Shed Textile Company focuses on the art of hand weaving and local fibers in New York State. The fibers used in her pieces are hand-sourced locally from farmers, spinners, shearers, dyers, makers, tradesmen, and the countless regional fiber festivals that dot the countryside every year.
Ben Hostetler is the Operations Manager at Mountain Meadow Wool Mill. They will be discussing what it's like running a small family business in the wool industry, how ranchers and their own mill are adapting to changes brought by COVID-19.
In our conversation, we talk about her most recent publication “Vanishing Fleece: Adventures in American Wool.” A tale of her year-long exploration traveling to farms and mills across America in order to transform a 676-pound bale of fleece into commercial yarn.
Mary Jeanne Packer is the owner of Battenkill Fibers in Greenwich, New York. Battenkill Fibers is the last standing wool fiber mill in New York offering commercial scale carding and spinning for fiber farms and manufactures of yarn and fiber products.
Margaret Russell is a weaver of almost 40 years. Margaret has a long ancestral history of weaving in her family, and is weaving in the same small coastal town in Northeastern Massachusetts as her great x 9 grandfather worked as a linen weaver in 1635.
Jane Hansen is a small-scale sustainable wool fiber farmer living in Northern Wisconsin.She grows vegetables, greens, herbs, flowers and fruits on a seven year crop rotation as well as uses a management intensive grazing method for her flocks.