Fibershed Project

What a wonderful evening we had at Parker River Alpaca Farm! Olivia – did you check to make sure Milo was still there after we all left?

I wanted to share a link to the Fibershed Project, which has made me somewhat obsessed with building my own local wardrobe (woe is me that I don’t live closer to Sally Fox). I would highly recommend starting from the beginning and reading forward so that you can experience the project as it develops. You can do this by clicking on the archive tab in the upper right corner and selecting the earliest link from March of 2010.

The project focuses on a wardrobe created entirely within 150 miles of the author, Rebecca Burgess’s, home in California. Her garments are grown, processed, dyed, knit, woven and so on by a group of contributors in the same region. I am smitten.

8 Replies to “Fibershed Project”

  1. Wow!
    That’s the most exciting thing I’ve seen in awhile.
    Those are the most comfortable, beautiful clothes.

    I cheated and checked out the fashion show but plan to read about this entire project from beginning to end.

    It’s inspired me to make a similar core wardrobe, one piece at a time.

    Thanks Melissa :-)

  2. Also – wondering if it would be possible for our guild to put together a list of local farms where fleeces can be acquired. I’m also wondering if there are local sources of bast or other pant fibers. I’m guessing I’m probably not going to find local cotton, but wow would that be cool too.

  3. …and on a side note, I think a really interesting guild presentation would be to hear from members who have cared for fiber animals and what a day in the life is really like. Not that I’m doing research for my future life on a small farm or anything, but I really do wonder how tough it is to trim a sheep’s hooves!

  4. I was going to post this very same thing!!! How awesome!

    Sheep hooves….try alpaca teeth!

  5. Mel thanks for posting this information. This would be a great project even if we had to adapt the mileage!

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