|The Sheep Shed Studio
In the past 44+ years I have taught many workshops in schools,
homes, universities, nursing homes, churches, theme parks,
In the past we have traveled coast to coast and border to border
teaching Fiber Fun.
In the fall of 2003 while Llama trekking in northern Colorado, I
encountered a mosquito. It was late Sept. but I had to find a
mosquito. It bit me, I killed it. Ten days or so later, I was very ill.
I did not think much about it at the time, even though my Daughter
was insistent that I had West Nile, but my health took a turn for
the worse, and I struggled for a year before giving up and seeing a
Dr. The consensus was that I indeed did have West Nile Virus.
It has been a long battle during which time I stopped teaching
across the country except for some very special events.
I am one who has relapses with the West Nile, Lucky Me!!!
My joints in my body started to "wear out" said the Dr. Recently
I asked one of my surgeons if the West Nile Virus could have
caused this explosion of operations I have been going through since
about 2008. "The light came on". It is most likely the cause of
all my joints looking like the dogs have been chewing on them.
My bones are good and strong, but the joints are a mess.
Not now, as both hip and knee joints and now (2018) a shoulder has been
replaced, with most of
the other sites being rebuilt.......some 20+ parts of me having been
replaced or repaired. So I am slowed considerably, but still moving,
and still hope
to hold one or two events here each summer.
I simply am not able to keep up with the big group events we have
hosted in the past 20+ years.
SHEEP SHED FIBER LOVER'S
24 Dyepot Weekend
We did hold this event the weekend of
What wonderful colors and students we had.
Photos can be seen on the Ravelry site posted below
Should you wish more information on the WEEKEND
just check out
I have been through a large number of
surgeries in the past 10 years, body parts
repaired or replaced.
We are going to reinstate this long run
Fiber Gathering this year..(2016). We did
have to cancel the 2018 Gathering due to
more operations..Right Shoulder has been
Replaced in August, 2018.
Read on Oh Faithful Crafter!
In 1992, I had decided to have a get together for the students who
had attended my workshops over the years. It developed into a
yearly event with fiber folk from all over attending,
and we named it
...The Story...kind of....
and the Weekend. And the new plans
The Gathering was a fiber filled weekend that happened the
last full weekend of every September. Canceled for 2018!!
We did not charge a fee for this weekend, but appreciate a
donation if you are staying in house to cover extra utility costs.
You bring sleeping bags, pillows, food for potluck, drinks,
spinning wheels, knitting, crocheting, weaving, felting,
General Everyday Dyer Information
Donations for the use of my mordants,dyestuffs, hot water heaters
and firewood for outside pots are required, with a minimum of
$20.00 for the weekend and more if you are dyeing masses of fibers.
You can bring your yarns or fibers for dyeing,
or we have lots of fiber here for sale, as well as yarns. Some years
we have dyed up in the vicinity of 75-100 pounds of fiber over this
weekend. We can dye with Natural Dyes or Commercial Dyes and
always do at least one of my now famous Dry Dye Dyepots.
Spinning wheels spin nearly round the clock. Bring however many
you want. We have room, and we have fiber. Got a problem, you
can bet someone can help. What to sell one, bring it along.
Much talking, story telling, and laughing are ongoing.
We made lots of friends over the years, some come back during the
year for a few days of a "house fix", just a quiet visit, spinning,
reading, walking or just being.
We do enjoy our times together, but I have found that I will not be
able to host the large workshops that I used to do. A major bout
with West Nile Virus in 2003 left me with major joint problems and
auto-immune diseases that continue to plague my body.
My Body just does not work like it used to. I have had 20+
procedures between 2008-2018. My house is not as neat as
I would like it but I just can't keep it clean in the corners anymore.
I thought for awhile I would have to completely stop The Gathering,
but it took on a life of its own, and so it continues.
A laid back, easy, no regular classes, folks to help teach those
who don't know how to do something, etc. weekend.
Our Home and Studio is a very large, very old converted
School House built in 1900, and still being remodeled as I change
an idea and Carl builds on.
The Grand Encampment Schoolhouse to be exact.
We have 10 bedrooms, 5 sitting/living rooms, all with bookshelves
and masses of all sorts of reading materials.
We are not fancy, downright rustic probably, way country!!! and
you pretty much do for yourself. We do not wait on anyone, just
don't expect anyone to do for you.
We are generally friendly, and hospitable. Everyone helps with
food....that you bring, all potluck style...and the clean up.
We need sleep, so those staying up later shut off the lights as they
head up to bed. Most everyone has a great time on these weekend,
unless they are expecting hotel service.
We are not a hotel, this is our home and studio.
We have lots of cats, inside and out, along with some
skunks, deer, the occasional raccoon, etc. They live here too,
so bring your allergy medications if cat hair bothers you.
No dogs please...the cats, deer and skunks hate them.
You are welcome to visit anytime during the year,
give us a bit of notice if possible, we are
home most of the time shipping orders of fibers and yarns
round the world.
I do some individual teaching or very small groups.
$50.00 per day per person plus materials,
and $25.00 per day for dye kitchen costs,
this does not include the fiber you are dyeing.
Lodging is free as always.
TO FIND US HERE IN WYOMING.......
Encampment. Wyoming is located 40 miles south of Exit 235
(Walcott Jct) on Interstate 80. Traveling south on St. Hwy 130 to
10 miles south of Saratoga, Wyoming,
ST. Hwy 130 will turn left and you will
encounter St. Hwy 230 going south. 9 miles farther south of this
intersection, at Riverside, Wyoming, 230 will turn to the left and
you will continue straight up the hill on St. Hwy 70 for one mile into
Encampment. Turn left at the School Cross Walk.....5th street,
come east one block and turn left again on Lomax Avenue.
You will be directly in front of the house. Look at the home page
to see the house you are looking for.
Contact us at:
The Sheep Shed Studio
We do special events for Guilds, Families, Friends who would
just like to come to my house and "play". Some learn to
weave, some learn Natural Dyeing, some want to do the
Commercial Dyeing, and some want to Spin, and some
just come to rest and talk. We do not charge for the house
and facilities, but if I am teaching, I charge $50.00 for
teaching time per day, plus a donation for
use of the facilities.