SP24 The Nature of Wool with Sue Blacker
Thursday, April 30 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Fairgrounds – Home Arts Building
In this class you will learn the why, what and how of wool. The class will cover fleece selection, assessment of fleeces (hands on), and discuss the options for using specific types of fleeces for specific purposes, with samples of yarn and textiles to illustrate this. This class is focused on makers, who may or may not have their own sheep but need to understand a sufficient amount about wool/fiber to enable them to make good decisions to get the best projects. Please note, this class does not involve any spinning or knitting. Skill level: Beginner. Maximum number of students: 20. Students should bring: Examples of projects, whether they think they are good or bad, so that we can discuss them – both successes and failures are welcome, both to learn and also possibly to rectify.
Class Code: SP24 Class Fee: $55. Materials Fee: None.
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!