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 www.biddingowl.com/MarylandSheepWoolFestival. Bidding will open at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 1 and close at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 2.