Farm Field Day: Merino Nov 3rd

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.

  • farm tour and breed talks by shepherd Martha Polkey
  • sheep shearing
  • goat cheese tasting from Georges Mill Farm Artisan Cheese
  • lamb cooking demo by Olwen Woodier, chef and cookbook author
  • wine tasting from Fabbioli Cellars
  • natural dyeing demonstration
  • three Merino focused classes (two sessions offered for each class,12:30 or 2:30). Class fee $45 each which includes materials). Registration required, form here.   

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

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