FESTIVAL: Learn How to Shear an Angora Bunny at the Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair

By D. Lanier Shook                                              October 9, 2013

Clothing is something we all have in common. (Okay, I hope it is.) Beginning October 25 this will be the focus of the crowds at the WNC Ag Center.

  • That’s when the Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair arrives and spends a few days exploring everything about clothing that comes from critters. Weaving enthusiasts will spend that time exploring all aspects of animal fiber including:
  • Weaving
  • Spinning
  • Angora rabbit management (they’re the ones with really, really, really long fur)
  • How to Shear an Angora rabbit (they’re the ones with really, really, really long fur)
  • Beginning Tatting (This is something like crocheting. Although I suppose you could tattoo an Angora rabbit after you sheared it.)
  • Sheep to Shawl in One Afternoon (This has to do with shearing a sheep and making a shawl, although I suspect it takes that long to get the sheep into a shawl.)
  • Crocheting with Wire
  • Felting
  • Sweater design
  • Writing and Selling Patterns
  • Weaving with a Cricket Loom

Even you don’t weave, crochet, or knit you still might be interested in other parts of the Fair. This is a great place to bring your children and teach them where clothing originally came from. Its also a great place for them to get to know a llama, goat, alpaca, or sheep. They’ll also be selling raw fleeces.

If you’re intrigued (or slightly confused) by any of this you’ll want to click here and visit the Fair’s website. It’s actually very interesting and the Fair sounds like fun.

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