Saturday, Nov 3rd noon-4:00pm
14605 Chapel Lane, Leesburg, Virginia 20176
You have probably worn Merino wool...probably knit with Merino yarn, but have you met a Merino sheep? Please join us at Black Sheep Farm in Leesburg, Virginia and get acquainted.
make a felt flower pin or a trivet/potholder with local felt artist Laura Linton. This introductory felting class will teach you the basic wet-felting process, some embellishing techniques—and start you on a fiber adventure limited pretty much only by your imagination. 12:30 session will create a flower pin; 2:30 session a trivet/potholder. Limit 12 students. Registration form for classes here
fine spinning Merino with Caroline Hockenberry of Fibernate. Merino is considered the Holy Grail of fine spinning, and can be a challenge. In this hands-on class, learn techniques for creating a lace weight 2-ply yarn with roving provided by Black Sheep Farm’s own Merino flock. Discover how take-up and twist effect your yarn, and the proper wheel adjustments necessary for the best results. We'll experiment with methods of drafting to reduce hand fatigue when spinning fine singles, and plying techniques will be demonstrated. Limit 8 students. Registration form here
learn a new extra stretchy cast on from Kathy Reed, Solitude Wool partner and Certified Knitting Teacher. Learn tips and tricks for executing a slipknot-based extra stretchy cast on ideal for beginning hats and gloves (includes lace tam pattern for Alpaca/Merino yarn). Limit 10 students. Registration form here
A breed from the Welsh border area of Britain, Clun Forest is a heritage breed in the US. Raised for meat and valued for their ability to grow well on pasture alone, they also grow a high quality, Down type wool that has robust crimp and elasticity. Clun fleece is fairly fine, with a short staple. Biggest problem with this wool can be breaks due to nutritional stress. Check fleeces carefully.
We are Loudoun County, Virginia shepherds who love wool. We hand select fleeces from small farms in the Chesapeake watershed region to create
really great yarn and roving. Imagine different grapes making really different wines...wool is like that. Different types of wool are wonderful
for different end uses. We hope you find a wool you love, or maybe one that surprises you.