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Monday through Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm

OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED ON Dec. 22-26 and Dec. 31 and Jan. 1

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Phone: (815)338-5315 Fax: (815)338-5310

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 McHenry County Fair P.O. Box 375 

11900 Country Club Road Woodstock, IL 60098


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Board Meeting

Tue., Jan. 6th, 2015  7:30pm Farm Bureau, Woodstock, IL

Annual Member Meeting

Sept. 23rd, 2015 - 7:30pm  Building D, Fairgrounds Woodstock, IL



We would like to take this time to invite you to be a part of our new event; the McHenry County Fair’s Spring Fiber Fling. Our goal is to create an educational event focused on fiber and the process from “Sheep to Shawl”. It will be a weekend event with various activities for the public to take part in, learn, and purchase anything from fiber supplies to a finished handmade product. We will have different demonstrations going on around the grounds for spectators to enjoy. Our goal is to have 2 buildings set up for our crafters, artisans and fiber related venders with booths set up to sell everything from fiber art supplies (wool, knitting needles, crochet hooks, cloth, etc.) to finished products (handmade items). We will then have a third building set up for classrooms where we will have instructors teaching different skill sets at different experience levels. The classes will consist of, but are not limited to, spinning, weaving, quilting, sewing, knitting, and fiber animal management classes.  We are very excited for the event and cannot wait to give this educational experience to our community.

CLICK HERE FOR A COPY OF OUR SPRING FIBER FLING INFORMATIONAL BOOK

Classes that will be offered: 

If you are interested in taking a class please call or visit the office to register.

SILK REELING   
Saturday May 16th 2015 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Taught by: Esther Peregrine
Class Limit: 6
Registration: Required by May 11, 2015
Enrollment Cost: $25 (plus $10 material fee payable to the instructor at the class)
Learn how to reel silk thread from cocoons. The basics of silk reeling will be covered, including how to modify common items into silk reeling equipment. Cocoons for reeling will be provided. Optional items students can bring: bobbin winder, bobbin or spool to wind thread on to take home. Itomaki (Japanese silk bobbins) will be available for purchase. This class is a beginning level class that is open to everyone with an interest in silk. The $10 material fee is for the silk cocoons that will be provided to each student.

 

MAKING AND USING SILK MAWATAS (Silk Hankies and Caps)
Sunday May 17th 2015 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Taught by: Esther Peregrine
Class Limit: 12
Registration: Required by May 11, 2015
Enrollment Cost: $25 (plus $35 material fee payable to the instructor at the class)
Learn how to process silk cocoons into mawatas (silk hankies and caps). Also learn how to knit directly from the mawata and how to spin mawatas into yarn. The main focus of the class will be making the mawatas. No experience is necessary to make the mawatas. Drop spindles will be available for beginning spinners to try. Optional items for students to bring include: bath towel, small to medium size knitting needles or crochet hook, drop spindle. This class is a beginning level class that is open to anyone with an interest in silk. The $35 material fee includes silk cocoons, frame for hankies, hoop for caps and a sample of silk hankies and caps.

 

KNITTING COMPLEX CABLES WITHOUT CHARTS
Saturday May 16th 2015 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Taught by: Rob Cetner
Class Level: Intermediate Knitting
Class Limit: 10 Students
Registration: Required by May 1, 2015

 
Enrollment Cost: $35(plus material fee payable to the instructor at the class)
The project is a cabled scarf to be knit without the use of a chart. Students will review basic cable theory, be introduced to Place Notation, and how to use it in lieu of traditional cable charts. A single line of Place Notation can replace 3 pages of printed charts.
Materials Needed:
2 skeins of light colored worsted wool yarn
2 pair US #5 straight wooden knitting needles
1 US #5 double pointed needle
3 markers of one color, 2 of a different color
A pencil or pen to take notes
Students may bring their own items or purchase a kit from Wool, Warp and Wheel

FELTING SCULTURES: HANGING FAIRIES
Saturday May 16th 2015 9:00am to 12:00pm
Taught by: Silke Sordyl
Class Level: Intermediate
Class Limit: 6 Students
Registration: Required by May 1, 2015
Enrollment Cost: $25 (plus material fee of $5 payable to the instructor at the class
)
In this class you will learn Felting techniques to make hanging Fairies. After learning the techniques put them into practice as you make your very own hanging Fairy to take home! The material fee above covers the cost for wool, wire, needles, and Teewater curls. Space is limited so be sure to sign up today!

FELTED SPRING FLOWERS
Sunday May 17th 2015 9:00am to 12:00pm
Taught by: Janette Neal-Zopp
Class Level: Beginner
Class Limit: 10 Students
Registration: Required by May 1, 2015
Enrollment Cost: $25 (plus material fee of $20 payable to the instructor at the class
)
In this class you will learn Felting techniques to make realistic flowers, making as many as time allows. Some examples: Daisy, Primrose, Rudbeckia, Calla Lily, Roses, and a number of greens. These can then be made into pins, Fascinators, bouquets, or used to embellish other works of art. The material fee above covers the cost for wool, pre-felts, pin, several patters, some embellishments, and the use of wet felt equipment.
Materials Students Need to Bring:
Towel
Pen or Pencil
Scissors
Foam Felt Pad
Size 36 Triangle
40 Star Felting Needles
A Multi-Needle Tool (not required but would be very handy to have)
If students do not have a felting pad or needles they can be supplied to you at an additional cost.

MOUNTAIL KNOT OR TOOTHBRUSH RUG
Saturday  May 16th 2015 9:00am to 12:00pm
Taught by: Penny Cetner and Annette Crouse
Class Limit: 12 people for ages 12 and up! 
Registration: May 1st 2015
Enrollment Cost: $25
(plus $13 material fee payable to the instructor at the class)

Make rugs, chair pads, table runners, flower pot covers, placemats, baskets and more. Use strips of fabric and a modified toothbrush. No sewing required, fast and easy.
Materials to bring for class:
2 yards of 2 - 4 colors, recommended fabric 100% cotton of 44 inches wide
Jelly rolls or fat quarters are good too
Scissors
Ruler
Sense of humor and some muscles to rip fabric. Some fabric will be available in class to purchase.
Material fee includes instruction booklet and “toothbrush” tool.

 

BASIC HERBAL MILK BASED SOAPMAKING
3 classes are being offered
Sunday May 17th 2015 10:00am-11:30am, 12:00pm-1:30pm, 2:00pm-3:30pm
Taught by: Annette Gast with Silver Prairie Natural Soap Company
Class Limit:
Registration: Required by May 10th 2015
Enrollment Cost: $25
In this class you will experience making goat milk soaps, learn the basics, the pit-falls, and a few tricks of the trade. You will have the opportunity to ask a professional any questions you may have. In this class you will receive a recipe that Silver Prairie Natural Soap Company has created to make their “style’ of milk soap. This recipe is suited for milk and for individual molds, moisturizing, lathering and mild. You will also receive a list of supplies needed as well as advise on where to buy items that are not locally available. There will be education on goat keeping and milking as well as demonstrations. You will receive a selection of Silver Prairie Soaps valued at $25. The packages will include goat milk soaps with herbal all essential oil fragrances.

Click Here for the Class and Fiber Open Show Registration Form

Fiber Open Show Classes: 

MADE WITH WOOL (OR OTHER FIBER) SHOW Department 1

Amount Offered:

$378.00

Entry Fee:

$2.00 per entry (2 entries per lot maximum)

Judging Time:

Saturday, May 16th 2015 at

Superintendents :

 

Additional Rules and Regulations
Home Arts General Rules apply (please see informational booklet).
Bring entries to Building F on Saturday, May 17th between 9:00am and 12:00pm
ITEM TO BE JUDGED MUST BE LABELED WITH THE MATERIAL THAT WAS USED.

T
he Items you are entering ARE eligible to compete in our McHenry County Fair this year as well!

Premiums will be paid as follows:
First-$5; Second-$4; Third-$3; Fourth-$2
Grand Champion Crochet (one per class): Rosette   
Reserve Grand Champion Crochet (one per class): Rosette
Grand Champion Knit (one per class): Rosette
Reserve Grand Champion Knit (one per class): Rosette

Class

            A  Children Under

                 12 Year of Age 

 

Lot

1 Crocheted Sweater or Vest

2 Crocheted Scarf                                                   

3 Crocheted Gloves or Mittens

4 Crocheted Hats

5 Knitted Sweater or Vest                                                    

6 Knitted Scarf

7 Knitted Gloves or Mittens

8 Knitted Hats

9 Skein of Spun Yarn

 Class

           B  Teens 13-18

                Years of Age

Lot

1 Crocheted Sweater or Vest

2 Crocheted Scarf                                                   

3 Crocheted Gloves or Mittens

4 Crocheted Hats

5 Knitted Sweater or Vest                                                    

6 Knitted Scarf

7 Knitted Gloves or Mittens

8 Knitted Hats

9 Skein of Spun Yarn

 Class

           C Adults 19 Years

               of Age or Older

Lot

1 Crocheted Sweater or Vest

2 Crocheted Scarf                                                   

3 Crocheted Gloves or Mittens

4 Crocheted Hats

5 Knitted Sweater or Vest                                                    

6 Knitted Scarf

7 Knitted Gloves or Mittens

8 Knitted Hats

9 Skein of Spun Yarn

 

QUILT SHOW Department 2

Amount Offered:

$84.00

Entry Fee:

$2.00 per entry (2 entries per lot maximum)

Judging Time:

Saturday, May 16th 2015 at

Superintendents :

 

Additional Rules and Regulations
Home Arts General Rules apply (please see informational booklet).

Bring entries to Building F on Saturday, May 17th between 9:00am and 12:00pm
The Items you are entering ARE eligible to compete in our McHenry County Fair this year as well!

Premiums will be paid as follows:
First-$5; Second-$4; Third-$3; Fourth-$2
Grand Champion (one per class): Rosette
Reserve Grand Champion (one per class): Rosette

Class

            A  Children Under

                 12 Year of Age 

Lot

1 Bed Sized Quilt

2 Table Runner or Wall Hanging

 Class

           B  Teens 13-18

                Years of Age

Lot

1 Bed Sized Quilt

2 Table Runner or Wall Hanging

 Class

           C Adults 19 Years

               of Age or Older

Lot

1 Bed Sized Quilt

2 Table Runner or Wall Hanging

FLEECE SHOW Department 3

Amount Offered:

$100.00

Entry Fee:

$5.00 per entry (2 entries per lot maximum)

Judging Time:

Saturday, May 16th 2015 at 1:00pm

Superintendents :

 

Additional Rules and Regulations
Home Arts General Rules apply (please see informational booklet).

Bring entries to Building F on Saturday, May 17th between 9:00am and 12:00pm
Items must be shown in a clear plastic bag.

Premiums will be paid as follows:
First-$10; Second-$7; Third-$5; Fourth-$3
Grand Champion (one per class): Rosette
Reserve Grand Champion (one per class): Rosette

Class

            A  Fleece 

Lot

1 Market Wool White

2 Market Wool Colored

 

3 Handspinners Special

4 Double Coated

 


If you are interested in being a part of the Spring Fiber Fling as a vendor or crafter please CLICK HERE for  more information and a downloadable application.

 

 

Thank you to our  Spring Fiber Fling Supporters and Sponsors. Click on their Logo's to visit their websites.

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