48th Annual Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival

WEST FRIENDSHIP, Maryland, December 4, 2020 — For the second year in a row, the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival will be held virtually. The 48th annual festival will be held on May 1st and 2nd, 2021, with most events happening online. The Festival theme will be “Staying Home and Staying Safe until 2022”.

“Because we usually bring tens of thousands of people together from across the country and around the globe for one weekend, holding the festival as a virtual event in 2021 is the only responsible decision we could make”, said Festival Chairman Gwen Handler and Maryland Sheep Breeders Association President Jeff White in announcing the decision. “By making this decision now, we will be able to focus all of our talents and energies into making this the best virtual festival we can.” 

According to General Manager Kris Thorne, “We will build upon what we did for the 2020 virtual festival by incorporating more of our contests, competitions, and educational events than time permitted us to do last year. The vendor marketplace and virtual fleece sale will be back; we will have new artwork and will produce our printed catalog, which has become a cherished keepsake for many; and we will again have t-shirts, tote bags and other festival memorabilia for sale in our online store.”

Stay tuned for further information as plans unfold, and connect with us on social media https://www.facebook.com/MarylandSheepandWoolFestival and https://www.facebook.com/groups/mswfOnlineCommunity.

Check back on May 1, when we will be unveiling our “Virtual Information Tent”, your roadmap to the virtual festival.

In the meantime, visit our New and Noteworthy page for a sneak peek at what we have planned.

Warm up for the Festival with Winterfest!

Two days of virtual spinning, knitting, felting, and crochet classes on January 29 and 30, 2022.

Registration is now open!

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Next Sunday, as part of the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival Winterfest, we are pleased to offer a free keynote lecture entitled "The Cultural History of Natural Dyes" with Pat Brodowski. Mankind has desired colorful textiles for thousands of years. Color was highly valued and dye materials and techniques were often held secret. Pat shares the history from a European perspective: listen to the story of a secret 20 step formula for red – stolen by memorization; of the newest purple transported in the ballast of pirate ships; of the brilliant orange and magenta face paints taken by Spanish invaders, and of the young woman who created the indigo plantations of South Carolina. Find out which colors were common or royal, foraged or treasured. Your view of historic fashion will be changed forever. Pat's popular natural dyes workshops have been presented at Monticello, Montpelier, Common Ground on the Hill, and to local fiber arts groups. She is fascinated with the historic perspective on color in textiles and with all things botanical. Pat loves to share her knowledge of these things with others. This is a free virtual event. For more information and to register go to www.lessonface.com/apply/Cultural-History-Natural-Dyes.#mdsw2022winterfest ... See MoreSee Less
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We still have spaces open in a few classes for next weekend's Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival Winterfest -- Saturday, January 29 and Sunday, January 30, 2022. You can still sign up for:o Crocheted Lace with Kira Dulaneyo Correcting (and Avoiding) Knitting Mistakes with Kira Dulaney (5 spots left)o Needle Felted Snowman with Kristen Walsh (5 spots left)There will also be a free keynote lecture on Sunday, The Cultural History of Natural Dyes with Pat Brodowski. Preregistration is required.Register for #mdsw2022winterfest at www.lessonface.com/sheepandwool.Looking ahead to our in-person classes in May - the class listing should be up on our website in the next week or two, and registration will open on February 20. ... See MoreSee Less
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