Gypsy Mountain Farm
Fiber, Farm Raised
Fiber, Locally Sourced
Fiber, Hand-Dyed or Hand-Spun
Shave ‘Em to Save ‘Em
How to Shop
All “Art Batts” will be 10% off.
My daughter Chelsea (Cottontail Farm) & I will be collaborating to offer a project bag with matching skein set. And I will have a colorway dyed specially for MDSW in both Blue Face Leicester Sport weight and a Yak-Merino sock yarn.
Twelve years ago my search for a farm led me to the mountains of SW Virginia. Finally one spoke to me & now in a holler, on a dirt road, CVM, Romney, Finn, Jacob & Leicester Longwool sheep reside here with me along with my Hereford sow, Mini Jersey cow & chickens. It is a dream come true, a labor of love to make it what it has become. A good life, one who many would say is going back in time. I am lucky to be here. There’s so much more to do.
Two years ago the Livestock Conservancy started their program “Shave ‘Em to Save ‘Em (SE2SE), an effort to raise awareness of rare, endangered breeds of sheep. It has changed the world for many American shepherds. Thru their site & FB page fiber lovers have the chance to connect & learn about breeds they had never heard of. It has given us shepherds who raise conservation breeds of sheep, a way to market our wool. I am involved in that program as a fiber provider.
My daughter Chelsea, (Cottontail Farm) & I do fiber festivals together. She is a project bag & tool maker, so between the two of us, we have everything you need !! I am so lucky too, to share this fiber life with her. She & I are busy collaborating on a special bag & skein set for MDSW !
What I offer for sale is from my sheep & from fiber I gather from other small American farms like mine. Small farms are being lost & need to be saved. In my small way, I am trying to preserve what I can.
I love to dye, it is my favorite thing. It’s like being a mad scientist & has become a bit of an obsession. All my fiber & yarn is kettle dyed or handpainted by me. My emphasis is & always will be different breeds of American farm sheep, but I do offer some Merino blends. New this year are my “Sockinettes”. Sock tube kits, that I crank on my CSM w/matching mini skeins to make a pair of socks.
I hope you enjoy this weekend & I hope that next year we all can be together. Thank you MDSW for giving us this opportunity, & to all who visit us here…Thank You !