OFFF (Oregon Flock & Fiber Festival)
9/29/14 & 9/28/14

Lots of Great Angora Rabbit Events, Including a very special guest appearance by Gail Smith.
8:00 am – 8:15 am Explanation of German Angora Registration, by Gail Smith
8:15 am – 10:00 am German Demonstration Registration/Testing, Judged by Gail Smith

**For educational purposes only, NOT IAGARB Registration.

For more information contact Tammy Vaughn 541-288-6276, Fuzzyvaughns@gmail.com

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ANNOUNCING A NEW IAGARB ANGORA PRODUCT!

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Announcing the Newest Yarn from our Co-op: An Extraordinary Lace Weight Yarn – 85% Angora / 15% Cormo Wool. Like all of our other yarns, Prime Shorn Angora has been blended with wool to create a yarn that is a joy to knit. The yardage is approximately 220 yds. per oz. It is a single ply yarn suitable for lace knitting and crochet.

 

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Our yarn tester, Sylvia Becker, an expert lace knitter with decades of experience, put this yarn through it’s paces and has this to say:

For starters, the sample yarn I received was wound and tied in the optimal way to minimize waste and maximize the speed of winding. Not even a breath of a tangle as I unwound and balled with the loop hanging from my wrist, no swift required.

The yarn is perfectly clean, not sparking any of my fragrance or soap allergies (thank you!).

The grist is uniform, no thin spots, no slubs, with evenly distributed twist. I did a drift test and could not pull apart the yarn with a steady lengthwise pull. Very nice for a singles.

The fiber itself is beautiful, a fine Cormo with decent tensile strength and a lustrous German angora with sheen and a soft halo.

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Another IAGARB first, our Lace Yarn will be available this Fall only from participating members. Please visit the Angora Wool Co-op pages to learn more about the other yarns in our product line or to learn more about our 100% volunteer run co-op.

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IAGARB IN PORTLAND, MAINE!

Another great AGM, another great time in Portland, Maine.  IAGARB members gathered for fun, learning, eating (of course) and surprises!

Penny and Michaele Shearing for Registration

Penny and Michaele Shearing for Registration

Portland Wharf

Portland Wharf

Fabulous Prizes!

Fabulous Prizes!

Linda Clutterbuck's Spinning Class

Linda Clutterbuck’s Spinning Class

Waiting for Shearing

Waiting for Shearing

Kathy K. Admiring Leslie's Felted Hat

Kathy K. Admiring Leslie’s Felted Hat

Jim McConnon, University of Maine, speaking on Business Tips for Financial Success

Jim McConnon, University of Maine, speaking on Business Tips for Financial Success

Michaele, the AGM Coordinator Extraordinaire!

Michaele, the AGM Coordinator Extraordinaire!

Dinner at Sunny's, Portland

Dinner at Sunny’s, Portland

Moose!

Moose!

Linda Cortright drops in for a little bit of fun!

Linda Cortright drops in for a little bit of fun!

Record Keeping and Testing with David Marcinkowski, Dairy Specialist and Associate Professor of Animal Science, University of Maine

Record Keeping and Testing with David Marcinkowski, Dairy Specialist and Associate Professor of Animal Science, University of Maine

Portland, Maine Streetscape

Portland, Maine Streetscape

New Members Spinning

New Members Spinning

Lobsta!

Lobsta!

Linda's Tools of the Trade

Linda’s Tools of the Trade

Snow Geese on the St. Lawrence River, Quebec

Snow Geese on the St. Lawrence River, Quebec

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UPDATE!

The guest speaker Saturday afternoon will be Linda Clutterback, expert spinner, who will give a talk and demonstration on spinning angora.  Linda understands the math, ratios, and grist about spinning angora and she is a master at spinning.  She has samples of angora yarn she has spun to share.  Bring your wheel and spin!

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IAGARB ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

April 11-13, 2014

We are happy to announce IAGARB will be returning to the Clarion Hotel in Portland, Maine!  Program and schedule is shown below.   Please make sure you book your hotel room before March 17, 2014 in order to get our special AGM rate.  You can call the hotel directly

Schedule includes:

Friday and Saturday:  Registration Testing

Friday Workshops:

Business Tips for Financial Success with
Jim McConnon, Extension Business & Economics Specialist and
Professor of Economics, University of Maine

10 am

and

Record Keeping and Testing with David Marcinkowski, Dairy Specialist and Associate Professor of Animal Science, University of Maine

1 pm

How the dairy industry uses record keeping and testing as a management tools to increase production

Saturday:  Registration Testing continues. 

 Synchronized Wool Class with Leslie Samson   

10 am to 11 am

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If you are not quite sure about the differences between  synchronized and non-synch coat growth, here is a class that will explain why this is an important consideration for angora producers. This class is especially important if you are breeding for color.   We will discuss coat structure, appropriate harvesting methods and uses for different grades of wool.

All workshops and classes are free to IAGARB members.  Non-members  $25.

Saturday Afternoon:

Spinning in the Ballroom

9 am to 5 pm

Come one, come all!  Members and local guilds are invited to bring their spinning wheels, spindles, knitting needles, with favorite fibers and yarns to spin and knit in the ballroom.  There will also be a table for items to be displayed for Show and Tell.

Special Guest Speaker!  (to be announced)

SUNDAY, APRIL 13

Annual General Meeting  and Luncheon

10 am to 2 pm

For further information, refer to your IAGARB Newsletter, Spring 2014 or contact Michaele Bailey:  basketfulofbunnies at gmail dot com.

Our group rate is guaranteed until Monday, March 17, 2014. Call the hotel at (207) 774-5611 to make your reservation.  Make sure you tell them you are booking for the IAGARB AGM.

A Side Trip to LL Beans

A Side Trip to LL Beans

 

 

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Another Fun Weekend in Silverton!

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In January, District 1 held a Shearing Party and Registration along with Workshops with Leslie Samson, Catherine Fulbright, and Rosalie Truong.  Three days of fun, food, learning, and good weather!  

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Angora Workshops in Silverton

 

Another Fine Weekend in Silverton! ©2012 R. Truong

Another Fine Weekend in Silverton!
©2012 R. Truong

Silverton Grange Hall

Silverton, OR 97381

January 24 and 25, 2014

FRIDAY WORKSHOPS

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10 AM       HOW TO WRITE A BUSINESS PLAN FOR YOUR SMALL BUSINESS

   to            CATHERINE FULBRIGHT

2:00 PM

Have you ever had an idea for a business?  Have you wondered how to proceed with your idea – or worse decided to just “wing it” only to find that you missed some of the yours costs in the planning stage and can’t seem to make any money?  This class is for you.

Even if you have been in business for years, this class will help you to refine your current plan.

  • This class is intended to help you plan for success.
  • The discussion will cover goal setting, cost identification, product pricing and developing a business plan.
  • In addition, methods for record keeping will be included.
  • Handouts on material covered will be available.

Catherine Fulbright has worked with small businesses for the past 38 years.  Her current position is Business Manager for a Eugene-based Engineering Firm.  Although not a bookkeeper or accountant, Catherine has kept books and performed financial duties for businesses throughout her career.  She has worked closely with bookkeepers and accountants during these years.

Three years ago, Catherine founded her small farm of fiber animals including Angora Goats, Shetland Sheep and German Angora Rabbits.  In addition, the farm is home to Anatolian Chickens, Cats, Koi and her 35 year old African Grey Parrott.  Catherine enjoys handcrafts and gardening.

members:  40. non members:  45.

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2:30 PM      ONLINE MARKETING VIA ETSY

to                     ROSALIE TRUONG

4 PM

Are you tired of going to shows, loading and unloading merchandise, not to mention paying for booth fees, hotel, and gas?  Would you like to make money out of your home with very little upfront cost? Would you like to sell online 24/7? I will teach you how to use Etsy to your advantage and make sales when there are no shows.  This class will teach you the following:

  • How to set up an Etsy account.
  • Learn about the dos and don’ts on Etsy, about treasury lists.
  • Learn how to set up an appealing shop.
  • Learn a little about merchandise photography.
  • How to use Etsy advertising to increase traffic to your Etsy site.
  • How to use social media to your advantage to increase sales.  We will talk about Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Stumble upon, Tumbler.

members:  25.   non members: 30.

SATURDAY WORKSHOPS

 

9 AM         SYNCHRONIZED WOOL CLASS

to                LESLIE SAMSON

10 AM

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If you are not quite sure about the differences between synchronized and non-synch coat growth, here is a class that will explain why this is an important consideration for angora producers.  This class is especially important if you are breeding for color.   We will discuss coat structure, appropriate harvesting methods and uses for different grades of wool.

This class is free to IAGARB members.  Non-members – 10.

10 AM      SCRIBBLE LACE/NUNO SCARF FELTING CLASS

to       LESLIE SAMSON

4 PM

Scribble Lace Scarf © Leslie Samson

Scribble Lace Scarf © Leslie Samson
Very Happy New Owner of a Scribble Lace Scarf.

Very Happy New Owner of a Scribble Lace Scarf.

In this workshop we will work with the 50 /50 angora / merino pencil roving to make gorgeous felt scarves with an energetic design.  The roving will be “scribbled” onto silk to make a fine, soft, laminated fabric with unique textures and patterns.   Just to make things a bit more interesting, we will also incorporate nuno felting as a design element.

For angora producers, this class will show you how to increase the profitability of your wool by expanding your value-added markets.   This is a light-hearted class.  The felting is easy.  Everyone will leave with a one of a kind angora / merino / silk scarf.

No experience necessary.   Price for the full day felting workshop includes all materials ( silk fabric & fibers), supplies and use of tools.

members – 50.  non- members – 60.

Leslie has 35 years of experience with angora rabbits and fiber arts.  She has been featured in several magazines including Country Woman, Spin-Off and the TV program, Town and Country Ontario.  Leslie has consulted for the National Research Council of Canada.  She is the co-author of Completely Angora, a founding member of IAGARB and its current president.

An award winning felter, Leslie enjoys the unique qualities of angora fiber for its warmth, strength and weightlessness.  She lives on a small farm in Ontario, Canada which she describes as a “Duck and Bunny Farm”.  For fun, she is teaching her Border Collie, Molly to read.

For more information and to register, contact Gail Smith:  angoralady at aol dot com

weekend schedule

FRIDAY, JANUARY 24

9 AM          JUDGING BEGINS

10 AM TO 12 PM   HOW TO WRITE A BUSINESS PLAN

12 PM TO 1 PM LUNCH BREAK

We do enjoy the party atmosphere of our lunches together.  Lunches are Potluck Crockpot and dessert buffet.  Please bring a ladle to serve up your creation.   Bring your own choice of beverages and remember that the Grange Hall does not allow any alcohol on the premises.   We will provide bread and bowls.

1 PM TO 2 PM HOW TO WRITE A BUSINESS PLAN Continued

2 PM TO 2:30 PM BREAK

2:30 TO 4 PM ONLINE MARKETING VIA ETSY

 

SATURDAY, JANUARY 25

 

9 AM JUDGING BEGINS

9 AM TO 10 AM SYNCHRONIZED WOOL CLASS

10 AM TO 12 PM SCRIBBLE LACE SCARF WORKSHOP

12 PM TO 1PM POTLUCK LUNCH

2 PM TO 4 PM SCRIBBLE LACE SCARF CONTINUES

 

As always, we appreciate everyone’s efforts to pitch in and clean up.  

 

Make checks payable to:

Gail Smith

503-873-3128

Your payment in full holds your space in the workshop.

Refunds are given only if workshop is cancelled.

 

Please remember any rabbits for sale must be at least 12 weeks of age and pedigreed German Angora.

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Wishing everyone Seasons Greetings and a Happy New Year!

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Katie and Bungalow Farm's Odessa Reg. 2004 g./yr. ©Bungalow Farm Angora

Katie and Bungalow Farm’s Odessa Reg. 2004 g./yr. ©Bungalow Farm Angora

LEARN MORE on how IAGARB members raise angora rabbits, shear wool, and produce yarns.

 

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SCENES FROM SAFF

Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair is a great venue for IAGARB.  IAGARB had an informational booth and Leslie, IAGARBs President, presented workshops on Angora Management and Angora Shearing.  Both workshops were well attended.

Leslie led a shearing class at SAFF.  She demonstrated the German Red Clipper and explained its advantages.

Leslie led a shearing class at SAFF. She demonstrated the German Red Clipper and explained its advantages.

 

 

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IAGARB Members Lynn and Kim

IAGARB Members Lynn and Kim

And the fur flew!

And the fur flew!

Kim working with the Red Cippers

Kim working with the Red Clippers

Our beautiful Blizzard Yarn!

Our beautiful Blizzard Yarn!

A selection of Scribble Lace scarves showcased what can be done with our 50/50 pencil roving.

A selection of Scribble Lace scarves showcased what can be done with our 50/50 pencil roving.

Very Happy New Owner of a Scribble Lace Scarf.

Very Happy New Owner of a Scribble Lace Scarf.

 

 

 

 

 

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A Beautiful German Angora Doe

Michaele Bailey, owner of Basketful of Bunnies in Levant, shows off Alberta, one of the German Angora rabbits she raises for the production of fiber.

Michaele Bailey shows off her German Angora doe, Alberta for an article in her local newspaper.  Alberta was recently IAGARB registered with a Gross Annual Weight (wool production) of 1972 grams.  Well done Michaele!

For a look at the article featuring Michaele and Alberta you can click on this link.

 

 

Bangor Daily News photo by Ardena Hamlin, previously published in the Weekly

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