On Oct. 12th at 8:30 a.m. we are shearing. Want to watch the fur fly? Wonder how it is done? Want to meet one of the best shearers in the biz? Come on out! Call 623-341-0869 to let us know to look out for you.
We are proud to announce our new fiber arts classes (Ewe asked for it)!
We will be running several series beginning with Saturdays:
Oct 22nd-Nov. 12th at the Downtown Phoenix Public Market on the corner of McKinley and Central following the Farmer’s Market.
Sundays beginning Oct. 23rd-Nov. 13th at the WigWam Farmer’s Market on Litchfield Rd. and the WigWam Blvd. from 10 a.m. to 12 a.m.
The Navajo Churro Sheep: In this class students will be introduced to the Navajo Churro Sheep and the rearing and shearing process. Students will begin with a sheep fleece to process for this project. Materials provided are fleece and special soap.
- Short film about the Navajo Churro.
- Hands-on processing of wool.
- Homework; take a bag of fleece home for processing.
Carding and spinning 101: In this class students will learn basic carding and spinning techniques and will learn to spin using drop and Navajo spindles. Each student will chose a spindle for home use at the end of the class. Materials provided include fleece and a spindle.
- Homework will be for each student to card their fleece and spin one large skein of yarn.
High Fiber Dye-It: Students in this class will learn to dye the yarn they have previously spun; learn basic techniques for using natural dyes; and how to gathering and preparing plants for dying. Students will receive written instructions and a list of suggested reading; list of resources; and assorted dyes, gloves, and the use of pots, pans, etc. Students will:
- Preparing yarn for dye.
- What dye materials work best and why.
- Hands on dying.
Putting It All Together: In this final class of the series, students will use the yarn they have previously spun to make a potholder or scarf using knitting, crocheting, or weaving basics. Crochet needles, knitting needles, and basic box loom will be provided along with instructions for completion of this simple project.
- Hands on instruction for project of student’s choice.
Sign up at our shop site on chileacres.com (Ewe are there now).
Sign up for all 4 and get a $10 discount. Bring a friend and recieve $5 off of each class. Do it quickly since we will limit class size to keep the ratio of teachers to students low for lots of hands-on interaction.