Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Maine Fiberarts Open Studios Tour 2009

Visit the website and their real home, with gallery, in Topsham, Maine, if you possible can!

JoAnn and Wayne Myers.

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Left: field of heirloom plants, where JoAnn gave me copious woad seeds!  Right: three Leicester Longwool ewes stampeding to greet us!

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Beau-Chemin Farm, Leicester Longwool ewe with nursing lamb and Leicester Longwool ewe in the pasture.

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Left: Soay ewe at Beau-Chemin Farm. Right: owner JoAnn Myers telling me about her work in preserving heirloom livestock breeds and heirloom flowers and vegetables.

Wendy Pieh

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Left:Owner Wendy talking about her goats.  Right: Donkey guarding the rams.

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I also visited two fiber artists, but did not get photos.  In Rockland I stopped by Maine Island Rag Rugs, where weaver Mary Ann  Small has a wonderful fairytale studio with her loom and a display of colorful rag rugs sits in a beautiful shed built by her husband and surrounded by lovely gardens.

Last stop of the day was Botanical Shades, where Jodie McKenzie dyes some wonderful hues on beautiful wool and wool/mohair blend yarns that are stunning!  She is in between homes right now so I cannot give her address!  Hopefully she’ll be settled soon!


Jennifer said...

What fun! It's amazing to see and know the sheep where the yarn comes from! Thanks for the pictures! Loved the male goat kids with the bangs and goatee!

Dorothy said...

Lovely photos, what a great day out.

Life Looms Large said...

Thanks for blogging about this event. Parts of Maine are within half an hour for me, so I put this tour in my calendar for next summer. It looks like York County (closest to me) is a hotbed of alpaca.

I'm knitting a sample of a scarf for my niece in alpaca....so certainly by next summer (if not much sooner), I'd love more alpaca yarn. Warm & soft is a great combo!

I never knew that sheep or goats needed guard animals or that donkeys could do that. Interesting!