Archive for Fiber

Life Goes On: New Arrivals

On New Years  Day, we received a phone call from Sweetwater Farm that our lambs had arrived. We were both excited and nervous because we were not expecting them until March. The barn was not ready for them. Then we found out our lambs were already eight weeks old; they were born in November.  And what a surprise!  We made plans to bring them home the week of the March snowstorm. Of course our area received nine inches of snow, so their arrival was delayed. Our lambs finally came home on Good Friday.

Introducing Poppy and Leo: Olde English Babydoll Southdowns

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Homespun: A Treasure Rediscovered

 

In the Winter 2017 Spin Off, I found an article called “Homespun Heritage”. The article highlighted the 1975 documentary film “Homespun” by Sharon and Tom Hudgins; they  filmed local folks from the southern Appalachian Mountains shearing sheep, washing, carding spinning, dyeing and weaving wool. Now, thanks to the  National Archives , the film is available via YouTube.  Take a look!

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Winnie Enjoying Our Hay!

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Winnie (Shetland Sheep)

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Open Sesame: Cotton Bolls

Nankeen Cotton Boll

Nankeen Cotton Boll

We are anxiously waiting for our cotton bolls to burst open!

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Cotton: Progress

Hidden Gem

Hidden Gem

I finally caught a glimpse of the elusive blooming cotton including the candle stage.

Candle Before Opening

Candle Before Opening

Candle Stage

Candle Stage

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Cotton: Squares

Nankeen Brown Cotton Square

Nankeen Brown Cotton Square

Cotton Garden

Cotton Garden

Cotton square : Another view

Cotton Square: Another View

It’s been a while since I posted about our cotton plants.  Unfortunately, only one plant from our first batch survived so we planted more seeds. Right now, we have two cotton plants, one green and one brown that will probably produce some cotton.  We have cotton squares on the Nankeen brown cotton and Erlene’s green cotton is starting to form little squares.  The other plants will hopefully produce some lovely flowers. Next year, we will try again.

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Shearing Day 2015

This past Sunday we spent the afternoon at Feederbrook Farm for shearing day. We also met Roland, a Shetland sheep, who will be joining our little flock along with Abner. If the weather cooperates and the ground thaws, we should be next on the list to having our fencing installed.

Abner

Abner

Abner and Roland

Abner and Roland (front)

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