For new readers, or for those who need a refresher, here’s a copy of the 2009 Sheep To Shawl and Youth Fleece To Shawl Contest rules – they start on page 29.
*NOTE* hmph. Someone removed the link to the rules. If I can find them again, I’ll post a new link. – yM
Here’s the bio for new team Locks to Loom, provided by team weaver Francie Appleman. Many thanks to her for this info, as well as the bio that follows this one.
This team is made up of the family and friends of a youth fleece to shawl team. (We go wherever they go, and we are really proud of them!) So, we decided, “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em!” Those young whipper-snappers make it look so easy that we thought we should give it a whirl! We can’t think of a better way to spend quality time with family and friends, and it’s an activity that has a job for everyone. Plus, the shawls are a nice byproduct! And, because we are here strictly for the fun, we are donating the proceeds from our shawl to a non-profit summer camp for children with special needs. And just a note: competing is not quite as easy as the kids make it look after all!
Abby Appleman, Spinner
Francie Appleman, Weaver
Wayne Appleman, Carder
Carol Chaapel, Spinner
David Smith, Shepherd
Jack Smith, Shearer
Joanna Smith, Weaver
Charity, Shetland Ewe
We wanted our shawl to reflect some aspect of our local Northumberland County heritage. Our theme this year is “Pennsylvania’s Black Diamond: Coal Mining.” We are using a renewable resource (wool) to depict an environmental resource (coal). We chose the triple-draught birdseye pattern from Marguerite Davison’s book, which looks like diamonds. The fleece we used in our warp is a hand-spun natural solid black Shetland lamb fleece from Phyllis Muth of Lawrenceville, (Tioga County) PA. To really emphasize the diamond pattern, we are using a light gray Shetland ewe from Dave and Joanna Smith at Pairodox Farms, Jersey Shore, (Clinton County) PA for our weft. The proceeds from our shawl are being donated to Camp Victory, Millville, (Columbia County) PA, a non-profit summer camp for children with special needs.
Francie Appleman, weaver for new team Locks to Loom, sent me the following bio for the Fort Freeland Flickers, who are competing in the Youth Fleece To Shawl contest:
We all participate as apprentices and journeymen in the local historical society. We love to dress in period costume and spend “Heritage Days” weekend demonstrating our crafts, explaining and showing people how to spin wool or flax, weave fabric, and bore wooden water pumps. So it seemed like a fleece to shawl team was a good way to continue getting together all year long. Our weaver, Erin, is 14 years old. Megan is 12 years old and a sister to Erin. She is a spinner for the team. Katie is 16 years old and one of the spinners for the team as well as the team captain. David is 13 years old and cards for the team. Emma is 13 years old and the third spinner for the team. All of these young people are actively involved in the team and enjoy their time together very much.
Shawl Description: “Pennsylvania Winter”
Our shawl this year is based on the colors of a Pennsylvania winter. The colors of this shawl are hues of blue, green, pink, and purple, as well as a light gray and white. The colors are ones that you may see in the snow or sky of a Pennsylvania winter. Our warp is made of homespun yarn: some is hand dyed, some is natural colored, some is store-bought but still handspun. For the warp, we spun some yarn from a fleece purchased at the PA Farm Show. There is also some yarn we spun from a third place fleece bought at Maryland Sheep and Wool festival. We used cake icing coloring to dye some of the colors. The weft fleece is from Yorkshire Meadows, Mansfield, PA. We are weaving a twill pattern to allow the colors to show through.
Here is the bio from Friends thru Fiber, a new team to the Sheep To Shawl contest. Not mentioned in the bio are Darcey Maier, spinner, and Michelle Lushbaugh, weaver. I’m looking forward to meeting them!
Friends thru Fiber is a team from Franklin and Adams Counties. Although we
are diverse in our professions and backgrounds, we are drawn together by our passion for fiber, both wool and alpaca. Dan Dailey is the binding thread for our team; he shears the sheep and alpaca owned by team members. All of us spin, several of us weave, and one mostly knits. Julie Shindle (spinner) and Joyce Mellott (carder) own sheep, and Jill Schooley (spinner) and her husband have an Alpaca Farm in Waynesboro. A new team, we formed over the summer of 2008, but already we have provided community education and outreach at National Alpaca Farm Days and the Five Forks Brethren in Christ Church Bazaar. These fleece to shawl demonstrations have been a great way to share our art of spinning and weaving, and also to practice.
Our Friendship Shawl is a simple design of friendship circles. The warp is a hand- spun combination of fleeces from team members and friends. We used Corriedale, California Red and Jacob sheep. It was fun to separate the spots off the Jacob sheep, so we have a warp of many natural colors, except for the hand-dyed blue threads. This is a shawl that will go well worn casually with jeans, in the company of friends.
The Friends thru Fiber loom has been warped in a traditional Bird’s Eye treadle and threading pattern using dark brown (a Corriedale sheep named Bailey), gray/brown (a Jacob sheep named Sprout), and a gray sheep named Marge. The center cream color was spun from Jacob sheep, and the cream colored stripes are from a California Red sheep named Lawrence. There is a 20 thread, gray, vertical pointed twill border. The few blue threads are hand-dyed from a local sheep of unknown breed. Our wefting fleece, fresh off the sheep, will come from “Purl”, a cream colored Corriedale lamb.
The loom was double warped for our demonstration shawl and competition shawl. The demonstration shawl weft was spun from “Princess Tiger Lily”, another cream colored Corriedale lamb.
The following is the bio from team Loyalhannon Spinners, competing in the Sheep To Shawl contest for the third time this year. Many thanks to Susan Rex, the team’s esteemed weaver, for providing me with this info.
Representing Westmoreland and Armstrrong Counties, the Loyalhannon Spinners are a diverse group, with many vocations and avocations. Our interests in the Fiber Arts truly range from “Sheep to Shawl”. Our group of shepherds, knitters, crocheters, weavers; all have one thing in common – spinning and the desire to improve and share that skill.
Shawl Description: Remembering Friends
At times a sight, a sound, a smell, a taste, a touch rekindles half forgotten memories. In 2008 we lost a great “fiber” friend and “Sheep to Shawl” teammate, Bonnie Meyer, who fought a courageous battle with breast cancer. We have chosen to work with the color pink, one of Bonnie’s favorites and one that reminds us of how this disease touches us all. The weft reminds us of Bonnie’s mane of silver gray hair. The warp pattern reminds us of the complexity of life and friendships, at first glance it appears complex but upon examination is a simple broken twill.
The following is the bio from team Time Warp, PA Farm Show Sheep To Shawl contest winners from 2005 and 2007. Yes, you read that right, but back then, they were known as Carl and the Not So Lazy Kates.
Representing Montour County, and back for its seventh year of competition, our team has evolved over the past year. “Time Warp” (formerly “Carl and the Not So Lazy Kates) has some new members, a fresh new look, and a new attitude!
Knitter extraordinaire/spinner Ruth Ruch is back, as well as Carl Geissinger (our incredibly talented shearer), 16 year old Katie Watson, who has been with the team since the tender young age of 10, and spinner/knitter/weaver Libby Beiler. New to the team this year are spinner Ivy Allgeier, teacher of gifted elementary school children, and carder Jeff Johnstonbaugh, who brings over 50 years of fiber arts experience to our team.
A diverse and interesting group, we look forward to creating a “wear with anything” shawl for the 2009 Pa State Farm Show competition.
Just as agriculture has played a key role in the economic development of our state, such can be said for the heritage of the mining industry in Pennsylvania, including the search for precious and valuable ores and minerals that lay deep within the soil beneath our feet. Surprisingly enough, central Pennsylvania is the home to many rare rocks and minerals, samples of which have inspired the design for our team’s 2009 Pa State Farm Show shawl. Rich in the colors of the earth, our deeply hued warp is a combination of hand dyed Romney/Montadale, and a blend of 50/50 wool and mohair for some added texture.
Our black weft is being provided by Eva, a purebred Shetland sheep.
The shawl pattern is a textured weave designed by weaver Libby Beiler.
Watch this page in the next couple of months for news and information about the 2009 PA Farm Show, particularly the very popular (and my personal favorite ) Sheep To Shawl Contest.