Dona raises silkworms and does a demonstration each day of the fair, explaining how to raise them and how to reap their silk.
I was surprised at how big a silk worm is. I don't know what I expected, but this wasn't it.
She brings them in a plastic tub, filled with mulberry leaves. Keeping them supplied with mulberry leaves I learned is no small deal. It's the only thing they eat. How many of us have mulberry trees???
The Foothill Fiber Guild has an abundance of weavers. Carson Sierra Spinners and Weavers Guild, my local guild, aspires to grow some of our own. I drool over the articles that are entered in the handwoven category each year. The FFG group absolutely inspires me. I have to say that the CSSW ongoing push for education has prompted a growth spurt and I hope to see some entries like these in the next couple of years.
And this is where I'll gloat. We are so lucky to have a lot of fiber producers submit to the Nevada State Fair. Our wool show has grown and we hope will continue to grow. This year our wool judge is Mark Eidman and I'm really nervous. Last year our wether Mickey Mouth was given reserve grand champion. I've seen Mark judge, and we're going to have to skirt our fleeces a whole lot better this year if we're going to see any acknowledgement. I guess by now you've figured out that I'm a fair junkie.
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