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Salt Spring Fibreshed

Through Chris at Joybilee Farm and the Fibershed blog I have learned about Fibersheds – or should I say Fibresheds in Canada.

A fabulous idea! Since I moved to Salt Spring Island, I have been thinking about ideas like this – with all the sheep here (and alpacas, llamas, etc.), spinners, weavers, dyers, clothing makers as well as the Gulf Islands Spinning Mill there is a great potential. Add to that everyone within a 150 mile (more or less) radius and there is a lot of products and a lot of talent! The idea of a Fibreshed has brought it all together for me.

The 150 miles would include everything from Salt Spring Island almost to Penticton, Vancouver, Hope, Merritt, the Whistler area, most of Vancouver Island (perhaps all if we extend it north a bit), down to Seattle and Tacoma, the Olympic Peninsula…wow!

Wouldn’t it be great to bring that all together and create a collaborative group to share, learn and produce local products? How about connecting that with the Transition Town movement and Transition Salt Spring? Transition Victoria and others?

Salt Spring Sheep
Here are those Salt Spring sheep again….
Sheep herding

Interested in joining me to explore this idea? I’m going to set up an email list and start putting ideas together. Please contact me with your ideas and let me know if you want to be on the list. Chris (at Joybilee Farm) is also setting up a Fibreshed in the Grand Forks area (southern interior of BC) and surrounds, so you can also contact her here.

Happy Weaving (and spinning, dying, knitting, sewing, shearing, …..)

My website: www.saorisaltspring.com

2 replies
  1. Chris Dalziel
    Chris Dalziel says:

    This is great, Terri. I would like to go along with you and see how it pans out for you. I think you have so many more fiber resources than we do. But I will persevere here as well. I have a clothing designer on board, a crocheter who wants to raise sheep and goats, and a few knitters. Its a great start for just 24 hours.

    I was also contacted by a group in North Carolina headed up by the Made in America group, who are trying to get a similiar project growing there. It feels like the time is ripe. I’m excited.

    Have a great day,

  2. Kirsten
    Kirsten says:

    Hi Terri,

    I love this idea and have been following Rebecca’s progress via her blog. Her work has also given me the thought to try this here in Virginia. I know that Virginia and even Maryland (within the 150 miles) have a huge sheep population, and weavers and dyers!

    It would be so cool to have a variety of fibersheds throughout the world.

    So, I, too, will be going along with you.

    Perhaps we could work to develop a way to set-up fibersheds.

    This weekend will be the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival which will have many vendors from small farms in Maryland and Virginia there so this might be a good place to look at some possibles.



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