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Day Dreamer is done!

The coal stove kicks out some dry heat so even this thick piece of felt was ready very quickly. I hand stitched a backing on the piece and mounted it in a wood frame. I’ve chosen not to use glass on my felted wall art so the tactile textural quality has a room softening effect. This is helpful when the collector places it in a bank, an office or other “sterile” environment.

Every aspect of this piece relates to my environment in some way. Anyone who drives past my little farm in the summer knows about my towering sunflowers. The old picket fence offers a rustic backdrop for a constantly changing display of lilies, hollyhocks, zinnias and more as the season progresses. Many of the wool colors are derived from flowers growing in my gardens or fields. The finished framed size is 36″x 24″ and is available for $1429.

This weekend I am heading to the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, VA to do my first show in 2016. The festival is Jan 29th-31, Friday and Saturday 10-6, Sunday 10-5. My booth is #312 so if you are in the area come check it out along with 250 other crafters and artists.

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Shearing Day at Shady Grove Farm

Once a year, in the spring, it is time to shear the alpacas. There are two benefits: fiber harvest time for me and a cool summer haircut for the animals. Since the temperature on the chosen

Linda assisting with sheering

Linda assisting with sheering

day in May soared into the mid-eighties the animals appreciated their sleek new look right away. The lower level of my barn was used for the operation as it is cool and fairly spacious. Two men from Worthington Acres Alpacas handled the clipping and several of my friends showed up to assist in the fleece collection process. I have thirteen animals so the shearing takes a few hours.

I end up with two bags of fiber from each animal which represent two qualities of wool. The blanket fleece is the first quality fiber for spinning and the neck and leg wool is seconds that I can use to make felt.

Alberto grazing with new haircut

Alberto grazing with new haircut

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