2017 Demonstrations

Always free and open to all

Happening throughout both days of the festival


10:30-11:00 Peggy Doney, The 100th Sheep Gradient Dyeing – How 1 + 1 = 36 colors

You don’t need a bajillion jars of dyes to create lots of gorgeous colors.  By using only two colors, you can have many with value and flowing beauty.

11:15-11:45 Judy Chapman,  Judy Ball Creations  Three Dimensional art from wool

Learn the basics of needle felting techniques to transform wool into art.

12:00-12:30 Deb Tewell, The Felting Source Felting Wool Balls: Fun and Easy

Let’s make small balls from fluffy sheep fleece. You can take them home to play with or string them onto yarn to make your own jewelry.

12:45-1:15 Carol Garnand, Carol Silks Sparkle Your Work-Felted Accents to Bling Your Natural Fiber Wearables

Learn to create small, felted designs to enhance your work. Using felt squares, wet-felt wool, alpaca and other natural fibers to add accents that be felted/sewn onto your garments of many types.

1:30-2:30 TDLT-Kids Weaving The Magic of Weaving

Weaving is fun and the fundamentals are easy. Come learn some basic steps, add your creation to a Rainbow Runner.

2:45-3:15 Jane Levene, Jefferson Farms Natural Fibers Feel the differences, see the differences

Learn about the different characteristics of fiber types and how each can enhance your various types of projects.

3:30-4:00 Shelly Loveless, Rio Fernando Farm Plucking a Rabbit or Naked in the City

earn why plucking or combing is the best method of obtaining prime angora fiber (over shearing), the tools required, and demonstrate the technique, offering tips and advice.

SUNDAY Oct 8th

10:00-10:30 Frana Biederman, PHI BETA PACA™ YARNS Fun Raising Alpacas: Turning Fiber to Profit

PHI BETA PACA™ YARNS will hand out alpaca fiber samples, & demonstrate hand drafting. The talk covers uniformity, fineness, classing, grading, histograms, mills requirements and how that affects quality of yarns..

10:45-11:15 Ginger Bogle, Weavers Rapid Warp Loom Rigid Heddle Weaving Takes an Innovative New Spin!

Does everything that can be done on any Rigid Heddle, but warps in less than 15 minutes!   Also suitable for rug-making.  Come see this great new invention!

11:30-12:00 Linda Smith, Degoatsnsheep Ranch Making Woolly Twig Stars

Let's turn sticks into star decorations by wrapping them with wool. You can hang one in your window or on your Christmas tree.

12:15-12:45 Karen Dearing, Dancing Hooves Farm and Studio Rigid heddle weaving-using a variable dent reed

Create texture and interest using different weights of yarn and set in a variable dent reed

1:00-2:15 Jane Levene, Nancy Irlbeck, Lorrae Moon, and Karen Dietrich The A to Z of Fiber

Meet experts in the fields of raising the animals that produce fiber and processing it for all our fiber projects. You’ll have an opportunity to hear about what happens behind-the-scenes and to ask questions.

Have you ever wondered about nutrition needed for sheep to produce fine, beautiful wool? What you feed, how you feed it, and when you feed all make a difference! Quality and consistency are based on more than shearing any one given animal. Learn how breeders care for animals to ensure consistency and high quality. These are only the first stages. Once the fiber has been sheared, milling is also an important step in getting you the best product possible. Learn how breeders ready the fleeces for the mill and what the processors expect.

2:30-3:00 Sharon Dalrymple, Woodlake Woolies Angora - Hare to Hats

Learn the best way to spin Angora to include a straight from the bunny demo! Samples of various types of Angora will be reviewed to see the effects on products.

Calling all fiber artists, friends, teachers, and anyone interested in sharing their passion, knowledge, and ideas about the wonderful world of fiber! Demonstrations are ALWAYS needed and welcomed at the wool festival each year. If you have new, exciting, crazy, traditional, innovative and/or wild talents that you could share with festival attendees, THIS could be your moment shine.

Please send Deb Tewell your thoughts, ideas and availability for festival weekend fun. You do NOT need to be a vendor to use this opportunity to share your woolly wisdom.