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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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Thursday, October 15 • 9:00am - 12:00pm
Will that Be One Hump or Two? LIMITED

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This class is a combined Mongolian travelogue, lecture about camel husbandry, camel fiber, camel racing, and how camel saddles are woven.  Following the 45 minute lecture we will design and spin yarn made from pure and blended baby camel fiber.  Baby camel down is nearly of the same micron count as cashmere.  You will come away from this class feeling like you have been to the Gobi, and with your own baby camel fiber to spin.

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Front Porch Textiles - Mary Underwood

Owner, Front Porch Textiles & Fuzzworks
At Front Porch we're all about handwoven textiles for home and body. We use finest quality natural fiber yarns: handspun wools sourced locally; yak, baby camel and cashmere directly from Mongolia; alpaca/silk; Swedish cottons/linens, fine silks, vintage yarns, and US mill spun. Scarves, towels, table linens. Handspun yarns and custom spinning offered. This year we introduce handwoven, traditionally waulked tweed yardage. Yup. We sang in... Read More →

Thursday October 15, 2015 9:00am - 12:00pm
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597

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