Friday, November 4, 2011

New Hampshire Wool Arts

photo by Andrea Geesaman 
Columbus Day weekend was the 28th annual New Hampshire Wool Arts Tour. This is a wonderful gathering of folks who get together every year to share with the public their love and knowledge of fiber and the animals that produce it.  New Hampshire has become a hot spot for the raising of fiber producing livestock, like sheep, goats and alpacas, as well as a center for hand-crafted fiber arts.  Most of these small farming, spinning and weaving enterprises are home-based operations and often involve the entire family.

The Zimmerman family of We-Z Farm in Hancock, NH.  Photo by Jane Billings

If you missed The Wool Arts Tour this year, here's a list of some of the participants that you can check out.  If you live in New Hampshire, you'll likely find one near you.  Don't forget, the holidays are just around the corner and who wouldn't love a fine hand-crafted gift from one of these local artisans!

Andover, NH
Antrim, NH 
     Windfall Farm   
Center Barnstead, NH
Chester, NH 
Chichester, NH  
Claremont, NH
Deering, NH
Derry, NH 
Dover, NH
Epping, NH  
Greenfield, NH  
Hancock, NH 
     We-Z Farm  
Henniker, NH  
     The Fiber Studio 
Hillsboro, NH
Keene, NH 
     Lipman Designs  
Lyndeborough, NH 
Manchester, NH
Marlow, NH
New Ipswich, NH  
Newport, NH
North Sutton, NH
     Ewe and I Farm   
Raymond, NH  
Salisbury, NH
Sharon, NH 
Washington, NH 
Wilton, NH

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