About me

043bHi!  I’m Joan Olson, the owner and designer of The Green Sheep.  I grew up in southern California, the daughter of two transplanted Midwesterners who taught me to waste not, and I am now a Midwesterner myself. I am the wife of the terrific guy who serenaded me by guitar under my college dorm window when I was 17, and the mother of two delightful and grown-up daughters and one fantastic son-in-law.

Ever since I was a girl, I found great satisfaction in re-using old things. It’s the same with these wool sweaters. I give them a fresh, clean start and a whole new purpose as I transform them into a blanket (or maybe something else — but blankets are my favorite!).

By day, I’m an occupational therapist.  In the rest of my time, I design and play and sew with gorgeous upcycled wool sweaters as much as I can.

 

 

12 thoughts on “About me

  1. You have a wonderful blog and make such beauty out of recycled wool. Have you considered writing a book? I’m curious how you applique the wool on wool designs with such precision. Also curious what you use for backing and if you need to tack down the top to the backing with some sort of quilting. Have you used books or other resources to guide your designs? I really find your work inspiring!

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    • It’s funny you say it like that, Gayle, as I feel surprised by the joy I have in this undertaking and by how each blanket sort of blooms before my eyes. Maybe it’s one of the hidden blessings of the empty-nest stage. I hope you are finding pleasure there as well :)

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  2. AWESOME!!! I want those purple mittens!! Your work is beautiful and I want to start finding sweaters for you to encourage you to continue! WOW! You have such wonderful, creative taste too! Blessings to The Queen of Green Sheep!

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  3. Yes, I do want to see all of these warmies in person. Makes me want to bundle up in front of the fire….in NORWAY! Joan, I am so proud of you. What a sweet little business.

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