Sheep to Shawl: From Raw Fleece to Finished Piece - Lauren Sims

Touchstone Center for Crafts

Monday, August 24, 2015 - Friday, August 28, 2015
Touchstone Center for Crafts 1049 Wharton Furnace Road FarmingtonPA  15437
Monday, August 24, 2015 - Friday, August 28, 2015
Touchstone Center for Crafts 1049 Wharton Furnace Road FarmingtonPA  15437

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What's Included

Beginner–Intermediate | Class Time: Monday–Friday | From sunlight, rain, and grass to your needles, hook, or loom—wool is the ultimate renewable resource. Participate in the ancient craft of transforming raw fiber into beautiful, functional yarn that can be knitted, crocheted, or woven into truly unique items. We will choose, sort, and clean raw fleece (the shorn coat of a sheep); learn the names and types of tools used to prepare cleaned fleece for spinning; explore why spinning, the art of twisting individual fibers together into yarn, works; and use drop spindles and spinning wheels to make our fleeces into yarn. At the end of the week, you will use the fabric-making tool of your choice, such as knitting needles, to start exploring the possibilities of your freshly-spun yarn. You will leave with at least three breeds of clean sheep fleece, spun and unspun samples, a resource directory, and the knowledge to continue practicing what you learned.

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Touchstone is located in Farmington, Pennsylvania, amid the natural splendor of the Laurel Highlands. Founded in 1972 as the Pioneer Crafts Council, Touchstone's original mission was to foster interest in the preservation of the traditional craft forms and culture of the Appalachian region. Today, the craft school has expanded to include a wide variety of traditional and emerging craft forms, including blacksmithing, ceramics, metal, jewelry, textiles, glass, painting, mosaics, and printmaking. In addition to offering seasonal craft courses taught by nationally renowned artisans, Touchstone provides underserved audiences in the region, from senior citizens to public school students, with craft-centered educational programming. Touchstone's artistic, educational, and residential facilities sit on 150 acres of lush woodlands and pristine wilderness. The campus is covered with towering trees, unique rock formations, and wildflower meadows, and is crossed by McIntyre Run, a rushing stream.


Not only is Touchstone Center for Crafts the only residential craft school in Pennsylvania, it's the natural setting for your creative nature.


Touchstone's mission is to advance excellence in the arts and crafts by educating and encouraging individuals to develop technical skills, good design, and innovative expression. To realize this mission, the school offers workshops, exhibitions, lectures, demonstrations, and other forms of artistic and educational programming throughout the year. Dedicated to achieving national prominence and local relevance, Touchstone strives for national distinction by recruiting some of the best artists in the country to teach high-quality craft workshops that attract a geographically diverse audience. The organization strives for local relevance by providing educational and outreach programming that serves a wide variety of the underserved populations in Fayette County and other parts of southwestern Pennsylvania.

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