Who is Peace Fleece?
We believe in
their cause and hope you enjoy the yarn they produce.
"Peace Fleece is not your typical yarn company.
Fleece office is a barn on a sheep farm in Maine. Peter Hagerty
and his wife Marty Tracy started buying wool from the Soviet Union back in 1985 in hopes that through trade they could help diffuse the threat of nuclear war. Since then they have worked with shepherds in Russia, Kyrgyzia, Israel and the West Bank, as well as in Montana, Ohio, Texas and Maine.
By working with people who tend livestock every day, they hope to find a common ground that slowly leads to mutual understanding and economic interdependence.
|Peter feels grateful that he can
work at home on the farm with his family and at the same time have the opportunity to work overseas. To him, agriculture is a medium to bring people closer together.
Marty believes that promoting crafts in our hectic society is important.
By inspiring people to work with their
hands, she hopes that they can find more time to discover their own inner solutions for peace.
A favorite part of the job for Marty is dreaming up new yarn colors.
Peace Fleece sells knitting yarns as well as knitting and felting
accessories. Many of the people with whom Peace Fleece works overseas are in the midst of political, social or economic crisis and some are living in a war zone.
Knitting is essential to the economic and emotional survival of the Bosnian and Croatian women who make the slipper socks we offer in our printed catalog.
The Palestinian and Israeli shepherds who make our drop spindles, and from whose sheep come the weaving yarns, face terrorism on a daily basis.
And the Russian farmers and craftspeople with whom we work confront a daily dose of chaos and despair.
Peter and Marty get a tremendous amount of satisfaction working with this diverse group of people and look forward to sharing their friends with you through Peace Fleece.
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at peacefleece.com that you would like us to stock, email