A Little Bit of Black Sheep Gathering

We made our annual trek to Black Sheep Gathering in Oregon. It seems like I just got home from France but colored sheep were calling again!

First, we had to load up the van with about 135 pounds of fleece headed for processing at Creekside Mill up here. And, no, it wasn’t all mine! I am having batts made of mine for making felt. Others were having yarn or roving made.

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It is always good to be back here: familiar signs welcome us.

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There are creative booth displays and fabulous entries in the fiber art show. The needle felted dogs are created by our friend, Shannon, of Kenleigh Acres who won Reserve Champion with this year’s entry.

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There is plenty of time to see those special sheep faces.

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Sheep start the day eating – and figuring out how to keep their ears out the way!

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They get ready for their big moment in the show ring.

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Some with more enthusiasm than others!

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And they wait their turn to go into the ring.

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Some get a little tired waiting and need to rest on a nearby friend.

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Of course, all those sheep produce a lot of wool. So, if it is in the form of processed wool ready to spin or felt…

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…or in the form of fleeces to be purchased to process, wool needs to be acquired. Watching the wool show is one way to learn about fleeces you may want to purchase.

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The fleeces are so popular here that many people stand in line to get a chance to purchase them (ok, so I was one of them this year for the first time!)

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One more day here to wrap up attending a few more demos, check out those vendors I missed, and get a few last looks at beautiful sheep, before heading out for the next adventure which also involves sheep. Stay tuned!

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  1. I’m so impressed with Shannon’s dogs. I started one of Fiona, but it still just looks like an Aidell’s sausage. She does not approve! Looks like so much fun – have fun shopping and a safe trip home.

  2. It is betterto go to Black Sheep Gathering vicariously than not at all. Thanks Jackie. I miss you all; I miss the sheep.


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