Wednesday, August 31, 2016

September Begins With Wisconsin and Ends With Ohio

September is a wonderful fiber month. Next week, I’ll be headed to Jefferson, Wisconsin for the 15th annual Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival. This event is always held the weekend after Labor Day, this year September 8-11. There are now workshops starting on Thursday and continuing through Sunday, with vendors, competitions, demonstrations, and exhibits on Friday through Sunday. Oh, don’t forget the Hall of Breeds, the Lambing Barn, and the Stock Dog Trials. And I always look forward to having at least one lamb bratwurst.

I will be teaching a two-day version of “Spinning Wools of North America” on Thursday and Friday. Then on Saturday I teach “Spinning & Knitting Energized Singles”. Sunday’s classes include “Circles & Polygons” (a knitting workshop inspired by Petoskey stones) and “Variations on Long Draw”. All these workshops are so much fun for me. It is my plan to make them fun for all involved!

At the very end of the month, I travel to Archbold, Ohio (in Northwest Ohio) to teach at the Fiber Arts Festival at Sauder Village, an historic village and farm. Last year was the inaugural year for this event, and I am delighted that I was asked back for this year. I hope to have more time to explore the village. Last year I picked up some terrific herbs and spices in the village Herb Shop. I look forward to stopping by there again.

Workshops are offered on Friday and Saturday, September 30 and October 1. I will be teaching “Diversity of Wool” Friday morning and “Beginning Spindle Spinning” in the afternoon. On Saturday, I will be teaching “Plying Balanced Yarns” in the morning and “Mechanics of Your Wheel” in the afternoon. There will also be vendors and demonstrations on Saturday and Sunday, open to the public.

A wonderful way to begin and end the month of September, don’t you think?

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