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Using inspirations from antiquity and nature I individually design yarns and custom made knit wear of wool and angora from my own managed flock of sheep. All colors are from the sheep or the natural/vegetable dye pot. A sheep is sheared, the wool washed, dyed, picked, and carded.
Each thread is spun one at at time on a spinning wheel, and is then hand knitted into custom made garments. Some fleece is sent to a mill that guarantees my wool back to me in a simple yarn that I often dye. Related products such as roving, blankets and sheep skins are sometimes available. There is nothing like wool to show comfort and connection to a sustainable and healthy environment.


Martha Owen is the resident artist in spinning, knitting, felt making, dyeing and surface design at the John C Campbell Folkschool ( in Brasstown, NC. Her own adventure in spinning and natural dyeing began at the school in 1978 and she has taught there since 1984. (The first spinning class of thirteen had a one month old nursling in a wind up swing as her assistant. That baby is now 36! ) Martha is a wool farmer, custom designing yarns and knit wear from hand spun and mill spun sheep colors and natural dyes. Since 1980 her extended family has included a smorgasbord flock of sheep, angora rabbits, Border collies and Great Pyrenees. A banjo player known to tell a story or two, Martha's interest in sheep and wool and music and dance has carried her literally and joyfully around the world. Some say she is a wool nerd but her sheep say she is out-standing in her field! She became a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild in 1988.Find her online @marthaowenwoolens.

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