Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Sheep To Shawl Demonstration

Aaron McDaniel did a one man Sheep to Shawl demonstration this year.  I missed pictures of picking, sorting and carding, but did catch a few of the highlights throughout the weekend.  

Warping (preparing) the loom.  The warp threads are the threads that go "north to south", in this case the white yarn.  

Next he spun some yarn from a fleece he'd already washed, but hadn't sorted or carded until he got to the festival.

He used a black and white Jacob fleece and separated the colors into light and medium grays.

He wove two narrow panels on a rigid heddle loom.  This loom is his own design.  The gray Jacob yarn going "east to west" is the weft.

The first panel just after it came off the loom.

This is a more accurate color.  Just beautiful!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

2017 Stock Dog Demonstrations

Alan Miller and his beautiful Border Collies once again amazed the crowds.  They were even able to work on Sunday because while you sure don't want to be holding electric clippers in the rain (or touching them to a sheep), nothing slows down a good working dog!

Friday, October 13, 2017

2017 Sheep Shearing Symposium

The shearing demonstrations have always been very popular at the festival.  For many years our shearer was George Breuer and Gary Figgins ran the color commentary.  We always thought Mr. Figgins talked a lot, but the two new shearers this year, Bill Haudenschield and Gavin McKerrow, turned the shearing demonstration into a full shearing symposium ;-).  And did they draw the crowds!

They'll be back next year in case you missed them this year.  And I'm wondering if there might even be a new shearer or two from the crowds now.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Friday Fun!

We had a great day at the festival. Tomorrow should be even better. Come on out!