About

NorCal FiberTales is just a little blog (and now a video podcast too!) to celebrate the Northern California Fiber bio-region and all of it’s wonderful yarn, people, farms, events, sheep, etc.

The woman behind the curtain at NorCal FiberTales is Isabel Rose, a fiber and fabric artist, herbalist, genealogist, and permaculture homesteader who has taught various knitting and crocheting classes as well as been an apprentice Permaculture teacher.IMG_8091.jpg

Isabel’s passion for fiber began at a very young age and she learned to knit and crochet at age 8. She’s been a fiber fanatic ever since. Her current passions run toward American made and locally produced yarns and fibers and all of the culture that goes into that, and herbal dye plants and how those can merge her garden and her knitting.

Isabel’s work with herbs and plants is ever on-going. Some of the teachers she has studied with, short or long-term are:
Juliet Blankespoor, Frank Cook, Susun Weed, Sandor Katz, David Winston, Sean Donahue, David Cozzo (Cherokee ethnobotany), Ceara Foley, Toya Hatten, and other teachers at Appalachia School of Holistic Herbalism, Alder Burns (permaculture/horticulture), and Rosemary Gladstar.

Some of her non-herbal teachers include: Starhawk, Penny Livingston, Patricia Allison, Daniel Foor, and Kristoffer Hughes.

In addition to her work in in the plant and fiber realms, Isabel has had several careers; in Retail Management, Graphic Design, and Permaculture homesteading/teaching as well as teaching knitting courses and she is an expert knitter. She attended her Permaculture Design Course in N.C. in 2007 and co-taught Permaculture Design Courses in 2009 and 2010 in Americus, Georgia. She has also Organized Permaculture Meetups in Atlanta, done website design/management and social media for all Permaculture events in Georgia, helped organize and put on the Permaculture Gathering, Celo, NC 2006-2010
, and taught frequent workshops in Atlanta and Macon GA, Gainesville FL, Asheville NC, on sustainability, permaculture and other subjects.

She has also worked with the non-profit Georgia Organics, volunteering and helping out at their annual conferences, which is where she met her partner.

She is currently an Ovate level student with UK-based Order of Bards Ovates and Druids.

She is  a Homesteader in Northern CA with her partner, Alder Burns, where they raise sheep, geese, chickens and grow lots of fruits, veggies, nuts and herbs. They have a blog about their farm here.

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