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Brigadoon Fiber Mill

Rachel D., Brigadoon Fiber Farm, Owner/Fiber Artist

Hoyt, NB

Located in Hoyt, NB, Brigadoon Fiber Farms is a small family farm owned by Rachel and Jason. The historic property raises quality fiber from a small herd of alpacas and sheep. The property home built c1867 now includes a store, offering a range of products including yarns, hand woven apparel, knit apparel, roving and fiber for hand spinning, local produce and other products from local artisans. Brigadoon Fiber Farm products are all handcrafted in house or at small local mill. Rachel has recently been expanding and exploring hand painted yarns, roving and alpaca products, now being sold in studios and shops across Canada.

Where did the inspiration for your business stem from?

Our business grew slowly and started as a haven for our young family. As a military family we moved frequently and had no roots of our own. When we started our young family we discussed finding a space that we could call our own, grow a garden and allow the kids to play. When we moved to New Brunswick, we came upon our farm through a series of accidental events. We fell in love with the place, overgrown and abandoned as it was. We built the infrastructure and added the alpaca. My background is in Museum textile conservation and my work is largely influenced by heritage textiles. Many of my original designs have heritage motifs or patterns that I’ve redesigned to suit the needs of modern textiles. I love creating using a medium many thousands of years old, to provide heirloom quality textiles for the modern customer.

What is the best part of what you do and why?

The best part of what I do is interacting with customers. I love explaining my artistic process and weaving or designing for others. Learning about a customer’s wishes and the background for color choices etc gives me a snapshot of their life, interests and ideas.

Many of my original designs have heritage motifs or patterns that I’ve redesigned to suit the needs of modern textiles. I love creating using a medium many thousands of years old, to provide heirloom quality textiles for the modern customer.

Rachel D., Brigadoon Fiber Farm, Owner/Fiber Artist

Hoyt, NB

What is your favourite component to your workspace and why?

My favorite part of my workspace is a tie. One is sitting on my loom bench working at my craft. Watching the fibers line up and a pattern I’ve designed come to life. From an image or idea in my head, to cloth on my loom. The potential for that cloth is infinite. Weaving cloth is simply creating a new medium for creation. The second place is my barn. I find solace in the quiet and the smells of the barn. The warm smell of alpacas and the lanolin of the sheep. The knowledge and excitement for a future shearing date at the possibility the fiber holds. The animals know me, and I them. Some come close for a little love, some prefer to exist at a distance. I find peace in early mornings in the barn while dreaming of new creations.

What is the biggest challenge you have faced as an entrepreneur?

I can honestly say pricing. It’s taken a very long time to become comfortable asking a price that pays for my work and experience. It can be difficult to stand behind a price or find the right market for your wares. I quickly found some markets were not suitable for the quality and designs of our products. When I became confident in the work I was producing and the prices I had set, customers were able to see the value in a one of a kind item and had confidence that it was a high quality product.

Why is community important to you?

Community is essential for nearly every adventure. We rely on community when bringing in the hay to feed the animals over the winter and we rely on our fiber community to support our store and purchase our wares. My community of weavers and fiber artists offer advice, support and inspiration. Attempting to exist without a community that enables you and supports the craft that feeds your sole is a lonely existence.

What are your goals for the next five years?

Our goals for the next 5 years are pretty large! I plan on completing my Master weaving certification, a 5-year intensive program. We’ll continue to grow our business and take on additional weaving clients, producing beautiful textiles for other farms and businesses. Our herd of sheep and Alpaca are growing and a farmer’s work is never done. We’ll grow our herd to continue producing beautiful, high quality 100% Alpaca yarns and products. The future is bright and we’re looking forward to it.

www.brigadoonfibrefarm.com