Thanks to all for making our workshops successful.

Check back here periodically for our next workshop. 

Physical Meeting, Friday, October 2, 2020:  

President's Message: Green Township's outdoor pavilion in, EverGreen Park, is reserved for the NCSG regular Friday meeting on October 2, 2020. 


9:30, set up your personal space. 10:00 meeting starts. 2:00 meeting ends; usually.

Everyone is required to wear a mask, bring their own lunch, folding chair and of course your wheel (or something to work on). The event is rain or shine, and we would need an rsvp from you . Please email Patricia Mueller, NCS president, at         Thank you and stay healthy,   Patricia Mueller   

The MAFA 2021 Conference Is Going Virtual!

Reps - please share this letter with your guild members so we can get survey results in by October 10th


The MAFA 2021 Conference Is Going Virtual!

Dear MAFA Conference Attendees,

In recent months pandemic numbers in many areas have not improved as much as hoped.  Even though we are planning for a conference to be held next Summer, the feedback we have gotten so far from our members, volunteers, and instructors makes the idea of successfully hosting a large in-person conference seem unlikely and unwise.

So, the MAFA board has decided to plan a new virtual event for 2021 rather than canceling and having no conference next year.  It WILL be different, and the committee is already hard at work on the details. We’re considering it “a glass half full of lemonade” since we hope many more members will be able to attend online.

We plan to keep our original dates, June 24-27, 2021, and to offer four days of lectures, short programs and classes, and some longer one or two day workshops.  We will also have keynote addresses, exhibits, vendors, demos, informal gatherings, and more -- all virtual.  We will start rolling out details after the first of the year and registration will open early-Spring.

We could use your input to make the event fun and meaningful to you, our attendees!  We’re moving ahead quickly with new plans, so please complete our survey by October 10th, either at this link, or click the button below:

Thanks, and stay well!
We look forward to seeing you at MAFA 2021!

Margaret Briggs
MAFA 2021 Conference Chair

Take our Survey

COVID-19 and the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival: Update

With regret that is beyond words, we are announcing the cancellation of the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival for the first time in our 47-year history. We had originally intended to reassess the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak at the beginning of April, but the ever-increasing bad news in terms of the virus and its effects, and the increasing government restrictions on public gatherings that we do not see being lifted in time for the festival have led us to follow the lead of national, state, and county authorities and make this extremely difficult decision.

We realize that there are many of you that will be disappointed, and, beyond disappointment, we realize that for many vendors the business you do at the Festival is the single biggest contributor to your annual income. However, we want all of you, your communities, and everyone you interact with to stay safe and well, so we feel that this is the correct decision to make at this time.

Because of the complexity involved in planning this event—over 53 different committees, plus several hundred committee members and volunteers—rescheduling the Festival for a later date is not a viable option. We are looking into things we can do to help our vendors, such as the possibility of providing some kind of online virtual marketplace. Some of you have expressed an interest in purchasing t-shirts even if we don’t have a Festival, so that is something else we will be looking into. Stay tuned for further information.

Refunds will automatically be given to everyone who registered online for Fiber Arts Seminars, Shepherd Workshops, or Family Activities, so there is no need to request one. Entry fees for the Sheep Shows, Fleece Show & Sale, and Sheep-to-Shawl entries will also be returned. If you paid for a 2020 catalog, we will apply that money to a catalog for next year. If you purchased admission tickets, we will be happy to give you a refund, but ask that you consider donating your admission fee to the Festival to help defray the expenses that have gone in to planning the Festival thus far, as well as any fees we may incur because of this unanticipated cancellation. If you wish to request a refund of your admission fee, you may do so by going to "Tickets" in your Eventbrite account, finding your order, then selecting "Request a Refund"; or by emailing  If you do not request a refund, we will assume you have chosen to donate your admission fee. We are leaving the “Donate” ticket option on Eventbrite open for those of you who would like to make an extra donation to help us out.

Please remember to take care of yourselves and to take care of one another, and join is for the 48th annual Festival on May 1 & 2, 2021.

47th Annual Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival Statement 3.18.20

Registration form for 

Color Theory

Color Theory for Spinners

With Sara Bixler


Friday, October 2, 2020 and Saturday, October 3, 2020

Green Township Municipal Building

12:30 pm – 4:30 pm and 9:30 am – 4:30 pm


Presented by North Country Spinners Guild


    During this one and a half day workshop, students will experience how “colors change, shift and perhaps disappear during the carding and plying process”, while creating many samples to refer to for future use.


     Cost of this workshop is $80.00, payable at the time of registration.  An additional materials fee of $25.00 is payable directly to the instructor on Friday, October 2, 2020.


     To register for this exciting, informative event fill in the attached registration form and either bring it to the next guild meeting or send it to Lynn Van Assen, 419 Montana Road, Washington, New Jersey 07882.  Checks should be made out to North Country Spinners Guild, Inc.


     A confirmation note will be sent to you.  A list of materials you will need to bring to the workshop will be forwarded to you as the days approach.


            Any questions – call me at 908-689-3166 or email me at

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