Since 1976, the WoodsEdge
vision has consistently been one
of creating beauty and value. In order
to create the most sumptuous fabrics,
whether knit or woven, one needed beautiful yarns. For years, I envisioned
the feel, color, and design of yarns, which quite simply were nowhere to be found—not yet available in any circles. To make the vision a reality two
things were important: first, the highest quality raw materials were needed
and second, an understanding of how raw materials would meld into the
creative artistry of the designers’ needs. The former has taken virtually
thousands of births to manifest the genetics behind each breeding decision
to refine that skill into today’s success. The latter required a technical
knowledge of processing throughout every step from hoof to yarn. Along
the way, I tried every fiber one can breed, create, or blend in the pursuit
of fiber transformed to fashion.
What I didn’t plan were the side paths this vision would take me down:
sustainable niche agriculture, the preservation of family farms and the
unique opportunities, challenges, and needs of women in business.
Today, these parallel journeys have become an equal focus, but the love
of breeding beautiful fibers for end use textiles of exceptional quality,
has never lessened.
The Leading Edge is an expanded edition of the WoodsEdge newsletter;
Number 31 in actual count. It is a synthesis of the paths I’ve traveled,
written in hopes of helping other women, other family farms, and all my
fellow fiber afficionados succeed in their own journey.
So please, save this publication for a quiet moment when you can refocus
on your own vision and extract from these pages what will help you
For me, success has been defined not only by meeting my business
and personal goals, but by the many friendships made along the way from
sharing my vision.
To experience the WoodsEdge vision first-hand, please mark your calendars
and save the dates of September 29, 30 and October 1, 2006 for the first
Suri Llama Sale!
©2006 WoodsEdge Wools Farm LLC