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A message from the Columbus Weavers' Guild's Program Chair, Mary Beth Sassen

I'm the program chair for the Central Ohio Weaver's Guild and we are proud to host Deb Robson for a weekend this April. There are two workshops and we would love to have any members of your guild join us! 
Saturday, April 18 is Spinning with Rare Breed Yarns and Sunday, April 19 will be for fiber artists to learn about Working with Rare Breed Yarns.
Both Workshops will be at the Kirk House 1885 North Cassady Avenue in Columbus, Ohio. Both days will start at 9:00 and we should end by 6:00 on Saturday and 5:00 on Sunday. Please bring a sack lunch. There will be a lecture on Saturday at 1:00 from Deb about preserving Rare Breed Wool. 
You can sign up for both workshops at www.cowg.org and pay through Paypal or sign up online and then mail me a check as soon as possible to hold your spot if you don't use Paypal.  Each workshop will cost $100 and each one also has a $35 materials fee to be paid to Deb on the day of the Workshop. 
If you have any questions, please send me an email at mbsassen@gmail.com
 
Deb Robson is the author of The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook  with Carol Ekarius. Every time I pick up a fiber magazine there always seems to be an article by Deb in there. Please check out her website http://www.drobson.info/ if you don't know who she is. She is a storehouse of information about sheep and their fiber. We are so lucky to have her visit us and share her knowledge. 
 
Below are descriptions of our workshops and the lecture on Saturday. There are just a few openings for the Spinning class on Saturday, but the Sunday class has more openings. Sign up soon so you don't miss out on this rare opportunity to learn from Deb! 
 
Mary Beth Sassen (program chair for the Central Ohio Weaver's Guild)
 
1. An Introduction to Rare-Breed Wools (for Spinners):
Some of the most wonderful and practical fibers come from what are now rare breeds of sheep. If we don’t use these fibers, we’ll lose them! We can’t use them—or know what we’re missing—if we don’t know what they are. Come discover double-coats and singles, luster-wools that have shine and body, classics that have bounce and warmth . . . and, in a number of these breeds, a rainbow of sheepy colors. We’ll explore the range of fleeces from rare and endangered breeds, and we’ll spin, play, and open doors of possibility. We’ll learn about how to prepare fleeces for spinning, too.
 
We’ll work with the breeds identified on the lists of The Livestock Conservancy (North America) and the (British) Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST). For more information on these breeds, see their websites (http://livestockconservancy.org and http://www.rbst.org.uk).
 
This workshop is an all-day excursion that will introduce you to some of the types of wool grown by rare breeds of sheep. I’ll put together a diverse collection of fleece varieties—aiming for 8, so we’ll have a very busy day—to whet your appetite and increase your confidence in dealing with unusual fibers.
 
 
Workshop Fee:$100     Materials fee: $35
Participant skill level: Advanced beginner spinner, able to independently spin singles and make a two-ply yarn; experience in preparing fibers for spinning is useful but not essential.
Participants should bring: Wheel or spindle; fiber-prep tools of choice (combs, carders, flicker, or any other OR dog-grooming combs or slickers); the ability to wind a small center-pull ball and ply from it (or skill at Andean plying, or a lazy kate and extra bobbins); sampling tools as convenient, like knitting needles, crochet hooks, or Weave-It or similar extra-simple loom; optional tape and/or hole-punch, for keeping track of fiber samples and yarns (record cards will be provided); a notepad and pen or pencil.
 
 
 
2. An Introduction to Rare-Breed Wools (for Knitters, Crocheters, and Weavers):
Some of the most wonderful and practical wools come from what are now rare breeds of sheep. If we don’t use these fibers, we’ll lose them! We can’t use them—or know what we’re missing—if we don’t know what they are. Come discover double-coats and singles, luster-wools that have shine and body, classics that have bounce and warmth . . . and, in a number of these breeds, a rainbow of sheepy colors. We’ll explore the range of wools, with a focus on the rare ones, and we’ll swatch, play, and open doors of possibility.
We’ll work with the breeds identified on the lists of The Livestock Conservancy (North American) and the (British) Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST). For more information on these breeds, see their websites (http://livestockconservancy.org and http://www.rbst.org.uk).
 
Workshop Fee: $100     Materials Fee: $35
Participant skill level: Can independently perform all components of the craft required to make a simple swatch – for example, cast on, knit a sample in any stitch pattern (stockinette with garter or seed stitch borders is fine), and cast off.
Participants should bring: Knitting needles or crochet hooks or Weave-It type sample loom (2-inch) to suit sport- to heavy-worsted-weight yarns; generally these will be in the range of 3.5mm, 3.75mm, 4mm, and 4.5mm knitting needles (US needle sizes 4 to 7 or hook sizes E to H); a notepad and pen or pencil.
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