Upcoming 2024 Events
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2024 FLEECE ASSESSMENT WORKSHOPS

REGISTRATION OPENS MARCH 11, 2024 at 12pm EST

Pricing:

  • OHS members $200
  • Non-Members $250
  • OSF members $200

April 2024 Fleece Assessment Workshop
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May 2024 Fleece Assessment Workshop 
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April 2024 Fleece Assessment Workshop

Presented by OHS. We are grateful for the support of Canadian Cooperative Wool Growers and Ontario Sheep Farmers.

TWO DAY WORKSHOP: 10 am – 4 pm Saturday, April 20, 2024 & 10 am – 4 pm Sunday, April 21, 2024

Workshop Leader: Harriet Boon, Certified Ontario Wool Judge
Location: Kimber Valley Farms
236087 Beaver Valley Rd, Kimberley, ON N0C 1G0

This is the third OHS Fleece Assessment Workshop, following on the success of the last two years. Guided by Certified Ontario Wool Judge and long-time OHS educator Harriet Boon, participants will explore the characteristics of a wide range of fleeces – from Ontario and beyond. Both shepherds and spinners are invited, and an exchange of experiences and information is anticipated. This workshop will be primarily hands-on learning: our hands will be in the wool as we explore the qualities and challenges of each unique fleece.

The workshop will be held in a large, well-ventilated horse arena with a dry dirt floor.

Participants are responsible for arranging their own accommodation and providing their own food. Drinking water and toilet facilities will be available.

Maximum number of participants: 20

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May 2024 Fleece Assessment Workshop

Presented by OHS in partnership with Ontario Sheep Farmers, District 10. We would also like to acknowledge the support of Canadian Cooperative Wool Growers, Karberry Farm, and Stash-It!

TWO DAY WORKSHOP: 10 am – 4 pm Saturday, May 18 & 10 am – 4 pm Sunday, May 19, 2024

Workshop Leader: Susie Gourlay, Wool Judge
Location: Glengarry Pioneer Museum
1645 County Rd 30, Dunvegan, ON K0C 1J0

This will be our fourth OHS Fleece Assessment Workshop, and the first one presented in collaboration with Ontario Sheep Farmers District 10. Our instructor will be Saskatchewan Wool Judge and wool industry supporter, Susie Gourlay. With her guidance, participants will examine around 50 different fleeces, exploring their characteristics, qualities, and perhaps flaws. Both wool producers and spinners will benefit from this workshop, which offers reduced registration rates for both OHS and OSF members.

The workshop will be held in a walled tent with a hard floor.

Participants are responsible for arranging their own accommodation and providing their own food. Drinking water and toilet facilities will be available.

Maximum number of participants: 20

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Wool: The Long and the Fine of it! - 4 part Webinar Series

Buy each individual webinar separately:

  • Single Individual Webinar (OHS Members) $20
  • Single Individual Webinar (Non-Members) $25

Webinar 2: Spinning Long and Fine Wools (Hands-On Workshop)

Speaker: Barbara Kendrick
Date: Sunday, April 14, 2024 @ 2pm ET

Description: After learning about the Long and Fine aspects of wool, one may wonder what the next steps are in our fibre adventure. Calling on the expertise of OHS spinning certificate graduate Barbara Kendrick, she will present a demonstration of preparing and spinning two different wools: a fine Rambouillet from The Gaynor Homestead, and a Lincoln Longwool from St. Isidore Farm. As an added twist, Barbara will spin both washed fleece and prepared roving, using the fibre pack (available for purchase) as an example. Purchase of the fibre pack is recommended but not required.

NOTE: We are no longer taking orders for Fibre Kits. If you have not ordered a kit but would like to spin along during the April webinar, you can use your own fibre. You will need some fine wool roving (ideally Merino or Rambouillet) and some longwool roving (ideally Lincoln or Cotswold). Barb will also talk about processing fleece, if you have raw fine or longwools of your own.

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Webinar 3: A Trip to Wave Fibre Mill

Speakers: Wave Weir & Heather Darlington of Wave Fibre Mill
Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2024 @ 7pm ET

Description: Do you wonder how long and fine wools are milled? Us too! Wave Fibre Mill is the third presenter in our series, stepping us through the process of moving from raw fleece to prepared roving and beyond! Wave and Heather will give us a virtual tour of their semi-worsted spinning and weaving mill, starting from raw fibre entering the mill, and ending with finished garments. They will also share what their first-hand experience has been in milling both long and fine wools on their mill’s vintage equipment. If you’ve ever wondered if your fleece is mill- worthy, bring your questions and learn straight from the source.

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Webinar 4: Weaving with Long and Fine wool

Speaker: Deborah Livingston-Lowe
Date: Saturday, June 29, 2024 @ 10 am ET

Description: Weaving with wool can feel a bit mystifying but in this final webinar of our series, we are in good hands. Deborah Livingston-Lowe, of Upper Canada Weaving, will share a practical approach to weaving with Ontario Fine and Long wools. Starting with commercial yarn as a baseline and comparison for weaving, she will move us into working with more locally sourced, breed specific wools. This finale will complete our journey from Farm to Fabric, the fine and the long of it.

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PAST WEBINAR EVENTS

Webinar 1: Raising the Long and Fine of it: Two Farm’s Perspectives

Speakers: Brendan Gaynor, The Gaynor Homestead, and Kate Michalska, St. Isidore Farm
Date: Sunday, March 17, 2024 @ 2pm EST

Description: Come along on a fibre lover’s journey as we explore wool’s long and fine spectrum. In this first webinar of our 4-part series, we will learn of the humble beginnings of a luxurious fine wool from producer Brendan Gaynor, of The Gaynor Homestead, and his flock of Rambouillets. Representing our long and lustrous wool is Kate Michalska of St. Isidore Farm, with her fibre flock of Lincolns. These two wool producers will share with us a day in the life on their perspective farms, their successes and challenges in raising fibre flocks, and their future prospects. If you want to see some adorable sheep, this one is for you!

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