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We have some exciting news to share! Starting 2024 our main entrance will be on the front side of the building, more livestock, adventures!
A BIG THANK YOU!
Please welcome Martha Wissing as our special guest designer for the year 2023. This cast on party and class is a first for Texas Fleece and Fiber Festival. Students will be sent on an adventure to see the dyers choices. Samples will be on display at the vendor booths and then at class for discussion. Color is always as important as technique. Martha will walk you through the nuts and bolts of her pattern design. Make new old friends!
Cotton and Hemp are as much a part of the Texas fabric as wool and mohair. We decided that this year we wanted to give these two fabulous fibers their due. Melanie Sanford of Conserving Threads will be vending and teaching. She has a passion for conservation as well. Conserving Threads has been providing textile conservation services to the Texas communities and surrounding areas since 2003. Dust off your doilies and polish up your drop spindles. Learn about spinning in Hemp and then explore the complex world of dying cotton and hemp.
So, you have a raw sheep fleece. What’s next?!
Monica is the founder of Gothfarm Yarn and has made her mark in the fiber art industry with her passion for the natural colors of heritage breed sheep. She has turned her passion into a business of grading, sorting and creating unique yarns.
The class will start with a live shearing demonstration from sheep shearer Chloe O’Rourke and her wooly assistants. Monica will then discuss the basics of wool evaluation, preparation, and commodification, working with the freshly shorn fleece in real time.
This class is for anyone who wants to know how to treat wool once it’s off the sheep and in your hands. This includes sheep raisers interested in getting more value out of their wool and crafters interested in working with quality fleeces.