Please see here for information about parchasing her wool & yarns
I admire what she does and love the wool she creates. As she says, portuguese wool was received as a poor and unrefined material, but Filipa is trying to change it. I was eager to know more about herself and her project, so I asked her some questions and here are her stories.
- What do you like about wool?
Shirt with100% Merino wool
She has started spinning yarns by herself recently and growing the portuguese wool/yarn collections bigger and bigger.
Her aim is to bring together the creativity of the “new wave” of hip knitting from North America and merge with the neglected and forgotten portuguese traditions and materials.
Churra mirandesa wool
Merino wool dyed with blackberries
Merino wool dyed with blackberry & fig leaf
Merino wool dyed olive tree leaf
The lovely cardigan she is wearing in the photos is, of course, hand-knitted by herself using hand-spun portuguese wool and those bright colours are hand-dyed by her as well.
Filipa is from Coimbra in north of Portugal but lives in Michigan studying and teaching Philosophy. She is also a passionate portuguese wool collector and dyes the wool with natural products like blackberries, peel onion, sheets of oliveira or fig ...
She sells 100% natural wool sheered from unique breeds of sheeps in Portugal and the most of her wool buyers are fibre artists.
Merino wool spun and tricotad
Filipa Melo Lopes
"Flying Fleece" owner/fiber art lover/wool spinner/knitter/university student/teacher/philosopher