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Holiday shipping notice: we're away from the studio August 4-16; all physical products will ship august 17

Shawl Club 2016 – Designers and Artists

par Elizabeth Sullivan March 17, 2016 1 Commentaire

Shawl Club 2016 – Designers and Artists

One of the best parts about running Sweet Paprika is the chance to make friends with other designers, artists, and small-business owners both locally and globally.

Let me introduce you to all the people who have helped make the 2016 Sweet Paprika Shawl Club happen:


I’ve been working with Kira as a tech editor for many years now and knew that she would be a great fit our project. I've long admired her shawl patterns in particular and love the way she organically combines stitch patterns and yarn in her designs.

Kira Dulany - knitting designer

Kira Dulaney is the designer behind Kira K Designs, a line of original knitting and crochet patterns with a streamlined and eminently wearable aesthetic. Kira's designs include garments and accessories in a wide size range, featuring clean lines and intriguing details that are both interesting to make and easy to wear. Kira has been teaching knitting and crochet classes in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond since 2002.

Favourite Tea: My favorite tea is masala chai that I make with almond milk.


I believe Debbie and I first met Francine at the very first Twist Festival in 2012 and we’ve been running into her at fibre events ever since. Francine made my very favourite pair of stitch markers so she was an obvious choice for our club!

Francine is a mother to 3 kids - a boy of 21 years and twin girls of 17 years. She’s curious, creative, book loving, an obsessive knitter, spinner, and midnight Pinner. She’s quite content with life. Her passion for knitting led to a job, friends and her own business. She loves teaching and sharing her love for knitting and passing on an ancient craft that ties us to the past. Making bling for your knitting is fun and enables her to vend at fiber events and to meet more fiber obsessed people.

Favourite Tea: I love any rooibos or herbal teas because I’m very affected by caffeine.


I knew from the very start that I wanted to include tea in each shawl club package, but this was the last piece of the puzzle to fall into place. I really wanted to work with another small business locally, so was very pleased to find out about Puretea. I love the fact that they make local deliveries in their neighbourhood by bicycle!

Founded in 2007, Puretea creates no illusions or false pretenses. The simplicity and directness of its name embodies, to a tea, the spirit of its product. Unlike most store-bought brands, Puretea comes in a loose form. Not only is this form more aesthetically pleasing, it also guarantees a unique quality and freshness. Puretea has been recognized for its commitment to sustainable business practices and its active involvement in the Montreal community. 

Favourite Tea: If I had to choose, I would say the Classic Masala Chai. A perfect balance of sweet & spicy, it tastes great infused in simple water as a regular tea but I prefer to have it the traditional way, boiled, strained, sweetened to taste with a gulp of milk.


Although we’ve never met in person, Jennifer is a friend and collaborator who also started out as a tech editing client of mine. She does beautiful things with yarn which is a bit dangerous since I want to knit practically everything she’s ever designed!

Jennifer Wood began Wood House Knits in 2009. Her designs unite classic and modern styling with beautifully detailed patterns for a contemporary romantic feel. Most are created with top down construction that is easily adjustable, making them wearable and elegant.

Refined Knits (Interweave, 2016), Jennifer’s first book, showcases 18 of her beautiful designs. For Jennifer, designing knitwear is a wonderful adventure, allowing her to express her creative impulses and drawing her closer to the Creator of all. The creative process—watching and feeling abstract ideas take on a tangible form—continues to amaze her. 

Favorite tea: Constant Comment, because of it's wonderful aroma and taste of orange and sweet spice.


I was quite worried when our cousin, and usual photographer, left for an adventure in Malaysia before we could photograph the shawls for this club. Happily, a mutual friend introduced us to Tudor who has been amazing to work with and I think you’ll agree that he has a great eye for knitting details.

Tudor Parau - montreal photographerTudor is a Professional Photographer with a background in film who has finished his Bachelor's Degree in Film Animation at Concordia University. He has decided to take his studies further by better understanding human emotions and their interactions through photography. At this point his understanding of film, and love for photography have created a deep passion for capturing the sincere moments of human nature in a magical way. He strives to perpetually improve his skills and expand his knowledge in order to create images that are touching, motivational or, simply put, awesome!

Favourite Tea: I recently discovered the Buddha's Blend, a white tea (from Dave's Tea) with a fruity flavor, smooth texture and many health benefits. It's one of the better ways to relax while reading or when I spend a few to many hours in front of the computer editing. 


Elizabeth Sullivan
Elizabeth Sullivan


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March 17, 2016

Very nice to get to know these people better.

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Recipe: Green Mint Iced Tea
Recipe: Green Mint Iced Tea

par Debbie Sullivan July 23, 2020 1 Commentaire

It's only the middle of July, and we've already had some significant heat waves here in Montreal this year, so I've been swapping out my normal afternoon pick-me-up of a hot  black tea for iced tea instead. I've recently discovered this simple method for making my iced tea using green tea instead of black and I've been making it so often that I thought I should share the recipe

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Norbouillet Project Gallery
Norbouillet Project Gallery

par Elizabeth Sullivan June 28, 2020

It's that time of year again! Our 2020 batch of Norbouillet fleece is already at the mill, ready to be custom-spun into this year's batch of our locally-sourced, 100% Canadian yarns.

This year as we were setting up pre-orders we took some time to look through all the beautiful projects that our customers have made with these yarns over the past few years, and we were inspired to share a few of our favourites here. Thank you so much to everyone who gave us permission to share your photos!

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Indigo Dye Experiments
Indigo Dye Experiments

par Debbie Sullivan June 16, 2020

It's been over two months now since we had to temporarily shut down the dye studio to wait out COVID-19. We've been able to have limited access to the studio again for the past few weeks, and I'm happy to be back! But last month when I still didn't have access I was itching to play with colour again, and realized that in amongst all the yarn and other products that I'd hauled home back in March, I had some indigo dye kits. I didn't have any of my other dyeing equipment with me, but indigo doesn't require heat or mordanting to set, so it was the perfect solution for me to scratch that dyeing itch!

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