About Sheep To Shawl
Sheep to Shawl
Today, the Sheep to Shawl contest is an annual attraction at the Colonial Highland Gathering. The first Sheep to Shawl contest was held at the 1980 Games. The program from that year introduces the competition ....
Although no reference is made to spinning or weaving during sheep festivals, it is not unlikely that such practices did take place. Quite naturally, an assemblage of people from distant valleys was sufficient cause for a celebration and a certain amount of competition was bound to occur.
Festivities associated with shearing, spinning and weaving did not achieve the degree of importance in the American colonies that they held in the old country. Game and furbearing animals were so plentiful that the sheep was not so essential to the economy.
After shearing of the sheep, each team of three spinners and one weaver will receive two pounds of wool. Looms will have been warped prior to the competition. As soon as sufficient spun yarn is available the weaver will begin the shawl.
Reprinted from Colonial Highland Gathering Program June 1, 1974
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