Black Cat Farmstead

About the Farm & the Artists
Andrea Myklebust's grandmother taught her to knit when she was a girl, and her mother taught her to sew, sparking a life-long interest in textile and fiber arts, Andrea began raising sheep in 2011, an activity which led rapidly to the creation of the Black Cat Farmstead Fiber Studio.   

The Studio & Farmstead are located on 37 acres of wooded and agricultural land in rural Pepin County, Wisconsin, on the bluffs above Lake Pepin, a widening of the Mississippi River.  Power for the site is provided by a 12.5 KW photo-voltaic array installed in 2012.  

For more about special events and the day-to-day life of the farm, follow the farm's Facebook page at Black Cat Farmstead. Andrea is active on Ravelry under the name "Amyklebust."

Black Cat Farmstead is also the home of the Myklebust+Sears Studio. Andrea Myklebust & Stanton Sears are a husband-and-wife team of sculptors who have created more than sixty large-scale commissioned works for public spaces since they began working collaboratively in the early 1990s.

Public Participation at the Farm
The fiber studio and farm store are open year round with both regular hours and "by appointment" times.  We host annual special events which are open to the public - maple syrup making, sheep shearing days, lambing time, flax planting, harvest, and processing.  We are part of the Spring and Fall "Fresh Art" tours here in the Lake Pepin Region, and are regulars at the Shepherd's Harvest Festival in Lake Elmo, Minnesota (mid-May), the Stockholm Art Fair (3rd Saturday in July), Laura Ingalls Wilder Days (September), and Country Christmas (first weekend of December).    

We offer classes for individuals and small groups in diverse topics, including; hand spinning, needle felting, cheesemaking, flax processing, and weaving. Classes are held both here at the farm and through the Pepin Area Schools Community Education program.

We host interns here at the farm who help us with a wide range of tasks.  If you are interested in a class or internship opportunity, please contact us.  The most current announcements regarding classes and special events can be found on the Black Cat Farmstead Facebook  page. 

Why "Black Cat Farmstead"?
A lot of cats live here at the farm, and many of them are black!  Rumors of magic are unconfirmed.

About the fiber studio
In the summer of 2012, a nineteenth-century pioneer house was moved one-half mile from a neighbor's land to the meadow at Black Cat Farmstead. The house, which was built on land originally homesteaded by the grandparents of Laura Ingalls Wilder, has been restored for use as a space for creative expression in traditional and contemporary fiber and textile arts.

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