Sheep and Wool Week~Part 1

For one week our farm hosted a sheep and wool week for moms and children ages 7-11. These families became immersed in farm life and the world of fiber! My children, ages 11, 14, and 16 engaged the children while I worked with the moms. Campers arrived at 10:00 in the morning with lunches and rain coats in hand eager for the day’s activities. Our 150 year old barn became the children’s fiber studio and their only protection from the torrential rains we experienced all week. The children began their day doing some kind of fiber handcraft. Our goal was to introduce them to as many forms of fiber arts as possible within one week’s time. By the time the campers left our house on Friday, their arms were loaded down with woven wall hangings, looms, drop spindles, hand spun yarn, naturally dyed yarn, needle felted items, and wet felted wall hangings and pouches. A few of the children also lovingly carried an egg from our chicken coop tucked cautiously inside their felted pouches in hopes of being able to hatch their own chicks.
Once craft time was over, it was time for lunch in the hay loft. The children climbed the ladder into the hay loft carrying their lunches with them. This was a favorite time for our barn cat Myke. He has never enjoyed such wonderful meals as he did this week. Everyone graciously shared their lunches with him and he in return, showed his appreciation by allowing them to hold, pet, and carrying him around. After eating, hay tunnels, towers, and mazes were created.

After their lunch time, the children settled into an animal lesson time. Each day, our three children took turns teaching them about the different animals that live on our farm. They learned about the sheep, llama, angora rabbits, and chickens. The children kept a notebook recording information and drawing pictures to remind them of all the facts they were learning. Then, chores were tackled with much enthusiasm. Our animals have never had so many loving hands tend to their needs as they did this past week. The children learned about the particular needs of each animal and how to provide for those needs. They learned about some of the dangers and predators that can harm them and they helped clear one of our pastures of toxic weeds and plants.

The late afternoon hours were usually spent weaving on small lap looms, or s
pinning on their hand made drop spindles. It was a time to reflect on their day as they all sat together in the center of the barn working side by side. By 2:00 it was time to pick up and gather their empty lunch bags and wet rain coats to go home and rest for another day.

One Response

  1. Karen

    Wonderful photos and narrative, almost feel like I was there! Bet you will have many return visitors next year.