A visit with Emily Tzeng of Local Color Fiber Studio

Local Color Fiber Studio grows and uses cultivated and wild harvested plants and fungi to get exquisite colors into their yarns. Emily is a former architect turned farmer on Bainbridge Island, WA. In addition to the dye gardens, she tends a small vegetable farm, 15 Finnsheep, 2 llamas and 3 German Angora rabbits.

Local Color Fiber Studio
The Dye Garden

When we met up with Emily Tzeng, she was hard at work planting the Local Color Fiber Studio dye garden on Bainbridge Island, WA.

Dried plant dye material from last year's crop

This is dried plant dye material from last year's Local Color Fiber Studio's harvest.

Dried plant dye material
Dried plant dye material
Meeting the flock of Finnsheep

Emily introduced us to her flock of Finnsheep in the midst of the lambing season. She expressed that growing a healthy pasture brings her happiness, but watching her flock of Finnsheep graze on that healthy pasture is her ultimate pleasure.

Flock of Finnsheep

Emily shared her experiences of being a new farmer in a time when farmland is becoming harder and harder to come by, yet afford. With grace and determination she continues to build her farm on the rented pastures and farmland she has managed to secure.

Finnsheep
Finnsheep cuties

Naturally dyed yarns and fibers, grown and gathered on Bainbridge Island by Local Color Fiber Studio.

Local Color Fiber Studio Yarn

Thank you Emily Tzeng of Local Color Fiber Studio for sharing your farm with us!

Emily Tzeng
Posted on May 18, 2015 .