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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 Kortsha, the owner of local yarn business Gothfarm Yarn, will guide you through a couple options, with the class covering everything from wool skirting and storage to milling and marketing.
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.
Cotton apron with three pockets. Design by Suzy Stewart.
We are counting sheep until this years festival! 🐑
We have teamed up with go to Texan because we can’t think of a better fit for all that we do as fiber artist, livestock razors, artists and so on.
Texas Fleece and Fiber Festival
Event Location: 3785 Memorial Drive, Kerrville, TX 78028
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