Wednesday, December 9, 2009

In Dark Trees

Here's the prototype for the 'In Dark Trees' Bonnet. It is entirely dry felted, with wire reeds coming off the one side and a strap that buttons on the other side. I wanted it to be bulky and obscure the face a bit. The texture is sort of fungus-like, and I like the way it holds the light. The softness is important too, I didn't want it to be too much like a helmet. It's very warm and it is surprisingly comfortable, except for the itchiness.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Chassagne Farm

In hopes of learning about the complete cycle of where wool comes from the lovely Maria and I took a day trip to a sheep farm just outside of Guelph today. If you are looking for a farm to visit I would highly recommend Chassagne Farm. Their motto is Where Happy Sheep Live! and I would safely say the every being that lives on that land is happier than a pig in the mud. Carole Precious was kind enough to show us around and explain the processes and the work that goes in raising sheep for wool. All the sheep on their farm are descendants from a flock of pregnant ewes brought over from the Shetland Isles by Carole's father in law. Shetlands are known for their high quality fleeces which make excellent yarns. They are also adorable and I'll admit I've fallen in love, with the farm, the sheep, their two donkeys, and a excitable doberman named Colonel.
Some highlights, in pictures:
A lovely Donkey, she protects the sheep from predators.
I was being sized up by the young ewes
These are the young Rams. They look crammed in but they just all ran to the back of the pen when we came near. It was amusing.
He was ready for his close-up apparently
A good example of High-tailing it.

I would like to go back to witness the shearing in June, it makes for quite a day Carole says. She is a lovely woman and a pleasure to talk to, its very clear that this is her passion and I'll leave you with the Winston Churchill quote they have on their website:

"There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man."