Diversity & Inclusion

The Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival reflects traditions reaching back to the domestication of sheep some 10,000 years ago. Over thousands of years of human history people all over the world have shepherded and selectively bred sheep for various desired characteristics for food and fiber. Their work, their vision, their ingenuity and appreciation of the utility and aesthetic qualities of sheep and wool are the foundation of the spectacular array of breeds, and types and uses of wool, and technologies for working with wool, that we gather here to enjoy together. The festival connects us to this long history, to its diverse geographical and cultural roots, and to each other when we gather to immerse ourselves in sheep and wool. To us, this reflects an inherent inclusivity that is so deeply woven into the fabric of the Festival that perhaps we forget to say it.

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The festival connects us to this long history, to its diverse geographical and cultural roots, and to each other when we gather to immerse ourselves in sheep and wool.

So, with open hearts we welcome all – shepherds, vendors, fiber artists, sheep and wool equipment crafters, festival visitors and volunteers. Whoever you are, wherever you are from, whatever your heritage, your culture, your beliefs, or your lifestyle, we welcome you and join you in this immersion into sheep and wool, and into our celebration of a shared human history.

Warm up for the Festival with Winterfest 2023!

Two days of virtual spinning, knitting, and felting classes on January 28 and 29.

Registration opens November 19.

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Thank you to our wonderful instructors - Maggie Casey. Jillian Moreno, Esther Rodgers, Kira Dulaney, Alasdair Post-Quinn, and Kristen Walsh - for teaching virtually for our second annual Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival Winterfest. Thank you, too, Angela Muller, for your fabulous and informative lecture. And a resounding thank you to all the participants (and class assistants) that made Winterfest a success!See you at the live 50th annual Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival on May 6 & 7. The class listings for that should be posted in the next week or so. Registration will open on February 12. ... See MoreSee Less
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Be sure to visit the Maryland Make it with Wool booth in the Main Exhibition Annex at the Festival this year...I hear that in honor of the 50th annual festival, they are planning a display of 50 outfits from past competitions!We are cheering on Jessica - our Maryland Make it with Wool Junior Champion - as she competes in the National Make It With Wool Contest in Fort Worth, Texas! #marylandmakeitwithwool #nationalmakeitwithwool ... See MoreSee Less
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Our second annual Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival Winterfest, two days of virtual fiber arts seminars, is now just one week away! We still have spaces available in the following felting classes with Kristen Walsh:--Needle Felted Winter Landscape --Needle Felted Fox --Needle Felted Owl Find complete class details and register online at www.lessonface.com/sheepandwool. Our lineup of in-person classes for May will be available around February 1.#MDSW #winterfest2023 #felt #felting #needlefelting #feltersofinstagram ... See MoreSee Less
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