Weston Hill Farm

  (westerlo, New York)
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Weaving spinning knitting felting and Keeping Busy during Winter at Weston HIll Farm

It is January and I am staying as busy as possible ! January and Febuary are the months that I get the most done when it comes to Fiber work. The weather this year has been exceptionally warm for the most part, but winter is a time where often times , you find yourself stuck inside the home . This affords me the time to really get going on creating products for resale . I have no studio, no gallery , but I am always suprised how much I can get done working off my loom and work area located in the middle of my family/living room. I have often thought what it would be like if I had a studio, but after all these years I have decided I  get my best work done when I am amongst family , friends and the all the commotion that comes with living a one room open area that I call home .This season I have been felting ornaments and sculptures since late October and most recently started up weaving again. I am weaving up shawls and scarves and table runners using Our Own Wool yarns .They are coming out beautifully.I am wasing and drying fleeces to ready them for dyeing as soon as the weather breaks ..(I dye over a fire outside )  I am also , of course, making my felted ornaments and sculptures for upcoming shows , but, mostly for the NYS sheep and Wool Festival  that is held each year on the 3rd weekend in October. I work on items all year to be able to fill up (and keep full)our two booths there , for the two days of this wonderful festival! I seem to bounce between projects and usually spend a few hours each day weaving, then felting, (either wet or dry )and then I'll spin or felt or knit spin in the evening for a few hours . In between I am either feeding animals or my husband, (son if he's home )  or cleaning up the house (never ending)  or helping hubby by running errands or doing the many tasks / jobs associated with the kennel or our little farmstead that needs to be done . We work together every day, so you can imagine you have to like and respect each other for that to work. I hope you all are keeping busy too, and before we know it , spring will be here and the grass will greening up and we can look forward to getting outside more and getting our hands into the dirt to plant !


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