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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Friday, October 16 • 9:00am - 4:00pm
Needle Felted Mermaid LIMITED

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In this workshop, students will learn how to sculpt wool to make lips, eyes, noses and ears by folding and rolling wool.  The mermaid will be built around a wire armature allowing the mermaid to be posed in any way.  Raw locks of wool will be used to create hair that looks as if it is flowing in the water.  The tail is perhaps the most fun as students learn how to do surface design making their figure a unique, one-of-a-kind work of art.

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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... Read More →

Friday October 16, 2015 9:00am - 4:00pm EDT
Bldg 41
  Workshops, Felting

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