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Sheep to Shawl Festival 2016

Black Sheep (1024x683)

Last weekend I visited the Sheep to Shawl Festival at the Willamette Heritage Center. It was a warm day and lovely, and I enjoyed the music, the festival food, the animals, and the obvious joy of creativity that was occurring all around.

Fruit (1024x664)
fruit cup
Cashmere Goat (1024x683)
cashmere goats
Willamette Heritage Center (1024x683)
Willamette Heritage Center

The thistles outside this building caught my eye:

Thistles in front of the Mill (1024x683)

I’ve always thought thistles interesting, texture- and shape-wise.

The Mill (1024x652)

These are also known as teasels, a specific variety of thistle, considered a noxious invasive plant in some areas of the country.

Teasels outside the Mill (683x1024)

Inside the historic Mill, I learned something new about thistles and how they were historically used in the manufacture of woolen fabric. How fascinating to learn this!

Hand Raising – This slow and tedious operation was accomplished with a hand raiser mounted with teasels which was drawn either warp or weft directions of the fabric.

Hand Raising (1024x675)

Teasels (1024x649)

Such a cool use of a plant in manufacturing!!!

The grounds were full of folks enjoying the beautiful day, the music, the demonstrations of art and craft.  I came home with a couple of skeins of fibery goodness – a skein of Shetland sock yarn for me, locally raised and milled, and another skein of local, speckled bulky yarn which will eventually end up a prize for the Ravellenic Games this summer (more on that in future posts). It was a lovely way to spend a Saturday afternoon and I look forward to next year’s festival!

At the Kay Woolen Mill (1024x683)

Posted in Oregon, Pacific Northwest, Photo Challenge, photography, Salem Oregon, Weekly Photo Challenge

Weekly Photo Challenge: Abstract

Here’s my contribution to this week’s photo challenge, Abstract. Taken in downtown Salem.

Abstract - planter (2)


The challenge:

This week, turn the concrete and familiar into something new and mysterious.

~ Ben Huberman, The Daily Post


Weekly Photo Challenge: Abstract