Woolful Podcast

Episode 79: Jessica Lewis Stevens – Librarianship, Natural Dyeing, Homesteading, and Sugarhouse Workshop

May 18, 2017

Sponsor: The Sated Sheep opened in February of 2015 in Dripping Springs Texas by Allison Wilcox. After practicing as a clinical psychologist for 30 years, Allison began looking to do something different..to focus on being a part of and building community, which led her to open The Sated Sheep. Allison shares, “I really believe that you change the world one moment and one soul at a time, and that a big part of that is education. I spend a lot of time just talking with folks who come in about where the yarns come from, how they are made, what the story is behind the person/company who made them etc. That’s super important to me personally and I try, as much as I can, to have that reflected in the choices I make in the shop.” The Sated Sheep is passionate about making craft accessible to everyone and they’ve partnered with the local library to offer free classes twice a month.

So if you’re in the Austin or Dripping Springs Texas area or just passing through, make sure to seek out The Sated Sheep. Stop in for coffee or tea beer or wine, and try some of their homemade raw dark chocolates, relax during the Tuesday evening happy hour, join one of their exciting classes or peruse the shop. Mark your calendar because on Mondays, a local massage therapist takes over the shop and one can book a massage for themselves or bring friends to sit and knit or crochet and take turns getting a massage and receive 10% off in the shop. You can find The Sated Sheep at thesatedsheep.com and on Instagram @thesatedsheep


Fiber folk: I’ve long admired Jessica and her work, for her simplistic approach to natural dyeing, love of books, tempting baked goods and warm and welcoming heart for this fiber community. She has a very interesting background, having first delved into natural dyeing while studying librarianship in graduate school and it’s led her all the way to making a home in Vermont along with her husband and two adorable sons. I hope you enjoy hearing her story as much as I have and getting to know this inspiring woman. You can find Jessica at sugarhouseworkshop.com and on Instagram @sugarhouseworkshop.


Sponsor: Scratch is an innovative new yarn and craft supply shop located in Lebanon, New Hampshire. They’re committed to providing a beautifully curated selection of yarns and supplies for knitters, as well as roving, tools, and kits for needle felters. Their shop also features embroidery, sewing, and select fine art supplies. Scratch operates with the guiding notion that makers are curious and creative, and  should be able to find exciting, high quality materials to work with all in one place.

Scratch is also home to the areas only handcraft focused makerspace–home to a sewing bar, multiple looms, common workspace, a tool library, and more! Explore their full schedule of classes, and weekly Craft Night focused on building the creative community in the Upper Valley.

You can find Scratch online at scratchmakerspace.com, and on Facebook & Instagram: @scratchmakerspace

Giveaway: The winner of last weeks episode giveaway is Nancy. You’ve won a skein of their Alpaca handspun worsted weight yarn from Your Daily Dose of Fiber. Congratulations!

This week’s giveaway is sponsored by Making Magazine and to celebrate the launch of their most recent issue, No. 3 DOTS,  they’re giving away a copy along with a yard of Robert Kaufman’s double gauze chambray dobby fabric to make the Starry Sky Skirt by Rae Hoekstra. This issue also features today’s guest along with many other makers, projects and patterns. To enter leave a comment on this post.

Music by Jónsi.

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  • Reply Gaby May 18, 2017 at 4:02 am

    Beautiful give away, thank you.

  • Reply virginia Sattler-Reimer May 18, 2017 at 5:43 am

    The colors! So gorgeous!

  • Reply Natalie May 18, 2017 at 6:02 am

    What beautiful photos and beautiful natural colors. Great episode, as always!

  • Reply Amy May 18, 2017 at 8:04 am

    A great pick me up for a hum drum kind of day. Thanks!

  • Reply Arianne May 18, 2017 at 8:55 am

    I would love to make that skirt! Great giveaway. I love this podcast. I swooned over her instagram feed. What a treasured soul.

  • Reply Bridget May 18, 2017 at 10:04 am

    You always share the prettiest things. 🙂

  • Reply Jess May 18, 2017 at 11:17 am

    Can’t wait to listen, I love Jessica’s dyeing and quilting work, and am so intrigued by the new issue of making!

  • Reply ulla fredriksson May 18, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    It would be great to be a winner of a copy of Making,a magazine I’v not been able to get here in Sweden.I’m following your blog and I really enjoy it.

  • Reply Tatiana Sarasa May 18, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    This episode was one of my favorites. So inspiring and beautiful in such a natural way. Thank you!

  • Reply Kelley May 18, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    Jessica’s work is just beautiful! I loved listening to her journey.

  • Reply Kristin May 18, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    This was a very inspiring episode, and I love the pictures! Her home looks so cozy. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Reply Sherry May 19, 2017 at 8:25 am

    Wonderful entertaining inspiring episode.

  • Reply Maaike May 19, 2017 at 9:15 am

    Great episode! love to participate in the beautiful making zine give away!

  • Reply Gerri Lesley May 19, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    So very interesting! I, too, have learned most of my making through books! The hand dyed fabric is very lovely!

  • Reply Josh B. May 19, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    Yet another great episode! This one really makes me wish I could just get away from it all and start homesteading myself. I love how you show more than just knitting in your episodes, but go from sheep to shirt, as my wife likes to say. =)

  • Reply Rebecca Bandy May 19, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    Looking forward to this cast. Natural dyeing is so fascinating! Thanks for the intro to Jessica.

  • Reply Tamara Snell May 19, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    Thanks for this great giveaway! I’m keen to have the newest Making magazine, Dots. Also, I really enjoyed listening to the podcast and listening to Jessica talk about her passions, homestead and family life–really interesting and very inspiring. Thanks again

  • Reply Laura S May 19, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    Beautiful, beautiful!! I am in love with all of these colors, they just bring out such wonderfully warm and earthy hues!!

  • Reply Carolyn May 19, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    Always so inspired by Jessica’s work!

  • Reply Karen Doherty May 19, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    I can’t wait to listen to this!!!

  • Reply Karen May 19, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    Jessica, I admire your focus on what is important to you and your family.

  • Reply Doreen MacL May 20, 2017 at 1:31 am

    Interesting as always and I love all the photos. Must check out that skirt pattern.,
    Thanks for the giveaway chance!

  • Reply Kim May 20, 2017 at 3:47 am

    Enjoyable and inspiring as always, thank you

  • Reply Francesca May 20, 2017 at 3:49 am

    Beautiful colors, lovely dots! Such indigo dreams.

  • Reply Patty May 20, 2017 at 6:40 am

    I loved this podcast. I hope she plants her flax, spins it, weaves it, dyes it and the makes the most fabulous quilt. I look forward to following her progress with this. Oh and the baking she shares looks so perfect. Thanks for spreading the love on making with so many people.

  • Reply Susan May 20, 2017 at 7:38 am

    I too am interested in learning all steps in the process of making a piece of cloth, particularly growing flax amd processing it into linen. Love the aesthetic Jessica creates with her naturally dyed fabrics.

  • Reply Judith B May 20, 2017 at 7:48 am

    As I listen and cleaned my bathroom – yes was going to make it fun – I thought about how I use to be so uniformed and scheduled before children. I wish more parents would take on this attitude and learn that the house does not have to be clean to perfection.
    It makes such a difference for your children/family to spend quality time with together. I learn so much from your episodes. Thanks again

  • Reply Diane May 20, 2017 at 9:18 am

    Great episode as always! Jessica’s instagram feed is equal parts peaceful and inspiring.

  • Reply Corinne May 20, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    I just really enjoyed this…so good to hear the voice behind one of my very favorite instagrams!
    I really love everything Jessica does and am always perusing through her feed. I looked up
    Grandma Moses and her artwork and it is truly inspirational and so very Vermont!!!!
    I love it that you shared your love for the ‘old ways’. I love all your crafts and look forward to
    future homemaking inspiration from you! I always look forward to your photos!!!!!

  • Reply LEANNE GODDARD May 20, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    Natural dyeing is fascinating to me. Loved hearing about her journey, family and making.

  • Reply Kate May 20, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    I loved hearing about her homemaking. I feel like many people don’t appreciate that homemaking is an art.

  • Reply Rose Young May 20, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    Another amazing podcast! Thanks for all you do! 🙂

  • Reply AL May 21, 2017 at 7:38 am

    great , cosy and luminous episode! thank you very much. AL

  • Reply Bowen Gibson May 21, 2017 at 8:24 am

    I love the discussion on balance with kids. It’s a daily issue that I struggle with and it’s always great to hear others approach it.

  • Reply Vicki May 21, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    It was a lovely listen today. I loved hearing about how the guest approaches new projects trying to create more for her family and home. The Sated Sheep!!! It’s my local shop. I’ve lived in Dripping for 25 years and was so excited to get a lovely local yarn shop.

  • Reply Sindy P May 22, 2017 at 3:25 am

    Such an amazing interview, especially when Jessica said she learned to knit because of what she heard on one of your previous episodes! Warms my heart to listen to these stories how we can influence people without realizing it.

  • Reply Caitlin May 22, 2017 at 5:52 am

    Loved it!

  • Reply Anna May 22, 2017 at 10:33 am

    What a wonderful interview!!! I’ve loved Jessica’s work for a while now and it was so fun to hear more about her fiber choices and how they fit into her family life.

  • Reply Jennifer dewey May 22, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    Thank you for this episode! It was very special because I too am a librarian, fibre enthusiast, knitter, quilter – mama!

  • Reply Wendy May 23, 2017 at 5:38 am

    This podcast has to be one of my favorites. My children are grown now but I so wish I could have heard this when they were 1 and 4 years old. I remember having the same mindset of feeling like I had to get things done but at the same time wanted to just be with them and savor the time because they grow up so fast. I loved hearing about the “project time” you set aside with Coltrane and how he misses it. Thank you for sharing.

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