With the CzechMates – Becky with Czechers and Ena, Val with Han and Tag
Becky and Val met through of their mutual love of border collies and an interest in training these dogs to do what they were traditionally bred for which is to work sheep. They saw an opportunity to help others see the wonders and joys of developing a working relationship with these fabulous dogs. In their demos they try to represent the commitment that is required to achieve a well-trained border collie but also the fun of competing in sheep dog trials.
With Dale Mylin
CHOOSING YOUR FLEECE
With Lois Geer
Saturday 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm
A retired forensic chemist by training, Lois Geer has never met a fiber craft that doesn’t fascinate her! She has been involved with the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival for the last 46 years. There she’s judged fleeces, worked in the fleece barn, and been a member and co-chair of the seminars committee. Lois has been spinning for those 46 years and knitting for even longer. Please don’t ask her how many fleeces she has in her stash, though, that’s personal.
ALL ABOUT ANGORA RABBITS*
With Ellen Anderson, Aboundingful Farm
Ellen is a Shepherdess, Spinner & Fiber Artist located in Lebanon County PA. She has been raising Angora rabbits for over 20 years. Her rabbit herd consists of French, Satin and English Angoras, as well as some other short-haired rabbit breeds that she raises for show. During her demonstration, she will show you the different Angora breeds and talk about housing, grooming, care, harvesting the fiber and spinning it. She loves to educate people about Angora rabbits and is always happy to answer questions from those interested in the possibility of owning an Angora rabbit someday.
ALPACAS AND LLAMAS
With Karen Taylor, Snowy Oaks Llamas & Fibers, and Catherine Bente’-Hines, Alpacas of Sunshine Farm
Karen Taylor and Catherine Bente’-Hines have been raising llamas and alpacas, respectively, for over 20 years. They will have some of their alpacas and llamas at the festival and will be talking about the differences between these two camelids. They will also discuss how to care for them and what you need to raise these unique animals on your farm. Karen and Catherine will be happy to answer any questions you have about these wonderful animals.
FLAX TO FIBER
With Margaret Boritz, Home Textile Tool Museum
Flax fiber is obtained from the stems of the flax plant from which linen is made, but you wouldn’t believe the process this gentle annual goes through before it becomes a beautiful blouse or a stunning table cloth. Margaret will take you on a historic journey of flax fiber and the preparation process, leaving you with a new appreciation of this ancient plant.
LET’S RECYCLE & REUSE
With Linda Dexter
Saturday 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Recycle it or Re-purpose it, is the mantra for many of those who wish to live a more sustainable life style. Linda Dexter, a long-time fiber spinner, knitter, and weaver will demonstrate how you can reuse and re-purpose simple items like old tee shirts into great yarns for so many of your craft projects. Become one of this fast growing
group of concerned folks working to help better our Mother Earth.