Sunday, March 10th
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Michele LeBlanc Dillon and Mike Dillon of Toots LeBlanc & Co. Yarns will be with us Sunday for a one-day Pop-up Shop. Michele purchases wool from small family farmers throughout the West Coast and custom blends the fibers to create her unique, undyed yarns. We are sad to say this Event at Northwest Wools will be the last for Michele, as she will be retiring from yarn-making after these many years. So please do stop by to say good-bye to Michele and to purchase some of her very special yarns directly from her for the last time. Northwest Wools will continue to carry Toots LeBlanc & Co. yarns until we run out of our inventory.
Michele learned to spin in her early twenties, which led to a deeper awareness of the qualities of different types of wool and the purposes for which they are best-suited. Each batch of wool she purchases for her yarns is hand cleaned, sorted and inspected for color and fiber content. Fibers are custom blended to create a unique yarn. The wool is then minimally processed without the use of harsh detergents or chemicals, and spun into yarn at a local Oregon mill.
Toots LeBlanc yarns are undyed, letting the beauty of the animals’ natural colors speak for itself. Because animals and their coats change from year to year, the same “color” will not look the same from one season to the next. For this reason, Michele dates her yarns so you can match colors by their “fleece lots.” Michele’s yarns also have a natural “halo” effect, creating super soft and lovely projects.
We are thrilled at the chance to offer you some of these exquisite yarns. Quantities are limited, so come early for best selection – especially since this is your last chance to purchase directly from Michele.
Thursday, March 7th
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Mosaic Moon will help us kick off the 2019 Yarn Crawl with a one-day Pop-up Shop on Thursday! Started by Morwenna Palmehn of Ashland, Oregon, in 2003, Mosaic Moon has grown from a small custom-knitting business to become a top hand-dyer in the indie-dyed yarn and fiber world. Come see Morwenna’s amazing colorways, paired with soft and scrumptious yarn bases!
Morwenna’s whole family is involved in the business – she does all the dyeing while her husband David mixes dyes, rinses, spins and dries the wool. Their teen-aged sons do all the yarn winding/skeining, while all four of the older kids take turns reskeining and labeling. Morwenna’s mom does the bookkeeping, and applies her expert penmanship to each label. It’s truly a family fiber affair!
Friday, February 8
2:00 – 6:00 pm
Come indulge yourself at our Cardiff Cashmere Trunk Show. The show will include several sweaters and accessories, all made with 100 percent cashmere yarn. You’ll be able to admire, touch and try on these gorgeous garments – not a bad way to spend a Friday afternoon!
Cardiff Cashmere has been creating yarn in the Italian city of Biella since the 1980s. They produce fine yarns for both the hand knitting and manufactured knitwear markets, most of which are made entirely of cashmere. Cardiff’s corporate philosophy focuses on quality and excellence in every step of the manufacturing process.
At Northwest Wools, we searched for several years for a quality cashmere yarn we could offer to our customers at a fair price. Come see for yourself why we chose Cardiff Cashmere!
Friday, December 7
2:00 – 6:00 pm
We are excited to bring Candace Coleman to Northwest Wools to showcase her unique crocheted artwork! Join us on First Friday for an Art Show and Sale of Candace’s work.
Candace has worked as a fiber artist since the 1970s, first as a creator of tapestries, then as a mixed media artist, and more recently in crochet collage. She has been commissioned to create pieces for local businesses and private collections, and her artwork has been exhibited at a variety of venues, including the Portland Art Museum, the Henry Gallery in Seattle, and the Western Colorado Center for the Arts.
Candace’s artwork stems from a deep connection to nature. “Each piece of artwork I create is to honor the life force,” she says. “It is a celebration of the wonders and diversity of the natural world. It is a quiet form of activism – a plea to walk gently on the planet and a plea to care for the inhabitants.”
Candace’s crochet collages are inspired by her observation of the natural world. With an image in mind, she crochets hundreds of small spirals and uses them to form a design. Next, she pieces together a backing from cotton fabric and hand-sews the crocheted pieces to it. Tide pools, lichens, flower parts, and transition areas such as the edge of the sea are some of the subjects of her artwork.
“I am especially interested in the variety of species that live tightly packed together in apparent harmony,” says Candace. “There is such a sense of community and relationship.”
We hope you can join us on First Friday to see these original creations, meet the artist, and perhaps purchase one as the perfect holiday gift!
Multnomah Village’s annual Holiday Gala will also be taking place, so stick around and soak up the atmosphere! Special events include a tree-lighting ceremony, free horse-drawn carriage rides, carolers, a strolling Santa, and more!
Rowan Trunk Show
Northwest Wools is excited to host a trunk show full of spectacular Rowan garments from Friday, November 16, through Saturday, November 24th.
In addition to the shop models we normally have on hand, we’ll also have additional garments sent to us from Rowan. These special models will include sweaters, wraps and accessories made from a number of Rowan yarns, including Kid Classic, Felted Tweed, Alpaca Classic and Valley Tweed. All of the models are from their Fall 2018 line, and patterns are available in Rowan books and magazines on sale at Northwest Wools.
Don’t miss this opportunity to admire, touch and try on some of the fabulous items we usually just admire on the pages of Rowan Magazine!