EVENTS

For more information about special events and workshops at Sheep & Shawl, or to register, please call 413-397-3680.

Celebrate FIBERary 2020!  Sheep & Shawl features local yarn, fiber, and handcrafts, as well as a wide variety of regional and FairTrade natural yarns & fiber. During the month of February, Sheep and Shawl offers special events to raise awareness of the fiber community from local to global, from New England’s fiber history to a sustainable future.  Refreshments provided. Please join us! Click here to view or print this page as a pdf poster.

FIBERary 2:   Scandinavian Felt Heart Ornaments with Linda Forget       1-hour instruction $10  plus materials $5  Please call 413-397-3680 to register but you may drop in for one hour between 1 – 3 pm.  Your kit contains red & white felt, stuffing, & embroidery thread. You can also take an extra kit home: $5.  Perfect for Valentines or year round!

FIBERary 9:   YARN: THE MOVIE 1:00 – 3:00  Did you miss this 2016 documentary when it was at Amherst Cinema?  (Even Felicia went!) We have the DVD and will show it in our back room (1.25 hr run time) – limited seating. If we have enough interest we can hold a 2nd showing. Free, but please call to reserve your seat 413-397-3680.  It focuses on a handful of global artists whose work explores the possibilities of yarn as art.   “Meet the artists who are redefining the tradition of knit and crochet, bringing yarn out of the house and into the world. Reinventing our relationship with this colorful tradition, YARN weaves together wool graffiti artists, circus performers, and structural designers into a visually-striking look at the women who are making a creative stance while building one of modern art’s hottest trends.”  http://www.yarnfilm.com/

FIBERary 16:    Fiber & Fabric in Colonial New England –  1:00 – 3:00 Free, but please call to reserve your seat:  413-397-3680     Frank and Judy Sullivan, of Keene, NH, will talk about fiber production in Colonial New England, from the mid-18th century onward. Topics will include the steps involved in making raw wool into yarn and then cloth; flax and hemp production; and how the resulting cloth was made into clothing. Examples of typical fabrics will be on display, as well as an assortment of clothing made using 18th century techniques. (Judy is a spinner, seamstress & professional kilt maker; Frank is a weaver of tartans and 1700s reproduction fabric since retiring; and they often use their skills and research for re-enactments.)  Longwool products from Cloverworks Farm (soon to be carried at Sheep & Shawl), and Frank’s handwoven scarves and wraps will be available.

 FIBERary 23:    Revisiting Orkney 1:00 – 3:00  Free, but please call to reserve your seat  413-397-3680     Liz Sorenson, owner of Sheep & Shawl, has traveled to Orkney for 20 years. Her PPT talk will give you an introduction to this group of Scottish islands, and review some of the changes she’s seen while focusing on the fiber arts and rare breed North Ronaldsay seaweed-eating sheep. Woven items, knitwear, and books will be on display.