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9/21/15 - NEW this year! We have a fantastic new event called "Shepherds Talk Fiber" - a scheduled list of talks about breeds focusing on their fiber. Our presenters have been asked to provide a 5 min intro of their breed, highlighting its fiber & Breed Association information. What is the breed standard for the showcased breed, color, micron, special characteristics, historical and/or current uses?
Any special care and handling of the sheep to produce great fiber (Breeding choices, nutrition, stress, coating, controlling vegetable matter, effects of lambing or age)
15 Minute Presentation or Demo
This can be spinning and talking about various ways to spin the breed for different results, OR
Recommendations on how to have it commercially prepared (what spin or ply or weight of yarn best highlight your breed’s characteristics etc.)
Talk and/or demonstrate felting, or weaving or any other ‘best use’ for the breed’s fiber and what makes it special,
You might see them could skirt a fleece, or do just about anything they want to get you excited about their breed’s fiber (why they love it?)
5 Min Question and answer.
Show up on time to learn about breeds that would work for your new flock (hint hint), or types of fiber you may never have worked with before. Enjoy! Add the talks to your Sched so you get reminders and can plan your festival experience.

Our 2015 Schedule is evolving. Please check back to see additions and create a Sched account to start your own custom festival schedule and plan your time wisely. Share events with friends and family via Facebook and Twitter to rally them to plan the day together. Accommodations around the Hudson Valley are booking up, so if you haven’t done it, get on that ASAP. This is just the schedule - see our official website www.sheepandwool.com to volunteer and see more pics.
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Saturday, October 17 • 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Needle Felted Faces LIMITED

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Limited Capacity seats available

In this fast paced workshop we will make a face built on a piece of wool felt that can be turned into a hanging Santa ornament or angel.  Students will learn how to layer, roll and twist wool to create a face that is magical.  The skills learned in this class are the same skills needed to make a 3 dimensional form.

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Kristen Walsh

Kristen Walsh, daughter and granddaughter of artists, has dabbled in creative things her whole life.  She has been exploring fiber for many years – first knitting, then spinning and now, felting.   | | She has been earning attention for her felting, winning Best in Show at the Old Saybrook Arts Show and the Creativity Award at the Marlborough Art Center, both in Connecticut.  She was also selected as a Best in Show... Read More →

Saturday October 17, 2015 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Bldg 41