There was a warm welcoming crescendo on entering the Dye House at Willamette Heritage Center at the Sheep to Shawl event on Saturday, May 6. This was the sound of weavers, sewers, lacemakers, knitters, carders, and the fiber arts community working together in a happy wave of creative energy that was on display for the public.
Outside the Dye House there were toy duck races, baby goats and lambs, madrigal singers, folk music, storytelling, delicious treats from Dutch oven cooking to sample, old cars, a sheep shearing demonstration, and other live demonstration for visitors to enjoy at the annual celebration of fiber arts. Excitement was particularly high for the toy duck races on Mill Creek where everyone hoped their duck was the one that finished first.
An added attraction was volunteers dressed in period costume from the old Aurora colony for visitors to interact with in the various historic buildings on the Willamette Heritage Center campus.
Visitors were especially drawn into the live sheep shearing demonstrations where the skill of the shearer was especially apparent when presented with different breeds of sheep that have different lengths of wool and body size.
Correction: This article initially referred to Willamette Heritage Center incorrectly as Willamette Mission in multiple photo captions. Salem Reporter apologizes for the error.
Laura Tesler has lived in Salem, Oregon for 20 years and is originally from Flint, MI. Laura has been an underwater photographer for 15 years, and is an avid scuba diver. Topside, she has been taking photographs since age 12, and currently works on assignment for the Salem Reporter, and full time purchasing land for fish and wildlife habitat in the Willamette Valley. Laura attended Oregon State University, and has traveled extensively all over the world and the United States.