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  • TGSW September meeting
    19:00 -21:00
    2021/09/08

    A Virtual Tour of Wellington Fibres, with owner Donna Hancock

    Donna grew up on a beef and dairy farm near Oshawa. After graduating from the University of Guelph with a BSc. Agr., she started working in the Department of Plant Agriculture as a forage research technician and still does today. In 1989, she purchased a small farm, starting with a flock of six Angora goats which soon grew to 50. This led to sending mohair out for processing into yarn and dyeing it upon return, then selling the yarn. She attended the spinning certificate program offered by the Ontario Handweavers and Spinners and graduated in 2000.

    In 1997 Donna married Lorne Thomson and they decided to expand the business of Wellington Fibres. In 2006 they opened up a mill with the intent to process their own mohair and do some custom processing on the side. Soon the demand for custom processing grew to more than a side business. They now process fibre from all across Canada, from Nova Scotia to BC. In 2012, Lorne died from cancer and Donna decided to continue with the business. She has three great employees that have allowed her to continue with her work at the university four days a week and one day to focus on Wellington Fibres. Soon she will be retiring to Wellington Fibres fulltime.

    We look forward to Donna’s virtual tour of the goats and the mill at Wellington Fibres.

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REGULAR MEETINGS

MONTHLY GUILD MEETINGS – CURRENTLY HELD ELECTRONICALLY DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS
If you are interested in spinning or weaving, you are welcome to join us at one of our monthly meetings! We do a variety of things together, mostly on the Zoom platform.
When: 2nd Wednesday of the month, 7.00pm – 9.00pm
Where: In the cloud! Invitations are sent to Guild members a week before each meeting.

SPINNING AND KNITTING DROP IN 
An invitation for spinners and knitters to meet up in Riverdale Park, near the gates of Riverdale Farm, to socialize, work on their own projects, and talk to members of the public about our crafts. Feel free to join us anytime – it’s totally free to come along!
When: Tuesdays, 2pm – 3:30pm throughout September 2021
Where: Riverdale Park West, near the gates of Riverdale Farm, Winchester Street.

IN THE COMMUNITY

The Guild generally participates in the following events each year where we demonstrate fibre processing, spinning and weaving to the public. We look forward to resuming these events when restrictions on social gatherings are lifted.

FALL FESTIVALS
See the Guild in action on the second weekend in September at the Riverdale Farm Fall Festival, and at the Cabbagetown Festival too! Also cancelled for 2021.

FAMILY DAY
Riverdale Farm is a great place to spend Family Day, with lots of fun activities taking place, including weaving and spinning that the whole family can enjoy.

SHEEP CELEBRATION
Riverdale Farm opens its doors with the farm’s popular spring festival where Guild members use the fleece shorn from the farm sheep to demonstrate the old skills needed to make yarn, dye it and weave it into cloth. Come and see sheep shearing, basic wool preparation, spinning and weaving in action!

More information on Riverdale Farm