Free Shepherd Seminar 2: Starting a Flock for Wool Production with Sue Blacker

Saturday, May 2 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Dining Hall

Sue will cover why and how decisions about which sheep breed should be taken, looking at grazing and other systems, and keeping sheep as opposed to other livestock. From there, she will move to discuss the many options for adding value with wool as the primary objective of keeping the flock, and will look at the considerations of planning ahead, marketing and developing a business based on fleece.

Sue Blacker manages The Natural Fibre Company and Blacker Yarns, a UK-based commission spinnery with branded range of knitting yarns. The company specializes in spinning fiber from rare and regional British sheep breeds, also mohair and alpaca along with full organic processing accreditation if required. Sue has a degree from Cambridge University and worked in the City on stock-broking investment analysis before returning to her native Cornwall to have a family, start sheep farming and work in charities, economic and environmental development. A knitter since childhood, she has now woven the threads together!

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Presenting our 2020 catalog cover, featuring an original woodcut done just for us by Bobby Rosenstock of JustAJar Design Press.

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Sharing a post from one of the contestants in our first ever virtual Junior Spinning Competition, which was held via Zoom as part of our Virtual Online Festival. Congratulations go to all of the contestants, whose ages ranged from 8 to 14. Here is how everyone placed:
Adeline - Most Even Yarn (spinning wheel category)
Grace - Fattest Yarn, Longest Yarn (spinning wheel category)
Caroline - Skinniest Yarn (spinning wheel category)
Theodore - Lumpiest Yarn (spinning wheel category)
Ava - Most Even Yarn, Skinniest Yarn, Longest Yarn (drop spindle category)
Preston - Fattest Yarn, Lumpiest Yarn (drop spindle category)
Astrid - Most Even Yarn, Longest Yarn (e-spinner category)

Special thanks to committee member Patricia Sanville for organizing this online competition!
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The Maryland Make it With Wool program relies on its sale of Wool Wax Creme at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival to fund their activities. Since the festival was cancelled, they are selling the products by email this year. The post below shows the products available with instructions on how to order.

MIWW is an annual youth-centered sewing and needle work competition designed to promote the beauty and versatility of wool fabrics, yarns, and fibers. Preliminary competitions are held at the state level, culminating in the National Finals and Awards Banquet at the American Sheep Industry annual convention.

Please help keep Maryland youth sewing by ordering your wool wax creme today (plus it's a really great product, too).
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