From Sheep to Shawl

Carding wool to untangle and straighten the fibers is part of the process of turning wool into yarn.

Carding wool to untangle and straighten the fibers is part of the process of turning wool into yarn.

Helping children experience the world first-hand is a key value in Antioch University New England’s Department of Education. You can’t get much closer to that than From Sheep to Shawl. In this summer course,  students learn the process of turning sheep wool into cloth so they, in turn, can teach it to their students. They prepare fleeces for spinning, then spin the wool and dye it with natural dyes such as rhubarb leaves. They weave the yarn into useful objects, using a variety of techniques. Throughout the course, they prepare a final project that includes samples of their work.

The course is taught by Kathleen Vetter of Alstead, New Hampshire, who learned to spin in high school and weave in college. This is her second year teaching the Sheep to Shawl course, developed by Judy Coven, former core faculty in the Department of Education.

Student Leah Mahoney dyes yarn a beautiful golden color with tickseed.

Student Leah Mahoney dyes yarn a beautiful golden color with tickseed.

Student Lisa Frost works on dyeing yarn.

Student Lisa Frost works on dyeing yarn.

Students Mollie Zanoni and Megan Wright practice spinning.

Students Mollie Zanoni and Megan Wright practice spinning.