Sheep to Shawl Competition and Shawl Auction

Friday and Sunday – Spinning and Weaving - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Spinning and Weaving Demos by members of the Kingston Handloom Weavers and Spinners Guild

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 yarn 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.

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Shawl Auction Sunday, 1:00 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.

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.

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The Judge

Roberta Murrant is an Ontario Handweavers and Spinners Master Weaver (1987) from Kanata with over forty years’ experience. Roberta is particularly interested in designing and for many years has been exploring the use of computer software to build upon traditional weaving patterns for multi-harness looms. She is also a dyer and has taught many painted silk workshops.

Sheep to Shawl Sponsors and Volunteers:

• Betsy Walters, Coordinator and member of the Kingston Handloom Weavers and Spinners
Silver Cloud Alpacas
Purlin’ J’s Roving Yarn Truck
Knit Traders of Kingston
• What’s Weft, Belleville
• Nancy Joyce Simmons Shetlands
Cornerstone Fibers

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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.