24: Mary Lake – Shepherd, Shearer, Slaughterer

These days, the sheep industry is experiencing a scarcity of slaughterhouses and trained shearers, as any experienced shepherd can tell you. So it’s rare, and wonderful, to find a woman like Mary Lake who had the interest and tenacity to learn both trades and make them into her twin...

Dyeing Yarn with Jewelweed, Native to North America

Jewelweed is a native North American plant that grows in many climates, usually near wet areas and along river banks. In the video, I share a method for creating beautiful natural tangerine dye using this abundant natural dye source. I first learned about jewelweed as a dye source from...

5: The Felted Gnome Knows: Susi Ryan’s Felted Fantasy

Susi Ryan and her love of magic and fairy tales is reflected in her fantastical creatures and whimsical artworks. Using the technique of needle felting, where wool is painstakingly built up and embellished, Susi creates creatures, figures and even hats with a charming personality all their own. From an...

3: Tammy White, Fiber Farmer at Wing & A Prayer Farm

Like so many farmers, Tammy White does a lot. She’s a fiber specialist, raising sheep, angora goats, alpaca and other non-fiber animals as well. She’s a teacher and facilitator, opening the farm to workshop participants and taking her classes on the road. She’s a baker, a gardener, a marketer....

Spring Shearing 2010: Shearing the Pregnant Ewes

With lambing around the corner, its time for spring shearing and we had our shearer out last weekend.  Spring is the most common time to shear, for several reasons. The sheep are less likely to suffer from overheating in summer, and for pregnant ewes its convenient to shear them...

Freshman Farm: A Year of Being Shepherds

Since our last post, we’ve gotten our little freshman farm business off the ground. In the spring we fenced a second pasture to give the sheep more room to graze. We sent our first batch of wool to Green Mountain Spinnery in August, and sold yarn at the Tunbridge...

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