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NY Textile Lab: Regional Yarn Pop-Up + Raw Material Book Reading
March 16, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Discussion with author and shearer Stephany Wilkes and Local Yarn Pop-Up Shophttps://www.tatter.org/
What is the journey from sheep to skein? Who is involved in the yarn making process? How many hands are involved in bringing us the fiber in our lives? What makes a gainfully employed woman in tech want to give it all up for full-time work as a traveling sheep shearer?
Please join us on March 16, 2019, at 3 pm at BLUE: The Tatter Textile Library for a discussion with California-based sheep shearer and author Stephany Wilkes. Stephany will speak about her experiences on sheep farms across the United States. She will be reading excerpts from her new book Raw Material: Working Wool in the West and telling us about her journey from the tech world to wanting simply to ‘knit local” which led to a total and complete life-change of shearing school and eventual full-time work as a roaming shearer.
The process of Stephany’s journey inevitably sheds light on the challenges farmers face to bring eco-friendly fleece to market.
Stephany’s story will appeal to those interested in the fiber arts or the textile industry, and anyone who wants to be a conscious consumer, especially as it relates to the fleece, yarn, fiber, and sustainable fashion.