Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival
Annual Juried Fleece Sale
September 23 and 24, 2017
NEW FOR 2017
LIMIT OF 8 FLEECES PER PRODUCER
FRIDAY ONLY ONLINE FLEECE SALE
NEW CLASS G FOR FELTING FLEECES
Dear SVFF Fiber Producers:
The fall fiber season is quickly approaching and we’re delighted to invite you once again to join us at the Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival’s Annual Juried Fleece Sale, scheduled this year for Saturday and Sunday, September 23 and 24. We have some exciting changes in store for this year’s fleece sale, and are looking forward to 2017 being our best year yet! A Friday Only Online Fleece Sale and a new Class G for Felting Fleeces are two new opportunities we’re launching. Details are highlighted in the New In 2017 section below.
Through juried evaluation, SVFF’s Annual Juried Fleece Sale assures buyers of a minimum quality standard, during which trained fleece sale staff examine each fleece prior to being offered for sale. Fleeces that have not been skirted, are heavily contaminated with vegetable matter, manure tags, staining, etc. will not be accepted for sale. Fleeces exhibiting substantial areas of eakness or are mildewed or otherwise defective will also not be accepted for sale. SVFF Juror Points for Wool and Alpaca Fleeces, and Guidelines for Mohair Fleeces are at the bottom of this page.
Fleeces are divided into seven categories: fine, medium, long and double coated (primitive) wools, camelid fibers (alpaca, camel and llama), goat fibers (cashmere, mohair, cashgora and pygora), and new this year, felting fleeces. Fleece evaluation cards with suggested end uses will be provided for each fleece and given to the purchaser at point of sale, with copies distributed to producers after the sale.
The 2017 entry fee is $5.00 per fleece. There is no commission on the sale of fleeces at SVFF, so our producers receive the full sale price of their fleeces, making SVFF a standout among fleece sales!
NEW IN 2017
1. Entry Limitations: Individual producer entries will be limited to 8 fleeces.
2. Friday Online Fleece Sale: *Final details of the online marketing and sale site are in process and will be posted once confirmed.*
- Producers wishing to participate will indicate on their entry form those fleeces to offer at Friday’s Online Fleece Sale.
- After jurying, a posting will be uploaded online, offering the fleece for sale. This posting will include a description of the fleece (breed, age at shearing (if provided by producer), fleece weight, and full fleece price) and a photo consisting of the full fleece, the producer card and the jury comments.
- The Online Fleece Sale site will be continually updated and monitored throughout Friday. As fleeces are sold, they will be removed from the floor for packaging and shipping after the sale. Fleeces not selling during Friday’s online sale will available at the festival sale on Saturday and Sunday.
- For each fleece sold online, $3 will be deducted from the producer’s final check to cover the cost of shipment packaging. Purchasers will be responsible for the cost of shipping, or may pick up their purchased fleece(s) at the festival by 4P on Sunday. Fleeces picked up at the sale will not be charged the $3.00 packaging fee.
3. New Class G: Heavily felted, cotted and matted fleeces will be accepted this year for ‘humane’ fleece rug making, and should be labeled accordingly. Lesser quality fleeces that are appropriate for felting or processing into felted batts will also be accepted, and again, should be labeled accordingly. Cleanliness guidelines still apply to felting fleeces, and those with heavy VM will not be accepted for sale. Producers wishing to enter fleeces for use in making fleece rugs are encouraged to look into information online regarding the process, and to include information (links, printed instructions) with your producer materials. Following are a few links to get you started:
4. Revised Entry Form: Updated to include new fleece entry limitation, Friday Online Fleece Sale information, and new Felting Fleeces category.
ENTERING YOUR FLEECES
1. Juried Fleece Sale Entry Form: The 2017 Fleece Sale Entry form is available for download below and should be completed prior to arriving at check-in. Producers are responsible for setting their own prices, and should list full fleece prices only on the entry form. The 2016 Sales Summary listing price ranges for breeds entered is also available as a download below, and can be used for guidance.
2. Breed Designation: Breed information should be designated as follows:
- For purebred single breed: Breed Name (e.g., Merino)
- For crosses of more than one breed: Predominant Breed Name X (e.g., Merino X). Predominant Breed refers to the breed that is either the highest percentage breed in the cross or the breed in the cross whose qualities are most reflected in the particular fleece.
3. Bagging Your Fleeces: Please bring your skirted fleeces to check-in packaged in open clear plastic bags. Bags must be left open to allow identifying paperwork and evaluation cards to be placed inside. After evaluation, the bag will be knotted with the appropriate amount of opening for shoppers to view the fleece.
4. Producer Information and Marketing: Purchasers appreciate additional information about the fleece, which can be provided on a separate card and included with the bagged fleece. We encourage you to provide as much information about yourself, your farm, your flock and the individual sheep and
fleece, including photos of the individual sheep and a clean lock sample. Many producers, as part of their flock management, submit fiber samples for micron testing. Copies of these results are an additional marketing tool, and greatly valued by purchasers. Producer information should be enclosed in a clear plastic bag and included in the fleece bag.
FLEECE SALE CHECK-IN
Fleece Sale check-in is Friday, September 22, 2017, from 10:00A to 4:00P and will be located at the front of the Arts & Crafts Building. You may park directly in the front or rear of the building to unload fleeces, but will be required to move your vehicle to the designated parking areas before checking in.
Plan to pick up unsold fleeces on Sunday, 9/25/16, at 4:00P. All fleeces not picked up by 5:00P will become the property of the Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival. A check for your sold fleeces will be mailed to you several weeks after the festival, along with copies of your individual fleece evaluation cards.
Should you have questions regarding any aspect of the fleece sale, please contact us via email at email@example.com.
With warmest regards,
Bridget Brown and Nancy Zelsman
SVFF 2017 Fleece Sale Co-Chairs