Fiber Craft Studio Festival
June 3, 2012
“Today, more than ever, the crafts have the mission
to reconnect the human being to the Earth and her substances, bring
healing to the senses and soul, and foster the creative capacities of the human
– Renate Hiller
I have had the pleasure to meet some great people since I have been in the sheep and fiber
business. Renate Hiller is one of them. Renate with Mikae Toma have a mission
to bring back the simple task of making things with your hands. Their passion is working with fiber and natural plant dyes. I am honored they feature my Jacob fleeces in
their fiber program.
I was fortunate to participate along with my friend Peggy Van Beek in their annual Fiber Craft Studio Festival in Chestnut Ridge, NY. Their clients come from NYC with their
children to spend a day in the country. It was amazing how calm and focused the
children were when creating their own felted cloth, dyeing yarn with plants, or
making little birds out of wool. Of course, Po,the yearling Jacob ram, was a big hit with the kids. Po was a complete gentleman and loved having the kids and adults scratch his back.
Our day was cut short by a thunderstorm but spending the day with friends, sheep and fiber is a good day anytime. I had a chance to take a few pictures before we had to pack up.
Check out the Fiber Craft Studio’s website for more information. Be sure to view their gallery. They have taken knitting to another level. Simple but eloquent.