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Honoring the Ancient Fibersheds

Herds of elk, deer, antelope– throngs of rabbits, and many other four-leggeds once roamed the hills, prairies, and river valleys of our ancient fibersheds.  The skins of these animals are the first pre-woven textiles, known to have provided shelter, clothing, and bedding for our ancient ancestors. Several members of the fibershed community spent a weekend […]

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An Afternoon at Woolly Egg Ranch

Farming, bio-diesel manufacturing, canning, chicken coop building, these are just a few of  Kenny Kirkland’s many skills.  His generous and welcoming nature makes a visit to his farm, a lesson in sustainable practice.  Each time I stop in, it seems Kirkland has added another layer of value or function to his on-going land management practices. […]

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Indigo Evening Update

The little indigo starts that we planted have made themselves completely at home on the mountain farm. Its just been a couple of months now, and the plants are bushy, leafy, and creating the perfect biomass for our natural dye purposes.  Our row is surrounded by calendula, camomile, and poppies–all of which support water retention […]

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Planting Blue… in the rain.

The quiet of the sky, and the interspersed drops of rain were a welcoming combination that led us to the western end of the San Geronimo Valley.  It is here where Mt. Barnabe stands–its southern exposed slope is covered in chaparral (filled with dye plants), to the north the ridges are dotted with douglas fir, […]

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Between Soil and Skin: Our Mill

Making Fibershed clothes from within our designated 150 mile radius continues to be a deep exploration into local resources.  This exploration led the Fibershed team on a drive northeast on highway 113, and down the lesser known road 27, to visit Jane Dreamer, and her Yolo Wool Mill.  The process of experimenting with the locally […]

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Clothes in Color Grown Cotton

May 1st arrived, and so did the first Fibershed clothes.  The wardrobe was launched with some functional basics- a shell, and a pair of loose fitting bolero pants.  The fabric for these pieces was woven and knit from Sally Fox’s organic color grown cotton.  Fox’s farm resides in Guinda, California,  just 90 miles from my […]

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Ahh… the First Socks

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 These gorgeous socks were created with the wool of Windrush farm (30 miles) from my home.  The farm is run by Mimi Luebberman, a wonderful fiber enthusiast who has all of her sheep’s wool processed and naturally dyed for sale at local farmer’s markets.  She also hosts and educates the local community children in an […]

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