Events and Workshops
Stock up on Ballyhoo wool (and if all goes well, cotton and flax) before cold weather sets in! We will have restocked corespun, hand dyed and natural black Ballyhoo mill spun yarn, and more! Enjoy the beautiful fall colors in historic Corydon. http://soinfiberfestival.godaddysites.com/
Want to spin but aren't sure what to buy?
Got a wheel you don't know how to use?
Ever wanted to try a different type of wheel?
This workshop is for YOU! Play musical chairs with the Emporium's collection of spinning wheels. Single treadle, double treadle, single drive, double drive, antique, flax, or walking - try one or all. Basic principles of spinning will be discussed, but much of the time will be experimenting!
$75 materials included, class size limited to 6.
For a limited time, we are offering custom cut lamb. On August 15th, we will send 5 sheep to be processed (mostly Shetland, some Icelandic). You can reserve a half or whole animal with a cut weight of between 55 and 75lbs, or order cuts by the lb! Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org by August 13th to reserve your meat!
The F word strikes dread into the heart of anyone processing a fleece, but felting is a wonderful skill! Learn about needle felting and wet felting and create some easy crafts.
Each participant will create dryer balls, ornaments, and a surprise item! Felting can be messy, so wear clothes that can get dirty and wet.
$40 materials included
Are you interested in homesteading, sustainability, or raising small ruminents? Join us for a hands-on discussion about Holistic Farm Management. Topics will include:
Herbal livestock management
Low-impact production systems
Succession grazing and planting
Diversification of species
Native planting and hedgerows
Predator friendly ranching
$10 per person. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes.
You purchased some lovely fleeces at the fiber festivals - now what do you do with them? Learn the difference between breeds and grades of fleece, various methods of preparation, what to look for when you select or sell a fleece, and much more!
Participants are invited to bring fleeces, and materials will be provided. Class size limited to 10. Sign up today!
This course is designed to guide shepherds new to the wool industry through the process of producing and marketing their fiber. The class will begin with a review of the various types of wool sheep, the climates for which they are best suited, and a discussion of how classes of fleece are best used. This portion will conclude with a breakout activity; small groups will be asked to “design” a crossbreed that will present the best aspects of each breed and result in a highly marketable fleece.
The next area of focus will be production and management systems. At the end of this portion, you will be able to identify the merits and drawbacks of various bedding and feeding systems, lambing times, and cross-breeding programs.
You will explore practical aspects of fiber production, including methods of shearing and processing and how to find professionals to help you get the best product out of your wool. Then, we'll look at the various uses for wool outside handspinning and fiber arts. We will discuss how to set prices, when to change prices, and why prices change depending on the stage to which the wool has been processed. Information will be given on grants, small business loans, tax breaks, and Ag Extension programs.
The final portion will focus on networking, branding, and product placement. We'll practice building a website, registering for a breed association, creating a social media account, exploring Ravelry, and searching for local guilds, yarn shops, and knitting groups.
At the end of the day, you will understand how to raise a quality flock of wool sheep, produce a marketable product, and make a profit in the right market segment for them.
Class size is unlimited. Refreshments and materials will be provided. Reserve your spot today!
Do you love playing with color? Maybe you've been looking for yarn in just the right shade. Come try your hand at a variety of dyeing techniques, from sun tea to acid to natural dye plants! We'll explore locally available dye plants, mordants, the appropriate uses of chemical dyes, and their effects on various fibers.
$100, materials included. Class size limited to 10. Participants are encouraged to bring gloves and wear clothing that can be stained.
Have you ever wanted to spin, but can't afford a wheel or aren't sure you want to commit to one? Do you enjoy spinning, but long to take it with you? Ever bored, or trying to quit smoking and don't know what to do with your hands? Try drop spindle!!
Participants will learn the various types of drop spindles and be able to try them out. A variety of rovings will be provided.
$50, materials included
Ballyhoo is proud to be included in the 25th year of this reenactment at beautiful Historic Locust Grove! Join Seuss and friends in the 18th century, take a #sheepselfie (tag @ballyhoo.fiber.emporium), tour the plantation house, watch demonstrations of period arts (like spinning!), and more.
With festival season upon us, spring is a fantastic time to learn how to select a quality raw fleece and turn it into spinnable fiber! Get hands-on with sheep in the wool and freshly shorn, and work with a variety of fleeces. Participants will learn how to skirt, scour, comb, and card. Class size limited to 10.
$75, materials and tools included.
All natural wool dryer balls keep your laundry fresh and static free for up to 5 years! Sustainable, renewable, chemical free, and naturally colored, you can add essential oils to them for scented laundry loads.
Come learn how to make your own dryer balls at Ballyhoo Farm! Class size limited to 6; materials included. You will create and take home 6 dryer balls in your choice of colors.
Step back in time at the 18th Century Market, held annually at Locust Grove. Loom Hall was kind enough to invite us back this year! Seuss and his friends will be happy to visit with you Saturday and Sunday, and Madeline will give at least one shearing demonstration per day.
Check out this awesome article featuring Peggy Taylor! It also has photos of the Ballyhoo flock from last year!
This will be a one-of-a-kind event! Featured are expert small ruminant production specialists sharing their perspectives on national and international trends, and addressing factors that inhibit growth and farm profit specifically affecting the tri-state area. Building upon this event of learning and dialogue, the Summit hosts will continue outreach efforts to producers with the identified solutions and/or principles for the near future, ensuring growth and profitability for the small ruminant industry.