A Love of Wool
Hello there, my name is Alejandra, the creator behind A Woolen Forest. My path is dedicated to the lore and practice of working with wool, plants, and animals in a harmonious and compassionate manner. I am an advocate for the slow fashion movement, the use of natural fibers and botanical dyes, the conservation of heritage breeds, and the raising of fiber animals utilizing humane and compassionate practices. I am a member of the Livestock Conservancy and the Minnesota Weaver’s Guild. I deeply believe in and am committed to the preservation of all fiber and textile arts. I am currently working towards saving to buy property and to establish a wool & fiber farm. The farm will focus on education and conservation. To learn more about my conservation efforts and my plans for the farm, click here.
I participate in volunteer work within my community and my local fibershed providing free education and paid classes on wool, spinning, natural dyes, gardening, and caring for Angora rabbits. I currently volunteer as the Community Experience Director for the Three Rivers Fibershed. I also share videos and blog posts on Patreon about my adventures in wool, raising Angora rabbits, and natural dyeing. Through my Patreon, you will learn about working with natural fibers and botanical dyes. I show you how to identify, harvest, and extract natural dyes from the plants around you. I will bring you along as I raise Angora rabbits, plant a natural dye garden, and spin wool.
What is Patreon? Patreon (/ˈpeɪtriɒn/) is a membership platform that provides business tools for creators to run a subscription content service, with ways for artists to build relationships and provide exclusive experiences to their subscribers, or "Patrons". It allows anyone to financially support their favorite creators. In turn, this allows creators to connect with their community and earn income from their work.
As a Patron, you get to choose your monthly level of support, even as little as $2/month, and in doing so gain access to exclusive benefits and content that is only available to Patrons.
Please join me on this adventure and support my work by becoming a Patron!
Growing A Natural Dye Garden
Explore the art and practice of growing your own natural dye plants. The workshop will cover everything from starting your own seeds, to caring for your pre-started seedlings, choosing the best plants for your location, as well as some elements of design and planning. We will discuss best practices for harvesting your plants in preparation for dyeing and you will also be able to see examples of the various dye colors produced by some of these plants, to better guide your planning.
You don't necessarily need to have a plot of land to begin, a sunny spot and a large pot will also work.
Working with Wool
Why I love wool: Besides all the practical elements of wool to love (sustainability, it is renewable, its durability, its amazing quality to repel dirt and water, warmth), I love wool because it connects and grounds me (and our community) to an ancient practice, to history, to the beautiful and varied animals that provide it, to our earth, and ultimately to each other. Wool and all the fiber and textile arts are a healing, mindful, and meditative practice. Practicing these ancient crafts gently stills my mind, heart, and soul. It keeps me both grounded and ever-dreaming.
Exploring Natural Dyes