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 - 4:00pm
Fashion, Fit, Form and Function LIMITED

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There are a million patterns in the naked city… yeah… a million… and wouldn’t it be nice if just ONE of them fit?!?  Well, my friend, the search is OVER!  We will teach you the basics of fashion, fit, form and function that we use daily as fashion designers so you can see a pattern and make sure it fits YOUR body before you ever pick up your hooks, needles, and yarn.  We're going to go deep into the minds of a designer and show you just what all this fit, ease, and drape talk is all about and what that means to YOU and YOUR body type and shape.  

We'll start with making sure you can look at a pattern and KNOW if it's going to work for your body based on how the finished garment will sit on your body and how your body moves around inside the finished garment.  

You will learn how to make basic alterations to a pattern that you will be able to use for every garment you ever want to make… EVER… did we mention the ever part?   

We will start with measurements and form – what measurements do I take from where and how do I apply them to my pattern?

Then we’ll talk about fit – how do I make a garment that fits a certain style or body type?

Then we’ll move to function – whom am I making this for and where will they wear it?

Finally… fabrics – how to take your swatch and convert that into a pattern   For this class, we are going to be using a pattern template for a FAB drape front cardi that you will be able to alter and customize to your heart's content.


  • Be able to take proper measurements and be able to make adjustments to those measurements according to body type   

  • Understand proper fit as it applies to different body types and styles of garments   

  • Understand the basics of hand knit/crochet fabrics and where/when/how to use them  

  • Understand basic math behind going from swatch to pattern  

  • Know know just how much yarn you're going to need for that pattern!

  • Leave with a template and measurement guide so you can create a garment that fits and flatters your form!

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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... Read More →

Thursday October 15, 2015 9:00am - 4:00pm EDT
Bldg 41

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