2014 Events and Demonstrations

Quick LinksSpin In –  Spinning Wheel Repair Llama Obstacle Course Weaver’s Guild of Minnesota Knitting Clinic Circular Sock Machine Llama Fiber Demo - Author Nook  - Rabbit Show 1800s Re-enactment Camp –  Extreme Sheep Make-Overs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fleece Skirting Rabbit Agility Demonstration –  Farm Work Stock Dog Trial Shearing Your Sheep In The Stand - Spinning On The Great Wheel Sheep 101: A Beginner’s Guide to Shepherding Flax Demonstration Fleece Preparation Demonstration

Antique Spinning Wheel Presentation

Location: Hilton Garden Inn
Date/Time: Saturday, 7 p.m.
Demonstrator:  Andrea Myklebust

Join us on Saturday night when Andrea Myklebust will present a fun and fast-paced look at the pleasures and perils of antique wheel-hunting. Andrea (amyklebust on Ravelry) will present lots of examples of what to look for and what to avoid when searching Craigslist and other sale venues, and will provide guidance to help those new to antique wheels do basic repair and maintenance tasks for themselves. Whether you already have an antique wheel or are thinking about getting one, you are bound to find some useful and entertaining information here.

Andrea Myklebust is spinner and shepherdess at Black Cat Farmstead in rural Stockholm, Wisconsin. A sculptor by trade, she does repair and restoration work on antique wheels in her western Wisconsin studio. Using raw materials produced at her farm, she demonstrates and teaches the processing and spinning of flax and wool, and is presently involved in research and documentation of the 70+ spinning wheels in the collection of the Vesterheim museum in Decorah, IA.

Spin In!

Location: Bldg A
Date/Time: Saturday and Sunday Ongoing All Day
Demonstrator:  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.

Spinning Wheel Repair

Location: Bldg A
Date/Time: Saturday and Sunday Ongoing All Day
Demonstrator: David Potter

David Potter restores and repairs spinning wheels and can help you with your spinning wheel problems. He is limited in the repairs that he can do on site but he can do minor repairs here. If he can’t fix your wheel at the festival, he will take it home to repair it. He can answer any question you have about your wheel and its problems. He brings photos of all kinds of wheels he has repaired, we well as samples of wheel parts he makes and repairs. He may have just what you need to get your wheel spinning in top form again. Bring your wheel questions and problems and Dave will help you solve them.

Llama Obstacle Course

Location: Cattle Barn
Date/Time: Saturday and Sunday Ongoing All Day

Don’t miss a chance to see the llamas navigate an obstacle course ! Also stop by and check out the llama education table.

Weaver’s Guild of Minnesota

Location: Bldg A
Date/Time: Saturday and Sunday Ongoing All Day
Coordinator: Weaver’s Guild of Minnesota

See various fiber demonstrations, including wheel and drop spindle spinning, small loom weaving, and more. Pick up a class catalog and chat with guild members to find out more about this organization that has been active in the Twin Cities since 1940.

Knitting Clinic

Location: Bldg A
Date/Time: Saturday and Sunday Ongoing All Day
Coordinator: Minnesota Knitter’s Guild

Having problems with a knitting project? Bring it to the Minnesota Guild Knitter’s Booth in Building B. Volunteers from the Guild will be happy to help you figure it out.

Circular Sock Machine

Location: Building A
Date/Time: Saturday throughout the day
Demonstrator: Deb Oswald

Old-fashioned circular sock machines ar an amazingly fast way to knit socks. Deb Oswald has been working on the circular sock machine since 1988, and is a nationally known teacher. She also enjoys setting up historical displays and kind demonstrations Come and see Deb work on the sock machines and talk to her about the history of the machines and the different kinds of machines that are available.

Llama Fiber Shearing Demo

Location: Cattle Barn
Date/Time: Saturday 10 a.m., noon, and 2:00 p.m.and Sunday 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Llama fiber cleaning and processing demo will be ongoing throughout the day.

Author Nook

Location: Bldg A
Date/Time: Saturday and Sunday Ongoing All Day

Once again, we will have an Author’s Nook where our local authors and special guest are available for book readings and signings.

Rabbit Show

Location: Bldg. D
Date/Time: Saturday and 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, Jersey 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.

1800s Re-enactment Camp

Location: Outside in central grass area
Date/Time: Saturday and Sunday Ongoing All Day
Coordinator: Belinda Christensen and Claire Lawrence

Belinda and Claire spend the day in the 19th century with a focus on spinning yarn.

 

Machine Knitters Guild of Minnesota

Location: Building A
Date/Time: Saturday and Sunday Ongoing  All Day
Coordinator: Karen Cline

Members of the Machine Knitters Guild of Minnesota will be demonstrating the use of knitting machines on simple projects.  The demonstration will include garment shaping, fair-isle, tuck and slip stitch patterning as well as hand manipulation of yarn on the machines

Extreme Sheep Make-Overs
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Location: Outdoor Pavilion
Date/Time: Saturday 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Shearer: Jim Peterson

Watch a professional shearer in action as animals are shorn on Saturday and Sunday.

Fleece Skirting

Location: Outdoor Pavilion
Date/Time: Saturday 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. during shearing
Coordinator: Jody Marx

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 Agility Demonstration

Location: Outside in central grass area
Date/Time: Saturday 11 a.m.
Coordinator: Washington County 4H

Those angora rabbits (as well as other breeds) are not just for Mom anymore. Children, youth, and adults can enjoy getting their rabbits good exercise through agility training. This is a new demonstration this year thanks to the Washington County 4H.

Farm Work Stock Dog Trial

Location: TBD
Date/Time: Saturyday & Sunday 12:30 p.m.
Coordinator: Dan and Janis Reuter

Shepherd’s Harvest is now including a judged stock dog trial as one of its events. The Trial will be similar to ranch-style/fun obstacle course trialing. There will be a course time and all sheep will need to complete elements, including a short outrun, for full points. A handlers’ meeting will be held immediately before each class. All runs will be with three sheep.

Judge  TBD

Level I: Beginner handler/dog who have some experience running novice/A level courses in a trial situation.
Level II: Experienced handler/dog who run higher level courses in a trial situation.

The Stock Dog Trial runs begin at 12:30pm Saturday & Sunday. Entry forms are available at www.handlerspost.com. Entry open date is April 1st, 2014. The stock dog demonstrations at Shepherd’s Harvest draw hundreds of spectators. We expect even more with the Farm Work Trial!

Extreme Sheep Make-Overs

10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Location: Outdoor Pavilion
Date/Time: Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Shearer: Brian Fitzpatrick

Watch a professional shearer in action as animals are shorn on Saturday and Sunday.

Shearing Your Sheep In The Stand

Location: Cattle Barn/strong>
Date/Time: Saturday 10:00 a.m., Noon and 2:00 p.m. Sunday Noon a.m and 2 p.m.
Coordinator: Lloyd Burgener

Lloyd has raised sheep since he was 11years old. He bought his first sheep in 1957, showed sheep at his first state fair in 1961 and won his first state fair championship in 1963. Since then, he has shown all of the country and earned over 200 state fair champions. He has been honored with Wisconsin’s Master Shepherd award. Lloyd has raised Ramboullet, Lincolns, and Romneys. He will demonstrate and teach you how to shear your own sheep in the stand. This method is easy to learn, allows you to shear off the wool you want and bag it up, thus eliminating the need to skirt your fleece. It’s a great technique for small flock owners.

Spinning on the Great Wheel

Location: Bldg A
Date/Time: Sunday 1 p.m.
Coordinator: Jody Marx

Jody will be demonstrating the traditional craft of spinning on a great wheel. Jody enjoys teaching traditional fiber crafts such as spinning, knitting, and dyeing. She particularly enjoys working with children.

Sheep 101: A Beginner’s Guide to Shepherding

Location: Cattle Barn
Date/Time: Sunday 1 p.m.
Coordinator: Jeremy Geske

Jeremy will give you the 411 on how to enter the world of sheep husbandry. He will talk about the MLWP mentor program that helps new shepherds get started and discuss the basics of picking your breed, housing and land requirements, feeding your sheep and basic vet requirements.

Flax Demonstration

Location: Bldg A
Date/Time: Sunday 2 p.m.
Demonstrator: Jody Marx

Jody grows her own flax and will show you the process of scutching (breaking), combing (removal of the outer plant matter), and spinning the flax into linen yarn. This process is thousands of years old and has been used throughout the world.

Fleece Preparation Demonstration

Location: Bldg A
Date/Time: Sunday 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Demonstrator: Jan Zita Grover and Camille Johnson

How do you wash that fleece you just bought? Washing is the first step in preparing your fleece for spinning and Jan will show you how to do that. Jan teaches fiber classes at the WGM and various locations throughout the Twin Cities.

 

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