Toots LeBlanc & Co. Pop-up Shop

Toots LeBlanc & Co. Pop-up Shop

Michele and Mike Dillon of Toots LeBlanc and Co. Yarns.  Michele custom blends these un-dyed, all natural yarns for a unique, self-haloing effect.

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.

One of a Kind Buttons Pop-up Shop

One of a Kind Buttons Pop-up Shop

Come meet Candace Wilson, the Ceramic Artist behind One of a Kind Buttons. Candace’s buttons, pins and shawl pins are truly unique. She draws all her designs by hand, then creates the stamps to produce these fabulous ceramic items which are truly “one of a kind”!

Sunday, March 10th
10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Come and meet Candace Wilson, the ceramic artist behind One of a Kind Buttons, at a one-day Pop-up Shop on Sunday. Candace will have a selection of ceramic buttons, pins, and shawl pins, as well as her popular garden birds and bird ornaments.

We are so pleased Candace created a Limited Edition Shawl Pin for our Shop’s Featured Knit Pattern, allowing us to “Put a Bird on it”!   With the Yarn Crawl’s 2019 theme of “A Walk in the Park” as inspiration, we created a knit design called “Birding the Tualatin River Refuge”.  We wanted a bird shawl pin to support this pattern and knew Candace would create something special! Each of these Knit Pattern Kits will include the yarn and pattern, as well as one of these cute Bird Shawl Pins. Yowza!

Candace draws all her designs by hand, then creates the stamps to produce these fabulous ceramic items – which are truly one of a kind. They make great gifts for your fiber-obsessed friends, as well as wonderful mementos of this year’s crawl!

Shaggy Bear Farms Pop-up Shop

Shaggy Bear Farms Pop-up Shop

Come meet Wendy Hanson, and learn about her very special yarns and fibers from Shaggy Bear Farms. Wendy runs a “Farm to Needle” operation and manages a flock of over 400 animals.  We hope you will join us for wine and say

Saturday, March 9th
10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Meet Wendy Hanson on Saturday at this one-day Pop-up Shop, and learn about her very special yarns and fibers from Shaggy Bear Farms. Wendy runs a “farm to needle” operation, managing a flock of over 400 animals, many of which are rescue animals. So your purchases not only support Wendy, but also all of these wonderful animals she has saved.

Wendy knows all 400+ of her animals by name and sings to them as she shears them. She even has a one-legged duck that lives in her bathtub and suggests new yarn colors.

Cowl knit from Shaggy Bear Farms wool

Wendy’s inventory truly has something for everyone: Beautiful, vibrant colors as well as undyed, natural hues; buttery soft merino/silk blends and rugged, “crunchy” yarns. Most of Wendy’s yarns are blends of fibers from her many breeds of animals. There are a variety of yarn weights to choose from, as well as undyed roving from her many unique and rare breeds.

Come check out all of the many fiber combinations in Wendy’s yarns and fibers, and meet Wendy herself. You will leave knowing a lot more about the life of a small independent farmer and dyer and her many breeds of animals.

Favour Valley Woodworking Pop-up Shop

Favour Valley Woodworking Pop-up Shop

Friday, March 8th
10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Favour Valley Woodworking will be with us Friday for a one-day Pop-up Shop. Owner Martha Sunderland is a talented woodworker dedicated to preserving and celebrating her natural environment with her handmade wood and antler buttons, toggles, shawl pins and accessories.

Martha is inspired by the traditional New England woodworking craft and the beautiful wood available in her home of Favour Valley, New Hampshire. Her goal is to provide beautiful accessories that complement all types of handwork, while at the same time protecting her environment by using sustainable materials, finishes and technologies. No animals or trees are harmed in creating her beautiful buttons, toggles and pins. They are gleaned from natural antler shedding and tree fall.

The Favour Valley Scarf Buckle has been featured in Vogue Knitting, and her Antler Buttons were showcased in the Winter 2018 issues of both Interweave Knits and Knitscene. Here at Northwest Wools, we have carried all of Martha’s beautiful hand-crafted buttons, toggles and shawl pins for several years and love the distinct look they give our fiber art projects!

Three Fates Yarns Pop-up Shop

Three Fates Yarns Pop-up Shop

Stephania Fregosi, owner of Three Fates Yarn, creates amazing yarn gradients.

Friday, March 8th
10:00 am – 6:00 pm

We invite you to join Stephania Fregosi of Three Fates Yarns for a one-day Pop-up Shop on Friday featuring her fabulous yarns and fibers. Steph is an indie dyer from Salem, Oregon, well-known for her use of colors – especially notable in her gradient yarns and fibers. Three Fates offers gradients prepared in single cakes, where long stretches of color blend smoothly from one to the next, as well as packages of multiple gradient skeins.  Some even have sparkles!

The name of Steph’s company, Three Fates, comes from the three Greek goddesses, also known as The Fates or the Moirae. Their names are Lachesis, Clotho and Atrophos, and they are sometimes known as the Spinner, the Weaver and the Cutter. They spin the thread of life, weave it into a tapestry and determine when it’s cut off. What a fitting name for a yarn company!

Stephania Fregosi, owner of Three Fates Yarn, creates amazing yarn gradients.