Monday, May 5, 2008
Homeschool Field Trip: Ellison Sheep Farm
Early this spring on a rainy day, we traveled to nearby Ellison Sheep Farm with some of our homeschool friends, for a tour and an enjoyable spinning lesson with proprietor Nancy Ellison, a woman of many talents. Her farm boasts rare breeds of sheep and chickens, and she gave the children corn to feed the chickens. We saw baby sheep that had just been born, and she told stories about many of her animals. Her granchildren must have the best of times when they come to visit her! We saw sheep, goats, chickens, ducks, and farm cats on her acreage. Inside her studio, a beautiful, old, restored barn with uneven stone walls and a stained-glass window, we learned how to spin wool using several methods, how to make a wagon-wheel rug by hand, and how to dye wool naturally. She gave everyone an opportunity to try several spinning wheels and showed us some of the beautiful rugs, garments, and crafts she had made using wool and other spun fibers.