Brazen Sheep became an identity back in the 1980's when Liz Cavey and Micki Smith joined forces. Liz raised the sheep and spun the yarn while Micki designed sweaters from that yarn. They packaged kits and success came knocking.
Micki moved north to own and operate a Vermont inn and the partnership eased itself into extinction. A decade later, Micki returned to the Mid-Atlantic and decided to re-activate her fiber business. Liz generously relinquished the name Brazen Sheep and a new logo was created.
Over the next decade and a half, Brazen Sheep appeared at fiber festivals, taught fiber related skills, and randomly marketed products. In 2015, Brazen Sheep found a home in Berryville Treasures, a co-op. Business became a regulated process, with production occurring on a daily basis.
Beginning in January of 2019, Brazen Sheep partnered with Needles & Pins Fiber Art Shop and The Needle Lady to open their full-time shop on Main Street in Berryville, Virginia. Between the three partners, all the fiber art skills are covered and flourishing.
Brazen Sheep continues to be its own entity, but Micki now has the love and support of two great partners. Products are not offered for sale on-line but in the shop or by individual order. Lessons are offered in organized classes or individually. The shop has a comfortable sitting area and fiber friends drop in to sit and chat, work on a project, or explore possibilities. Tea and coffee are always available.
With age comes wisdom! At least that’s the hope of Micki Smith whose journey through eight decades has brought her joy and experience. Micki’s designs reflect the past but most definitely live in the present.
The Three C’s: color, composition, and comfort! Micki’s ever-present goals – along with repurpose what you can and use only earth friendly fibers.
Micki’s professional decades were filled with marketing, promotion, writing, and international community building. Yarn and knitting needles were always tucked in her handbag or suitcase. For the last 20 some years, fiber has been her profession. (Her pen was also busy, lest we forget!)
Commercial patterns cannot be found in Micki’s stash. Everything that comes offer her needles or sewing machine is the result of an overactive, creative brain. Some results are more successful than others but joy infuses each and every finished product.
The fiber art specialties that have seduced Micki include: knitting, spinning, sewing, hooking, weaving, and fiber painting.
In between needle stitches, Micki writes.