2017 FREE Demos & Events

More Demos and Events will be added, keep checking back!

NEW!! 

Fiber Rainbow Spinning & Skein Silent Auction           
(a re-creation of the Fiber Sandwich demo from prior years)
This is the Fiber Sandwich event–revamped! It will include soliciting fiber donations (for charitable donation) from vendors and others, dividing it and distributing it for volunteer spinners, a demonstration of ways to combine the fibers, volunteer spinners in the Spinning Circle area, and then collection of completed skeins and a silent auction on Sunday afternoon. The collection funds will be sent to the Heifer Project.  (More information) 

Fiber Fashion Show – Sunday
More information coming soon!

Ongoing Events – Saturday  & Sunday 

Free Family-Friendly Fiber Activities
Location:  Bldg A
Day/Time: Saturday & Sunday 10am – 3pm
Explore the fiber arts with a series of fun, free activities.  Make yarn jewelry, lamb ears, a kite, or a simple twig weaving. Many thanks to the Shepherd’s Harvest community for sharing the gift of fiber art with their generous donations of raw material for these activities.  Come satisfy your hands-on urges at the activity tables in the center of Building A. Suitable for all ages.

Spin In!
Location: Bldg A
Day/Time: Saturday and Sunday, ongoing
Demonstrators:  Spinners from the SH Community
Bring your wheel or spindle, pull up a chair and spin along with the largest assembly of hand-spinners in Minnesota! Take immediate advantage of your freshly purchased fiber, wheel or newly learned technique and share with other spinning enthusiasts. Note: Feel free to bring your own stool or foot rug for added comfort.   Hint: if you are a new spinner, the spinning circle is a great place to get expert advice and support in your spinning endeavors.

Stock Dog Demos
Location: Outdoor Arena
Date/Time: Saturday & Sunday 11:00, 1:00 & 2:30
Herding dogs are essential in handling sheep on farms.  Various aspects of stock dog work such as a short outrun and gather, sorting and penning sheep are planned.

 

Extreme Sheep Make-Overs
Location: Outdoor Pavilion
Date/Time: Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Shearer: Jim Peterson (sat) & Brian Fitzpatrick (sun)
Watch a professional shearer in action as animals are shorn on Saturday and Sunday.

 

Fleece Skirting
Location: Outdoor Pavilion
Date/Time: Daily 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. during shearing
Coordinator: Jody M.
Learn how to skirt a fleece, how to separate out the belly and tags, and how to protect the fleece from contamination during its harvest and packaging.

 

Rabbit Show
Location: Bldg D
Date/Time:  Saturday & Sunday Ongoing – All Day
Coordinator: Caroline Waskow
A “living catalog” of fiber-producing rabbits will be on display.  These include English, Angora, French Angora, Giant Angora, Hersey Woolies, Satin Angora and Fuzzy Lop.  Visitors will have the opportunity to compare these animals side by side and see the variety of sizes as well as fiber types.

 

Central Minnesota Machine Knitting & Fiber Arts Guild, with The League of Evil Knitters
Location:  Barn A
Day/Time: Saturday and Sunday, ongoing
Group members will demonstrate how they use knitting machines to create fashionable shawls, garments, and other items. Also, the part of the group for High School students and their friends, which is affectionately known as “The League of Evil Knitters,” will offer a free make-and-take Yarn Flower project. Demonstrations on both Saturday and Sunday.

 

Minnesota Knitter’s Guild
Location:  Barn A
Day/Time: Saturday and Sunday, ongoing
Stop by the Minnesota Knitter’s Guild booth to learn about the benefits of membership. Guild members will be available to answer questions. We will also be demonstrating a variety of knitting techniques.

 

The Magic of Blending Boards
Location:  Barn A
Day/Time: Saturday & Sunday ongoing
Demonstrator:  Renee Samuelson of Gone Batty Fibers

Have you looked at blending boards and wondered what you could do with them? Did you buy one, but now you are at a loss? In this demonstration, we will show various techniques for applying fiber to the blending board, both for smooth and textured fiber preparations. Then we will show different techniques for removing spinnable fiber from the board, ranging from batts to rolags to roving.

 

Weavers Guild of Minnesota
Location:  Barn A
Day/Time: Saturday and Sunday, ongoing

Since its founding in 1940 by six women, including Hilma Berglund, the Weavers Guild of Minnesota has established itself as a nationally-recognized resource for the arts of weaving, spinning, and dyeing. The Guild offers classes and events year round, serving nearly 700 new and experienced fiber artists each year. It was the catalyst in the formation of the Textile Center, where the Guild currently maintains classroom, retail, and library space. Join us at our table for a variety of demonstrations on Saturday and Sunday.

 

North Star Farm Tour
Location:  Barn A
Day/Time: Saturday and Sunday, ongoing

The North Star Farm Tour is a self-guided tour of metro-region fibers farms, being held on September 30 and October 1 of 2017. Stop by our booth to learn more about the participating farms and see some of the beautiful locally-raised fiber products available.

 

Spinning wheel repair with Dave Potter
Location:  Barn A
Day/Time: Saturday and Sunday, ongoing

Shepherd’s Harvest regular Dave Potter will be in attendance, ready to answer your wheel repair questions. Simple repairs can sometimes be done during the festival. More complex repair projects can be delivered to Dave at the festival.

 

1812 Historical Encampment and Fiber Demonstration
Location: On the Green
Day/time: Saturday and Sunday 10 am, noon, 2pm
Demonstrators: Belinda Christensen and Claire Lawrence
Visit the 1812 Regency Period encampment with period spinning wheels and fiber tools.
Demonstrations will include: Steps for preparing wool for spinning; Spinning fiber on a spindle; traditional drive wheel and great wheel.  We love to talk about the textile arts of this era so have a seat on the grass and chat with us!

Fiber Display
Location:  Goat Barn
Date/Time Saturday & Sunday – Ongoing

The Goat Barn will host a special display of fiber goods.  Fiber highlighted wool from the various exhibiting sheep and goat breeds.

 

Northern Lights Handspinners Guild
Location:  Barn A
Day/Time:  Ongoing Saturday and Sunday
Silent auction Sunday at 1pm – 3pm (final bids due at 3pm)

Fiber Rainbow! This is the Fiber Sandwich event–revamped! It will include soliciting fiber donations (for charitable donation) from vendors and others, dividing it and distributing it for volunteer spinners, a demonstration of ways to combine the fibers, volunteer spinners in the Spinning Circle area, and then collection of completed skeins and a silent auction on Sunday afternoon. The collection funds will be sent to the Heifer Project.

 

SATURDAY Only

Handcarding Rolags
Location:  Barn A
Day/Time:  Saturday, 10am
Demonstrator: Deborah Coder

Handcarding wool with bits and bobs of mohair, silk, and cotton for spinning. I’ll be using a spindle to spin up the pretty rolags.

 

Knitting in the round
Location:  Barn A
Day/Time:  Saturday, 11am
Demonstrators: Amy Chester of Sage Dream Design

Demonstrate how to knit in the round on double pointed needles and the magic loop method. Will provide supplies for attendees to experiment with.

 

Pinloom Weaving Demonstrations
Location:  Barn A
Day/Time: Saturday at 11am and 2pm
Demonstrator:  Margaret Stump

Margaret will be sharing her newest book and demonstrating several of the pin loom weaving techniques featured in Pin Loom Weaving To Go. Many of the woven projects featured in the book will be available at the demonstration site. In addition to weaving on the Zoom Loom, Margaret will demonstrate the new techniques developed just for Pin Loom Weaving To Go including weaving on the potholder loom, turning a fine gauge knitting loom into an adjustable length pin loom and bias weaving on the Zoom Loom. Margaret notes, “Pin Loom Weaving To Go has only been out since March, and I am so happy to have an opportunity to share these techniques with other weavers.”

 

Flax demonstration
Location: Outdoor pavilion
Date/Time Sunday, 11:30 a.m.
Demonstrator: Jody Marx

Jody grows her own flax She will show you the multi-step process of breaking (breaking off the outer fiber), scutching, combing (removal of outer plant material, and spinning the inner flax fiber into linen yarn. This process is thousands of years old. Mummies of ancient Egypt were wrapped in linen!

 

Sheep Handling Demo
Location: Pavilion
Date/Time: Saturday, 2 p.m.
Demonstrator:  Jim Peterson

Jim is a professional sheep shearer. He will talk about controlling sheep with the use of chutes, gates, dogs, and by hand. He will discuss catching, moving, throwing and holding sheep. Good information for owners of a pet sheep to shepherds of large flocks!

  

Local Linen with Andrea Myklebust
Location:  Barn A
Day/Time: Saturday, 2 p.m.

Learn about a regional USDA SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education) project taking place in 2017 and 2018. Andrea will be discussing her grant project, “Local Linen: Exploring the feasibility of small-scale mechanized processing of fiber flax for linen production in Minnesota and Wisconsin.”

 

Spinning flax to linen with Andrea Myklebust
Location:  Barn A
Day/Time: Saturday, 3pm

Are you a handspinner interested in trying your hand at spinning flax for linen? Andrea will demonstrate the techniques of spinning both line and tow flax, including how to dress a distaff, and a discussion of finishing techniques, with materials on hand to try it yourself.

 

 

SUNDAY Only

Local Linen with Andrea Myklebust
Location:  Barn A
Day/Time: Sunday, 10am

Learn about a regional USDA SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education) project taking place in 2017 and 2018. Andrea will be discussing her grant project, “Local Linen: Exploring the feasibility of small-scale mechanized processing of fiber flax for linen production in Minnesota and Wisconsin.”

 

Shuttle Tatting
Location:  Barn A
Day/Time: Sunday, 11am
Demonstrator: Amy Chester of Sage Dream Design

Demonstrate the old art of shuttle tatting and the newer method of needle tatting. Will provide supplies for attendees to experiment with.

 

Pinloom Weaving Demonstrations
Location:  Barn A
Day/Time: Sunday at 11 a.m. 1 p.m., and 2 p.m.
Demonstrator:  Margaret Stump

Margaret will be sharing her newest book and demonstrating several of the pin loom weaving techniques featured in Pin Loom Weaving To Go. Many of the woven projects featured in the book will be available at the demonstration site. In addition to weaving on the Zoom Loom, Margaret will demonstrate the new techniques developed just for Pin Loom Weaving To Go including weaving on the potholder loom, turning a fine gauge knitting loom into an adjustable length pin loom and bias weaving on the Zoom Loom. Margaret notes, “Pin Loom Weaving To Go has only been out since March, and I am so happy to have an opportunity to share these techniques with other weavers.”

 

Flax demonstration
Location: Outdoor pavilion
Date/Time Sunday, 11:30 a.m.
Demonstrator: Jody Marx

Jody grows her own flax She will show you the multi-step process of breaking (breaking off the outer fiber), scutching, combing (removal of outer plant material, and spinning the inner flax fiber into linen yarn. This process is thousands of years old. Mummies of ancient Egypt were wrapped in linen!

 

Spinning flax to linen with Andrea Myklebust
Location:  Barn A
Day/Time: Sunday, Noon

Are you a handspinner interested in trying your hand at spinning flax for linen? Andrea will demonstrate the techniques of spinning both line and tow flax, including how to dress a distaff, and a discussion of finishing techniques, with materials on hand to try it yourself.

 

Fibershed Panel Talk: “Slow Fashion,”
Location:  Barn A
Day/Time: Sunday 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Moderator: Jess Daniels
Panelists:

Join a panel of regional practitioners in a conversation about “slow fashion” and the Fibershed movement. How can our choices as consumers affect the world around us and our regional economies?

 

Basic Sheep Care Demo
Location:  Pavilion
Demonstrator:  Brian Fitzpatrick
Date/Time: Sunday, 2pm
Brian is a professional shearer. He will talk about basic sheep care. Bring your questions!

 

Fiber Rainbow Silent Auction Location: Barn A
Day/Time:  Sunday 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
The collection of completed skeins from the Fiber Rainbow will be sold as part of this silent auction, with proceeds going to the Heifer Project to provide families with ample wool for warmth, as well as a source of income. Your donation of a Knitter’s Gift Basket represents an opportunity for a better life.

 

 

 

 

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