2018 Annual Florida Sheep, Wool
Herding Dog Festival
                       FIBER WORKSHOPS REGISTRATION

WORKSHOPS FEATURING ANN MIKEAL, LINDA MARTIN, LIBBY KAHN

Libby Kahn --- Friday, Saturday

MAKING A FELT HAT WITH LIBBY 
FRIDAY & SATURDAY
February 2 & 3, 2018
 
LIMITED TO 12 FELTERS
 
Workshop begins at 10AM Friday and Saturday
 
$70 Per Person, processed wool provided.
$50 Per Person, you provide your own processed wool. 
 
Making this stylish felt hat will take 2, half days, Friday & Saturday.
 
The wool provided for this hat felting workshop is Cracker Sheep wool produced by Fairmeadow Farm of Ocala, FL. This beautiful, soft wool was processed by Pioneer Fiber Mill of New Smyrna Beach, FL.  It is truly a Florida Felt Hat!
 
If you provide your own wool you must have the wool free of lanolin and vegetable matter. It must be very clean or it will not felt properly. 
 
A MESSAGE FROM LIBBY KAHN:
 
Wool decides exactly how it wants to felt, but through an easy process of altering the pH of wool with soap, hot water, and agitation, we can encourage the wool to transform into a hat!  
 
Day 1 includes a decision on whether the hat remains the neutral color of the wool, or if the student wants to recard the wool to include other colors.  Then we will go through the steps of wetting/felting process.  There will be time to make accessory pieces for our hats (like flowers) and begin thinking about what kind of outer band we want our individual hats to have. 
 
Day 2  (after the hat dries overnight) we will sew in an inner band which will form-fit the hat to our heads, finish any accessories, and attach the outer band of choice. I look forward to enjoying this workshop with you!
 
There are only 12 spots so sign up soon! 
Making A Felt Hat With Libby

FRIDAY WORKSHOPS:

Ann Mikeal

The wonderful, talented, and expert fiber artist is back again this year to share her expertise in natural fibers, wool, and her love for fiber. 
 
10 AM - 10:45 AM  "Spindle Spinning 101" $35 with spindle, $25 without beginner spindle  Learn the basics of how to create your own yarns using a spindle. We will cover spinning, and basic plying on the spindle. All fiber will be provided.
 
Spindle Spinning 101
 
 
11 AM - 12 PM   "Dryer Balls"  $20  Learn to create your own dryer balls using cleaned fleece! Each person will receive enough fiber to make at least 4 dryer balls.
Dryer Balls
 
 
1 PM - 2 PM  "Learn To Spin On Your Wheel" $45  If you have a wheel and have still not figured out how to use it, this is the perfect opportunity to learn. Bring your complete wheel and I will get you started on spinning. Wheels must have at least one bobbin and a drive band. Limit of 5 Spinners
Learn How To Spin On Your Wheel
2PM - 4PM "Know Your Fleece" $45  Fiber samples from at least 10 different sheep breeds to take home. Learn the different categories of fleece, and how to tell the difference. We will discuss what to look for in a fleece at a wool market, and how to find flaws in the fleece.
Know Your Fleece
 
 
SPIN - IN, WEAVE - IN  Daily During Festival Hours
 
Bring your wheels and enjoy the company of other spinners during the sheep festival.  A great time to meet new friends and learn from each other.





Linda Martin

10 AM - 12 PM "Wheel Selection, Mechanics, Repair" $50 Linda's workshop will be hands on. Learn how to identify a good 2nd hand/vintage/antique wheel (and what to avoid), basic wheel mechanics, the difference between direct drive, double drive, or Irish tension, and demonstratons as to how to make minor repairs, e.g., replace leather bearings, shim the uprights, and how to make extra bobbins from hardward store washers, and copper tubing as featured in "Spin-Off Magazine." She will bring her amazing collection of unusual wheels for demonstration and display.
Wheel Selection, Mechanics, & Repair
2:15 PM -  3:00 PM "Learn to Use a Lucet" $25  Learn to use this ancient Viking cording tool to make strong and very sturdy cords that you can use in so many ways. Use them to make drawstrings, lacings, buttons, and embellishments for your knit and crochet projects. Also, make jewelry, designer shoelaces, home improvement hacks, and more with these strong cords.  The cost of your own lucet is included in the workshop fee. Class is limited to 10.  
Learn To Use A Lucet

SATURDAY WORKSHOPS

Ann Mikeal

 10AM - 10:45 AM  "Spindle Spinning 101"  $35 with spindle, $25 without beginner spindle. Learn the basics of how to create your own yarns using a spindle. We will cover spinning and basic plying on the spindle.  
 
Spindle Spinning 101
 
 
11 AM - 12 PM  "Dryer Balls"  $20  Learn to create your own dryer balls using cleaned fleece! Each person will receive enough fiber to make at least 4 dryer balls.
Dryer Balls
 
1PM - 2 PM "Learn To Spin On Your Wheel"   $45/Person  Limit of 5 Spinners If you have a wheel and have still not figured out how to use it, this is the perfect opportunity to learn. Bring your complete wheel and I will get you started on spinning. Wheels must have at least one bobbin and a drive band.
Learn To Spin On Your Wheel
2PM - 4PM "Know Your Fleece"  $45/Person  Fiber samples from at least 10 different sheep breeds to take home. Learn the different categories of fleece, and how to tell the difference. We will discuss what to look for in a fleece at a wool market, and how to find flaws in the fleece.
Know Your Fleece

Linda Martin

10 AM - 12 PM "Wheel Selection, Mechanics, Repair" How to identify a good 2nd hand/vintage/antique wheel (and what to avoid), basic wheel mechanics, difference between double drive or Irish tension, how to make minor repairs, replace leather bearings, shimming the uprights, how to make extra bobbins and washers from copper tubing, and more! She will bring her amazing collection of unusual wheels. Linda has been published in Spin-Off Magazine.
Wheel Selection, Mechanics, Repair
2:15 PM - 3:00 PM "Learn To Use A Lucet" $25  Learn to use this ancient Viking cording tool to make strong and very sturdy cords that you can use in so many ways. use them to make drawstrings, lacings, buttons and embellishments for your knit and crochet projects. Also, make jewelry, designer shoelaces, home improvement hacks and more, with these strong cords. The cost of your own lucet is included in the workshop fee. Class is limited to 10.
Learn To Use A Lucet



SPIN - IN, WEAVE - IN  Daily During Festival Hours
 
Bring your wheels and enjoy the company of other spinners during the sheep festival.  A great time to meet new friends and learn from each other.



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