SP07 The Upside of Downs with Harriet Boon
Thursday, May 3, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Home Arts Building
Too often we see a fine flock of Dorset or Suffolk sheep grazing, and we think of dinner. However, these and other Down fleeces used to be greatly valued and had an important place in the wool market. In this class, we’ll evaluate a variety of Down fleeces (they are not all the same), determine their positive fleece features, establish a suitable end use, and spin a yarn that will meet that use. Proficiency Level: Basic spinning skills required. Bring to Class: Wheel in good working order or spindle, hand cards or mini hand combs, knitting needles (optional).
Class Fee: $100. Materials Fee: $20.
Harriet Boon was introduced to sheep and fiber in the early 1970’s, earning a Master Spinner certificate from Georgian College in 1976. Since that time she has instructed spinning, dyeing & judging classes in Canada and in the United States. Fiber addiction lead to establishing a small flock of English Leicester sheep in addition to a commercial flock. Now a retired shepherd, she has the opportunity to indulge in textile travel, taking instruction in Europe and beyond. For Harriet, being a spinner means sharing your fiber passion.