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Workhshops: Pygora Goat Fleece and Fiber

Whistlekick Pygoras is proud to host two workshops on Pygora fleece/fiber:
 
Workshop #1 - How to Spin Pygora
Date: March 9, 2013
Time: 1:00 to 4:00 pm (3-hour class)
Location: Whistlekick Pygoras, Winlock, WA – centrally located between Seattle and Portland and just 4 miles off of I-5
Instructor: Terry Mattison, Rainbow Farms Pygora
Cost: $30

Have a bunch of Pygora fleece that you’re not sure what to do with? Then this workshop is for you! Preparing and spinning Pygora is a feast for the senses. We’ll talk about the unique qualities of Pygora fleeces, discuss working with a raw fleece to prepare it for spinning, learn to comb Pygora and most of all, learn how to spin Pygora. Skill Level: Able to spin consistent singles yarn. Bring your wheel or spindle, combs, and clean Pygora fiber.

Terry Mattison has been working with Pygora fiber for over 10 years. She is an award winning hand spinner who also enjoys dyeing, knitting and weaving. Terry works almost exclusively with Pygora fiber, and runs a successful fiber business, Rainbow Farms Pygora. You can find her at most fiber shows in the pacific northwest, either selling Pygora fiber and yarn or taking classes to increase her knowledge base. Terry is known within the fiber community for her beautifully-dyed Pygora fiber.

To sign up for the workshop, contact Terri L. Kistler, 360/785-3840 or terri@whistlekickpygoras.com by February 28th.
 
Workshop #2 - Evaluating Pygora Fiber
Date: May 11, 2013
Time: 1:00 to 4:00 pm
Location: Whistlekick Pygoras, Winlock, WA – we are centrally located between Seattle and Portland and just 4 miles off of I-5
Instructor: Lisa Roskopf, Hawks Mountain Ranch

You have a bunch of lovely, fluffy Pygora goats. Now what? If you’d like to learn how to evaluate your raw fleeces and breed for improvement, this workshop is for you! We’ll talk about the unique qualities of Pygora fleeces, basic Pygora genetics, colors and patterns of Pygoras, discuss how best to shear a Pygora, which parts are worth saving for spinning, how to skirt a fleece, alternate uses for ‘less than perfect’ parts of a fleece, how to deal with things like dandruff and lice, and how to evaluate a Pygora fleece. There will be time for lots of questions and answers. Bring a raw Pygora fleece or two if you have them in a box. If possible, also bring a photo of the goat that produced that fleece.

Lisa Roskopf has raised Pygora goats at Hawks Mountain Ranch for 19 years. She is an experienced carder, felter, spinner and dyer of Pygora fiber. Lisa has judged several county fairs in Washington and Oregon. Last year, she judged at the Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival and the Pygora fleece show at the Michigan Fiber Festival. For many years she hosted the “Fiber Frenzy” winter show for Pygoras. She is one of the original organizers for the Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival. Lisa was a member of the judges’ committee for the Pygora Breeders Association and helped write the judge’s training booklet that is used to qualify all PBA sanctioned judges. She currently is active in 4H with fiber animals and fiber arts and has been a leader and advisor for several years. She has provided showmanship training and help to young people interested in fiber goats.

To sign up for the workshop, contact Terri L. Kistler, 360/785-3840 or terri@whistlekickpygoras.com. Sign-up deadline is April 29th.
 
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