DATE: Saturday June 4th
TIME: 6:00 PM
Seminar 1: INTRODUCTION TO WOOL
The Dutchess County Sheep and Wool Growers Association invites DCSWGA Members and the public to join our FREE on-line ZOOM based seminar. Get info and tips from 3 of the regions experts in the field of sheep and wool selection and management.
Jeri Robinson-Lawrence will start the seminar off with some questions to think about. Are you interested in wool sheep? Don't know what breed to choose? Do you want soft, next to skin wool, hard wearing wool for outer garments, or something in-between? Jeri will describe differences between a variety of wool sheep from rare to commercial breeds so that you can consider the breed that best meets your goals.
Jeri Robinson-Lawrence is a Professor of Art & Design at Millersville University in Pennsylvania. She is also Co-Owner, alongside her daughter, of Flying Fibers, a full-service fiber arts shop located on their farm in Wrightsville, PA. Jeri achieved her dream of owning a farm later in life and is happy to talk to anyone about sheep and wool. She can regularly be found working with wool from her own flock of rare breed sheep including North American Wensleydale, Leicester Longwool, and Shetland sheep. You may have also met her in the Breed Barn at the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival where she brings some of her woolly friends to share the love.
Bruce McCord will be discussing the different types of shearing methods, basic equipment needed for shearing, why professional shearers are so important in any wool sheep production scheme, and what to prepare for on shearing day.
Bruce McCord has been raising and shearing sheep in the Hudson Valley since 1980 and although he has recently retired from shearing, he still stays active in the sheep community. In addition to raising commercial crossbred sheep, he and his family breed and show purebred Southdowns and travel to numerous shows across the Northeast each year.
Mariepaule Rossier will be covering some important topics to consider when converting your wool to a marketable product including: Caring for your wool to enhance the quality of the fleeces, how to pick an end product suitable to the sheep you are raising, and where and how to process small vs large quantities of wool
Mariepaule Rossier follows a long tradition of knitting amongst the women of her family. Her grandmother taught her to knit at the age of two, and in school it was a subject as important to her as math or science. Mariepaule has a special interest in natural fibers and finds them to be a source of endless fascination and inspiration. Even after decades of working with them, she always finds something new to discover. She has worked extensively in many aspects of fiber production- she has volunteered during shearing seasons on alpaca, sheep, and goat farms, she judges fleeces at a variety of events, and she processes wool by hand as well as commercially. Her work with so many different fiber types has taught her the importance of using an appropriate fiber for each specific project she creates.
DATE: Sunday June 5th
TIME: 1 PM
LOCATION: Echo Valley Farm, Red Hook NY
Seminar 1 HANDS-ON WORKSHOP
OPEN TO DCSWGA MEMBERS ONLY
Limit: 15 people
This hands-on workshop will include how to evaluate wool quality on an individual sheep, how to “skirt” wool (prepare it for processing), and will also have numerous examples of fleece types from a variety of breeds to touch and learn differences between. Participation slots are limited, please RSVP to Mary Drumm (above)
Caraleigh Wilson is a shepherd and hand spinner in Dutchess County NY. She and her husband have run Point of View Farm for over 15 years concentrating on purebred, versatile and efficient finnsheep lambs.
Caraleigh is an American Sheep Industry wool classer and has taken advanced training utilizing a process of sorting and grading that includes the hands-on evaluation and separation of fleece (including wool and alpaca fiber) into like micron ranges as well as creating uniform batches of fiber within those grades relating to color, length, and contamination. Her classing clients include wool pools, fiber mills and private farms. She has over 90,000 pounds of wool attributed to her professional classing numbers and privately has classed even more.