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Thursday July 19, 2012 3:00 PM - 7:59 PM
741 Rutherford Rd. Greenville, SC 29609  (map)

Besides all the wonderful fresh summer vegetables, delicious meats, and delectable honey, the Earth Market brings you a special opportunity!

A felting workshop will be held from 4-6 pm at the Slow Food Upstate Earth Market, on July 19, 2012 with Cassie Larsen of Little Creek Plantation.

Cassie works with the wool from her own sheep, the Navajo-Churro breed, a rare breed from the Navajo tribes in the southwestern USA.

Our Guest Artist is

Suzy Hart. She will be doing portrait sketches from life, in charcoal or pastel.  

[email protected]



Planning ahead... August's artist is Debbie Wilson. Her information is here:


July 19, 2012

Felting Workshop with Cassie Larsen, Little Creek Plantation

$70.00 Materials and Class Fee (Limited to 10 participants) 2 hours from 4-6 pm

10% discount to Slow Food Members

To join go to and choose JOIN US, then choose Upstate SC as your local chapter.


Confirm Reservations by check to:


Little Creek Plantation


c/o Earth Market Workshop

1845 Turpentine Still Road

Brunson, SC 29911


Questions? Cassie Larsen e mail [email protected]



Felt making is an ancient technique. By adding warm soapwater to the wool, pressing and rubbing the wool and the fibers tightens them into a felted textile material.


Felt is the oldest textile known to man. It is made without sewing or weaving and is a non-constructed fabric. Felt has been used for many cultural reasons throughout the centuries and is very prevalent in Central Asia where it is used for everything from carpets to hats.

Making felt is a very ancient craft skill. Felt is produced in many places in the world for such diverse items as shoes, tents, carpet, fine clothing, art objects, hats and jewellery. It is such a versatile craft that it will lend itself to many different treatments and new uses for it are being discovered by a new generation of artists and craftsmen.


The workshop includes making your own piece of felted wool, a scarf or other, and gives a rare opportunity to use the special wool from this rare breed.

Water is used for felting, so please dress comfortable as the class is held outdoors in the shade, but you may get a little wet.

Maximum students: 10

Please reserve early.

E Mail to [email protected]


If enough interest in the class we will extend to have 2 classes.


"The Workshop" at the Earth Market features a farm product each month, third Thursdays on the lawn of the McDunn Studio and Gallery

741 Rutherford Rd.

Greenville, SC 29615


If you would like to check to see if your membership to Slow Food is current in order to receive the 10% discount, contact [email protected]



About the Navajo-Churro Sheep and the Wool (from Wikipedia)


Navajo-Churro are descended from the Churra, an ancient Iberian breed. The Churra (renamed Churro by American frontiersmen) was first imported to North America in the 16th century and used to feedSpanish armies and settlers. By the 17th century Churros were popular with the Spanish settlers in the upper Rio Grande Valley. Flocks of Churros were also acquired by the Navajo through raids and trading. The Churro soon became an important part of the Navajo economy and culture.

A series of United States government-sponsored flock reductions and cross-breedings decimated the Navajo flocks until the Churro sheep nearly disappeared. Restoration of the breed began in the 1970s when breeders began acquiring Churro phenotypes with the purpose of preserving the breed and revitalizing Navajo and Hispanic flocks.

While the Navajo-Churro breed is no longer in danger of extinction, Navajo-Churro sheep are still considered a rare breed.


The Navajo-Churros possess a dual coat, which has an inner and an outer layer. The fleece is composed of an inner coat (80% of fleece), and outer coat that is hair fibers (10-20% of fleece) and kemp (a coarse, opaque fiber, less than 5% of fleece).

The fleece color is separated from the points color. The fleece can often change from lamb to adulthood. Blacks, for instance, often white out with age.

The Navajo people have used Churro fleece in rugs and other weavings for some time. The wide range of natural colors makes it easy to have a variety of colors without the need for dyeing, although natural vegetable dyes are sometimes used to produce deeper colors and wider selection.

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