HAND-SPUN | HAND- KNIT | HAND- DYED
An intuitive dialogue with Mother Nature
One-of-a-kind sweaters will be released as they are made.
Each sweater, a prayer...
Honor to mother nature-- her creative process, organic being, wild spirit.
Discovering her offerings through open hands, mind, and heart.
Each creation-- an exercise in faith-- in letting go-- in embracing what is.
The beauty in her imperfection. In change. In all life....
Birthed from 100% Border Leicester sheep residing at Steam Valley Fiber Farm in Trout Run, PA, lovingly raised by holistic farmer and fiber artist, Phylleri Ball. The natural 'calico' shades, specifically originated from Cookie, the ewe pictured below. Julia processed all fiber by hand-- picking out vegetable matter, 'skirting' to choose the best sections of fleece, and washing to clean the fibers before spinning. She hand-dyed certain sections of fleece, choosing fuchsia and chartreuse inspired by the playful mood of Phylleri's farm during lambing season. With the texture of Cookie's fleece and memories of leaping lambs gliding through her fingers, Julia intuitively painted the different colored fibers into a bulky hand-spun yarn. The final hand-knitting for the sweater was completed in four, free-form panels. Julia listened, allowing the materials to speak through her hands, as they guided the final composition.
Knitting time, approx. 8 hours | Dyeing time, approx. 4 hours | Spinning & Fiber Processing time, approx. 15-20 hours
Each sweater is a poem, a piece of art, a prayer, a remembrance. Of our inner beauty, our inner light, our inner power of creation.
Using the finest grade, certified organic Merino wool, lovingly hand-spun with hints of naturally colored Alpaca; there is no other yarn like this in the world. These pelts are supremly luxurious in their luster, softness and artistry. Individually hand-crafted by Julia in her Pennsylvania studio, each accessory is a bold statement piece, a work of art. Each item is completely unique in coloration, composition, and dimension. Made only once.