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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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Sunday, October 18 • 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Foundations and Finishing LIMITED

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Limited Capacity seats available

You've picked the PERFECT pattern and you've searched for and picked out the PERFECT yarn (not necessarily in that order!). Now your fingers and hook are twitching and you are ready to dive in!  

Before you make that first stitch, let us share with you a few basics that will get you started on a solid foundation and finish with some tips and tricks that will make sure your work is just as PERFECT as the choices you've made up to this point.  

We will give you easy ways to take your already FAB crochet skills to the next level and allow you to make and then show off your handiwork with professional results. We will cover foundation stitches, finishing stitches, locking mattress stitch, gauge, blocking, and MORE! These are the skills and techniques we use every day in our studio to create designs and finished projects for books, magazines, and the runway. Even if you never wanted to be a professional maker, your work will look like you're a pro and you will be prouder than ever to really strut your stuff!


  • Learn to make four different foundation stitches and how to use them in projects

  • Learn the best ways to block different fabrics depending on the fibers used

  • Learn the tips and tricks we use to make sewing on buttons and setting in zippers easier than you ever believed they could be!

  • Learn the finishing techniques we use in our studio including after-thought borders for polished edges and decorative seams, invisible seams using the locking mattress stitch technique, and how to securely and invisibly weave in ends using duplicate and shadow stitches.

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CANCELLED IN 2016 | Shannon and Jason are the DIY duo known as the Shibaguyz behind the design studio of Shibaguyz Designz and Shibaguyz Photography.  Shannon's award winning crochet & knit designs have been featured in and on the covers of both US and international publications and he currently has over 300 published patterns credited to his name since his first design was featured on the... Read More →

Sunday October 18, 2015 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597