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Lorraine Nielsen raises majestic Jacob sheep in the mountains of Plumas County, creating handspun yarns and wool products of natural color or with local forest and garden dyes. Her work celebrates the vibrancy of traditional arts and explores the harmonious interplay of function and beauty with natural fibers. Working with other local fiber farmers, she sometimes incorporates yak fiber, alpaca, and other sheep wools into her creations. Lorraine practices reciprocal foraging, respecting the local Maidu indigenous culture and honoring the land.
Often found out in the pasture checking on her sheep or hiking her forested property while twirling a handspindle, Lorraine has been embracing shepherding and fiber art as a way of life since 2006: “My journey with sheep has led me far beyond my early spinning dreams: deep inside questions and challenges of responsible agriculture, issues of global economics, and the ethics of textiles, in addition to the pure joy of creating with the medium of fiber.”
This wet felted scarf is botanically printed with eucalyptus, oak, and manzanita leaves. The felting technique is called “cobweb,” as it is a very thin layer of wool. Light but warm–perfect for an autumn stroll. The edges of this unique scarf are flowing, following the natural contours of how the fiber felted.
Scarf is 6″ wide, 67″ long, not including felted fringe
one of a kind
This felted item started as raw wool sheared at our farm. I wash, card, and wet felt individual fleeces by hand. Each Shear Bliss felted piece I create is unique and holds the story of a sheep being loved and cared for at Four Winds Farm.
Disco, a jauntyJacob wether at Four Winds Farm gave his lovely grey wool so I could wet felt this soft and stylish neck wrap. Marigolds and indigo from my garden were used to dye the colors. The button was locally made from California abalone. One size fits all.
Unique item–Only one available
This silver fox brooch is needle felted from 100% wool from my flock of Jacob sheep in natural colors. The eyes have a touch of marigold dye. Great patience is required for sculpting with wool by needle felting! My inspiration for this brooch is the beautiful foxes that we see at sunrise and sunset around our mountain farm.
Approximately 2 1/2 inches in diameter.
Product Disclaimer – Pin backs are not locally made.