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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.

Life

This blog

April 6, 2014
woolful

This blog has been a thought of mine for a couple years now. My husband David and I ran a successful blog for a couple years and before that I had a design blog I contributed to. However both of those journey’s ended and even when they were active pursuits, they weren’t very personal or tied to my interests and pursuits. I didn’t want to begin the commitment of writing until I knew I had time to dedicate somewhat consistently. I love finding blogs that are still active after years and being able to read through a persons journey.

The name “Woolful” comes from a lot of different places. Wool is one of the true loves of my life. It signifies warmth. Hygge if you will. A culture I would love this space to embody. Wool is natural and can be organic, a value I try to incorporate into every aspect of our lives. The other part of the name “ful” relates to a lesson I’ve been learning, the meaning of a full life since becoming a mother. Full of love, full of work, full of purpose.

When I first found out I was pregnant, knitting became a much more significant part of my life. I’ve enjoyed getting to know special friends with likeminded interests through Instagram and have dreamed of having a place where I can share and connect on a deeper level. There have been so many moments in my life since becoming a mother that I wonder “am I the only one thinking, doing, feeling, or experiencing this?”. Surely if I am, hundreds if not thousands of other women or mothers are as well. I’m hoping this is a place where by sharing my journey and interests, I can extend a hand or hug to those other women or mothers.

Here’s to a new chapter…