Hello, my name is Jules and my family and I live on a small farm nestled amidst the mountains of interior British Columbia, Canada.
I have been a lifelong crafter, dabbling in a wide variety of handwork projects. When my first born was a babe, I discovered I had voracious appetite for knitting! That soon led to hand spinning yarn and dyeing the delightfully “artistic” skeins I was producing. As my children grew, my spinning techniques progressed and I began daydreaming about sheep. Our first ewes arrived in 2014 and I haven’t looked back since!
In 2016, I took it a step further and Wool Maiden Handcrafted Fibre and Yarn arose out of my own daily need to create, while also providing a little extra for my family. I enjoy all aspects of raising sheep…from walking them to their grazing spots, to lambing season in the spring, to even mucking out the barn to provide our gardens with rich, beautiful soil…it is a pleasure to be involved in this cycle of life. Perhaps one of the most satisfying benefits of raising sheep is shearing season. Once the thick, healthy fleeces are off the sheep, the real work begins of scouring, combing, spinning and dyeing. I love every step of the way and feel so very lucky to be able to help birth the lambs that will eventually find their wool in our sweaters and hats.
Today, I have two different lines of yarn available in my shop. I offer our own homegrown, lovingly raised Farm Fresh Fibre from our flock of Merinos, Shetlands, Romneys, Gotland and a few crosses. Only the best fleeces are selected to create a beautifully diverse collection of yarn in a variety of natural colours (creamy white, chocolate, black, and many shades of silver) and a gorgeous pallette derived from using carefully foraged plants and mushrooms. I also offer a second, more luxurious line of yarn, purchased from Canada’s finest wool house. Wool Maiden’s Luxury Fibre and Yarn is carefully hand-painted or kettle dyed with gentle commercial dyes.
I feel incredibly grateful to be contributing to Canada’s Fibreshed and slow fashion movement. Being a yarn farmer takes a lot of juggling and requires a healthy dose of dedication, but to me, this is not work…it is a pleasure to be shepherding such a beautiful flock of gentle creatures.
Today, you may find me somewhere on our mountain homestead, either homeschooling with my children, repairing fences with my husband, tending my flock of sheep, or happily relaxing with fleece in hand. I hope you enjoy your visit here…and maybe find a little yarn for yourself.