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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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Friday, October 16 • 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Rag Weaving - Fri. PM Session - SOLD OUT LIMITED

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Limited Capacity seats available

Reviving a craft rooted in the simplicity and resourcefulness of families in the 1800's, we combine our handmade wooden loom with strips of fabric to create beautiful and functional pieces.  This simple technique involves using old sheets, saved fabric, flannel and cotton shirts and other clothing, or chenille bedspreads by tearing them into strips  and making trivets, placemats, mug rugs, table runners, table squares, and throw rugs for your home.  Rag weaving is enjoyable and relaxing and is easy to master for all skill levels.  During the workshop, you will strip your fabric, knot it, warp the loom, and then weave a lovely trivet for your kitchen.  No previous experience is necessary and there is NO sewing involved.

avatar for Primitive Stuff - Cindy Campbell/Katie Mason

Primitive Stuff - Cindy Campbell/Katie Mason

Primitive Stuff - Combined, Katie and Cindy have 71 years as public school teachers and administrators. They met when they were assistant principals in the same high school in Rochester, New York. Cindy made the first loom in the fall of 2000 after Katie saw one on display at a fabric store in Ohio. Katie made the first placemat on that loom. | | Although they have had many requests to produce different fabric products, it is their belief that... Read More →

Friday October 16, 2015 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Bldg D 41.936412, -73.908597