Can we interest you in some GOOD NEWS?

The IAGARB 2020 AGM will be held at YOUR HOUSE.   

We have two days of Zoom Meetings planned that will be open to all of our membership from the comfort and safety of your own homes.  

No muss, no fuss, no risk, no cost.  

Over the past year, IAGARB has been using Zoom for monthly discussions on a wide range of topics of interest to our members.   Presentations have been offered, followed by excellent discussion, questions and interaction from those participating.  Under current circumstances, sliding our AGM to a virtual format seems an obvious solution to the inability to hold a physical AGM.

We look forward to a good turn out.  Literally, with the click of a button, you can see and visit angora rabbit breeders from across the country.  We do realize that Zoom may be new to you.  

If you are unfamiliar with Zoom, kindly log in 30 minutes early to acquaint yourself with the platform.  In this way, we hope to eliminate any delays during the presentations.  

Give it a try.  It really is easy.  

This year’s IAGARB AGM program is FREE.  

As IAGARB has done for the last 33 years, non-members are welcome to participate.   In lieu of any fees this year, we encourage our members invite other angora rabbit breeders to the Saturday program.

The IAGARB AGM Business meeting will be held on Zoom on Sunday.  Attendance is a privilege of membership.  

We hope to see you soon!

Leslie Samson

President

PROGRAM

Saturday, MAY 2 

12:00 pm Eastern

11:00 am Central

10:00 am Mountain

 9:00 am Pacific

DESIGN A KNITTING PATTERN WITH ERIN CLAYTON (2 hours)

Erin Clayton of Erineen Designs will discuss her creative process, how she finds inspiration everywhere for her patterns and what kind of things you should look for in a pattern to make the most of your yarn.

Erin will incorporate information about how to write and standardizing patterns. She will explain the industry standard for writing patterns for others to follow. She will also discuss copywriting a pattern and how to respect copyrights in your own knitting.

 

Erin writes on her Ravelry page, “My mission is to help knitters build a wearable knitwear wardrobe. I create designs that are easy to knit yet engaging, which are a pleasure for the knitter to work on and that leaves them with a piece that will fit into their wardrobe. I design timeless pieces that can be reached for over and over and that will fit into wardrobes for years to come.”

Erin lives in Dover, New Hampshire.  

Our Saturday Workshop schedule will resume again in the afternoon.

 

Saturday, May 2

3:00 pm Eastern

2:00 9pm Central

1:00 am Mountain

12:00 pm Pacific

Space is limited.  If you are interested in attending and you are not a current IAGARB member, please contact Erin Maclean for the Zoom link depending space availability.  

 

RABBIT TEETH WITH DR. MARK BURGESS (2 hours)

Join us for a presentation and discussion by Dr. Mark Burgess, DVM.

Our topic will be a very important one, vital to a rabbit’s health – TEETH.  

Dr. Burgess is passionate about the subject and has a great deal to share with us on this subject.  

How many teeth?  Did you know that the dentine on all rabbit teeth grows continually?  How to care for and how to identify problems in a rabbit’s mouth.  Infections, unusual growth, osteomyelitis, malocclusion.  

We will also ask him to bring us up to speed on recent RHD outbreaks in the US and the implications of Covid-19 on other species of animals.  

Dr. Burgess has focused on exotic pets since graduating in 1986, giving him extensive experience with these species that few practitioners can match.

  • Opened Southwest Animal Hospital in 1995
  • The practice consists of the highest ratio of exotic pets in any full-time veterinary practice in Oregon
  • Has discovered numerous new diseases of exotic animals, and is a published author both in medical journals and textbooks
  • Teaches exotic pet medicine at Oregon State University’s Veterinary School
  • Lectured at national and international medical conferences
  • Appeared in television and newspaper stories covering exotic pets & their medical problems

Space is limited.  If you are interested in attending and you are not a current IAGARB member, please contact Erin Maclean for the Zoom link depending space availability.  

 

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THE 2019 IAGARB ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

APRIL 11-14, 2019

LABADIE, MISSOURI

Thursday, April 11:

3-5 pm: Meet and greet at the Big Farm, site of 2019 AGM for the early birds. Wine and maybe homemade goat cheese will be served.  Tour the farm.

 

Friday, April 12:

    9-4 pm:   Rabbit Registration begins.

    9-12 pm: Felted Collar class with Jane Killpack, Session 1

    11 am to 12:30 pm:  Judges Seminar, Focus on the Standard

     1:30 to 2:30:  Judges Seminar, Focus on Wool

     2:30 to 5 pm:  Judges Test, Part 1 Written

     1-4 pm:   Felted Collar class,  Session 2

    5 pm:      Meet and greet and dinner at The Hawthorne Inn.

 

Saturday, April 13:

     9 am-4 pm: Rabbit Registration continues. 

     9 am -11:30 am:  Judges Test, Part 2 Practical

     9 am-1 pm: Intro to Barrier Dyeing– Shibori with David Keller

     5 pm: Dinner by Chef Maria Sakellariou, Head Chef of The Culinary Odyssey.  $35 per person

    7 pm: Rabbit Scrabble Game Challenge. Words are limited to rabbit terminology.

    More meet and greet and exchange of ideas.

    Spinning and knitting or other fiber arts encouraged.

    Show and tell.

 

Sunday, April 14

   9 am-noon:  Annual General Meeting

  12 pm:  Vietnamese sandwich lunch

   1 pm- 3 pm:  Ken Gossard, DVM, Guest Speaker, Pregnant Does and Animal Conditions

 

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS:

Felted Collar Class Fine Cormo wool and locks of Teeswater or Wensleydale will be used to create a fun, one of a kind collar to be worn dressed up or down. There is massaging/rubbing but no rolling in this method. Basic felting experience is helpful. Half day class, two sessions offered.

Class fee: $40.  Materials fee: $49, materials fee is payable to the instructor the day of class. Please bring your enthusiasm and 2 – 3 bath towels and 1 hand towel to class. You may also want an apron or other means of protecting your clothing as this is a wet felting process.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jane Killpack is a farmer and fiber artist living on a small southern Minnesota farm. In addition to German Angora rabbits she raises Cormo and Teeswater sheep, Nubian dairy goats, Sebastopol geese, chickens, ducks and bees. She loves working with the farm’s products by making goat cheeses, honey recipes (next up mead) and finding fun ways to use their animal’s fiber!   Her love of felting started at a Midwest IAGARB meeting where she learned to make her first, of many, felted hats. She has since added scarves, shawls, and other garments to her felting “addiction”.

 

Intro to Barrier Dyeing– Shibori      We will be dyeing fabrics, raw fibers (risky, messy, and difficult), top, and yarn. We’ll be using traditional indigo, and Osage. There will be some technique done that you’ve never seen demonstrated (it’s a secret don’t tell anyone), and we’ll be going over how to do more of this type of dyeing at home with common household items you probably already have. You’ll need to bring anything you wish to dye, we are going to be working a lot with felted angora pieces, and yarns.  I will have fiber, yarns, and fabrics to dye that you can purchase.  Materials fee covers dye and chemicals.  $40 Class fee, $25 materials fee. 

David Keller is a fiber artist and consultant that grew up in northeast Missouri. He’s been doing fiber arts for 28 years starting with crochet at 8 years old, dyeing in his mid teens, picked up knitting in his early 20s and has been running a dyeshop and teaching craft classes for the last 8 years. His hand spinning specializes in art yarns, color deconstruction spinning, radical insertions, tailspinning, and ergonomic technique. His dyework includes thousands of custom solid colors that he weaves together in colorway sequences that ranges from 2 to 15 colors and their gradations. He’s kept German angora rabbits for 7 years and recently started breeding them. Rare breed chickens and quail are next. He loves film, music, and art, playing games, spending time with his son, playing with the dogs Dexter and Sinister (literally means right hand and left hand), and constantly runs thought experiments.

 

The IAGARB JUDGE’S SEMINAR

Every time you select your rabbits for breeding, every time you buy a rabbit and every time you decide which rabbit in a litter to keep and which one to sell – you become the judge of your own rabbitry.

This is a class offered to all of our members. It is open to anyone interested in learning more about German Angoras and the IAGARB system of judging.

In this class we will learn about the history of the German Angora in Europe and how it was selected over decades to be the wool producing Uber-Angora admired around the world for its superior fiber production. You will learn about the German goal setting system of quantifiable evaluation.

We will move step by step through the procedures of an IAGARB judging and registration. You will be better prepared to participate in our performance testing. As well, this information will help to conduct similar daily assessments in your own barn.

Fee for Class: $30.

JUDGES TEST

If you have been an IAGARB member for 3 consecutive years as of April 2019 and if there is a need based on membership for judges in your district, you may apply for the Judge’s Test.

Fee for Test $30. (The application form is found on the AGM Registration Page).

 

AGM GUEST SPEAKER, KEN GOSSARD, DVM

 

To register for classes and events please see  AGM 2019 REGISTRATION PAGE

 

   

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SAVE THE DATE!

Labadie, MO

April 11-14, 2019

We are pleased to announce IAGARB will be holding its 32nd annual meeting in Labadie, MO.

Information regarding workshops and registration will be posted as soon as it is available.

Scenes from the 2016 AGM in Labadie:

View from the Dinner Table

Dye Workshop results!

Ready for the Chef’s Dinner Saturday night.

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NOTE:  THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER.  WE HOPE TO RESCHEDULE IN THE SPRING.  

 

Come see an Angora rabbit shearing at The Woolery!

The Woolery Your Fiber Arts Supplier Since 1981

 

 

Angora Shearing Demonstration
Angora Rabbit Shearing Demonstration
January 13th
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Come see an angora rabbit shearing! This is a free event at The Woolery. Open to anyone with an interest in either angora rabbits or angora wool. These are beautiful animals that produce one of the softest and warmest fibers in the world! They are gently shorn every 90 days.

Rabbit club members will be on hand to answer your questions. Samples of angora garments and accessories will be on hand so you can feel the softness for yourself.

Sponsored by the International Association of German Angora Rabbit Breeders

IAGARB.com

The Woolery 859 E. Main Street Suite 1A Frankfort, KY 40601

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What a wonderful AGM.  Portland, Maine is a fantastic venue!

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JUDITH MACKENZIE’S “DESIGNER ANGORA”

WORKSHOP JANUARY 21, 2017, Silverton, Oregon

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Judith MacKenzie has been teaching spinning and weaving most of her life. She is a renowned spinner and a frequent contributor to Spin-Off magazine. Judith writes and teaches extensively and is the author of three bestselling books and numerous DVDs. She is also passionately fond of angora, both fiber and bunnies!

Specialty Fiber Blends for Handspinners, Knitter & Weavers

In this class, we’ll cover a bit of the history of angora as a rare, exotic fiber: from Turkish cloth that was used only for royalty, to its later use both as a luxury and medicinal fabric in Europe and its spread to the New World where the fiber has been the basis for many cottage industries.

We’ll look at how both the fashion industry and artisans are using angora today. We’ll consider new markets that could be available for this wonderful fiber by creating a variety of blends. We’ll discuss what fibers blend well with angora and how the percentages of the blend affect the cloth. We’ll also discuss possible ways of using second quality fibers effectively.

Samples of cloth knit and woven and felted, yarn both handspun and commercially spun will be displayed. Judith will bring a variety of blends that are currently available and some of her own sample blends.

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$45.00 per person, Lunch Included
January 21, 2017 *** 10 am to 2 pm *** Silverton Grange, Silverton, Oregon




Limited Space *** Register Now ***  Priority will be given to IAGARB members until December 21st.

 

SPONSORED BY IAGARB            

Contact: Catherine Fulbright 541-743-1919 | fulbrightfibers [at] gmail [dot] com

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The IAGARB Co-op has completed another run of socks for its participating members. The blend is a cozy mix of 50% Prime Angora, 30% nylon and 20% superwash wool. So warm and delightfully soft. Machine washable / dry flat.

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Plan to attend the Midwest Registration in beautiful Lake Geneva, Wisconsin Dec. 3, 2016. Judging will start at 9 am. As always, there will be great conversation throughout the day. Please bring your own lunch. After clean up, we will enjoy dinner together at Crandle’s.
Please email Rosalie for directions to the residence. Hope to see you there!

 

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Silver Blizzard Filling Single Ply Cones

Silver Blizzard Filling Single Ply Cones

As anticipated, when I checked in our fiber at Zeilingers, I was in the presence of over 200 pounds of IAGARB prime, synchronized, free falling angora wool! More than a third of that was coloured angora. It was a spectacular site!

These are photos of our Silver Blizzard / Silver Ice yarns on the spinning frame. I find these images very exciting. Not just because I love angora but also because the proof really is in the puddin’. Everything we do in IAGARB is aimed towards an efficient and humane conversion of wool to product.

The Proof is In the Pudding!

The Proof is In the Pudding!

 

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Some Highlights from the 2016 IAGARB Annual General Meeting

This gallery contains 15 photos.

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