I treadled a lot in August and September. However, it wasn't so much while seated at the loom or behind the spinning wheel, but rather from the saddle of my bicycle. A wonderful cycle touring adventure along the Oregon Coast and through Northern California. The coast line of Oregon was spectacular, the Redwood Forests majestic, and the pace of cycling ... well, perfect to immerse oneself in the moment and truly enjoy the scenery.
A pleasant discovery on my way to Cape Blanco was the Wild Rivers Wool Factory in Langlois, South Oregon. A gem of a store selling and featuring locally produced fibres and finished products from local artists and artisans. As I walked in, a colorful skein of wool cut my eyes and wanting to know more about my choice, I asked about the type of wool. "Well, that would be Romney and the sheep's name is Hyacinth - she lives up the road." Now, that is 100% local wool!
Another pleasant discovery awaited me in Portland - the annual festival Art In The Pearl. It is there that I discovered the textile work of Kimberly Morris , a local weaver who crafts amazing rugs with "the belief that all things functional, should be beautiful, easy to care for and last for a long time." The colours of her hand-dyed, hand-woven wool rugs are absolutely stunning! Her rugs have a story, watch this segment on Oregon Art Beat.