Bountiful Sheep: Spinning Shetland

Judith MacKenzie

Sunday AM

Shetland sheep are an ancient breed that has been providing beautiful fiber for handspinners for centuries. These sheep have provided fleece for everything from incredibly fine lace shawls to strong and enduring sails for ships. Their beautiful fleeces come in an amazing range of colors. We will learn how to spin the wide variety of types of fiber, learn how to sort and how – and when – to dehair. We'll make a lace yarn, some warm and robust sweater yarns and spin a bit of the hair coat for cords. Along the way, we'll learn a bit about the where these sheep came from and the culture that produced them.

Skill level: Must be able to spin a continuous thread and have a good relationship with their wheel or e-spinner

Material Fee: $15

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Student Supplies: Spinning wheel in good working condition.  Bobbins, kate.

Homework: None