We are happy to announce that the Fibre Forge Academy has partnered with Robbie Laughlin again this year to offer classes both online AND in person!!
Robbie is an awesome teacher. He is a whiz with tech and many have found his online classes easy to access…not to mention he just has a knack for explaining things in ways that just….make sense! 🙂
We have switched to a one class per month model this year.
Every third Sunday from Nov to Feb from 11:00-12:00PM, Robbie will be on Zoom offering classes.
And then, he will be onsite at our Fibre Market on March 20, 2022 at the Cotton Factory offering a few different workshops as well as a help corner for those projects that have you stumped!
After a long hiatus and a chance to catch our breath, your Fibre Forge is back and planning some awesome events!!.
We are working on re-mounting the fibre crawls that we did so successfully last summer, and we are so excited!
The first event will be a FIBRE CRAWL on July 25. This will involve a limited number of vendors on 3 rural properties west of Hamilton. If you attended our fibre crawl last September 2020, you will be familiar with our set up! 🙂
The second event will be a FIBRE STROLL that is tentatively scheduled for Aug. 22 on one large property also west of Hamilton, where a limited numbers of vendors will be spread out over the property to allow for social distancing.
Details are coming and the moment we have all our vendors confirmed, we will be sharing that list with you! But, in the meantime, be sure to mark down July 25 and Aug 22 as the two days this summer where you will be able to meet the makers AND squish the fibre!!
As January 2020 comes to a close, we want to send out a HUGE thank you to everyone who has been registering for our Bite Size Series classes!
Through the month of January, we sold 88 registrations! Some of those are for classes in Feburary, but let’s not forget that our first class wasn’t actually until January 13 so those sales were over only three weeks! We are blown away by the support and kindness of our community!
We have received wonderful feedback from folks and our teachers have all been so happy with their classes! People have been very engaged and we have already covered so many topics:
Knitting with Variegated Yarns Choosing the Right Drop Spindle Learning the Icelandic Bind Off How to Choose a good Used Spinning Wheel Visible Mending
There is much more to come! Please keep an eye on our Spring Schedule for class updates!
In the meantime, we have also branched out to offer longer, more intensive classes…starting with Custom Sweater Fit with Robbie Laughlin! This class will be offered over a Saturday/Sunday in February, one hour each day with homework in between! Class size is limited to 12 people so be sure to register sooner rather than later by clicking HERE
With our new website, we figured we should post a quick intro about the Fibre Forge.
The Fibre Forge is based in Hamilton Ontario Canada and was established in 2019.
It effectively created itself when three fibre-obssessed Hamiltonians just happened to cross paths at the Ontario Alpaca Spring Show in the spring of 2019.
They discussed the Hamilton fibrescape and agreed that, although Hamilton had many fibreartists and many indie dyers, there weren’t many outlets for community gatherings and vending opportunities. Being three individuals who love to organize and who love fibre, Lorraine, Mel and Amanda jumped in head-first to fill this gap!
The first Hamilton Fibre Market was planned for March 2020. Fifty vendors were confirmed, with a strong focus on local farms, small batch indie dyers and local artisans. Unfortunately, the COVID situation caused the cancellation of the market one week out and we had to quickly adapt to a new world!
Even though the main event didn’t take place and isn’t going to take place in 2021 as per the original planned postponement, 2020 has been an amazing year and we have fantastic plans for the upcoming months!
We remained active on social media, promoting and reposting our vendors on Instagram and Facebook as best we could.
August 29, 2020
Once restrictions began to loosen in Ontario, we held a small pop up market at Beneath the Sun Alpacas with six vendors set up outside on a lovely alpaca farm. It was busy! Folks came from as far as Peterborough, Markham and Niagara Falls to come and do a bit of masked shopping.
September 12, 2020
Yet another pop up market that was a *fabulous* day! The weather was perfect!
We set up 4 to 5 vendors in three different locations in West Hamilton: Angora Springs, On the Lamb Designs and Rampart Farm and Fibre Mill. Each location was small and folks travelled from one to the other keeping our vendors busy all day. Some commented that it was their best one day vending experience *ever*!
We even had one site of “trunk” shows where fibre artists sold out of their cars!
October 17, 2020
We had planned a second pop up market to take place in three locations, this time in East Hamilton but as before, the COVID situation worsened and we had to pivot. Instead, we held an online virtual event that whole weekend that saw a number of our vendors taking over our social media channels!
November & December 2020
We continued promoting our vendors, reposting their sales and special events!
And THAT brings us to the present…the Fibre Forge Academy!
January to April 2021
As of December 26, 2020 the province of Ontario went into a month long lockdown and we began to think about the cold winter months and being stuck in our homes. We wanted to see our community and to interact with fellow fibre artists, to learn new skills and start new projects….while also NOT necessarily spending hours staring at a screen.
The Academy was born!
We decided to offer weekly online classes, taught by local well known instructors, farmers, and business owners in our community and covering all sorts of topics: knitting, felting, spinning, crochet, etc.
The classes would be short, only 30 minutes, and be strongly focused on one specific skill that require some prior knowledge. A chance for folks to build on what they already know and challenge themselves, while also spending a bit of time with other fibre artists!
Next week, Jan 13 will be our first class taught by Robbie Laughlin “How to Make Variegated Yarns Shine!” and we are so excited to get this idea off the ground!!