Woolly Weekend at Shepherd's Cross
Annual Summer Make Over or Hair Cut for the Sheep & An Authentic Sheep to Shawl Event
April 22, 23, 24 2021 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Did you know that sheep must be shorn every year? Sheep grow a nice long winter coat, and in preparation for the heat of the summer, the shepherd lovingly and laboriously gives them a shearing - a hair cut. They would suffer heat prostration amongst other ailments if they were not shorn each year. In giving the sheep a shearing, the shepherd demonstrates his love for the sheep. Did you know that sheep can be shorn standing or sitting? We shear our sheep "sitting". Sheep naturally relax when in the sitting position. This is the way sheep are shorn all over the world, and throughout history. This reminds us of our Lord Jesus, in the reference from Isaiah 53 "Like a sheep before the shearers is silent, so the Lord went to the cross on our behalf."
- See the shearing every 30 minuets on all three days. A sheep is shorn, and the process is repeated about every 30 minutes.
- Experience the shepherds and shepherdesses shearing. This is not a speed competition, but the work of real working, caring shepherds.
- Watch as the wool is shorn from the sheep (a simple hair cut!), and is made in to usable products - a shawl or other wool product - right before your eyes - washed, spun, and woven.
- This is an authentic sheep to shawl event - where the first wool shorn for the weekend is actually made in to a finished product that weekend; one of only a few such events in the world.
- Woolly Weekend will proceed even in the event of rain
- Demonstrations throughout the day on spinning wheels, carding, weaving on looms, felting, drop spindling, knitting, crochet
- This is our Easter event.
- Enjoy a peaceful respite at the farm - hang out and watch the sheep graze
- A professional caterer provides samples of our 100% natural grass fed lamb meat.
- Farm Museum, Silo, Wool Mill, Bible Garden, Shepherd's Shop & Farm Animal Barn petting area available
- Children's Activities - including wool sheep making, felting, weaving, games & coloring
- Short Course Fiber Classes - learn drop spindling, felting or hand carding.: Please call or email to pre-register. Classes fill quickly.
- Help make one of the shawls! Be a part of the team.
- Suggested donation of $5 per person