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Events for Weavers, Knitters and Spinners

Stitches East
  October 9 to 12, 2014 (Thursday to Sunday)  
  Hartford, CT  
  Needlework enthusiasts from around the world will in Hartford, CT, for the annual STITCHES Needlework Fair and Consumer Market. Attendees get a chance to meet, learn, and share their interest in the needle arts with knowledgeable and enthusiatic designers, teachers, and authors. Over 120 classes are held over the four days; preregistration is required. The fabulous STITCHES market is filled with over 150 booths selling yarn, books, gadgets, etc. and features free demonstrations, door prizes, and a Beginning Knitter's booth. Admission charge.

Stitches West
  February 19 to 22, 2015 (Thursday to Sunday)  
  Santa Clara, CA  
  Needlework enthusiasts from around the world will be at the Santa Clara Convention Center.

Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival
  May 2 & 3, 2015 (Saturday & Sunday)  
  Howard County Fairgrounds, West Friendship, MD  
  It's free! It's fun! It's fabulous, and it's always the first full weekend in May! If you are new to the Festival, expect wonderful adventure and education in all things sheep and wool. The Festival Committee has created a feast for the senses this year. Taste lamb cooked by area chefs, talk to shepherds, enjoy the many presentations and exhibits, and discover a multitude of opportunities to buy materials, supplies, and finished goods from more than 250 vendors. Admire more than 1,000 sheep and then learn from the shepherds more than 40 different breeds in a living display. Watch the craft of sheep dogs nudging sheep into pens. Attend one or more of the many classes and seminars on fiber arts offered before and during the event weekend.

The Mannings 47th Annual Spinning Seminar
  June 13, 2015 (Saturday)  
  The Mannings  

Angora Rabbits   - JoAnne Trygg, who lives near Dillsburg PA,  has been spinning and weaving for many years. Besides growing cotton one year, JoAnne has raised sheep and Angora rabbits. The Angora rabbits continue to be a joy for JoAnne and she will be joining us this year to talk about spinning angora wool and showing you examples of her finished pieces. Come prepared. There may be some young bunnies available to start you on your own journey of spinning Angora.

British Sheep Breeds - Experience the variety of sheep breeds that England, Scotland and Wales have to offer without leaving the USA! The UK boasts over 85 recognized breeds of sheep. Susan Withnell, of Ewes-ful Fiber Arts in Westminster, MD, spent 19 days in the UK, doing spinning demonstrations and helping her friend show Ryeland sheep. Taking part in the Royal Agricultural Show of England, the Great Yorkshire Show and the Royal Welsh Agricultural Show, provided an opportunity to study and learn about most of the British sheep breeds. Visit her table to see videos and pictures of sheep such at the Bleu de Main, Ryeland, British Rouge (with a PINK face), Badger Faced Welsh Mountain, Llenwanog, and MANY others. 

DRY NEEDLE FELTINGLinda Winter  has been working with needle felting for the past dozen years.  She discovered the craft by accident while walking through a quilt shop.  After purchasing several bags of prepared roving at a nearby yarn shop, she decided  to visit us at The Mannings where she was introduced to the world of fiber.  From there she made the leap into processing and dying her own fleece, for her work, which was then soon followed by spinning and weaving.  She will talk about tools and demonstrating several of the techniques she has worked with over the years including:  three- dimensional forms, relief sculpture, pictorial work, and a coil technique which look very similar to a hooked rug.   

DYEING WITH INDIGO PLANTS - Jeanne and John Frett live at Pinxterbloom Farm in southeastern PA. Jeanne spins, dyes and turns the fiber into knitted garments and weaving projects. She also grows indigo, both Japanese (Polygonum tinctorium) and South American (Indigofera suffruticosa), and teaches classes where students harvest, process and decorate silk scarves with this intriguing blue dye. Mohair Goats - When not teaching horticulture at the University of Delaware, John tends to his herd of 40 white and colored Angora goats, breeds them, and sells animals and fleece.

Fiber Preparation - Sally Jenkins will demonstrate several techniques to prepare wool fibers for spinning. The demonstration will include blending fibers for color, fiber characteristics and fun. Visitors will be encouraged to drum card wool in preparation for spinning textured novelty yarns. Sally will show you how to put slubs and bumps back into your handspun.

Flax Processing - Mandi Elliott Bird will show you how to take flax straw and process it into spinnable fiber. Using antique equipment, Mandi will show you how to break the straw and scutch it. She will then use a number of different hackles to clean the remaining fiber and make it usable to spin. 

Gotland Sheep - The breed was first established on the Swedish island of Gotland by the Vikings with Karakul and Romanov sheep brought back from expeditions deep into Russia and crossed with the native landrace sheep. The Vikings were great seafarers as well as sheep farmers and took these animals on their extensive voyages to provide meat and skins along the route. The  modern Gotland has been developed in Sweden since the 1920's through controlled breeding and intensive selection, producing a true multipurpose long wool sheep, yielding good meat,  and soft, silky, lustrous fleece. Christine Ahleen  from Tamarack Farm in Lancaster County will bring some of her Gotland sheep for you to see.

HOW TO MAKE YOUR SPINNING WHEEL HAPPY - We are often asked about the maintenance of spinning wheels. Even competent and experienced spinners sometimes lack the understanding of what is required to keep their wheel in tip top shape. Many times a simple cleaning, oiling and the tightening of a few nuts and bolts are all you need to have your wheel spinning happily.  Ron Woolcock will discuss how to keep your wheel running smoothly and if a more serious problem arises, he’ll give you some helpful ideas on what to do to revive your wheel or put it out of its misery. Bring your questions or better yet your wheel to have Ron look at it. From 1:00 to 4:00 only.

KNITTING & WEAVING WITH YOUR HANDSPUN - Most spinners see their handspun yarn become a knitting project, but are skeptical of using handspun yarns for weaving projects and especially for warp. Kris Peters has been spinning  and weaving as a personal creative outlet since 1975 but spent a year and a half as a production weaver for a clothing designer in Williamsport, PA, which gave her the courage to cut her handwoven cloth.

Lithuanian Band Weaving -  Lithuanian sashes are an important piece of Lithuania’s cultural heritage. Lithuanian sashes would  range from simple ones used for everyday activities to complex and intricate pieces of art. Even today, sashes are commonly given as wedding gifts, displayed as wall hangings, or with men and women wearing them as part of their traditional folk costume. Donna Hoffman from Severna Park, MD will be showing you how to weave a Lithuanian sash using pick-up technique on  an inkle loom.

LLAMAS AND THEIR FIBER - Linda Brown raises and sells animals suitable for fiber production, breeding, competition  and companionship. Her llamas produce soft fiber with little or no guard hair which is hand spun and used to create woven, knitted or felted projects. Linda will have llamas and some examples of her beautiful shawls and hand made items for you to see.

Natural Dyeing -  COLORS THAT SING IN THE SUN -  Carol Huff  has been exploring color and what dyes a given material will produce since the 1970’s. Fascinated by the wonderful colors some materials can yield, she has dyed and sampled her way through life. Along the way a series of sample books grew. See what colors can be produced from common roadside weeds, exotic imports, garden plants and kitchen spices and vegetables. 

SHEEP SHEARING  - Roclan is a small sheep farm owned by John and Kate Bostek in Fairfield, PA specializing in blanketed fine wool fleece. Along with Cormo and white and natural colored Border Leicester, Roclan is the home of registered Rambouillet sheep and Angora goats. Both Border Leister and Cormo sheep will be joining them so you can become more familiar with these breeds. Shearer Emily Chamelin will be demonstrating sheep shearing and Kate will show us how to prepare and spin these wools.

Spinning Dyed Cotton - Caroline Winslow dyed wool for spinning until she wanted similar color choices for cotton. With her handy wood stove, in winter she could keep dye pots bubbling. Playing with various cotton preparations, from seed cotton to sliver, she has made many color combinations by blending colors, spinning from her colored punis and plying.

Point Spinning - Hand Spindles to the Great Wheel - Hand Spindles were the earliest tools used to spin fiber into yarn. The Great Wheel was invented simply by turning the spindle perpendicular to the ground and adding the drive wheel.  Ron Tyler from Rochester, NY will demonstrate spinning on different types of spindles, including a Great  or Walking Wheel.


The Mannings Annual Knit-In
  August 1, 2015 (Saturday)  
  The Mannings  
  Back by popular demand, Knit-In will again be held at The Mannings. This is not a structured event, but rather a day of relaxing and knitting with good friends. All knitters are invited to attend. There is no fee. Cold drinks and cookies will be provided along with door prizes. Participants are asked to bring lunch for themselves, a chair and, of course, their knitting. If weather permits, knitters may sit outside under the trees on this spacious property. There is also plenty of room inside in case of inclement weather.

Knitters' Day Out
  September 18 & 19, 2015 (Friday & Saturday)  
  Enola, PA  

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