If not for a small lamb named Rosie, Frances Moore might never have begun spinning, or gathering materials from nature to dye the wool and silk she uses in her handmade items.
In 1985, at the Macon County Fair there was a lamb that was too small to be sold, but Moore’s sister Nancy told the owner that Moore would buy it. Her family built a big dog house and a pen for her, named her Rosie, and for 14 years, Rosie spent her days roaming the family’s yard, walking up onto the porch, peering into the windows. Rosie even appeared in the live nativity scene at the Asbury Methodist Church. Robert Rollins, the County Extension agent at that time, sheared Rosie every summer and kept telling Moore she should learn to spin and weave that wool.