Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The Tour

The weather was beautiful this past weekend, perfect for a drive.  I did the New Hampshire Wool Arts Tour and managed to hit four of the six stops.

A couple of the stops are off the beaten path - down dirt roads that twist and turn through the woods.

Across bridges.

Narrow bridges.

One way traffic only.

The Wool Arts Tour celebrates all the fiber arts.  The Fiber Studio had a little bit of everything.  In addition to being a fully stocked yarn store, they have a wonderful, unique button selection.  They also offer fiber, spinning wheels and looms.

There was weaving on display.

And there were several looms with works in progress.

There was needle felting.

I feel in love with these two.  The curly locks, the expressions, the noses, the details.

We went to this stop.

The huge barn at Spinner Farm  was full of vendors.  It was fun to see some familiar faces.  In addition to vendors they had food, ice cream, sheep shearing, pony rides and animals.  This was a full service stop.

During the day I spotted a couple of vendors with these.

Nesting balls.  These open air balls are filled with bits of fiber.  Hang the ball from a tree and the birds will come and gather the fiber for their nests.  Clever and colorful.

There were animals to be seen.

Sheep at Spinner Farm.

And animals to be heard.

Gobbling turkeys at Windfall Farm.

Thanks to all the organizers who made this event possible.  It was a most enjoyable outing.

On the international scene this week marks The Campaign For Wool in Britain.  This event is spearheaded by HRH The Prince of Wales who is promoting wool as a natural, sustainable material.  This campaign is unique in that it has a multi-industry focus - everything from building to fashion.  As their website says, Live Naturally . . . Choose Wool.

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