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March 22, 2020
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Leigh Farm Park
370 Leigh Farm Road
Durham, NC 27704
No Cost
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CANCELED - From Sheep to Spindle, How Wool Becomes Yarn

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Did you know that Leigh Farm has a history of raising sheep and weaving dating back to 1861? Come see how wool is turned into yarn, try your hand at spinning, and visit with some sheep.

Free, drop-in event
All Ages

Hands-on Activities
  • Spinning wool using a drop spindle (recommended for ages 3+)
  • Weaving a bookmark or bracelet on a hand loom (recommended for ages 8+)
  • Ribbon Weaving (recommended for ages 2-12)

Our Demonstrators

About Our Sheep Farmer
Meet a real-life, modern-day shepherd, Joy Cobb, and her sheep! One of North Carolina's 49 certified Bicentennial Farms, Providence Farm, will be bringing two breeds (Leicester Longwools and Tunis) of sheep to showcase at the event! These sheep breeds are heritage breeds, meaning they are old breeds, similar to the ones the Leigh Family would have been raising in the 1800s.

About Our Weaver
Noelani Jones is based in Greensboro, and owns Weaver Beaver. She shows her work at a co-op art gallery, ARTMONGERZ, works as the artisan weaver at Dawn Sweitzer Studio in High Point, and is a member of the Triangle Weavers Guild, she also teaches classes. Her work primarily consists of hand weaving and uses naturally derived plants and organic materials for her natural dyes, such as goldenrod, indigo, and madder root. For the event, she will be leading demonstrations on a table-top loom, and attendees will be able to give it a try!

About Our Spinners
Hannah Smith, based in Durham, is an archaeologist during the week and living historian on many weekends. One of the areas she interprets is textile history, including spinning. Hannah spins yarn on five different spinning wheels, three of which are antiques. She also owns Fiber and Fluff Studio. Check out one of her wheels and handspun yarn during the event.

Chellie LaPointe is based in Durham, and is an art history teacher at Durham Tech. She also owns Little Birdy Yarn Company, where she hand-spins locally hand-dyed fiber on her Ashford Traveler wheel. She is a member of, and teacher for, the Durham Art Guild. 

Other Happenings
Staff will be leading park tours every hour, beginning at 1:30 p.m., with the last tour at 4:30 p.m. These tours will have a special emphasis on the sheep rearing and textile history of the Leigh Family.