Windrush FarMs fiber school From fleece to garment day 1

Meet up at Mimi's workshop studio barn.

Our class assembles in Windrush's working studio where Mimi and Marlie introduce us to our spinning wheels. Shortly thereafter Mimi gathers the ewes and weathers in the barn. The barn fills with excited bleeting of waiting sheep. They clearly love and trust Mimi.

Sweet Ewes & their Shepard.

The sheerer tips each sheep onto their hind quarters and administeres medications befor beginning to sheer the fleece from shoulder to britch.

This lustrious fleece, rich in lanolin, holds the heat of the sheep long after being shorn. It is pure heaven to the senses !
Fleece, fresh off the sheep will under go a lengthy process eventually becoming yarn that one day will be knit into a sweater that in turn will become a treasured family heirlome.

After the sheep are shorn we choose our fleece and meet up outside where, still in one piece, the fleece is unfolded onto a skirting table. This is where our work really begins...

Collectively we pick VM (vegatable matter) and skirt each fleece (removing the soiled parts (dags & strains) of the fleece. "Many hands make light work," is the lesson learned here! In the past this task was traditionally done by the boys in a family while daughters were charged with spinning yarn and knitting garments.
Fleece, fresh off the sheep will under go a lengthy process eventually becoming yarn that one day will be knit into a sweater that in turn will become a treasured family heirlome.
Finally the sheep, unphased by their new look, are returned to pasture...
as we sit down at our wheel to learn how to treadle and draft raw fiber. Mystified by the daunting task of spinning fleece into yarn we all head home for the night to practice our new "skills."

Type A personality traits definitely do not facilitate spinning progress, thus I went home, poured myself a glass of red wine, took several deep breaths and started in on my Flight of Fiber Fancy.

Thank you Dionysus, God of the grape harvest, winemaking and wine, of ritual madness and ecstasy for making all of this possible....
First attemp at Yarn...hummmm....
Later that evening a bit of wine...a bit of progress...

Optimism restored!

Created By
Jennifer S.
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Created with images by pcdazero - "bacchus arianna the framework"

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