Woolly Weekend is a “sheep to shawl” festival held at Shepherd’s Cross, an authentic working sheep farm, just north of Claremore on scenic Route 66. This year’s event will be held April 23 – 25 from 10a – 7p daily. Come to the farm and watch as the sheep are shorn (given a haircut). Sheep shearing occurs throughout the day. After the fiber is shorn from the sheep, you can watch the wool being processed on site. It will be combed, spun, woven, knit, crocheted and felted into finished products.
This is a true Sheep to Shawl Event. Over the three day period, at least three shawls will be created entirely from the wool shorn on the first morning of the event. It is rare to find a true Sheep to Shawl experience.
Shearing and demonstrations take place inside the Amish-built tour barn, which houses some of the animals as well as the wool processing, farm museum, and the gift shop. There are Short Course Fiber Classes available where you can learn drop spindling or needle felting during the event. Be sure to visit the Farm Animal Barn and pet the barnyard animals. Tour the educational interactive Farm Museum & Four Story Observation Silo, as well as the Bible Garden.
Bring the entire family. Children’s activities include weaving, games, wool project, and a coloring contest. This is a free event. Donations are welcome – suggested donation of $5 per person. If you have groups of 20 or more, please pre-register.
Volunteers are needed to demonstrate fiber arts. If you spin, weave or needle felt, you may join our Sheep to Shawl Team. Anyone who works with fiber is welcome. Inquire for additional information.
Come shop at Shepherd’s Shop featuring a host of “woolly” and farm-related handmade items crafted by Shepherd’s Cross and over 50 local crafters; farm fresh USDA processed and Animal Welfare Approved meat (lamb and beef), Amish jams, health foods, yarns, and much more! Additionally the shop features a mission section, where 100% of the sale price is returned to the indigenous craftsmen (countries include Afghanistan, Thailand, Kyrgyzstan, Malawi, Uganda and more). Our Shepherd’s Cross yarns are natural, chemical free, home grown and hand picked here on the farm. The shop also offers roving, batts, felting supplies, spinning and weaving supplies and much more.
Fiber Arts classes, Animal Husbandry classes and Shearing lessons are available at the farm throughout the year.
Shepherd’s Cross is an accredited Agritourism facility, and a “Made in Oklahoma” Company. The farm is also Animal Welfare Approved. It is home to a non-profit Christian organization named Heart of the Shepherd that hosts this event. Teaching basic agricultural principles and their relationship to the Bible are instrumental in the educational component of the farm.
To find out more information about this woolly event please visit our website: www.ShepherdsCross.com, or you can check us out on facebook.com/ShepherdsCross.