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Twirl is a dance. It begins with the land, and moves from the soil to the plants and animals that live in the place.
Twirl encompasses stewardship, husbandry, artistic endeavor, compassion and commitment.
The yarn I make takes these qualities—and through daily chores of feeding, husbandry, washing and blending, washing, dyeing and preparing—to final form.
The breeds of sheep I choose to be part of my family are luster longwool breeds. Known for their qualities of …… luster, strength and softness.
I strive to make a yarn that is luminescent, strong, and has a hand that you want to engage in using to create a garment that has a presence. Authentic to the animals that make this fiber.
About Mary (in the Napa Valley of California):
"I have lived for over thirty years now on this same ranch. I run cattle, sheep, goats, llamas, alpacas and all sorts of dogs to help me with my flocks. I have had a long time to observe the natural plants on this property, and had already come to appreciate the floral diversity here. And, now, it seems it is providing an unlimited palette.
I started looking at the invasive weeds first. If no one can eat it…. Then what color does it offer? In the gardens around our home, is yet another wonderland of color. All the neighbors want to offer plant prunings and fruits they have to be part of this project. I feel like I am living in the middle of a huge and wonderful science project.
The dyes I use that are closest to my heart are from the plants that grow here where I live. I feel that when I use these plant dyes I am fully embracing the sense of this place. It is a hidden beauty that emerges when the essence and color of these plants, which grow on this soil, are combined with the fiber that is also grown here and are of this soil.
Terroir is a term that describes something that is fully influenced by where you are.
To round out a quiet palette produced by these plants, I use other natural dyes, as well as low impact acid dyes. Either way, they are not “of this place,” but rather an intention or partner with the natural, undyed fiber, or of my local palette.