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.

2022 Catalog Cover Artist

Susan Due Pearcy has lived in the Agricultural Reserve in Barnesville, Maryland for 27 years and enjoys having sheep grazing next door and fibre artist friends nearby. She is continually inspired in her art and life by the natural beauty of her surroundings and works plein air in oil and pastel and creates her printmaking in Sugarloaf Studio behind her home...

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If you didn't brave the weather to come to last week's festival, but still want a festival t-shirt, you're in luck. Our online store at is being restocked with 2022 merchandise and should be ready by Monday, May 16, 2022 (they just need a little time to unpack the boxes that came back from the festival and see what's what). If memory serves, they will have two colors of short sleeve tees, a long sleeve tee, hats, aprons, fleece vests, sling bags and cinch sack/backpacks. Sorry, the large canvas tote bags are all gone.The online store is at www.sheepman.com/product-category/maryland-sheep-wool-festival-online/. You can also purchase these items in person at the Ceresville New Holland, Inc./Sheepman Supply Co. showroom in Frederick, Maryland. #mdsw2022 #festivalgear ... See MoreSee Less
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If you or anyone else receives an email claiming to be able to sell you a list of attendees of the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival, please ignore it as IT IS A SCAM. It has come to our attention that companies are emailing some of the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival’s exhibitors and attendees, claiming to offer our attendee email list. This is a common occurrence with large conferences and trade shows in recent years.It is our policy to NEVER sell, rent, or share attendee contact information. No company is authorized to distribute or sell any email lists of Festival attendees. The Festival is not providing this list nor generating these messages. How did they get your email? Software programs can crawl websites in search of email addresses that are listed on them (identifiable by the @ sign).If you receive an email offering to sell you a list of Festival attendees, do not respond to it. By responding—even with a request to unsubscribe—you confirm that your email address is a valid one, which may increase the likelihood that you’ll be contacted again. ... See MoreSee Less
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This little lost lamb kid's mitten was turned in to the Lost & Found and would like to find it's mate. There is also a handmade shawlette someone might be missing, along with the usual random assortment of items -- reading glasses, etc. -- and, no surprise, a folding umbrella and a pair of rubber boots. Message me or email if any of these sound like they might belong to you, or if there is something else you would like me to check for. #mdsw2022 #lostandfound ... See MoreSee Less
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