New England Fiber Festival

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Today was the third Annual New England Fiber Festival. I have managed to attend all three. It is a wonderful event. Farmers, knitters, weavers, felters, soap makers, rug hookers from all over New England come. It is an absolute feast for the senses! The colors, textures, smells….it is amazing!

IMG_1070Stunning!

There is yarn, rovings, felted creations, socks, sweaters, hats…..and animals.

imageI am partial to the sheep.

imageI love sheep! These three are Baby Doll sheep. The stay pretty small. Perfect for small holdings… I am immediately wondering if we could fit some in at Brookwood Shire.

imageShe is even smaller. A Shetland mix and very sweet.

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The rovings have pictures of the sheep that “donated” the wool.

imageHow nice to have that connection. To understand where things come from and to acknowledge how animals provide for us. How we are all part of the cycle of nature.

IMG_1061Such dignity.

imageJust try to resist plunging your hands into this. The way it feels…and smells! Delightful!

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Romney is a breed of sheep. Don’t, in this political season, confuse them with someone else.

imageThink about what it took to create this. Raising and sheering the sheep. Preparing the wool. Spinning, dyeing, winding… Now ready to be knitted, crocheted, felted…..the possibilities are endless.

imageThis flower pin was made from zippers! Who ever would even think of that?!

imageThese “tiles” were made from felted wool. Just beautiful!

IMG_1059And then there were the Alpacas. Alpaca wool is incredibly soft.

imageAnd Alpacas are lovely.

imageIt was a wonderful day. Such talented and creative people. So good to know there are still people living a sustainable life, so close to nature. Who are preserving “the old ways” and sharing the fruits of their labours with us. Who help to show us the richness of what life once was and what it could be again.

About patti

I am a retired kindergarten teacher, tending a new kind of garden now, raising chickens and exploring permaculture. I live with my husband, Bill, my beloved dog, Fergus and my cat, Mighty Merlin. We have a small cottage and a tiny bit of land called Brookwood Shire. It is our sanctuary.
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4 Responses to New England Fiber Festival

  1. wspines says:

    Hi Patti,
    Deb and I are headed down tomorrow to scope out the show. We may want to apply for next year. Pictures are great, the animals so cute. Glad that you had a great time.
    carole

  2. Pics came out great.. Tired from the indoor, concrete walking, but happy to have had my senses bombarded by incredible colors, textures and smells..

  3. Verónica says:

    What fun! There’s a fiber festival near San Antonio, Texas next weekend. I can’t wait!

  4. PermaGoddess says:

    What joyful images to behold! Thanks for sharing! The colours of the wool are exquisite!
    Colx

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