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31127 South 80th Road
Beatrice, NE 68310
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Where do you get your wool?
As someone who is deeply concerned with animal welfare and has adopted a plant-based diet for almost five years... and been vegetarian for nearly 10 years.... I didn't understand the ugly side of raising sheep for wool until a few years ago. I'll admit, I imagined pastoral scenes of small flocks of happy sheep frolicking in green pastures. Why I couldn't imagine that cruel and violent practices were part of the wool industry the same as any other animal agriculture, I don't know, but once I read a few accounts of what happens in large operations, or even in some small farms where animals are treated purely as commodities, I knew I needed to know where my wool came from.
Since then, I've sourced only from one small farm in Missouri, where the shepherdess doesn't allow lambs to be sold for meat or dairy, and where the sheep are treated well. That said, I've been seriously wondering lately if wool is a medium that I want to continue to use. I believe there are small farms keeping sheep and doing it well. I believe that "ethical wool" means different things to different people, and I want to believe that it exists. But all the same, I don't use animal products in any other area of my life, and I've been wondering if I might find other materials that I enjoy creating with just as much.
For now, know that my needle felting uses wool from sheep that are raised in a small flock on green pastures. But I'm not sure if that's enough. Most sheep don't have lives even that good, so I recommend doing a little research and consider sourcing wool and yarn from the smallest operations you can find, or better yet, visit the farm where the sheep live. Or discover other forms of fiber.... cotton, bamboo, silk, even acrylics.
There is a sheep sanctuary in Wisconsin that harvests the wool from their sheep, all of which are rescued, are never bred, and never sold. The wool is available in many forms, including yarn, and that is probably about as close to "ethical wool" as you can find. All the proceeds from sales support the sheep's care.
Is custom work available?
Yes, but on a limited basis, and of course I reserve the privilege to refuse any projects I am not able or don't wish to take on. Please email me with your ideas and requests.
Regarding "pet portraits"...
Always lots of interest in this... I have generally avoided this in the past, but recently completed two dog sculpture portraits. Drop me a line, and I'll let you know if it's something I want to try.