A family day of demonstrations and exhibitions at sheep-shearing time.
As the weather gets warmer during May, our rare breed sheep no longer need their fleecy coats and it’s time for shearing. This includes shearing the six rare breed rams – among them, Jupiter the Jacob and Boris the Badger-faced! The different breeds mean the fleeces vary considerably and have different uses.
We are delighted to be joined by the Sheep Show who will be doing the shearing and the International Feltmakers Association, the Chiltern Spinners, Dyers & Weavers, and local Knitters Anonymous who will be demonstrating the magical process of turning wool fibre into woollen cloth, yarn and garments using some of the wool from the breeds of sheep that you see at Green Dragon. Herdwick fleece can add such character to a heat resistant table mat! Visitors will have the opportunity to ‘have a go’ at some of the craft techniques on show with the help of the experts.
Demonstrations will take place on the farm and in the Eco Centre Events Room, where there will also be an exhibition of work for sale showcasing the amazing diversity of wool in art, from fine art pictures to knitted garments and functional 3D items that can be both decorative and sculptural.
Please go to the website for the programme as the date approaches: http://www.greendragonecofarm.co.uk/working-wool-day/