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from wool to sweaters and rugs with permaculture natural textiles

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Oh my.

I met a new person about a week and a half ago. She was a friend of my mother-in-law, and she has just learned how to process wool to yarn. My MIL had talked about me and my enthusiasm about natural textiles and dyeing with plants to her, and she wanted to spread the knowledge she had gained to teach me how to spin wool. How awesome!

Somewhere in the discussion I mentioned that I have a old spinning wheel, that I don't know if it works but I can post pictures to these permaculture forums and I'm sure I will get help with it.

"Oh... Permaculture..."

Turns out she has also found permaculture a while ago, took a class about permaculture basics and was hooked.

My first real-life encounter with a person who's into permaculture!!
We talked about a lot of stuff (amazing how fast 3 hours can pass) and it was so nice to talk to someone who understands the things I do and want to do!
I found a soul sister! (I need a happy-cry smiley here :D)

...okay, back to wool..

Like I said, I found "my thing".
I know a lot of other Permies people are into natural textiles the same way. One of them is Samantha. :)

Samantha was an instructor at the 2023 Permaculture Technology Jamboree. One of the things she taught people to do was spinning yarn from wool.
..and not just any wool, but permaculture wool from the Finnsheep she raises!

It was all documented! Just like there was the Low Tech Laboratory Movie made from the 2022 Permaculture Technology Jamboree, Paul is working with Andrés and a bunch of other Permies on a sequel for the first Low Tech Laboratory Movie.

In addition to the LTLM2, they are also creating the Full Event Movie that takes a deeper dive to the projects. This year the individual project sections of the Full Event Movie are also made into a stand-alone films, so that a person interested in one project can dive into it instead of having to buy the Full Event Movie.

The Natural Textiles Movie was released not long ago, and now we have a trailer for it! Enjoy!

Here are the other individual project movies already made from the Permaculture Technology Jamboree footage:

Log Picnic Table 3.0 with Kyle Alister
Mycoinsulated Roof with Beau Davidson
Grape Arbor with Beau Davidson
Humus Well with Eliot Mason
Moon Gate with Tim Lanese
Giant Log Stairs with Mike Haasl

..and I believe there is more to come. :)

Samantha will be at Wheaton Labs in July to instruct at the 2024 Permaculture Technology Jamboree too! What an event... But that's another topic, I already went rambling a bit. :D

I wanted to share Paul's new Youtube video and my first encounter with a Permie in real life. And how I feel that wool is awesome.

It would be nice to hear other peoples stories from the moment you first tried working with natural textiles! It was soooo clear to me right away that this is something I want to do, to go from wool to sweaters with permaculture natural textiles..! Anyone else had that experience too?
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