Hello, friend! Grab a cup of tea and enjoy! 🙂
I’m Megan, Queen of Felt Ball Land.
My parents met in a living Colonial history village, my mom-a weaver and spinner, my dad-a woodcarver. After repeatedly fixing her loom (he was also the one sneaking in her shop early and breaking it), they fell in love, got married, and had 3 daughters. (The middle one being the most adorable, of course.)
We lived in Port Republic, a small historic town (pop. 1200) in South Jersey where my dad is the mayor and where generations of my family have lived since the early 1600’s. When my sisters and I were 2, 4, and 6, we had a house fire and lost everything we owned.
The town rallied together and bought us everything we needed to begin again- books, toys, winter coats, pots and pans, gift certificates to the grocery store- everything you can imagine. Overwhelmed by the generosity of our town, my parents did the only thing they could think of to give back to the community they loved.
When our house was rebuilt, they added a classroom and opened up a folk art school and sheep farm so they could teach their skills to anyone who wanted to learn.
They taught woodcarving, basketry, quilting, candle making, weaving, doll making, and little girls came to our home for Colonial tea parties for their birthdays. My sisters and I were invited to teach the children’s classes along side of my mom when we all turned 12.
It was during these classes that I learned a vital life lesson:
If you want to connect with someone, create with them.
When people are making something to put in their home, or give away as a gift, they are essentially crafting a new piece of their history- something one-of-a-kind that they have made with their hands that now has a story.
Fast forward MY history…past getting an art degree, marrying my high school sweetheart, moving down the street from my parents’ farm, becoming an art teacher…to having my own little flock- 3 littles 4 and under.
I was blessed with the opportunity to stay home with them full time, and I found myself in the daily routine of filling up sippy cups and stepping on Cheerios, and wanting so desperately to do the two fundamental things I was taught: connect with people and create.
I had seen wool felt ball garlands on Pinterest, and thought it was the perfect project for me- simple, free (if you happen to have a never-ending supply of wool being grown down the street), and something I could make for people who wanted to add a bit of color and natural fiber into their homes.
I would felt and felt and felt little wool balls when my children napped, and after they went to bed I would string them a few in fun patterns, and then take photos of them the next day while my littles clung to my legs. I listed a few on Etsy….and I could never have imagined the response I would get.
After six months, my “never-ending supply” was not as “never-ending” as I had hoped, and I had a difficult time keeping up with demands doing all the felting myself. I found a supplier to partner with from Nepal who is free-trade, ethical, and uses the most lovely, colorful, wooliest wool from a sheep farm in New Zealand.
I love that I get to help supply employment for marginalized women in Nepal, and we have now grown to three employees at Sheep Farm Felt!
I am in awe with what I get to do everyday. At the essence of each purchase is a celebration- a new baby, a birthday party, a dorm room to decorate, Christmas, or just a fun pop of color to add to a mantle. I am so blessed that I can make something that is a part of each of those stories.
My absolute favorite part of the process is wrapping up each purchase with tissue paper, and tucking in a little needle felted sheep ornament handmade from wool from our sheep farm. I know when my customers go to their mail box, it is going to make their day.
My job is more than just selling bits of colored wool on string, I am supplying people with a handmade treasure that will become a piece of their home and history.
- A Sheep Farm Felt garland was selected for baby Samuel Lowe’s celebrity nursery! (Parents on Season 17 of the Bachelor) See here: http://usm.ag/2fL29AI
- One of our garlands was featured on MarthaStewart.com See here: http://bit.ly/1Nwsw1Q
- I was selected to be a Featured Artisan on Handmade at Amazon in 2016: See the short film of when the Amazon crew came to my studio and farm! www.amazon.com/dp/B01GM6M7Z6
- My Gold Stars and Stripes Garland was selected to be featured in the 2017 July/August issue of Rachael Ray Everyday Magazine: http://bit.ly/2tewkVE