Travel to Russia's Wrangel Island, three hundred miles north of the Arctic Circle. Known as the polar bear nursery of the world, approximately one thousand muskoxen live on this remote, yet surprisingly colorful tundra (in the summer.) Learn how muskox are adapting to climate change, and the soaring price of their precious qiviut.
* Where to find some of the finest American cashmere.
* Drop-spinning on a volcanic island in Indonesia
* Resurrecting flax in the Pacific northwest
* Valais blacknose sheep, the "cutest sheep in the world"
* Looking back fifty years with Schacht Spindle Co. and Oomingmak, The Musk Ox Producers Co-op
* and so much more
in this issue
Wild Fibers was born out my own experience raising cashmere goats, and a desire to understand other fiber bearing animals from around the world. Our feature on Springtide Farm brings the story of American cashmere full circle, to my “backyard” in Maine, and the extraordinary contributions Wendy Pieh and Peter Goth have made to the cashmere industry.
Wild fibers and whales seemingly make for strange bedfellows, unless you are visiting Indonesia’s Lembata Island. British textile experts Sue and David Richardson provide an insider’s view to the weaving and dyeing culture on this volcanic island, where whaling is still done the old-fashioned way, and so is their spinning using the ubiquitous long-drop spindle.
Valais Blacknose Sheep
When someone say they have the "cutest sheep in the world" warning bells should sound. Everyone thinks their dog, their rabbit, their kid, and yes, their sheep, are the cutest in the world. For once, all the hype isn’t just hype. The Swiss Valais blacknose is the cutest sheep in the world with a personality to match. Their million-dollar looks are commanding an equally precious price tag.
Flax-Back to the Future
Technology is the major driver in nearly every industry. When the first mechanized cotton gin arrived on the scene, flax lost its corner of the fiber market as cotton production and processing became more affordable. Around the country, farmers are once again beginning to tend fields of flax. The economic juggernaut still lies in the processing.
British textile artist, Lindsey Tyson, began her career designing interiors for the automotive industry. She changed gears (did I really say that?) after starting a family, and now creates magnificent, felted items, which are finely printed with her stunning designs and complimented with a layer of chiffon that she has also designed.