Livestock Conservancy, The

Shave ‘Em to Save ‘Em


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Shave ‘Em to Save ‘Em is an initiative of The Livestock Conservancy designed to promote the use of wool from rare sheep breeds on our Conservation Priority List. These breeds are all special with valuable qualities and unique fiber characteristics.

By joining this program and working with these wools fiber artists broaden their knowledge while helping to save 23 endangered breeds of sheep. Fiber Providers benefit from this program through increased breed awareness and increased fiber market.

In this program each fiber artist receives a “Passport” that they fill with “stamp” received from official fiber providers with their wool purchase. Then they make a project with this fiber, by processing, dyeing, spinning, knitting, crocheting, felting, or weaving, etc. Artists submit project photos to The Livestock Conservancy and receive incentives for completing 5, 10 and 15 projects.

Over 2,000 fiber artists are already participating in the Shave ‘Em to Save ‘Em Initiative and are finding new favorite wools for making socks, mittens, shawls, etc. Recently we expanded the program by launching fiber challenges which air live on Facebook and are later available on our Teachable account, along with free videos on fiber processing and marketing. You can find those classes by following this link,

Don’t miss out on your next favorite breed. Join Shave ‘Em to Save ‘Em to day at

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PO Box 477
Pittsboro, NC 27312

(919) 542-5704 Ext. 111

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Warm up for the Festival with Winterfest 2023!

Two days of virtual spinning, knitting, and felting classes on January 28 and 29.

Registration opens November 19.

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Correction - registration for our our in-person classes for 2023 will open at 2:00 pm ET on Sunday, February 19, not February 12 as previously posted.A preview of the classes has been posted at Full class details, including dates and times, will be posted in the next day or two. #mdsw #mdsw2023 #celebrating50years #fiberartseminars #yarnlove #dyeing #felting #fiberprep #colortheory #spinning #handspinning #knitting ... See MoreSee Less
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A preview of our in-person classes for 2023 has been posted at Full class information will be posted once we work out a few more details. Registration will open on February 12. #mdsw #mdsw2023 #celebrating50years #fiberartseminars #yarnlove #dyeing #felting #fiberprep #colortheory #spinning #handspinning #knitting ... See MoreSee Less
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Thank you to our wonderful instructors - Maggie Casey. Jillian Moreno, Esther Rodgers, Kira Dulaney, Alasdair Post-Quinn, and Kristen Walsh - for teaching virtually for our second annual Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival Winterfest. Thank you, too, Angela Muller, for your fabulous and informative lecture. And a resounding thank you to all the participants (and class assistants) that made Winterfest a success!See you at the live 50th annual Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival on May 6 & 7. The class listings for that should be posted in the next week or so. Registration will open on February 12. ... See MoreSee Less
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