This just came across the 18cWoman's list, and I
thought some of the folk here might be interested:
>The New Hampshire Sheep & Wool Festival (May
>9-10) is having Norah Kyle from Plimouth
>Plantation participate in their workshop/lecture
>program this year. Her topic is historic natural
>dyeing - and she'll also have her demo dyepot going all weekend as well.
>Here's the list of ALL the workshops - scroll
>through and you'll see her listings. There's
>information on registering there as well.
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>Introduction to Drop Spindling with Jenny Bannock
>Come and learn the basics of drop spindling
>using the "park and draft method" with spinner
>Jenny Bannock. Whether you have your own drop
>spindle, or wish to borrow one from the
>instructor to experiment before purchasing your
>own spindle, this is a great opportunity to get
>a good grasp of spinning, plying and finishing
>yarn with this low cost alternative to a
>standard spinning wheel. Participants will
>receive fiber, handouts and suggestions for new
>and experienced spinners. Cost $25. Preregister
>with Jenny at <mailto:divinebird%40gmail.com>divinebird@....
>Introduction to Knitting
>If you've always wanted to learn how to knit,
>now is your chance! Join instructor Jenny
>Bannock for this class that will teach you to
>cast on, bind off, knit and purl. Once you're
>comfortable with these skills, Jenny will teach
>you how to increase and decrease, thereby making
>it possible for you to follow basic knitting
>patterns. Cost $25. Preregister with Jenny at
>Natural Dyeing for Historical Accuracy
>Join Historic Interpreter Norah Kyle of the
>Plymouth Plantation as she takes you through a
>hands on tour of history of natural dyeing, and
>gives you tips and pointers for presenting
>natural dyeing in an interpreter's venue.
>Participants are encouraged to bring their own
>skeins of wool yarn to dye, or skeins will be
>available for purchase. Cost $25 Preregister
>with Norah at <mailto:nkyle128%40mac.com>nkyle128@...
>Taking Spinning Back to Basics with Joanne Seiff
>Many spinners rely exclusively on processed wool
>roving these days. What's it like to take it
>back to the basics? This class, designed for
>spinner with some experience, will cover
>techniques for processing and spinning raw wool
>and washed locks. We'll use a variety of basic
>tools to create yarns and get back to the way
>many people around the world used to spin, or
>still spin. Participants should bring a spindle
>or spinning wheel and hand cards, combs or flick
>carders. Cost $35. Preregister with Joann Seiff
>by April 15 at
>Cost after April 15-$45 payable at the Festival.
>10:00 Getting Started in Sheep Thinking about
>starting your own sheep flock? Come and learn
>the basics of fencing, nutrition, breed
>selection and other nuts and bolts for beginning shepherds.
>11:00 Ag in the Classroom Lisa Nevins, Ag
>Educator Come learn about this innovative
>program for educators, homeschoolers, and others
>who are interested in getting agricultural topics into schools.
>12:00 New Hampshire: A Place for Sheep Lorraine
>Merrill, Commissioner of Agriculture Come hear
>Commisioner Merrill's thoughts on the New
>Hampshire Sheep industry, past, present and future.
>1:00 Understanding the Scrapies and Premise ID
>Program, Dr. Crawford Confused about this
>program? Dr Crawford will explain the importance
>of this program, how to sign up, the benefits of
>the program for both large and small scale shepherds.
>2:00 Improving Your Pastures: Management Basics
>Brandon Smith, NRCS Quality pastures yield
>quality sheep! Come learn about plant diversity
>and pasture reseeding methods, plant nutrients,
>pests and weeds, how to determine soil quality
>and how to use a grazing stick NRCS assistance
>for farmers will also be discussed.
>3:00 Your Grazing System: Making It All Work
>Together. Heidi Konesko, NRCS Fine tune your
>grazing system by increasing your understanding
>of paddock size, rotational grazing, fencing
>options, and watering systems for NH. Learn
>about the different programs that NRCS has to
>offer to provide financial assistance for farmers.
>11:00 Fiber Gatherings: Exploring US Fiber
>Festivals. Join author Joann Seiff as she takes
>us on a virtual tour of other US fiber
>festivals. Her tour resulted in a recently
>published book by the same title, and features
>the NHSWGA festival. Signed copies of the book
>will be available for sale after the lecture.
>12:00 Building Our Sheep and Wool Industry
>Nanney Kennedy, Shepherd, fiber Artist and
>entrepreneur, featured in Shear Spirit, will
>speak to the importance of planning your end
>product before your choose your sheep breed and
>will present her experience with the sheep and
>wool industry in New England. Copies of Shear
>Spirit will be available for sale after the lecture.
>1:00 Harrisville Designs: Continuing the
>Tradition of Wool and Spinning Since 1790 Learn
>how this tiny mill town still hosts a thriving
>tradition of spinning and weaving and how
>business and historical preservation have
>partnered to keep a traditional occupation alive
>and well! Learn about their recently published
>book, Woolworks: Teaching to the National
>Standards with Fiber Arts. Author Lorna McMaster
>will be available to sign books at the end of the lecture.
>2:00 Dyeing to Live, Living to Dye: History of
>the Dyeing Profession 1400-1850 Norah Kyle, Dyer
>and Interpreter from Plymouth Plantation will
>take us on a journey through the mysterious
>profession of dyeing, from the practice of the
>common folk of the 1400's through the rise and
>fall of the Dyer's Guilds, and the role of the
>Dyers in the advancement of the textile industry.
>3:00 Fencing Options for Sheep Dave Kennard,
>Wellscroft Fence Systems Ready to start you own
>flock? Make sure you join fencing expert Dave
>Kennard to learn about your fencing options.
>New this Year
>Family Fun Make and Take Area.
>Join instructor Lauren Hakala for wooly make and
>take workshops for families. Learn new skills
>that can be continued at home including needle
>and wet felting, weaving, braiding, and working
>with wool roving. Parents are asked to accompany
>and assist their younger children for each
>project. There will be a $5 material fee per
>person for each project, and limited seating on
>a first come, first served basis.
>Fleece Workshops at Jeff Jordan's Shearing Demonstration Area
>After watching Jeff Jordan shear a sheep on the
>hour, learn about the freshly shorn sheep and
>wool from some of the areas finest shepherds and fiber artists.
>Note: though there aren't specific topics, the
>Spinner's Guild will be demonstrating all day.
>I'm not sure how to visually include them on the
>scheduleperhaps an "information bubble" on the grid somewhere?
>In addition, on Saturday, Norah Kyle of the
>Merry Little Lamb, will be demonstrating natural
>dyeing over a woodfire, all day.