Dinner & Presentations: April 21st from 5:30 to 8:00 pm
at Churchill Weavers in Berea, KY

Hands-on skill building: April 22nd from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
at Healing Ground Farm and the Community Center in Livingston, KY


For millennia our ‘second skin’ has been farmed, ranched, and wild sourced. Plants and animals we’ve co-evolved with and classically bred produce fibers that can wick moisture from our skin, resist bacteria, keep us warm, keep us cool, and protect us from the sun, the rain and snow. These textiles sustain us in fundamental ways, while retaining the ability to return to the soil at the end of the textile’s life—furthering their life sustaining properties for the next generation of plants, animals and wearers.

Recently re-introduced into Kentucky Agriculture in 2013—farmers have been mobilizing around the new (yet ancient) hemp plant and seeking out methods for adding value to this crop.

Hemp is a bast fiber (as are nettles and flax), and humans have worn bast fibers for at least 34,000 years, according to recent archaeological finds. In Kentucky, the European history of hemp agriculture for fiber production dates back to 1775. The history of textile creation processes and pre-industrial fiber processing dates back equally far.

We welcome you to explore your regional land-based fiber system through your hands and senses. All ages and skill levels are invited.

Presentations and classes are free of charge, thanks to the good graces of the Lydia B. Stokes Foundation.

If you would like to attend:
We request an RSVP email in advance, for the dinner & presentation on April 21st or the classes on April 22nd (you can choose to attend one or both; please specify in your RSVP which event you plan to attend): hello@fibershed.com

April 21st presentation schedule:

Catered dinner and social time from 5:30 to 6:30 pm
at Churchill Weavers in Berea, KY

Presentations on regional textile creation from 6:30 to 8:00 pm:

  • Mike Lewis — Introduction to hemp fiber farming
  • Ed Crowley — Wool, alpaca and hemp milling in Versailles, Kentucky
  • Lisa Kriner — Fine Arts Weaving, Berea College
  • Amy Judd — Production Weaving, Berea College
  • Kacie Lynn & Will Tarleton — Discussion on Hemp Agriculture & Fashion
  • Leslie Terzian — Perspective on Weaving in a Fibershed
  • Samantha Hamlin, Community Farm Alliance — Defining a Fibershed in Eastern Kentucky
  • Mountain Association for Community Economic Development — Textile Roundtable

Read more about the presenters here.

RSVP: hello@fibershed.com (dinner reservations limited; please specify that your RSVP is for dinner, or the presentations, or both)

April 22nd hands-on skill building schedule:

From 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
at Healing Ground Farm and the Community Center in Livingston, KY

9:00 am: Mayor Jason Medley introduces Livingston

9:15-9:30 am: Mike Lewis introduces skills training & working on site at the hemp farm

Hands-on skills training:

  • Hemp break, scutch and hackle — taught by Mike Lewis
  • Hemp fiber combing, blending and spinning — taught by Kacie Lynn
  • Hand loom weaving — taught by Leslie Terzian

Read more about the instructors here.

Lunch provided at Healing Ground Farm.

RSVP: hello@fibershed.com (please specify that your RSVP is for the hands-on workshops)