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Updated for 2024

2024 Fiber Arts Seminars

We are pleased to offer the following in-person classes at the 2024 Festival. Full class details are available in our downloadable pdf.

Registration will open at https://www.lessonface.com/sheepandwool on Saturday, February 17, 2024. Registration for Spinning Classes ONLY will open at 12 noon ET. Registration for all other classes will open at 2:00 p.m. ET.

Crochet Classes

Half Day Class

  • Getting Started with Japanese Crochet with Gayle Roehm
    Howard County Fairgrounds – Fair Office
    Saturday, May 4, 2024 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Dyeing Classes

Full Day Classes

  • Triad Dyeing with Peggy Doney
    Howard County Fairgrounds – Dining Hall
    Wednesday, May 1, 2024 from 9 am to 4 pm
  • Tints, Tones, And Shades, Oh My! With Peggy Doney
    Howard County Fairgrounds – Dining Hall
    Thursday, May 2, 2024 from 9 am to 4 pm
  • Gardening and Foraging Natural Pigments for Dyes & Paint with Pat Brodowski
    Howard County Fairgrounds – Home Arts Building
    Thursday, May 2, 2024 from 9 am to 4 pm
  • Grand and Glorious Gradients with Peggy Doney
    Howard County Fairgrounds – Dining Hall
    Friday, May 3, 2024 from 9 am to 3 pm

Felting Classes

Two Day Class

  • Fabulous Felt and Nuno Felt Hats with Dawn Edwards
    Howard County Arts Council – Classroom 8
    Wednesday, May 1, 2024 from 9 am to 4 pm & Thursday, May 2, 2024 from 9 am to 4 pm

Half Day Classes

  • Beginner Sculpting with Wool: Needle Felted Sheep with Elizabeth Whitton
    Gary J. Arthur Community Center – Lisbon Room
    Wednesday, May 1, 2024 from 9 am to 12 noon
  • Needle Felted Landscape Painting: Cherry Blossoms with Elizabeth Whitton
    Gary J. Arthur Community Center – Lisbon Room
    Wednesday, May 1, 2024 from 1 pm to 4 pm
  • Beginner Painting with Wool: Needle Felted Coastal Waters Painting with Elizabeth Whitton
    Gary J. Arthur Community Center – Lisbon Room
    Thursday, May 2, 2024 from 9 am to 12 noon
  • Beginner Sculpting with Wool: Needle Felted Forest Toadstools with Elizabeth Whitton
    Gary J. Arthur Community Center – Lisbon Room
    Thursday, May 2, 2024 from 1 pm to 4 pm
  • Fabulous Felt Flowers with Dawn Edwards
    Howard County Arts Council – Classroom 8
    Friday, May 3, 2024 from 9 am to 12 noon
  • Needle Felted Landscape Painting: Grazing Sheep with Elizabeth Whitton
    Gary J. Arthur Community Center – Lisbon Room
    Friday, May 3, 2024 from 9 am to 12 noon
  • Fun and Fabulous Felt Bag with Dawn Edwards
    Howard County Arts Council – Classroom 8
    Friday, May 3, 2024 from 1 pm to 4 pm
  • Beginner Sculpting with Wool: Needle Felted Succulent with Elizabeth Whitton
    Gary J. Arthur Community Center – Lisbon Room
    Friday, May 3, 2024 from 1 pm to 4 pm

Fiber Prep Classes

One Day Classes

  • Exploring the Drum Carder with Henry Clemes
    Howard County Fairgrounds – 4H Hall
    Wednesday, May 1, 2024 from 9 am to 4 pm
  • The Finer Points of Combing! with Kimberly Radcliffe
    Howard County Fairgrounds – Home Arts Building
    Wednesday, May 1, 2024 from 9 am to 4 pm
  • Carding for Color: Fractals with Henry Clemes
    Howard County Fairgrounds – 4H Hall
    Thursday, May 2, 2024 from 9 am to 4 pm
  • Carding for Color: Tints and Shades with Henry Clemes
    Howard County Fairgrounds – 4H Hall
    Friday, May 3, 2024 from 9 am to 4 pm

Knitting Classes

Half Day Classes

  • Size & Fit: Why the “Medium” Never Fits Quite Right with Kate Atherley
    Howard County Arts Council – Classroom 14
    Wednesday, May 1, 2024 from 9 am to 12 noon
  • Knitting with Handspun yarn with Jill Duarte
    Howard County Arts Council – Conference Room
    Wednesday, May 1, 2024 from 9 am to 12 noon
  • Stranded Colorwork & Latvian Braids 101 with Tanis Gray
    Howard County Fairgrounds – Fair Office
    Wednesday, May 1, 2024 from 9 am to 12 noon
  • Math for Knitters: Solving the Knitters’ Number Puzzles with Kate Atherley
    Howard County Arts Council – Classroom 14
    Wednesday, May 1, 2024 from 1 pm to 4 pm
  • Steeking 4 Ways with Tanis Gray
    Howard County Fairgrounds – Fair Office
    Wednesday, May 1, 2024 from 1 pm to 4 pm
  • Introduction to Garment Alterations with Kate Atherley
    Howard County Arts Council – Classroom 14
    Thursday, May 2, 2024 from 9 am to 12 noon
  • Estonian Inlay with Tanis Gray
    Howard County Fairgrounds – Fair Office
    Thursday, May 2, 2024 from 9 am to 12 noon
  • Socks 101: Top Down Socks with Kate Atherley
    Howard County Arts Council – Classroom 14
    Thursday, May 2, 2024 from 1 pm to 4 pm
  • 2-Color Cables with Tanis Gray
    Howard County Fairgrounds – Fair Office
    Thursday, May 2, 2024 from 1 pm to 4 pm
  • Long-Lasting Socks with Kate Atherley
    Howard County Arts Council – Classroom 14
    Friday, May 3, 2024 from 9 am to 12 noon
  • Exploring the Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible with Gayle Roehm
    Howard County Fairgrounds – Fair Office
    Friday, May 3, 2024 from 9 am to 12 noon
  • Introduction to Colorwork: Fair Isle, Intarsia and Slip-Stitch Knitting with Kate Atherley
    Howard County Arts Council – Classroom 14
    Friday, May 3, 2024 from 1 pm to 4 pm
  • Japanese Fingerless Mitts by Hitomi Shida with Gayle Roehm
    Howard County Fairgrounds – Fair Office
    Friday, May 3, 2024 from 1 pm to 4 pm
  • A Japanese Hat with Cables and Lace with Gayle Roehm
    Howard County Fairgrounds – Fair Office
    Saturday, May 4, 2024 from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Spinning Classes

Two Day Class

  • Start Spinning with Maggie Casey
    Gary J. Arthur Community Center – Haymeadow Room
    Wednesday, May 1, 2024 from 9 am to 4 pm & Thursday, May 2, 2024 from 9 am to 4 pm

One Day Classes

  • Shetland Wools: A Breed for All Reasons with Deborah Robson
    Howard County Arts Council – Classroom 9
    Wednesday, May 1, 2024 from 9 am to 4 pm
  • Corespinning Plus with Charan Sachar
    Gary J. Arthur Community Center – West Friendship Room
    Wednesday, May 1, 2024 from 9 am to 4 pm
  • Mixed-breed Wools: Unpredictable and . . . Fun! With Deborah Robson
    Howard County Arts Council – Classroom 9
    Thursday, May 2, 2024 from 9 am to 4 pm
  • Beyond Thick and Thin with Charan Sachar
    Gary J. Arthur Community Center – West Friendship Room
    Thursday, May 2, 2024 from 9 am to 4 pm
  • Spinning for Consistency with Jill Duarte
    Howard County Arts Council – Conference Room
    Thursday, May 2, 2024 from 9 am to 4 pm
  • Drop Spindle with Maggie Casey
    Gary J. Arthur Community Center – Haymeadow Room
    Friday, May 3, 2024 from 9 am to 4 pm
  • Same Breed, Different Mills with Deborah Robson
    Howard County Arts Council – Classroom 9
    Friday, May 3, 2024 from 9 am to 4 pm
  • Add Ins with Charan Sachar
    Gary J. Arthur Community Center – West Friendship Room
    Friday, May 3, 2024 from 9 am to 4 pm

Half Day Classes

  • Spin the Yarn You Need: Understanding Wheel Adjustments with Meagan Condon
    Gary J. Arthur Community Center – Multipurpose Room III
    Wednesday, May 1, 2024 from 9 am to 12 noon
  • Why Does Wool Do That? with Meagan Condon
    Gary J. Arthur Community Center – Multipurpose Room III
    Wednesday, May 1, 2024 from 1 pm to 4 pm
  • Fiber Speed Dating with Jill Duarte
    Howard County Arts Council – Conference Room
    Wednesday, May 1, 2024 from 1 pm to 4 pm
  • Drape or Disaster with Meagan Condon
    Gary J. Arthur Community Center – Multipurpose Room III
    Thursday, May 2, 2024 from 9 am to 12 noon
  • What the Fluff? All About Loft with Meagan Condon
    Gary J. Arthur Community Center – Multipurpose Room III
    Thursday, May 2, 2024 from 1 pm to 4 pm
  • Get Started on a Supported Spindle with Jill Duarte
    Howard County Arts Council – Conference Room
    Friday, May 3, 2024 from 9 am to 12 noon
  • Divide and Conquer – Deconstructing Double-Coated Fleece with Meagan Condon
    Gary J. Arthur Community Center – Multipurpose Room III
    Friday, May 3, 2024 from 9 am to 12 noon
  • Spinning Short Stapled Fibers with Jill Duarte
    Howard County Arts Council – Conference Room
    Friday, May 3, 2024 from 1 pm to 4 pm
  • What to Do with that Braid You Just Bought with Meagan Condon
    Gary J. Arthur Community Center – Multipurpose Room III
    Friday, May 3, 2024 from 1 pm to 4 pm
  • British vs American Longdraw with Maggie Casey
    Howard County Fairgrounds – 4H Hall
    Saturday, May 4, 2024 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
  • Sheep Breeds Walkabout with Deborah Robson
    Howard County Fairgrounds – Meet Outside the Fair Office
    Saturday, May 4, 2024 from 10 am to 12 noon (may run longer)

Weaving Classes

One Day Classes

  • Introduction to Multi-shaft Weaving with Beth Truesdale (first offering)
    Gary J. Arthur Community Center – Patapsco Room
    Wednesday, May 1, 2024 from 9 am to 4 pm
  • Introduction to Multi-shaft Weaving with Beth Truesdale (second offering)
    Gary J. Arthur Community Center – Patapsco Room
    Thursday, May 2, 2024 from 9 am to 4 pm
  • Tablet Weaving Through History with Diana Buck
    Gary J. Arthur Community Center – Patapsco Room
    Friday, May 3, 2024 from 9 am to 4 pm

Registration Information

  • We are accepting online registrations ONLY for the Fiber Arts Seminars.
  • We will again use Lessonface for the registration process for our in-person classes.
  • Registration will open at https://www.lessonface.com/sheepandwool on Saturday, February 17, 2024. Registration for Spinning Classes ONLY will open at 12 noon ET. Registration for all other classes will open at 2:00 p.m. ET.
  • Registration will close at 11:59 p.m. ET on April 27, 2024, or when the class is filled, whichever comes first.
  • In the interest of allowing as many people as possible access to classes, you may purchase only one seat per class.
  • You may NOT resell the class to someone else. To gift a class, register for the class using the recipient’s email.

Public Health Policy
The Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival Fiber Arts Seminars Committee encourages all participants to be up to date on vaccinations such as flu and COVID-19. Individuals are welcome to wear a mask in class if they wish to do so.

Avoid Double Booking
Lessonface allows you to register for more than one class at a time. It does not, however, prevent you from registering for multiple classes that occur at the same time. Please pay careful attention to the dates and times of the classes you select in order to avoid “double booking” yourself. We will not be held responsible for your selection of classes and any conflicts that occur.

Materials Fees
Materials fees (if any) will be paid directly to the instructor just prior to the start of class.
 

Notifications

  • Email is used to communicate class cancellations, changes, etc. If your email address changes, you are responsible for notifying Lessonface and the Festival of that change. The Festival WILL NOT be held responsible for incorrect email addresses.
  • Registrants are responsible for periodically checking their Lessonface Dashboard and the Festival website for updates.

Cancellation of Classes

On rare occasions it may be necessary to cancel a class or several classes due to instructor illness or travel delays. Should this occur, the Festival will notify students as soon as possible via email.

In the event that a class is cancelled, the student will have the option of participating in another scheduled class, providing there is a place available in that class, OR a refund for the class will be given. The Festival WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE for travel or hotel fees incurred by the student or any other fee related to the cancellation. If the student opts for a replacement class, NO REFUND WILL BE GIVEN.

Refund Policy

After confirming your acceptance into a class there is a limited refund policy.

  • 75% refund if requested by April 6th
  • 50% refund if requested between April 7th and April 20th 
  • No refund after April 20th.

You may request a refund by emailing s with the email of the account registered, and class details.

Class Locations
Please make note of the location of your class. This year, classes will be held in three different locations:

  • Howard County Fairgrounds (the site of the Festival)
  • Howard County Arts Council (8510 High Ridge Rd, Ellicott City, MD 21043)
  • New Location – Gary J. Arthur Community Center (2400 MD-97, Cooksville, MD 21723)

Please leave enough time to get to the offsite locations so you can get to class on time and not disturb classes in progress.

Lunches
Lunch is not provided.  Some locations are far from restaurants, so you may want to pack a lunch.

 


Registration for 2024 Fiber Arts Seminars Opening Soon

Registration will open on Saturday, February 17, 2024. Registration for Spinning Classes ONLY will open at 12 noon ET. Registration for all other classes will open at 2:00 p.m. ET.

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Reminder -- Registration will open tomorrow, Saturday, February 17, at www.lessonface.com/sheepandwool. Registration for Spinning Classes ONLY will open at 12 noon ET. Registration for all other classes will open at 2:00 p.m. ET.These are in-person classes. They are held at the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship, Maryland, and several nearby locations. We are offering 55 classes in all; subjects include crochet, dyeing, felting, fiber preparation, knitting, spinning, and weaving. Complete details of the classes can be downloaded from sheepandwool.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/MSWF-2024-Fiber-Arts-Seminars-Corrected.pdf (this link is also available on our website).Many classes fill quickly, so don't miss out!#mdsw #mdsw2024 #fiberartseminars #yarnlove #dyeing #felting #fiberprep #colortheory #spinning #handspinning #knitting #crochet #weaving ... See MoreSee Less
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