On Local Yarn Shop Day Buy Local Yarn.

On Local Yarn Shop Day Buy Local Yarn.

Today is local yarn shop day! How about checking out local yarns when you visit your LYS.

Most local yarns are produced by small farms. Yarn sales help small farms survive. Selling just raw fleeces cannot generate enough income to even care for animals for a year. Hay, grain, medical care and husbandry supplies, maintenance of field and barn, and shearing add up. I recently came upon a social media post somewhere by a yarn company stating they knew exactly how much the farmers whose wool they purchase make. I have had this stuck in my head for days. I don’t even recall exactly where I read it. It doesn’t matter where I read it. It is simply not true. If a farmer is selling raw wool in bulk they are doing so at a loss! Even selling hand spinning fleeces at 20-30 dollars a pound cannot recoup all of the expense. Small fiber farmers know their animals well and care for them appropriately. Their wools are carefully sorted by the hands of someone who knows how to evaluate a fleece and ensure it is put to the correct use.

So please, on local yarn shop day seek out the yarns produced by your local farms. You will get a special yarn created with hard work, love and knowledge.

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Beekman 1802 Contest!

Beekman 1802 Contest!

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We have entered the Mortgage lifter contest sponsored by Beekman 1802.

First prize is $20,000! There is also a $2000.00 cash prize for the farm with the most votes.

Please vote daily by clicking on the link below. Share to your social media too!!!

Thank you for your support.

 

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Knit Through This

Knit Through This

I had the great good fortune of growing up in a beautiful little beach town. A town that has always had a gay population. I also had the great good fortune of having parents for whom this did not matter. They did not have gay friends but friends. It is inconceivable to me that there are mothers, fathers, friends and family yet again suffering an unspeakable grief.  Guns need to be controlled and so do the mouths of politicians that use divisive language for political gain and ego gratification..

I worked on a knitting project last night but could not concentrate. Today I queued up a big Spotify playlist and this beautiful song by Bob Marley and the Wailers commenced. It was the perfect moment for this song. It is a reminder as to how much I appreciate my family and friends, a group of humans full of mirth and moxie, kindness, creativity, intelligence and heart! So, listen if you wish. Listen while knitting.

https://youtube.com/watch?v=34tt9D84GmO

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Summer Fiber Arts Workshops On The Farm

Summer Fiber Arts Workshops On The Farm

We host a fiber related workshop every summer on the farm at 301 Long Plains Rd. in Buxton, Maine. This year we are going to do it a bit differently. There will be multiple workshops on the farm on Saturday, July 23rd from 9:30 to 4:00. Spend a day on the farm immersed in fiber arts and meet all the critters that hang out here.

As a way to celebrate Maine Farm life we are offering classes the day before Maine Open Farm Day. The classes all feature locally sourced, Maine raised wools and are taught by experienced and dedicated local fiber artists. After the classes there will be snacks and wine and beverages served as a way to get everyone together to talk fiber arts! Please bring your own lunch if you are participating in a full day class.

Registration is now open! For more info or to sign up call 207-710-9533, lpa@maine.rr.com. Pre-registration is required for all classes.

Lichen Magic; Dyeing With Fermented Local Lichens– 1/2 day- $50.00- 9:30 a.m.

Learn how to make beautiful vibrant color with local lichens. Instructor will teach the process of how to use lichens for dyeing protein fibers and will share important information about responsible harvesting.

Instructor: Rachel Bingham Kessler

Rail_570xN.897035432_og37chel is a natural dyer and educator living on Peaks Island, Maine with her husband Jubal, son Rónán and 4 chickens. She creates handspun and plant dyed yarns with Maine wool for her Etsy shop, 44Clovers, teaches workshops in natural dyeing, and writes for Northern Journeys Magazine where she has her own column, Your Maine Fiber Connection, celebrating Maine’s vibrate fiber community. You can find her on Instagram at 44clovers and her website 44clovers.com.

 

Off Loom Branch Weaving – 2.5 hours- $40.00- 1:00 p.m.

If you’d love to weave but are intimidated by looms, weaving off-loom is just for you! This class will inspire you to think outside of the traditional loom, as we’ll use frames, embroidery hoops, and natural fibers to weave up a beautiful tapestry or wall hanging. Beginners welcome.

Instructor: Dana Fadel

dana fadelOriginally from Louisville, KY, Dana Fadel moved to Portland to pursue her love of weaving through an internship at the Portland Fiber Gallery. Most of her passion about weaving, however, comes with teaching others. Recently, Dana received a grant from the Maine Arts Commission to study at the Marshfield School of Weaving in Vermont for the summer of 2014. She also loves to embroider and crochet, but has yet to learn how to knit.

 

 

Handspinning With Local Fibers– Full Day- $90.00 – 9:30 a.m.

This class is for Beginning to intermediate spinners.The class will be tailored to the skill level of the attendees.  The first half of the day we will go over the variety of equipment utilized for spinning. Then we will focus on getting the beginner students comfortable on their spinning wheels and to start practicing.  For intermediate spinners the morning will be dedicated to asking specific questions and focusing on difficulties encountered.

After lunch  Lynn will be doing demos on plying and Chain Plying (also known as Navajo plying) and talk about finishing your handspun yarn.  We will have discussion on different fibers and the benefits of different fleeces.  If you do not have a spinning wheel, there will be a limited number of spinning wheels available to use for the class’s duration.  There will also be bats and/or fiber available for purchase or bring you favorite fiber or roving.

Instructor: Lynn Whiting

12803230_10204751676186217_9207689074008423736_nLynn earned a fine arts degree in crafts from Virginia Commonwealth University and a minor in Art history.  She has been spinning for over 14 years. She learned to spin on a drop spindle and after a year learned to spin on a spinning wheel and has been spinning ever since.  She has a small farm with 4 alpacas and she enjoys spinning their fleece (or any fleece!) year round.  Lynn is a spinner that crochets, felts and weaves, but is a spinner at heart.

 

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Needle Felt Painting– Full Day- $90.00- 9:30 a.m.

Learn Needle felting techniques using local plant dyed wool as well as naturally colored wool. Colors will be blended and layered to create an 11×14 detailed wool painting. All materials provided. Bring a photo for inspiration if desired.

 

Instructor: Jan Winsor

12189735_1065752826792564_8636175386737816220_nJan Winsor has a BS in Elementary Education with a minor in art. She worked in an elementary school for 13 years keeping art in the background as a hobby.  A lifelong animal lover who acquired some sheep and discovered fiber was a perfect medium. Jan has been able to combine her love of art, teaching and animals all in one endeavor. She now has a much larger flock of sheep to provide wool for her fiber products and artwork. You can see some of her farm animals and fiber art pieces, including the needle felted soap she is known for, at www.FourWindsFarmMaine.com. Jan is sometimes seen with sheep in the back of her Subaru                                                              Forrester.

 

Make An Indigo Fruit Vat– 1/2 day- $50.00 – 1:00 p.m.

Set up an indigo vat with fruit and lime.  We will use the vat to dye protein fibers. Class participants will receive a silk scarf and we will dye them using shibori techniques. There will also be a discussion on setting up an indigo fermentation vat and trouble shooting vats so that participants can set up their own vats at home.

Instructor: Marcia MacDonald

images (1)Marcia MacDonald has been raising alpacas and sheep on her farm in Buxton for 15 years and has been dying her wool exclusively with natural dyes for about 13 years. An avid gardener with a degree in horticulture, the natural dye process harmoniously unites her passion for plants and natural fibers. Natural dyes makes beautiful shades, from soft to bold, and are safer than synthetic dyes which are derived from coal tar, a toxic petroleum by-product. So along with the alpacas and sheep Marcia grow lots of dye plants on her farm. She also collects plants responsibly from nature. Most of her dye work is done with music playing! lpa@maine.rr.com

 

 

We look forward to seeing you on the farm. If you have questions, please get in touch!