Running Moon transcription

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Nov 2, 2013 (4 years and 8 months ago)


Running Moon and Night Song sheep ranch. Lloyd and Margrett Stretton.

brother was also there

his name is
Norman Stretton

It’s an 8 foot triangle loom the guys have adapated

it so I can ship. They’re real popular.
over 97 inches it’s oversize s
hipping. and stay within an

the regular shipping charges


wood wild cherry native

most of our wood is from here.

It’s turning wood, we save it all bc we make a lot of tools.

The pegs are where you

our yard to make designs

on the


16 epi ends per

a close weave. a six weave is loose. that what makes this so


time they make one, these two character s make it better.

a pie
ce of yarn goes around each peg. these are quarter inch apart. It

homespun so i
larger than thread.

the loom goes on a stand. it’s designed for ladies with knee problems, or shoulder or back
you can adjust it. you can move it sideways move it up or down turn it sideways,
however you

want to weave it. the mounting blocks for the

stand allo

you to do things
with the loom they never dreamed of.
It’s real sturdy when they’re with children they
want something real
. It will pull together they can move it.

20 years ago. I was an operator for the phone company. they sent me to
NO for school.

We there was a shopping center with a weaver’s workshop, Lloyd had sheep, and went
in there. Right in the middle of the floor was a huge gorgeous loom.
A Le Clair out of
I just went heartthrob and had to have one.

That’s what starte
d that.

Perkins and
butted around a little bit because the boys had the sheep that they loved. We
both decided we needed a spinning wheel because we like all these expensive yarns.

both decided we needed a spinning

BC both of us like thes
e expensive yarns.

of us got us a traditional but nobody to teach us. That’s what started it, the more we did
things the more little ditties we
needed to go with it and they’re expensive.

But Lloyd is ver
very very good with woodwork. His family wa
s carpenters and masons
. it was just natural for him to work with the wood and he loved to. He began making me
things. The ladies in


guild began to want him to make them stuff. So 20 years of it
progressed to this point.

Three years ago

had a s
troke and I had five or six of these looms sold. I was in a

bc L was n
ot able so I went squalling down to his brother, who is a good carpenter
and said please, don’t you want to come help.

came trotting down and it has been a
made in heaven type of


Norman can

things and figure things out, adapt things that just fantastic.

With Lloyd’s tools and his designs, He couldn’t remember how to tell us. but we didn’t
how he was going to do it but Lloyd couldn’t tell us so we dug down in his d
rawing book

Norman would ask Lloyd and finally got the designs out. and Lloyd got to where he just
about recovered.
Lloyd can really work the lathe until something is like glass.

M: He brought me here in 67. In 69 he said I want some sheep

Wool w a
s never much more than 16 18 cents a pound. So we need to do
something with our wool.

and get a little more out of it. They’ve had the Gulf Coast all
our life. the main thing was for wool production. it was just part of the farm income. We
sold them for m
eat too, but my wife won’t let me do that anymore. She don’t want
anything butchered. They ech have a name.

My first real sheep, he
and dad went to Missouri went to get,

Suffolk and cordale
, we
raised them. My dad was a carpenter

and farmer. I got mor




and born and
raised on a farm,. That was m
ore or less what I understood. I started
shearing sheep for the Millers Longtime native in this country for several generations.
part of the country. they had sheep in this part of the co
untry when it was all open range.

We’d shear 20000 every summer. In the late 40s early 50s. some of the people died off.
They’d sell out to the others . the coyotes were introduced. We didn’t used to have
coyotes. and feral dogs took their toll. prices of
wool went up then back down drastically
They would sell their

the lamb for meat as well as shearing the wool . it went form 52
cents to a dollar and

two cents a pound. and then back down. They finally whittled
down and the last time we sheared we

10000 head and then they sold out.

then people went to being rice farmers. pre 50s it was all pine

then they cut the

ine Crosby chemical had most of the land.
hey sold out to
Boise Cascade


are inserts

you weave something like
that. if you don’t want it as long, for a child

short lady

this is an eight foot

is six and this is four feet. peg hole marks It’s
versatile. They even make blankets they make two

and connect in

them in the

how long been working a

rita catastrophe. a little girl in gulf breeze went through
hurricane her loom was in the hosue they evacuated the loom was in water for two weeks
and in water, but the pegs were sheared off. she got her pegs back in but they’re
loose…another lady bought
an 8 foot and she wanted another one. It was around
Christmas. We’re overloaded with

and you will have to be patient. this is a rail this
is an insert. those are pegs Norman still has to shear but Norman

needs a sti
nt. Fencing
the sto
m flattened the

main ag workj is sheep. Norman has angora hair goats and dairy goats.

We use an overhead rig with a flex shaft.

We have aback log of orders. We get as much as we want. We have to catch up from
Rita. There’s still wanting spinning wheel. another
wanted a loom.

loom is more than $700. the stand maple and shipping puts it over 1100. there a saw mill
down the road that cuts our wood. The cherry had come from our place

today we’re filling these holes with pegs that’s about a thousand pegs on it.

t wood on the press. we trim them down

Lloyd drills holes in rail very slowly. the pegs will be filled in later.

you don’t want the drill to walk out.

I come by my woodwrokign skills by just doing. I hate to say I wan’t very educated. it
was there from m
e to get I just didn’t I just wanted to play cowboys and Indians. I went
to NM and married her. They had a big ranch, horse and cattle. Arabian.s I thought I had
it all together. I was just a hired hand. I came back here where I knew I could make a

He is also a farrier. I didit for my own personal knowledge. I just wanted to learn
how to trimthe feet properly. It’sa back killer.

barrel making his daddy was a barrel maker. a cooper in Ohio and /Virginia. My
grandfather laid a lot fo the sidewalkdin
Newark, Ohio. A stone mason
. Those were the
days when you had to make your own paint. They made the barrels for a glass company.
to ship glassware, real fancy stuff

come froa long line of craftsmen barrel makers and stone masons.

we do lathe work lots of
short pices to make lathes. this is a knitting knobby. these are
tools are used by spinners and weavers.. this is a ball winder a balling nosapeen., it’s
short and fat. Lloyd had a heart attack. doc said I lost a third of my heart. I was up there
one of t
he guys told her to get me some of that wood. he was Mennonite man. I ‘m going
to make firewood out of it. I said I make spiingging and waeving tools he gave it all to

some of the wood may have worm holes it can make or break the piece. I have a

itNorwegian and means stick.
it’s a help stick…
you wind your yarn on it. you
may turn a few pieces before youfind out it won’t work.

this is parallele to the bottom but Lloyd designed so it can make a quarter turn.

how many different tools?

a carpent
er’s box bobbin’s go across the top of it. they can ply off it. I can’t keep them. a
lazy kate…the most popular a two bobben box is most popular….

I raised chestnut wood in La it’sa beautiful wood.

we’re carrying on the sheep raising tradition in La. our

sheep is the same ones that used
to run the range, but have been improved.

stacks of turning wood. I’ll stillb e truning
wood when I’m dead, bit looks like a lot but half of it won’t be good.

This is a

big piece of mulberry we have 35 acres

since 1967…ru
n over 70 sheep. we like
to keep about 40 head but

was such a wonderful experience but one of our rams got
out and had so much fun. but he was throwing little girls. he’s and old ram. He’s starting
to enter the winter of his life.

all of the lambs hav
e been sheared. this is my bottle baby.
she’s spoiled rotten. she’s just terrible.

she’s Gulf Coast. the gc association is about 12
years old. a registry for gcoast. Demsepy was one of the founders. they’ve been
extremely careful about what has been accept
ed as foundation flock. they are feral sheep
only the fittest survived. they had a gene developed over the years that makes them
resistant to parasite and disease and foot rot. they don’t just bunch so something can just
flock so something can just kill th
em they’re more like deer. A dog and a flock of shepp
is horrible. the gc will just run anywhere they have more of a chance. the black face are
our crossbreed. I for the color and we’ and he has given me so gorgeous babies. black
tongue and black stir horn
s I really think he’s going to give me some color out of the the
gc. senior junior gulf coast ram

the real black black colors you can’t dye them
. the silver
fleeces what the gc will do. they will start out dark and kind of silver off that’s where I
get m
y bright colors, my deep blues, my deep reds you get the deepest colors form the
silver fleece. we keep them her in the pen at night we shut them up. they stayed in the
barn when the stom came. they thought the world was going to get them things were
g around. We have managed to get it cleaned up, but we’re starting to see some
progress. It’s taken us this long to get to here. We had to rebuild the shearing yards and
everything we’re having to reroof the east side of the barn

escape tactics of sheep.
when they go to running and panic get oiut of the way. they’ll go
right up a fence if you don’t have a high fence and they get in a corner they go right over.
We have a lot of salt and pepper.

ewe with slat and pepper. the gc you rarely have trouble
with a
ewe having their lambs you just leave them alone. Marsh Romney are
horrible…gorgeous fleece put deliver badly

long she where they get fed. we can put them in this pasture and rotate back and forth.
that’s our shearing shed

I ‘ll fee dthem and take care of

them I can close them off we
have lots of pasture room

the gulf coast is next to the the fivber is 4 to 5 inches long skin fiber dyes beautifully
wash it carefully.

he stopped to see our Arabian horse near silver city. took my grandfather about five ye
had a terrible time adjusting the climate I was rasised on the high desert. they play just
like childrenthis whole wad of little lambs and will run out of this gate and run all over
it’s the cutest thing. they’re just precious.

It took us a lot of yea
rs to get that black face line.

we call them gc ni gulf coast newly iproved..the only improved sthing is a longer fleece
and the color. we didn’t know the gc would make a colr or I would have gone for that..
poercnage if one of the parents has a black ton
gue you’ll get color. but if it doesn’’ti
doesn’tget color. I;ve learned over the years a lot de[pends on pastur an dfeeding and
lineage behind the sheep to determine litter size. we’ve had triplest three sets of twins I
rearely keep a little boiy. I’ll al
te them.

we bring them the pen is set up for old people. there s alittle traumea to the sheep and us
as possible. we bring them thorugh the gate. we don’t put but maybe five r or six in the
pen at once. we sort them and send them one at a time through th
e shop a metal
crook a
shepher’s crrok. catch them around the neck you got to be quicj and work at iut.

you can
bet they can pull you down if you’re not ready.

shearing loft the leg wool and belly is called tags. we bring them up the schute and lay
down a starp goes around the neck hold them down and ties their feet they can’t get
hurt and they can’t hurt us. They’re strapped so they can get up he’ll shear them I’ll take
out the masty stuff out goes in these bags. what’s left is prime that lknocks a
lot fo the
dirt out.I’ll take a picture of it so I can put it on the catalogue. I tag it weigh it put their
scrappie number the gc has a gene which make them resistant. scrappie tags has farm id
number which animal it is they

tags actually this littl
e piece go

La 51 is our farm

in I will pull out ad clear like that,

at shearing time each animal comes up I get
hteir tag number if it’s dmaged ai pul it of and throw it awa I keep the oringal scabbie
number with the sheep but issue a new tag. It’
s soemthign that’s good for the farm

keeps track of the tags for breeding pruposes.

We shear as many as many a 13 Lloyd did as many at 90 when he was young.
but we’re
old and tired she laughed.
five to six is a good number by the time w wrestled them
the chute,
got them on the table

sorted the fleece cleaned it up. everytime he
shears the sheep I lcena it up bc I don’t want intermingling of the fleece. then vaccinating
we also worm them theyer’s an overhead rig with a flex shaft. sharpens
his own blades
and does maintenance. it’s expensive but he’s had a lot of years. we’re ant to raise the
table because we hurt our backs

we’re going to get us a winch and pull the sheep up. a mutton, a whether you know he’ll
put on the brakes and sit on t
he s chute and won’t move. they’re stubborn. there’s nothing
more stubborn than a blackface.

yarn is wool yarn a 144 for that skein. this is Romney wool I spun it and wove it
…a lot is
done on internet but we go to shows this is gc and mohair blend. this

room is where my
wheels are. I teach spinning they try thtr wheels and see what they like. spinning is the
process of making the yar. from the wool. this si an ashford Elizabeth II it’s apeach. it’s
factory made they’re out of new zealan. this is how you
sping the yarn it’s as the flyer
goes around it’s actually twisting I am pulling the fibers out parallelt and it’s actually
when I am production spinning I do 300 or 400 yards an hour.

this wheel was
made by Dempsey Perkins. this is a

walking wh
eel. you have a

whole more control. You
can store a lot of twist in that. the old ladies in

spun a lot of miles.
you can
and draft for a long time with it. this is my loom room this is my weaving room gets used
a lot to make finished goods. thi
s is my spinning room.

Usually this room thesea re some of the tools she makes tools too. she’ll take an anvil
and beat that out. tools are used in spinning et.c These are set gauges. this is how they
measure hwo many reps per inch. These are orifce hooks

that they pull the hole in the
flier. this si the lathe wrok. I keep these
trays with me whn I go to shows. and this is how
I sell them this is a lace bobben these are nosepeens.

Lloy I came up with this design so it won’t unwind and chase it all. theres

a double set
guage. these are all beaters from the little ones that get in the corners to the bigger ones.
these are darning eggs. or patching sock holes or pants.

this is my wool and this is chenille. chenille is flat and like a ribbon yarn.

We don’t go

to farmers markets bc we’re beyond that market.
his one is $125. BR has a
high clientele and they will pay. these are things I’ve made with my yarn.thsi sis where I
do my carding. It’s an old machine. I work on a super
card. I couldn’t keep up. this takes

a whole bunch

the carder alings al the fibers in parallel you’ll take little whiffs..youonly get the quality
you put in. a carder is meant mostly to do alignments to bput it in a viable base. it is
another process to take it off the wire pieces. and you
think with all all these different
colors is going to be a mess but you’ll think

I’ve opushe dit donw into the teeth. you pull
it up like this make sure you get all of it. A tool that Lloyd maked a doffer stick and
doffer stool. I’m going to roll the alig
ned fiber off the drum. that’s gulf coast and mohair
blend. when I bring a fleece for m the sheearing shed. it ‘s a raw fleece. I put it out in a
soaking tub of cold water. I take it out and spin it out in the washing machine. You could
felt it so be caref
ul. then I hand tease it. It’s ready to work with as soon as it dries. screen
racks are drying racks fans blow on it to dry quicker. this sisthat old ram out there. Isn’t it
beautiful and it’s asoft as it can be. then I put it ina abag and bring ti itn hea
re all of my
raw wool goes in the room. I wash a bag and teased wool cedar chips and an occasional
insecticide keeps bugs away. She can tell by the number what sheep the wool came from.
Thi sis from one fleece. this is from mary ann. You lose half the weig
ht when you wash

This sia na old ewe. you can see it’s not a lot of wool How old is Granny? a younger ewe
three years old she’s not into her full fiber yet. This is McGuire. this is a three year old
wether. a full blooded gc will have a smaller fleece

but makes up for it with how fine it

now I am going to dye washed and teased state, wrapped in individual bags. this sis dyed
a navy this is mohair. fromt eh little goats you can see how it will blend. I make up
blending packets so people can see how

the colors go toether, that way ti’s easier for
them. I use the mohair for my blending

There ‘a slot of chemical in commercial stuff so many chemical so

to keep bugs and so
they can wash it …
it irritates people’s allegies.
this is natural a lot of people
can do a
whole lot more with a natural product., this is carded fibers I will sell this as a lot. this


I sell by the ounce

or lot
. . I can still track what animal it’s from This where I dye,
it’s a mess bc I am adding a sewing room. I have a dyin
g process and stove and hot plate
I keep my dye the only

thing left to be washed is a few fleeces. this is everything for this

He’s going to make me a new sewing room.

this was my outdoor kitchen and canning room

gfbright fine colors are hadrd to g
et and take a lot of work. you have to do certain tricks
to them. these are yarns I take with me to the shows this is the way I sell them

we do shoews in Bernie texas retreat and fiber forum Cajun lagniappe we teach classes.

in September we have the fibe
r forum

people are tired of wearing what everybody else is wearing. wool socks are a bonus to
man when his feet swell up like a big fat potato when he wears the wools socks after
about two hours they’re normal size.

thinka bout it. how much harassment do

you take on the job?
for 34 yerars I did that I was
on call. I chose this bc of my husband and found that I loved it. He was raised with sheep
and he wanted sheep. he loves sheep. My first love was Arabians but la didn’t support
them when they first moved

here too expensive etc. People wouldn’t apy good stud fees
or money for colts. plus id din’t have time for them.

I love working with the wool. I can work 16 hour days and be so darn tired in the evening
I feel good. It’s really a life dream for us. We w
orked all of our life for this little farm for
these sheep. Our lives would be nothing without them. we wanted to leave during rita but
we had this flock we couldn’t leave them. we’ve spent 30 something years breeding up
this line. they’re like individuals

to us. I can tell you what they names are I can tell you
what their tricks are. You can feel them breathe they touch you that big ewe will touch
you with her paw let you know she wants attention.

I am one of those

I want to do that

there’s still so man
y things I want to do.

she’s a jewelry artist.


Lloyd Just watching life grow. it probably doesn’t show I don’t talk about it much, but
the Lord was shepherd. I just think it’s natural thing for a Christian to do. It’s a way to
make a living, I
like sheep. there was alittle lamb that came to the house when we was
growing up. We started him on a bottle. you din’t know who he belonged to. he stayed
right there on the place until he died. we fooled with sheep
. he got big enough. all us boys
ttied so
meing but the lamb would eat cigarette butts. nicotine is a wormer

website 1998. I was on the spin list 70 percent comes from Internet. bulk of our business
is tools and fiber. she makes shawls when she has time. a beater is 20 25 smaller tools
with wire
hooks 18 to 24 depending on how intricate.

invented Indian fish shuttle with the rails on the loom is our variation We don’t require
much. we’re real sheep farmers. this is our way of life.

Lloyd worked on heavy construction machines

in our area are four

. we’re carrying on the taradtion you might say that Lloyd
said. boy falls in love with what he sees going on I was shearing when I was 14. they
needed somebody to help them. I started with the Milelr’s