The nearest fibre fests to those of us in the Peace Region are in Prince George, BC and Edmonton, AB (5 and 7 hours away, respectively, from Dawson Creek), so we decided to set up an event in Dawson Creek, which is a fairly central hub in the North.
Our first year was a huge success, but we’ve booked the local Dawson Creek Curling Rink for our venue this year, with an extra 2500 sq. ft. of show space, plus a larger classroom area, and a cantine that will be serving food in the lobby during the event.
We had nearly two dozen vendors for our inaugural event in 2019, hailing from BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and even the Northwest Territories. With the extra space this year, we’re hoping to add additional vendors, as well as more classes and workshops.
Submit the complete application to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail it to us at Faking Sanity (address on form) We’ll be reviewing the first batch of applications in October and November.
All booths should be focused on fibre arts (supplies for knitting, crochet, felting, spinning and/or weaving).
We are again offering a few bursaries to help vendors who might not be able to attend otherwise, which will be awarded at the end of December. Booth payment is not due until January 31, 2020.
Please also note the change in promotion strategy for vendors. We want to give you the opportunity to provide your own photos and blurb, so that they match your brand aesthetic. Otherwise, you can provide just the photo, and we’ll write a short blurb to include in our promotional posts.
2019 Vendor Descriptions
Here’s the full list of our Fibre Fest vendors for 2019, along with a brief description of the first ones that signed up.
LARK Weaving – Laurie is another of our local Peace Country vendors. She has a farm where she raises Romney, Romney/BFL and BFL/Gotland sheep. She spins and weaves beautiful fabric, and she'll have lots of handwoven pieces at the Fibre Fest, including her beautiful bags, which are perfect for a large project bag.
Peaceful Yarns – You may have some of Janet's Laughing Lamb Woolery yarn from the sheep she raised right here in Dawson Creek. Although she doesn't currently have sheep, Janet has started hand dyeing yarn both with natural dyes and acid dyes, and you'll find lots of yarns inspired by the colours of the Peace region at her fibre fest booth.
Imagine Yarn – Anel is originally from South Africa and now lives in Biggar, SK. Her love of long wool sheep breeds such as Cotswalds, Teeswaters, Wensleydales, English Leicesters, and Gotlands is apparent in the care she takes in keeping their lock structures intact when she dyes them. She believes in knowing the sheep her fibre comes from (some of which are raised right here, just outside Dawson Creek). She also has a line of Quirkies – one of a kind, hand-crafted crochet hooks and shawl pins.
Burning Impressions – Several years ago, Megan's love of sock knitting led her to groups where she encountered sock blockers for the first time. She bought a pair, but then soon started thinking how she could make them - and other items like these lovely mitten blockers - which led to the company you see now. She has a whole line of beautiful wooden sock and mitten blockers, as well as super useful knitting and spinning tools like custom foot measurement guides, WPI tools, and needle and swatch gauges.
Ugly Lumber Co is another Peace Country vendor. It's run out of Nicole's home in Lymburn, AB. Her focus is on fibre arts as home décor, such as macrame or handwoven wall hangings and pillow covers. She teaches many workshops, including a few right here in Dawson. She'll also have her handmade frame looms at the fibre fest!
Allison Barnes Yarn - Allison is a fabulous indie dyer, dyeing both awesome yarn bases and fibre. Her recent fall line, the Struggle and Strength colourways, were all dyed with a focus on mental health awareness. Each one includes both a bright and dark tone to make these moody colourways, with a pop of white to represent your centre, your heart. Allison's is also the gentle voice behind the Knitting and Anxiety podcast.
Poppy Yarn and Fibre is based in Calgary, AB and was born out of Danielle's love of fibre. First a knitter and spinner, she started dyeing as a natural progression in her fibre journey, and has amazing yarn bases and spinning fibre, and an array of stunning colourways.is based in Calgary, AB and was born out of Danielle's love of fibre. First a knitter and spinner, she started dyeing as a natural progression in her fibre journey, and has amazing yarn bases and spinning fibre, and an array of stunning colourways.
Cone Tree Farm – Fred and Jacqui raise huge, purebred, Clun Forest sheep, as well as some crossbreeds. Their farm is another Peace Country gem, just a half mile east of Gundy, on the BC side of the border. They send their natural brown and grey fleeces to Custom Woolen Mills in Carstairs, AB to be processed, and sell a range of mixed breed wool yarns, both in skeins and on cones for weaving. They also make and sell Amish-style yarn swifts as well as yarn butlers/caddies.
Alberta Yarn Project is a workers' co-operative run by Allison, Anna and Kalea. They are committed to promoting ethically produced yarn from Alberta, so whether it's hand spun, hand dyed or mill spun yarn from Alberta farms, mills or fibre artists – it's all on the menu. They also design patterns to showcase these yarns and host events to bring yarn enthusiasts together. Be sure to check out their breed-specific yarns, too!
Knit Free of Dye – Danielle is our northernmost vendor this year, based out of Hay River, NWT. Her yarns are dyed in colours inspired by the Northern landscape and seasons, and she makes awesome polymer clay shawl pins and fur pompoms, too.
CJ Alpacas is a family farm northeast of nearby DeBolt, AB. They raise 85 alpacas on 10 acres and grow their own pesticide-free hay for them. They sell beautiful alpaca roving and yarn, as well as super warm and cozy alpaca socks, mitts and even duvets. Oh, and did I mention the adorable stuffed alpacas?
Red Fox Fibres - Erin is the dyer behind Red Fox fibres, and she finds inspiration in all things Canadian. She dyes beautiful yarn inspired by nature and the colours of the nearby Rockies, and she makes her own fur pom poms, too. No hat will be as unique as yours when you add one of Erin's cool skunk fur pompoms! She’ll have her yarns, pom poms, stitch markers, progress keepers an project totes for you all at the Fibre Fest.
Cozy Up Knits - Formerly known as The Stitchin’ Sisters, Jamie, Sarah, Katie and Kristina are four sisters out of Grande Prairie, AB. They are knitters, crocheters and pattern designers, and host the Cozy Up Knits podcast. You can find their patterns on Ravelry, as well as at their booth at our first annual Peace Fibre Fest! Stop by for a visit, or to pick up some awesome swag or one of their many patterns.
Gingersnap - Kim and Colin are the dynamic duo behind the Gingersnapthat and now Mrsnapthat’s Etsy shops. Their quirky and fun-loving style is apparent in everything they do. They have an array of fun pop culture themed bags, gorgeous yarns and sock blanks, cute enamel pins, witty tote bags - there’s a little something for everyone. This year, they’ve partnered with 5 other great Canadian makers to launch the “Canadian Collective,” highlighting products made by these artisans as well.
Hippy Strings is a local yarn shop nestled in the historic Old Train Station in Sexsmith, AB, just north of Grande Prairie. Robyn and Sherrill have made this a cozy and inviting shop with a country vintage appeal, and a great variety of commercial and indie dyed yarns, as well as awesome pattern books, notions and tools - and check out those Big Blue Moma baskets!
Riverside Farm is located in Pouce Coupé, BC, just 10 minutes out of Dawson Creek. It is part of an upbreeding program for Gotland sheep here in Canada, and these sheep produce the most amazing fleeces. This year’s clip had a range of natural grey shades, with beautiful, sound and lustrous locks over 9” in length! A spinner’s dream! The farm also raises BFLs (Blue Faced Leicester sheep) and a variety of wonderful crosses. Jenn will have a variety of products at the Fibre Fest - dozens of raw fleeces, hand washed locks, and hand felted and knit items. Check out her Facebook page here in the meantime.