well, rag rugs and household linens that will withstand decades of use. I use natural fibres in rich colours, and locating materials is a constant preoccupation. I take pride in finishing techniques that ensure a long life for the product.
Wool 4 Ewe
Wool 4 Ewe had a small flock of ewes, in Ontario. Most of our ewes were of the Dorset breed. Our lambs were generally born in May as singles or twins. Triplets occurred, but not as often.
Our ewes spent most of their time outdoors. This way they could exercise and spend as much time as they wanted in the fresh air and sunshine. They had access to a barn, of course, and came in whenever they liked. They were sheared in the spring and their soft, warm fleeces are used to make our products.
From here we graduated to our Wool 4 Ewe Fiber Mill. We can now process various fibers from fleeces to rovings, batts or rug yarn. We also sell batts and roving and corer spun yarn along with all the items seen on the website. Come see how fiber is processed!
Happy Wife Quilting
Happy Wife Quilting is an online and home-based quilt shop located just outside of Carleton Place ON (280 Timberwood Drive, Carleton Place).
We offer the latest notions, tools and patterns on the market and also carry lots of trusted favourites.
With over a 100 bolts of fabric, interfacing and batting to choose from, you can always find a match to what you are looking for.
Quilting fabrics, notions, interfacing, longarm quilting
Love to Felt Artwear
My focus is to create artistic pieces either as wearable items or fibre “paintings”. I explore dynamic designs with an emphasis on rich colours. Felting has an incredible ability to have unique visual textures particularly when fine silk fibres are layered on the surface of the wool. The effect of silk will dramatize colours and give stunning highlights.
I use high quality merino wool and alpaca which gives wearable items an incredible next to skin softness. These natural fibres are known for their warmth. As the season gets warmer I create lighter flowing pieces by using the nuno felting technique. Nuno felting employees silk gauze as a base upon which wool and silk fibres are layered very thinly to achieve a wonderful drap and flow. My larger pieces can be worn as wraps or hung as a wall hanging or as a window display.
To see more of their products, you can also visit Ottawa Artisans
Tiny’s Studio is the home of Deborah Watts’ creations. From creating beautiful wedding dresses to quilts, watercolors to acrylics, clay sculpture to stained glass mosaics, Deb has mastered them all. Recently Deb has obtained a teaching certificate in the art of Paverpol Design and has expanded her workshops to include unique handmade garden statues.
Studio Three Fibre Arts
Studio Three Fibre Arts is a partnership between Roberta Murrant and Jean Down. We produce quality, uniquely hand-woven clothing, textiles and fibre art.
We bring our collective 80 years of experience, skills and interest to the creation of hand weaving, dying, fibre arts and work together on unique endeavours and commissions.
Our studios are located in our homes and we often come together to sell our collections at special events and sales.
Silent Valley Alpaca
Silent Valley Alpaca is a professionally-run full-time alpaca farm based in Eastern Ontario. Alpaca owners Hanne and Robert Quigley specialize in breeding for champion alpacas while practicing and teaching best-in-class alpaca husbandry, care, health maintenance, and alpaca herd management.
Shuttle Bug Studio
Shuttle Bug Studio was initially formed to showcase fabrics of local weavers through the the photography of Steve Templeton.
Play Sculpt Live
I’m a self-taught polymer clay artist who loves finding beauty in ordinary, every day places.I started playing with polymer clay about 12 years ago and I have not stopped yet. The medium is very versatile and my favorite obsession.
My company name, Play Sculpt Live, was chosen because it reflects my most fundamental life philosophy. You need a balance of play and work (which for me is the claying ( or is that the play part???) to have a well-lived life. Striving for balance may not always be easy but it should always be fun.
Just a note to say that I work in a smoke-free environment and that all my pieces are hand-crafted by me.
A note about delivery, due to covid measures and volume Canada Post has stopped guaranteeing delivery dates. I appreciate your patience in this. I do everything I can to ensure that your items are shipped as soon as possible.
Paisleys Quilt Shop
Hi. I am Madonna Oliver the store owner. I am excited to bring new fabric lines and old ideas to the Ottawa Valley. My mission is to bring back Traditional. There is nothing more fun than to create updated looks. But why not with clean cut sharp rich tones? I’m not talking retro. I’m talking classic.
I currently specialize in William Morris prints and Quilters Gifts. I also have a nice selection of Civil war, French general, Solids and Notions. Traditional and full collections will be top of my list. And check out my “Candy Aisle”….eye candy that is!
And, oooooo, ‘Medallions and Scrolls and Paisleys, oh my!
Natalie Shumovsky Handweaving
Luxurious fibres such as silk, cashmere and linen are a pleasure to weave with and often find themselves woven into elegant wraps and scarves in my studio.
Sharing my passion for weaving and designing is something that I very much enjoy, and I’m happy to share my knowledge by teaching beginning weaving classes.
The Mississippi Valley Textile Museum
The MVTM is happy to offer a small collection of hand-picked oddities and hand-made textiles. Bobbins and spindles make for excellent display pieces, either on their own or as part of crafts, and we are happy to offer a selection of hand-made textiles, some made within the Museum itself. Each item is unique and would make a great addition to any home.
Moosehill Woodworks creates high quality gear for knitters, spinners and fibre artists, from found and foraged Canadian hardwoods.
Our products are designed to last, with a tactual and aesthetic appeal that enhances enjoyment and engagement with knitting and spinning activities.
Each product is unique. Items ordered may differ slightly from website pictures depending on selected woods. Top quality design and workmanship are guaranteed.
Nous creons des produits.. haute de gamme.. pour les artistes du tricot, du filage et de la lisse.
Miss Hickory Handmade
Miss Hickory has been knitting all her life, and weaving the past few years. I love taking a long piece of string and making something useful and beautiful. Working with fine fibres, colour, pattern and texture brings me pleasure. I hope you find some joy in these items.
Mad Moody Quilting Fabrics
This is the new domain name for my Quilt shop that replaces Phyllis Home Decor which stemmed from my original business as a seamstress for Interior Decorators. I was sewing a lot of curtains, pillows, bed and slip covers in those days..
My interest in sewing lead me to quilting for myself as a hobby. When we moved to our new house, my husband built a studio that could accommodate a 36″ Gammill longarm on a 14′ table – all intended for my personal use. As I gained experience and confidence in my abilities, I offered longarm quilting services to my local community of quilters.
Live & Loom
My core value as an artist is to be true to my creative spirit and to do what brings me joy. If the product of my creative process gives someone else joy and something beautiful to look at, I have achieved my goals. My focus is colour, balance and texture.
I strive to produce beautiful handmade fibre art with attention to detail and quality. I use a variety of yarns, including hand dyed and one-of-a-kind fibres, beautiful roving and occasionally fabrics.
Live and Loom represents living, learning and joy through weaving.
Each piece of fiber art is unique and handwoven on a Saori loom. All of my items are one of a kind and woven freely as a form of creative expression.
Lavender’s pleasurable scent and medicinal qualities have been enjoyed since ancient times. It is often referred to as a mood balancing herb that possesses a calming quality.
Lavender Lane Botanicals offers a range of home crafted products for your enjoyment.
In our gift section, you will find a selection of lavender sachets… all handmade with 100% cotton and filled with premium quality imported french lavender.
Gwen brings her love of creativity and structure to others through classes, inspiring students to have fun with these exquisite and versatile techniques.
Handmade and All-Natural
All our products are woven by hand with natural fibres; no plastics allowed. Unlike their synthetic, plastic-based counterparts, natural fibres biodegrade and don’t pollute the environment. Our unique, handmade textiles all consist of 100% natural fibres like cotton, wool, or alpaca.
Fibre Art by Wendo
Over the past 25 years as I traveled in my career as an animator I gleaned an acute awareness of the tactile nature of textiles. I took many classes in embroidery, pottery, batik, bead stringing and making and finally in Berlin I found the art of felt making. In 2002 I made the decision to focus less on my animation career and more on my fibre art path. I have continued to explore all the joys and trials of being a fibre artist, but I do jump back in to animation when something wonderful comes along. I worked on the Universal feature “Curious George” in 2005 and on “The Princess and the Frog” which is a Disney feature and was released in December 2009. I continue to try out new things, taking a wire sculpture course in Haliburton ON a couple years ago and just recently learnimg the art of Rug Hooking.
Our products are designed or selected by artist Saira Jan . Always interested in discovering new materials, colours and techniques, Saira is inspired by the world of fibre art. When she couldn’t find the tools that worked the way she wanted them too, she designed them. Handcrafted and quality materials are her personal guarantee.
You’ll find colourful ensembles of wool packaged specifically to ensure artists have the shades best suited to their projects, designed to be coordinated and cost-effective. We take great pride in this, as we recognise the need to create art on a budget.
This is a site for fibre artists, created by a fibre artist who knows the difference quality makes and won’t let you settle for less.
You may have met Charlee and Bruce at one of our Popin2Shop events in Perth or at Fibrefest in Almonte.
Charlee is a fibre artist, a weaver of life’s offerings – evolving and searching. Bruce is essentially a traveller who set out to find new worlds when he was young and has never stopped. We share a mutual admiration for the art of Indonesian textiles- their depth, extraordinary diversity and beauty.
Travelling to Indonesia for several years we search for batiks –from a small village where farming women create traditional batiks using only natural dyes, small shops, multistory markets filled with a bewildering variety of patterns, motifs & colours that seemed impossible to imagine, to sublime creations that can only be described as works of art. Amazingly creative and patient people.
Our focus: to discover one of a kind, hand-crafted batik tablecloths of all shapes, sizes, designs and colours – as well as table runners, table napkins, batik cloth and more, we feel you will love using in your home.
Flagbarer is the flagship line of EcoEquitable. Flagbarer encompasses all of the things which make Canada the envy of the world; hard work, community, iconic scenery, and craftsmanship. Our materials of choice are elaborately designed nylon flags which are recycled to make Flagbarer products. Our products are made in our Vanier-Ottawa studio by our Sewing for Jobs alumni. Sewing for Jobs is a program of EcoEquitable that supports newcomer women in entering the Canadian Labour Market.
Also, EcoEquitable specializes in sewing workshops for all kind of sewists and it’s owner of the award-winning “Sewing For Jobs” program which helps newcomers, marginalized, and underemployed women learn valuable skills to work in the sewing industry.
Darrell Thomas Textiles
Originally opened its doors September 18, 2000 and quickly became well known for providing the most beautiful and original dressmaking textiles in Ottawa, Canada. Darrell and Thomas opened this store with the purpose of providing the sewing community a boutique with well represented Textiles and Interior Accessories.
We opened our first store in the 240 Sparks Shopping Centre, which is located in the downtown core of Ottawa. At this location, we sold high quality textiles for clothing as well as a selection of Home Couture articles such as pillows, throws, and pillars. But after four years, we found that we had outgrown our premises and decided to look for a new home.
We moved into a larger space on Bank Street. At this location we refined our collection of fabrics and focussed on quality textiles. At this location we also realized that we did not need a busy Main street or shopping mall to do our business. After five years on Bank Street, we decided to expand into a larger premises.
We quickly found our new home at 153 Preston Street. A charming building with a lot of style and charm. At this location, not only do we sell high quality dressmaking textiles and designer buttons (43 000 in stock), but we also feature sewing classes. We have a large fully-equipped classroom. We teach beginner to Advanced sewing. We have also launched our ready-to-wear collection. Darrell Thomas Collection was launched to have timeless clothing pieces made with the best fabrics. Clothing may be purchased from the racks or ordered in another fabric from our store, the possibilities are endless!
Our business is built upon a reputation of trust and honesty. We hope that you are as passionate about our new store as we are. If you are in Ottawa, please feel free to drop by!
Dyed and True Yarns
Absolute Qiviut offers multiple ways to enjoy this fine quality knitted fiber. We sell bundles of yarn in various fabric blends, all of which include qiviut. We also sell fabric patterns for knitting enthusiasts who want to make their own qiviut hats, scarves or mittens. Our customers can also purchase finished clothing if they want to enjoy this exclusive yarn as part of their wardrobe.
It’s tough to find a better price on qiviut, one of the world’s most expensive fabrics. Feel free to browse our website and see all of our options. Contact us today for more information about our qiviut and musk ox yarn clothing for sale
Fairly – traded, sustainable textiles and fashion, made from organic fibers and natural dyes.
Big Blue Mama
We are a Calgary based company specializing in African Fair Trade baskets, Wooden Knitting accesses and the Creative Measures bracelets.
The focus of our production is end products for wholesale and retail. Alpaca Time uses only meticulously sorted and graded North American alpaca fibre to make each of its consistently high-quality end products. The processing of all of the products we produce is done only in Canada.
Long ago, alpaca fiber was called The Fibre of the Gods and was reserved for royalty. Today it is available to anyone wishing clothing made from a superior fibre.
Alpacas are shorn, without harm, once a year. In Canada, the average fibre harvest is five to eight pounds.
Alpaca fibre is sometimes compared to cashmere and has the luster of silk, making it even more desirable. It has no lanolin and is naturally hypoallergenic. Most people who are sensitive to wool can wear alpaca comfortably