"... what a good boy he is!"
Here is an opportunity to read comments from hand spinners, felters and other customers who have purchased something produced on our farm. We appreciate and thank all of you who have chosen to support our flock.
Please e-mail your comments about fleeces, wool, sheep, or our other items to Joanna & Keith Gleason at firstname.lastname@example.org
We would also be very happy to post photos of your work that you have made using our wools. Please send as a jpeg photo file attached to an email, along with a bit of info about your project.
From left: Francie/spinner, Libby/weaver, Fiona/spinner, Jane/spinner, Ruth/spinner & 13 year old Katie/spinner
I just thought you'd be pleased to know that our team won the local competition yesterday. Cora's brown Bond fleece attracted LOTS of attention! It was hands down the prettiest fleece there. The judges loved it and wanted to know where it came from - information we gladly shared!
I have attached a photo of the team from yesterday - it was SO hot and humid, after 4 hours of spinning/weaving outside, we look fairly wilted, but we were very happy nonetheless.
The reason we're allowed so many spinners is because in this particular event, we must ply the weft, which takes SO much longer. It's a fun but grueling day. One of the spinners becomes the designated plyer, which was Francie. Everyone did a great job, and the judges loved our color choices, and particularly, Cora's fleece.
"Scarf & Tam"
From Deanna Nemeth, Instructor at Harrington College of Design (Chicago, IL)
Students at Harrington College study textiles from fiber to fabric. This class is media rich. "Isidor", provided her lamb's fleece, and was an ideal choice and perfect for our 'hands-on' project exploring protein fibers. Developing textile awareness is multi-dimensional. Refining the sense of touch is crucial to the total experience. Feeling the softness of this beautiful fiber and lanolin rich fleece provided a tactile sense of characteristics unique to wool. This initial study helps students understand more clearly how fiber content influences aspects of fabric performance.
Dee says "When I teach, I try to create an environment for learning. Up until this point, I've only been able to have students hold small tufts of scoured wool and examine the fiber under magnification.
Now, we have Isidor: a fantastic introduction to the protein study. The size of the fleece, quality and integrity are quite impressive. As I unroll the fleece, students gather around, both curious and a little uncertain as to what to expect. It's great to observe how their reactions change, from being a little cautious, to getting involved with both hands."
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These are the pictures of my two students who spun, wove and felted with your wool. I am so proud to send these to you. One girl, Melissa Seger is a 10th grader and made the shamrock piece, and Liza Cyriac made the landscape. I especially like how she cut off her felt border trimmings and reattached them on the opposite sides. Hope you enjoy seeing their work. You were their inspiration!
Debra A.Price Agrums
I just wanted to give a report to the list on a great experience I have had with Gleason's Fine Woolies. I ordered two Corriedale fleeces and they arrived today. Joanna was wonderful. She answered my questions, sent samples and even sent samples of the roving. My fleeces are awesome. They are so clean and they are beautiful. I can't wait to get at them. They also raise Australian Bonds, but I didn't get any of them (yet). I'm in no way affiliated, never ever met Joanna, but just wanted to let others know how happy I am with my purchases.
Shannon West, Slippery Rock, PA
Thanks for another box of beautiful fleeces and roving! Nona, Violet and Ariel are stunning to look at and a pleasure to handle. Ariel's fleece came sparkling clean with one wash and one rinse and it dried in big, soft, fluffy, downy-soft locks. This is another fleece that won't need carding OR flicking to be ready to spin - I'll be able to work right from the clean locks as I did with fleeces from Red, Winter and Cora last year.
The browns in the Bond fleeces are incomparable. The articles and newsletters you posted about the processes of importing them, and your thoughts on long- term planning for the flock, are very interesting. Holding that beautiful wool in my hands makes all the hard work worthwhile (easy for me to say - it's YOUR hard work). It's great to see this next generation produce the wool you hoped and thought it would. I can't wait to see my show fleece from Helen to find out how the Corriedale/Bond cross works out. Will report back, of course, but I expect it to be as superb as all the others have been.
The hand-painted rovings are great, Joanna. Such rich colors! The dyed batts shipped fine, too - puffed right up to a thick, soft roll of wool when I took it out of the bag.
I would encourage all of your customers to use the net bags you show on your fleece washing page on the web site. I'm delighted with the results I've gotten - nice even "squares" of fleece with the locks intact. So easy to put on my combs, if I want to do that, or to just tug at the tips and pop them open for spinning from the lock.
Thanks for all, and as always, I'm already looking forward to the next box with Helen's and Samson's spotted fleeces. Such fun.
Meg Caulmare, New Salem, MA
Well - I did it - I made my first piece(s) of felt (using your natural white and dyed wools) last night using the one-piece bootie method. They turned out soooo cute! It only took me about 45 minutes to do. Everyone at work is oooing and ahhing over them. It was a learning experience.
1. I understand better now how to make the final felt pattern with the wool. It is hard to picture how the wool will mesh together at first.
2. It took a lot of wool to make two little booties. Now I can gage better how much it will take.
3. I learned how thick it will be. I think I would have made them a little thinner, if I had known how much or little it mats down.
4. I had a great time - but I was worried at first that I wouldn't be able to tell when it had felted. It turned out to be unmistakable.
I made the felted booties much the same way as seen in the instructions by Ellen Allan at
Belinda K Swift, Douglas, AK
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