SW01 Breeding and Producing for Wool with Sue Blacker

Thursday, April 30 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Home Arts Building

Students will look at the characteristics of different sheep breeds and options for adding value to their wool, covering fleece assessment and options for specific products depending on breed, together with packaging and marketing. This class will focus on shepherds and will include hands-on work, but will be mainly a discussion to bring out the experience of those attending and discuss their decision making and other options – based on the instructor’s own experience of breeding Gotland sheep for 20 years and the work of her wool mill with many other breeds as well as angora goats and alpacas.

Class Code: SW01 Class Fee: $30. 20 student maximum.

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!

2020 Catalog Cover Artist

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

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You can view these items at www.sheepman.com/product-category/maryland-sheep-wool-festival-online/, but because of the limited quantities you CANNOT ORDER THEM ONLINE. All items will be sold by telephone order ONLY on a first come, first served basis. Orders will be accepted by Sheepman Supply at 301-662-4197 Monday-Friday between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm. I repeat, orders will be accepted by TELEPHONE ONLY at 301-662-4197 Monday-Friday between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm.

This may be your last chance to get 2020 Festival merchandise!
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