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‘Sheep to Shawl’ begins Sunday at Tilth Farmers Market

The revitalized Sunday Tilth Farmers Market is planning a “Sheep to Shawl” event beginning Sunday, May 13 and continuing the second Sunday of each month from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. until October, for a total of six Sundays of fiber.

The first step of the process, sheep shearing, starts at 11 a.m., May 13. Constance Wiseman will demonstrate how Whidbey sheep are shorn each spring producing raw fleeces for island hand spinners and felters.

After Wiseman completes the shearing, hand spinners will sort the fleece, discarding parts that are too dirty or have too much vegetable matter, such as straw, weeds and seeds.

The discarded wool can be an effective mulch around fruit trees. Visitors will also see Whidbey alpaca and llama fleece, maybe even mohair from goats at each stage of the summer fiber event.

Mark your calendars: May 13, shearing; June 9, washing and dying; July 8, carding; Aug. 12, spinning; Sept. 9, weaving, knitting and crocheting; Oct. 14, finishing garments.

Email Molly Peterson at flyingfennel@gmail.com with questions.

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