Farm advocate gets fibre creative

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By Mick Jensen

Jeanette Maxwell has switched from farming advocate to a user and creator of end products – and she couldn’t be happier.

The Foothills farmer has represented Federated Farmers locally and nationally over a number of years in roles that include meat and fibre and health and safety.

She was a member of the sheep, beef and deer industry partnership group until recently and also the wool industry partnership group.

Now, with her decision to step back from advocacy duties, she has time to indulge in her love of spinning and weaving.

Although still busy on the sheep and beef farm she runs with husband Alister near Mt Hutt, she gets together every month with fellow members of Ashburton Creative Fibre.

“I enjoy the environment and the fellowship that comes with being around like-minded people in the community.

“We are all passionate about making things with fibre and being creative.”

Mrs Maxwell said she had formally been part of the group for almost two years, but had long enjoyed sewing and embroidery.

“I suppose creative fibre has been that next step for me.”

She enjoyed needle felting, which she had also taught to others, and also wet felting, and created items for herself and for friends and family.

“I’ve been weaving now for four years and in the last 12 months I’ve advanced to shafted looms. On the spinning side, I’ve been going for around two years.”

Mrs Maxwell and fellow creative fibre members will set up a pop-up shop in Ashburton for six days only from November 14.

The aim of the shop is to sell creative fibre items from members and also to share a passion and to introduce craft skills including spinning, knitting, crochet and felting to others.

The pop up shop will be located in the vacant shop next door to the East Street Pharmacy and will be open from 1pm on the first day and from 9am until 5pm from Tuesday to Friday and on Saturday from 9am until noon. Cash sales only.