One of our loftiest goals at the Blue Hills Fibre Festival is to connect wool with people who love wool.
Starting a project with local raw materials is one of the most satisfying parts of being a fibre artist. Buying raw fleece connects us directly to the source of our craft–the animal who grows it! This connection is ever more valuable because in this age of globalization, we rarely know the source of the things we buy.
A secondary goal is to increase the value – financially and otherwise – of fleece produced locally. There are many breeds of sheep, each with their own unique fleece characteristics. We want to showcase these fleeces and add value to the fibre production by connecting fibre artists with local fleece producers.
On this page you’ll find
- Sheep Producers: Classes of fleece
- Fleece Show Guidelines
- Crafters: What to look for when buying a fleece
- Where to get that fleece processed
If you are a Sheep Producer
We encourage you to submit a fleece to our show and sale. Here are the classes:
At the judges discretion, classes may be split into white and coloured divisions.
Class 1: Fine Wool, white or coloured
Class 2: Long Wool, white or coloured
Class 3: All Down Breeds, white or coloured
Class 4: Other Specialty Wool white or coloured
Fleece Show Guidelines:
- Entry deadline is (PLEASE WATCH FOR UPCOMING DATE). Fleeces to be delivered by 9 am on the date of the festival. There is no entry fee.
- Mail in entries accepted. Please contact Gail Kasprick using the form below to arrange shipping details (Select FLEECE SHOW in the subject line). Fleece to be shipped (DATE TO BE DETERMINED).
- Each fleece should be skirted, folded, rolled with the shorn side out, starting from britch and rolling toward the shoulder and placed in a clear plastic bag. Place the fleece identification form inside the bag with each fleece.
- If there are more than two coloured fleeces in any given category, they will be combined to form a separate class. If less than two fleeces in any given category, classes may be combined at the judge’s discretion.
- Indicate on the entry form if the fleece is being offered for sale.
- Silent auction to start immediately at end of judging. Sale is over at 4:00 p.m.
- There is no commission to sell the fleece. Any unsold fleeces to be picked up by exhibitor between 4 pm and 5 pm of show day.
- Winners of each class will compete for Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion.
- Prize schedule will be posted on Fibre Fest Website
If you are a knitter, crocheter, spinner, weaver, felter or fibre artist
Here are some resources on fleece characteristics to help you choose a fleece that suits your needs.
Bought a fleece and don’t know what to do with it?
You may want to have it processed at one of the following Canadian mills: