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
Explore & Spin a Plethora of Fibers - Sunday PM LIMITED

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Limited Capacity seats available

So now that you know how to spin wool, you want to explore different breeds of sheep, (Merino, Cotswald, Jacob, Liecester Longwool, Teeswater, to name a few),  feel and spin Huacaya Alpaca, how does Suri Alpaca spin?

What does it look/feel like to spin in the grease, washed or carded? How long of a staple does silk have, do I buy a brick of silk, a hankie, or a cap of silk? How long is the staple of cotton? How soft is Angora Rabbit anyway? Does it need a lot of twist? What is ‘Blooming’? How do I ‘spin on the fold’ with cotton?  How do I spin the mohair to make that gorgeous novelty, curly yarn? Can I spin dog hair?  

You won’t have to search the internet for all different animal breeders/ or walk around the festival finding different animals, You will only have to take Julie’s class at NYSW! You will have over 20 different samples, (Julie is constantly adding fiber samples for you to explore), Each ‘take home’ box will have labeled baggies of fiber samples along with pen and index card for you to write down notes and observations.

Lendrum Spinning Wheels will be provided for you to use or you may bring your own wheel. This is an explorative class of different fibers that will enable you to further research the fibers of your choice later in your spinning career!


Julie Wilson

Julie Wilson and her family own a farm in Fines Creek, North Carolina. In 1990, two sheep came to the Wilson family. Since then, Jehovah Raah Farm (like us on Facebook) has grown to Shetland sheep, Alpacas, Llamas, Angora goats, Angora Rabbits, and Scottish Highland Cattle. Julie... Read More →

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