2017 Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
The festival ran from Sep 7 to 10. I took several classes.
On Thursday I took a class called Exploring the Drum Carder. DH took the class last year and we bought a drum carder then. It is a tool to card fiber mechanical rather then by hand. This is our drum carder.
In my class we ran 5 different excerises. 1 was coopworth wool, 2 was Jacob wool, 3 was alpaca and silk, 4 was merino, and 5 was a fun bat using a bunch of different things. These are the bats I made.
One Friday I took a spinning class Woolen/ Worsted Continuum. When wool is spun into yarn there are to types of spinning - woolen the yarns are light and airy, the fibers are in random directions and are spun using a long draw technique. Worsted the fibers are aligned in the same direction and the yarn is smooth and stiff, A short draw spinning technique is used. Most people spin a hybrid of the worsted/ woolen style of yarn. In my master spinning class I need to spin using a woolen technique and I was rely bad at it so I took the class to learn more about the woolen spinning. With some practice I hope to improve my long draw/ woolen spinning.
On Saturday I took a class on using the blending board. The blending board is a tool to help with blending fiber. It can be used to blend colors or different fiber types. I had a lot of fun in the class.
My class fun!
Sunday we did spinning demonstrations with the Marshall Prairie Spinning Guild.
We also had a lot of fun shopping I bought wool samples of several different breeds of sheep. On Sunday DH said he was going to go by some sheep milk cheese. He came back with two more different types of wool.
We had a great weekend and already waiting for next years.