Warm up for the Festival with Winterfest!

While we will be returning in May with our usual stellar lineup of in-person classes, we know a lot of you are only able to participate virtually, and it’s just not feasible for us to offer online and in-person classes at the same time. Our solution is to bring you two days of virtual fiber arts seminars on Saturday, January 29 and Sunday, January 30, 2022. Winterfest 2022 will be held on the same Lessonface platform that served us so well for the 2021 virtual festival and will feature the following instructors:

  • Jillian Moreno – Spinning
  • Kristen Walsh – Felting
  • Maggie Casey – Spinning
  • Kira Dulaney – Knitting and Crochet
  • Janine Bajus – Knitting
  • Judith MacKenzie – Spinning
  • Dia Robinson – Spinning

Our keynote lecture on Sunday will be The Cultural History of Natural Dyes with Pat Brodowski. Pat’s popular natural dyes workshops have been presented at Monticello, Montpelier, Common Ground on the Hill, and to local fiber arts groups. The lecture is free but registration through Lessonface is required.


Saturday, January 29

Time (Eastern)ClassTypeInstructor
10 a.m. to 12 noonDrafting for Size and Consistency (part 1)SpinningJillian Moreno
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.Needle Felted SnowmanFeltingKristen Walsh
Teach Your Old Wheel Some New TricksSpinningMaggie Casey
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.Drafting for Size and Consistency (part 2)SpinningJillian Moreno
Correcting (and Avoiding) Knitting MistakesKnittingKira Dulaney
2 p.m. to 5 p.m.Needle Felted Winter LandscapeFeltingKristen Walsh
Fair Isle Scarf: How Color Is Used in Fair Isle (part 1)KnittingJanine Bajus
Twist UnraveledSpinningMaggie Casey
Color Without a Dye PotSpinningJudith MacKenzie
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.Spinning the Perfect WarpSpinningJudith MacKenzie
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.Intro to BriocheKnittingKira Dulaney

Sunday, January 30

Time (Eastern)ClassTypeInstructor
10 a.m. to 12 noonDefault Yarn: The Key to Your SpinningSpinningJillian Moreno
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.Inspirational Blending on a Blending BoardSpinningDia Robinson
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.The Cultural History of Natural DyesLecturePat Brodowski
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.Colorplay and Singles YarnSpinningJillian Moreno
Fair Isle Scarf: How Color Is Used in Fair Isle (part 2)KnittingJanine Bajus
Altering Knit and Crochet Patterns for Size, Gauge or StyleKnitting/CrochetKira Dulaney
2 p.m. to 5 p.m.Finishing Your YarnSpinningMaggie Casey
Spinning for Texture: Not Your Grandmother’s YarnSpinningJudith MacKenzie
30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.Wool CombsSpinningJudith MacKenzie
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.Crochet LaceCrochetKira Dulaney

Registration is now open at https://www.lessonface.com/sheepandwool.

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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A preview of our in-person classes for 2023 has been posted at sheepandwool.org/2022-festival/fiber-arts-workshops/. 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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Be sure to visit the Maryland Make it with Wool booth in the Main Exhibition Annex at the Festival this year...I hear that in honor of the 50th annual festival, they are planning a display of 50 outfits from past competitions!We are cheering on Jessica - our Maryland Make it with Wool Junior Champion - as she competes in the National Make It With Wool Contest in Fort Worth, Texas! #marylandmakeitwithwool #nationalmakeitwithwool ... See MoreSee Less
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