Jane Hyland Memorial Award for the Best Spinning Team
Yankee Fiber Friends
Lead Line Competition
Adult Class – 1st Place – Julia Shreiner, Manheim PA
I’m Julia Shreiner from Lancaster County Pennsylvania. I created this two-piece ensemble which includes a 100% wool skirt and 100% wool multi-colored, lined vest. The straight cut wool tan and black plaid skirt is cut below the knees. The pattern didn’t include a lining so I decided to add a sewn-in slip for added comfort. The skirt has an invisible side zipper and faced waistline with a pleated lower back. The pleats are cut on the bias for the extra visual appeal. The coordinating vest is a blend of three 100% different colored wool fabics and many creative touches. I created a vest pattern using an actual garment not a pattern. Please take notice to the bound button holes, use of piping, decorative stitching and fun buttons. Matching the plaids was a challenge on this vest. My sheep is a (bred and owned) Registered Wensleydale Yearling Ewe. She is names, Easy on the Eyes. I made her 100% wool hat for a fun touch.
Adult Class – 2nd Place – Alison Bode, Nanjemoy MD
Alison started raising market lambs as a 4-Her when she was 11 years old. As an adult, she started her own flock of Lincoln sheep in 2002. In this video, Alison is leading Zelda, a natural colored Lincoln ewe. Zelda was a bottle baby, and lived in Alison’s kitchen for several months in 2017. Earlier this year, Zelda gave birth to colored twin ram lambs. Alison is wearing a black wool skirt that has been a mainstay in her wardrobe for many years, with a black knit top and a light green wool shawl which she crocheted this past winter. In addition to sewing, crocheting, and raising sheep, Alison enjoys reading and playing with her six grandchildren.
Senior Class – 1st Place – Brynna Bode, Nanjemoy MD
Brynna Bode is an 18 year old 4-Her who has been sewing and showing sheep since she was 5 years old. In this video she is wearing a wool outfit she made in 2020. The skirt is a 4 panel straight skirt made of 100% washable wool in a black and gray weave with small multi-colored flecks. The cape vest in the same wool fabric has a pleat in the back and a small pocket in the front. The sheep Brynna is leading is a registered Finn ewe named Cherry. Brynna won her first Finn sheep through the Youth Sheep Conservancy contest in 2016 at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival. Cherry, a yearling, is an offspring of Brynna’s original Finn sheep. This year Cherry gave birth to triplets, and Brynna now owns 19 Finn sheep, counting this year’s lambs, and she’s anxious to return to the show ring with her sheep this year. Brynna will graduate from high school in June, and she will be attending West Virginia University in the fall, majoring in Engineering.
Junior Class – 1st Place – John McKeon, Dickerson MD
My name is John. I am 8 years old and in 2nd grade. We have a lot of sheep at our farm.
This is my Finnsheep ram DaVinci and he is 1 and a 1/2 years old. He is ready to be sheared and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can make from his wool. I’m also hoping to show him in 4-H.
I am wearing a red wool sweater, socks and wool blend suit vest and pants. I’m also wearing my favorite a wool felt hat. This outfit is like the one that my great-great-great-great grandpa wore when he was a shepherd in Italy.
Proposals for 2022 Fiber Arts Seminars now being accepted
We are now accepting proposals for fiber arts seminars to be held in conjunction with the 49th Annual Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival, which will take place in person on May 7 & 8, 2022 in West Friendship, Maryland. Many seminars will be held Wednesday-Friday of the week leading up to the festival; all seminars will be held in person. The Fiber Arts Seminar Committee invites instructors from every heritage, culture, belief system, and lifestyle to submit a proposal.