Fiber Dreams at SAFF

Heelside Farms booth #339 and 341 will be a blaze of color at SAFF this year! A feast for the eyes and fingers.

Luscious Fingering Yarn

Luscious Fingering Yarn  100% wool    

The addition of  Chiaogoo needles and crochet hooks as well as felting needles offers a choice for your creativity.  We are excited to be a part of SAFF again this year and look forward to sharing our fiber creations with everyone. We offer roving, Cormo top,  a variety of yarn in 100% wool and blends, felting fiber,100% all natural machine washable blankets and custom batts. Our wool is from our Finn, Icelandic, Cormo and Border Leicester sheep.

Here is a sneak peek at our offerings.

100% wool fingering yarn

100% wool fingering yarn

Nebula

Nebula

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October Fiber Fun

Our Knit/Spin/Crochet In on October 21st will be held in the Red Barn Studio at the farm from 10-3. We invite fiberistas to join us for a relaxing day sharing fiber fun. Our creative juices are enhanced by sharing ideas and sometimes by osmosis just being there.  We hope to see you there.  We are revisiting some of our friends’ shawls this week.  Enjoy!IMG_1818Entwined shawl pattern - kniited by Jennifer- worsted weight colorway

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Fiber Fun and Events

Rising Meadow’s Fall Farm Event is this Sunday September 24th from 11-4 at Liberty, N.C..  We will be there with all of our new Fibery Fun. Our new rovings and Cormo top are Top of The Line ( no pun intended). So beautiful and so easy to spin. We have all natural as well as dyed fiber for all your dream creations.  Here are a few of our many roving and top selections for your spinning pleasure. We have Icelandic Roving, Angora blended top, and 100% Border Leicester as well for your Fiber Enjoyment. We love our sheep who provide all of this fabulous fiber for you!  We look forward to seeing you there.

Lusciousness in Fiber!

Tapestry Roving

Tapestry Roving Wool and Silk

Carnival Cormo Top 100% Wool

Carnival Cormo Top 100% Wool

Carribbean Cormo wool and silk top

Carribbean Cormo wool and silk top

Nebula Roving

Nebula Roving 100% wool

Apparition All Natural 100% wool roving

Apparition All Natural 100% wool roving

Patina 100% wool All Natural

Patina 100% wool All Natural

Cornelia Roving 100% Wool

Cornelia Roving 100% Wool

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Knit/ Spin/Crochet In Events at Red Barn Studio

We are posting the Knit/Spin/Crochet In dates and times here for handy reference.  The third Saturday of each month is our usual time for this event.   Join our fiber community and celebrate your love for fiber.  We hold these at the Red Barn Studio on the farm. There is no charge. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Bring your own project or shop our fiber panorama for a new project.  All our wool is from our sheep. Keep your carbon footprint small, shop local.  Our yarn weights range from fingering to bulky. Sock yarn with nylon or with mohair, for those going all natural, is available.  Rovings, Cormo top, Batts and Felting fiber round out our fiber selection.  Heelside Farms has a variety of breeds of sheep : Icelandic, Border Leicester, Finn and Cormo sheep. Their luscious wool is represented in yarn, spinning products and blankets. The blankets are made for us. They are 100% all natural wool, machine washable on gentle cycle and hang to dry.

Red Lace knitting needles are now available in our store along with felting supplies.

Spin/ Knit/ Crochet In schedule for the remainder of 2017 is:

August 19, 2017   10-3

September  16, 2017  10-3

October 21, 2017  10-3

November 18, 2017  10-3

December 16, 2017   10-3

Here are three of our new rovings. Tapestry has silk as you can see. Gulf Stream and Cornelia are 100% wool.  We are working on knitted samples and will have them ready soon for you to see. Enjoy!

Tapestry

Tapestry

Gulf Stream

Gulf Stream

Cornelia

Cornelia

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Dreaming Fiber Dreams!

Our new Rovings are on the way. How exciting! We will be revealing the newest spinning excitement soon.  Luscious colors or all natural, they are all from our super sweet sheep. We look forward to sharing them with you soon.  To quote a well-read fiber person I know, ” Finishing spinning a wonderful roving into yarn is like finishing a great book. When you are done you wished there were more.”

Fiber daydreams are different for each of us. To some it is the color that draws us in, for others the texture, yet others the softness of the fiber and for all the dream of the next spinning or knitting project continues to hold sway over us.  Join us for our next Spin/Knit/Crochet In on August 19th from 10-3 to share your dreams and soak up the fibersphere! See you then.

The top picture is of our beautiful 100% wool roving  Nebula. The shawl shown in the other picture was handspun from that roving and then woven on a triangular loom.  A true treasure. Sue dreamed of the shawl from that roving and made it happen.

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Ready, Set Spin…or Knit…or Crochet..or Felt

Oh my what A fun month! July is the time to finish current projects and plan for the cool weather fiber fun.  What is on your dream list?  A shawl, sweater, socks, hat and scarf set? You name it you can do it. Join us for the July Spin/Knit/Crochet In on the 15th from 10-3.  Share your dreams, be inspired, and inspire others when you join the fiber community at Heelside Farms.  See you then!

We just received our all natural rovings from the processor. So beautiful. Love it!20170702_123006 Here is a picture of one. We are spinning this now and will soon have a yarn sample for you to see. We listened to you and there are no dyes in this one and it is 100% wool. Wait until you seen the yarn!

 

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Summer is here

Have you begun your winter fiber projects yet? If not, now is the time to jump start a new project so it will be ready for the fall and winter chill. Our next Spin/Knit/Crochet In will be held at the Red Barn Studio on June 17th from 10-3. Bring your projects for show and tell. Join the fiber gabfest and plan a new project.  Looking forward to seeing you soon. Speaking of warm and cozy…….. This is it!   The ultimate in warmth and fashion.

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A Swarm in May is worth a Load of Hay

The bees are swarming …making new hives. We are busy capturing swarms.  Soon it will be time to rob the beehives and taste the new season of honey. The title this month comes from an old rhyme.20160510_082002 (1)

Our sheep are returning to the normal mode after the lambing season. Lambs are learning to be big now that their mothers are gone back to the flock. It is a busy time on the farm. Cleaning barns, mowing fields and planting the garden are added to the normal routine. There is a season for everything.

The chicks we hatched in November are finally grown and have begun laying eggs.  It seems a long time since we have had our own eggs.

The Knit/Spin/Crochet In will be held on May 20, 2017 from 10-3 at the Red Barn Studio on Heelside Farms. We are excited to have you visit the farm, rest awhile and enjoy the company of other fiber minded people. See you then.

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April … a breath of Spring

Spring seems finally here with apple blossoms, violets, lilacs  and lambs.

We are excited that the lambing season is here. It is the busiest season as well.

The April Spin/Knit/Crochet In will be held in the Red Barn Studio on April 15th from 10-3. We look forward to visiting with everyone and seeing your newest projects.

If you learned to spin at Carolina FiberFest and would like to join us you are welcome. Sometimes a refresher is a good thing.lamb 1

In May we will be offering classes in dyeing as well as designing custom batts.  Watch for the new schedule.

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Carolina FiberFest Fiber Extravaganza

Join us this Friday and Saturday at the premier fiber event in North Carolina. We will be immersing ourselves in the total fiber experience for a frolicking good time!  Join us as we showcase our wool from our sheep in booth 16 with a variety of yarns, roving, top, blankets, felting fiber, and custom batts.  It is exciting to join with the fiber community as we all come together to share our passion for fiber creations in many forms. It is a feast for the eyes and a salve for the soul. You are welcome to bring your projects and enjoy the sit and spin area ( knitting, crocheting, tatting, bobbin lace and other fiber creating encouraged as well). Oh Oh Oh…. such bliss!

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Carolina FiberFest will be held this Friday and Saturday at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in the Kerr Scott Building at the Blue Ridge Rd. entrance. Parking is next door. There is a food vendor in the building for convenience.  Fiber demonstrations will be ongoing as we all share our passion for fiber! Check the website for the speakers schedule and classes being offered.  The event is free and open from 10-7 on Friday and 9-6 on Saturday. Plenty of time to immerse yourself in the fun.  Our transition to the new building with plenty of room has been a blast.  See you there!

www.carolinafiberfest.org

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