Dunroamin Farm is not just a place, but a way of life. After many years of searching for property where we could spread out, have animals, and grow food, our family settled on five acres of land in rural western Massachusetts. We wasted no time in planting a large garden, building a chicken coop, and acquiring two adorable Pygora goats. We decided that this is where we wanted to put down roots: we were "done roaming."
When I'm not weeding the garden or taking care of the house and livestock, I like to spend my time felting wool and hooking rugs, two hobbies I have enjoyed for many years. Much of my inspiration comes from the colors in my garden, the Connecticut River, and the beautiful land surrounding our farm.
Please click the Fiber Art Gallery and Jewelry Gallery tabs to see some of my work. Some of the items are available for purchase. Feel free to contact me if any of the items strikes your fancy. Note that each piece is one of a kind, and once it is sold, it most likely will never be duplicated.
Please feel free to contact me about custom work using the form at left (or Contact tab on toolbar).
Fiber Art Gallery
I learned how to hook rugs using wool yarn from Amy Barrie at Lincoln Farm Design back in 2005, and have recently continued my education working with Margaret Arraj MacDonald at Mill River Rugs. This traditional craft is done with a simple hook, by pulling yarn, wool strips, or other fabric through holes in woven foundation fabric. My preferred materials are wool rug yarn and long-lasting linen foundation fabric. Each of my rugs is professionally finished with a handsewn wool binding. They have a piped edge to protect the edge from wear and tear. Some of the rugs have a rod pocket sewn into the top edge of the reverse side for easy hanging. Each is made with great attention to detail and with proper care should last generations.
I also enjoy needle felting and nuno felting. With each new project, I continue to learn how the material behaves and the challenge keeps me enthralled. The joy of felting is both the simplicity and the science of the craft. Felt has been used for millennia for clothing and shelter. Taking the most basic elements: animal fiber, water, friction, and heat, one can create a durable, warm textile. However, the challenge is in learning how the fiber reacts in different situations – the type of fiber, the orientation of the fibers, the number of layers of fiber, and the temperature of the water can all affect the outcome of the project.
Felting gives me the opportunity to play with colors and textures using merino wool and different materials such as silk fabric, bamboo fibers, and my own Pygora goat fleece. As a former engineer, I enjoy the design process – mathematically figuring out shrinkage in the felting and fulling processes, for example, or how to create a flat shape that will become three-dimensional when wool is felted around it.
Some of the projects I am currently working on include two-dimensional wall art, three-dimensional vessels, and wearables such as scarves, baby booties, and clothing. The possibilities with felt are endless!
I make fiber art jewelry using scrap yarn to hook cuff bracelets, pictured at left.
I am a member of the Sawmill River Arts Gallery at the Montague Mill complex at 440 Greenfield Rd. in Montague, MA. Stop in to see and buy local artists' amazing work. Business hours:
Thurs. through Sun.12-6
I'm also a member of Wool-ology, on Rts. 5 & 10 in South Deerfield not far from Yankee Candle and Magic Wings. The address is 242A Greenfield Rd, S. Deerfield. The grand opening begins at 10:00 on Sept. 22, 2018. Business hours:
Sun.-Tues. Closed (except for classes or special events)
My Pygora goat fleece is available at Sheep and Shawl in Deerfield, MA www.sheepandshawl.com . If you're in the area, please stop in and check it out. Liz has samples available to handle - it must be touched to be fully appreciated.
Find my hand felted merino wool baby booties (see picture below) at The Daylily in South Deerfield, MA. www.thedaylilyofdeerfield.com
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Dunroamin Farm Design
I'll be teaching a wet-felted bowl class at Wool-ology in S. Deerfield on Saturday, May 18. Sign up on www.woolology.info.
Now offering private or semi-private (1-2 people) wet felting lessons in my studio or your home. Use the contact form to message me for more information and scheduling.
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I have been creating hand felted coats. Contact me for one customized to your measurements.