The Dutchess County Fairgrounds
6550 Spring Brook Ave.
Rhinebeck, NY 12572

NYS Sheep & Wool Festival - Workshop Registration

Springy Bouncy Down Breeds

Saturday, October 19, 2013

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Beth Smith

Class Fee: $125.00

Material Fee: $0.00

Maximum Class Size: 18

18 Seats Available

About Seat Availability: The availability shown above does NOT A GUARANTEE that an actual seat is available to be purchased. Each registration will be verified after your purchase and if an over sale of seats occurs you will be notified and the price of the over sold seat will be refunded in it's entirety.

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I am convinced that the Down and Down Type breeds are the most underappreciated and misunderstood of fibers. Even sometimes the shepherds who raise these sheep are unaware of their fabulous powers of spring and loft. In this class we will deconstruct and demystify down and down-type fibers, through prep and sampling.The crimp is the place to start. That spiral crimp that keeps each fiber separated from the next is what makes this wool so fantastic. It is springy and bouncy and airy. It makes the warmest of cardigans and the squooshiest of socks. The natural resistance to felting is an added bonus. We will study these wools in this class. We will look at how to process them yourself as there are very few sources for mill prepped down type wool.Combs or cards? Washing in a huge batch or by the lock? Spinning worsted ort woolen? What knitting stitches work best with these fibers? How should they be spun for weaving? We’ll answer all of the questions and help spinners jump out of that box that says there is nothing worthwhile here, and find the gold hidden in these breeds And then we will spin a bunch of samples and hopefully even swatch a little to finally put that “Meat Sheep” label to rest – at least for a few more spinners.
Spinning Level: Students must be able to spin a continuous thread.

Materials Information

Please Bring: A spinning wheel in good working order, hand cards, note taking materials, hang tags for samples. If you have a flick and/or hand combs bring those too for experimenting.

Workshop Instructor

Beth has been a fiber addict for most of her life. She learned to knit as a child, and since then has pursued a large variety of fiber arts. more