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Tobey’s Sand Hill Fiber Farm
E5349A Sand Hill Road
Reedsburg, Wi 53959
Tobey’s Sand Hill Fiber Farm.
Shop Hours: 9am to 4pm
June 6, 2017
July 8, 2017
August 5, 2017
September 2, 2017
September 22, 23, 24 We will be at the Cranberry Festival
in Warrens WI
October 7 & 8, 2017 Hill & Valley Exploration Tour
Saturday 10/7 Shop Open 9am – 5pm
Farm Schedule 10AM Sheep Shearing Demonstration
Class Schedule 1PM Paint Wine Glass (Flower)
Sunday 10/8 Shop Open 9am – 5pm
Farm Schedule 9AM Meet the Llamas – Llama Stroll
Class Schedule 1PM Boiled Boiled Wool Flower Pin
October 14 & 15, 2017 Hill & Valley Exploration Tour
Saturday 10/14 Shop Open 9am – 5pm
Farm Schedule Meet the Llamas – Llama Stroll
Class Schedule 1PM How to Warp a Loom Demonstration
Sunday 10/15 Shop Open 9am – 5pm
Class Schedule 9AM Felt a Pelt Rug
Farm Schedule 2PM Antique Circular Sock Machine Demonstration
December 8 & 9, 2017 We will be at the Baraboo Arts Center Very Merry Holiday Fair
Friday Noon – 6pm
Saturday 9am to 4pm
Nestled in a picturesque valley near Loganville is Tobey’s Sandhill Fiber Farm. The owners Brenda and Bob Tobey have lived there with their three children for 30 years. You will be greeted by the family dog, Leo, who loves visitors and the pastures are dotted with the animals that supply the raw wool for the industry. The llamas, alpacas, goats, sheep and rabbits that run free on the beautiful hilly wooded acreage are pleasant to watch. The animals are bred, birthed and raised with loving care. Their fleeces are sheared, washed, dyed, and processed by machines on location and at Mystic Waters Fiber Mill. All steps from raw wool to finished goods have Brenda’s special techniques and imagination imbibed in them.
The fiber shop is a converted grainary with rustic barn walls and hand made light fixtures hang from the beams designed to give off an ambience of olden days. A bedstead recycled into a bench and tables contrived from antique doors all combine to make it an exceptional site. The walls are hung with skeins of wool, some natural, some dyed and all named for the animal they were taken from. There are beautiful hand spun dyed lots of wool for your perusal and finished items Brenda has made.
Several looms are displayed where Brenda weaves rugs and scarves which can be purchased. Brenda has chosen an industry that has been a source of income and tradition in her family for generations. Her German ancestor genes have aided her in this business.
Author Kenneth Kraemer writes “The ancestors of the Kraemers of Plain, Wisconsin were weavers from at least 1649 to 1866. The chain was broken when Paul Kraemer emigrated from Irlach, Bavaria to Wisconsin and became a full time farmer. Now weaving has been picked up again by modern Kraemers – Brenda Kraemer Tobey and her daughter Alexandria of Tobey’s Sand Hill Fiber Farm in Reedsburg.” Please check out the Kraemers
Brenda also owns an antique circular sock knitting machine that began it use during World War I as a cottage industry to supply socks for the soldiers. A program for ownership of the machines after fulfilling the government quota gave women the opportunity to earn money for themselves while helping the war effort and was very beneficial in a desperately poor economy. The socks are knitted in all sized and beautiful colors. They are warm and long wearing with no toe seams which makes them extremely comfortable to wear. For More History.
Brenda’s love of fibers began early with sewing and quilting. She is talented in many artistic mediums. Her ability to combine color, design and imagination makes all of her projects unique and desirable. You will be amazed at the delightful items on display. Baskets from Ghana hang from the ceiling, painted wine glasses, tabletoppers, dryer balls and other miscellaneous items make the shop interesting. Anyone who loves home made items and wool connoisseurs will appreciate stopping to see this exhibit.