LAND BETWEEN THE LAKES, KY/TN – The Homeplace 1850s Farm at Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area hosts a week of programs dedicated to working with wool Monday-Saturday, April 4-9. Invited artist, Gary Larson, will give Homeplace sheep their “haircut” for the year, 1850’s style, on Sheep Shearing Day Saturday, April 9. Programs will be ongoing from 10am-4pm each day.
“The sheep are ready to shed their wool from the past year and that means new fleeces to wash, tease, card, spin, and dye,” said Cindy Earls, Homeplace Lead Interpreter. “We will show each step it takes to process our sheep’s raw wool into yarn, which we can knit or weave into clothing. Visitors are invited to get some hands-on experience and lend a hand preparing the new fleeces for spinning into yarn.”
Programs included with regular admission: ages 13 and up $5; ages 5-12 $3; ages 4 and under are free. Fourth grade students can go to https://everykidinapark.gov/, get their free Every Kid in a Park pass, and get their family in for free.
Wool Week Program Schedule:
- Mon– Washing a Fleece
- Tues– Carding Wool
- Wed– Spinning Yarn
- Thurs– Dyeing Colors
- Fri– Knitting/Crocheting/Weaving
Sheep Shearing Day Program Schedule:
- 10am-4pm – Wool Work
- 10am-12pm & 1-3pm – Going to the “Baa-bar Shop”: Spring Sheep Shearing
- 12-1pm – Meet and Greet with Sheep