New types of sheep that are developed by carefully crossing established breeds are often called composite breeds. The plentiful fleeces from composite breeds such as Columbia, Corriedale, Cormo and Polypay merge fleece characteristics from their parent breeds into versatile fibers that are a spinner’s delight. Join us as we explore the history of these sheep, discuss selecting and preparing their fleeces, work with indie-dyed fibers, and scheme about the beautiful textiles that would put these special fibers to best use. Skills needed: Ability to spin and ply a basic yarn. Participants to bring: A spindle or working wheel, extra bobbins, and lazy kate. You will need handcards for this class—some will be available to borrow.
Materials fee: $10 to be paid to instructor on day of class