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Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Sunday, May 21, 2017 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Tickets
$3 per person
7 years old and under is free.

Spring Fiber Fling is an educational event focused on fiber and the process from “Sheep to Shawl”. It will be a weekend event with various activities for you to take part in, learn, and purchase anything from art supplies to finished handmade products. We will have different livestock expos and demonstrations going on around the grounds for you to enjoy. We will have 2 buildings set up for our crafters, artisans and fiber related vendors 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 as classrooms where you can sign up to take various classes. Our instructors will be 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. We hope to see you there!

Schedule of Events


Daily Events
10:30 am Sheep Shearing
11:00 am Skirting the Fleece
11:30 am Sheep Herding Demo
1:30 pm Sheep Shearing
2:00 pm Skirting the Fleece
2:30 pm Sheep Herding Demo

Saturday Musicians on the Stage
10 to 11 am – Kishwaukee Ramblers
11 am to 1 pm – Guyz with Bad Evez
1 to 2 pm – Northwest Highway
2 to 4 pm – Cheryl Niemo and the Down Home Boys

Sunday Musicians on the Stage
10 to 11 am – Courtney Sullivan
11 am to noon – Thingamajig (Gary Plazek’s new group)
2 to 3 pm – Big Fish

Open Show

Beautiful colored wools. Abstract picture of wool texture.

Do you already work with fiber? If so, enter your finished projects here in our open show. There are a variety of departments and classes including crocheting, knitting, quilting, felting, photography, and fleece.

You can not only show off your hard work to everyone who comes to the event, but you can also compete against others to win premium money. See the Spring Fiber Fling Booklet for more information and how to register.

Classes and Workshops

 
 
Saturday Morning

FELTING SCULPTURES: GNOME

Saturday May 20, 2017 9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Taught by: Silke Sordyl
Class Level: Beginning
Class Limit: 10 Students
Registration: Required by May 18, 2017
Enrollment Cost: $30 (plus material fee of $5 payable to the instructor at the class)

In this class you will learn Felting techniques to make a little gnome. After learning the techniques you will put them into practice as you make your very own gnome to take home! The material fee
above covers the cost for wool, wire, and needles. Space is limited so be sure to sign up today!

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CONTINUOUS STRAND WEAVING ON TRIANGLES, SQUARES, AND RECTANGLES

Saturday May 20, 2017 9:00 am to noon
Taught by: Bex Oliger
Class Level: Beginning
Class Limit: 12 Students
Registration: Required by May 18. 2017
Enrollment Cost: $35 (plus material fee of $25 payable to the instructor at the class)

Students will learn the magical techniques for weaving on our farm looms with no measuring, winding, warping or threading needed. In three hours, you can finish a small piece on all three shapes and learn how to put them together. Yarns, tools, looms and instructions are provided for use. A $10 discount will be given to any student purchasing a loom.

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CABLE SCARF

Saturday May 20, 2017 9:00 am to noon
Taught by: Rob Cetner
Class Level: Intermediate
Class Limit: 10 Students
Registration: Required by May 18. 2017
Enrollment Cost: $35

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.

Students should know how to case on, knit, purl, cable and bind off in pattern.

Students should bring: 2 skeins of light colored worsted wool yarn, 1 pair US #6 straight wooden knitting needles, 1 US #6 double pointed needle, knitting markers in 2 different colors, some scrap sock yarn, 1 darning needle, and a pencil or pen to take notes.

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GOAT MILK SOAP MAKING

Saturday May 20, 2017 10:00 am to 11:30 am
Taught by: Annette Gast
Class Level: Beginning
Class Limit: 12 Students
Registration: Required by May 18. 2017
Enrollment Cost: $25 (includes materials)

Each student will receive a tutorial on making individually molded goat milk soaps ‘Silver Prairie Style’ along with an easy to follow recipe developed especially for this class. Soap making demonstrations will cover all the steps from handling the milk, producing the soap, curing and storing, as well as safety guidelines. Allow 1.5 hours for each class. Each student who enrolls in the class will get a $5 gift card for the Silver Prairie Natural Soap Company booth.

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Saturday Afternoon

FIX YOUR KNITTING

Saturday May 20, 2017 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Taught by: Penny Cetner
Class Level: Beginning to Intermediate
Class Limit: 3-6 Students
Registration: Required by May 18, 2017
Enrollment Cost: $35 (plus material fee of $15 payable to the instructor at the class)

Are you a beginning knitter? Or coming back to knitting? Need some helpful hints & tricks? This class is for you! Students will work with dropped stitches, missed stitches, making nice edges, reading your work and more. Students will become more proficient and confident knitters. Homework: Bring 2 swatches in worsted weight yard, 25 stitches by 10 rows. 1 swatch of stocking knit and 1 swatch of garter stitch
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SPINNING WOOL 101, THE BEGINNERS CLASS

Saturday May 20, 2017 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Taught by: Sharon Krengel
Class Level: Beginning
Class Limit: 10 Students
Registration: Required by May 18, 2017
Enrollment Cost: $40 (includes materials)

This is the class for the person who would like to learn how to spin wool. We will begin with the basics of drafting fiber, adding twist and eventually plying singles together to make a stable, usable yarn No spinning wheel is needed. We will be spinning just as it is done today and has been done for thousands of years. . . on a spindle. This is a fun and inexpensive way to try spinning and decide if it is right for you. This is also a great refresher class for those who have tried a spindle in the past but have put it aside for some time. A well balanced spindle and all the fiber needed for the class are included in the class price.

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SILK REELING BASICS

Saturday May 20, 2017 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Taught by: Esther Peregrine
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Class Level: Beginner
Class Limit: 9
Registration: Required by May 18, 2017

Enrollment Cost: $55 (includes 80 silk cocoons and plastic spool and degumming materials)
Follow in the footsteps of Empress His Ling Shi, credited in Chinese legend with the discovery of silk reeling and learn the ancient art of how to reel silk thread from cocoons. The basics of silk reeling will be covered. Cocoons and reeling equipment will be provided and will be available to purchase also. Students will go home with one spool of raw sill thread and one spool of degummed flat silk thread (suitable for embroidery). If desired, the raw silk can be thrown (twisted) on a spinning wheel at home, otherwise knowledge of spinning is not required for this workshop. No experience necessary.

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PAINT A PICTURE WITH WOOL

Saturday May 20, 2017 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Taught by: Joellyn Cobb
Class Level: Beginner – Intermediate
Class Limit: 10 Students
Registration: Required by May 18, 2017
Enrollment Cost: $55 (all material included.)

Expressing your thoughts – Have fun learning how to paint a picture with wool. The finished 5×7 picture can be used in a shadow box, as a wall hanging, as a hot pad, pot holder or home décor. The base or background wool, colored wools, foam, and needles, as well as extra accessories, such as Button Barbs and needle with thread for those wanting to add some extra highlights will be provided. Picture Postcards will be available for you to study as you felt. Mandatory – bring an imagination – no matter how small. I’ll be happy to help you find one.

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PAINTING WITH FIBER

Saturday May 20, 2017 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Taught by: Janette H. Neal-Zopp
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Class Level: All
Class Limit: 10
Registration: Required by May 18, 2017
Enrollment Cost: $35 (plus material fee of $15 payable to the instructor at the class)

In this class participants learn to create a wet pre-felt base back ground and then needle felt a 4×6 inch scene using wool fibers and a variety of yarns. Finished work is suitable for framing or used as a card. The material fee covers all fibers, one of each 36 and 38 gauge felting needles, foam pad and cover. Instructor will have one base completed for each student so that will be able to finish one project in class and take the wet one home to allow to dry and complete at home. Use of wet felting supplies and a card frame.

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Sunday Morning

ANGEL FELTING CLASS

Sunday May 21, 2017 9:00 am to 10:00 am
Taught by: Shirley Walter of Willow Pond Farms
Class Level: Beginner
Class Limit: 20
Registration: Required by May 18, 2017

Enrollment Cost: $5 (plus material fee of $10 payable to the instructor at the class)
Basic “101” felting class, NO experience necessary. One felting kit included with the $10 fee, if students are interested in making additional angels, they could purchase additional kit for $10. Please bring a small water spray bottle if possible. Have fun and learn something young and old will enjoy creating.

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BEGINNING CROCHETING

Sunday May 21, 2017 9:00 am to Noon
Taught by: Penny Cetner
Class Level: Beinning
Class Limit: 6 Students
Registration: Required by May 18, 2017
Enrollment Cost: $35 (plus material fee of $15 payable to the instructor at the class)

This Class will teach you the basics of crochet. Students will learn how to chain, single crochet, double crochet, trible crochet and more. Students will learn basic chart patterns and will have a simple crochet project. Materials will be provided by the instructor, so bring your enthusiasm.

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SPINNING THE FIBER OF THE GODS….ALPACA

Sunday May 21, 2017 9:00 am to Noon
Taught by: Sharon Krengel
Class Level: Intermediate
Class Limit: 12 Students
Registration: Required by May 18, 2017
Enrollment Cost: $40 (includes materials)

Have you ever wanted to spin Alpaca but were afraid to try? Those silky locks of Suri call to you as do the downy soft fiber of the Huacaya. But what do you do with that precious bag of fiber. In this class we will deal with Alpaca from the raw fleece to the finished yarn. As we spin both Suri and Huacaya fibers, we will discuss the fiber characteristics and how they lend themselves to a finished product. We will spin 100% Alpaca and various Alpaca blends to see how each affects our spinning and the final yarn produced. Bring the desire to broaden your spinning horizons as well as a spinning wheel with 3-4 bobbins, hand cards and/or mini combs (if you have them). Basic spinning knowledge is required. All materials and handouts are included in the price of the class.

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Sunday Afternoon

WELT FELTED NECKLACE

Sunday, May 21, 2017 12:00 pm to 3 pm
Taught by: Erin Whalen
Class Level: Beginning
Class Limit: 8 Students
Registration: Required by May 18, 2017
Enrollment Cost: $30 (includes material fees)

This class is for anyone 12 years old and up. In this kid-friendly, beginner-friendly Welt Felted Necklace class you’ll learn to make a beautiful, unique necklace from Cormo wool and a semi-precious stone by using a bit of olive oil soap, warm water and gentle rubbing (no wet soapy mess or vigorous rolling required!) The techniques you’ll learn are fun, easy and relaxing.
Instructor will supply: written guidelines, Cormo Wool (enough to make 1 necklace in class and 1 necklace at home), 2 Semi-Precious Stones (1 for class and 1 to take home), 1 bar of “Kiss My Face” olive oil soap, Seed beads (to embellish your necklace at home) 2 pieces of bubble wrap (to use in class and at home), small container for water. Students will need to bring a pair of small, sharp scissors and two hand towels.

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GOAT MILK SOAP MAKING

Sunday May 21, 2017 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Taught by: Annette Gast
Class Level: Beginning
Class Limit: 12 Students
Registration: Required by May 18. 2017
Enrollment Cost: $25 (includes materials)

Each student will receive a tutorial on making individually molded goat milk soaps ‘Silver Prairie Style’ along with an easy to follow recipe developed especially for this class. Soap making demonstrations will cover all the steps from handling the milk, producing the soap, curing and storing, as well as safety guidelines. Allow 1.5 hours for each class. Each student who enrolls in the class will get a $5 gift card for the Silver Prairie Natural Soap Company booth.

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