Farm Club at Lambtown and the Sheep-to-Shawl Debut

I wrote about my experience at this year’s Lambtown in Dixon, California here.

Sheep to shawl tent at Lambtown

On Sunday morning while I was getting my vendor booth ready for the day the Sheep to Shawl (S2S) teams were gathering. There were to be seven under this tent and one of them was the Farm Club team! Before Lambtown opened for business I looked for the other Farm Club members who were supporting Lambtown one way or another. We had pretty good representation!

Lambtown behind the scenes

Gynna and Roy (along with Hank this year) were the brains behind Lambtown the last few years and responsible for it’s revival and success.

Farm club members at Lambtown.

Jackie helped in the Fibershed Coop booth but was also staffing the booth for Solano County CART (Community Animal Response Team). Stephany spent most of her time helping to organize and then staff the Fibershed booth.

Shoppers at Lambtown.

Shoppers are an important part of the event. Dona and Mary exemplify the best kind of shopper.

Shopping for natural colored cotton at lambtown

Lisa volunteered at Lambtown and did her share of shopping as well, finding the naturally colored cotton that I was selling.

Sheep-to-shawl team members

As I got back to the Sheep-to-Shawl tent I found five more Farm Club members. Alison and Marina were already committed to the Silverado Spinster’s team, but it was Alison that got the Farm Club team organized back in July.

Sheep to shawl team members

Here Kathleen has joined them, also on the Silverado team.

Alison at sheep to shawl event in Dixon.

The all-important tea for Alison.

Sheep to shawl teams.

I didn’t get a photo of Carol but she is represented on this team.

Sheep to shawl team members

Farm Club member, Deborah, was also on a different team—Spindles and Flyers.

Meridian Jacobs Farm Club team

This is the Meridian Jacobs’ Farm Club team (and me) just before the competition started. There are 4 spinners, 1 plyer, 1 “go-fer”, 1 educator, and the weaver. They can all work on fiber prep but they all have to stick to their other jobs. The loom was warped with handspun Jacob wool of course.

Farm Club team sign.

Here are the posters that the team prepared as part of the education component of the contest.

Sheep to shawl team working

When the call to start was made, the team all began fiber prep.

Sheep to shawl team at Lambtown.

Opening locks before putting them through the drum carder.

Farm Club sheep to shawl team

Note the bandaid box. Safety first!

Spinning wheel bag.

Seen on a spinning wheel.

Spinner at sheep to shawl contest

Spinning is underway.

Carding at sheep to shawl contest.

Brenda seemed to be having a good time.

Weaving at sheep to shawl contest

The weaver, Reba, had to focus since she had a rather long treadling sequence to get the pattern she planned.

Farm club message at sheep to shawl contest.

I love that our team thought up the “secret message” that unrolls as the warp is woven.

Serious weaver during sheep to shawl contest

Alison, on the neighboring team, used headphones to help her concentration while weaving.

Woven shawl still on the loom

This is the beautiful pattern that Reba wove. The shawl was not finished in the allotted time, and the team agreed that it was better to leave it on the loom and finish it later rather than cut if off just to make a time limit.

I can’t wait to see this when it is really finished! Go Team!

Ohio Trip, 2019- A Preview

I usually like to go through all my photos from from a trip, organizing and editing, and then write my blog posts in order. This is an exception. I have figured out how to write a blog post on my iPad but I don’t have access to the photos from my Nikon. So I am writing this post as an experiment to see how this iPad app works. These are some of today’s photos from my phone with no editing.

View from mohican  state park fire tower

View from the Fire Tower in Mohican State Park, about a half hour southwest of Wooster where I am staying.

Big lyons waterfall in mohican state park

Underneath Big Lyons Waterfall. I joined all the kids by walking through it. I took my shoes off however so I wouldn’t have wet feet all day.

Green mushroom in mohican state park

Isn’t this a crazy mushroom I saw on the trail?

Antique tool store in millersburg ohio

After hiking for a few hours I drove to Millersburg and walked in the touristy downtown area. This was one of my favorite stores—alcoves filled with old furniture and hundreds of hand tools.

Flax tools

After I correctly identified these tools as being used for processing flax the owner and I started talking about textiles and he encouraged me to go to the Hotel Millersburg to see their quilts.

Quilts at hotel millersburg in ohio

I found that this hotel is known as a Quilters’ Retreat and they regularly accommodate groups of quilters.

The plaid sheep in berlin, ohio

I drove on to the next town, Berlin, and found The Plaid Sheep.

Wool fabric at the plaid sheep in berlin, ohio

I’ve been in fabric stores and quilting stores but have never seen one with the selection of wool fabrics that I saw here. They have hundreds of patterns for rug hooking, appliqué, and quilting and they focus on wool fabric!

Farms near winesburg ohio

It was almost 6:00 by the time I was driving back to Wooster. I took the back roads because I am fascinated seeing this beautiful country—very small town separated by farm after farm with big barns and fields of corn.

Horse and buggy in homes county, ohio

It was sure a different experience to see horses and buggies on the roads.

I’ll be here through Sunday and will have a sheep report tomorrow.