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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.)
OR
Talk and/or demonstrate felting, or weaving or any other ‘best use’ for the breed’s fiber and what makes it special,
OR
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
Dyeing Cotton, Naturally! LIMITED

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Limited Capacity seats available

Contrary to popular belief, dyeing cotton with natural dyes is not a labor intensive process with mediocre results. Instead, new developments in scouring and fiber preparation have replaced the traditional 3 day mordanting process of cotton fibers. The result is better dye uptake and wonderfully saturated colors. Additionally this processcan be applied to other cellulose fibers with similar results.We will begin with a thorough discussion of dye theory as it applies to both synthetic and natural dyes. Dye extracts will be made in 1% equivalent stock solutions for mixing colors. We will dye in color gradations using a variety of extracts, modifiers and a natural ferment indigo vat to create a pallet of colors.

Students will produce over 50 color samples using the alternative alum acetate mordant. Please note, these extracts have been developed for the commercial dye market and while relatively non-toxic are very colorfast. Students will have an opportunity to prepare the cotton yarn in class moving from scour to mordant to dye bath. Each student will receive a comprehensive dye notebook with workshop instructions as well as notes for working on your own to dye yarns. Included in the notebook will be a set of dye samples produced in class.

Instructors
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Jane Woodhouse

Jane has spent the last 36 years working as a production weaver. In 1991 she earned an MFA from San Francisco State University with a concentration in textiles. | | She currently lives in Peacham, Vermont on Brigid's Farm which is home to a small flock of Border Leicester X sheep, natural colored angora goats and dairy goats. Her mail order business and on-farm studio specialize in natural dyes. She teaches regularly in her studio but... Read More →



Friday October 16, 2015 9:00am - 4:00pm
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597

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