Thanks to all for making our workshops successful.

Check back here periodically for our next workshop. 

Due to the recent restrictions because of the Coronavirus, Green Township has requested that we cancel our meetings (at the municipal building) until further notice. Because of this request we are canceling the meetings of the North Country Spinners but will keep you informed of all future events.

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 office@sheepandwool.org.  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 lavanassen@gmail.com

Here is another event you may enjoy from another guild.

Ruby Leslie workshop. June 8-9-10, 2020

Presented by Frances Irwin Handweavers

Location of workshop: Quiet Valley Historical Farm in Stroudsburg, PA

Title of workshop: “Bumberet: a Weaver’s Recipe for 4-shaft Ribs and Chicken feet”.

Hungry for a hearty, versatile weave structure? Whether you pronounce Bumberet as “bum-ber-et” or “bum-ber-ay” this 4-shaft wheel weave structure is a delight to work with. Usually thought of as a warp dominant textured weave producing ribs (or chains), it can also be woven as flat cloth with a chevron pattern that looks like chicken feet (or hearts)! Ruby will explain various ways to set up the threading, tie up and traveling to produce a variety of patterns. Learn how to introduce complex color patterns in a weave structure that is not often thought of as an example of “color and weave” and you’re on your way to designing unique cloth!

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