From sheep care to wool processing and fiber art, I offer private, custom workshops scheduled at your convenience and adaptable to focus on whatever skills you most want to learn. See one of my products that you’d like to learn to make? Contact me and let me design a workshop for you!
I hope someday to convert our old country store into a spacious workshop studio, but until we have that facility, I must limit my workshop size to individuals, couples, or small groups.
Here are examples of some of the beginner’s level workshops I offer: Shearing (October only), Fiber Processing, Intro to Spinning, Intro to Felting, Needle Felting. I also offer a very special 2-day Sheep Farm Adventure for two where you and a friend can join me and experience the shepherd’s life during lambing season in April. See below for details.
Shearing & Fiber Processing Workshops
Are you a spinner or knitter who has watched “sheep to shawl” competitions and dreamed of one day spinning yarn or knitting a sweater from wool you sheared yourself?
Are you a historical reenactor who yearns for the experience of creating authentic woolen items starting at the very first step?
Are you a shepherd who would like to learn a gentle method of shearing that doesn’t require the physical prowess of flipping the sheep upside down?
Then you’ll love our “shearing for beginners” workshop! You’ll get to:
· Choose your fleece “on the hoof” from our beautiful flock.
· Learn a beginner-friendly method of shearing. I’ll teach you how to shear your chosen sheep in a shearing stand, rather than using the Australian method of wrestling them around and flipping them upside down. Our way is slower, but it’s gentler to the sheep and to our backs!
· Learn how to skirt your fleece and prepare it for use.
For even more hands-on fiber fun, try our full-day Fiber-Processing workshop. In addition to shearing a sheep, you’ll get an introduction to all the steps of processing a fleece, including:
· Basic Spinning
· Basic Felting
I’m accepting a limited number of appointments for the month of October 2010. First come, first choice of fleece, so contact me early to schedule yours. Questions? Just ask!
Shearing Workshop: $50 (includes the fleece for you to take home).
Fiber Processing Workshop: $100 (includes a full day of fiber-processing instruction: shearing, skirting, washing, carding, intro to spinning, intro to felting).
Sheep Farm Adventure
A two-day sheep farm adventure for two! A chance of a lifetime for you and a friend to come live the shepherd's life for two days on our farm during lambing season (April 2012).
· Meet the flock and see the baby lambs.
· Help with the chores.
· Milk a sheep
· Help make a batch of sheep’s milk soap.
· Try your hand at spinning wool into yarn.
· Join me on "lamb watch": Sleep in the barn on a bed of hay, and maybe, just maybe, get to help some lambs be born.
Come join me for our most exciting time of the year! I’m accepting a limited number of appointments for the month of April. Contact me to schedule yours. Questions? Just ask!
Price: $500 for two people
(If you prefer NOT to sleep in the barn during lamb watch, there is a motel not far away where you can make reservations.)