Sheep to Shawl Competition and Shawl Auction

Spinning and Weaving - Friday, all day, and Saturday until 2:00 p.m.
Spinning and Weaving Demos by members of the Kingston Handloom Weavers and Spinners Guild

Saturday – Sheep-to-Shawl Competition - 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Shawl Auction - 3:30 p.m.

How the Competition Works

An age old craft comes to life as teams of spinners and weavers compete for top honours. In the Sheep to Shawl competition, teams strive to spin raw fleece into yarn then weave the yarn into a shawl within only four and a half hours. Watch as spinners card the greasy fleece then magically spin the fluff into yarn using their spinning wheels. The yarn is plied, then wound onto bobbins ready for weaving. You can watch each of the teams weaving their yarn into their own unique shawl. By 2:00pm the shawls will be removed from the looms ready for judging. Awards will be presented after judging is complete.

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Don’t Miss the Shawl Auction Saturday, 3:30 pm

The shawl auction is your only opportunity to own one of the gorgeous shawls that have been washed and blocked the day before, and made ready for sale. Roger Wills of Auctions RS is back again this year to ensure that the proceeds from the finished shawls reflect the hard work and creativity that went into them. 50 %of the proceeds of each shawl go to the team who created it, and 50 % goes back to the trials.

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Meet Your Sheep to Shawl Judge

Sandra Jager
Sandy holds an honours degree in History from the University of Toronto and a Diploma in Fashion Design from the International Academy of Design in Montreal. She graduated top of her class, receiving an academic award. As a young adult she was sewing all of her own clothing and learning how to knit. After working in the fashion industry for a number of years, Sandy took up spinning, first with a drop spindle and later with a wheel, in 2009. While living in Europe, she purchased a locally handmade Hungarian counterbalance floor loom and has recently added a Leclerc Weavebird loom to her studio. Sandy intends to return to her roots one day soon and begin making clothing of her own design from handwoven fabric.

Sheep to Shawl Sponsors

Cornerstone Fibres
Silver Cloud Alpacas
What's Weft
Purlin' J's Roving Yarn Truck
Knit Traders of Kingston
Canadian Cooperative Wool Growers

Sheep to Shawl Volunteers

Elaine Horemans
Nancy Bowman
Bethany Garner
Stacey Robb
Fiona Robb
And many others!

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The Meeker Connection

The town of Meeker, Colorado opens its doors to the sheep dog community, after Labour Day weekend in September. In the high desert, on the western slope of the Rockies, the landscape is dramatic, the field big. Cowboys spot the sheep. Western, as much as Kingston is Eastern. Julie Hansmire, of the Campbell-Hansmire Ranch, provides the 700 yearling sheep to this trial. They are notorious for being big, gorgeous, and difficult. The Meeker sheep are mostly Merino, a sheep that grows fleece known for its softness, whiteness, and its strength. Julie hand picked a fleece that will go to the winning Sheep To Shawl team, at the Kingston Trials. The fleece is approximately 19.5 microns, and 90 mm in length, a beautiful example of Merino fleece in the raw. We encourage everyone to stop by the Sheep to Shawl on Saturday and see the spectacular fleece, that brings some of the Meeker Classic to Kingston Sheep Dog Trials.