It was all about the fiber.......or was it? The fiber has been the common thread that has brought us together for 10 years during a weekend in late May, but it is about so much more. A group of fiber enthusiasts, veterans of the festival and newcomers to the event, knit together into a little community of friends during this annual gathering.
At the first festival, I brought a few bags of wool and had a small booth. I wound up doing pretty well at the first festival winning lovely awards for my fleeces and making some great fiber friends! When I meandered around the festival on Saturday, I regarded fondly the location of my both that first year. A lot has changed since then. I am no longer the shepherd that is sick to my stomach and unable to watch as the fleeces are being judged, I am now the wool judge and even teach classes.
This year I had the pleasure of teaching the Journey With Wool class again and had a great group of Farmers and Fiber Artists. (Thanks for the help setting up gals!) We had a lot of fun eating donuts and muffins, drinking coffee and learning about farming, wool, processing and judging. Of course, lots of laughter and great discussions made the day fly by! Then, we made a pilgrimage in the rain, to the livestock tent to visit the Crazy Sheep Lady from Equinox Farm. We viewed some beautiful fleeces and heard some pearls of wisdom from her. To round out the full day, we proceeded to the wool judging area. The class hung in with me through almost 2 hours of wool judging to soak up and learn even more! (Shon Wylie did a magnificent job with the herculean task of organizing the show this year.) Is was great to be able to help these fiber folks navigate their journey with wool, but it was also a fabulous day filled with friendship and comraderie of like minded women sharing skills and ideas.
Saturday was a more relaxing day with my Crafting Your Business class. I enjoyed so much spending the morning with several smart and inspiring entrepreneurs and sharing with them a few of the things I learned along the way.
After the car was loaded, I was able to amble around the grounds. Of course, the highlight was seeing Biscuit! Click here for his adventures! https://myfavoritesheep.blogspot.com
A close second was this amazing booth of Gotland rugs, jackets and purses from Skoog's Sheep and Cattle. I was enthralled! The quality of the fleece was exceptional, uniform and pristine and the craftsmanship of the hide tanning was not to be rivaled. I have resolved to work a second job to purchase some of these wares. The Swedish gentleman who created these beautiful things shared that the wool was from his sheep (100%ers) he raised in Sweden.
I hope everyone has a great year growing fabulous fleeces and creating beautiful art!