Sunday, February 22, 2009
Lisa Westra, Feederbrook Farm
1. What is your website? and email?
2. Your Ravelry.com username?
3. Where are you located?
Feederbrook Farm is in Freeland, Maryland, 3miles from Pa line
4. What do you make?
Feederbrook Farm offers hand spun/ hand dyed Shetland yarn (Plyed and singles) with silk alpaca and llama blends, hand crafted wooden drop spindles, hand dyed and hand painted roving, sheep skins, finished goods (large triangular shawls, baby and toddler hats, ponchos and mittens)
5. Do you make fiber/yarn/etc. full-time?
YES From my own animals (Shetland sheep, llamas and goats)
6. How did you get into making stuff?
Farm tenants up and left their cats and sheep and we did not want to sell them so we just kept taking care of the sheep year after year and we had all of their fleeces and didn’t have the heart to through it away so my mom got me a spinning wheel for Christmas and that is where the trouble began.
7. How long have you been doing this?
11 years raising sheep and spinning, 7 knitting, and 3 weaving
8. Where do you find inspiration?
From the animals on the farm ( sheep llamas and peacocks), in the peace of the morning feeding rounds and the seasons as they pass. ( sorry to sound so sappy)
9. Any funny stories, words of wisdom, something else to share about you or your business?
Feederbrook Farm is focusing on educational programs and field day opportunities for individuals and schools alike. We aim to educate people on the importance of fiber and it’s origins. We offer classes in animal husbandry, spinning, hand painting, knitting and weaving. This year we are excited to offer opportunities to learn about natural dyes and gardening as we are going to grow plants, harvest them and use them to dye fiber using different mordants. In addition this is our first year for the Feederbrook Farm Fiber Project. A year long educational seminar that takes you from the sheep to the finished product. Participants get to choose a sheep from the flock that is their critter for the year. Feederbrook Farm is offering new/unique approaches to fiber and hands on educational opportunities.
Feederbrook Farm and Potosi Farm will be sharing a booth.