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The Martha Wagbo Farm and Education Center and ISLAND present:

Fiber Arts Skill Swap

Held at the Martha Wagbo Farm and Education Center

Saturday, May 16th from 1 to 5:30 pm

Demonstration and Instruction in:

  • Sheep Shearing (both mechanically and by hand)
  • Skirting, Cleaning & Carding Wool
  • Natural and Chemical Dying
  • Spinning Yarn on a Drop Spindle
  • Felting

Registration is Limited to 20 participants

Cost is $20 per person and pre-registration is required.

Register by mail

Register by email (Outlook or Mac Mail)

You can also register by phone at (231) 480-4515 or by email to brad@artmeetsearth.org. To register, please download and view the registration form to guide you in submitting your information. You MAY leave your information as a voicemail if you do not reach our staff. Registration is not complete until we receive your payment. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact us!

Detailed Schedule

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Shearing, Skirting, and Cleaning: So you have the sheep—now how do you get the wool off of her? Zack Shaltz of Shaltz Farm will demonstrate how to accomplish that using both hand shears and electrical shears. The tags and vegetable matter will then be pulled off, and skirting will be demonstrated. We will also talk about different ways to clean the fleece once it's taken off.

2:00 pm to 2:10 pm

Break

2:10 pm to 3:10 pm

Dyeing Wool: Wagbo intern Maria Wesserle will show you how to take washed, undyed wool and transform it into a colorful work of art! She will demonstrate natural dyeing with madder root, and acid dyeing using food coloring. (Don't worry—the 'acid' mentioned here is only vinegar!) Learn everything you need to know to dye your own fiber at home. Also, carding will be demonstrated during this workshop, and we will have a couple hand carders available for folks to try out.

3:10 pm to 3:20 pm

Break

3:20 pm to 4:20 pm

Class will split into two groups of 10 students each

Session 1: Spinning Wool: Participants will get hands-on and go home with their own hand-made yarn! Maria Wesserle will teach spinning. Everyone will receive 2 ounces of wool to make their own yarn on a drop spindle. Spindles are often considered a 'primitive' device, but they have gained popularity due to their simple design, portable nature, and ability to create fantastic yarn in a surprisingly timely manner.

Session 2: Felting: Participants will get hands-on and go home with their own felted piece! Michelle Ferrarese will be teaching the felting workshop, in which students will choose from colorful merino roving to create their own felted article. Yarn, wool, and textile scraps will also be available to work into the piece.

4:20 pm to 4:30 pm

Break

4:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Groups of 10 will switch!

Session 1: Spinning Wool: Participants will get hands-on and go home with their own hand-made yarn! Maria Wesserle will teach spinning. Everyone will receive 2 ounces of wool to make their own yarn on a drop spindle. Spindles are often considered a 'primitive' device, but they have gained popularity due to their simple design, portable nature, and ability to create fantastic yarn in a surprisingly timely manner.

Session 2: Felting: Participants will get hands-on and go home with their own felted piece! Michelle Ferrarese will be teaching the felting workshop, in which students will choose from colorful merino roving to create their own felted article. Yarn, wool, and textile scraps will also be available to work into the piece.

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