I bet you thought I forgot the Greenbank Mill Sheep Shearing & Herb Festival this year…
Not so. I demonstrated again this year, switching between my wheel and my spindle…which is why I waited to tell you about that day. But, I’ll get to that in a minute.
First, there were old (ahem, familiar 🙂 ) faces and new this time.
Laurel is still around being awesome! She is so good at describing the processing of the fibers to all the mill’s visitors.
Heather and baby were on site as well. Heather is like the resident scholar of all things livestock. The place would be so incomplete without her.
Many of the sheep came back for the free haircuts, lol.
Deb came back to shear said free-loading sheep.
Spinners came back to demo.
They spun some of our fleece as well as yak me of their own yummy fluff like this…
Now, to be perfectly honest, that should’ve been on my bobbin, lol. But, I digress…
We had a few new folks who made the Greenbank Mill experience even better this year.
Tim helps head up the livestock team. During the shearing, he was able to give the visitors a play-by-play of what was going on with the process. It was supercool because I don’t think anyone has done that before at the mill!
This is Allie.
She helped out a lot at the crafts table and is up for being a new board member. We tend to keep folks around who smile at us! 🙂
We even had new vendors and non-fibery goodies at the crafts table. All still handmade.
Stacie, the site manager, and my friend, Rhonda were there.
Rhonda was there with friends and family.
Teresa, our newest board member poses here with Linda. Linda is smiling and laughing, as usual.
Maybe this time it’s because she taught Teresa how to perform natural dyeing techniques. So Teresa is captain of the dye pots this year.
Look at these lovely skeins…
And that was just a start! By the end of the day, we had our very own rainbow. 🙂
Carol was indoors in full costume. What she’s demonstrating on is the restored spinning jenny. It turns multiple spindles at once to spin yarn.
I think the visitors appreciate the day they get to relax and learn on these days. For my part, as I said, I demonstrated spinning,like the other spinners there. For a bit, I took out my drop spindle and played with it for awhile. Mind you, the mill’s “Drop It Like Its Hot!” drop spindle spinning class was coming up. I wasn’t too aware of that. But, as I spun my spindle, just having a good time…thigh-rolling and kick-starting, winding on and spinning over the side of the porch…I think I got a few interesting looks. Turns out, people are interested in learning how to spin on a spindle! So, before leaving, Teresa asked me if I would assist on the day of the spinning class. I thought, “Why not?” 🙂
So, today, I joined Teresa, Laurel, and Heather at the mill again to help some of our visitors learn how to spin on a drop spindle.
This time, I had Girl Child with me.
She did a good job keeping herself occupied while I assisted.
Everyone got hands-on help learning to spin.
I taught someone to first start by parking and drafting. She did a great job! Once park and draft is learned, it’s really easy to become more comfortable taking the training wheels off.
But, before all knew it…everyone was in their own spinning zone, chatting about everything under the sun ( ike vocabulary terms-both tame and obscene, lol) and spinning on like they had been doing it for ages. The cops started piling on beautifully!
The colorful fiber in the spinning kits was dyed by, guess who?? Yup, Teresa!
Since our pupils were doing so well, in between time, we all spun on our own spindles as Laurel showed the different types of spindles that can be used to spin yarn.
This is the one I played with today. I got a few requests to kickstart a couple times lol. Not a problem. 😉
Heather had a few spindles with her today. This one’s a baby Turkish.
Laurel also demonstrated supported spindling for a bit.
All in all, it was a great day! And the fruits of our labor? Well, see for yourself. 🙂
They did a great job, right?
That’s what happens when you go milling about around Greenbank. 😉