I’m back from the Ottawa Ladyfest craft fair – Tarts N’ Crafts. It takes place twice annually in fall and spring, so if there are any local readers out there who missed today, keep your eye out for this fair in the fall.

I arrived early in the hopes of finding some spinning fiber and I did! I’ll show photos of the beautifully hand-dyed wool/mohair blend roving I bought in the next post.

I forgot to charge my camera, but managed to take a few pictures of some of the high-lights of the fair before the battery ran out.

The first person I met was Kristyn who is the spinner behind Pleasurecraft on Etsy. What a great name for a craft shop, I love it! She was really sweet and I loved her colourful yarn and spinning fiber, they were super soft and squishy.

Next, I saw a familiar face from high school – Haley. She sells her handmade goods through her Etsy shop, Swing Low Studio.

Her stuffed animal designs are adorable and are made with really beautiful printed fabrics.

Another seller of cute plushies (among other things) was Adrienne from fabricawakuwaku stuffed animal collective. Her work has a great variety of textures and bright colours and she uses a lot of recycled and vintage fabrics.

A big thank you to my buddy Jayda who escorted me to the fair today! Lots of chocolate was consumed and we had a wonderful time 🙂


handmade doll

I am very proud of my little hand sewn doll, Dolly. I made her many months ago, before christmas, I think. I still haven’t made the right thing for her to wear, though I did try knitting her a dress. Still working on her wardrobe. I rarely sew but after having worked on this, I know I would like to do it more often. It’s a really gratifying craft. The best part was sewing her yarn hair onto her head. The worst part was messing up on her face embroidery so you can see the end of the dark thread behind the light fabric. The fabric was a fairly sheer small floral print.

handmade doll

The yarn was some of the first yarn I had ever spun, a fleece artist dyed merino wool. I think this might have been the first hand-painted roving I had ever spun. I love the colours! Her hair also has a slight kink in it because it was knitted and unraveled before becoming hair. I love hand-spun as doll hair. I also like to use it as a replacement for ribbon on presents. What do you use hand-spun yarn for (aside from knitting, weaving, etc)?

I also photographed a tiny ball of yarn in this extreme close-up picture:

It is a really pretty light aqua/ turquoise with some dark gray. This corriedale wool came as a bonus with my order from Maisy Day Handspun. I plan on eventually using it in some weaving.

This is the other half of the braid of fiber the yarns spun in yesterday’s post came from:
hand dyed merino wool

Pretty, colourful hand-painted merino wool from alchemy fiber arts. I am still not quite sure how I want to spin this yarn.