Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Today is the Day

The inspiration for FARM GENEVIEVE arrived long before the actual idea started taking shape. Even as a child, I realized a special connection with textiles and the fiber arts. In grade school, I learned to embroider and proudly embellished my jeans with poodles made entirely of French knots (what else!). As an adult, I formally studied textiles and informally pursued my growing interests in knitting and weaving. A "friend" gave me a llama which jump started a passion for spinning.

Most recently, I spin fiber from my own mini flock of three Shetland sheep, four Angora goats, and that free llama. Yarn is sold to cover the cost of raising the livestock so there is both a "business and pleasure" aspect to it.

My other major fiber interest is in rug hooking for the pure joy and fiber gluttony of it all. I make no apologies for any of my overflowing stash(es). I also have an unhealthy obsession with chickens which will fill many future posts.

I call this place (our hobby farm, our teeny acreage, our "farmette") FARM GENEVIEVE after my grandmother. She was a very small but mighty Mexican woman with minimal education. Some might say she had her faults, but I would describe her as a brave woman that sometimes rebelled against the obstacles in her life. I will always associate her with a pot of beans and rice on the stove and tortillas waiting to be warmed up.

I also envied my grandmother because she could crochet and I have never been able to master it. When she passed away, I received a few of her aprons and found that the pockets were patched and embroidered. It made me realize how textiles play a role in our lives in the most humble and simple but beautiful ways.

Pockets from Genevieve's aprons
In that way, she inspired me to do more with my fiber interests and here I am. Ready to blog and share and go forward come what may. So we're off. As Satchel Paige said: "Don't look back. Something might be gaining on you."

Genevieve the Sheep

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