Now that it's winter and we're....hibernating, I thought I'd share some of the work that's been done with our wool. We've sold some of the fleeces raw to fibre artists in the area, and the remainder will be sent in to a fibre mill in the spring for processing into yarn. There's lots that can be done with raw wool.
I got the idea to make a doll for my 18-month-old daughter for Christmas using wool when I saw how attached she became to a dirty old toy monkey found in the studio. She was giving the monkey bike rides and putting it to bed, and I thought, maybe she'd like to play with a doll...that hasn't been sitting in a pile of dust for decades. So, I washed some of the wool from our fall shearing and used it for the stuffing on the inside, and I experimented with wet felting to make the hair. I separated out some locks of fibre that were the right length, and then felted together the soft, shorter thel fibres, leaving the longer, tog fibres loose. I also died the hair with some tea so that the doll would look like a baby, not a granny with white hair! It's all sewn up in cotton jersey 'skin' which I ordered online. There are lots of patterns and tutorials for 'waldorf-style dolls' on the internet, that's where I figured out how to make this one. And, me and my girl are both pretty happy with how it turned out.
Here's another example - local fibre artist Diane Lemire used Loretta's fleece (our black ewe) to make these Christmas decorations. You can see some of Diane's other work in her online gallery, www.dianelemire.com.
Anybody else crafting with wool?