Showing posts with label sheep. Show all posts
Showing posts with label sheep. Show all posts

Friday, May 24, 2024

Sheep to Sock Sunday and SPANL!

What would Sheep to Sock be without one of our main stars, sheep! SPANL, or the Sheep Producers Association of Newfoundland and Labrador, will be attending Sheep to Sock Sunday with some sheep waiting to be sheared. #SheepToSock

The Sheep Producers Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (SPANL) represents the interests of NL sheep producers - big and small. They achieve this by supporting and promoting the growth and profitability of sheep production, by identifying and addressing producer needs, by strengthening partnerships with governmental and agriculture agencies, by raising public awareness of the sheep industry and increasing the market demand for sheep products, and by removing barriers to expansion and growth. 

More information on SPANL is available here:

Thursday, May 23, 2024

Sheep to Sock Sunday: Presenting Shona Stacey

Curious to learn more about our Sheep to Sock demonstrators? Heritage NL is excited to present Shona Stacey, who will be demonstrating felting. #SheepToSock

Shona Stacey is a textile artist and educator in Newfoundland and Labrador. She has a studio and farm in Trinity East where she creates original hooked rugs, felted landscapes and other mixed media fibre art. Shona is passionate about the practice and preservation of heritage art and craft in her province and strives to honour and connect with her ancestors through her traditional practices. Shona has a deep love for working with wool and other sustainable fibers. Her work is inspired by the strong winds, the salty air and the resilient generations that came before.

Learn more about Shona here:

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Sheep To Sock Sunday: Presenting Corinne Reid

Heritage NL is excited to highlight another of our Sheep to Sock Sunday demonstrators, Corinne Reid from Seaspun Yarn and Coffee House. #SheepToSock

Seaspun Yarn and Coffee House in Carbonear is a place where different crafts converge, with a shared love for knitting, crochet, weaving, spinning, pottery, and beading. Corinne and her team are driven by a deep desire to give back to their community, offering a chance for individuals to learn new skills and hobbies while providing unwavering support and essential tools. Seaspun, under the inspired leadership of Corinne Reid, is not just a business; it's a community, a journey, and a celebration of creativity that continues to weave its magic on the rocky shores of Newfoundland. Corinne will be joined by two of SeaSpun’s knitting circle regulars.

Learn more about Sheep to Sock Sunday here:

Monday, May 20, 2024

Sheep to Sock Sunday: Presenting Emily Denief!

Less than a week until #SheepToSock Sunday! In preparation, check out another of our presenters, Emily Denief.

My name is Emily and I love wool! While I’ve been knitting for most of my life, I recently started spinning my own yarn last year and it’s quickly stolen my heart. Spinning has made me feel more connected to my craft and it truly makes me appreciate the amazing qualities of the wool I’m working with!

Learn more about Sheep to Sock Sunday at

Friday, May 17, 2024

Sheep to Sock: Presenting Brenda Aylward of Aylwards Farm

Heritage NL is excited to announce another demonstrator for the upcoming #SheepToSock Sunday, Brenda Aylward of Aylwards Farm.

Aylwards Farm and Meat Shop is a family owned business located in the scenic ocean village of Port Kirwan, just off Route 10 on the Irish Loop, Southern Shore NL approximately one hour outside St. Johns. Aylwards Farm is primarily a mixed commodity sheep and vegetable farm. The meat shop operates year round and is well known for its specialty sausages and burgers.

Learn more about Aylwards Farm here:

Thursday, May 16, 2024

Are you curious to learn more about our Sheep to Sock Sunday demonstrators? Meet one of our spinners, Alison Simms!

Are you curious to learn more about our Sheep to Sock Sunday demonstrators? Meet one of our spinners, Alison Simms!

Alison is a MUN student, studying Biology and Earth Sciences, but in her limited free time she loves to work with wool. Her interest in fiber arts began with crochet and knitting. After many years of interest in learning to spin, she found herself with the opportunity to buy a second hand wheel, and a connection to a local farmer with fleece to spare. With help from members of the local Weavers and Spinners Collective, she quickly learned to use her wheel and spin her local wool. A hobby that she finds both relaxing and rewarding. She loves the entire process from sheep to sock, and is happy to share her knowledge of this process with others. #SheepToSock

Interested in learning more about Sheep to Sock Sunday? Check out this link:

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Sheep to Sock Sunday Demonstrator Heather Nolan

Want a sneak peek for our upcoming Sheep to Sock Sunday on May 26th?

Heritage NL is presenting one of our featured demonstrators of wool carding, Heather Nolan. #SheepToSock

Heather Nolan (they/them) is a knitwear designer, natural dyer and writer living in Bonavista, Newfoundland/Ktaqmkuk. They have published knitting patterns internationally, as well as collaborating on designs with yarn companies like Woollen Twine Fibre Studio (Germany) and Uist Wool Mill (Scotland). They are the author of novels How to be Alone (Goose Lane, 2023) and This is Agatha Falling (Pedlar Press, 2019) as well as the poetry collection Land of the Rock: Talamh an Carraig (Breakwater, 2022), works which have received nominations for the Winterset Award, Newfoundland Book Awards and the ReLit Award. Heather's current project is working toward opening a wool mill in Bonavista.

Check out some of Heather's work here:

Come check out Sheep to Sock Sunday on May 26, 2024 from 11-4 at the O'Brien Farm Foundation in St. John's.

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Heritage Weaving - Condon's 100% Pure Wool Blankets, Prince Edward Island to Newfoundland


A while back, I got an email from Joanne Morrissey, who we've been working with on her North River project. She had just cleared out an old trunk that had been stored in her basement since 1992. Her mother used to buy sheep's wool when they were shorn in the spring, wash it, pick it and mail via Canada Post to Wm. Condon and Sons, PEI, to have blankets made. 

She writes, "They would make and return in the mail, or return a blanket in the mail, maybe not from the exact wool, but at the time I thought it was from the exact wool!"

If you have a memory of wool processing in Newfoundland, or the Condon mill in particular, email me at

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Sheep Shearing #FolklorePhoto

Shearing sheep
Today's folklore photos come from last week when we had the opportunity to watch and assist in sheep shearing. Dale, Rachael, and I were able to stop in to see and photograph the process of removing the woolen fleece of a sheep with shears. The sheep in this flock were mostly Icelandic and are shorn or sheared by hand with blade shears twice a year. Once in the spring, and again in the fall. This sheep shearer often keeps the wool to spin, and then knit products for herself, family, and friends.
Shearing the back and rump
Dale assisting with the shearing process by holding Luna the sheep steady

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Tuesday's Folklore Photo: Tolson Shears his Sheep

Yesterday evening Tolson Rendell of Heart's Content invited me to observe him shearing one of his sheep. It is a tradition that only two people in the town still practice, the other being his good friend Jack Smith. Tolson will be putting his animals out to pasture for the summer this coming weekend, so has lots of work to do before then. It usually takes him just over 2 hours to fully shear a sheep, and he uses scissors rather than electric shears because he believes them to be safer for the animal. He takes his time and makes sure to do a thorough job. Tolson clearly loves his animals and exclaimed "Isn't nature wonderful!" more than once during my visit. There were many newborns animals around the yard, and I couldn't help but notice how happy Tolson was to see them running around. This photo shows the mother sheep named Black being watched by her new lamb, who wasn't very patient about waiting for this whole shearing thing to be done.