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August Ashford Demos!

It’s August, which means one thing: TWIST FESTIVAL! One of the biggest fibre festivals in the region, Twist will have you covered for all your fibre-y needs, be they yarn, wool, or equipment! We’re very fortunate to have the ever fabulous Kate Sherratt from Ashford NZ joining us again at our booth this year – you won’t want to miss her demos! But if you can’t make it to Twist this year, have no fear…


We’re having another Wabi Sabi Ashford Demo Night on Thursday, August 18 from 6-9! You can register for your free spot here, and get a front row seat to fantastic equipment demos from the Ashford queen herself! Kate, along with Marc Peloquin from Harmonique, will be demonstrating how to use Ashford wheels, looms, carders, and more! Everyone is welcome, and fan-girling is expected! 😉 If you can’t make it to Twist, this is the next best thing!


And if you can’t even wait that long, Emily will be demonstrating the fibre-blending capabilities of Ashford drum carders and blending boards on Saturday, August 13 from 2-3 PM! (That’s tomorrow!) You can reserve your seat in the last of our Summer Seminars here!

Sweet Georgia Has Arrived

Delicious new yarn and fibre arrived from Sweet Georgia this morning – Superwash DK and Superwash BFL braids! Yum!

Weekly Roundup: June 28 – July 3

We’ve got a great series of free summer seminars coming up in July and August! You can find a list of the ravelry workshops, demos, and mini-classes here!

We won’t be hosting a Spin or Weave night in July, but if you need your Wabi Sabi spin fix you can join our Tour de Fleece discussion on our ravelry group here! We hope everyone has a relaxing summer, and we can’t wait to see you all again in the fall!

Wabi Sabi will be closed on Friday, July 1, but we will resume our regular hours on Saturday, July 2!

Summer Hours

We have updated our summer hours and will now be open until 7 PM on Thursdays!

Ottawa Yarn Store - Wabi Sabi

Tom Knisely is Coming to Town!

“What can we learn from Antique Textiles?”

Tom Knisely has been collecting textiles of one sort or another for more than five decades. He tries to be observant and look past the, “Oh, isn’t that pretty!” to “What does this piece have to tell me?” It’s rather like being Dr. Doolittle! He walks with the coverlets, talks to the coverlets, and listens to what they tell him. He has been the teacher and general manager at the Mannings Handweaving School and Supply Center in East Berlin, Pennsylvania for more than thirty years. Copies of Tom’s latest book, Handwoven Baby Blankets, will be available for purchase. Wabi Sabi is pleased to sponsor this lecture, and we hope you will join us for this unique opportunity!

Monday, June 6, 2016 at 1:30 PM

Mississippi Valley Textile Museum

3 Rosamond St East, Almonte, ON

Contact the museum for further information: (613) 256-3754


Wabi Sabi is Hiring!

Wabi Sabi is hiring!
Wabi Sabi is seeking a reliable and personable individual to work as a member of its sales associates team!
Wabi Sabi is looking for applicants with:
– Retail experience in addition to experience in particular fiber arts (knitting, crochet, weaving, spinning or felting)
– Flexible schedules – applicants must be able to work evenings and weekends on a regular basis, as well as weekdays at certain times of the year
– The ability to do physical work such as opening orders, filling shelves, and moving displays
Applicants must have computer skills, including knowledge of Ravelry and social media (Facebook and Instagram).
Bilingualism is an asset.
This is a part time position, and weekly hours will vary. 
No phone calls please. Only selected candidates will be contacted for interviews.
Applications must be sent by email before Friday, May 6, 2016 to the attention of Marie-France Gosselin –

The Stitch Doctor is in!

Wabi Sabi has its very own Stitch Doctor! Tomorrow night (Thursday, April 28), Emily will be in the back of the shop from 6-7:30 PM to help you sort out your knitting woes! Mistakes, new techniques, and confused knitters/crocheters are welcome! Tomorrow night will work on a drop in basis, first come first served. We are excited to test out this idea and welcome feedback!

Summer Course Schedule

Our Summer 2016 course and event calendar just went live! You can check out our awesome selection of fun summer activities here!

Julie Asselin is Coming Back to Wabi Sabi!

We are so excited to announce that fabulous Canadian indie dyer Julie Asselin will be returning to Wabi Sabi for another colourful May weekend!


Our fun-filled Julie weekend will start with an Indigo Dyeing workshop on Friday, May 6 from 1-5! Participants will learn how to dye with indigo dyes, and will have the chance to work with an indigo vat made from scratch! More information and online registration can be found here!



We’ll also be hosting a Julie Asselin Trunk Show Kick-Off that Friday, May 6 from 7-9! Join Julie and the Wabi Sabi gang for snacks, prizes, and yarn-yarn-YARN! Julie will be bringing a wide range of her yarns and accessories! More details and online registration can be found here!



Saturday, May 7 we’ll be hosting Acid Dyeing II from 9-4. Participants will learn how to dye yarn and fibre with acid dyes. This course is specially designed as a beginner-level course that will also be great for last year’s students! More details and online registration can be found here!


Out of town that weekend? Get your Julie Asselin fix with our May knit-a-long! Join the Wabi gang as we knit with Julie yarns! Flash your Julie stash, make some new knitting friends, and win awesome prizes! Details can be found here!

Weekly Roundup – March 26 to April 1

Gorgeous new pattern books just in from Joji Locatelli and Veera Välimäki!



Weave Night is next Friday, April 8 from 6-9! Register for your free spot here!


We’ve still got spots open in our Two-at-a-Time Toe-Up sock class, running Saturday April 23, 30, and May 7 from 11-1! Sock knitters and newbies alike will enjoy learning this technique – forever banishing single sock syndrome from their vocabularies! Register online here!


Check out this awesome sweater knit out of Poems Chunky!