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07 November 2008

sheep shearing at Winterberry Farm tomorrow

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Saturday 8 November 2008
9 am - 4 pm

Most of our sheep are shorn in March, but we have some unusual wethers who need to be shorn twice a year. So we’ll be shearing them and several of the lambs with exceptional fleeces. So it’s a great time of year to demonstrate some of the wonderful things that can be made from wool.

The day’s schedule:

9:30 Making flat (wet) felt -- & try it yourself!
10:00 Spinning sheep wool & spinning angora (rabbit) -- spindles & wheel
10:30 Needle felting
11:00 Shearing the sheep (Andy Rice, our shearer is pretty fast- this will take maybe an hour!)
12:00 Border collies herding ducks
12:30 Skirting shorn fleece
1:00 Weaving
2:00 Making felt balls
2:30 Spinning again
3:00 Needle felting again
3:30 Weaving again

Demonstrations will run for about 15 minutes.

Lots of fiber will be displayed and available for sale- raw, washed, gorgeously dyed, dyed and carded ... even some spun accent skeins of crazy yarn. Felting kits, fiber batches large enough for a project or small enough for a child’s play. And farm animals (sheep, goats, angora rabbits, pigs, ducks, geese, guineas, turkeys & chickens) can be greeted all day. No admission charge!

So come to 21 Teawaddle Hill Road in Leverett and join in the fun!

(For directions, go to our website )

Winterberry Farm is a small family teaching farm. We offer farm and fiber programs for families, for kids and for adults; we provide a place where people of different faiths -- and people seeking faith -- can reflect upon and share their call to care for the earth.


patfromch said...

Yep, sheepsheering down on the farm. Cool. Reminds me of my little rural vilage, no sheep tho, but lots of farming (and cowdung in the streets). Have fun !


put that on your gift list it did not take those 2 guys 2 years to complete the hourbook / prayerbook but a mere 20 years, not picking tho. Faksimile are old customers of mine, pricey but very cool. *want*

Vleeptron Dude said...

yeah i was sorta asleep at the wheel on this one ... Wikipedia:

The Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry or simply the Très Riches Heures (The Very Rich Hours of the Duke of Berry) is a very richly decorated Book of Hours (containing prayers to be said by the lay faithful at each of the canonical hours of the day) commissioned by Jean, Duc de Berry in about 1410. It is probably the most important illuminated manuscript of the 15th century, "le roi des manuscrits enluminés" ("the king of illuminated manuscripts"). The Très Riches Heures consists of 416 pages, including 131 with large miniatures and many more with border decorations or historiated initials, that are among the high points of International Gothic painting in spite of their small size. There are 300 decorated capital letters. The book was worked on, over a period of nearly a century, in three main campaigns, led by the Limbourg brothers, Barthélemy van Eyck, and Jean Colombe. The book is now Ms. 65 in the Musée Condé, Chantilly, France.