Posted on November 05 2019
Wool Textiles Designed & Milled In-House at the JG SWITZER Workshop
We design, mill, and sew every piece. Our workshop is located in The Barlow, a maker space in West Sonoma County, an hour north of San Francisco.
We begin with locally-sourced wool from Fibershed-certified wool, fibers/natural dyes, & labor sourced in our Northern California fibershed. These bioregional textiles function hand-in-hand with principles of ecological balance, local economies, and regional organic agriculture.
EVERYTHING STARTS WITH A CANVAS
PAINTING WITH WOOL
DESIGN OF THE FABRIC
Using a painter’s palette of natural colors from local and Heritage breed sheep, we use a handheld needle felting tools to tack the colors together before they go through the needle loom.
"LUNA" THE NEEDLE LOOM IS ONE BIG SEWING MACHINE
Weighing 7.5 tons and comprised of a motor with 10,000 felting needles, the needle punch process sews the wool fibers together. This is aided by the scales and composition of wool, which loves to adhere to itself.
RAW FLEECES MEETS MODERN DESIGN
We love working with nature's finest fiber: wool, to create textiles that incorporate the raw, untreated wool in the colors that nature made.
Above: Roll of Gotland sheep fleeces sprinkled on large batt of local canvas.
Above Left: We can create a multitude of fabrics and custom work in very speedy turnarounds since everything is done under one roof. Above Right: Uncut fabric for soon-to-be pillows
9' x 5' Installments for Private Residence