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Karen Mott (Wyoming)

Karen Mott creates western-style cinches using wool from her flock of longhaired Navajo-Churro sheep. The sheep graze on the Spear S Sheep and Cattle Ranch, an operation run cooperatively with the Nature Conservancy. After studying with two master cinch makers, Karen began using the wool from her own multi-colored sheep to make the wide woven straps that keep a saddle in place. Karen sends her wool to Michigan to be spun into yarn. She then plies the yarn to produce the 17 thick strands of her cinch. For stability, Karen twines a diamond shape for the center and two half diamonds at each end.

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