Wool classing and skirting class
Calling all fiber artists!
Have you wanted to learn how to select and skirt a raw fleece, but feel intimidated by the learning curve? Do you want to learn how to skirt your fleeces to ensure better results at the wool mill? Do you want to learn how to check if a fleece is sound, and how to tell if it is a good fleece? This would be the class for you!
Come spend a few hours with two shepherds with decades of experience working wool and fleece, one shepherd is a certified wool classer. We will pull raw fleeces out and toss them on the skirting tables, and will discuss how to check for soundness, and quality. We will teach you how to properly skirt a fleece, which will make processing a breeze. We will have two large skirting tables set up and one smaller table, students will be able to touch a variety of raw fibers and we will discuss the unique qualities of each breed. Students will also have a chance to use their new classing skills to identify what is wrong with a fleece. The shepherds will also give a short talk about the American wool and textile industry, and issues facing wool producers. We will also tell the story of the fleeces we selected for skirting, as well as our background as shepherds.
This will be a fun, tactile experience. Grab your mud boots, overalls, and beverage/food and come spend the day at the farm diving into wool!