Not every fiber producer raises wool, mohair or angora for retail. The idea is simple. We help by creating a place to trade, co-op or sell fiber. Often this helps our farmers and ranchers learn how to spin, weave, knit, or simply put more money in the bank for hay and livestock care.
Great Britain has centuries on us when it comes to "traceable wool" which simply put means that our buyers know the wool came from Farm A located in Somewhere, Texas. It's not just about the fiber a mill gets, but the story that goes with that fiber. Our goal is to create a story for the fiber and then show others how we do this! After all, we are all here to help each other. If we are lucky we can connect the shepherd with the artist!
Well, I think you get that now. We are here to support each other. There are three active Fiber Mills in Texas now BUT we could use more.
Texas is now back on the map as the largest wool producer because there's a movement to create a natural, sustainable lifestyle here. Saying "Texas Traceable Wool" is a goal we should set!
Farms and Ranches have a lot of resources for learning, but I think the it's the obligation of the Mills and the Festivals to also teach. You will see the expansion of Texas Wool Week, Yellow Rose Festivals and Texas Fleece and Fiber Festival in the next years as we collaborate.
We have a massive fiber arts community. You can meet many of these teachers through festivals and their local yarn shops and studios. If you are looking for a particular teacher, please do not hesitate to contact Jennifer for leads on where to learn!
Come visit The Sheepwalk and learn more about what we are doing. This collective was not born yesterday. This is a collective effort to build on our community and get more fiber to the table!