Wool: From farm to fiber folk with Deborah Niemann and Deborah Robson
Friday, Aug. 2 9:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Note: Extended workshops can only be accessed by FAIR passholders. Before purchasing this workshop please order your advance pass to the Oregon FAIR. Tickets will not be sent in the mail for this workshop. You will check in at the event with the number of tickets purchased in your party. Please save your order confirmation.
Get your hands dirty and learn new homesteading skills! PLUS you take what you make!
Whether you’re a shepherd or a fiber worker, wool—in all its diverse forms—can enrich your life. This full-day session focuses on connecting, and creating better communication between, the people who produce wool and those who use it, in all its multiple varieties.
9:00 a.m. Selecting Fleeces: Spinner, non-spinning fiber artisan, or shepherd, you’ll improve your encounters with wool by understanding how fleeces grow and how to select a good one.
10:15 a.m. Evaluating Fleeces: Let’s get real! For this hands-on session, you—whether you’re growers or buyers—can bring us fleeces for evaluation. Are you a shepherd who wants to put a better product out there? Are you a fiber person who’s bought (or been given) a fleece that you can’t figure out how to use? Bring it on.
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Upping Your Income: Value-Added Wool Products: Whether you are a shepherd or a fiber artist, you can increase the value of wool with each step of processing. You'll discover how the price of wool increases from a raw fleece to washed fleece to roving to yarn and then to finished garments and other products.
2:15 p.m. Connecting Fiber: Where Suppliers Can Sell Products and Artisans Can Find Them: Most people immediately think of Etsy when it comes to handmade or homegrown products, but there are so many marketplaces available, from individual websites or farm stores to farmers markets and retail stores. Whether you’re selling or buying, we’ll help you find channels to locate what you need.
3:30 p.m. Warm Conversations: Using Social Media in the Fiber World: No, you can't just ask your neighbor's teenager to handle your Facebook page. Learn the pros and cons of the various social media outlets, as well as how to use them to increase sales, find supplies, or even just engage in informative dialogue.
Limited to 60 participants. All extended workshop are nonrefundable and nontransferable.