BIBLE HILL, N.S.
Spinning dog hair and creating warm items from it is nothing new to Faith Drinnan. She’s continually learning about fibres, yarns and things they can be used for, and she’s organized a Fibre Frolic to bring it all together.
Fibre Frolic is being held at the Farm Equipment Museum on the Nova Scotia Provincial Exhibition grounds, July 6-7. It will include demonstrations, a market, and some creative ideas.
“I saw sheep and wool festivals at other places, and thought we needed one here so people can see what they can do with fibre,” she said. “I let people know, and within 48 hours I had enough participants to fill the deck around the farm museum. Now we’re adding tents.
“A lot of people are getting back to spinning, weaving, knitting, felting, hooking and crocheting. We’ll have all kinds of things for people to see, and there will be hands-on demos to show people how to do things.”
There will be demos on Friday, and on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., participants will be selling fibres, supplies, fibre-work tools and hand-made items. Waffles on My Mind will also be there to keep people fed.
Although the focus of the frolic is on wool, there will be fibres from goats, alpacas, and even musk ox.
“I learned to knit when I was five, and when I’m stressed I sit and knit, and it calms me down,” said Drinnan. “I found spinning seven or eight years ago and I love it. Many people laugh and say they wish they could spin their dog’s hair, and I tell them I can do that. You get a product called chiengora.”
Drinnan has a studio, called Sisterhood Fibres, near Tatamagouche, where she offers fibre work supplies, workshops and retreats.
“One reason I launched Fibre Frolic this year is because the purebred sheep association is hosting their national event, showing and selling sheep, right next door in the Agridome,” said Drinnan. “I hope this will just be the first of many for the frolic.”
The 2018 All Canada Classic sheep show and sale runs July 5-7.
Admission to the Fibre Frolic is free.
For more information visit the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/trurofibrefrolic/