VOLUNTEER ASSOCIATION | Textile Museum of Canada
50 Mile Coat
To celebrate their 50th anniversary, members and friend of the Etobicoke Handweavers and Spinners produced a coat in the gallery of Neilson Park Creative Centre over a three week period from materials that were sourced from within 50 miles.
On April 23 we started preparing the fibre and spinning yarn for the fabric of the coat. The warp was spun from the dark grey fleece of a sheep called Brandy from Dover Farm. The weft was spun from the white fleece of a sheep named Sleepy from Linc Farm. The fleece of Rose, another sheep from Linc farm, was dyed in madder, marigold and tansy from the dye garden at Neilson Park Creative Centre and was felted to make the colour and cuffs of the coat. The bands on the sleeves of the coat were woven on an inkle loom from yarn that was spun from alpaca fibre (Lily from Alpaca Avenue) and llama fibre (from the High Park Zoo). The buttons were carved from the branches of a black walnut tree. After much washing, combing, carding, spinning, weaving, fulling, felting, cutting and sewing the final coat was displayed at a reception on May 15.