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Spinning, weaving skills on display at Surrey Museum's Sheep to Shawl event

Saeko Nakayama (left), Bonnie Nash and Vicki Robinson and the Richmond Weavers and Spinners Guild
Saeko Nakayama (left), Bonnie Nash and Vicki Robinson and the Richmond Weavers and Spinners Guild's 'Yarn Birds' were among four teams who participated in the Surrey Museum's Sheep to Shawl Competition in 2013. The teams were given four hours to raw sheep's wool into yarn, then weaving it into shawls.
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The Surrey Museum hosts its annual Sheep to Shawl competition this Saturday, when local teams will spin and weave wool into a completed shawl in under four hours.

The May 10 event is modeled on a traditional "Sheep to Shawl" or "Sheep to Coat" contests, carried out in sheep-producing countries throughout the world.

Teams prepare in advance, practicing spinning skills and studying the type of fleece they will use. This year, they'll work from a merino/blue-faced Leicester cross sheep.

The competition runs from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and the winners will be announced at 4 p.m.

There will be sheep shearing demonstrations from 1-2:30 p.m. Visitors can check out the textile studio and Hoosier Textile Library to watch spinning and weaving in action, and view samples and patterns.

Visitors of all ages can try the museum's spinning wheels, too.

Admission by donation (admission in 2014 is sponsored by the Friends of the Surrey Museum and Archives Society).

The Surrey Museum is located at 17710 56A Avenue. It's open Tuesdays to Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Sundays, Mondays and statutory holidays.

For more information, call 604-592-6956 or visit surrey.ca/heritage.

– Cloverdale Reporter

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