Sheep to Shawl Competition and Shawl Auction
Friday and Sunday – Spinning and Weaving - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Spinning and Weaving Demos
Saturday – Sheep-to-Shawl Competition - 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
How the Competition Works
An age old craft comes to life as Spinners and Weavers compete for top honours. In the Sheep to Shawl competition, fleece will be allocated by draw to each team at 10 a.m. on saturday morning. Spinners will be carding and spinning while the weavers wait to begin weaving the first yard off the looms.
Competitors will be in full production spinning at a furious pace, and by 2:30pm on Saturday afternoon, all shawls should be off the looms and ready for judging.
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.
The auctioneer will 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.
Our judge Sandi Nemenyi lives in Everett, Ontario, with her husband Istvan and dog Zoe. She has been a weaver and spinner for close to 25 years. President of the Ontario Handweavers and Spinners from 2011-2014, she has also been an active member of two guilds, Huronia Handweavers and Nottawasaga Handweavers and Spinners, which she helped found in 2003. Sandi enjoys sharing her skills with others, and frequently participates in spinning and weaving demonstrations in her area. Pre-retirement, she was a teacher-librarian in the Toronto District School Board.
Prince Edward County Weavers and Spinners Guild
Belleville Weavers and Spinners Guild
Kingston Handloom Weavers and Spinners Guild
Our thanks to the Sheep to Shawl Sponsors:
Silver Cloud Alpacas
Hickory Lange Alpacas
Canadian Co-operative Wool Growers Limited
The event committee also thanks Betsy Walters for her hard work in coordinating the Sheep to Shawl competition.
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.