Saturday, August 20, 2016
Fishers Library ***
9 Municipal Drive
Fishers, Indiana 46038
Social time: 9:30 a.m.
Meeting starts: 10 a.m.
COUNTING SHEEP: BREED-SPECIFIC YARN AND CLOTH with Kate Larson
Sheep around the world are beautifully diverse with fleeces ranging from long, lustrous ringlets to short, deliciously fine locks. Breeds like Merino and Shetland are commonly used by fiber artists, but Spælsau, Columbia, and many other breeds are less familiar. Join Kate, who loves all things ovine, for an introduction to a range of sheep breeds and the characteristics of their wool. You will have a chance to handle fleeces and yarns from primitive, longwool, down-type, medium, and finewool sheep, giving you a better understanding of how wool type impacts the durability, resilience, and drape of your textiles.
Kate Larson loves using fiber arts as a bridge between her passions for art and agriculture. Her fiber journey has led her to a degree in soil chemistry, travels through northern Europe in search of textile traditions, and back to the farm where her family has lived for six generations. She keeps an ever-growing flock of Border Leicester sheep and teaches handspinning and knitting regularly in central Indiana and around the country. Kate is the author of The Practical Spinner's Guide: Wool (Interweave, 2015) and several videos, including How to Make Yarn to Knit (Interweave, 2016). Her articles and designs have appeared in Spin-Off Magazine, Jane Austen Knits, Enchanted Knits, Knitting Sweaters from Around the World, and more. Follow her woolly adventures at KateLarsonTextiles.com.
*** Note the NEW LOCATION for all meeting for 2016! We are back at the Fishers Library again.
** If weather should make the roads impassable or another reason requires it, we will post a notice of meeting cancellation on this web site as soon as it is known.
Upcoming Programs for 2016
September: Photoshop and weaving by Linda Adamson
October: Making a Chinese Boat--tiny ornament hands-on program by LindaMarie Hanson
November: Project swap
Use this link to view a list of our previous meetings.