Updated: Oct 24, 2021
Little Blue Fibre Studio is the brainchild of Kim Heron, a woman with a passion for all things fibre. A graduate of Ryerson University’s Fashion Design program, Kim opened her studio in this year in June. As one might imagine this has not been without its challenges, starting a new business during Covid is not for the faint of heart. In addition she recently became a Mother. When we corresponded her baby—her first—was less than a week old.
DHG roving. She says “My customers love the different micron sizes of merino tops, and the colours, and quality of mulberry silk tops, baby camel tops, cotton tops, and viscose.”
“I am always ordering new things and trying out different products for embellishments such as silk hankies and wool nepps. I really like to follow the colour forecasting trends and seasons when selecting colours to carry in the shop.”
The studio carries Dorset roving tops from a local Alberta supplier Custom Woolen Mills. Kim says this product is wonderful to needle felt with.
Kim built this rack featured in the photo for the colours herself. We love the ingenuity. She sells the Custom Woolen Mills roving by the metre and the DHG products by weight.
As a huge advocate for community support, Kim tries to carry as many Albertan and Canadian products as she can. However, as we know, our Canadian sheep are very different from other sheep around the world, such as South American and Australian sheep, which is why she carries DHG.
She also likes to carry products that are sustainably sourced and environmentally friendly. Custom Woolen Mills has some stunning yarns that are dyed at the mill using either raw plant materials that are grown or gathered in the local area, or natural dye extracts.
Kim is trying to focus on supplying products for fibre artists as she feels it can be difficult to find good quality materials and tools. She carries a variety of felting needles, 100% merino wool pre-felt (DHG), rovings, felting batts, locally made olive oil soap bars, foam stabilizers, needle felting kits and felted sewing kits. She’s currently designing some in-house kits for the holidays. She says, “There is also *literally* a hay bale of bubble wrap in the back!” of the studio.
The studio also carries a great selection of yarn for knitting and crochet. There’s a wide selection from NB’s Briggs & Little and Ontario’s Sugar Bush yarn. In addition there are supplies for rug hooking, tapestry, macrame, needle arts, and hand spinning. For weavers she recommends, Gather Textiles, a new store in Edmonton that focuses solely on the weaving and sewing that she likes to support.
As we head into the holiday season Kim is focusing her energy onto the website to prepare for an increase in online sales and curb-side pickup. Of course, this must be tough as the tactile experience is so important when shopping for wool and fibre. She is doing her best to ensure the health and safety of everyone.
Until the recent provincial restrictions, the studio’s most popular class was Felting Fridays where registered students could drop in for an afternoon and learn wet felting techniques from local felter, Brenda Foster. Students could bring in existing projects or start as complete beginners. The results were incredible: drawstring bags, vessels, 3D sculptures, and some stunning landscapes. Kim is very much looking forward to when we can resume these classes
To learn more about Kim’s gorgeous studio visit HERE
Little Blue Fibre Studio 6718 101 Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB T6A 0H7 firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (587) 498 2395