Julie Wilson and her family began raising sheep more than twenty years ago. Now the owners and stewards of a thirty-acre, late-nineteenth-century farm in the Fines Creek section of Haywood County, Wilson and her husband and daughters care for a flock of Shetland sheep, Scottish highland cattle, angora goats and rabbits, and llamas.
The North Carolina native took up the art of spinning soon after beginning to raise sheep. She is a schoolteacher by profession, so it followed naturally that she would come to teach spinning. She was involved in founding the Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair (which is now held every fall at the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center in Fletcher), and has been teaching beginning spinning at the fair since the first year. She also gives private lessons, and operates her own business selling Lendrum spinning wheels.
After thirty years of teaching Special Education, Julie Wilson is looking forward to spending a great deal more of her time sheepherding, spinning, and teaching.
Julie Wilson teaches spinning workshops, gives private lessons, and sells spinning wheels. She also offers classroom programs for all ages.