Paula Lishman knit fur garments, created by hand, include shawls, scarves, hats, headbands, vests, jackets, ponchos and throws in many colours, styles and sizes. Now downsized in 2017, Paula designs and creates long lasting treasures using our amazing renewable, organic, natural resource, our Canadian Beaver! Truly a Hand-crafted Canadian collector’s item.
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Beaver fur is a sustainable, renewable and local resource, with an amazing ability to warm and comfort the wearer. Let's see what I can make for you!
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Paula Lishman has developed, over the past 40 years, a unique patented process for turning high quality prime Canadian Beaver, Fox, Sable and Muskrat pelts, into a reinforced fur yarn, at its most plush.
Her business grew from her initial experiments with fur and leather in the mid 70's, to an export-oriented company employing 200 people, in a cottage industry model. Paula won the Canadian Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 1995 for International Competitiveness.
The pelt is dressed using a hand-pluck process, dyed, blocked then trimmed and cut by hand, with a razor blade, from the back of the leather into a very narrow strip, about 1/8” wide. This thin strip is then twisted and reinforced, again by hand. This forms a durable, fur yarn, ready to knit, weave or crochet, to make a luxurious, washable and flexible fur fabric! Cotton, Silk and Cashmere yarns are used in combination with the fur yarn to produce exquisite items. No lining, two-sided fur, utilizing the insulation that benefits the beavers all winter long.