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Sheep to Skein - Processing Raw Fleece for Funsies with Amy Ross Manko


Time: Sunday, October 2nd 9a.m. - 12p.m.


Location: Dixon May Fairgrounds in Dixon, CA


Workshop Description: Ever walk through the fleece sale at Lambtown Festival and think "this fleece is gorgeous and so cheap, I should process it myself!" only to lose your nerve and walk away because you don’t know how? Then this class is for you! We will talk about how to choose a great fleece and things to look for when selecting your next fiber adventure. We will discuss flaws that can be fixed and deal-breakers, then we'll do it ourselves! We will cover all the steps from dirty, raw fleece to ready to prepare to spin. We will also discuss the best methods for preparing the clean fleece for spinning, including flicking, spinning from the locks, carding and combing.


Experience Level: No experience necessary


Students Should Bring: Please wear old clothes - something you don't mind getting wet or dirty


Instructor will supply: 4oz raw fleece


Materials Fee: $20 included in workshop price


Workshop Pricing: This year’s workshop pricing is a flat rate for half-day or full-day workshops, with up to two low-income spaces per class*.

*To get the low-income student pricing of 25% off workshop cost (not including materials fee), use the code "401L" in the shopping cart. Please note: We will not disclose which students received low-inome pricing and all students will be treated equally by Lambtown Festival and our instructors.


Covid-19 Policy: Covid-19 vaccination is required for in-person workshops, which will be held indoors, and masks may be required depending on the situation at the time. Please upload your proof of vaccination now to save time on the day of your workshop.


Instructor Bio: Amy travels the country (and now the world) teaching, researching and writing about her favorite topic, Rare Breed Sheep! When she's not on the road, spreading the gospel of critically endangered livestock, she's managing her historic farm with her son Drew, raising 9 breeds of heritage and rare breed sheep, as well as cattle, draft horses, mini-donkeys and poultry. She is the owner of Ross Farm Mercantile Inc., her studio in Hudson, Ohio, and provides love and shelter to homeless fiber equipment in her small studio there.

Sheep to Skein - Processing Raw Fleece for Funsies