I had a great time talking to Janet about being a fiber farmer and learning to dye with natural dyes. She talked about her journey from getting fiber animals to making yarn and dyeing it and now as a publisher of farming and animal oriented books. It’s a great talk and I hope you love it! Click on the photo below to listen or listen wherever you listen to podcasts from iTunes to Spotify.
In this episode I talk to Amy DuFault. She is the organizer of the Southeastern New England Fibershed as well as the Director of Sustainability for Botanical Colors. We had a fascinating conversation about all kinds of things. It started out as a talk about how to naturally dye while traveling. We also veered into all kinds of other topics. We had a great time. I hope you enjoy it too. You can listen to it wherever you listen to podcasts and even as a video podcast on Spotify. Find it here.
In this episode of the Flying Goat Farm podcast, I talk about the benefits and pitfalls of natural dyes. I also help you with questions about how to use these yarns effectively in a pattern. And once you’ve invested in naturally dyed yarn, fabric or clothing, how should you take care of them so they are part of your wardrobe for the longest time.
I’m answering the questions I had for my guests in upcoming episodes. I’ve been making since I was a kid. I was taught to embroider and sew clothing early on. It was a valued skill in my family. As a young adult I picked up needlepoint and even started to paint my own canvases. I was mesmerized by the wall of color in the needlepoint store. I learned to weave and dye and spin on my journey as well. And when I needed to have a smaller footprint in creative endeavors I went back to sewing and began to quilt. This has led me to wanting to creative more slow fashion for myself. But the reality of fast fashion and its environmental problems has made my goal of a local slow wardrobe more tangible and has become a passion project.
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I took a trip to the Carolinas last week. I was able to see how fleeces go to yarn and fabric in the large industrial process. It was fascinating, especially since I know all of those processes on my own small scale. You can listen to my podcast here or watch on You Tube here.
Season 4 Episode 10: This episode is all about the Fibershed movement. How it got started, what the mission is and how you can get involved. Links mentioned in the episode: Fibershed website, Fibershed Affiliate Zine, Chesapeake Fibershed Website, Weaving Voices Podcast. Go to the Podcast page for the links
Slow fashion is the opposite of fast fashion. It has arisen from the concerns about the planet and about concerns about wage equality and the equal treatment of people in all countries, not only as workers, but also as the end users of these products and concern about our climate. It started by a lot of people pivoting to buying organic clothes, when possible. And then people started looking at the idea of these organic sustainable fibers are going to be grown on a farm somewhere. Read the TranscriptListen to the podcastWatch the Video
Yes, MD sheep and wool is next Saturday and Sunday. So I’m in the middle of packing the truck to get going.
I’m about half done and expect to have it all packed up by late this afternoon.
SOOOO!! I’ll be putting the online shop in vacation mode.
Come to the festival and see us. We are in the Main Building! Our booth is C5. Where’s that? well enter the large open doorway and go into the right aisle. We are the a few booths down on the left. You won’t be able to miss us.
Be sure to show us what you have made with our yarn! It makes our day!!
This season is all about fibershed and slow fashion. I am researching some of the really hard questions about changing our wardrobes over to be more climate beneficial with mindfulness of equity and reducing waste. This first episode is about style. What is your style? Do you dress that way? Especially now as we are going back into the world, how do you want to clothe yourself to reflect your inner beauty? You can listen to the podcast here or your can subscribe on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts. Or watch on Vimeo or YouTube.
We’re putting the shop on vacation while we take some much needed time off. The store will be closed starting 3/20 and reopening 4/6. When we reopen, we’ll have lots of new colorways in preparation for Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival. Some of these I’ll share before May, so stay tuned for shop updates.