Celebrating The Year of The Sheep!

I’m getting ready for the Second Annual Farm to Home Wool Festival at Valley Ford hosted by Ariana and Casey. Last year we had a blast. We got lot’s of visitors, the weather was great, and the food was to die for. This year they will have demonstrations on shearing, weaving, spinning, music and more. This is a great family friendly event and the driving to get there is really nice.

Wool Festival Banner

I will be having a booth selling my hand dyed fibers and such along with other vendors offering their wares.

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This is a FREE EVENT!

Free Event

Venue

Valley Ford Wool Mill
Phone:
707-876-1908
14390 Highway 1, Valley Ford, CA 94972 United States
 
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Website:
http://valleyfordwoolmill.com
Patricia
Art on the Water – Third Annual

Art on the Water – Third Annual

Hi there!

I’ve been getting ready for my last fair of the year. I can’t believe this is our third year!

Artbythewate

It’s just getting better and better. We have a great group of artists coming to share and sell their crafts. This year Sha Sha Higby will be join us with her interesting art work. If you haven’t see her work before, please check her website. It’s pretty interesting. Here is a “small sample” of what she is about:

The fair will be held the same day as the Bolinas Craft Fair, so, if you live near by you can visit both fairs the same day and meet interesting people. There is also a great exhibition at the Bolinas Gallery going on. Plenty to see here in Bolinas. Oh, yes… Very important. We will have delicious Mexican food that my friend Jose will be cooking and offering for sale for those that are hungry.

See you soon!

Patricia

BeesyBee Fibers Wherabouts

Fall is here again and Mimi Luebberman is hosting once again her Fiber Fest! Please mark your calendar. I think this makes it the Forth Annual Fiber Fest! I will be doing a small felting demo at 1:30 pm. Bring your spinning wheel or something to knit if you wish. Is always nice to have a spinning circle there.

Forth Annual

I spent last weekend vending at the Dixon Fiber Festival.

It was hot, hot, hot. I guess I’m getting used to the cool weather of the coast. I was glad that the AC was on all the time, so it wasn’t bad at all. Well, except when it was time to go home. We drove with the sun blasting in front of us most of the way back and my old beat up truck doesn’t provide anything else other that move my precious body from one place to another without any of the amenities that newer cars can provide. Little price to pay for having so much fun. What do you think about this guy?

Rainbow Mohair

I got to see my first Teeswater ram. I was surprised at how big they are. It’s such a beautiful sheep. It was nice to meet Natalie Redding of Namaste Farm and of course I had to get some of her colorful wool that she had for sale. It will be eventually mixed with some angora that I purchased from the booth across from her.

Teeswater Sheep

Now I have to get ready for Mimi’s Fair and I hope that the sunshine stays put this week. See you later!!

Patricia

Workshop and Fairs

I feel such a dummy! I had my felting workshop at WindRush Farm yesterday and everything went uneventful. Mimi was very generous to let me teach my first workshop at her beautiful farm. I had a great time teaching nuno felting and everyone had a great time. But… the whole time I was shooting pictures was useless because I forgot to put the memory card into my camera! sad emoticon

I did take one picture with the Ipad, but I’m still so bummed. Oh, well, lesson learn to ALWAYS check the camera before leaving home.

Felting Workshop

I’ve been also busy attending fairs (and dyeing in between) which is also a lot of fun. The First Fiber and Wool Festival held at Valley Ford was a total success and Mimi’s Fair at Windrush Farm is always exciting.

Fibershed Booth

My Booth

Valley Ford Festival

Woven Blankets

 

And the Spinners Day at the Farm in Sebastopol was a mellow and nice event. My friend Gina and I decided to set up the booth under a tree and enjoy the day hanging out with the spinners and the other vendors.

Spinners having a good time

Colorful Wool

Spinners by the Farm

Colorful Socks

Handspun yarn

Today I will be decompressing a little and indulge with some Chocolate.

See you soon!

 

Patricia

 

Spinners Day on the Farm

Spinners Day on the Farm

Mark your Calendars! I will be there selling my wares!

17th ANNUAL!!

This event is  SPONSORED BY: SONOMA COUNTY FIBERTRAILS

When:  SATURDAY, JUNE 14, 2014

Hours:  10 AM  TO 4 PM  

Where:  HESSEL GRANGE

                5400 BLANK RD

                SEBASTOPOL CA

 

Dear hand spinners, knitters, fiber producers, and vendors,

 We invite you to participate in Spinners’ Day on the Farm.  This event is intended to promote, showcase, and sell fiber, fiber arts, and related crafts, produced by the members of Sonoma County Fibertrails and other vendors.

 Hessel Grange offers it’s shady picnic grounds in a rural setting, for our use.

 Come, relax, spin, visit, eat, and buy from a wonderful array of fiber, yarns, tools, supplies, artwork, and other supplies.

 A potluck lunch will be shared,  Please bring a dish, your own cutlery, plate, and beverages (no alcohol, please).

 Fibers ** roving ** yarn ** dyes ** sheepskins ** spinning & weaving equipment

 A great raffle with lots of items donated by your vendors will also be held.  If you want to further support us and please your friends, bring something to donate to the silent auction/raffle yourself.

 Demonstrations and other learning opportunities will occur during the day.

 Directions:  From Hwy 101 take the 116 exit (at Cotati) and go west towards Sebastopol.

For information contact JoAnn at (707)874-3374/ info@wyammyranch.com

I always come back from this fair with a nice fleece from one of the vendors and I get to see amazing spinning wheels!

Patricia

  

 

April Showers

Well, it should be May Showers since it is… well.. May. And it’s actually raining as I’m writing this post! And my unkempt garden at my studio is getting all the benefits right now.

Lamb Day

Check the above flier. I’m getting ready for a couple of fairs coming in the next couple of weeks. I’m so happy, because even that it is a bit of work getting things organized, I loooooove going to the fairs. It’s fun to see the other booths and I also get to meet some of my virtual customers, and the people that follow this blog. I’m going to have a pretty busy schedule for the next month! The first fair that I will be attending is being organized by my dear friend Mimi.

Mimi Lueeberman

This is part of an email I got from Mimi the other day: “I am going to have a pot of onion skins simmering, and I hope Charmaine might do a dye talk. I have a spinning demo planned where we can do what I do with school groups, with kids working with their parents to make a plied bracelet.  We will also have a goat milking demo and  lamb walks. We have two bummer lambs to feed early morning and late afternoon.  Heath, our new pizza chef as Mike was long booked for a class, will be churning out pizzas.  I will be on a flight to the Bahamas—joke, but also wistful thinking!” I love it!!

My friends

Now you know why I’m looking forward to it!

The week after I will be vending at the First Valley Ford Wool Festival.

Valley Ford Wool Fest

Both events are free to attend. So mark your calendars and if you are planning to visit, please come by to say hi and don’t forget to bring your spinning wheel!

Art by the Water – Recapitulation

We did it again! Our Second “Art by the Water” event was a success once again. The food cooked by my friend Mirta was as always, delicious. She made mole negro with chocolate sauce. Yum! And my friends and I had a great time hanging out together and with our visitors. I got to “unveiled” my latest felt work, which is always fun explaining people about the process. Thanks everyone (patrons and artists) for making this event every year more and more fun and for all your help. And now, it’s picture time…

Pauline's Soap

Pauline's Soap

Hats

Felting by Patricia

Knits by Erica and Gina

Weavings

Quilt by Erica

Hat rack

Hats by Patricia

Face creams by Lee

Yarn by Charmaine

Knits by Barbara

Our favorite visitor

Fair

Patricia

After all it was really lamb’s day at Windrush Farm!

This lamb was born the very same day of the fair!

Lamb day

As always, I had a great time at Mimi’s farm. It got a bit windy, and for a moment, I thought it would rain, so I started frantically looking for a safe place to hide my woollies, but luckily, it wasn’t more than a few big droplets of water.

Beesybee's sock yarn

Great pizzas from Mike the Baker…

Pizza guy

Lots of yummy yarn from Mimi’s stash.

Yarn

Needle felted mushrooms

Dolls

Dolls

Having a good old time

Of course, I came back home with a nice Corridale fleece for my felting projects. My plan is to make a furry scarf sometime this weekend. I hope I don’t forget to post pictures here…

xo

Patricia

My last show of the year

Art by the water

Holiday Craft Fair

I wanted to do one more show this year, but I didn’t feel like driving anywhere and get into the frenzy of getting ready for one more craft show (don’t get me wrong, because I like doing craft fairs), but wanted to do something special and what a better way to do it surrounded by my friends who share the same interests when it comes to crafts, food and community. So my last show will be held here at home. If you feel like driving to Bolinas, my doors will be open and I will have a booth set up with my fiber and finished garments. It will be sort of an open studio, except that I will be joined by my friends with their own booths selling their hand made crafts. If you feel hungry, my friend Mirta will be offering her delicious Mexican food, so come and support handmade!

Directions:

If you need directions you please use this link. 

Please feel free to bring your spinning wheel or spindle if you feel like. There is a nice size deck where we can accommodate spinners if the weather permits.

Vendors:

Gina Alexander – Hand spun yarn, baby items

Charmaine Krieger – Hand spun yarn, hand knitted accessories

Erica Hawley – Baby items

Karen Dibblee – Jewelry Artist

Alejandra Bryant – Jewelry

Marlie de Swart – Fiber Arts

Patricia Briceño – Beesybee Fibers and jewelry

Linda Samuels – Beaded Jewelry

Sophie Webb – Prints, books, original paintings

Mirta Guzman- Food and drinks

I hope you can make it, we will be there rain or shine,

Patricia

Lambtown USA

Mark your calendars!

I will be vending this year at the Dixon Fiber Festival. Boot # 65. Come and say hi and meet my products in person. This is a great opportunity to visit a great variety of vendors that offer from raw fleeces to already processed fiber, ready to be spun. There will be demonstrations, classes “sheep to shawl” competitions and more.

The Dixon Lambtown is an annual festival celebrating the rich agriculture and lamb industry of the local region.  The festival will be held at The Dixon May Fair Grounds, 655 South 1st St., Dixon. Click here for a map.  Just an hour away from San Francisco.

We are also trying to beat the Guinnese Book of World Records record for the most knitters knitting in one place at one time. So, if you are planning to attend, please bring your knitting needles and help to break the record, we need 1200 knitters to knit at the same time for 15 minutes.

I hope to see you!