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Gretchen Cowie: Fiber Processing

June 29 @ 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Part 1 of 3 part series taking raw wool to a finished product.

Fiber Processing: In this session, learn to take the fiber off the animal to usable fleece, using processes such as skirting, washing, drying, combing and carding.

Part 2: July 6th noon-3:30pm   Spinning and Plying: see what it takes to go from fiber roving to yarn. We will look at all the different tools one uses to take you from fiber roving to a yarn. Using wheels and drop spindles to learn how to spin a single thread. Then take our singles and learn the proper methods for plying to make yarn.

Part 3: July 13th noon-3:30pm Yarn finishing and weaving. After you have made a yarn, it is time to finish it, making it a perfect skein of yarn. Learn how to wet finish yarn. We will also look at what local plants could be used for naturally dying yarn. There will also be a weaving demonstration and  hands on experience weaving.

Funded by a Community Arts Grant. The Community Arts Grants program is made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrants Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered in Allegany and Wyoming counties by the Arts Council for Wyoming County. 


June 29
12:00 pm - 3:30 pm


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Castile, NY 14427 United States
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