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Exploring Renewable Shelter: Making Use of California Wool Resources – WAIT LIST

April 20, 2013 @ 9:00 am - April 21, 2013 @ 5:00 pm

| $60

Left to right: Yurt in Moonlight, Kyrgyzstan by drawlinson; instructor Amber Bieg making a large-scale felted rug; Samuel P Taylor State Park (photo courtesy of Dave Baselt, redwoodhikes.com)

Community felting: the Fibershed Yurt Cover

Join us for a community felting event and workshop at a beautiful farm in Lagunitas! Fibershed is exploring renewable shelter and the use of our California wool resources by making a felted cover for our signature yurt (which will be constructed at our Yurt Building Workshop taking place June 29-30 in Petaluma).

Tasks/learning opportunities include: working with wool that has been cleaned and carded to felt the side panels for the yurt cover, preparing raw fleece and felting the roof panels. We will also learn needle felting, and make some small needle felted squares to embellish the yurt.

Instructors: Katharine Jolda and Amber Bieg for the large-scale felting; Heidi Harris for the needle felted squares

When: April 20-21, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Where: a private farm in Lagunitas, CA with group camping at Samuel P Taylor State Park

Cost: $60 per person, includes instruction and participation both days, as well as camping at Samuel P Taylor State Park (15 minute drive from the farm). Limited to 14 participants.

Registration: Class is currently full. Email fibershed@gmail.com to be added to the wait list.

Meals not included: Potluck lunches at the workshop encouraged. Dinner: bring your own, have a cookout at the campground with other workshop participants, or eat at one of the many restaurants within a half hour’s drive of the farm.

If you are unable to attend the felting event, but would like to contribute to this community effort, you can help us by donating $15 for a pound of local wool for the yurt cover. (We will be needle felting the initials of all the contributors into decorative panels on the yurt.) Make your contribution via Paypal via the link below, or email fibershed@gmail.com to make other arrangements.

 “The yurt is a gift, an ancient nomadic shelter only recently available to modern culture. Versatile, beautiful and spiritual, both ancient and contemporary versions provide an option for shelter that is affordable, accessible and gentle to the earth. By its very existence, the yurt calls forth life in simplicity, in community, and in harmony with the planet.” – Becky Kemery, author of YURTS: Living in the Round


April 20, 2013 @ 9:00 am
April 21, 2013 @ 5:00 pm
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A warm welcome to our newest fiber producer and artisan members: Carolyn Boyd, who raises Cormo and Cormo x Rambouillet sheep at Butte Mountain Farm; Dee Taron Davis who raises various longwool sheep at McIntyre Ranch; and Mary O. Diaz who weaves, knits, and sews garments for her artisan line Gather the Universe! Did you know that the Fibershed website includes 2 directories of all the incredible fiber producer members and skilled artisan members in the Northern California community? Connect with a local farmer or artist here: www.fibershed.com/producers/farm-producers/

(Photos via Butte Mountain Farm and Gather the Universe)
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