Welcome to Ewesful!
I am a fibre crafter and sheep farmer located at the northern end of the Sunshine Coast in British Columbia. I have been spinning on and off for almost 40 years. Most of the fibre I work with comes from our mixed flock of heritage and heritage cross sheep at Many Hats Farm. I love to dye my fleeces with colours inspired by this area’s rich flora and the sometimes stunning, sometimes subtle plumage of the farm’s rare poultry.
I could not sheep farm without the help of my fabulous herding dog, Gwynn, so her exploits will be documented in this blog too. She is a Bearded Collie with plenty of the breed’s sheep herding instinct. Sadly she has a heart condition, so is showing the boy Murdoch the ropes.
My sheep live at Many Hats Farm where we try to balance the need to eat lamb and herd sheep with my fibre obsession. Since we are not a production farm, we can select for slower growing fabulously wooly sheep. Since we are also herding, we are happier with smaller sheep.
As this blog evolves I’ll be writing about current craft projects, what we have upcoming at the local market, and what is going on on the farm. I would love to hear back from you about your own spinning, herding, and farming experiences, especially if you have heritage or rare farm animals.
Cheers, Valerie Ann