Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Summer Shopping in the Exchange

We are excited to be part of this pop-up shop project opening tomorrow on McDermot Avenue, in the historical Exchange District in Winnipeg. The Exchange Uporium comprises an eclectic mix of local, hand made, and vintage treasures. Thank you to Patty and Eve who have imagined, curated, organized and inspired this beautiful ephemeral space.

We love our wall space in the shop where some of Linda's wall hangings can be displayed.   (My hurried photo does not begin to do it justice.) Stop in often throughout the summer. This will be a vibrant and ever changing venue. Open Monday to Saturday 11 - 7; Sunday 12-5; and open later during First Fridays and festivals.  Closed on Victoria Day, Monday May 19.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

On Tour

Linda's felt wall hanging "Storm of Myth and Magic" is on tour!

"For the Love of Craft" makes its debut at the Heritage North Museum in Thompson, Manitoba for the month of May, 2014. Curated through a collaboration between the Manitoba ArtsNetwork and the Manitoba Craft Council, the exhibition comprises 15 works by 15 artists in a variety of mediums, including glass, ceramics, metal, fiber, wood and paper which were selected by jury from the Manitoba Craft Council's 2014 Member Exhibition and Sale held at the Cre8ery Gallery in Winnipeg. From Thompson, the exhibition moves to the Carberry/North Cypress Library in Carberry, Manitoba for the month of June 2014.

That's a detail from the hanging in the upper right corner of the poster.

Here is an overall view of the piece:

Friday, May 2, 2014

It Really is Spring, Now

Lambing season in our little flock has begun, right on schedule. First-time mother Bluebelle (Belle) delivered twins in the early hours this morning, a black ram and a moorit ewe.

This little girl has already figured out how nice it is to get a few scratches in between feeding and napping. Her mother is one of our friendliest sheep and we are delighted to see that characteristic handed down to the babies. It doesn't always work out that way. 

His fleece is such a rich black now, but will likely fade to a grey more like his mother's eventually.

Cairo, waiting patiently for her turn … we are hoping to see spots soon.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

A New Dragon Emerges

Well, now we know what Linda has been doing in between shovelling snow, feeding the sheep, and stoking the fire …
"Rise of the Ice Drake" 2014
This new wall hanging is BIG, about two feet by three feet.  

Zoom in and take a closer look at some of this detail.

Ice-breathing dragons. That accounts for the weather the past couple of months. I'm sure glad this piece is finished!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Our Ladies in Waiting

This is our little breeding group for 2014. Our ram Fibre Works Nonsuch (Sunny) is all grown up now, and very handsome, but he still has his baby habit of hiding behind the girls! I'm not sure he would be much use protecting his flock. He sure gave us some lovely lambs last spring though and we are very hopeful for this group. These four ewes are all so different in colour and fleece types and personalities. They will all benefit from Sunny's good square conformation.

In the back is the Willow Garden Shirley Booth, from Bill Stearman in Ontario. She has a nice compact  build, a steady demeanour, and a very nice solid grey fleece. Beside her is our own Leafhaven Betula, more commonly known as Crazy Betty. See how she holds her head up so high? She is always ready to bolt. If there is a stampede in the flock, Betty probably started it. She is very fine boned but a bit narrowly built, more like a deer than a sheep. Her best quality is her non-fading black fleece. We are hoping that motherhood may have a calming effect on her.

In left front is our loveable, cuddly, friendly Leafhaven Bluebelle. She produces a mountain of faded black fleece that is good for felting. The spotted ewe is Windy Grange Cairo. We know that Sunny carries spots so there is the possibility of some spotted babies with this pairing.

It sure was great to have a break from the frigid weather and get back to winter as we know and love it!

Laddie and Jaeger enjoying wrestling in the snow. 

Friday, December 13, 2013

Good News, and a Question

detail of new wall hanging
The good news is that Linda has finished this lovely commission which is intended as a gift for someone. The not so good news is we have misplaced the contact information for the person who requested it. She discussed the details originally at the Manitoba Fibre Festival in September, and again at a later craft show. Can you help this beauty find its way home for the holidays? Please get in touch! 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

The End of an Era

Train and Hannah last winter

Linda wrote this today, about two horses who have been our friends, our teachers, and our inspiration.

This morning, we had my old friend Train and his best friend Hannah laid to rest in the back pasture they enjoyed so much.  Their health had deteriorated over the last several months and the decision was made to not put them through another Manitoba winter.
Train would have been 30 this January, and Hannah was about 20, although her exact age will never be known.  The two shared such a close bond that it seemed right to have them end their lives together.
For those of you that knew them, you know that they shared a spirit that far surpassed the strength of their physical forms.  Over his 30 years Train survived the race track, multiple freak injuries (including a fractured skull), terrible foot problems, a barn fire, food poisoning, founder, some mysterious illness four years ago, and most of all, me!  He carried me willingly over many, many miles and fences (some fences not so willingly, but the feeling was mutual).  His philosophy was that as long as he had something to eat, life was good, no matter where I took him or what we were doing.  He was a great couch to sit on if you wanted just to hang out, and an enthusiastic galloper if you wanted to feel the wind in your hair. He taught me so much, and I will be forever grateful.
Hannah was a special girl, a true boss mare who knew her own mind and occasionally let us in on the secret!  She had a tremendous, positive outlook on life that served her well as her body slowly broke down.  Margaret has shared some of the many wonderful experiences she has had with Hannah (including something about fleeing the round pen when Hannah 'went Arab').   To tell the truth, Hannah could 'go Arab' better than most Arabian horses I know!  If anything was going on in the neighbourhood, she was the first to know.  If she disapproved, she had a dragon snort that carried for miles and was sure to put everyone on alert.  She was a role model for me, as my arthritis slows me down, and she coped with all four legs of it.  She showed her intelligence when she worked so carefully with our farrier to have her feet trimmed, even when she was in so much pain. She was always a sunny presence around here and I will miss her tremendously.
My heartfelt thanks to Linda and Rob, and Train, for giving Hannah such a loving home in her last years, a peaceful end, and a beautiful resting place. -M

Some of Linda's horse - inspired fibre art
Friends and Neighbours
Night Ride