Another Day in Austria

We returned to Austria for more wool adventures. Our first stop was to pick up boiled wool from Scheiber Exclusiv by Landleben who make their own products but also prepare boiled wool for other groups, such as Nathalie’s, to make other products.

Here is what Nathalie picked up.

boiled wool for Nathalie

And, if I have this right, here are samples that Nathalie let me take home of Coburger Fuchsschaf (top) and Alpines Steinschaf boiled wool.

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Besides making the boiled wool, they also make beautiful sweaters from it. Here is some of the material ready to be made into sweaters and the workshop where it all happens.

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The finished products are lovely.

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In fact, I admired them so much that they helped me pick one out to take home! The sleeves of the sweater are knit and the body is boiled wool. It will be awhile before it is cold enough here to wear it but I am looking forward to it! It is a blend of the wool from Mountain Sheep plus silk and cotton.

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Before we left, Nathalie examines a potential pattern for the garments her group sells from their wool.

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We move on to our next stop.

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We had a little trouble finding this place, but not too much. Nathalie had  not been here before so it was an adventure for her, too! Here is where they make loden – another boiled wool but one that is woven first. The boiled wool from the last stop is knitted and then boiled.

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Everything about this place was charming – from the door to the carved steps, I felt like I had stepped back in time.

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Everything here was so clean. I loved seeing the carding equipment close up.

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Here is what they make from the loden (material shown in cabinet): capes (I want one but I think I need to live someplace colder!), pants, and boot/shoe tops (Nathalie and I joked that these could be good rattlesnake protection here in Northern California!)

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wool pants

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Here is a sample of the loden that Nathalie gave me to take home.

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Leaving here, we headed back to Germany but went a different way – through (and maybe over and around?) the mountains of Arlberg.

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Longest tunnels I have ever been in!

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winding roads

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Nathalie’s friend, Fritz (remember the pigs?!), had told her about a nice restaurant in Bregenz by an open air ampitheater on Lake Konstanz. This lake is surrounded and shared by three countries: Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. It was nice to relax before headed home – my last evening before my final sheep adventure in Germany.

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Sorry there were no actual sheep in this post. However, here is a preview for the next post: my last one from inside Germany!

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Published in: on July 1, 2015 at 10:20 pm  Leave a Comment  

Pigs, Sheep, and Cows

We left Austria to head back to Germany, again traveling through some amazing scenery.

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Once back in Germany, we visited Fritz, a friend of Nathalie’s who farms in Bavaria. Right near his home in the village he keeps his rare breed pigs – Buntes Bentheimer Schwein (Bentheim Black Pied Swine) which became nearly extinct in the 1950’s. He has two sows who recently had litters.

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They are very friendly!

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Dinner time!

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Next we went to visit Fritz’s sheep, a short drive away. These are his Alpines Steinshaf. He has the largest flock of them in their group. I think these are such beautiful sheep. Just look at all the colors!

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Fritz also has a rare breed of sheep called Valachian Sheep. They originate from Romania – in the same area where Dracula is said to have lived!

Valachian Sheep

As we get ready to leave, we are greeted by the sight of another group of animals on the move.

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They seemed really big as they got closer. I guess I am just used to sheep! Fritz said they are like our Brown Swiss.

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As the cows head in for their evening milking, we head home, too. The next day – back to Austria!

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Published in: on June 16, 2015 at 1:34 am  Comments (2)  

First Time in Austria

We started out in the rain this morning, headed for Austria – a surprise for me since I only thought I was visiting Germany on this part of my trip!

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Even in the rain the long-ish drive of about 300 km (190 miles), the scenery was stunning.

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Our first stop was to be at a scouring (washing) plant in Ötztal to deliver about 500 kilos (1100 pounds) of Mountain Sheep wool where it will be sorted and washed by color.

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At this plant run by the family Regensburger, the wool starts the washing process by going in here.

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Gets weighed (to insure even amounts in each batch) and washed and rinsed several times (with the water being recycled) at temperatures ranging from 52-58 degrees C. (125-136 degrees F.)

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Then dried and tumbled to remove any short pieces.

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Clean, dry wool is pressed into bales with this piece of equipment.

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The bales are 200 kilos each (about 440 pounds).

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Producers such as Nathalie and her group can then instruct the washing plant where to send the wool for the next stages of production (yarn, spinning wool, finished products). It is not common for the washing and the other production to be done in the same place – or even the same country!

Besides being a washing plant, Regensburger also has for sale items made from wool and has a shop next door to the washing plant. Here, you can see some of their felt and yarns and also carpets made from Tyrolean Alpine Sheep wool from the Ötztal Valley.

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Outside as we prepare to leave there is a nice surprise for us – some beautiful goats! These are Walliser Schwarzhalsziegen – “black neck goats” from the Walliser area of Switzerland. I thought they were very interesting and beautiful – even if they aren’t sheep!

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Good-bye to Austria for today as we head back to Germany and make a stop to see some more sheep – and pigs!

 

 

Published in: on June 9, 2015 at 11:40 pm  Leave a Comment  

The German Sheep

Leaving Garsdale by train for Leeds for a short overnight stay…

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to leeds

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I then took off the next day for Newcatle by train. I knew it wouldn’t affect me but I bet the locals were happy to see this sign!

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From Newcastle I flew to Heathrow (London) and then on to Stuttgart where I was picked up by my friend Nathalie and her two daughters. Long day! Off to dinner at their house and then to my hotel. They live in the German state of Baden-Würtenberg.

I first met Nathalie last year at the 8th World Congress on Coloured Sheep in Paris. She is the coordinator of the wool project Kollection der Vielfalt – seltene heimische Schafrassen erhalten (Collection of Diversity – Preserving Rare Indigenous Breeds of Sheep). There are more than 22 different sheep breeds on the endangered list in Germany. They began this project specifically to market these sheep breeds and their wool, making the breed and the wool attractive to the breeder and the consumer.

I got to see several of the endangered breeds that Nathalie’s group works with. And it was a very full day – just at Nathalie’s! Nathalie and her family participate in a landscape management program with their sheep (and goats). They have their sheep in orchards and surrounding land to eat the grass and weeds. These orchards used to be taken care of by machines but as the equipment got larger it would no longer fit between and beneath the trees so they looked to another solution – sheep and goats! Nathalie spends a lot of time moving all her animals around to control the growth. To those of us in Northern California right now, this is looking pretty lush!

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The first group we visited were the Alpines Steinschaf (Alpine Stone Sheep). They have retained their beautiful colors because when, about 100 years ago, the King of Bavaria wanted only white sheep, the farmers hid their colored sheep in the mountains to protect them. Today, as the most seriously endangered German Sheep breed, there are about 30 breeding groups in Germany with a total of about 600 sheep (when Nathalie’s group began with this breed in 2004 there were only 148 registered sheep in this breed!).

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Look at the range of colors. I will have two of these colors coming to me soon in the form of spinning batts (wool prepared for spinning).

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Now, from a different field, meet “Noah”. He is an Alpines Steinschaf ram, one year old. They are hoping that he will be a champion in a few years. He already looks like one to me!

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Another breed that Nathalie has is Coburger Fuchsschaf (fox sheep). It is a centuries old breed from the Middle East and Central Asia and, more recently, from the Coburg area of Austria. According to Verena Täuber’s article in the conference proceedings from last year, this sheep almost disappeared until local farmers told a cloth manufacturer about it when he was looking for a breed to improve the quality of his tweed. Fortunately, the numbers have increased significantly. The wool is excellent for spinning and felting. (Yes, I have some of this spinning wool coming home, too!). Like our own California Reds and the Solognote we saw last year in France, the lambs are born a beautiful dark russet color.

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I was lucky (again!) to get to feed a bottle baby from this breed and sneak in a little cuddling.

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Along with the Coburger Fuchsschaf in the next photo, you will see another breed Nathalie has, the Schwarzbraunes Bergschaf (Brown Swiss Mountain Sheep) which originated in Switzerland. They are the dark brown ones in the photo.

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In another field we found a very cooperative group of sheep! These yearling Alpines Steinschaf ewes (on the left) and Coburger Fuchsschaf ewes (on the right) lined up perfectly for the photo! They will be sheared soon for the first time so their wool is classed as lambswool.

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As we move from field to field (because she was taking time to show me everything, a walk of about two and a half hours), I think their young herding dog, Fay, wondered why Nathalie was so slow today!

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We also visited Nathalie’s goats. They are Thüringer Waldziege (a goat from the forest of Thüringen from the eastern part of Germany). They were a little reluctant to meet me so Nathalie went up to get them.

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They’d had enough socializing and left – to go back to work.

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The countryside here is beautiful but it would quickly become overgrown and not healthy without the work of people like Nathalie and her animals. Twice a day she has to make the trek to check on the health and safety of her animals and move them and fences as required to keep this landscape managed properly. It’s an incredible amount of work but with the help of her animals, she keeps it beautiful and, at the same time, works to preserve these rare breeds of sheep and goats.

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That was a lot of animals in one day. And now I hear we are off to Austria tomorrow!

Published in: on June 5, 2015 at 1:21 am  Leave a Comment  

The Felting Workshop: From Inspiration to Art

After finally leaving Barra, with the help of my new friends, I made my way to Garsdale Head in North Yorkshire where I had reserved a room at a B & B – Garsdale House.

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The workshop was in a nearby village and the B & B owners also run a taxi service so getting there was no problem.

I had first heard of Andrea Hunter, who teaches the workshop, when my friend, Colleen, showed me her book.

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Immediately captivated by how she had depicted sheep in her wet felting process. I contacted her to see if she ever did workshops. She put me on her list and, once I got the possible dates, I worked my trip to the UK so I could take the workshop. Her studio is in the beautiful little village of Hardraw.

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And here’s where we got to work!

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Andrea explained a little about herself and her philosophy and technique (I highly recommend her book to find out more). With her fine arts background she decided to see if she could work with wool in a “painterly” manner, actually working with the wool as if it is paint. She also believes in framing her work as she finds people then see it as “art” rather than “craft”.

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Andrea limits the size of her workshops so as to be able to give each of us the individual attention and hands-on help that we need.

For those of you interested in felting, here are some details. We worked with Merino wool as it wet felts easily. She had natural and dyed colors available for our use. First, she showed us how to make a base of white wool. Very thin pieces are pulled out (drafted) and placed in a row. The second row overlaps the first by approximately one half the length.

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It isn’t that clear in this photo but the second layer is put on perpendicular to first, again overlapping rows. In this photo the wool has also been sprayed with a soapy water solution.

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We were to bring an inspiration item to the workshop. Do you remember this photo? It ended up being my inspiration. I had another shot in mind but this is where it is important to listen to the instructor! The view I had chosen was way too complex for my skill level at this point (but Andrea has encouraged me to pursue it at home).

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Part of the success of Andrea’s technique is her use of pre-felts for certain aspects of her pictures. A pre-felt is making felt that is only partially felted. Pieces cut from this pre-felt can then be applied to your picture when you want that part to stand out more and appear more solid. I was going to need black for the sheep and grays for the rocks. I think this photo better shows the placement of the two perpendicular layers of felt.

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The wool is worked on bubble wrap and a wooden dowel is used to help roll…and roll…and roll….the felt. Sometimes we even used our feet! With my pre-felt finished and my white layers prepared, I was ready to design my picture. Since several of us had some sky in our pictures, Andrea showed us her technique for designing sky. If you want a diffuse look, you pretty much just draft it out.

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To achieve a darker, more unsettled sky, she uses small cards to blend wool to create a more mixed look.

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I went for the peaceful sky. Then, to get an idea of where my sheep shapes would be placed, she showed us how to twist some wool to then approximately “draw” our shapes on the background (remember, “painterly”). Traveling with an iPad has many benefits!

sky and outline

Now, for me, the hard part. I had to sketch the sheep in approximately the size I wanted. Andrea helped me some with this part. I checked their placement on the background. Using a template like this avoids making mistakes when I then actually cut them out of the pre-felt.

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I was able to free-hand cut out the rocks so now it is ready for all the rolling it takes to turn this into felt.

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Another participant needed to learn how to make a tree so Andrea showed us her method. Starting with the trunk and then continuing to draft out and up, you end up with this amazing tree!

first tree

Spraying with the soap solution and using your hands to felt it some through the bubble wrap lets you create a piece that can be lifted up and applied to the background for further felting.

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Here are the three other participants’ pieces in progress. I think they are all pretty amazing and wish I had photographed the final results but you get the idea.

tree project

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All too soon the day was over and I was on my way back to Garsdale to continue my journey.

My picture needs a little more work when I get home. I will use some needle felting to better define the horns and clean things up a little. A visitor came in while we were working and, when I explained the origins of my motivation piece, she said it was a wonderful way to keep them with me a bit longer. What a wonderful thought!

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Published in: on June 1, 2015 at 3:09 am  Comments (3)  

Barra and …..Barra: What a Difference a Day Makes

My hosts, Denise and Jonathan, kindly drove me to the ferry and showed me a little more scenery along the way. Dropped off at the ferry in plenty of time to catch the boat to cross the Sound of Barra and arrive for a bus ride (I really like this transportation system!) to the airport.

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The weather was a little rougher on this crossing but not at all bad.

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They even transported a tour bus on this ferry, which I thought was impressive as it was a much smaller ferry than the one I took from Leverburgh to Berneray. The ferry people are ready for anything. When it was obvious that the bus wouldn’t clear the end of the ramp, they hurried out with mats to put under the front wheels!

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Arriving at the airport, I was happy to find a very nice, if crowded, waiting room.

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It soon cleared when the earlier flight took off and I was able to get the all important coffee and scone.

coffee and scone

As the time got nearer, we began to realize that the plane would be delayed. The weather was getting worse. “Late” finally became “Cancelled”, apparently an unusual occurrence. However, since this is the only airport in the world where the planes land on the beach, I might have suspected there was going to be a problem as the weather got worse. As I tried to figure out what this meant for my connection in Glasgow to continue on to Leeds and then on to my felting workshop, a Very Kind couple on the same flight heard about my predicament and offered to drive me from Glasgow (where their car was parked) to Garsdale Head (North Yorkshire) to a B & B near the village where my workshop would be held. Without their help, I never would have made it there at all.

So that was settled, but now the airline had to find us accommodations on a very small island. They did a very good job and booked us at a B & B on the ocean. Looking out my window there, you can maybe see why the plane couldn’t land.

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The next morning, the weather had cleared enough and there was some time to hang out on this beautiful beach area behind the B & B before heading back to the airport.

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Before I fly out, here are a couple maps to show where I’ve been. In the first, you can see Stornoway near the top where I flew into. Then the route to Tarbert, then to Leverburgh at the tips of South Harris where I caught the ferry to Berneray.

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In the second map, I took the bus from Berneray to Eriskay, the island after the southern tip of South Uist. Finally, the ferry from Eriskay to Barra.

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A number of us waited outside to see the plane come in. How many times do you see a plane land on a beach? Here are some tracks from previous take offs and landings.

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It is pretty windy…and the plane is about an hour late, causing me to wonder if they would have to cancel again.

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But, no, here it comes.

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So, with a pretty good view from inside this tiny plane, I am off to Glasgow and on to the approximately 3 hour drive to North Yorkshire!

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Published in: on May 30, 2015 at 11:37 pm  Leave a Comment  

Last Day on Eriskay

I thought a walk on my last day on Eriskay was a good idea. I had not yet spent much time at the shop – the island’s grocery store and post office.
Looks like I am headed in the right direction.

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This shop supplies all the local necessities and was fun to wander around in. Also took a moment outside to relax and chat with locals and visitors.

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Back to the local pub for a last coffee and scone…

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…and then a look at the beach where Bonnie Prince Charlie landed so many year ago.

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There are a lot of shells on this beach.

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On the walk back to my cottage I saw interesting birds…

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…the famous Eriskay ponies, who in the past had helped to haul peat (cut from the ground for fuel)…

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…local sheep…

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…and then a gift from “my” sheep who chose that moment to come and pose for me. (You will see something from these photos in my later felting project). Aren’t they magnificent?!

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So, with my wash on the line…

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…and an almost-final visit with Bill and Ben, who wondered why I was sitting down in the pasture with no bottles (!)…

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…I prepared to leave the next day for the next stage of the journey. I will very much miss the people and animals of Eriskay. Thank you, Denise and Jonathan, for an experience I will never forget!

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Published in: on May 28, 2015 at 7:53 am  Comments (2)  

The Hebridean Woolshed

Actually, Denise’s shop and business is the way I found the croft and their self-catering cottage on Eriskay. I was looking to see what Hebridean Sheep there might be to visit in the Outer Hebrides and their website popped up. What good fortune!

Let me share with you what is written in a local travel magazine about the Woolshed as that will give you a good idea of what happens here.

With the author, Jonathan’s, permission:

“Sheltered within the walls of An Gàrradh Mòr – the historic high-walled kitchen garden at Kilbride – stands a little blue building, the modesty of which belies the treasure trove of craftsmanship and creativity within.

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“Denise and Jonathan Bridge came here in December 2002 to live a life of self-sufficiency, hard work, enterprise and neighborliness. Out in the garden they grow a wide variety of vegetables, herbs and soft fruit – primarily for their own needs, but during the summer there’s often surpluses for sale. Jams and chutneys – mostly made with garden produce – are available year-round as are free-range eggs from their croft. The eggs are the key ingredient in Denise’s famed fresh-made lemon curd.

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“In the Hebridean Woolshed – just inside the main south gate – the emphasis is on their indoor labours, made mostly during the wild and dark winter months. Hand-spun wools in the natural black of their Hebridean Sheep; others hand-dyed with native plants. There’s hand-woven scarves, beautiful knitwear, and colour themes with names such as Machair and Atlantic.

“There’s much more besides, everything being hand-made, unique – and rich in the substance and qualities of this place. Quantities are of course limited, but Denise’s work has gone to places as far flung as New Zealand, Canada, Norway, and South Africa. ‘It’s surprising how often I get orders for replacements – for much-loved hats left on a city bus, or snatched away by the winds on Mingulay, or orders for skeins to complete a knitting project’, says Denise. Before coming to Uist, the couple had moved many times living throughout the UK and abroad. But after more than 12 years, are they here to stay? Jonathan: ‘We’ve faced challenges here like nothing we’ve known before. We’ve grown – and nothing grows without roots. Who we are, everything we do? They grow right here.'”

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And now, from me, a little more about Denise’s yarn and dyeing. Here is the inside of that little blue shed where the magic happens.

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Denise pre-mordants (a mordant is the substance you soak or cook the fiber in so that the dye will attach) those fibers that need a mordant and stores them so that they are ready when she has the dyes ready.

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She uses a variety of natural dyes, some locally harvested and some she buys.

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With the help of “Princess Pickle” I can show you two beautiful skeins of Cheviot, dyed first with logwood and then indigo (the blue skein) and goldenrod and then indigo (the green skein).

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Denise’s Aga is helpful for drying yarn in the winter months…

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…and I know that Tilly carefully supervises Denise’s spinning, as well as greeting guests.

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It was a pleasure to visit this beautiful place and to truly get to observe first hand “the treasure trove of craftsmanship and creativity within.”

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Published in: on May 23, 2015 at 7:24 am  Comments (1)  

The Croft

It has turned out to be a very special adventure actually staying on a croft in the Outer Hebrides. I decided I needed a whole blog post to explore this with a fair warning – if you aren’t all that interested in sheep you may want to skim this one! I will explain what I have seen and learned – Jonathan, please chime in with comments to correct me as needed!

According to the Scottish Crofting Federation, a croft is “a small rented farm, especially one in Scotland, comprising a plot of arable land attached to a house and with a right of pasturage held in common with other such farms.”

That is a bare-bones description which I will give life to through my photos of this particular croft on the island of Eriskay. A little history, prior to 1886 crofters did not have many rights. In the Crofter Holding Act of 1886 Parliament granted the security of tenure to crofters, meaning they could not be arbitrarily removed from the property. It also assured them fair rents and the right to pass on their tenancy to their heirs.

Before anyone thinks this would be a lovely retirement or change of place, crofts are very hard to get. You have to show that you are a good fit for the local crofting community and, of course, one has to be available.

Most crofters have other occupations as well as maintaining their croft and, even today, it can be a challenging life. There is a beautiful little sign across from the cottage on this croft, explaining what Jonathan and Denise do.

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The original house is still on this croft, built in 1868, the first or one of the first on the island.

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Historical AND it makes a suitable backdrop for these special sheep.

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I was lucky enough to be here while there were still little lambs – following their moms around…

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…catching a snack…

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…or just hanging out.

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Besides sheep, there are chickens and geese here. I really like seeing inside the chicken house – and may take back some ideas for home! The roosts are elevated…

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…as are the nesting boxes. With about 100 chickens between here and their other location by where Denise and Jonathan live, there is never a shortage of eggs. I have had some and they are very good!

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The house into the coop operates on a light sensor, and sometimes a timer, so that the chickens can be shut in safely at night and be let out the next morning.

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Jonathan mixes his own feed for the sheep and poultry.

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And even during feeding time (the chickens are fed separately in their coop but manage to get some here, too) they all mostly get along.

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The geese get a little treat.

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And, of course, the bottle babies, Bill and Ben, need to be fed. It’s a tough job but someone has to do it! (The red on their horns is a marker paint so they can be easily identified in the flock, although from what I saw of their behavior, they found us quickly enough at feeding time!)

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Jonathan and Denise work very hard to make this a beautiful and productive croft. I was very lucky to experience a little bit of it. Next blog- more of Denise’s work!

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Published in: on May 21, 2015 at 7:09 pm  Leave a Comment  

Uist Wool Mill

My host, Denise, kindly offered to arrange a visit to Uist Wool Mill in Grimsay, North Uist, about 1 1/2 hours from here.

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From their brochure, here is a brief description of their goals:

“The Uist Wool Mill will spin local and other fleece into desirable, unusual yarns to supply weavers, craftspeople, and visitors alike. It will help,to revitalize this traditional island industry through creating employment, training, and workspace using a local asset – wool. Uist Wool will also become a Centre where skills, ideas, design and inspiration are shared by young and old, novices and experts, islanders and visitors alike, through training programmes, workshops and education.”

We were greeted by Dana, the project manager, who took time to show us through all the processing areas, even though the mill is not scheduled to be fully operational until 2016.

We began in an area currently being used for preparing the wool for washing and as a storage area for wool received for processing. Here, a “fearnaught” (I may have got the spelling wrong) – a picker – from the 1920s is being worked on. They have found that opening up the wool staples by running through a picker prior to washing gives them a better, cleaner wash.

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Here is wool being stored prior to picking/washing and the tagging system., with any special instructions (“random feed yarn” means that the wool will be carded varying the colors so,as to achieve a variegated yarn).

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The picked raw wool gets washed in one of two washers from the Belfast Mini-mill systems which can handle 6 or 9 kilos (approx. 13 or 20 pounds) dry weight of fleece per load.

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Washing is, of course, followed by drying with passive heating. I like the drying racks above my head!

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That was done in this building.

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Now the clean, dry wool is picked again in the building where the carding and spinning will happen.

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Next, comes the process of carding the wool. Uist Mill is doing a woolen spun wool, that is, in the carding preparation for spinning, the fibers are going in different directions with air spaces between the individual fibers. The wool goes through the first carder and then enters the second carder crosswise.

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It emerges as a very fine “web” which is then cut into very fine strips and rolled onto a large spool.

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Here is a small piece of this stage that I brought back with me.

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Next, these spools are loaded onto the spinner where the twist will be put into 9 strands at a time (in the first photo four strands going to the front and five to the back of the spinner) from each spool going on to individual bobbins. From there on any plying and additional finishing will happen.

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Here is some finished yarn drying after being washed and some items made from Uist Wool.

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A very interesting look at a mill project in development.

Denise and I got a little lunch (crab and salmon cakes!), a quick stop at the local (South Uist) craft shop…

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And home to check on sheep. It looks like the moms are keeping an eye on their babies playing on the wall, doesn’t it?!

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The time is flying too quickly at this stop on my trip!

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