Wool matted with burrs and its eye reflecting handlers sorting out the next “volunteer” for shearing, a sheep patiently endures the wooly wait for a haircut Saturday morning.
Sheep, wool, textiles and people were all wrapped up together Saturday afternoon at the annual Kirkman Museum Textile House Sheep to Shawl fair. The free event features some of the best wool products from the Valley, as well as demonstrations on knitting, tatting, bobbing, weaving and spinning. Lamb kabobs were also available. And a number of sheep were brought in for shearing.
Photo by Jeff Horner.
WALLA WALLA — Sheep to Shawl, a family festival at the Kirkman House Museum, 214 N. Colville St., will be 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14.
There will be sheep shearing, demonstrations of wool carding, dyeing, spinning and weaving of the wool shorn that day. Lace-making and knitting on a vintage sock machine will also be demonstrated.
Besides a variety of handmade textiles, articles for sale will include raw and ready to spin fiber, hand spun and hand-dyed yarns as well as spinning and weaving equipment.
There will be a raffle for a hand-spun Victorian style shawlette produced by Susan Swayne, a member of the museum’s Textile Center.
Tickets will be available at the event and the drawing will be held Nov. 9.
Funds generated from the drawing help support the museum’s programs.
Lunch will be available for purchase 11:30 a. m-2:30 p.m.
This is a free family event and children are encouraged to participate in its many activities including making potato head people, veggie critters, felting and paper weaving.
The museum will be open for tours throughout the day.
Museum hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, 1-4 p.m.
For more information, click here or call 509-529-4373.
This story was revised Sept. 7 to reflect the following correction:
The date of the Sheep to Shawl festival was incorrect in an A&E story. The event is Sept. 14. We regret the error.