Hello all! I know, I know – it’s been exceedingly quiet. I’ve been thinking a lot about Dominion Fleece & Fibre and what and how it’ll move forward to be in the future.
The root of it is, I just don’t have time in the spring to visit half a dozen to a dozen farms, skirt, photograph, itemize, list, and package a bunch of fibre these days. Do I hope to have more time for that again in the future? Absolutely. Will it be within the next few years? Likely not. But that doesn’t mean I want Dominion to disappear. In fact, I actively do not, and I am still in touch with a few fibre producers here in the province that I desperately want to keep buying fibre from.
That being said, it’s a time issue. When I do have a bit more time (now that we’re approaching toddlerhood with my little nugget), I spend that time carefully. I’ve become really good at doling out my time when I have it, but it still isn’t a lot. I’ve found a lot of joy in getting back to making things again; spinning, sewing, quilting, even dabbling in linocut which I haven’t done in many years.
I have big plans for dyeing this summer too since I didn’t get a chance to this year and my stock pile of naturally dyed fabrics has dwindled.
And when I think about it, I don’t really want to spend what limited time I have skirting. Especially because I know it’ll take me way longer than I think it will, which means no site updates until mid to late summer for wool, etc. I just don’t see Dominion working in the capacity it did.
So, what does that mean, you say? I’ll likely have a bit of a rebrand coming up to be a bit more encompassing of future plans. I’ve already registered the domain names, so it’ll just be a matter of changing everything over to the new Dominion Fleece & Textiles.
I plan to start selling textiles in all their forms, not just fibre and yarn, but also things like my own handspun, to quilted items, maybe some weaving. I will still have a section for locally produced Alberta wool and yarn on this site – it’s something I feel especially passionate about and I won’t let that disappear.
Once I’m closer to actually making that change I’ll do a whole thing about it, but here’s my cat’s out of the bag (for anybody who still reads this blog!).