Auction of Handspun Handwoven Shawls

Once a year, sheep breeders, shearers, spinners and weavers from up and down the Mid-Atlantic region come together at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival to entertain and intoxicate you with their skills in the Sheep-to-Shawl Competition. The spirit of the Sheep-to-Shawl Competition has always originated from the collegiality of fiber artists gathering together and working toward a common goal – creating a beautiful, woven shawl from the fleece of a sheep.

This year, because of the pandemic, we must do things differently than in the past. We still hope to, in a virtual setting, honor the creativity and enthusiasm this contest has always generated. As a result, the competition this year will be Fleece-to-Shawl instead of Sheep-to-Shawl and each team will record their efforts in a video to be submitted along with their finished shawl for judging.

The end result is a special shawl that you can bid on for your own, or give to a special friend or family member. A portion of all sales goes to recoup expenses associated with moving the 2021 festival to a virtual format.

The shawls will be auctioned off online at at Bidding will open at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 1 and close at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 2.


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.…

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