for days after a day visit, off island excursion, to a re-enactment of an old Earth tradition today. Something called a BLACK SHEEP GATHERING, the largest yarn/wool/sheep show/market/school of its kind in Pacific Northwest. It was fascinating to see how yarn fiber was made in the olden days.
From shearing a large wooly animal called a SHEEP,
to dyeing its wool,
to putting it on something called a SPINNING WHEEL
or a drop spindle
which then turned it into yarn fiber
that could be crafted into useful
or decorative items.
More of my favorite winning entries and Fiber Art displays will be shared in a separate post. There was also a great deal of yarn fiber that was already spun for sale
but I had limited monetary exchange units of the time with which to purchase too many.
It was a bright and sunny day in mid-80 degrees with low humidity!
Welcome to the valley, folks! Best, MOST enjoyable part of the day for me was reconnecting with old spinner friends, meeting new fiber folks, chatting with knitters, weavers, and others who were involved with the re-enactment, and had the best time while there.
Last year at Black Sheep, there was a bluegrass band play at dinnertime. I especially enjoyed the music and thought wool and music are a good marriage. Since I didn’t visit every vendor, barn events, demonstrations, or stayed for the potluck and evening highlights, I felt miss-out a lot this year!
No matter…it was a wonderful trip.
My few regrets were
3) There’s too much to do and see and not enough time to see and do it all.
Admission is free and there are so many different kinds of sheep, shearing exhibitions, classes, talks, fleece sale, auctions, vendors–just everything having to do with raising and shearing sheep and other fiber animals,
And don’t forget there is every kind of yarn you can imagine for sale, fibers of all kinds in all preparations (or none,) carders, combs, hackles and other fiber processing tools, drop and support spindles, spinning wheels, looms, knitting needles, and too much else to even begin to list!
If you’re in the market area, all you usually have to do is say Boy, I would really like to learn to spin and probably within 10 minutes, you’ll be sitting in front of a wheel or drop-spindling, spinning your first yarn.
It is a pretty easy drive from Bend or Portland. If you don’t like crowds, I recommend going on Sunday. You will actually get to talk to vendors then and it is much more relaxed.
Thank you all so much, the organizers for another wonderful event and to all the lovely spinners, knitters, weavers, crocheters, woodturners, needle-felters, and hook-rug artists for creating that magical sense of community! Next year…I plan to camp out and hubby won’t be traveling then!
Here is a small part of my supporting the local economy.
Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!
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