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felted slippers

Sean and I went to the first annual Wool & Fine Fiber Symposium in Point Reyes Station back in November. It was an inspirational event updating the community about the state of the local Fibershed project, uniting artisans, farmers, shepherds, shearers and entrepreneurs. We were inspired by this pair of slippers we saw there. We […]

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Winter Solstice 2012

The sunrise was exceptionally beautiful that morning of Dec. 21. This year I had no tree or decorations other than a wreath and door swag that I made at a community wreath making workshop at the Sunnyside Conservatory in SF. Working with these materials was aromatherapy. Also, as gifts this year I made little packages […]

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felting with Sean

On a very rainy Saturday Sean and I took a felting workshop at Tilden Park in Berkeley.  There were lots of options of what we could make. The instructor gave us wool from the Little Farm’s black  welsh mountain sheep to use.  The wool was slightly brown because the wool gets “sunburned.” Sean helped out […]

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Atl Atl and dart making

I am going through a mini-obsession with learning basic hunting and gathering skills. I recently went fishing for the first time, and did some shooting practice with an old 22, on a visit to my grandparent’s house in Maine.  I’ve always been curious about archery, and then I came across this workshop in the calendar […]

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canning craziness…

I was going to skip doing a blog post this month but my mom really wanted me to show the extent of our preparedness for our two week cross-country road-trip coming up soon. All of my other projects have been set aside this month for canning.  LOTS of canning. I am having food allergies and […]

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Fermentation happens.  It just does. And you can make it happen.  This is really fun.  Sure, you can have mis-steps, and mess-ups, but once you get the hang of it, the magic starts to happen. Everything, and I mean ev-er-y-thing, has some population of bacterial organisms on it.  You, me, fruits and vegetables, the table, […]

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Unmentionables…

So for the first step in creating and acquiring a mostly handmade wardrobe, I decided to start at the bottom, literally, with panties – made out of recycled knit fabrics from old turtle necks and t-shirts and stuff. I found some great tutorials online with different ideas and techniques, like this and this and this, […]

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“Good broth will resurrect the dead.” – a South American proverb. Well made stock is a potent source of easily assimilable nutrients and minerals.  Back when most animals were slaughtered locally and nothing went to waste – bones, hooves, knuckles, heads and tough meat – all went into the stock pot and cooked long and […]

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little felted pouch

I’ve been wanting to do something with the small piece of wool that I dyed in the onion skin vat. I love the color so much. So I decided to try felting it like we did in Katharine Jolda’s workshop.  I wanted to make a smaller version of the purse – like a wallet/pouch thing. […]

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Upholstery projects

This is my most recent upholstery project.  After… …and before. A friend found it for me at a thrift store.  I was determined to avoid all synthetic materials with this project.  Trying to just stick with old school natural fibers and metal. First thing is to tear it all apart and pull out the innards. […]

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