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Monday through Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm

OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED ON Dec. 22-26 and Dec. 31 and Jan. 1

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Phone: (815)338-5315 Fax: (815)338-5310

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 McHenry County Fair P.O. Box 375 

11900 Country Club Road Woodstock, IL 60098


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Board Meeting

Tue., Jan. 6th, 2015  7:30pm Farm Bureau, Woodstock, IL

Annual Member Meeting

Sept. 23rd, 2015 - 7:30pm  Building D, Fairgrounds Woodstock, IL



We would like to take this time to invite you to be a part of our new event; the McHenry County Fair’s Spring Fiber Fling. Our goal is to create an educational event focused on fiber and the process from “Sheep to Shawl”. It will be a weekend event with various activities for the public to take part in, learn, and purchase anything from fiber supplies to a finished handmade product. We will have different demonstrations going on around the grounds for spectators to enjoy. Our goal is to have 2 buildings set up for our crafters, artisans and fiber related venders with booths set up to sell everything from fiber art supplies (wool, knitting needles, crochet hooks, cloth, etc.) to finished products (handmade items). We will then have a third building set up for classrooms where we will have instructors teaching different skill sets at different experience levels. The classes will consist of, but are not limited to, spinning, weaving, quilting, sewing, knitting, and fiber animal management classes.  We are very excited for the event and cannot wait to give this educational experience to our community.

Classes that will be offered: 

If you are interested in taking a class please call or visit the office to register.

SILK REELING   
Saturday May 16th 2015 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Taught by: Esther Peregrine
Class Limit: 6
Registration: Required by May 11, 2015
Enrollment Cost: $25 (plus $10 material fee payable to the instructor at the class)
Learn how to reel silk thread from cocoons. The basics of silk reeling will be covered, including how to modify common items into silk reeling equipment. Cocoons for reeling will be provided. Optional items students can bring: bobbin winder, bobbin or spool to wind thread on to take home. Itomaki (Japanese silk bobbins) will be available for purchase. This class is a beginning level class that is open to everyone with an interest in silk. The $10 material fee is for the silk cocoons that will be provided to each student.

 

MAKING AND USING SILK MAWATAS (Silk Hankies and Caps)
Sunday May 17th 2015 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Taught by: Esther Peregrine
Class Limit: 12
Registration: Required by May 11, 2015
Enrollment Cost: $25 (plus $35 material fee payable to the instructor at the class)
Learn how to process silk cocoons into mawatas (silk hankies and caps). Also learn how to knit directly from the mawata and how to spin mawatas into yarn. The main focus of the class will be making the mawatas. No experience is necessary to make the mawatas. Drop spindles will be available for beginning spinners to try. Optional items for students to bring include: bath towel, small to medium size knitting needles or crochet hook, drop spindle. This class is a beginning level class that is open to anyone with an interest in silk. The $35 material fee includes silk cocoons, frame for hankies, hoop for caps and a sample of silk hankies and caps.

 

KNITTING COMPLEX CABLES WITHOUT CHARTS
Saturday May 16th 2015 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Taught by: Rob Cetner
Class Level: Intermediate Knitting
Class Limit: 10 Students
Registration: Required by May 1, 2015
 
Enrollment Cost: $35(plus material fee payable to the instructor at the class)
The project is a cabled scarf to be knit without the use of a chart. Students will review basic cable theory, be introduced to Place Notation, and how to use it in lieu of traditional cable charts. A single line of Place Notation can replace 3 pages of printed charts.
Materials Needed:
2 skeins of light colored worsted wool yarn
2 pair US #5 straight wooden knitting needles
1 US #5 double pointed needle
3 markers of one color, 2 of a different color
A pencil or pen to take notes
Students may bring their own items or purchase a kit from Wool, Warp and Wheel

 


If you are interested in being a part of the Spring Fiber Fling as a vendor or crafter please CLICK HERE for  more information and a downloadable application.

 

 

Thank you to our  Spring Fiber Fling Supporters and Sponsors. Click on their Logo's to visit their websites.

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