Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Craft Fair and Wool Carding Demonstration

We attended the local Applefest in our community. This year the Chamber of Commerce talked with my husband, and worked out an arrangement that in addition to a craft booth, we would set up a demo for wool processing.

You can't have a demonstration about processing wool without a sheep-so Delaney's ewe, Eleanor was chosen to attend the festival. She has been at several fairs, and she loves the attention. The other sheep we have, not so much...

It started out with heavy rains, and we figured the day was going to be a wash, but thankfully after about an hour, the rain slowed down and people ventured out with their umbrellas. By the time noon rolled around, it was a happening place.

Mike had a crowd most of the day. He had an old Davis and Furber sample card (smaller version of the one in the mill) and an antique, hand cranked picker on display. Walking through the steps of how we take raw wool from the sheep to clean wool roving.

Davis and Furber Sample Wool Carding Machine

Eleanor was quite the celebrity! People loved her and she didn't mind the attention at all. We did have to watch, as people tend to want to feed the animals, and we had to tell several people that popcorn and cotton candy were not part of her diet.

Me and Eleanor did not enjoy the morning rain.

Because of the extra draw to our booth, we did really well this year, in spite of the weather.

A friend of mine, attends with me and had her needlework on display. She does beautiful needle felting work.

All in all it was a good day.

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  1. It sounds like the kind of thing I love to see! It's good to see that carding isn't a lost art, at least for a while. Your friends crafts look adorable.

  2. What fun! I've always wanted to try felting.

  3. I had no idea you could card any way but by hand! Thanks for teaching me something today. Looks like a place where a body could learn a lot.
    Thank you for sharing your outdoor post on this week's Maple Hill Hop!


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