Welcome to the Virtual 2021 Festival!

We’re glad you are here to help us celebrate all things sheep and wool, staying home and staying safe until 2022.

For that true, hanging-out-with-all-of-your best-fiber-buds experience (including friends you haven’t even met yet), head over to our Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival Online Community Facebook group. Unlike the in-person Festival, this one won’t have to close down at night and will go on all weekend long!

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Real-Time Events


All Day

Online Fleece-to-Shawl Auction

Skein & Garment Show and Tell Fundraiser

10:00 – 11:00

Free Keynote Lecture: Intentional Empathy, by Cecelia Nelson-Hunt

11:00 – 12:00

Fiber Arts Demo: Weaving

1:00 – 2:00

Fiber Arts Demo: Spinning – Wheels and Spindles

6:00 – 9:00


7:00 – 8:00

Shepherd Seminar: Fundamentals of Sheep


All Day

Online Fleece-to-Shawl Auction

Skein & Garment Show and Tell Fundraiser

11:00 – 12:00

Fiber Arts Demo: Lacemaking and Knitting

12:00 – 1:00

Lecture: Historic Spinning Wheels by Heavenly Bresser

2:00 – 3:00

Fiber Arts Demo: Spinning – Wheels and Spindles

On-Demand Videos

Hint: After clicking the play button in the center of a video, click the icon in the lower right corner to view it full screen and access additional videos within the playlists.

Virtual Vendor Booth Tours – A Playlist

Sheepdog Demonstration

Sheep Shearing Demonstration

Fleece-to-Shawl Competition– A Playlist

Make It With Wool Fashion Show

Author Chats And Story Readings– A Playlist

How To Make Truffles With Sheep Or Goat Cheese

Virtual Vendor Marketplace

Virtual Fleece Sale

  • Abigail's Corriedales

    Fleece Types Medium
    Color White
    Purebred Breed(s) Corriedale

  • Aerie Farm East

    Fleece Types Medium
    Color White, Natural Colored
    Purebred Breed(s) Cheviot

  • Another Fine Mess Farm

    Fleece Types Longwool
    Color White, Natural Colored
    Purebred Breed(s) Lincoln; I will also have Lincoln/Romney cross fleeces.

  • Black Sheep Farm

    Fleece Types Fine
    Color White, Natural Colored
    Purebred Breed(s) Merino

  • Blackberry Fields Farm

    Fleece Types Longwool
    Color White, Natural Colored
    Purebred Breed(s) Leicester Longwool, Romney

  • BlueLand Farm

    Fleece Types Longwool
    Color White, Natural Colored
    Purebred Breed(s) Bluefaced Leicester

  • Border Creek Farm

    Fleece Types Longwool
    Color White, Natural Colored
    Purebred Breed(s) Gotland

  • Catoctin Creek Farm

    Fleece Types Longwool
    Color White
    Purebred Breed(s) Romney

Virtual Breed Display Barn

Virtual Competition Results

Online Festival Store

More items are available in the full online store!

How You Can Help The Festival

Make a Donation

Your donations help us continue to produce this great event and are needed now more than ever in light of the cancellation of the 2020 and 2021 Festivals. Donate here.

Buy Festival Gear

Purchase 2021 “Staying Home and Staying Safe Until 2022” t-shirts, sweatshirts, tote bags, posters and note cards in our online store.

Bid on a shawl in the Fleece-to-Shawl Auction

The shawls from the Fleece-to-Shawl Competition will be auctioned off online at biddingowl.com/MarylandSheepWoolFestival. Bidding opens at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 1 and closes at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 2. Bid generously! A portion of all sales goes to the Festival.

Vote for your favorite entries in the Skein & Garment “Show and Tell” Fundraiser

Vote at https://www.gogophotocontest.com/sheepandwool. Voting begins at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 1 and ends at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 2.

Each vote costs $1, and there is no limit to the number of votes you may cast during the voting period. You must purchase a minimum of five votes at a time for a minimum charge of $5. Net proceeds go towards replacing income lost through two years of virtual festivals.

Vote early and often – your votes help support the future of the festival!

Buy a Catalog

If you would like a souvenir of this year’s event, we still have 2021 catalogs left (since we had to guess in advance how many to print). They also make a handy reference throughout the year. We’d hate to send them to be recycled, so why not order one today at https://sheepandwool.org/purchase-a-catalog/

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!

Schedule of Events

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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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