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Saturday, June 2, 2018 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Sunday, June 3, 2018 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

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

Northern Illinois Sheep and Fiber Festival formerly known as 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 regional sheep and goat shows including clinics and showmanship opportunities. We will host a Dog Herding Competition. We will have 3 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 another 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
Watch for a list of Musicians to be announced

Sunday Musicians on the Stage
Watch for a list of Musicians to be announced

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

BECOMING A CAT HERDER, RAISE YOUR OWN SILKWORMS!

Saturday June 2, 2018 – 9:00 am to 11:00 am
Taught by: Esther Peregrine
Location:
Class Level: Beginner
Class Limit: 15
Registration: Required by May 28, 2018
Enrollment Cost: $25

Silkworm caterpillars are livestock that you can raise in your living room in the middle of the city! No farm, no barn required! Learn tips and techniques for raising your own Bombyx mori silkworms from eggs to caterpillars to cocoons to moths. There will be live examples of each stage of the life cycle with recommendations on caring for each phase. Students will go home with 50 Bombyx mori eggs. For those students who don’t have a source of mulberry leaves to feed their caterpillars, commercial silkworm food will be available to purchase. Rearing silkmoths native to Illinois such as Cecropia and Polyphemus will also be discussed. There may be Ceropia eggs or small caterpillars available to take home, depending on the emergence time of the overwintering moths. (Cecropia cannot be taken out of the state of Illinois without a permit,)

Saturday June 2, 2018 – 9:00 am to 11:00 am
Taught by: Esther Peregrine
Location:
Class Level: Beginner
Class Limit: 15
Registration: Required by May 28, 2018
Enrollment Cost: $25

Silkworm caterpillars are livestock that you can raise in your living room in the middle of the city! No farm, no barn required! Learn tips and techniques for raising your own Bombyx mori silkworms from eggs to caterpillars to cocoons to moths. There will be live examples of each stage of the life cycle with recommendations on caring for each phase. Students will go home with 50 Bombyx mori eggs. For those students who don’t have a source of mulberry leaves to feed their caterpillars, commercial silkworm food will be available to purchase. Rearing silkmoths native to Illinois such as Cecropia and Polyphemus will also be discussed. There may be Ceropia eggs or small caterpillars available to take home, depending on the emergence time of the overwintering moths. (Cecropia cannot be taken out of the state of Illinois without a permit,)

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GOAT SOAP MAKING “SILVER PRAIRIE STYLE!”

Saturday June 2, 2018 – 10:00 am to 11:30 am
Taught by: Annette Gast
Location:
Class Level: Beginner
Class Limit: 15
Registration: Required by May 28, 2018
Enrollment Cost: $30

Students will learn how to make individually molded goat milk soap in the “Silver Prairie Style!” Each student will receive a tutorial and an easy to follow recipe using easily obtained ingredients. Plenty of time for questions! Watch Annette make soap and learn! Each student will receive a $10 Silver Prairie gift card.

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BEGINNING WEAVING ON A RIGID HEDDLE LOOM

Saturday June 2, 2018 – 10:00 am to 1:00 pm (Instructor will stay later for you to complete your project if needed)
Taught by: Anne Sammons
Class Level: Beginning
Class Limit: 2 – 5 Students (If you have your own loom limit can increase)
Registration: Required by May 28. 2018
Enrollment Cost: $75 ($30 materials fee that includes home grown yarn or $0 of you bring your own yarn – See Class Description for yarn needed)

Does the warping process of a floor loom overwhelm you? Do you have lots of homespun yarn or beautifully dyed yarn taking over your home? That used to be me until I learned the ease of warping a rigid heddle loom. A Schacht Cricket loom will be provided for you to use, please bring your own scissors and measuring tape to class. Learn to talk like a weaver, warp a rigid heddle loom and create something beautiful: your own scarf, a neck cowl, or smaller items such as rug mugs or a wall hanging. Purchase and use 6 oz/500 yards of Anne’s homegrown mill spun yarn for $30 for the warp and weft, OR bring your own yarn. Please email gordanannesammons@gmail.com for the different options of yarn available for purchase. Visit Anne Sammons’ website https://leaflivestock.wixsite.com/sammonspolypay for more information.

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PREP LIKE A PRO!

Saturday June 2, 2018 – 9:00 am to 10:30 am
Taught by: Heavenly Bresser
Class Level: Intermediate
Class Limit: 3 – 15 Students
Registration: Required by May 28. 2018
Enrollment Cost: $40

Heavenly Bresser is the owner and founder of Heavenly Knitchet. She has an extreme passion and zeal for expressing creativity through fiber arts. Heavenly is recognized through the TKGA as a Level One Master Knitter and is currently enrolled in Level Two. Her love for knitting and crocheting became a gateway for her to try her hand at spinning. With just over two years of experience, Heavenly has prepared and spun a wide range and variety of different fibers. Taking a project from raw fleece to finished product is one her favorite things to do. She volunteers to teach classes at a local spinning guild in Illinois and has recently taught two spinning classes at YarnCon in April. Some of her class topics include spinning for color control, processing alpaca fibers for handspinning, polymer clay for fiber artists, and advanced techniques for fiber preparation.

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Saturday Afternoon

SILK REELING BASICS

Saturday June 2, 2018 – 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Taught by: Esther Peregrine
Location:
Class Level: Beginner
Class Limit: 6
Registration: Required by May 28, 2017
Enrollment Cost: $25
Material Fee: $45.00 (includes 2 itomaki bobbins, 40 cocoons and instructions

Follow in the footsteps of Empress Hsi Ling Shi, credited in Chinese legend with the discovery of silk, and learn the ancient art of reeling thread from silk cocoons. Students will use new Japanese zakuri silk reels and other reeling options will also be discussed. Students will go home with 2 Japanese wooden bobbins (itomakis) of raw silk thread. If desired the raw silk can be thrown (twisted) on a spinning wheel at home, otherwise knowledge of spinning is not required for the class. Additional cocoons and itomakis will be available for purchase.

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PREP LIKE A PRO!

PREP LIKE A PRO!

PREP LIKE A PRO!

Saturday June 2, 2018 – 9:00 am to 10:30 am
Taught by: Heavenly Bresser
Class Level: Intermediate
Class Limit: 3 – 15 Students
Registration: Required by May 28. 2018
Enrollment Cost: $40

Heavenly Bresser is the owner and founder of Heavenly Knitchet. She has an extreme passion and zeal for expressing creativity through fiber arts. Heavenly is recognized through the TKGA as a Level One Master Knitter and is currently enrolled in Level Two. Her love for knitting and crocheting became a gateway for her to try her hand at spinning. With just over two years of experience, Heavenly has prepared and spun a wide range and variety of different fibers. Taking a project from raw fleece to finished product is one her favorite things to do. She volunteers to teach classes at a local spinning guild in Illinois and has recently taught two spinning classes at YarnCon in April. Some of her class topics include spinning for color control, processing alpaca fibers for handspinning, polymer clay for fiber artists, and advanced techniques for fiber preparation.

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PAINTING WITH FIBERS

Saturday June 2, 2018 – 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Taught by: Janette H Neal-Zopp
Location:
Class Level: Beginner
Class Limit: 10
Registration: Required by May 28, 2017
Enrollment Cost: $35
Material Fee: $15.00 (includes all fibers needed, 3 felting needles 36, 38 and 40 gauge, foam pad and cover, wet felt supplies and Mat board frame and envelope)

This class will use a combination of wet and needle felting. You will create a 4 x 6 landscape picture suitable to frame or use as a card. You will learn how to do trees, rocks, grass, leaves, water, flowers, etc. No experience needed just a willingness to have fun as you learn.

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Sunday Morning

BEGINNING WEAVING ON A RIGID HEDDLE LOOM

Sunday June 3, 2018 – 10:00 am to 1:00 pm (Instructor will stay later for you to complete your project if needed)
Taught by: Anne Sammons
Class Level: Beginning
Class Limit: 2 -5 Students (If you have your own loom limit can increase)
Registration: Required by May 28. 2018
Enrollment Cost: $75 ($30 materials fee that includes home grown yarn or $0 of you bring your own yarn – See Class Description for yarn needed)

Does the warping process of a floor loom overwhelm you? Do you have lots of homespun yarn or beautifully dyed yarn taking over your home? That used to be me until I learned the ease of warping a rigid heddle loom. A Schacht Cricket loom will be provided for you to use, please bring your own scissors and measuring tape to class. Learn to talk like a weaver, warp a rigid heddle loom and create something beautiful: your own scarf, a neck cowl, or smaller items such as rug mugs or a wall hanging. Purchase and use 6 oz/500 yards of Anne’s homegrown mill spun yarn for $30 for the warp and weft, OR bring your own yarn. Please email gordanannesammons@gmail.com for the different options of yarn available for purchase. Visit Anne Sammons’ website https://leaflivestock.wixsite.com/sammonspolypay for more information.

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TEA CUP PIN CUSHION

Sunday June 3, 2018 – 9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Taught by: Janette H Neal-Zopp
Location:
Class Level: All
Class Limit: 10
Registration: Required by May 28, 2017
Enrollment Cost: $35
Material Fee: $15.00 (covers all wool fibers, felting needles, and a choice of tea cup from teacher’s collection. (If you want to bring your own 2 to 3 oz cup you may do so).

In this class you will create a pin cushion in a tea cup. You will learn how to turn a tea cup and saucer in to a unique one of a kind pin cushion, using wool, needled felting and collectable tea cups. No experience needed, just a willingness to have fun as you learn.

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FELTING GNOME FACES

Sunday, June 3, 2018 – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Taught by: Silke Sordyl
Class Level: Intermediate
Class Limit: 10 Students
Registration: Required by May 28, 2018
Enrollment Cost: $75 (plus material fee of $10 payable to the
instructor at the class)

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

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Sunday Afternoon

Elements of Rustic Decorative Fiber Art

Sunday, June 3, 2018 – 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Taught by: Ann Chaney
Class Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Class Limit: 1-5 Students
Registration: Required by May 28, 2018
Enrollment Cost: $30 (plus material fee of $85 payable to the instructor at the class)

This class is an introduction to rustic decorative fiber art design, using Icelandic fiber as the primary medium. Students will learn to assess the suitability of Icelandic wool in its various forms and to apply these concepts to a design object intended for a particular living environment. Based on an inventory of their existing fiber art skills, students will choose an appropriate design project, plan the materials and steps necessary to complete the project, and then execute as much of the project as time and space permit. Students should not expect to finish the project during class. Icelandic wool fiber, including a large pre-felt sheet of Icelandic fiber, other pre-felt pieces, roving and raw fleece; assorted leather, wood, metal and wire; rope, yarn, thread, and glue are generously provided for each student, as well as a variety of fiber art tools (but tools for use in class only). Students are invited to consider a motif and bring an image or images of that motif to class.

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FAIRY GARDEN TEA CUP

Sunday, June 3, 2018 – 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Taught by: Natasha Lehrer Lewis
Location:
Class Level: Beginner
Class Limit: 20
Registration: Required by May 28, 2017
Enrollment Cost: $30 (includes supply kit and tea cup)
Material Fee:

Create an adorable pixie-sized felt world, inside a beautiful tea cup! Learn needle felting techniques and make a keepsake perfect idea for heirloom tea cups that need repurposing! Supplies include kit and tea cup.

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