Updated: Nov 4, 2021
(November 2021 update: all these suppliers are still in business!)
Nova Scotia has a rich textile history. For this reason there’s an abundance of fabulous fibre suppliers. One could spend hours simply day dreaming and browsing. Each supplier on our list offers something unique and beautiful. We hope you will enjoy learning about all the wonderful possibilities as much as we did.
Fleece Artist was established in 1978, just next door to the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design to supply fellow textile artists with natural fibres. Over time their customers demanded better colours than were commercially available so they took to dyeing these ourselves. For feltmakers they carry luscious mohair kid sliver as well as beautiful Wensleydale sliver. Their goal is to move beyond colour, to showcase the natural qualities of the fibre and thus enliven your hand made projects. Fleece Artist products are available at a large range of fibre retailers across the country. Find one near you here: http://www.fleeceartist.com/where-to-buy/local-stores/
Gaspereau Valley Fibres Gaspereau Valley Fibres is a full service yarn store and offers classes in knitting, spinning, weaving, felting, weekly knitters’ group and many special events.We supply yarn, natural fibres and equipment to knitters, spinners, weavers, felters and dyers. Their extensive yarn and fibre collection includes many Canadian, organic and local natural and handpainted yarns as well as their own yarn and fibre from their flock of Cotswold sheep. To see their full range of fibres, visit here: gaspereauvalleyfibres.ca/store/fibres. Gaspereau Valley Fibres often holds workshops in wetfelting and needlefelting.
830 Gaspereau River Road Wolfville, Nova Scotia 1-877-6-FIBRES (1-877-634-2737) gaspereauvalleyfibres.ca
Located in the historic Hydrostone Market, L.K.Yarns Inc is the largest yarn shop in the area. They carry a full range of yarns, ranging from basics to luxurious and exotic fibres.
The Hydrostone Market 5545 Young Street Halifax, Nova Scotia 1-902-431-9633 lkyarns.com
The Loop The Loop is a yarn store with a modern perspective: a bright, airy space designed to inspire. Here, you’ll find high quality, carefully selected natural yarns, fibre and tools for knitting, crochet and felting. The Loop offers needlefelting workshops throughout the year.
1557 Barrington Street Halifax, Nova Scotia 1-902-429-5667 theloophalifax.ca
The Last Resort Farm The Last Resort Farm have Alpacas, Shetland, and Icelandic fleeces, rovings, felts and yarns available throughout the year for the craftsperson, knitter, hand-spinner or the weaver. Nick and Vicki Mirabile began the wool and fibre side to their farm in 2004 with 8 Alpacas and 6 Shetland sheep. They produce wonderful award-winning fleece which in turn is made into roving for spinners, yarns, and batts. Today they have 63 Shetland sheep and 32 Alpacas on their 14 acre farm. Their fibre and wool come in a wide array of natural colours which preclude the need for dyeing.
2534 Malagash Rd Malagash, Nova Scotia 1-902-257-1875 thelastresortfarm.ca
Taproot Fibre Lab Five years ago Patricia and Josh at Taproot Farm decided that along with offering their community vegetables, fruit and meat from their farm, they wanted to offer clothes as well. This began their journey which has lead to the TapRoot Fibre Lab. Their plan is to have all parts of the flax plant available for to you including seeds for human and animal consumption, the shive for animal bedding and garden mulch, the tow for raw fibres, roving (100% tow and an 80% tow/20% wool blend), and yarn (100% tow and an 80% tow/20% wool blend). The long line linen produces raw fibres, sliver, spun yarn, fabric, and clothing. Linen is beautiful in feltmaking when used in combination with wools, for surface texture.
1736 Church Street Port Williams, Nova Scotia 1-902- 542-3277 taprootfibrelab.ca