Hello! I'm so glad you're here, and I'm so glad to be here. Farm & Folk was a vision I had several years ago and I'm so happy to be in this place now able to make this a reality.
Ever since my children were babies (a long time ago!) I've hoped to have a handmade shop of some sort. I never could really imagine what it would be and I surely would have never guessed that it would be quilts! My first quilt was inspired by an overflowing fabric scrap basket from a decade and a half of garment sewing for my kids. I immediately fell in love with the art that is quilt making and all the other arts and crafts I had been dabbling in went right to the wayside. The first quilts I made (as exciting as it was) were kinda meh....It wasn't until it occurred to me to apply my knowledge of natural dyes to quilt making that I was truly proud of the quilts I was able to produce. I had been naturally dyeing wool yarn from our sheep for a long time but I never had a reason to dye fabrics until.....quilts!!
It wasn't as easy as I had anticipated. I found that the dye didn't take on the cellulose (plant) fibers nearly as easily as it did on the (animal fibers) wool and silk I was used to. I studied and searched for as much information on the subject as I could find, but the best way I seem to learn is by experimenting. So I dove in and spent three years experimenting in my summer dye studio trying to achieve colors with limited success at first. After a few years of practice and experimenting I am glad to say that I am now able to produce some really exciting colors.
At this point I have enough confidence in my work that I am ready to offer it to others. Quilts!? I'm still surprised!
My quilts are made from fabrics that are organically grown and ethically sourced. Those fabrics are then as you know naturally hand dyed by me here on our farm.
Sometimes I use vintage fabrics, or recycled materials. My Sailing Hawks Quilt that is listed in my shop is made entirely of vintage woolen wear. There are Pendleton skirts, and wool plaids from the 60's in that piece.
Once the dye process is complete my quilts are pieced together with my sewing machine and then all the quilting is done stitch by stitch entirely by hand. Those slow stitches produce a finished object that is rich in texture and depth. The imperfect stitches and colors that only human hands and plants can create are to me....perfection. The extra time that these processes add to each quilt are well worth it in the end.
Thank you for your support and encouragement. I look forward to writing occasional blog posts here about the art and craft of quilt making, and natural dyeing and of course farming too! I'm seeing that I'll need to dust off my camera....these phone photos look good on Instagram but don't look very great here. I'm still not sure how it all works but I think you can sign up for my newsletter for shop updates and blog post notifications if you're into that. The form should be at the bottom of every page here on my WEBSITE!!
Oh!...Right now shipping is only set up for the US and Canada. I definitely don't want to exclude anyone elsewhere though. Also I need to look into the shipping rates to Canada. The ones I was quoted and have listed seem really high. There may be a cheaper option that I'm not aware of. If you are not in the US or Canada and are interested in purchasing one of my quilts please contact me right away. (There's a form you can fill out on my contact page). Just tell me the product you are interested in and I can send you a shipping quote. Eventually I will have the international shipping thing figured out but it's gonna take me a little time. Sorry!
I am at this time open to taking on custom orders. If you have a quilt idea that you are dreaming up then let's talk!
Soon I will list some wool roving for hand spinning from our CVM sheep. So it won't always be just quilts here..... I also hope to offer some other handmade items in the future.
Ok! So thanks again friends. Looking forward to the quilts that are to come made from the new colors produced over the summer. Love to all!