Warm up for the Festival with Winterfest!
While we will be returning in May with our usual stellar lineup of in-person classes, we know a lot of you are only able to participate virtually, and it’s just not feasible for us to offer online and in-person classes at the same time. Our solution is to bring you two days of virtual fiber arts seminars on Saturday, January 29 and Sunday, January 30, 2022. Winterfest 2022 will be held on the same Lessonface platform that served us so well for the 2021 virtual festival and will feature the following instructors:
- Jillian Moreno – Spinning
- Kristen Walsh – Felting
- Maggie Casey – Spinning
- Kira Dulaney – Knitting and Crochet
- Janine Bajus – Knitting
- Judith MacKenzie – Spinning
- Dia Robinson – Spinning
Our keynote lecture on Sunday will be The Cultural History of Natural Dyes with Pat Brodowski. Pat’s popular natural dyes workshops have been presented at Monticello, Montpelier, Common Ground on the Hill, and to local fiber arts groups. The lecture is free but registration through Lessonface is required.
Saturday, January 29
|10 a.m. to 12 noon||Drafting for Size and Consistency (part 1)||Spinning||Jillian Moreno|
|10 a.m. to 1 p.m.||Needle Felted Snowman||Felting||Kristen Walsh|
|Teach Your Old Wheel Some New Tricks||Spinning||Maggie Casey|
|2 p.m. to 4 p.m.||Drafting for Size and Consistency (part 2)||Spinning||Jillian Moreno|
|Correcting (and Avoiding) Knitting Mistakes||Knitting||Kira Dulaney|
|2 p.m. to 5 p.m.||Needle Felted Winter Landscape||Felting||Kristen Walsh|
|Fair Isle Scarf: How Color Is Used in Fair Isle (part 1)||Knitting||Janine Bajus|
|Twist Unraveled||Spinning||Maggie Casey|
|Color Without a Dye Pot||Spinning||Judith MacKenzie|
|6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.||Spinning the Perfect Warp||Spinning||Judith MacKenzie|
|7 p.m. to 9 p.m.||Intro to Brioche||Knitting||Kira Dulaney|
Sunday, January 30
|10 a.m. to 12 noon||Default Yarn: The Key to Your Spinning||Spinning||Jillian Moreno|
|10 a.m. to 1 p.m.||Inspirational Blending on a Blending Board||Spinning||Dia Robinson|
|12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.||The Cultural History of Natural Dyes||Lecture||Pat Brodowski|
|2 p.m. to 4 p.m.||Colorplay and Singles Yarn||Spinning||Jillian Moreno|
|Fair Isle Scarf: How Color Is Used in Fair Isle (part 2)||Knitting||Janine Bajus|
|Altering Knit and Crochet Patterns for Size, Gauge or Style||Knitting/Crochet||Kira Dulaney|
|2 p.m. to 5 p.m.||Finishing Your Yarn||Spinning||Maggie Casey|
|Spinning for Texture: Not Your Grandmother’s Yarn||Spinning||Judith MacKenzie|
|30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.||Wool Combs||Spinning||Judith MacKenzie|
|7 p.m. to 9 p.m.||Crochet Lace||Crochet||Kira Dulaney|
Registration is now open at https://www.lessonface.com/sheepandwool.
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.
Submit your proposal(s) here.
The deadline to submit a proposal is July 15.
Zazzy Peacock Studios
Felted Products & Felting Supplies
How to Shop
Online Store: etsy.com/shop/ZazzyPeacockStudios
Call or Text: (301) 633-4714
I am offering a few specials to celebrate the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival this weekend! From April 30 through May 4:
- My very popular felted sheep ear headbands and many other animal ear headbands are on sale 10% off.
- Buy any felted animal baby, and you have the option to add little felted sheep ears or a flower headband for free. Add your request with code BABYEARS or FLOWERS in the notes at checkout.*
*Please note that these orders will need to be customized, so will ship within a week or two, but not ship immediately.
I’m offering limited time BUNDLES of needle felting supplies, tools, and kits, including video tutorials. These are a great deal and such a fun gift for needle felters!
As a vendor since 2013, Jill Newman of Zazzy Peacock Studios enjoys sharing her passion for needle felting with all the wonderful fiber enthusiasts at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival. Jill creates needle and wet felted accessories, sculpture, figures, and home decor. Her animal ear headbands, especially the sheep ears, are popular at the festival, and you will find in the Zazzy Peacock Etsy shop, along with many new items. Jill’s hand-lacquered needle holders were a hit last year, so she’s created many new designs for you to enjoy.
Jill also enjoys sharing her love of needle felting through teaching. During the pandemic, Jill has been teaching via Zoom and pre-recorded video tutorials on Vimeo. So you can now find needle felting kits with videos as well as tools and supplies in the Zazzy Peacock shop. Whether you’re just starting out or an experienced needle felter, you will enjoy Jill’s video tutorials and appreciate the quality of the supplies.
Previously, Jill has taught at her studio in Bethesda, at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival, the Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival, the GW Textile Museum, and at Glen Echo Park. She also exhibits at shows, galleries, and juried exhibitions, including the Creative Crafts Council Biennial Exhibitions (2015, 2017, and 2019) and Fiber National (2016 and 2018) at the Workhouse Arts Center. Her sculpture, “Bird Mollusk,” received an award at Fiber National 2018. Learn more about Jill at www.ZazzyPeacock.com.
Enjoy the festival! I’m looking forward to seeing you in person next year! Best wishes to all, Jill
How to Shop
Online Store: flyingfibers.com
Free Shipping for the duration of the weekend
Flying Fibers is brought to you by the mother-daughter team of Jeri Robinson-Lawrence and Irina Lawrence Mathias. They honor and celebrate diversity and inclusion while welcoming everyone to their little corner of the world. Both women are passionate about providing beautiful products to crafters of any skill, as well as promoting the preservation of rare breed sheep. In addition to owning the shop, Jeri and Irina have a flock of rare breed Wensleydale sheep, endangered Leicester Longwool sheep, and rare breed Shetland sheep that they raise on their farm in York County. Based on the season, this local fiber is available in-store and online. These two women are extremely passionate about the fiber arts and are regularly willing to share their knowledge and expertise with whoever desires. Jeri is primarily behind-the-scenes with Irina being present in the yarn shop. Although young in appearance, Irina has extensive knowledge of the fiber arts having begun her journey at the age of six, and can tackle your most challenging of wool needs. These two women make an exceptional team, and are sure to have you smiling at their mother-daughter banter every time you chat with them!
Fiber Equipment, Tools & Supplies
Jewelry & Shawl Pins
How to Shop
Online Store: etsy.com/shop/stephenwillette
Virtual Booth Tour Video
Free Domestic Shipping May 1-2, 2021. Use code MARYLANDSHEEPANDWOOL
Craftsmen of heirloom quality Wooden Fiber Art Tools for people who spin, knit, crochet and weave. Some of the tools we offer are yarn bowls, looms, support spindles, glass tipped support spindles, lucets, crochet hooks, shawl pins and weaving supplies. As a state juried member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsman, I maintain the high standards of quality required by the league in all of my work.
East Freisen/Laucaune Dairy
Breed Type: Dairy Breed
Country of Origin: Austria/France
High Milk Producing Breed used for Dairy, Known for large udder confirmation, Milk producers for 6-7 months per year, with high yield, high butterfat. Milk quality in dairy sheep while yielding smaller quantity than Cows or Goats, the nutritional value far out weights the other two in vitamins, fat, and protein so while the yield is less in actual volume of milk, the percentage yield in cheese production is higher.
This breed presented by
Shepherds Manor Creamery
126 Slingluff Road
New Windsor, MD 21776
Contact Laura Noll
Facebook Glenrose Farms
Fleeces for Sale
Private Facebook Message to Glenrose Farms
Cormack Needle Felting Tools & Supply LLC
Felted Products & Felting Supplies
How to Shop
We are Jack & Scarlet Cormack. Jack has been making Needle Felting Tools for 23 years. He custom makes 12 different sizes of Needle Felting Tools and can make specialize tools for specific needs. We are the exclusive dealer of the Blue Needle Felting Forms which come in a variety of shapes and sizes for making things like hats, bags, totes, rugs and wall hangings. We also have Needle Felting Kits available, perfect for starters or gifts.
Morehouse Farm, LLC
Fiber, Farm Raised
Knitting Patterns & Software
How to Shop
Online Store: MorehouseFarm.com
Text: (845) 758-3710
Free US Shipping with coupon code MDSHEEP&WOOL ($12 international) good May 1 and 2
In 1987, Margrit and Albrecht Pichler brought the first two superfine Merinos to America – at a time when fiber that fine wasn’t even on the spinning count scale! Since then, Morehouse Farm has been breeding for the finest fleeces and the result is some of the softest farm yarn you’ll ever feel. A valuable in 5 bases from lace/fingering to bulky, and with115 color ward you’ve got a whole rainbow to choose from. Plus, we’ve got everything packaged in a handy kit so you know you have all the yarn and instructions you need. Touching is believing!
Project Bags and Other Yarn Accessories
Recycled Wool Handcrafts
How to Shop
Free shipping within US boundaries no code needed
The focus of JRW Creations is handmade one-of-a-kind clothing & accessories featuring timeless designs, quality materials & detailed workmanship.
Sewing is my passion. It began at age nine when I made my first apron. From the beginning, I’ve loved transforming fabrics, trims and threads into wearable garments, accessories and furnishings. Sewing and the study of textiles, became the focus of 3 college degrees and my professional career with University of Maryland Extension. For 31 years, I taught the selection, use, care and construction of clothing and home furnishings to youth and adults in a non-formal education setting throughout Maryland.
Today, in my retirement, I continue my love of sewing with a custom sewing business and volunteer projects related to sewing. Much of my work is with wooI fabrics & fibers. Using wool sweaters and garments, I push the envelope, doing all those things that I once cautioned against – washing in hot water with agitation and soap, drying in a hot dryer – creating new fabrics with a myriad of textures. Blending colors, textures, fibers, trims and machine stitches for the unique, one-of-a-kind jacket, vest, hat, mittens, scarf… One pair of mittens is made with felted fabric pieces from 8 different sweaters. Wearable art jackets are created from new wool Melton yardage.
I also design & sew project bags, totes, wristlets, crossbody and multiple use bags from home dec fabrics & trims, some quilter’s cotton & repurposed wool garments. Light colored linings make it easier to find items that have dropped to the bottom; interfacings & interlinings add stability and durability. Zipper, magnetic snaps or drawstring closures are used.
Jeans jackets for children are embellished with quilt shop fabrics, ribbons and other trims are very popular.
I find great satisfaction creating beautiful things in my studio at Contentment Farm where Boer goats and miniature donkeys also live. Email, message or phone me if you have questions about listed items, custom orders, etc.
For the past 20/ 25 years, as director of The Maryland Make It with Wool education and sewing competition program, I have worked with our youth participants and adult volunteers to sell Wool Wax hand creme, provide a class for a wool craft and a fashion show featuring the wool garments created by our MIWW participants. As in 2020, our efforts will continue virtually this year. Watch the MIWW Virtual Fashion Show video, and look for Maryland Make It with Wool in the 2021 Vendor listing or go to my-site-104575-105041.square.site to place your order. You can also email: to purchase the Creme and information will also be included on Facebook. Your hands and our participants will be happy you did!!