#17 on the Tour Map
This studio WILL be open for the Spring Art Tour
Sand HIll Fiber (1st year on Tour)
- This artist accepts credit cards
- Access: 4 Season Porch around Back
- See more of Kraemer’s work at Sand Hill Fiber
I’ve always been a hands-on, let me teach you kind of person. During my children’s grade school years, I would demonstrate the process of making yarn to the classrooms. The kids were so fun and would become totally amazed at how much work really went into making yarn.
As the children grew and became more involved in 4-H, we started looking at what types of animals they could show and how that could be incorporated into my love of wool and mohair. The first animals the kids took to the local fair were English Angora Rabbits. Not a choice for the faint of heart in rabbits, but oh so beautiful when in full bloom. Lots of work and bonding time during the grooming hours of these little cuties. Shetland sheep were chosen with the help of my youngest because they were easy to handle and they produce a very soft wearable yarn in comparison to the meat breed sheep we had been showing. It’s hard not to fall in love with the beautiful eyes of a llama. So, yes when the llama portion of 4-H opened up in our local county, my eldest daughter was very excited to participate. I too was ecstatic with the thought of having a llama added to our flock. As the story goes, once you get one the second comes very easily! My love of dying wool grew as the flock grew and I found a great woolen mill to process yarn. I still hand spin quite a bit, but it is a long process from the dye pot to yarn, so having yarn processed at the mill speeds up the process to get to creating some fun colors.
I then began traveling to art shows and opening the farm shop up for various events on Sand Hill Road. This allowed the public to see the workings of a wool farm, pet some cute animals, and buy the wool that they produced.The Sand Hill farm was sold in the spring of 2019 and I moved to Mount Horeb. Don’t worry, just like the nursery rhyme, there was lots of wool bagged and saved for future yarn and roving endeavors.